Happy Holidays From Russell & Angie
The past year has been a whirlwind for us! We did 19 shows and travelled to or through 23 states plus Washington D.C. Along the way we have met a lot of wonderful, unforgettable people - and even found time to get married!
If we could each pick just one, favorite memory from our year of travels, I think these would be the winners:
Russell's Favorite Adventure of 2013
In July, Russell flew from Wisconsin to Washington D.C. to spend some time photographing the monuments, the Gettysburg area and Frank Lloyd Wright's Falling Water. Visiting Fallingwater was the highlight of his trip and one of the most powerful experiences that he's had as a photographer. He spent a quiet, misty morning standing on a bluff near the house. Watching the way the light played on the structure, the trees and the waterfall was mesmerizing. Even after he finished photographing the scene, he found it difficult to leave. He was enthralled by the serenity of the place and by Frank Lloyd Wright's flawless vision for the house and the artistry of his legendary design.
Later, Russell finished off his unforgettable Washington D.C. trip with a mad dash to the airport. Perilously close to missing his flight, he scrambled through security and was so preoccupied with packing up his camera gear that he almost forgot his shoes. Fortunately, the friendly traveler behind him said, "you may want to grab those, you won't get far without them!" Turning around to say thanks, Russell found himself face-to-face with Paul Ryan (and yes, his eyes are a brilliantly blue and almost as mesmerizing as Fallingwater).
Angie's Favorite Adventure of 2013
In October, I found myself at the St. James Art Festival in Louisville, Kentucky. Although Russell met me there, he was not able to stay for the entire show because his father had recently fallen and broken his hip. (Side note: the elder Mr. Grace is recovering nicely.)
Although working the show alone, I had everything was under control - until the rain started. With ferocious storms tearing through the area, the event organizers decided to close down the festival a day early. It suddenly seemed that I would be tearing down the booth in the pouring rain and ankle-deep mud by myself. Then, while I was trying to devise a strategy for getting all the art (and myself) out safely, three men came into the booth.
Once these gentlemen realized that I would be tearing down alone, they pledged their help! They spent more than four hours that rainy Saturday night slogging through the mud, protecting the artwork, loading the van and dismantling the tent. Not only did they ensure that every piece of work was unharmed, they also sold one of the largest pieces in the booth while I went to bring the van around! These perfect strangers were perfect angels. They took what should have been a miserable experience - and could have been a complete disaster - and turned it into a fantastically fun adventure! Since that wet weekend, they have become treasured friends and we cannot wait to see them again next year!
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People often ask us what we enjoy most about traveling the art show circuit. We love being able to explore our country from coast to coast. From the strange, quirky roadside attractions, to the historic monuments, stunning natural landscapes, charming little towns and vibrant big cities, we have a unique opportunity to experience the expansive diversity that makes our country so absolutely amazing.
We're grateful for every day that we get to spend photographing the very best of America, but we feel especially fortunate that every trip
and wonderful people into our lives.
As we travel, we are constantly meeting other artists and art lovers, fellow road warriors and people who welcome weary travelers into their homes and businesses. Everywhere we go, people tell us what's best about their communities. They see our pictures of places they've been and they tell us why those places are special to them. We're constantly amazed by the way people who pass through our lives so briefly make such lasting impressions.
As you travel through the new year, we hope that your days
will be filled with adventures and that your heart will be filled
with joy and wonder at the amazing beauty of our country
and the kindness of the strangers you meet!
Russell & Angie