Our plane landed early (at 8:45 AM) and we walked around downtown Denver for several hours after eating a delicious breakfast at The Delectable Egg, to which Siri dutifully led us. After a few more hours of aimlessly exploring, we finally made our way to our hotel and checked in. Immediately after that my artist friends Foster and Ann picked us up for an unexpected trip.
We drove for a few minutes and ended up at the unassuming studios of master artists Quang Ho and Daniel Sprick (which was a surprise, as A. I'm a huge fan, and B. I didn't know that they shared a studio). It was friendly, fun, and immensely inspiring.
After leaving the studios, Foster, Ann, Wendy, Danielle, and I went to quickly eat dinner, and then go our mostly separate ways to get ready for the opening reception at 6 PM.
Wendy and I walked about fifteen or twenty minutes to Abend from our hotel. The reception was packed and all of the artwork looked wonderful. I finally got to meet Alia El-Bermani who curated the show, and she was lovely, friendly, and grateful for all of the work and commitment that all of the artists put into making the work and attending the opening. I had several conversations with other artists, including the talented Angela Cunningham whose work I've followed for several years. Everyone seemed to be having a great time. I definitely had fun, but by 9:30/10 PM I was about to crash. I'd been up since 2:30 AM Eastern time, and it was now around midnight by that time zone, so I had to regretfully turn down another invitation to Daniel Sprick's place.
Wendy and I spent all day Saturday exploring parts of Denver and then flew back to Atlanta early on Sunday morning. It was an exhausting weekend, but I think that it was well worth the effort. Hopefully I'll get a notice soon that my piece has been sold. Cross your fingers for me!
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