Artists who caught my eye:
Violet Baxter, who does beautiful paintings of New York
Karen Dimit, who makes votive-looking assemblages of stone, wood and metal
Charles Birnbaum, who makes amazingly detailed ceramic pieces and is very influenced by Lee Bontecou
I also spoke with Yukiko Kobayashi, who besides being a talented artist might be interested in helping me practice Japanese!
I'm excited to go to more events like these, and pleased that there are so many inspiring people here!