Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Report from the Far West

Amazing Artists,
Historic Buildings, 
Sunny skies, 
Free Trade,
Flowing Liquids, 
Campfires, 
Singing, 
Dancing, 
Saw File and Soldering.....

Just a few descriptive words for the Magical annual event called the Yuma Sumposium
(click here to see the YS website) The last weekend in February, the dusty 
desert outpost of Yuma Arizona hosts artists and creative minds from around the world. 
This year was the 30th anniversary.


I describe it like this:
the Yuma Symposium is where your heroes 
become your friends
and your friends become your heroes


Me and Harlon Butt, the President elect of the 
Society of North American Goldsmiths (SNAG)
and the creator of the most poetically gorgeous cloisonné vessels you will ever set eyes on
his website is at: http://www.harlanbutt.com/

(I had the privilage to take a workshop with Harlon a few years ago and I get to see him every once in a while at metalsmithing conferences. It is always wonderful to see him)


Yuma is where you get a good dose of kitsch, 
with a flair that lets you know
(in no uncertain terms)
that you are on the edge of California

it's a place where
a man on a segway with a cellphone
ambles by a Giant Rooster...all on webcam 

(the webcam had more interesting images when we were there, that's for sure)

It had been 6 years since I had last attended the Symposium, but I declare now that 
I will move heaven and earth to attend next year. 
It was that good.

really.


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