Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Artwalk this Friday!

Things are happening too quickly for me, and I don't think I can blame it on jet lag anymore (it's been three weeks since we got back from China, and I think this excuse is wearing a bit thin).
Just to be obnoxious, here is another photo of China to delight!
This is a view across the street from the Olympic Stadium in Beijing, also known as the Bird's Nest. This whole complex is called the Minority Village and has representative structures from the 40 plus minorities that make up China's population. We were not able to explore the Olympic area (it is still very much under construction) but we did drive by the Bird's Nest and Ice Cube. The whole city of Beijing ( and indeed the whole country) is really excited about the upcoming games, there are countdown clocks in the major parks & squares and statues of Olympic events on the street medians. The only "bad press" we saw while we were in Beijing were protests in Tianamen Square the day the torch was lit in Athens. We stayed far away (we were traveling by invitation of the Chinese government, and it would be bad form to get arrested during our sponsored visit). I am very excited for the Olympics this year (honestly, I am every year) just because I will be able to relate to the area so much. We'll see how it all plays out.
The real reason for this post is to let everyone know I will be at the Downtown Branch of the Bremerton Library for this Friday's Artwalk. We'll be demo-ing basic metalsmithing techniques and showcasing some new "retro" jewelry & accessories (Beth has been busy in the studio!).
Join us Friday between 4 and 8pm. For more information, just contact me, or follow the library link.
Thanks, see you Friday!

Friday, April 18, 2008

back from China & still jetlagged (or maybe just really behind)

Yes, I'm back from China and I won't lie, it was wonderful!!!
This shot is from Tiger Hill and the famous leaning pagoda. Though I've never been to the leaning tower of Piza, I think this would probably give Piza a run for its money. The gardens surrounding the tower are beautiful.
Spring was definitely the time to go to China, everything was blooming and fresh, and remarkably, my allergies were not too bad. I was amazed at how clean everything was (I had heard horror stories) and how well used the public gardens and temples and "touristy sites" were frequented by the chinese folks. Open spaces were full of people practicing Tai-Chi or dancing, and others were gathered in groups playing cards or mah jong, or just enjoying the day by singing, reading or playing with the kids.
I really enjoyed the trip, and Pixie has finally forgiven me for leaving her (again) and not letting her stay in doggie jail in Purdy this time (they were full). More pics of China and the goodies we brought home soon!