There was a big crowd at the Pember Library Friday night. They sold lots of wine and beer and cheesecake (Meg from Gardenworks in Salem was selling Nuns of NewSkete Cheesecake to benefit the Library) and people seemed to be enjoying themselves, but the art wasn’t moving. I didn’t sell anything, and I don’t think any one else did either.
I did meet some nice people. Two women told me they wanted to be in the “Reading Chair” potholder. (Both had young children) Another woman said she keeps buying stuffed chairs thinking that each new chair will be the one she gets to relax in. I had an inspiring conversation with a woman who recognized the Gee’s Bend influence in my quilts.
I also had a nice glass of red wine and got to show my mother (who came with us) the egg and butterfly collections in the Natural History Musem upstairs from the Library. She and Mary Kellogg went to the Slate Valley Museum, just over the covered bridge, and were impressed with Kerry O.Furlini, a slate carver, just back from studying in Wales, who was showing her work there.
The Pember Library, like many Libraries, has had it’s budget cut and is working hard to stay open. And it’s in a town that really depends on it. I was glad to be a part of the First Friday Exhibit which will continue through April 25th and I’ll continue selling the quilts and potholders in the Library and on my website. You can see everything for sale at the Library on my Current Pieces for Sale page. While the show is up 20% of all sales will benefit the Pember Library and Museum.
I think this captures the feel of the Pember Library and Natural History Museum on Friday night. (Although some may see it as gibberish.)