On the Surface


By Liz Crawford, VP Emerald Expositions/SURTEX Show Director 

April showers. They bring flowers and also a confession:

While SURTEX is staged in New York, I live in Southern California, where it is almost always sunny. In fact, if you listen to the news you know that we are in such a severe drought we can only water our lawns once a week. Yes, there has been more rain in the State than usual, thanks to El Niño, but it seems to have had only moderate impact here in SO Cal. March had temps up in the 90’s some days…down in the 40’s other days.

In New York, 40s is nothing. Where I live, 40 degrees is a reason for hats, gloves, and flannel!

The good news about the rain, however sparse, is that the landscape is now lush and green, instead of dry and brown, as usual. As I drive around the neighborhood I have seen fresh flowers blooming and lots of lawns greening (ok, some are artificial — folks are using tax rebates to replace their lawns with drought-tolerant stuff).

Anyway, my point in all this: I love this time of year, and I love the art it creates! Not only by Mother Nature, but by the artists and designers who will be at SURTEX next month. I am looking forward to seeing the beautiful Spring-inspired art that will be in full bloom in the Javits Center, confirming this wonderful season — so fresh and vibrant, alive, colorful, and inspirational.