We reached Carson Pass at 8,574ft. It was clear and so beautiful it almost took your breath away.
After lunch, we headed for Reno. We had plans. First we drove to the Jimmy Beans Wool store and business...
I bought a book by the lady who created the pattern for the Moonkoosa slippers/boots that we made for this retreat. Watch the video on this website. It's hysterical. I just found out that she is also a singer in a group called Snowbird ( her songs have been featured on the soundtracks of Dawson's Creek, NUMB3RS and Party of Five.) and "she lives in the mountains with her unicorn, puffy cat & a hefty yarn stash riddled with gnomes."
Then we drove across town to the Nevada Museum of Art.
These photos of her paintings do not give justice to her wonderful oils. They are so beautiful. Her skies in each painting are so unique.. so stylized. Each had its own design and flow. She truly paints what John Muir felt when he said, " I only went out for a walk and finally concluded to stay out till sundown, for going out, I found, was really going in.” I understand this quote. It's one of my favorites.
We also enjoyed the Maurice Sendak: 50 Years, 50 Works, a memorial exhibition of 50 select artworks by the late author, artist and illustrator Maurice Sendak
There was a "wild rumpus" room which, I suspect, was a place for reading to groups of school children.
The walls were covered with his drawings.
- Where the Wild Things Are: Pajama Party and Film Screening
Friday April 18, 2014 / 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Parents and children are invited for a festive pajama party at the Museum. Participants will enjoy a hands-on art project, after-hours access to the exhibition, Maurice Sendak: 50 Years, 50 Works, 50 Reasons, evening snacks and a special screening of the 2009 Spike Jonze film Where the Wild Things Are. This event is designed for families with children ages 7 - 12. This film rating is PG. Come in your coziest PJs!
$20 / $16 Museum members | Buy TicketsHow fun is this?? I'm sure you can find a 7 to 12 year old around somewhere. They might even let you in by yourself.We saw some other exhibits that were noteworthy in this three story museum.
- Then there was the room filled with Crochet. A couple of the ladies in our group got into a little trouble here... well, not really. One of the docents, a very nice, old man, had a talk with them. (You know who you are, ladies.) He understood that my friends were just being one with the art. I looked into the room. It was like a huge, red spiderweb and you know how I feel about spiders.
We left the museum and drove down S. Virginia St. to Junkee's. This is a thrift store extraordinaire.
You cannot go into this store and not buy something. Clothes on the left and everything else on the right. It's a "not to be missed" place to go... and you WILL find something you can't live without.
We left Junkee and drove south to Carson City and east to Dayton. We stopped at the store and picked up a few things for dinner and finally reached our destination.
We had a lovely dinner, prepared by our hostess, with banana splits for dessert... the beginning of a food filled weekend. We talked for a while and then each of us said goodnight, as we ended our first day in the little town at the western end of the Twenty-Six Mile Desert, on a bend of the Carson River.
Tomorrow we would start our felting fest...