Last Friday most of Ron's show came down--tapestries on the walls near the Terwilliger auditorium. Still on display are the eleven in a glass case in the cafe. People keep coming up to him to say they wish the work was still on view.
Our California friends were in town for the opening; Toni Van Horn created this collage. It has everything: Ron giving his lively talk about early influences on his work, Mark Rothko's paintings, for one. And the weaver, Sheila Hicks, whose small weavings he saw at an exhibition in New York before we left. Her big book, "Weaving as Metaphor," filled with images continues to inspire him.
Pat Crown, artist and art historian neighbor, worked to bring about the show and did a lovely intro. Never one to miss a teachable moment, Ron brought unspun yarn and his single-heddle loom. (Talked him out of the spinning wheel.) He wanted visitors to have a sense of the elements of his craft. They could see what a warp looks like--with a tapestry-in-progress.
Event evening was a whirl. Friends we've met in town came--Al and Toni, our hosts in Santa Rosa two years ago. Michael and Sandy and Steve and Mikki from our collective dedication to Portland Playhouse. On to Carolyn Savage's, lives on another floor in our building, put on one of her lovely celebration dinners in Ron's honor.
Our local grandchildren have visited the show. Zach, the 12 year old, admired the salmon. Most people were biased toward the other salmon. One cannot go wrong with this particular fish in Oregon. The one smiling at the camera is Ellie, the 6 year old. Zoe, 9, is paying more attention to the weaving.
The beat goes on...more later on his first sale and our continuing yarn discoveries.