No. My unique gift seems to be finding & keeping as friends amazing artists of all varieties.
I have friends who are authors, painters, filmmakers, actors, designers, glassblowers and all-around-crafties. These days I can't turn around without one of my peeps launching something amazing.
This past Friday we had our lovely neighborhood happy hour (Paradise: where the kids are happy but the parents even happier!) and at our table we had not one but TWO Smithsonian exhibit designers (married! how cute does it GET?), and they were full of excitement about projects launching this week.
Clare is the exhibit designer for the fantabulous new display "A First Lady's Debut," at the National Museum of American History. She had to remain very close lipped about the details as of Friday, but now that the exhibit's opening tomorrow and the First Lady's gown is safely ensconced, maybe it's ok to namedrop? OMIGOSH MY FRIEND CLARE WAS THE DESIGNER OF AN EXHIBIT OPENING WITH MICHELLE OBAMA TODAY! CHECK IT OUT!
And Jer was equally excited about an exhibit he's worked on for almost a year, slated to open March 13 at the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery:
An extraordinary Buddhist shrine room will be on public view for the first time at the Smithsonian's Arthur M. Sackler Gallery from March 13, 2010, through July 18, 2010. "The Tibetan Shrine from the Alice S. Kandell Collection" will offer visitors a unique opportunity to encounter superb works of Tibetan Buddhist art in the sacred context in which they were first created and displayed. The shrine room is considered to be the only one of such magnitude and artistic quality in the United States. [To read the rest of the press release click here.]And then, the Happy Hour crowd got to quiz our favorite photographer Dave K Cooper on his latest occupation - filmmaking for Embarq - a group of people working to promote sustainable transport on this little globe of ours.
I am so genuinely excited for all these amazing people. I went to bed that night bubbling over with enthusiasm for their projects, and their successes this week. As we curled up under the duvet, I exclaimed ooh, honey - you know what we're like? We're like patrons - our house is like the salons of Paris in the 1920s!
An exhausted Torbjorn rolled over, and here's the last thing he said to me: Kirsten. To be a patron you have to have money. I think we're the only patrons in the world who support with Beer and Chili.