Puppets… I love Puppets

(Shared from VPR.net article link )

This article is from 2013 but such a good story…

“This is the fiftieth (2013) anniversary of Bread and Puppet Theater, an arts institution with a political message based in the Northeast Kingdom. The group’s name stems from its belief that sharing bread with its audiences helps create community, and that art is as basic to life as bread.

An anniversary performance at the Haybarn Theater at Goddard College in Plainfield was packed in early June as Bread and Puppet performed a revival of an old show, “The Birdcatcher in Hell.” A giant face depicting the King of Hell is on stage and ten foot-tall demon puppets pound on drums. Much of the music and speech is grating, and everyone but the birdcatcher is wearing shades of red. This original play was a response to the My Lai massacre in Vietnam, however, this revival has drones and depicts the War on Terror.

Bread and Puppet is the creation of Peter Schumann, who looms large as the dominating personality and arbiter of aesthetics for the puppet theater he founded five decades ago.

Schumann’s puppetry career began with…” (continue to full story  article link )


Burning Man Happens All Year — Plans!

(Shared from DesignYouTrust article link)

Although I’ve never been, I am fascinated by the concept and have been for many years. My interests lean to community, like minded people coming together for a short period and the “what happens”. I am a child of the 1960s so “Happenings” hold a deep longing space in my soul. Burning Man, does, or once did seem to have this gift.

There are lots of photos out there each year, but I would suggest that after the images from this linked page excites you that you move over to the official Burningman.org site for all the best information on the who, what, why, when, how and plan your next adventure… maybe?

The thing most might not understand is that Burning Man is an all year plan… not only the “what your art sharing will look like” BUT the tips on how to survive it and the community you’ll bring with you or create.

(Shared from DesignYouTrust article link)



Habits of Creative Involvement…For Artists

(Shared from Artnet.com )

First I was drawn in by the authors title, the use of a new term from the tech world. Upon reading, the author suggests 12 different interesting ways artists might consider to create “the space” for creativity. 

I have a tendency to do a lot of sleeping, blanking out the conscious and go to the subconsicous… then I find myself organizing (ha!) my studio, then my house, all kinds of nervous energy until I finally have cleared the space, both physical and mentally to approach a canvas or paper.

The authors list is below but I encourage you to click through to the article and read their descriptions. I like #’s 2, 5, 7, 11.

“What makes some artists more successful than others? Talent, luck, and hard work certainly play a part, but there are other, subtler habits that many of the greats seem to have in common. We asked 11 artists about their work routines and the way they structure their lives to see how these everyday rituals, big and small, make them tick. Below, see the 12 habits that help these artists create their best work.” …. click through to read more at Artnet.com

  1. Live in Airplane Mode
  2. Pretend You’re “Out of Office”
  3. Embrace Background Noise
  4. Follow the News—Even When It’s Bad
  5. Do Your Admin in the A.M.
  6. Exercise Creatively
  7. Be Self-Reliant—and Consistent
  8. Stop Making Art
  9. Marry the Right Person
  10. Read Books—a Lot of Them
  11. Embrace Odd Hours
  12. Trust Your Instincts


Studio Visit: Laura Larson

Artist:  Laura Larson
Discipline: Sculpture
State: CA
Website http://www.larsonart.net

Bio / Statement:

Laura Larson grew up in Chicago and was nourished by field trips to the Art Institute and participation in theatrical productions in college. In 1979 she moved to Los Angeles became a feminist and joined Judy Chicago’s The Dinner Party.

Larson’s work reflects her dual interest in story-telling and visual representation the building blocks for her consistent interest in Sculptural Installations and Narrative Tableau. Her current work explores our relationship to culture and its affect on our animal co-inhabitants.

She has exhibited her work extensively both regionally and nationally and been commissioned for multiple public art projects throughout L.A. county.


