1 year ago / in Events
Next month, the Columbus Museum of Art is hosting their Wonderball, a fancy cocktail party whose proceeds benefit the museum and all their fantastic programming.To celebrate the upcoming event, we’ve teamed up to talk about wonder, and where we find it. Plus, you’ll have an opportunity to win your very own ticket for the party on Saturday, January 28!
The Wonderball invites guests into a world of wonder, with their world-class art, creative experiences, and — of course! — cocktails! To get us in the mood, they asked us to put together moodboards of things that inspire us.
I’m a firm believer that food can be art, so I’m attracted to dishes that are colorful, beautifully presented, and bursting with flavor. Similar to Proust and his madeleines; I am inspired by foods that are steeped in nostalgia. It’s no coincidence that my moodboard is a combination of childhood whimsy and specific foods that take me back to a particular time and place. The image of the latte (fine, that’s a drink but still), for example, brings me back to a recent trip to Savannah where my sister and I went to a number of quaint coffeeshops for lavender(!) lattes. The playful take on cookies as piñatas, and mixing cereal with ice cream, or stuffing it down the gullet of a taiyaki cone, is so delightful that it brings me instant joy. Food isn’t simply for nourishing the body. It nourishes the soul. Ignore what your parents have told you. Play with your food, experiment, and it will be easy to find the wonder in every bite.
Traveling is it for me. When I think of the word “wonder,” I think of that time I stood in Fingal’s Cave off the coast of Scotland, and listened to waves crash in the narrow and bizarre island, or that time I stood in the almost lunar Burren and circled the Portal Tomb in the wind, or every time I looked up in Savannah and saw those twisting live oak trees, dripping with Spanish moss. I find inspiration in planning itineraries, reading about the experiences of other travelers, and finally standing in front of the wonders of our world. Many of the images above are from Scotland, where we traveled last, and many are from Norway’s fjords, for which we are just start the planning process. The moments where we can actually travel are so fleeting, so I often find myself dreaming of past visits and imagining future ones. There is so much to see in this world of ours; our trips to Europe only scratch the surface. But instead of being overwhelmed by the possibilities, I’ve decided to be overjoyed. There is no shortage of inspiration out there, and I’ll keep looking for it after every connecting flights.
Where do you find inspiration? We’d love for you to share in the comments! And while you’re at it, don’t forget to enter to win a ticket to CMA’s Wonderball in January! We’ll see you there!