Wednesday, September 29, 2010

In my mind I'm dry in Carolina ...


... but only in my mind. Dee and I are in Wilmington, N.C., hanging around the state's ocean edge before heading inland Friday for the opening of the "Clay and Blogs: Telling a Story" show in Southern Pines. Unfortunately, it turns out the weather is hanging out in this part of the state, too. Rain has been falling for days here, with flooding everywhere. We just strolled the streets of Wilmington, getting about as wet as it is possible to get, but loving the views along the Cape Fear River and the coffee at Port City Java.
The rumor is that Friday's weather around Southern Pines will be sunny and bring out all the pot-lovers to the Campbell House Galleries for opening of the show Friday from 6 to 8 p.m. It promises to be a party, with many of the exhibiting potters present. Including us, if we can wade across North Carolina to get there.
We have already visited with two good potter friends in Virginia. We stayed overnight with Lorraine Colson in Alexandria, Va., outside Washington. Lorraine is a fine potter who sells at the Scope Gallery in Alexandria's Torpedo Factory art center. She and I were students together for many years there. Then we stopped for breakfast and coffee with Dan Finnegan, whose work will be in the Southern Pines show. (I've stolen a photo of it on display there from Meredith Heywood's blog.) Dan lives in beautiful Fredericksburg, Va., about an hour south of Lorraine. He owns Liberty Town art center, which has become the thriving center of much of the arts in Fredericksburg. Dan is a wonderful wood-fire potter, with a studio and kiln in the woods near soybean fields a few miles outside of Fredericksburg. And he's my former teacher, as well as Lorraine's.
We also stayed a couple of nights here in Wilmington with a good friend from our Virginia days, LeAnne Ward Smith, a university teacher here and a genuine Tar Heel and a lover of handmade pots.
That's all for now. We'll see you at the opening Friday, y'all.

11 comments:

cookingwithgas said...

see you soon and we have a request in for sun!

Linda Starr said...

drive safely, it's let up a bit now, should be dry the weekend though.

Tracey Broome said...

It's still pouring in Chapel Hill. Gerry was supposed to come down to Wilmington today to shoot flooding, but he is in bed really sick, so no rain pictures from Gerry. Too bad, he could have hooked up with you today!
wouldn't you just know, we haven't had rain in weeks.....

Hollis Engley said...

I love the divergence of optimism in these messages ... we'll get there if we have to row.

Ron said...

Hollis, I wish I was going to be able to make it to Southern Pines on Friday to meet you. Enjoy your time in NC. It's going to be a nice weekend. Come on down to Charlotte for the Thrown Together Sale on Sat. if you can squeeze it in. If not maybe I'll see ya another time. Happy travels.

Judy Shreve said...

Stay dry & I hope the sun shines in Southern PInes on Friday. I'm sorry I won't be there because I would love to meet you guys. Safe travels!

Dan Finnegan said...

I thought that your title might refer to arcane liquor laws...thanks for showing off my pots. Great to see you both as always.

ang said...

ahh the rain its finally stopped here and moved on apparently :)) have a great opening, did ya pack a dingy?

Elizabeth Seaver said...

Great to see you and Dee. I hope the weather improves there, too, as it is supposed to here for our First Friday. Best wishes on a fine opening!

Hollis Engley said...

tweenThanks, all. Came out of Circa1922 after dinner tonight (great place, by the way) and there was no rain falling on Wilmington. About damn time. May not need that boat after all, Ang. Good to see you, too, Elizabeth. We'll head off to Southern Pines in the AM, after breakfast at the Dixie Grill.

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