Everything about Artopia 2013 sounds wonderful. Yes? Well, this post is definitely written from the perspective of a couple in their seventh decade. We and the young are in different worlds. And I would not trade worlds or ages. 70 is good. But wow, we are of a different generation from the rest of the folks at Artopia.
Here are some fleeting impressions. I had few expectations, except that I knew the event would be overwrought with decibels. And it was. I also knew that if ES and I waited until 8:00 p.m. to leave for the party, we'd never make it out of the house. Too late to begin an evening. We'd make excuses to each other and end up staying at home. So, I delayed voting for the State Senate seat in my district until after 6:30 p.m. and then we went to a movie at Sundance. All to avoid packing it in before Artopia even got started. This tells you something about our ages. We like daytime and very early evening events. Late morning is also a very good time.
We diverted to the food tables, wending our way through a long line for samples from Phoenicia, Haven, Sorrel Urban Bistro, The Cajun Stop, The Counter and Cacao & Cardamon. There was very little left. Had we arrived at 8:00....? However, Cacao & Cardamom's chocolate samples were divine. Put me on their mailing list.
I think it must be tough to feed minions from just six tables for four hours. Thirty minutes in line got us a cup of Phoenicia mousse. We said no to craw fish, because how do you eat craw fish standing up when one hand is holding a paper plate? At The Counter, they'd run out of samples and we were given cards offering free hamburgers, should we stop by their place. I repeat, it is more than difficult to serve free food samples at such an event. Bravo for trying.
I have to say, I felt my body was way too covered with clothing. Elegant I was, but I could have worn shiny and more voluminous pants and chunked up my neck with a Harwin Drive special or two. I'd still have been very much covered, but more on point. Though one man approached ES and me late in the evening to say "You are so elegant and I love your hair." Thanks to my hairdresser Kat Cotta for maintaining 'the look'. Here's a photo of ES looking elegant too.
The Fodice Foundation, a non-profit aimed at transforming a WPA-era school building in East Texas into an arts mecca. Happy to meet them and see their imaginative work, much of which has an aura of enchantment.
Also liked Chuy Benitez panoramic photos of South Texas. Loved Laura Burlton's black/white photos of her children placed against sidewalks covered with chalk drawings. They are suffused with creative nostalgia.