TULA PINK! Quilt Show – Something Interesting We Did

DH and I were talking about the pitiful state of our social life. We just have a hard time connecting with people. (TMI? Have you missed me?) With the 1/2 life that comes with shared child custody, it is difficult to make adult friendships work. Add to that – we both basically have a default setting of quiet and absorbed in our own worlds (quilting, books) and it takes a while for people to like us. And we are a skosh curmudgeonly and old. Ok, more than a skosh.

Recently while bemoaning our “fates”, I got sick of trying to think how to meet people who could be our “couple friends”. I decided that we need to make our lives interesting outside of trying to meet people. I HATE things I can’t control. And meeting people who can stand us enough to hang out with us regularly is definitely not something I have much control over.

Every weekend, kids or not, we are doing something interesting – so that our lives are interesting regardless of our social status.

Our first foray was a quick trip to see the Tula Pink and Luke Haynes quilt show at the Albrecht-Kemper museum in St. Joseph. This is an adorable little gem of a museum in n a cool old mansion.


The quilts were more for me, of course. And they were amazing and beautiful. Tula Pink is sort of my favoritest person in the world I don’t actually know – so I was a goner. It was great to see all of the quilts I had fawned over online in real person.


Luke Haynes does amazing work – true art pieces in fabric. I had been to a talk he gave a few months back, so knew a bit about his work. Again, so great to see some of these in real life.

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My favorite is the dual Elvis… I LOVE the flying geese backdrop.


And I love this picture. The kids with LUKE – Some prehipsters these two are, for sure.


The paitings at the Allbrecht-Kemper are housed in about three rooms – and there really are some cool American art pieces…


Victory by Lisa Lala took my breath away. I love the color so much – this picture doesn’t do the color justice. I want to make a quilt in this palette.


My favorite painter is Janet Fish – so I was thrilled to see this painting, entitled Cows. So weird that I was this close to another of her paintings and didn’t go to see it until now.


A very cool painting was this Fruit Ninja-like piece. I cavalierly thought that the paintings would be documented on the website, so I didn’t take notes. So I don’t know the name or who it is by.


Another painting that had a color palette that caused me to drool was Afterglow in Mexico by Wolf Kahn. Lavender, cornflower blue, russety orange. Another set of colors on the quilting to-do list.

Albrecht-Kemper was an interesting thing to do.  The Tula Pink and Luke Haynes exhibit is open until September 7, 2014.

I gots cultured: UMKC Symphony performs The Planets by Holtz


Friends, the kids, DH and I went to the UMKC Conservatory Wind Symphony performance on 10.28.  I thought the performance was amazing – the pairing of the music with the planet images.  I popped out of my seat as soon as the last note was played.  Afterwards as we drove around trying to find a place open late enough to get dinner (yes, we are *those* parents), DH described some of the things wrong with the performance.  And he played the music by somebodyawesomeeuropeanprofessionalsymphony.  And I saw his point.  The evening was fun, the college kids did a fine job, but the music played professionally was miles apart.  And then I saw Balanchine done poorly a week later and got frustrated and mad with the wild applause… and I really saw his point.  More on that later.

Here is DH and the kids – in their fancy clothes.  And I didn’t teach the kids how to not smile – Maybe once their braces come off.  I smile *with* my giant, gappy teeth.


And the Kauffman Center couldn’t be more beautiful.  Even if visitors ask me if it was meant to look like the Sydney Opera House.  Sigh.