Sunday, January 18, 2009

Secretary of the Arts

I received this email request from a number of people and you might have as well, but I think it's important so I am including in my post tonight:

Dear Friends,
You may already have received this, but it is so important, I'm passing it along: Quincy Jones has started a petition to ask President-Elect Obama to appoint a Secretary of the Arts. While many other countries have had Ministers of Art or Culture for centuries, the United States has never created such a position. We need the arts--now more than ever. Please take a moment to sign this important petition and then pass it on to your friends and colleagues. If the link does not work just copy and paste it to your browser.



Monday, January 12, 2009


I have a confession to make. I love musicals. I have loved musicals ever since I was a child and played the Sound of Music soundtrack over and over until the rest of my family begged me to stop.

The reason I bring this up is I received the special edition DVD of Mama Mia as a Christmas present from my son. I had already seen the movie twice but I what I really wanted to watch were the special features. I love to see how a movie is made, where it was made and hopefully a peek behind the scenes.

I am always a little envious as I watch all the actors and production crew appearing like they are having a blast working together. Now, I know there is a lot of stress involved in any large scale production whether it be a movie or a live stage presentation, but all I see is camaraderie and fun.

I pretty much work alone and for the most part I love and cherish my solitude. I think this is true of most artists and may actually be a requirement.

Feeling isolated at times is also part of the package. I managed to minimize this a bit when I moved into my studio 4 years ago. My studio is one of many located upstairs from the Art Foundry Gallery. When I am there it's great to bounce things off of other artists and just have what I imagine are "water cooler conversations".

I recently joined a new co-op gallery and feel like this will also help me taste a little bit of that "working together for a common cause" experience I wish for at times. It's a brand new co-op and I really had no intention of joining until I saw all the work that had been done by the artists that started it and heard what their vision was for this space. I am excited to be part of this group of passionate, hard working professionals. I will share more about this later.

Next movie in my Netflix queue - West Side Story.........................

Sunday, January 4, 2009


One of my "intentions" for 2009 (notice I did not say "resolutions") is to post on my blog a little more often. Every time I sit down to write, I feel like I have to "say" something. But I don't. It doesn't have to be anything profound or even entertaining. I don't need to put that much pressure on myself. The other option was to just quit the blog. See, I tend to see the world black and white; all or nothing; empty/full...........I could go on but I won't.

There are many things I am excited about as the new year begins. Of course the fact that I am not doing any art festivals this year creates all sorts of emotions, most of them positive. I found myself sailing through the holidays this year (as opposed to paddling a sinking ship upstream in a hurricane......ok....that's a little dramatic). I surprised myself and my family. Thinking back I have to admit that one reason for this change of heart most certainly has to do with the absence of that time consuming ritual I perform every winter - applying for shows. Instead of filling out forms, labeling slides and writing checks, I was performing a ceremonious trip to the recycling bin every time an application came in the mail.

I may be beating this subject to death, and I promise I will find something else to write about, but it is a big deal to me. Art festivals have been a huge part of my life for many years and, of course, my main source of income. It's scary, but to see that I am already benefiting from this decision helps me believe I did the right thing.

Happy New Year!