Archive for the 'Life' Category

To Indianapolis for Art Librarians Society

April 23, 2009
I like to photograph airports and airplanes. Don't know why exactly

I like to photograph airports and airplanes. Don't know why exactly

 I flew to Indianapolis for the ARLIS/NA (Art Librarians Society of North America) annual conference. Now that I’m retired, I guess I’m an art librarian without portfolio, but I still love my colleagues, the receptions at museums, and a chance to visit another American city.

At the Indianapolis Speedway Museum.

At the Indianapolis Speedway Museum.

 I took a half day Auto Design Tour, which took us to the site of the famed Indy 500 (no races in progress) where we toured the museum, and then the former site of the Stutz Bear Cat factory, where there is now a car collection and lots of artist and creative studios. 

Annual Stutz artists open studios postcard books

Annual Stutz artists open studios postcard books

I especially like the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indian and Western Art.

An Indian dress at the Eiteljorg A Native American dress at the Eiteljorg
Yep, John Wayne as Rooster Cogburn

Yep, John Wayne as Rooster Cogburn

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Early April – Singing and Studio

April 16, 2009

First rehearsal with the BCCO Orchestra went REALLY well! Arlene Sagan, director, at the front in pink.

First rehearsal with the BCCO Orchestra went REALLY well! Arlene Sagan, director, at the front in pink.

The chorus part of the Berkeley Community Chorus and Orchestra has been learning Dvorak’s Stabat Mater since early January. Last Monday evening April 13, 2009, was our first rehearsal with the orchestra, and it sounded GREAT! This is a STUNNING piece of music, composed in honor of the deaths of his children. The music is wonderful to sing and wonderful to hear with a wide range of emotional tones. We’re dedicating the three free concerts to any parent who has lost a child.

My WRECK of a studio, the messiest it's EVER been!

My WRECK of a studio, the messiest it's EVER been!

Layers of projects, one on top of the other!

Layers of projects, one on top of the other!

I'm both oppressed and delighted with the mess I made, but I must clean it up before Open Studio!

I'm both oppressed and delighted with the mess I made, but I have to clean it up before Open Studio!

Instead of cleaning up my studio, I’m headed to Indianapolis for the annual Art Libraries Society of North America conference. Now that I’m retired, I’m an art librarian without an art library, without portfolio. But I have friends that I’ve known since 1976 when I first started attending, and Indianapolis has some unique architecture and one of the best art librarianship programs in the country.

Not My Art

April 4, 2009
I thought it was a romantic dinner, but maybe it was just the light. I  I thought it was a romantic dinner, but maybe it was just the light.

                                                    Mom continues to be the all-time domino champ!

Mom continues to be the all-time domino champ!
Linda at the brilliant, funny, and political John Jasperse performance, "Misuse liable to prosecution"

Linda at the brilliant, funny, and political John Jasperse performance, "Misuse liable to prosecution"

The markings on the copper table remind me of my bubble chamber etchings

The markings on the copper table remind me of my bubble chamber etchings

Taxes? More Procrastination!

March 17, 2009

My three art scrapbooks

My three art scrapbooks

Tax time, right? Instead I spent nearly two days updating my art scrapbooks.  I decided to add reproductions of my exhibited works along with the show announcements. Why? It makes a better scrapbook, of course. But it also helps the failing memory! I’m using the Epson 2000 I bought second hand a year ago. Great printer!

February – A Lost Month? Let Me Count the Ways!

March 6, 2009

1. Dashed hopes
I waited eagerly to learn which of my art pieces had been accepted into the Pro Arts 2009 Juried Annual. This waiting led to the first of the many procrastinations in my lost month. I was surprised, really surprised, that none of my pieces were accepted, as they are all good, strong works, very contemporary in content and look. Take a look yourself. What do you think?

Syncopated Politics.      (9′ long, 2.5′ high, mounted on aluminum)

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Oh, My California (Before) #3.       (44″ high x 31″ wide)
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Beautiful Bad #1 (Hot Ivy Mike).      (24″ high x 36″ wide, framed)
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Beautiful Bad #2 (Hot Ivy Mike).     (24″ high x 36″ wide, framed)
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Red Shoes, or Monica & Me.        (5′ high x 6.5′ wide, jacquard tapestry mounted on wood)
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I went to the show, juried by Ali Subotnick of the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles. It was a good exhibition, heavy on photography, tasteful but with little real punchy work. The entry show, PROJECT, by April Banks, was a stunner, though.

2. Procrastination Continues: TAXES!
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The procrastinating continued as I skirted around my taxes, probably not helped by worrying two problematic relationships.

 

3. ESCAPE! Heavenly Trip to Laguna San Ignacio, Baja Sur.

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Mid-February I went to see the friendly gray whales in San Ignacio Lagune with Monica Towers and Marion Anderson with Baja Expeditions. I’ve some photos from this wonderful trip on my Flickr site. But you can see the one photo that epitomizes the most thrilling part of the trip: actually touching a baby whale! S/he voluntarily came up to our boat about 5 times. No food lures allowed! Just curiosity and interspecies contact!

 

4. A Mexican Cold?
I had a wee sore throat just before we flew back, from San Ignacio to Ensenada, a 3+ hour flight in this WWII era plane, a DC3 dc3-at-airstrip1, that helped explode the wee cold into a tornado, one that has had me sick in sickbed, fussing with lots ofcold for two weeks now, and I still haven’t done my taxes1

At Faviana’s

December 20, 2008

faviI found the photo of Faviana and Melanie that I bemoaned losing on my Dec. 14th post. The color is just too wonderful to ignore and keep hidden in my iPhoto library.

Friends & Street Folk

December 15, 2008

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Morning at home. Later dashed to Kala to measure the copper plates I have ready for my next print (working title: polar 2). Then to TAP Plastics to have matching plexi plates cut. Closed on Sundays! After wrapping a gift, I went to Susie Cole’s for our annual Fungus Flats (Camp Augusta, our Camp Fire Girls Camp in Grass Valley) Holiday Party and gift exchange. On the way out, in the brisk night air, Joan Henley and I were talking memories. I encouraged her to join our Wednesday afternoon Golden Room (see http://www.thegoldenroom.net/) to start writing hers. Because that made me remember my blog, I went back to Susie’s (everyone had left by then) to take a symbolic photo of our annual get together. Then home.

As I pulled into my drive way I noticed two “grocery cart guys” scrambling to move out of my way, or to stop doing whatever they were doing. I stopped my car in the driveway, got out, and offered them each a cookie from the tin I’ve been keeping in my front seat especially for this purpose. They each eagerly took one. I asked why they were out so late at night. Too rainy earlier in the day to do their recycling, they said. They thanked me for the cookies.

Linda Lee at Barney’s

December 14, 2008

 

lljlljme2Linda Lee Johnson is in town for a personal appearance at Barney’s. She does gorgeous jewelry. It’s both classic and contemporary at the same time. I love her dearly, have for decades.