Sunday, June 29, 2008
we went to Chicago to meet with john and Liz. It was great fun. They plan to sell their home of 30 years to move into an apartment in Chicago's Lincoln Park area and cut out gardening and caring for a large house. Smart decision for urbanites who really groove all a big city offers. that means wining and dining at the cities great ethnic restaurants and doing art and interesting exhibitions scene. We always have fun with them. this time they came to Milwaukee with us. They stayed at the Hilton and we returned to RV that was in the Wisconsin State Fairground. I wanted to visit Milwaukee for the Bead and button Show and found that the week before that show there was a weekend of Indy racing. it worked out well as there is no where in Chicago to safely leave an RV.
The storms caught up with us on our last night in Milwaukee and instead of a farewell feast we went to bed early and left at dawn the next morning to flee Illinois by way of the tollway and on through Indiana to Ohio. Illinois has some of the worst roads in the country. They are always expanding them but you never see anyone working on them. Indiana roads are a little better and at least they have a WELCOME CENTER just after you exit Illinois. It was a very delightful center and had an art show of recycled items. Illinois does not seem to have welcome Centers. It is as if Chicago is the only place in the state. Well it is a great American city and well worth a visit, it's just getting to it.
The other reason we had traveled north rather than going west where all RVers are welcome and the camp sites many and well maintained was to go to the Dairy Barn in Athens, Ohio for the Bead International & Beyond Basketry exhibition. I was disappointed as it was not as magnificent as the photos I had viewed of past shows. The Basketry was quite fun and unanticipated. I was thrilled to see the incredible works of Leandra Spangler a participant in the mixed media book swap( more on that later) i had finished before i left Kerrville. She won an award for her work. It was only later I learned how incredible her work is and the degree of craft, skill and creativity such work required. I like 3D art that shows mastery and skill of a medium and especially work that is understandable.
The bead show at the Dairy Barn was a disappointment possibly because of my expectations and the pieces shown at Milwaukee were so mind boggling. The Athens show was juried and i always thought a juried show meant several judges of different backgrounds as this is what I had observed at the Houston International Quilt Show. Not so, its all judged by one person and it is so easy to pick up their bias. Since I know nothing of baskets or ever thought of " beyond" it was new and exciting. As usual I was impressed by the fluorescent piece made of straws and tie backs. Well folks I am just a little old lady unsophisticated in the ways of the art establishment. Lucky ME!!!!
I do enjoy exhibitions and shows where they have high quality works like these two shows and exploring talents and skills I never encountered else where as well as those of someone I feel I know.
Wednesday, June 18, 2008
Tuesday, June 17, 2008
It was a beautiful clear evening and we enjoyed the ducks fussing around their babies. lots of ooh and ahhs here. So next day we headed to Iowa and the threat of tornadoes heading east.
The Iowa Welcome center was oh so bucolic and even had an Amish horse and buggy tied up.
This was the end of bucolic musings and the beginning of fear and apprehension as the weather closed in. The west and the north displayed ever darker brooding clouds and lighting zipped across the sky. Nature's shows, while spectacular, show who rules the universe and Mother nature was in a funk. We decided to forgo THE Plan and head to a camp in an Iowa state park "Squaw Creek", that sounded high up and had gravel, as opposed to grass, sites. A wise choice. We barely made camp when Mother Nature let loose. We soon realized that many areas around us were flooding. In June the farther north you travel the longer it is daylight. This means sun up is about an hour than we were use to. So we were on the road at & unsure how and where we were going. Our goal was to go through Dubuque, then into Wisconsin and Madison and finally into Milwaukee. We lost the storm and once again the land was green and picture perfect. Pigs in Iowa and cows in Wisconsin. Since we were not on a major interstate until Madison we missed out on maps and Welcome Centers. The Milwaukee State fairground was a welcome sight and the sun shone.HHaving problems with uploading photos. The photo is from Chicago so i will start another post. Just say the weather was great in Wisconsin and the car racing fun. Milwaukee is a fun very pleasant city and I learned to love beer.