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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Getting a Jump on the “To-Due” List

By | Tarpage

You already know I’m a big “To-Due” list keeper, and, because I DO get things done, you would think I could keep those lists pretty short.

Nah.

Of course the little habit I have of adding things to the existing list after I have accomplished them, just so I can cross them off said list might be one reason for the length of those lists.

But I don’t want to talk about that right now.

Anywho. I’ve got a really long list this week because on Saturday — 2 days from now — we are getting on the road to NEW ORLEANS!

But you don’t want to know what’s on my To-Due list before we hit the road with 3 dogs, all of Mike’s paintings for his exhibition in May, clothing for 3 versions of climate change, and at least a couple of my new tarpestries from this past year, do you?

Nah.

So instead, here’s a photo album of the Tarpestries I’ve created for the Boise Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (BUUF) Social Justice Partners 2015/2016…

November 2015: Farmer’s Market Mobile Market — Food Justice, food security, income inequality
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December 2015: ACLU of Idaho — Criminal Justice Reform, Against the Death Penalty
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January 2016: BUUF Partner Church Meszko Sholarship Fund — Supporting UU 6th principle of world community
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February 2016: Feed the Gap — Child Hunger, Food insecurity
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March 2016: Interfaith Sanctuary — Homelessness
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And because we are going to be away, and I didn’t want to leave work undone, I have gone ahead and made the tarpestries for the months we will be in New Orleans….

April 2016: Women’s & Children’s Alliance — Domestic Violence
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May 2016: Planned Parenthood — Reproductive Justice and Comprehensive Sexuality Education
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June 2016: Habitat for Humanity — Affordable Housing
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I have 4 more tarpestries to create to finish the year — which I’ll make when we get back from New Orleans, and, I’m planning on creating another book with the help of my friend Debra Smith who is doing the Social Justice coordination for which I am creating these tarpestries. Team work, baby. Collaboration is the name of the game for me these days, and my tarpestries are my medium.

I’ll update you from the road, and then undoubtedly inundate you from NOLA, because that city knows how to make Action Girl work up a serious head of steam!

Tapas-tries

By | Tarpage

One of the best parts in the evolution of my tarpestries has been the freedom to create really BIG pieces. The largest tarp I can find on-line is 120ft. X 120ft. — the mind boggles!

So, when a call for really, really small pieces — 6in. X 6in. — came up I didn’t even consider it.

One of the things I’m discovering about myself, in my evolution as a human being, is that I often start out with an adamant “NO” when faced with a new opportunity. It seems like the more impossible something feels at the outset, and the more sure I am that it is not for me, the more likely it is that I will end up doing it — and being happy that I did.

Yeah. You guessed it…

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“Acetunas – A Tapas-try”

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“Pinxto – A Tapas-try”

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“Gambas – A Tapas-try”

I have to give credit to my brilliant husband for the “Tapas-try” theme and title. I love a good pun almost as much as I love him!

You can see my three tiny tarpestries in the “6 X Six” exhibiton at the Art Source gallery in downtown Boise. The Opening Reception is 6:00 – 9:00pm on March 3rd and the show runs through April 9th.

Aprovecha!

This is Not an Avocado

By | Everything Else

I realized today that I’ve been mistaken about something. I’ve been treating my blog posts as if they were avocados.

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Really. I’ve been so busy, and I have so many things I could have been sharing all along.

Any blogger worth her salt (and maybe a little garlic, lime juice, and cilantro) would have posted each thing as it happened. Would have known when the time was ripe.

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Not me though. Nope.

This is the way I reacted to those perfectly ripe moments…

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I’m blaming it on the season. There’s been a serious “hibernation situation” going on around here. But, the sun is coming out and we are getting ready for this year’s sojourn in New Orleans (Not Yet?) and I’m already gearing up to embark on my second iteration of home/studio arrangement in this house we moved into only 6 months ago. (Not Yet?) — you do see my problem, right? So, while all of that is “ripening” I might as well give you a couple of “Too Lates.”

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(I’ll spare you the Holidaze recap and stick with 2016.)

First off, my exhibition at the BSU Student Union Gallery was a success. I sold some work and all of my books*, and several of the BIG Tarpestries will be on display at this year’s World Village Fest, June 10, 11, & 12th. (Not Yet?)

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(Christine Raymond talking back to the singing bird in my “Sss(mmm)sss…” Tarpestry.)

“Walk, Don’t Walk,” which I made for the traffic box on Edson & Curtis, inspired by the Boise International Market and the refugee community, is now hanging in the TVAA exhibiton “This American Life” at the offices of Boise State Public Radio. It will be up through April 8th.

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After some delays regarding the actual wrapping of the traffic boxes, TradeMark is now approved to put this one up. Any day now, just NOT YET.

I’ve had fun lately making tarpestries for every occasion. Mardi Gras was February 9th this year and I made a “heads in the holes” tarpestry for a party my parents were helping to host.

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Laissez Le Bon Temp Roule!

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And of course yesterday was Valentine’s Day, so here’s a “Tarpentine” for you…

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There’s lots more to show and tell you, but I’m going to let those ideas ripen just a liiiiittle bit longer.

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*Meanwhile, if you are interested in buying one of my Tarpestry books you can let me know by leaving me a message on my Contact Me page, and I’ll get back to you.

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