Last Friday we had a gathering of Orchid members at the SNAG (Society
of North American Goldsmiths) 2001 Conference in Richmond, VA. I
believe I speak for everyone when I say, “A wonderful time was had by
all!” We met at a marvelous Chinese restaurant, fittingly called
Peking, and I believe the restaurant staff felt we overstayed our
welcome. We were having a great time, so we really didn’t care.
Attending the dinner were Jeanette Payne, Deb Karash, Karen
Christians, Donna Wilson, Judy Ligon, Dianne DeBeixedon, Dave Sebaste,
Mark Moretti, Laura Weisler, Neela Shakla, Dina Weavers, and Cathy
Wheless. Several folks from Karen’s Metalwerx group were also close at
hand. Anne Hollerbach was called into a SNAG business meeting at the
last minute and was unable to attend… and I suspect a similar fate
befell Blaine Lewis.
We discussed an incredible spectrum of subjects, and there were often
several conversations in progress simultaneously. I won’t try and
cover it… you just had to be there! I think it’s safe to say many of
us laid the foundations for some life-long friendships and
relationships. This experience serves to reinforce what a unique and
remarkable community we have here at Orchid!
I took a few photos of the dinner! Of course, I have posted them on a
Web page! If you’d like to associate faces with the names, please
feel free to visit: http://www.sebaste.com/orchid_dinner.htm.
I encourage everyone to meet other Orchid members when the
opportunity presents itself. Without exception, every encounter with
an “Orchidian” over the years has been a wonderful and heart-warming
experience. Continuous thanks to Hanuman for being the catalyst and
benefactor of this wonderful community!
Now it’s time to go out to the studio and play with the new tools I
acquired in Richmond!
All the best,
Sebaste Studio and
Carolina Artisans’ Gallery
Charlotte, NC (USA)