Artist Profile: Roxene Rockwell

Artst: Roxene Rockwell
Discipline: Painting/Mixed Media
State: California
Website http://www.roxenerockwell.com


Roxene Rockwell, Los Angeles, CA Artist

Born and raised in Los Angeles where she currently resides, Roxene Rockwell is a fourth generation Angelino. Rockwell has exhibited widely in solo and group exhibitions at museums and galleries which include; The Huntley Art Gallery, Cal Poly Pomona, Pomona, California: the Riverside Art Museum, Riverside, California; the Robert V. Fullerton Museum, San Bernardino, California; the Carnegie Art Museum, Oxnard, California; Louis Stern Fine Arts, Los Angeles, California, and Ruth Bachofner Gallery, Santa Monica, California. Continue reading

Artist Interview: Peter Hess

Artist: Peter Hess
Discipline: Painting
State: CA
Website: http://www.peterhessart.com
What is your current state of mind?
What is your greatest fear?
Losing my sense of humor.
Which words or phrases do you most overuse?
huh, hmmm, ummm, uhh, what?

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Studio Visit: Hiro Yamagata at Bielanski-Gallup Studios

(photo: July 27, 2017 Hiro with David Gallup at studio in Santa Rosa, CA)

Flash back to 2002... I just purchased a condo in Palm Springs and started to update the whole 3 bedroom/1 bath space… when I found myself walking around Home Depot looking for tile and hear a voice… “Are those crystals?” I turn to see a man, bright eyes looking into mine… asking about the multiple bracelets I was wearing on my left wrist… “Yes, all crystals… bright and colorful.” I replied. We then had an interesting conversation of Q&A, about where I got them, and how his daughters might like them, and what I was doing with my condo, and how we were both artists. We exchanged contact info and went our separate ways.

A bit later he invited me to his “studio” on PCH in Malibu. Thinking I was going to a smaller type place since the art I knew him for was on the smaller very detailed side… only to be totally taken aback at the full almost a block long three story building, multiple layers and processes space I walked into. The initial staircase took me up and up past floors of installs and work in progress. I must say, I have never seen the likes of this type of creativity since. I very much enjoyed our conversations and learning about his art. We had a few other conversations and then our lives took different paths and we fell out of touch.

Fast forward to July, 2017 at David Gallup studio in Santa Rosa, CA…

I received an unexpected email inviting me to an afternoon with Hiro Yamagata at the Bielanski-Gallup Studios to hear Hiro talk about his life as an artist,  and share the events of the last 12+ years and what drove him from the height of fame and wealth to embrace a Taoist, simple lifestyle far from the camera’s eye, creating paintings few people will ever get to see.

The home/studio is situated on a leveled hill top at the end of a downward road. All white with an unobstructed view of the hills around it…simply beautiful. David and wife Nansi’s art was placed around on walls bringing color to an otherwise monotone decor. Beautiful water scenes and collaborations…I felt comfortable and welcome.

It was a small gathering of artists from the Santa Rosa area, some were students of David. All had interesting experiences to share… I think I was the only one who had personally known Hiro. We learned that Hiro was driving down from Northern California and would be here shortly. I wondered if he would remember me. When he arrived he did remember me… we talked a little, sharing what happened in our lives over the years.

After eating a light lunch, we gathered in the studio to hear about Hiro’s life and journeys, his land in northern California and the very large work he is making now… we asked many questions and explored David’s work at the end.

I’m looking forward to the next gathering… soon I hope.


Studio Visit: Casper Brindle

I went to visit Casper Brindle, and his studio helper daughter. We had a lively conversation, I learned so much from his sharing about paint and process. About how he explores different ways to show light and space. He shared the models he makes for the larger installations, planning spacing and paint. These models were about reflections and dimensions and seeing beyond one to the next through openings created in the monolith-like shapes. An extension creations from his signature work of imagined colorful horizons, seemingly dipped in a resin reflection of dimensional space. Thank you Casper for the fun experience.

Casper Brindle, artist Los Angeles, CA

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Sotheby’s Speaking Curator…

Shared from the article “Speaking Curator”

“Taking a critical approach to the ideologies behind the development of these [optical] instruments of guidance and surveillance, the artists consider how imperial gestures of discovery, revelation and possession are embedded in associations between seeing and understanding, light projection and enlightenment.”

Dr. Martin Waldmeier peers into the crowd searching for someone who can draw solid meaning from the above excerpt he just recited. The crowd giggles, confirming his theory that art terminology and speech has developed into a language that can be confusing and foreign to those who have not been trained as curators and gallerists.

