Summer is not quite officially here yet, but we have definitely had bouts of summer temperatures, and 200 or so lucky miniaturists are just getting home from a week at Guild School in Castine, Maine, a wonderful week of what I refer to as adult summer camp. Most of us flew in on the first wave of lovely weather the residents of Castine have had this spring, and barring one day of sporadic showers, it hung around all week. We enjoyed bright sunny days and superb classes with fantastic teachers, and, if the ‘Graduation’ exhibit was anything to go by, we all learned a lot and have the projects to prove it.
One of the first places many of us seek out upon our arrival is the huge bulletin board bearing photos of all the proposed classes for next year. Yup, before we even begin, we’re looking forward to next year as inevitably, and seemingly way too soon, our time is up and we’re packing up our tools and ourselves and heading back out again, with new skills and new treasures to sustain us over the summer.
If you missed out on the experience-or are suffering through miniatures withdrawal, may I suggest you look at the classes on offer at the Guild Show this September. Several of those stupendous Guild School teachers are offering classes, and a number of festivities are on in the works and on the schedule to make this show a real happening. It will be a very welcome oasis to keep on your horizon as the summer drags on. Hope to see you there!