Do you think it's safe to say that if I was so pooped by 7:46 PM that I had to go to bed for the night, it was most likely an exhilarating Stefani Day??
The first part won't sound exhilarating, but it was. I went to work for a meeting. This was an unprecedented meeting of almost all the departments in our Rochester office, to discuss how to get our work done with the number of employees we currently have. I wouldn't have missed this for the world and I'm glad I went. Though I have highly unusual circumstances with my AR counterpart being on medical leave for 4 months, everyone feels overworked to some degree.
Our company president, who works in our Buffalo office, has started a Kaizen
movement within our company. You can imagine what a fan I am of business buzzwords, but I can get behind the concept, which is continuous improvement involving all levels of the organization.
The meeting was started by a manager telling us flat out, we will not be hiring more employees for the Rochester office, permanent or temporary, in the foreseeable future. We all knew that, I think, but it was definitely good that we all heard it in no uncertain terms, at the same time. It feels like most information is passed on to us in such a wishy-washy way, so even if it was "bad news" - it was definite news.
It was a good meeting. I was afraid people would clam up because the CEO was present, but they didn't. I got to say all that I wanted to say and I felt I was heard. I'm actually feeling renewed a bit and am looking forward to going to work on Monday. It also helped that I was able to take time on Thursday afternoon to sort out the big scary pile of papers on my desk into much better organized chaos.
On my way out the door, I snagged two Cole & Parks cookies which had been delivered to the office by one of our vendors. These are from a local restaurant; big, soft & chewy. Delicious lunch!
After that I drove straight downtown to the Memorial Art Gallery to see the exhibit, Extreme Materials
. (I had mentioned it to a friend the previous day so when I went to work for the meeting she gave me a birthday card with money for the museum admission tucked inside. That was so thoughtful! It made the day even more of a gift.)
This experience could not have been more perfect for me if I'd special ordered it. I had high hopes for this exhibit and they were exceeded. I tried to pick my favorites from their website to show you. I could have picked them all and told you all about every single one!
In no particular order:
This is sort of their signature piece, I think. It's the one you see in all the ads. It's a Cadillac with all sorts of weird things glued to it. I can't even begin to describe the stuff - beads, shoe soles, McDonald’s toys, you name it. Very cool. (On a related note, I saw an artist on one of the HGTV craft shows the other day, who rubber stamped a design on her car. Don't think that didn't get the ol' wheels turning for what I could do to my car!)
This is lots of spools of thread strung on clear poly tubing, in a design that if you look at it through that lens thing, turns the image right side up. I think it's a famous painting or something - I didn't really get that part.
Zippers, twisted into cones.
This one was cool. This is thousands of window envelopes from junk mail. The windows are clear of course and the white envelope part around the window is cut in a scalloped shape. You could read the writing on some of the envelopes.
Shipping tags with the names of fungus written on each one.
These plates were made by smog. The artist put a stencil of each president on a white plate and left them on her roof in Los Angeles. The dark area, made by the smog, was left to get darkest on the plates of the presidents who were the least friendly to the environment. Jimmy Carter's had the least amount of smog.
This represents a napkin lying on a table. It was carved from salt - as in a salt block, as in animal feed.
This one is very cool! These are dried orange peels, stitched with red thread.
This one was pictured in our newspaper when the exhibit opened. It's a swimming pool cover tied with cable ties to look like a cactus.
I really liked this one. It's a collage of beads - some are painted on the background board. Some are real pills and capsules encased in the resin layer, and then the top layer is painted on top of the resin layer. It's very dimensional and colorful. The pill "necklaces" in the resin were very cool.
This is one pencil, shaved into one continuous spiral. Impressive, huh?
This is crocheted cassette tape. It says There's no comfort in the truth
This is the wall hanging of duck sauce packets that I think I mentioned in a previous entry. Standing back from it, you can see the overall pattern, the wavy lines.
These are eggshells encased in resin. Its companion piece was broken peach pits encased in resin. This one intrigued me because of the patterns the shells made.
These are drug baggies picked up off the streets of NYC. The dealers apparently take discarded plastic bags and cut them into little squares to package the drugs they sell.
This piece blew me away. No surprise there - it's paper! This is a collage by Marietta Ganapin, 11" x 11". I was lucky enough to find a postcard of it in the gift shop but I still wish I remembered more about it. I do remember that background is made up of a gazillion circles of paper, the kind you produce with a regular office type hole punch. Seeing that one element made something in my brain go zing! I have so many ideas swirling around in my head for framed paper art - and this just opened a whole new avenue.
Also in the museum is a collection of work by internationally renowned Rochester artist Wendell Castle. He's mostly known for his woodworking though he works with other materials as well. This one is called Chair Standing on Its Head. I was standing inches from it and learned that pillow is made of wood only by reading the wall plaque! I know a bit about Wendell's work - and I still thought it was a real pillow until I read that it is wood. It's simply outstanding. Most of the pieces displayed are part of the museum's permanent collection with the others being on loan from Wendell or owners of his art. Several pieces were benches for patrons to sit on. Very cool stuff.
I highly recommend this Extreme Materials exhibit. There are probably 40 pieces in it - which was just the right amount. I didn't get "museumed out". $7.00 for non-members, students get a discount.
I went from there to a store on West Main Street that I found accidentally on the Internet, Rochester Art Supply
. I bought the PVA glue I've been looking for and linen adhesive tape for use in making little books. They had lots of cool handmade paper but I didn't buy any. I have trouble owning such beautiful paper because I never want to use it because then it will be gone.
Their website shows what I thought was a big box of Origami paper but it wasn't that impressive in person. However, they did have a cube of 2" squares of Origami paper that called my name loud and clear. Except it was $16.99, so it's call wasn't quite so loud after that. I have no idea what I'd do with it. I can certainly buy Origami paper lots of places and cut it into my own 2" squares. This little packages was just so dang cute! La, la, la, I can't hear you, no I can't, la, la, la, leave me alone, cute paper!
Then I went to Xpedx
, a paper warehouse, also downtown. I really didn't need anything, just wanted to stroll the aisles. I bought some padded envelopes and a half-ream of textured gray paper from their clearance shelf, just because.
I started to head over to the stamp store on Dewey Avenue because they have a good selection of quilling supplies but it was a lot of back-tracking and I decided I was pretty hungry. Those two cookies for lunch were wearing off. Steve's mom took us out to dinner so I knew I'd be eating dinner at 5:30 so I didn't want to eat very much. I was craving the only fast food I ever crave - an Arby's roast beef sandwich. The one on Monroe Avenue now has a drive-thru - even better! I bought a junior and ate it before I got off of Allens Creek Drive.
Then I had some Stefani Time at home, quilling and watching Dr. Phil and Oprah.
I had chosen McArdle's for dinner with Steve's mom. I had Santa Fe Scallops for an appetizer and Chicken Scampi and a salad for dinner.
Steve watched basketball when we got home and I read on the computer for a bit. At 7:46, I could no longer keep my eyes open and headed for bed. I remember seeing the clock strike 7:56 as my head hit the pillow.
It was a good day!