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12/6/09

International Art Exchange

My friend Susan at artstream gallery asked me to participate in an International Art Exchange.


At first, I thought, "nah".  Sounds too much like a chain letter.  Well, it is structured like a chain letter where you send one piece of art to the person on the top of a two-person list.  And then wait for the mail to deliver up to 36 pieces of art in return.  Theoretically, from everywhere.  Doubting Thomas that I am, I didn't really think I'd get anything in return mail.  But still  . . . . I sent off my package to Flossy-P in Australia.  Flossy blogged about the Art Exchange on December 1 and included photos of the gifts she'd recieved  --  all from New Hampshire and Maine.  .......  Then, on Friday, I received my first exchange in the mail.  From Jenny, the quiltcookie, in North Carolina.

Not only did I get these beautiful quilted coasters from Jenny but she included a note to let me know that she was responding to the art exchange from Kathy Lee, fiber artist from Old Orchard Beach in Maine.

I recently met Kathy at the Seacoast Area Fiber Artists, a textile group of about 10 women artists founded by Wen Redmond.  Wen has a studio in the old Salmon Falls Mill and a few months ago emailed to invite me to join the group.  I did.  Happily. 

. . . .  not to be greedy.....but......maybe there will be another package in the mail ......

Now, when I got my mail on Friday, the package from Jenny in North Carolina looked like this

ripped ..  torn .. and dirty ..
It was placed inside a clear plastic envelope by the USPS with big, black, bold letters upon it reading:
WE CARE!

It's quite amazing that I received it at all and in good condition.
But it was....in fine perfect pristine condition.

 *****
We are technically 15 days from the official start of winter.
But
it snowed last night
and we awoke to this

..... looking east from my living room window.....



... the lane going southwest from our house in the woods.....

Have a happy, creative, lovely Sunday!

11 comments:

Deborah said...

What a fun idea! I'm glad it is successful. The snow is lovely.

Pat said...

yeah!!! somethings work..... it is a beautiful day with bright sun on the snow-covered trees.

yvette said...

mmmmmmmmmmmmsnow...I had to pass it over the artexchange but maybe next year....will you show us everything please? And also what you sent away...
love
yvette

Françoise said...

Snow, already! Here, it's raining and raining...
So you will get lots of good mail in the next days and weeks. That's lovely.

Jenny Williams said...

I'm so glad you received the coasters, Pat. By the looks of the package you were lucky, indeed! I sent them in a clear cellophane envelope. Don't think I'll do that again! Anyway - so glad you like them and hope you get more art gifts in the mail.
Jenny Williams

Deb G said...

"Let it snow, let it snow, let is snow..." So pretty!

linda stokes said...

Beautiful snow pics Pat - like a Christmas card! Hot here now - 39C on the weekend.

layers said...

thanks for coming to my blog-- we are having clear sunny skies here but FREEZING temps and the word snow keeps coming up on the news- it looks pretty but not fun to be out in..

Phyllis said...

I don't like the idea of chain letters, but this seems intriguing and rather fun. I love your beautiful snow photos.

Deborah said...

So you collect antique linens also? My collection wasn't intentional, they just started accumulating. Would love to see photos of yours.

T said...

This art exchange would have me checking the mail box ten times a day every day. A bit like Christmas every day. Sounds like fun...

xt

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