Stunning Music. 3 Free concerts!

May 1, 2009

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Big Opening Receptions!

April 27, 2009

Ribbon-cutting at Kala Art Institute's new gallery on San Pablo Ave.

Ribbon-cutting at Kala Art Institute's new gallery on San Pablo Ave.

Kala has expanded! And into the grand entrance way at the Berkeley Business (and Art) Center on San Pablo, no less, in the fantasticly huge Neo-Moorish Heinz Ketchup factory. Now the gallery, the archives, and some administrative offices will be separate from the art making facilities. Since I’ve been associated with Kala since the early 1980s, I decided to become a donor. The space, the two exhibitions, the special ribbon-cutting and reception, with excellent wine and a delicious vodka tasting sponsored by Hangar One (the Citron “Buddha’s Hand” is delicious) was a real treat!

We couldn’t stay for all the festivities, because we had another BIG event to attend. But I’ll be going back on May 1 for the artists’ reception. Please join me!

Squeak Carnwath exhibit at Oakland Museum of California. The day after...

Squeak Carnwath exhibit at Oakland Museum of California. The day after...

The exhibit hall pictured above most certainly did NOT look like this on Friday night. It was mobbed with artists and friends and museum members. Squeak Carnwath’s show at the Oakland Museum of California is not a retrospective, just (!) 15 years of her paintings. Wow! I went back on Sunday and took this probably-not-permitted photograph. I’ve always admired her work. Seeing this many, large paintings was fantastic, if not a bit ovewhelming!

Afterwards, Squeak and Gary hosted a buffet party at their wonderful Oakland Egghouse for about 100 visual arts friends. Squeak wore a great outfit (wish I’d photographed her!) and made a really gracious and generous welcome, thanking everyone for helping make the show happen, because we’re all part of her art community. I’m still relishing the fact that I was invited. I just hope her fabulous work doesn’t influence too much the direction my return to painting will take this June 14, the day after East Bay Open Studio, but I could learn a lot from her.


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


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


Mid-March

March 22, 2009
Dr. Alex Feng pulling herbsDr. Alex Feng pulling herbs

 

Well, this post isn’t about my art, but it is about my health. After a month of a horrible cold, along with a slew of other minor unrelated ailments, I decided to try a new acupuncturist. I went to see Dr. Alex Feng, recommended to me by my ENT, Dr. William Lewis. My voice recovered substantially by the next morning.

This was followed by the adventure of searching for a glass saucepan or a crockpot to simmer the herbs. Off to Oakland Chinatown Tuesday evening where the ceramic pots were not appealing, so I found something on Craig’s List, which had me driving out to Livermore on Thursday.

 

A finger of fog, Mt. Tam in the distance. on a crystal clear day

A finger of fog, Mt. Tam in the distance. on a crystal clear day

On Wednesday I drove to Sebastopol to see Holly Downing, whom I’ve known since 1970 when we traded art work. Here’s Holly, from her web page:

 

Holly Downing, at her etching press

Holly Downing, at her etching press

We talked art and life, at Nepalese lunch in Sebastopol, talking more art and life. Then we drove into Santa Rosa to visit with Daniel Lienau, a print dealer, of Annex Galleries. I wanted to talk with him further about hosting a 100th anniversary exhibition for California Society of Printmakers. He agreed. It would be a “salon” style show like this:

Annex Galleries, a well-known print gallery in Santa Rosa

Annex Galleries, a well-known print gallery in Santa Rosa


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!


Friday the 13th! I Should Have Known!

March 16, 2009
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My work in the Jury Assembly Room and Hiro, Toshi, and Hayashi.

Toshi was back in the U.S. with two of his colleagues from Sapporo, Hiro and Hayashi. They’re studying the relationships between art and community, and I was their Oakland tour guide. It was Friday the 13th.

First stop: Manual E. Wiley Superior Courthouse, 3rd floor, where I have about 30 framed pieces on loan, courtesy of Judge McKibben. This is an example of art in a public space that could have been rented through a rental gallery.  

Some of my work in the 3rd floor hallway. Toshi (left) and Hayashi (center) with my Oil & Water monotypes.

Some of my work in the 3rd floor hallway. Toshi (left) and Hayashi (center) with my Oil & Water monotypes.

Next we headed off to Pro Arts, an exemplar of an artist supported non-profit arts organization. They were quite taken with April Banks’ installation on the politics of chocolate production.

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Hayaski, Toshi, Hiro and April Banks' chocolate production installation.

 

Next we headed off to 1300 Clay Street, at Andrea Voight’s suggestion. Too bad I locked the keys in the rental car! I called a cab because they only had one more hour before galleries closed. We headed off to Johansson Projects at 23rd and Telegraph. I spent the next 40 minutes on the phone with Dollar Rent-a-Car’s mobile assist while they chatted with owner Kimberly, who spent a good deal of time with them (and remembered me by name from way back when I bought a piece by Rock Paper Scissors across the street. I’d arranged for the cabbie to stay with us, just in case we had time to visit a few more galleries, which we didn’t. He got us back to the rental car in time to meet Knock-a-Lock, who used an air jack to get into the car!

45 minutes on the phone, 5 minutes at the car to extract the keys!

45 minutes on the phone, 5 minutes at the car to extract the keys!


Studio 13 – Sharing Creative Space

March 16, 2009
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Rental agreement (left), principles & guidelines (center), contact (right)

On Wednesday, March 11, a young artist named James Cordas, with Analisa’s permission, started moving his stuff in to Studio 13 upstairs. Basically, he’s subletting a small portion of the studio. When I saw the mounds of stuff he had, including some BIG drums, I freaked out. This was actually good! I spent the afternoon hammering out a subleasing rental agreement and a statement of “Shared creative space principles and guidelines”. Both are pretty good! It’s good to get more creative energy into the Filbert Street Studios complex.


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