So what does CHA, De Young and SF MOMA all have in common? Well I went to all of them last week. Having guests in town we got out and about a bit including a road trip down highway 1 last weekend where I got to walk the floor at CHA (Craft and Hobby Association) in Anaheim and see what it is all about.
Of course the main thing I was interested in was seeing who all attends the show, who exhibits and I wanted to look at the Art and Licensing design section to see if it might be a good place to exhibit some year. It was well located in the center of the floor, so that is a good thing! Who is at CHA? Basically any company that makes products you would find in craft stores. There is DIY hardware, supplies, tons of scrapbooking papers, decorating, doll-making, jewelry supplies, stickers, tools, fibers, stationary supplies, stamps, tickers, craft kits, it goes on and on. I was there on the first day, a Sunday afternoon. It seemed well-attended but not jammed. Most booths were engaged with the attendees so that is good. But alas I didn’t get any pictures to share!! I only had the afternoon and wanted to walk the whole floor, so I had to prioritize.
BUT, I did take some pics when we were at the DeYoung Museum and SF MOMA earlier in the week so I do have some inspiration to share with you. Funnily enough, the pieces of art I was most inspired to take a snap of were all pieces I’ve seen before and like then also. What gives? There was a wonderful exhibition at The De Young Museum: “Matter and Spirit: The Sculpture of Stephen DeStabler” of which I have no pics (not allowed) which is full of his figurative sculptures in clay, deconstructed and archaeological “ish”. Really marvelous. And below, some of my favorite pieces: