Sunday I got up late, was ramping up for another day of spinning more yarn for a tapestry project, and I got an email from my friend Conni. Her opening was that evening in Taos and I had already told her I wasn't going to make it.
It was 10:14 am. Taos is five and a half hours away in good traffic. The opening was 5-7 pm.
Sometimes the opening of a dear friend suddenly becomes much more important than a work deadline. I threw some clothes, a tent, some food, and my computer in the car and was on my way by 11:30. At 5:30 I was there and it was totally worth it.
You can see Cornelia Theimer Gardella's work at Weaving Southwest in Arroyo Seco, N.M. this week.
Her work is clear, beautiful, restful and contains such a depth of color. We shared a studio in Santa Fe for awhile and I got to work surrounded by some of her tapestries for more than a year. It was wonderful to see her new directions on display in Taos.
Now that we don't live in the same town or share the same workspace, it is harder to connect. But having someone who can support my artistic process in a friendly way and who has such high standards for her own work and practice is a bit of a miracle. I am ever grateful for her. Conni's website is here: http://corneliatheimer.com/
The Taos News published a really nice article about the show which you can find HERE. I'm not so sure about the term "fiber paintings" as I believe comparing tapestry to painting is misleading, but I did enjoy the rest of the article.