Hello, buttercups! Today on the blog, I am chatting about my very first Blue Plum Festival–which is not a celebration of a blue plum, but a celebration of the history and roots of Johnson City, Tennessee. The downtown streets are currently filled to the brim with music, food, balloon animals, handmade items, and beer…but I was drawn to the Urban Art Throwdown. I snapped a few photos with my Samsung Galaxy S5 (which has an amazing camera) to show y’all why I spent so much time hanging out at the Throwdown. Luckily, I was able to hear some of the great musicians while admiring the artisans at work.
I also spent some time at the Nelson Fine Art Center–which is a lovely place with art and coffee. What’s not to love about that! While enjoying all the wonderful art on display and for sale, I met Joy A .Lawson, a retired interior designer who creates the most amazing encaustic and mixed media art pieces. It was splendid being able to chat about art and travel because it really made me feel good about the move to Johnson City. I have to admit that I have been a bit overwhelmed with the move and trying to meet new people…and trying to explore the new surroundings–but today at Nelson’s, while chatting with Joy–I felt at peace. It also reminded me how much I really love art and the art community–how I love creating and being around creative people.
Speaking of creative people, Abby (my daughter and also the Vintage Inspired Passionista) and I met Jessica Klaaren of Jessica Klaaren Jewelry. A big shout out to my artisan friend Rachel Leathers of Hearts of Stone Jewelry and Genuine Leathers Designs for telling Abby that Jessica was at the Blue Plum Festival–small world! Be sure to check out Abby’s blog and social media for all the details about Jessica Klaaren and her fabulous wearable art.
Check out Abby’s blog here.
Connect with the VIP’s Facebook page here.
Thanks for sitting a spell with me today. All of this chatting about art has me excited about getting back to my own art–I just need to finish my studio space first *smile* Stay tuned to all my social media for all the cuteness of my fur babies, updates on the house projects, and much more. Y’all can also see the sassy side of me over at Real Media.