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August 2014

Up, Up and Away

By | Everything Else, Uncategorized

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It took a little doing, but we’ve managed to get our ducks in a row, and now Mike and I are actually going to be getting away for a little vacation. Just us and the mini-wolf pack. And a stack of books, a bunch of art supplies, a guitar, a yukulele, our swimsuits, and our fuzzy slippers. (Shhh! The fashion police aren’t invited!)

I’ve been busy crossing off things on my Do-Due! list and have a couple of updates for you — in no particular order…

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I got all the Leftovers prints hung. Most of them are in the stairwell going down to Mike’s studio. I wish the lighting were better. Next house. Tall walls, better lighting — I’m getting my “must have” list together.

We did end up selling our faithful 2001 Subaru Forester, “Wasabi-Ru,” to a terrific family and buying the 2015 Forester in Jasmine Green. Had to wait for it to come in in that color — no substitutions, thank you very much. We LOVE her, and have named her “Roux” in anticipation of adding New Orleans to our mix since we will be driving there when we go next February.

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We have booked our home away from home in New Orleans! We’ll be stayingin a perfect little Pied A Terre Uptown, three blocks off of St. Charles directly behind the Columns Hotel where they filmed the movie “Pretty Baby” a million years ago.

I am very excited because our neighbor on the same property is the artist Rebecca Rebouche. (Some of you will appreciate the strides I am making in the art of understatement.) Among other things, Rebecca designs for Anthropologie….

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Anyhoo…had to stop and catch my breath there for a minute… things are shaping up nicely around here with Monsters! put to bed, and “Water Works” (the next TVAA show coming up at Track 13 in Nampa — juried this time!) posted and open for submissions, and all my personal art commitments under control.

I’m sure I’ll hit the ground running once we get back, but for now it’s all blue skies and happy clouds and colorful balloons…just like these we saw just this morning in Ann Morrison Park.

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And we’re up, up and aaAAWWAAAYYYYY!

Monsters! The Morning After

By | Exhibitions

I got to Boise State Public Radio at about 5:30 last evening feeling resigned about the condition I was going to find the lobby in — considering how torn up it was only two hours before.

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We’d titled the show Monsters! after all — maybe the public would think the construction was an installation in the show?

But when I walked through the front door — Oh Happy Day! All the dust and tools and scaffolding had been cleared away.

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Artist Marilyn Cosho took that picture of me feeling very relieved with her “broken” camera. Here are a few more of her snaps from the evening including one of some snazzy kicks worn by one of the patrons and one of a friendly monster who graced our refreshment table.

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Even when it’s “broken” we can still have fun with it. Go see the show, it’s up through Halloween!

Monsters!

By | Exhibitions

I have spent much of this week preparing for the opening tonight of the TVAA exhibition Monsters!

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The artwork we selected was delivered on Monday. I figured out the arrangement with the able assistance of my mother, and on Tuesday, Sue Latta and I got it hung in our usual fashion with Sue doing the heavy lifting and me jabbering away while making her have to recalculate where to sink the nails — with annoying frequency I’m sure.

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I’m quite fond of this show. It runs the gamut from the seriously monstrous to the scarily goofy, and I had fun with it myself — on the sillier end of the spectrum…

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My pieces are titled “Idle Hands are the Devil’s Playthings” and “Venus in Fur.”

Here’s a wee tour of what you’ll see if you make it to the Opening this evening…

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The scariest part of the show for me is the fact that BSPR is having a special wall constructed in their lobby — right now this very minute — and when I left this afternoon this is what it looked like…

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Unless you come this evening you’ll never know if it got cleaned up in time for the Opening. Of course if it doesn’t, you will understand why the next time you see me, I look like this…

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Yikes!

Y’all come now, ya hear! 5:00 to 8:00 pm at 220 E. Parkcenter in the offices of Boise State Public Radio.

Leftovers to Digest

By | My Artist Home

Wouldn’t you know just as we were contemplating the idea of downsizing, I’d get word that my “Leftovers” prints were ready for pick up.

There’s nothing quite like having 12 more beautiful, original works of art crying out for MORE wall space to make me question that idea….

Tall walls?

Smaller footprint — taller walls. Duh.

These are the prints I received in this year’s exchange:

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And this is what my living room looks like BEFORE I’ve figured out where I’m going to hang them all.

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You may notice there are a few more prints than the ones pictured above — that’s because there are other Leftovers from our exchange a couple of years ago which I’ve only just gotten framed.

I can’t wait to participate in next year’s exhibition. Mike is planning on it as well.

We are going to need some VERY tall walls!

Time Flew!

By | Everything Else

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Oh, Hello!

I guess I’ve been a wee bit distracted with things besides updating my blog these past few, … er, well…several days, but I’m back now, and I apologize!

Don’t I look contrite?

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Yeah. That’s me, suffering at Tour de Fat this weekend.

Mike “Mr. Stripey,” with his bike “The Bee,” sacrificed his Saturday to accompany me.

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We’ve ridden in the bike parade for 5 years now and it’s one of our very favorite things to do in the summer in Boise.

TVAA set up a booth at Tour de Fat two years in a row. We had the public paint tiny paintings of where they liked to ride their bikes in a grid we imposed over a larger painting of a bike we painted in advance. I painted the bike the first year, a red and white cruiser.

That painting hangs in the workshop at the Boise Bicycle Project.

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Terry Burkes painted the bike the second year. It’s a bike made of tree bark. It hangs now in the new studio space in the offices of Boise State Public Radio.

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My favorite painted bike though, is my bike. Which I painted in 2010. It always gets a lot of compliments during the parade. Especially from anyone in a tutu, and the under 10 crowd.

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I’ve got lots more to tell you, but as you know, it is best to “take little bites and chew them well” — so this little bite will have to do for now!

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Ride on!