Getting Ready for SDA

Its Memorial Day weekend. I’m getting ready to go to the biannual conference of the Surface Design Association in Kansas City. I’ll be staying for a post-conference workshop, then going to Alguquerque for the opening of Times of Taransfomation at ArtHaus66 Gallery. The image above is the piece I did for the SDA Member Show, which will be on exhibit there.

I’m really getting excited about this trip. First off, I love the SDA conference; and because of it, I’ve come to really enjoy Kansas City. Second, I’m participating in this wonderful show in Albuquerque.


I first went to the SDA conference in 2000 with Bee Colman and Chetna Mehta. The conference has been held in KC for almost 10 years now; where it is hosted by Kansas City Art Institute. KCAI sits in between the magnificant WPA-era Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, and the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art.


This is Vanderslice Hall at sundown in 2007. Its the oldest building on the campus, and I think at one time, it housed the entire Art Istitute.

Here is the Marriott where we’re staying, along with some public art sculptures; again from 2007.
This fountain is near Country Club Plaza – a shopping & dining area at the south end of a park who’s name I can’t remember. Its walking distance from the Marriott. It was a beautiful Saturday evening when I arrived for my pre-conference workshop in 2007. Among the people gathered to enjoy the evening were a wedding party taking pictures: a woman in her graduation cap and gown taking pictures with her kids, sister and mom; and people from six continents.

Look in the background, and look in the foreground.

Anyway, I really have come to like Kansas City. The SDA conference is my favorite conference to attend. I’m rooming With Bee, and several other fiber friends will be there. I’ll see people I’ve met at conferences, and only see at conferences, some of whom I ran into at Convergence in Tampa last year. Its a good fiber art time. I can’t wait.

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