Visit to Chena River Marblers
This weekend I was fortunate enough to be able to do something I’ve wanted to do for a while – attend Chena River Marblers‘ open studio.
In the past, I always had something else going on during the event, but it worked out well this time around. I had to be in MA to see my niece and nephew in a performance of The Nutcracker and Amherst was just a shortish drive from there.
The studio is located in a residential area, so I got to experience what some folks must go through when they visit my studio – even though there was a sign outside the door, I felt a bit strange going into someone’s home.
I peeked in the window to confirm that I was in the right place, which of course I was. I opened the doors and was immediately met by so.much.paper…
…and silk scarves and neckties…
…and handmade books.
As I walked through the hall with what I can only assume was a gaping-wide mouth, I finally made it to the main part of the studio. I was greeted by the very sweet Regina St. John, one half of the marbling dynamic duo.
She and her husband Dan have been marbling for over 30 years and they’ve got the stash to prove it. Holy crap, those flat files. Regina told me that they built those themselves.
I love being able to see the equipment that artists use to create their work. Tools = cool.
I vowed after returning from my vacation to Japan that I would not buy any more paper this year. After all, I came back with over 50 sheets.
Yeah, that didn’t stick.
I started a pile, which changed rapidly as I made my way around the studio. Ooohhh…this paper is the best one! No, this one is! I can’t leave this one here!
I finally settled on 8 sheets, which exceeded my budget by just a smidge (a miracle). It was totally worth it.
Here’s what I bought:
Right? Right? This paper is so flipping gorgeous! I want to put it on the floor and roll around on it. I want to write it love letters. I want to hug it and squeeze it and call it George.
Obviously, the visit was amazing.
FYI – They hold their open studio every December, so you’ve got a year to make arrangements to attend the next one. 🙂