Last weekend I spent two and a half full and lovely days with my friend, Kate in Boston. Although it was cold, you couldn't have asked for a sunnier and more brilliant weekend.
I was saying in a previous post that Kate is my dream museum companion. Usually I prefer going to art museums on my own so I can take things in with out feeling any responsibility for the passage of time and other's interest or lack of. After putting in a good half day at MASSMOCA last December with Kate, I realized she is "the one" for me when it comes to museum companionship. That said, I thought we'd spend some time in Boston's art museums. We had every intention of doing so and going to the Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston. We even spent a half hour or so sitting and talking in the ICA building's outdoor amphitheater admiring this view.
Something else was in the cards for us last weekend. We ended up shopping, eating, talking, walking, drinking and being decadent girls together. What fun!
Here's a view as we walked around the South End of Boston which is home to Kate's art studio. One highlight of the weekend was treating ourselves to a late day cocktail at one of the best cocktail bars I have ever been to called DRINK in Fort Point. I had a Cuban: rum, mint, lime juice and champagne served in a champagne glass.
Friday evening we met up with Kate's husband, Jeff and headed back to their sweet apartment in the South End. Another guilty pleasure turned out to be listening to Pandora's "Sweet Freedom" radio station which played all the songs that got stuck in our heads back in the late 1980's...Micheal Mcdonald, Stevie Winwood, Tears for Fears...nice. That night Indian food, good conversation and ice cream sundays were on the menu.
The next day we decided to walk off our food hangovers so we headed out and over to Boston Common where we made friends with this magnificent Redwood tree.
After a bit of nature it was time for a bit of shopping. These cuties waited patiently for their humans and drew a crowd of people "awwing" out on the sidewalk of Newbury Street.
Here's a confession... Kate and I spent a considerable amount of time in Sephora at a mall (gasp) in town smelling and spritzing our selves with perfume. I don't know what came over us...I don't even wear perfume! It was a huge treat to bask in the possibilities that lie in something new... a new scent, a new sparkly make-up color, a new way of being. In a way, I felt like I was at the movies but instead of sitting back in a dark room watching a life or story pass by on the screen I was living vicariously through the newness of all the items and objects we looked at, touched, tried on and smelled. We walked and walked from one place to another looking, touching, smelling.
We never made it to the ICA that afternoon either...we were worn out from all the eye candy, new scents and walking. Instead we had cups of Chai tea and rested our weary feet and heads in Jeff's office which he offered as a haven for us to collect ourselves and our senses after the day's escapades.
Saturday night I had a date to meet a friend and pianist, Andy Lantz, at The Club Cafe piano bar. We arranged for me to sing a handful of songs with his accompaniment. Kate, Jeff and I had cocktails and some food and soaked in the warm atmosphere and the great playing of songs from the American songbook. I had such a nice time singing with Andy and found it a treat to sing some jazz material with just piano accompaniment and a wonderful pianist.
The sun rose to a new day and after oranges and coffee on Sunday morning we headed over here...
... to Kate's amazing art studio. She shares a great space where she has room to spread out and work on her oil paintings and charcoal creations. I LOVE her work and where it is going. The lines, depth, values and colors create organic worlds which for me conjure up nervous system pathways, kelp sea forest, seed shapes, the circulatory system, feathers, hair... they seem to be both micro and macro points of view and abstractions. Here are a few more peeks of her space and her artwork. Her website is being developed as I write this and will be up in a few weeks. I will post a link to it in the future when it is up and running. She gave me a preview look at the website and it looks great. I can't wait to share it with you so you can see her and her work in a more professional light.
Thanks Kate, Jeff, Andy and Boston for a wonderful weekend!