In addition to the great demos, I saw some amazing exhibitions and went to some great lectures. Two of my favorites were Chip Thomas who talked about his life as a doctor on the Navaho Nation, his photography and how he became a street artist, and Mary Frisbee Johnson who discussed her journey from mixed media artist to creator of amazing narrative jewelry.
I've been out of the academic world for a while now so it was a good change of pace and mindset. It was great to come together with so many other metalsmiths and artists for the weekend, see amazing work, and learn new techniques. I hope I'm able to attend again next year.