Here are some useful pieces of information to keep in mind as the conference approaches.
- The Brown Palace Hotel is located on 17th St. One block away is the 16th St. Mall which stretches for 16 blocks and has a seemingly continuous free shuttle running its length. I never had to wait more than 5 minutes for a shuttle to transport me quickly from one end of the mall to the other. This opened up all sort of possibilities for restaurants and shopping. SAQA has arranged discount hotel rates at the Comfort Inn that is connected to the Brown Palace. However, if you are unable to stay there, there are many hotels located off the mall that are convenient, given the shuttle. I stayed at the Marriott Residence Inn on 17th St. and the staff was unusually helpful.
- I would be remiss not to mention what quickly became my favorite restaurant that is located just off the mall. Rioja is highly rated and difficult to get reservations for, but very much worth the effort. Their website describes the cuisine as "featuring a menu inspired by Mediterranean ingredients and influenced by local and seasonal products." I was able to eat there twice - I had to go back a second time for more of their Apple Basil Soup. Both times it was a meal to remember and quite reasonably priced.
- A good website for summary information on downtown Denver is coloradoskiauthority.com which lays out clearly city transportation, shopping, and airport transportation.
- Of particular interest to quilt artists may be what is called the Golden Triangle Museum District, not far from the conference location. There are over 50 art galleries in the general area as well as the Denver Art Museum, the Kirkland Museum of Fine and Decorative Arts and the Byers-Evans Museum which is a restored home from the 1912-24 period. In addition, there is the Museum of Contemporary Art which is also off the 16th St mall.
One Last Thing on Framing Art Quilts
I was just web browsing and found this reference for simple frames with glass and without mats. Thought it might be of interest as it seems there are always on-going discussions of how to hang quilt art. I know some people like to use glass and some don't. If this is of interest to you, here is the link.