Sunday, April 19, 2009

A Journey to the Berkshires

Friday was a beautiful day here in New England, and my husband, Bill, and I went on a trip to the Berkshires in western Massachusetts.

We took the scenic route along the Mohawk trail, stopped at a country restaurant called The Wagon Wheel for lunch, and arrived at our destination in a little over three hours.

Along the way we listened to Old Time Radio on XM Radio - an episode of The Jack Benny Show and The Life of Riley. When the mountains cut off our signal, we enjoyed the scenery to a classical music CD.

We were on our way to North Adams, Mass., where we went to the opening of a gallery show featuring work by our daughter, Kate. The show, which took place at Greylock Arts in Adams, Mass., was called Wearable Expressions. Through the technology, craftsmanship and imagination of several artists, it explored fashion as a way for individuals to dynamically express themselves.
Kate, who is a technology artist, showed four hats that humorously investigate the way that we relate to ourselves and others. Her work often expresses unseen, but common, components of our social interactions.

Here are the pieces she exhibited in this show:

The Muttering HatThe Talk to Yourself Hat

The Ear Bender Hat

The Blush Shield

Kate is an adjunct professor at NYU's Interactive Telecommunications Program, and a co-creator of Botanicalls, a system which enables houseplants to make phone calls when they need to be watered!

You can read more about Kate's work on her website.

We stayed the night, visited Mass MOCA on Saturday, and really enjoyed our visit with Kate!


sparkle jars said...

This was such a wonderful post. I think the blush shield was my favorite of all the photos. I love her expressions.
We've been to the Berkshires (it's been a few years) and thought it was so remarkably beautiful. We especially enjoyed visiting a Shaker village during our drive through western Massachusetts.

quiltcat said...

Hi Judy. Just like Karen LR's daughters, it seems your talented and creative sprout is right there on your family tree! Those are such clever hats. I bet Kate liked Dr Seuss when she was a child. It's really nice that the gallery was within driving distance and you had such a pleasant day for a drive.

blazedanielle said...

What fun hats!! I love that blue one!

summer girl said...

Judy...really enjoyed seeing Kate and her art! She is so creative... like her mother! Thanks for sharing!

seriously amused said...

Like mother like daughter. Very creative.

Shell said...

Kate's hats are creative and colorful. Her project with the plants is fascinating. You must feel very proud. Happy you enjoyed the poetry on Sara. I'm still reading her books of poems. She is a fantastic poet. Thanks for introducing her to me.

Karen L R said...

Judy, What a fun posting! And Kate's work is so very creative and clever! And I know where she got some of THAT from. Sounds like a wonderful few days...

Allison Ann Aller said...

What an interesting daughter you have!
I ADORE the Blush Shield.

Found you via Needlework News. That Denise Felton has her finger on the pulse of the cyberneedlework community...for all of our benefits!

I'm adding your blog to my Google Reader, and am so glad to do so!