Anne and I went to the Clayton art fair last night. It is not a particularly big art fair, maybe half-a-dozen blocks in total. It is not a particularly affordable art fair either. For example, one booth specialized in etchings of birds. There was a nice one of a Great Blue Heron, but an unframed print was going for $2,700. Another booth specialized in photos of fireflies, using long exposures. The Czech artist was featured in the fair’s merch booth. A poster of one of his photos was going for $600 there. Another booth featured Rube Goldberg style mechanisms, in which steel balls would circulate through a maze. I didn’t even look to see how expensive his art was asking. Still, it was a pleasant evening to be outside, looking at beautiful, if unobtainable things.
We had parked off of Wydown, outside of downtown Clayton and avoided all the parking hassles there. It was a bit of a walk, but like I said it was a nice night. Returning to the car, we noticed that the Starbucks at Hanley and Wydown had closed. When I was still working, I would patronize it daily. In 2009 at the height of the Great Recession, some days when I walked into the shop, I would be the only customer. It would be just me, the manager and his two “latte ladies” in the store. Before that it was Café Paradiso. I always ordered the same drink, a regular plain old latte. So, when it was crowded and there was a line, I would queue up and as I passed the barista, he would hand me my drink, even before I ordered it. The look consternation on the other people in line was priceless. I wonder what the spot will become now.
Pictured is one of the poles for the chuppah for Maren and David’s wedding that Dan is making. A chuppah is a canopy under which a couple stands for the duration of their Jewish wedding ceremony. It represents the new home that the newlyweds will build together, symbolized by the cloth covering and four poles that outline the structure. Copper is one of the colors that Maren has chosen for their wedding. Dan has covered wooden poles with copper tape for a burnished copper look. It was my idea to use copper tape. At work, we used copper tape a lot. It would create an electrically conducting ground plane by sealing over gaps and cracks. It looks nice for this application.
In other wedding news, I dropped nearly a grand for a new suit and other wedding accoutrements today. I was fitted for it and it should be ready next week. Anne picked it out for me. While we were being waited on, another man came into the store with a tale of woe. His wife had mistakenly given away his new suit to Goodwill. The wedding is tomorrow. He appealed to their better nature and the store agreed to have the suit ready for him. I’m glad that we are not going to be so rushed.