Last weekend I went up to NYC with some friends for the annual International Arts Movementconference. It has become a family reunion of sorts, a time to reconnect with friends scattered around the world. Also, it is a fantastic gathering of great lectures, top-notch performances, and meaningful interaction with artists. Here are my sketchbook scans from the weekend:
Also, illustrator extraordinaire and friend John Hendrix and I attended the opening of the Society of Illustrators 52 Advertising & Institutional exhibition. It is always great to see original illustrations, and even better to meet artists I've looked up to for years!
The stairway, lined with original portraits of former Society presidents.
The member's bar at the Society of Illustrators - complete with an original Rockwell.
Here's a piece for my friends at the Charlotte Folk Society. A few years ago they helped organize the Black Banjo Then & Now Gathering, a historic event remembering and celebrating the African-American history of the banjo. It was an amazing weekend where I was able to meet national treasures like Joe Thompson and was even able to sit in on some jam sessions between the folks who would become the Carolina Chocolate Drops. The Gathering is happening again this year at Appalachian State University, with a weekend-closer in Charlotte.