The only Treefort tarp picada to weather the great wind storm of 2014 was originally titled “Granny Squares” and it looked like this when it was first finished:
After the windstorm and six months of hanging on the back wall of the Record Exchange in Boise, I gave it a Second Life with new Duck Tape, Sharpie markers, and paint pens and now it looks like this in these detail photos:
I was one of three artists selected to produce ephemeral public art for the Treefort Music Fest 2014. For the event I created seven 8′ X 10′ two layered polyvinyl “tarps picadas” which were stapled, and taped with colored Duck Tape. They were hung outside on the back wall of the Record Exchange in Boise, and stayed there with only one serious interruption for 6 months from March to mid-August.
We’re still settling in to our Pied a Terre in beautiful Uptown New Orleans, but with each passing day we get closer to feeling like we’re “just home.” Mike’s had one day of working remotely and I’ve started to figure out my domestic routine — cooking, laundry, dog walking — all a bit different here.
I’m also making sure I fit in a little art now and then as I’m able.
Because Mike’s been sick since our arrival we haven’t gone out as much as we will once he’s all better, but that doesn’t mean we haven’t eaten in proper NOLA style. I’ve made us red beans and rice with hot sausage twice already. Mmm hmmm.
We did go out for lunch today though — at one of our favorite places — Casamento’s on Magazine and Napoleon.
We were both in the mood for “ersters.”
The Carol Robinson Gallery, where Mike has shown his work since 1988, is just up the street from Casamento’s. We stopped in to give Carol a hug and make plans to get together soon. It’s time to pick a date for Mike’s next show, and I’m hoping she’ll have some idea of where my Tarps might fit in here in New Orleans.
Carol is having her gallery’s 35th Anniversary exhibition, and Mike’s work is hung here and there, and tucked into nooks and crannies around the gallery…
There’s always something to celebrate in this town, and for us now it’s how right it feels to settle back into the NOLA way of life and how welcoming the city is of our doing just that.
We plotted our trip in advance, made reservations ahead of time at hotels that were pet friendly, and planned on meals at two not to be missed restaurants. The food was awesome in Salt Lake at the Red Iguana. Good thing, since we had to wait two and a half hours to be seated!
And in Santa Fe at La Plazuela restaurant in La Fonda — Dios mio, que comida mas sabrosa!
Our time in Santa Fe was too brief — one afternoon. And poorly timed at that — Monday, when all the museums are closed! But we walked around the Plaza and enjoyed the warmth in a couple of shops while we waited for our dinner reservation at La Fonda. I hope we can time it differently on our trip home because there is so much to see.
All three of the pups came with us, and two of them were good as gold:
Not all of us are fond of road trips however. Can you say whiner? Sheesh!
Everybody’s happy now though since we have settled into our home away from home for the next two months:
Stay tuned, and I’ll keep you posted on what we see and do — and eat while we laissez les bon temps rouler!