For those of you who don't know her, I encourage you to go check Ali Cavanaugh's website. She's a friend through Tanner and Alison, and she's a terrifically gifted artist. I've always enjoyed her work, and when she heard I was heading to Austin, she let me know about her work which is in a gallery there, the Wally Workman gallery. I decided I needed to track the place down, thinking how cool it would be to see a friend's work in a gallery where I was on tour.
We began trekking on 6th Street, and ended having to walk about 20 blocks or so, but it was a beautifully sunny day, and I was glad for the exercise. We always tend to eat far too much on tour and it was good to get out and stretch our legs and break into a bit of a sweat.
The Wally Workman Gallery is a beautiful gallery, and I was able to spot Ali's work right away. She was the cover artist for the promotional material the gallery did in December with a theme of Alice in Wonderland. A painting of girl's knee socks was the feature, and the painting that I saw was from the same series.
It was a lot of fun to see a friend's painting on a wall, and the woman working at the gallery expressed how much they enjoyed Ali's work, and how successful she's been for them. She reported that Ali will be having a featured show in Portugal soon, and that it seems that people just can't get enough of Ali's paintings. It's always exciting to see someone doing what they love to do, and succeeding at that, especially someone else who is in the arts. I feel very fortunate to have so many close friends who are artists--I feel we tend to enrich the world around us!
We went upstairs, and found a few more of her paintings on display and it was fun showing my colleague's her work. We ended the gallery tour with a nice cold drink at the coffee shop next door, then headed back to a place I read about at Roadfood.com, Hut's Hamburgers, home of one of the best burgers I've ever eaten.
Ali suggested a stop at Whole Food Markets just next door, and I couldn't resist. That place was amazing, and I picked up truffles for everyone, along with a rosemary sourdough bread which reminded me of my time at the CIA, along with a chunk of organic gouda and two bottles of wine. We're going to have a party afterwards, and sleep in...since our flight was canceled on American. We're stuck in Texas one more day. We'll be in Dallas tomorrow night, and hopefully will see a movie, or a rodeo, or a concert, or go bowling. I do believe that a good ole Texan steak will be in order too.