Saturday, August 31, 2013

Telluride Houses, Gardens, Meandering...

It's great to wander around in this little town.  The entire town of Telluride has been designated as a historical site.  The houses, for the most part, are charming and well-tended.  People are friendly and we have experienced some honesty (we found a purse and turned it into the event people, then our daughter lost her wallet and someone turned IT in to the event people).  That's the kind of place it is.
I love looking at house porches, doors, and gardens.  Anyone who has hopped over to my Pinterest boards sure knows that!  Here are a few pics I took this afternoon.  We were strolling back from having watched a 1930's-era silent Russian film.
Walking back from a theater

Not every house is perfect....

Here are a few along the main street that I love...

Tim stopped to chat with some people who enjoyed the film.

Good banjo music on the streets.

Possibly the most adorable lemonade stand ever.

More Telluride Tales from Friday, August 30th

Day 2 of the Telluride Film Festival was no less amazing.  We rode the gondola up the mountain to the Chuck Jones Theater for the second screening of "Tim's Vermeer".  Amazingly, we sat directly behind Chuck Jones' daughter!  She is a lovely woman, and was super-excited about the movie.  I'm going to show you some images of the reaction to Tim when he walked to the stage for the post-movie Q&A.
Morning on the street in front of our hotel

Our daughter took this image of us pre-screening.
Patrick Sheffield, the amazing editor, is seated between Tim and I.

David Thompson introduces the producers, director, and Tim.

Tim approaches the stage.  

The beginning of the standing O

The progression of it...

The Q&A post-screening

Look at the reaction of the woman on the right when Tim removes the covering on his painting!

Up the gondola to the next screening.  What a view!

The second screening was in the Werner Herzog theater.
We had the opportunity to meet Mr. Herzog.  This theater is considerably larger.

Farley, Penn, Teller, and Tim say a few words pre-screening.

Friday early evening.  A "conversation" with the film team at the courthouse.
Painting on display.

On the sidewalk having tea with Tim, Penn, and Peter Goldman, their manager.

The "Moth".  Teller tells the first story of the evening, introduced by Salman Rushdie.

First film review!

Friday, August 30, 2013

Images From Telluride

A little story:  my husband has been working on an unusual project for the past 5 years.  After discussing his idea with our good friends, Penn & Teller, the three of them decided it could be an interesting documentary, and, well, it is (disclosure:  I'm just a bit biased).  The film, called "Tim's Vermeer", debuted last night at the Telluride Film Festival.  This experience has many firsts for the entire family.  We are fortunate that our daughters were all in a position to travel out to Telluride with us to be present for the festival.  
Here are a few images from the first two days.
Day One:  travel.  We flew into Denver and met our two east coast daughters.  We had a very loooong layover before we caught our little plane into Telluride.  If you have never flown into that airport it is, well, pretty interesting.   The only airport that comes close to it is St. Barts.  Thrilling.
amusement at the Denver airport

Girls!  What are you doing?!
You know the plane is small when your co-pilot is also your flight attendant.  Guess what?
No beverages or peanuts.

Propeller, on the downwind leg of our approach into Telluride.
The first evening Tim and I attended a filmmakers party with the producer,
Farley Ziegler.  They didn't even notice that I have a patio heater coming out of my head!
Thursday morning we were bussed way up onto the mountain (10,500 feet above sea level)
to a private residence for brunch.  We stood in line right behind Salman Rushdie (a literary hero),
and a lot of people whom, if I were more connected to the industry, I would have been impressed to be standing near, I'm sure.

We were served an amazing array of food.  Fresh corn cakes, mushroom torts, etc.
Everything local.
I made friends with this guy, who dug up these horseradish that morning to grate over 
Bloody Marys.  He gave me a piece to "smell" and carry around.  I know, I'm weird.
I couldn't resist, so I got a virgin bloody just to have the horseradish.
It did not disappoint.

Tents and tables were arrayed across the property.  
The views were beyond amazing.

Aspen trees.

The side of Robert Redford's head (2nd from left)
Pre-premier:  Jenison Force Five!
Penn and Tim being very silly

The premier was held in the New Sheridan Opera Theater.
Gloria Swanson has performed here.

Penn explains how the project started...then the premier.

People were so excited!  Cheering, and lots of congratulations to Tim and everyone involved.
This patron asks Tim for his autograph.

This morning is the second viewing, and there will be a Q&A following, along with a viewing of Tim's painting.  Stay tuned, and thanks for coming along on this big adventure!

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Goings On....

Greetings!  I've been happily working away in my studio and realized I haven't written in a while.
Here is what I've been up to:
I presented lectures to both the San Antonio Fiber Artist guild and the Austin Fiber Artists.
Here are some of the Austin Fiber Artists prior to the meeting.

Members looked at several of the quilts I brought along.

Look who returned home?!
Amsterdam Alley is about to go to its new owner, but not before I block it again.
It is a bit rumpled from shipping.

I decided to finish this small wallhanging.
I was gifted with a San Antonio Mod Guild Charter member block.

I had fun putting borders on and quilting it.


The "Juice Box" is on the way to Telluride with a painting.
My husband has a film in the festival!

Here is a quilt top that I began several months ago.
It had a structural problem and I finally corrected it.

The beginnings of another quilt using the beautiful Cherrywood hand-dyed fabrics.
Just yummy!

Here is the quilt top.  Negative space is Robert Kaufman Essex (linen cotton blend)

And the back.  This is Robert Kaufman chambray cotton.

Tomorrow I leave for Telluride and I'll try(!) to post about the experience of being at the film festival.
It all depends on internet access!