Continuing the brief synopsis of May/June 2011 on the home page blog, I’d like to thank Stephen Van Dyke and Susan Frampton for all their work on the Fold, Pull, Pop and Turn exhibit at the Smithsonian’s Museum of American History. Although this show has now closed after a year and a half, there are hopeful signs that it may live on at a different venue. Stay tuned for information about that. I’d also like to thank the wonderful A/V staff who made the lecture so incredibly enjoyable. It was an experience I will treasure always.
It was a fantastic trip. Not only was I hosted by my dear friends, Bea Jackson and Sam Smith, but I also got to meet Bea’s wonderful children, Everly and Jake, as well as visit with Bea’s husband, Dan. Bea even introduced me to Bryan Voltaggio who with his brother, Michael, were the top two contestants on Bravo’s Top Chef recent season. Let me tell you, Volt is one incredible restaurant. wow. I love Top Chef and really enjoy visiting restaurants by these chefs. I also visited Spike Mendelsohn’s Good Eats in DC. Last November I dined at Tom Collechio’s Craft and Harold Dieterle’s Perille in New York.
While in Washington, I spent some time with author and paper engineer, Carol Barton. As it turned out, that very evening was the final session for her pop-up class at the Corcoran. Carol kindly invited me attend where I viewed and met her wonderful students. Thank you, Carol!
After a quick return to Houston, I then headed back out to Orlando where Theo Lotz of Flying Horse Editions, had invited me to come down and help them work on translating the sculptures of Barbara Sorenson into wall mounted, limited edition prints with movable components. There for nearly four days, the staff and I worked closely with Barbara, exploring ideas and eventually creating what I believe will be a very unique series. They are planning to reproduce the three works into an edition of 30 by April of 2012. Barbara and her husband were kind enough to invite me to dinner at their beautiful home, almost an art gallery in itself! And I’d also like to shout out to Theo’s great kids, Sofia (an AVID Harry Potter fan) and Stefan. Keep on reading!