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Archive for April, 2009

Collecting Stephanies

Amy & I ventured downtown today, braving the wonderfully blustery storm-threatening weather, to explore the Art City Austin fine arts festival. Our friend Stephanie Nance was one of 200+ artists selected from across the country to hawk their wares in our weird, art-lovin’ city. Although we saw a few of the usual local suspects and their creations, we enjoyed the mixture of traditional and experimental artwork, most of which was immaculately crafted. Delicious treats from Oaxacan Tamaleo and Holy Cacao (cake balls on a stick!?) kept our taste-buds happy.

We have a few bite-sized Nance originals in our home, and today, we bought a piece from another favorite local artist, Stephanie Strange. I have been enchanted by Strange’s typewriter drawings for a couple of years now, and I’m ecstatic to be the proud owner of one, finally!

-Mel

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The 2009 conference of the American of Educational Research Association took place in San Diego. Since I am notorious for forgetting the real camera and snapping phone pics, here’s the week’s solo adventure I had during breaks at the conference. From boutique hotel roof vistas to downtown and Hillcrest walks to the fav Trader Joe’s to sushi! The weather really is perfect there, except that I developed an allergy to the place a couple of days in, leaving me pretty stuffy headed most of the week.

View from Ivy Hotel rooftop

Chocolate!

Southern Cali Sushi

amo

Trader Joe's

yard zoo art

hillcrest entrance

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