Earl Brunner on sat 18 mar 06
Tony didn't really say NO to NCECA, what he said was to take a look at what your expectations and needs are and go to something that will meet those expectations or needs. Get the biggest bang for the buck. One could spend ALL their time and what little money they might have going to all kinds of workshops, conferences, galleries etc, etc and never get any work done.
Gail Dapogny on sun 19 mar 06
On Mar 18, 2006, at 11:01 PM, Gail Dapogny wrote:
> I think there is a lot to what Tony said. I went to Portland (and
> fell in love with the northwest, would live there in a flash). The
> northwest aside, I felt that the programming was weak and has been
> getting weaker each year (another topic). Nevertheless I
> thoroughly enjoyed myself, saw some beautiful work, took lots of
> photos which may or may not come back to influence me, of course
> loved the Clayart room, and enjoyed my close friends, as well as
> many new acquaintances.
> I would go again; I will go again, since there are things going on
> at NCECA that I value, but I have to agree that those smaller
> conferences and workshops that zero in on the things that fascinate
> you most are much more valuable in the long run. Tony is right;
> save your money for those events if you need to make choices.
> The Clayart room: now that's something else. I find myself
> monumentally impressed at what Mel has done for us both online and
> off. I was privately amazed at one point when I looked around and
> found that I knew so many people, no matter if they didn't know
> me. I tend to be shy or reserved or something along those lines,
> so this was rather stunning for me.
> Musing through the flock of NCECA posts since returning, I did find
> myself getting thoroughly irritated with the endless gushing and
> constantly-repeated IN-group names listed over and over and
> over... Whatever happened to private posts? It's tiresome, guys.
> You might think it sour grapes on my part but I think I'm past the
> sour grapes phase of my life. It's just that...think how excluded
> the less visible and less well known (but equally wonderful and
> talented) Clayarters feel when they keep reading the BIG names of
> the group in post after post. It's just a bit insensitive. We
> really don't need these mantras. And i thank those who wrote about
> substance rather than a list of whom you met. I think that Clayart
> will be even more special to everyone who attends if we can just
> get away from this who's who stuff.
> Oh, well; didn't mean to be grumpy. I too got the after-Portland
> bug so am in a more down-than-usual frame of mind.
> Love you all, BIG-names and NO-names alike!
> Gail Dapogny in Ann Arbor which is damned brisk for almost-spring
> Gail Dapogny
> Ann Arbor, Michigan
> On Mar 18, 2006, at 1:27 PM, Earl Brunner wrote:
>> Tony didn't really say NO to NCECA, what he said was to take a
>> look at what your expectations and needs are and go to something
>> that will meet those expectations or needs. Get the biggest bang
>> for the buck. One could spend ALL their time and what little
>> money they might have going to all kinds of workshops,
>> conferences, galleries etc, etc and never get any work done.
>> Earl Brunner