Yes that’s a tree in my car! Spring is finally really here and I am working like mad to get the courtyards planted and pretty. Each year since we moved in I’ve been improving them in bits and pieces, and they are just about finished (although I know a garden is always a work in progress).
What else has been going on this past month-ish…
I finished a week of bookmaking in Springfield with Project Jericho and Zonta International, which culminated in a beautiful final exhibition and performance at the Springfield Museum of Art. I loved being able to see what other groups in the program had been working on.
Speaking of books, I found the very first one that I made! I was six. It contains a letter to Mom illustrated with various doodles. I was already center justifying my title text—rock on, little design girl!
For the next few weeks I’ll be working like mad to assemble the 42 framed book folios for my exhibition at the Springfield Museum of Art in June. It’s now officially titled A Flying Adventure: Works by Claudia Retter. OPENING RECEPTION: SUNDAY JUNE 30 FROM 4-5:30pm.
I am ever so grateful to Itinerant Studio for letting me use a corner of their warehouse as my workspace for the month of May (thanks Vicki & Tom!)
Also grateful to the Greater Columbus Arts Council for the grant which allowed me to purchase framing for the show (shown below in their boxes). Thank you, GCAC!
My show at the Meadowlark restaurant came down early last month. We had a closing reception brunch with a few of the folks who purchased prints from the exhibit. What a super-fun way to end an exhibition!
April took me to Florida to photograph the opening of The Wine Cellar, a new high-end wine shop & tasting room in Melbourne. I’ll be working on designing their website too :-)
I was thrilled to be included as a reference in art business guru Alyson Stanfield’s new edition of her classic book: I’d Rather Be in the Studio. (Squeee!) What is terrible is that, of course, my own website needs major updating (I don’t even mention that I do design work — gulp). Once my exhibition is up I’ll hopefully have some time to get busy with that.
The Magpie Consort (the chamber choir I sing with) has been collaborating with Columbus early music ensemble, Cecily, for our spring concert program. It’s been so nice to sing with an instrumental group!
My reading corner at home. I’ve been moving furniture around. We just got new windows and french doors and I can finally sit in front of them without a windy draft coming through the cracks!
Katherine and I tagged along with John on a short trip to Myrtle Beach. It was her first flight on the MD-88 with John as captain (although in this photo it’s the other way around). He made an announcement when we boarded that there was a special guest on board, gave a little introduction, and everybody clapped. She felt so special, and what an amazing memory for a kid to have of her father.
And, finally, the first Graeter’s ice cream of the season. Cheers to spring!