This past weekend Ron traveled to visit his family in Prosser, on the other side of the Cascades and part of Spokane’s Inland Empire.
He returned with fresh vegetables from his sister Joette’s garden. David cooked up the russled greens into a lively and vitamin filled lunch for today.
We continue to get ready for the Bellevue Arts Museum show which looks like it will open late September. David is working on a number of new pieces for this show.
While he was looking over his work this morning I overheard David say, “How many nipples do I actually need?”.
One of the new pieces is a collaboration with wood artist Mark Sfirri:
Over the years, working with David, I have gotten to know that he has two great inspirations for his work. David’s father Orville is an artist working in the Skagit Valley. He taught David what true craftsmanship is and of the value in Looking.
David’s mother, Pat, shared her love and enthusiasm for the arts through “field trips” with all the children in tow. Her generosity and unbridled passion for life has shaped how David approaches his own day to day life and work.
With Ron in David’s life these past 11 years it has allowed David to continue to live with support and respect. Except for those little incidents with Pantor the cat.
Rounding out David and Ron’s life together:
Peggy (Carol Channing, is that you?)
David prepared a great seafood salad with all sorts of goodies for lunch today, with the marvelous Leslie Campbell joining us for the meal taken with chop sticks. Ron was also able to sit with us before he went off to the hospital for his “other” job. We four pushed our chairs away from the table with great satifaction as we were all delightfully full.
David has been working in other mediums and I think you should take a look:
These pieces are from working at Pratt in Seattle as Artist in Residence (bronze) and from Penland, North Carolina as Visiting Artist (glass).
David has a new gallery he will be showing with here in Seattle. It is the Pacini Lubel Gallery, 207 2nd Ave S, Seattle, Washington, www.pacinilubel.com. We will let you know as soon as David has work at the gallery.
Bellevue Arts Museum is interested in taking David’s custom bead wall out of his studio and show it with his work when David’s show opens in late September.
Meanwhile, this busy schedule has taken its toll.
And then I too had some decaf coffee today, which we all know still has caffeine in its cup. We’re all off the wagon.
We had a simple lunch today. Ron was working a double so he was in and out before David and I were able to sit down to our hot veggie salads. Served in beautiful wooden bowls it filled the need for greens after a weekend of pizza and beer at the Georgetown Garden Walk. Tasty lunch from Trader Jo’s on Madison, open 9 to 9, www.traderjoes.com. Check out Georgetown at www.hatnboots.org.
That’s right, David and Ron are back from Haystack!
Reviewing Haystack, David had a great time collaborating with other artists and Ron has many fabulous things to show and tell after his blacksmithing class.
Here’s a picture of some of the sights:
They’ve hit Seattle ground running as they have been moving things over to the Ballard house and getting the Spring Street abode ready to rent. Check out Seattle’s Craig’s List for their add with pretty pretty pictures of the Spring Street house… : (seattle.craigslist.org/apa/83780846.html)
Friday evening was spent cleaning the Ballard Big House kitchen. Or should I say canteen. Fresh raspberries and cleaning supplies from Ballard Market, 1400 NW 56th Street, Seattle, open 24 hours.
One of my new favorite things, playing fetch with Margaret and Peggy in this room:
A must mention for today is that the beautiful, talented, clever and smart Nicki Stessen stopped by for coffee this morning. Visit her store and say hello: Beadworld, 9520 Roosevelt Way Northeast, Seattle, WA 98115 (206) 523-0530 and tell her David sent you.