Greetings from Minneapolis

Well, as you may have gathered from the title, I am currently writing to you from Minneapolis, Minnesota. I'm here for the 43rd annual Society of North American Goldsmiths conference and here is an interesting fact for you: The very first SNAG conference was held right here in Minneapolis 43 years ago. How's that for a home coming. 

I've only been in the city for about 24 hours now, but par for the course, I have made the time to walk around and get a little acquainted. So far I have only seen the space between my hotel overlooking Gold Medal Park smack on the Mississippi and the conference hotel further inland and into the core of the downtown (27 minute walk according to google). I'll see more tonight though while I take part in the Gallery Crawl!

Room with a view: Looking toward the Mississippi River from my hotel room

Room with a view: Looking toward the Mississippi River from my hotel room

Walking down Marquette Street downtown Minneapolis

Walking down Marquette Street downtown Minneapolis

My impression of Minneapolis so far is that it is a clean, friendly and artistic city of people who appreciate the beauty of their industrial past and present. The modern, the historical and the industrial architecture are seamlessly woven here and as always I am soaking in the Art Deco structures that I don't get to experience on my coast.

This has been a day of scholarly application as we enjoyed a provocative lecture titled Let's Print out a Gun: Craft in the Age of Pervasive Computing by keynote speaker, Dr. Tanya Harrod a research fellow at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London. We also experienced a beautiful and passionate address from George Sawyer, Mokume gane master, titled From Tattoos to Bamboos, Inspirations that Spark the Flame.

Ok, I'd better hustle. We've got free  admission into the Walker Art Museum this evening and I've got a Gallery Crawl to catch!

A sculpture by Mark di Suvero, right around the corner from a Botero Sculpture!

A sculpture by Mark di Suvero, right around the corner from a Botero Sculpture!