In July, I traveled to NYC with my teenager and spent a few days seeing the sights. The reason I wanted to go, was to meet up with Caylee, one of the founders of Get Messy, as well as a group of other Get Messy artists who were going to meet Caylee too! I decided to turn it into a girls weekend and it did not disappoint!
Our first day included a picnic in Central Park and waiting in line for half-price tickets to see School of Rock on Broadway. On day two we visited the World Trade Center memorial site and went up the Observation Tower. Really hard to capture how intense that visit was. We relaxed for a while in Battery Park and after lunch, we took a ferry out to the Statue of Liberty. We didn't have tickets to climb the statue so we spent our time wandering around the base of the statue and shopping in the gift shop.
I didn't add a museum trip into the two days we had free because I knew the third day was all about art... we met up with six amazing women who had all traveled (well, one was from NYC) to meet up together. Plus Caylee, this included Cait Sherwood, Amy Maricle, Sarah Rondon, Tiffany Julia, and Billie Miles.
We originally planned to find a space inside the New York Public Library, but when that didn't work out, we sat outside of the library and did some art for a few hours. Finally it was time for shopping and lunch (and a break from bird poop) so we wandered around Muji and another Japanese stationary store (forgot the name!). I picked up some pens, sketchbooks, an opaque white ink from Kuretake (my new favorite supply) and got my daughter started with calligraphy thanks to a quick lesson from Caylee.
Then we regrouped for 3+ hours of art making in Bryant Park. What a fun afternoon! it was so wonderful to get to know each of these online friends a little bit better and a day of art making in the park was really the icing on the cake! My daughter was a good sport to come along and everyone made her feel welcome and included. We finished off the day with a yummy Cuban dinner together and then headed off to our hotel.
We left and headed to the Adirondacks to meet up with our family on vacation. That bus ride was long, but easy. Really a fun adventure!!