Tuesday, March 01, 2011

NOLA Part 3 The Workshop

Feb 17th - 19th.  New Orleans Workshop Begins!  Woo Hoo!!!! 
Ok...it was time to hunker down and leave the distractions of New Orleans outside...at least until the stroke of 4pm each day....all work and no play, you know, but we had apothecary kits to make, only 3 days to do 'em!!!!

So over the next three days the NOLA krewe sweated and toiled and listened to my corny jokes.
And I worked them to the bone...
Finally, after three grueling days, the clock struck 3:30 (ish) and the infamous Good, Bad, and the Ugly theme song blared through the room.  That is the indicator that it's "times up, pencils down!".  Time to see what everybody did.  Lets take a look:

Bonnie:

Bruce:

Christine:

Connie

Deb:

Gary

Janet

Juliana

Jeanne

Karen

Kelley

Marilyn

 Mary Ann

Michele

Nicki

Nikki

Shari

Sue

Ursula

Yee Haw! Time to party!
 And in honor of the New Orleans krewes' stellar work.  The city of NOLA had a parade for us.
Well, not exactly for us...Krewe du Vieux actually...the beginning of Mardi Gras season, but, hell, we'll take it.

After that we had another day of touring and a birthday party for Marilyn, but gradually everyone drifted away.... sob... sob.  

However as a surprise to me (for my birthday) the clan got together and picked up a little gift for yours truly:
I say this with all my heart...
 it is one of the best gifts I have ever received.  I will cherish my little demon spawn always.
Honestly, this was a truly wonderful experience for me.  New Orleans is truly a magical city, but what really made this trip so special to me, was the wonderful group of friends I shared this experience with.  So, thank you all!  It was truly a remarkable time. 
 Until we meet again...Salut!

I leave you with a man, a guitar, a woman, and a saw...
the Jaded Optimists:










8 comments:

Carol said...

The demon spawn is a stunning gift - lucky you! Well deserved, I'm sure. The work your group has done is amazing, they must all be thrilled to bits with such great results.

Anne Huskey-Lockard said...

Amazing work from your students! That city has inspired my art for a long time~~What better place for one of your classes.
Love ALL the finished pieces!

XXOO~~
Anne

Elizabeth Parsons said...

looking at this fab work reminds me of your wonderful class I took at Art Is last oct. And to be in NOLA...you and New Orleans go together like milk and cookies...or chocolate and peanut butter...or Laural and Hardy or blood and a vampire...or or...or...well, you know what i mean...

Betty Adele said...

Thanks for sharing your photos & videos. Love the assemblages! The group did a fantastic job!

Anonymous said...

Incredible level of creativity in your students. You must push all the right buttons to get there. Glad you got a present you liked:)
Burgundybelle

jane said...

I shoulda blown off work and come down to the Big Easy!! It looks like there was a whole lotta somethin' goin' on down there. All of the finished pieces were wonderful!!! And the Demon Spawn....if there was ever a PERFECT gift for you, Michael. that surely is. Andyou would aonly got it if they had 2, because the other one woulda been MINE!!!!!
You'll always have Cleveland......LOve, JAne

Christine Edwards said...

Such an amazing and fantastic trip...the food, the friends, the fun...all just perfect. Thanks for the inspiration and a great workshop!

Gina said...

I'm so jealous! What awesome apothecary pieces!! When looking at Deb's it looks like your photo caught an orb?? of the ghosty kind?? what do you think?