After a small fight with my borrowed GPS I was on my way. Barely 2 hours into the drive I was too sleepy to go on and slept in a McDonald's parking lot for a bit. Back on the road a few more hours and I could not go on yet again and stopped at a rest area for some much needed sleep.
Hours later and I'm running low on podcasts, McDonald's wifi to the rescue!
In the meantime, my good pal Mandy from college has called me to say that her and another friend are hanging out in Gatlinburg until I arrive so that we can hang out. Gatlinburg is CRAZY! It is like a mini Vegas with all of it's lights and tourist attractions, I felt like I was suddenly in another world, which was made even more strange the moment I pulled into Arrowmont School of Art and Craft which was a tiny incubated world in and of itself.
|Joanna's sample pieces|
|The Red Barn, where I stayed|
|Entryway to the classrooms. My class was just to the left of this lovely fountain.|
I quickly dropped my toolbox in the classroom where my classmates lingered long after the orientation I had missed, threw my bags in the room and met my roommates and was promptly whisked off the local brewery by Mandy and Dave.
|mandy peering around the beers!|
There was an exhibit up from the Enamelist Society who had had a conference at Arrowmont not long before from what I understood. I snapped a few photos of my favorite pieces. Unfortunately they didn't have any cards for the actual artists out but the exhibit was really a treat.
|awesome fold formed piece|
|loved the shadow in this piece|
|Enamelist Society Exhibit|
|our amazing classroom!|
|The bear came in in the door just to left of this photo!|
|My roomies and I :D|
|view from the hill I slipped down one night|
|WIP on my bench|
|all my finished pieces|