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March 2016

“This American Life” TVAA Exhibition

By | Exhibitions, Tarpage

In honor of the collaboration TVAA has enjoyed with Boise State Public Radio since 2010, all the exhibitions in 2016 will feature themes based on programs aired by NPR and BSPR.

The first in the series is titled “This American Life,” and for my submission I entered the Tarpestry I made for the HAWK Pedestrian Crossing Box on the corner of Edson and Curtis in Boise, titled “Walk, Don’t Walk.”

This Tarpestry was inspired by the Boise International Market (which burned to the ground in 2015), and is in a neighborhood which is home to many families new to America. Many of those residents are refugees.

Below is the Tarpestry in it’s entirety.  The photo above is of the edited piece which will be used to create the digital printout on the skin which will “wrap” the traffic box itself.

"Walk, Don't Walk" Tarpestry created for traffic box in Boise, ID

“Tarpestries” — Sasi’s Solo Exhibition at Boise State University

By | Exhibitions, Tarpage

For my solo exhibition at the Student Union Gallery of Boise State University I exhibited 39 Tarpestries ranging in size from 12 X 16 inches to 8 X 10 feet.

View of "Tarpestries" Exhibition at BSU

View of "Tarpestries" Exhibition at BSU

View of "Tarpestries" Exhibition at BSU

View of "Tarpestries" Exhibition at BSU

Bob Kustra and Melissa "Sasi" Chambers at hanging of "Tarpestries exhibition at BSU

I also exhibited the individual pages of the book I self-published titled

    TARPESTRY: The Evolution of a New Art Form

Display of pages from TARPESTRY: The Evolution of a New Art Form

View of "Tarpestries" Exhibition at BSU

You can read more about the exhibition here and here. And you can read more about the book TARPESTRY here.

Tarpestry “Tarpitos” featured in “Tarpestries” Exhibition at BSU

By | Tarpage

These are the smallest tarpestries which were featured in my solo exhibition “Tarpestries” at the Student Union Gallery at Boise State University, December 13, 2015 through January 15, 2016.

Each “Tarpito” measures approximately 12″ x 16″ and they are for sale for $100 each. If you are interested you can contact me here and I will be happy to make arrangements for you to own your very own tiny piece of “new-art-form-making” history.

Tarpestry Tarpito 2015

Tarpestry Tarpito 2015
***SOLD***

Tarpestry Tarpito 2015

Tarpestry Tarpito 2015
***SOLD***

Tarpestry Tarpito 2015

Tarpestry Tarpito 2015

Tarpestry Tarpito 2015

Tarpestry Tarpito 2015

Tarpestry Tarpito 2015

Tarpestry Tarpito 2015

Tarpestry Tarpito 2015

Tarpestry Tarpito 2015

Tarpestry Tarpito 2015

Tarpestry Tarpito 2015

Tarpestry Tarpito 2015

Here’s a couple of photos of them all laid out in production. This might give you a better sense of their size.

Tarpitos in production by Melissa "Sasi" Chambers

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Our 2nd New Orleans Sojourn Begins!

By | New Orleans Sojourn

We’re finally here!

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Bienvenue to our hideaway in the 2nd oldest neighborhood in New Orleans — Algiers Point in Old Algiers, just across the river from the foot of Canal and the French Quarter — New Orleans oldest neighborhood.

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(The pencil is pointing to our house on Bouny Street.)

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We are in the hidden part of the house, down the side and in the back.

We have 3 good sized rooms plus bath, laundry room, and a little private patio — which is more than twice as big as our Pied-a-terre last year.

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Mike’s set up his “office” at a little desk in the bedroom, and his easel is in the kitchen ready for him to finish up his painting for his May exhibition at the Carol Robinson Gallery.
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The kitchen has a gas stove (my preference) but no dishwasher so we bought a dish pan and drainer, as well as some rugs the dogs can’t hurt, and an iron — there’s always some weird thing you need and don’t think to bring, but that is actually a shorter than normal list. We’re getting good at this!

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The kitchen leads out to the private patio.

We’ll be spending A LOT of time out here once the weather warms up again. (It was 46 degrees this morning — exactly the same as in Boise. Sheesh!)

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We arrived on Saturday the 19th with just enough time to unpack the car, gussy ourselves up, and arrive on time at our friends’ son’s wedding — two blocks from where we’re staying. Best Wishes, Eileen and Kyle!

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This sojourn will be different from last year because we are a ferry ride away from our familiar hangouts, but I’m looking forward to getting to know our little neighborhood and it’s hot spots, like the tout de suite coffee house and cafe where I plan to become a regular.

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Hopefully my intrepid co-conspirator, Joy, will be willing to spend a little time on this side of the river too.

Cafe au Lait time!

Happy, happy, joy, Joy!

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