Saturday, January 11, 2020

Work!

Happy weekend, friends!

I was going to post a blog post last week, but I should have known that that wasn't going to happen. Last week was add/drop week at SCAD (Savannah College of Art and Design), when student can add and drop classes without any financial consequences.
View from the building where I work
What that means is that it is REALLY busy. We have walk-in hours all day every day during that week when students can see us without appointments.
Student work in one of the buildings - it's huge!
It's also the week when most of the departments have student orientations and faculty meetings, which we try to go to.
One of the School of Design buildings decorated with clown shoes
I advise all graduate students in Design for Sustainability, Industrial Design, Design Management, Service Design, Creative Business Leadership, Writing and Dramatic Writing (for theater, movies or television).
From an exhibit at the SCAD Museum of Art
Altogether, I advise about 450 students. It was so fun to see many of them again after winter break, as well as the professors. Yes, we are busy but for me it is incredibly fulfilling work.
The view from my parking garage
As an added bonus, I get to be around art and creativity all day long and work smack-dab in the middle of historic downtown Savannah (although it's a little dangerous that I work only a block from the main shopping street).

Next week will be a lot calmer and I won't have evening meetings to go to, so hopefully I'll check in a little more often.

I wish you all a beautiful Saturday!


Silke

Sunday, January 5, 2020

Virginia Museum of Fine Arts

Aside from the Edward Hopper exhibit, the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts was beyond impressive. We had no idea how huge it is and only saw about a third of its collection. It definitely calls for another trip!
The Faberge flowers were exquisite.

Ancient art from east and west.

This was a huge piece of art "painted" entirely with pins. I would not have the patience!

This painting was equally large and painted in layers with resin in between, which gave it a lot of depth.

 The details in this piece were stunning as well!




As we were eating lunch we watched this bridal party taking photos. They must have been freezing as it was not a warm day!



We were lucky in the timing of our trip. Just three days before, this statue was moved from Times Square in New York City to it's new permanent location at the VMFA.

A magnificent work of art!
Hopefully you enjoyed this little stroll through the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. It's definitely worth a visit! I know we'll be back...

I wish you all a relaxing Sunday! We are getting ready for the start of school tomorrow. Let the fun begin! :)

Silke

Saturday, January 4, 2020

Pinckney Island

While I was at work yesterday helping incoming graduate students with all their many questions - it was fun having all the students trickle back into town - Daniel was enjoying his last vacation day on Pinckney Island. 
Pinckney Island is located on the way to Hilton Head Island in South Carolina. As the crow flies, it's not very far from where we live. However, by car it takes about an hour to get there as you have to drive west through Savannah along the Savannah River and then back on the other side of the river toward the Atlantic ocean again.
Daniel kept sending me photos throughout the day and I thought they were too beautiful not to share with you all.














My next post will take us back to Richmond, Virginia. In the meantime, have a wonderful Saturday!

Silke

Thursday, January 2, 2020

Edward Hopper Exhibit

A few weeks ago we drove to Richmond, VA especially to see this Edward Hopper exhibit. We are both great fans of this magnificent artist.
I have much more to share of Richmond, but first I wanted to show you some photos I took at the exhibit.
They aren't the best photos. Even though it was allowed to photograph the art, I always feel like I'm doing something I shouldn't be doing.
What I found most fascinating were seeing some of his preliminary sketches next to the final artwork and the changes he ended up making. 





Now, here we have an actual hotel room (below) that was recreated from the painting above. 
What we found out just this morning from a radio interview, you could book this hotel room for $150 a night. There would be guards around at night, but we could have slept in a Hopper painting! If only we had known...


Silke