Oberlin – small town America and quintessential college town. My son had a music audition today for college and I had the opportunity to explore this charming town. Instead of a hotel, we opted for a “home stay,” something I’ve never tried but would heartily recommend. Jo, our gracious hostess, lives in an imposing, historical landmark, and though it’s rough around the edges (….says the serial renovator in me), it is not without its charms.
the mismatched periods of furniture,
the inviting tub.
The little town has an established art scene as well. Liz Burgess, artist and owner of Ginko Gallery & Studio, gave me a tour of her space – part gallery, part art store, part exhibition space. Liz’ work includes casts of her hands with the remains of silk worm threads, silk worms which she surprisingly raises herself
Unbelieveable furniture making by Michael Holubar…
…and, oh, these whimsical masks…
…captivating creatures by Michele Hannon…
…and the most striking blue glasswork by Robert Coleman.
Oberlin also has an arts center with multi-disciplanary arts offered in a repurposed schoolhouse….LOVE that there are people adept at the art of recycling, not demolishing, old buildings.
Lest you think this travelogue is turning this site into a travel blog, not to worry. Travel inspires design, and I am continually inspired and awed by the folks I meet and the talent across this country and beyond. Next stop…a surprise.