Phillip and I are walking through the passage into the cellar under Monticello, when a woman coming the other direction stops us. Because she wants to take a photo. Of us. For us.
“It just looks so cool with the light filtering through the fog behind you…it’s okay…I work here,” she reassured us with that non-sequitur.
Still slightly stunned, we hand her a phone, pose for a photo, and then find ourselves in a conversation about our visit to Virginia and her work at Monticello (which does not typically involve walking around taking strangers’ photos).
“Have a good trip!” she calls after us when we finally part ways.
I randomly respond with “Thanks! May the Force be with you!”
She stops in her tracks. “Have you seen it?”
Of course, she means the then-newly-released Star Wars movie, The Force Awakens, that had shocked fans (including us) with the death of a hero.
“Yes!” I was still moving through the stages of fictional character grief, and she just opened her arms to hug me.
The three of us stood in the passageway awhile longer, talking about the movie and the plot twist and feelings and nostalgia, and it was this beautiful moment of connection in a really unexpected location.
P.S. I just posted more about what to see at Monticello and will be posting how to tackle tickets and tour schedules later this week.
Last photo by Liz Marshall.
What art do you love in your part of the world?
Between now and Valentine’s Day (February 14th), I’ll be sharing some of my local faves, and I hope you’ll do the same! Keep an eye out for art in galleries, coffee shops, libraries, and even outside.
Post photos of the local art you love and/or your own work with #LocalArtLoves.
Art is so important. Let’s celebrate what people are creating in our communities!
I’m looking forward to seeing art from your town, and I’ll share a sampling of your Local Art Loves here too.
PS If you blog about it, feel free to add a link when you comment here.
Have you ever tried something based on a recommendation from Travelcraft Journal?
Maybe you made a project or recipe we featured, checked out a new coffee shop, took a road trip, went to an event on the Happenings List, or purchased something from our gift guide.
(Speaking of which, the 2016 travel gift guide is online now!)
I’m looking for feedback on the impact of what we share, so I’d love to hear if there’s anything you’ve made or purchased or anywhere you’ve gone after reading about it here.
So…have you ever tried something we posted about? If not, what are you hoping to learn more about in 2017?
I met artist Betsy Halford at the Hidden in the Hills Studio tour, and I really dig her work. She does really interesting mixed media pieces, work in wax, collaged cards, and jewelry from found items.
She is working on a new piece that will incorporate advice people would give their younger selves.
You can take part in this collaborative work (anonymously, if you wish) by emailing her at betsy [at] monkeygirlartwork.com and answering this question:
If you could go back in time and give yourself some advice, wisdom or support, what age would you go back to and what advice would you give yourself?
So, what advice do you have for a younger you?
I am in Washington, D.C., down the street from the White House in a building that used to be a Masonic lodge, and I am sifting through a basket of embroidery floss, looking for just the right combination of colors. When you have been seeing/taking in, there is something especially refreshing about making/creative output.
My recent D.C. visit happened to coincide with the monthly community day of the National Museum of Women in the Arts and their second-ever pop-up makerspace. Inspired by several of the artists on exhibition, they had tables set up for crochet, drawing-machine making, and turning various odds and ends into jewelry.
I made a necklace from a couple of metal washers, some thread and wire.
The museum itself is organized into different floors for different time periods. Their current exhibition, Pathmakers, explores how women have used alternate media to create art, from midcentury to today.
Community days are the first Sunday of every month with free admission in the afternoon.