Yesterday several members of the New Hampshire Chapter of the Women’s Caucus for Art had a winter party. Just because. With only two official meetings per year, it’s often difficult, gas- and mile-wise, to get to know each other and to share our work. We met in Concord at the Women’s Club of Concord’s Chamberlin House for tea and cookies, with art to share and art to swap.
I’m also in other groups in which members swap art work. It works best when everyone brings a piece wrapped in brown paper, and with no identifiers. We each get a number at drop off. Then, either we progress through the numbers, or each artist that draws picks the next number. You choose a brown package and open it to share. It’s such a wonderful way to add to my little collection of work by artist friends, and sometimes it’s just nice to bypass the money thing. I enjoy it so much.
Here’s the sweet work I received. It’s a “thread work” piece by fellow member Jodi Scaltreto. She draws with her sewing machine. I’m delighted to give it a new home, and grateful to my fellow artists and friends for their generosity.