On Saturday, the guild hosted an artist talk featuring the participants of the Gimme Shelter exhibit, curated by Peter Barrett. The rain held out and the weather was just right. The talk even had the highest turnout yet for an off-site event. Guests followed Susan Togut, Nathaniel Lieb, David d’Ostilio, and Brent Sturlaugson around the grounds of White Pines to listen to each artist speak about his or her piece.
Afterward, the whole Byrdcliffe community was invited to join us for a big celebratory dinner. We ate together on the Villetta Porch with the family and friends of the exhibiting artists, the artists in residence, Byrdcliffe board members, and staff members from Byrdcliffe’s main office. With lots of help from Alexis, Peter, and Derin, we had enough chili, bread, roasted veggies, and other appetizing sides to feed over forty people. We all thought we were full until Derin brought out her chocolate pyramid desserts, which tasted even better than they looked (they looked awesome). The rain finally broke as we sat together under the safety of our beloved porch, enjoying rich and delicious chocolate topped with mango drizzle. What could be better?