In fact, I grew up in the area, mostly in Virginia, and still consider it home. Also worked in the DuPont Circle area for 5 years...which could be why that's the area chosen to stay in this weekend. Well, that and the really good rate on the hotel.
Thursday's train ride offered a good stretch of time for stitching while listening to an audio book.
Once settled into my hotel, it was off to The Renwick Gallery to see 40 Under 40.
40 under 40: Craft Futures features forty artists born since 1972, the year the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s contemporary craft and decorative arts program was established at its branch museum, the Renwick Gallery. The exhibition investigates evolving notions of craft within traditional media such as ceramics and metalwork, as well as in fields as varied as sculpture, industrial design, installation art, fashion design, sustainable manufacturing, and mathematics. The range of disciplines represented illustrates new avenues for the handmade in contemporary culture. *
Unfortunately, photos were not allowed so there are no shots of my favorite pieces in the exhibition.
It was possible, though, to get a shot of a tapestry by one of my favorite weavers, John Eric Riis. Pair of Prickly Pears (detail above) was woven in 1998 of silk with metallic threads and glass beads.
Yesterday, Friday, I decided to wander the DuPont Circle.
The ginger scones and jasmine tea at Teaism are delicious.
The Phillips Collection was just around the corner so it only seemed right to stroll on over.
The Rothko Room was heavenly.
reflection of glass on The Phillips Collection gift shop wall 1
reflection of glass on The Phillips Collection gift shop wall 2
mural on P Street
My Friday ended much as it began...with a bit of stitching.