As a consultant lecturer at Sotheby’s Institute of Art-London, Waldmeier often considers questions surrounding the language of curation: Who is the reader of today’s curating language? What assumptions are made about this reader? How did this language develop into what is seen in museums, galleries, and art fairs today? Waldmeier spoke about his varied hypotheses to these questions during in a panel discussion at the Bedford Square Festival. Here is a quick guide to some of his insights from that talk about why this new language developed:

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Book 6: Best of 2016 Artist Art & Story

Book 6 Best of 2016 Artist Art and Story book of 32 artists, art and story from their lives in the year 2016.

We live our lives in stories… each moment brings us that special opportunity to make it more, make IT our lives. Some we take what they offer and move on while others need more reflection and consideration. These are the ones that can change our lives deeper than imagined and when we share them they grow and travel and change others lives.

So much of the time I hear “I can’t write” and I respond with… if you can speak it you can write it. In todays technical world we can talk into a mic and it will type out your story for you. Then you edit it. It works. That’s what I do!!

There are still artists sending me their photos with the book open to their pages so visit us again to see them all.


Book Signing Gathering: Book 6 Our Ever Changing World Through The Eyes of Artists: Best of 2016.

Book 6 Our Ever Changing World Through The Eyes of Artists: Best of 2016. ARTISTS in the photo: (left to right) front row: Tracey Weiss, Laurel Paley. Back Row: Melissa Ann Lambert, Ron Therrio, Linda Sue Price, Scott Trimble, Karrie Ross, Susan Lizotte, Syk Amber Sweet (and her little son!)

Book Signing Gathering: Book 6 Our Ever Changing World Through The Eyes of Artists: Best of 2016.

Book 6 Our Ever Changing World Through The Eyes of Artists: Best of 2016.

Book 6 Our Ever Changing World Through The Eyes of Artists: Best of 2016.

Ron Therrio — Book 6 Our Ever Changing World Through The Eyes of Artists: Best of 2016.

Tracey Weiss — Book 6 Our Ever Changing World Through The Eyes of Artists: Best of 2016.

Lorraine Bubar — Book 6 Our Ever Changing World Through The Eyes of Artists: Best of 2016.

Linda Sue Price — Book 6 Our Ever Changing World Through The Eyes of Artists: Best of 2016.

Scott A. Trimble — Book 6 Our Ever Changing World Through The Eyes of Artists: Best of 2016.

Laurel Paley — Book 6 Our Ever Changing World Through The Eyes of Artists: Best of 2016.

Diane Cockerill — Book 6 Our Ever Changing World Through The Eyes of Artists: Best of 2016.

Michelle D. Ferrera — Book 6 Our Ever Changing World Through The Eyes of Artists: Best of 2016.

Sky Amber Sweet — Book 6 Our Ever Changing World Through The Eyes of Artists: Best of 2016.

Suzanne Budd — Book 6 Our Ever Changing World Through The Eyes of Artists: Best of 2016.

Mara Zaslove — Book 6 Our Ever Changing World Through The Eyes of Artists: Best of 2016.

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If you are an artist I encourage you to join our mailing list to receive updates on the call for entries and other opportunities we will be posting as time goes on. Continue reading

Book 8: The Women’s March: Los Angeles, California – January, 2017 by Ann Marie Rousseau

Book 8 in the Our Ever Changing World: Through the Eyes of Artists Art-Project Books Series. A 100 page book with over 100 images documenting the Signs of the March on January 21, 2017, as only Ann Marie Rousseau’s eye can catch. She is an established Southern California based contemporary artist, known for her detailed artwork, and her never ending support of the local art community through her photo documentation of art openings, and the community as a whole.

Ann Marie places, frozen in time, an event that will eventually take it’s place in history books as one of the largest peaceful social political protests of our time. Continue reading

Usonia Architect Kaneji Domoto Reviewed

Shared from Hyperallergic article here

The Japanese American Architect Who Was a Disciple of Frank Lloyd Wright

Kaneji Domoto, a little-known architect from the Bay Area, designed five houses for the famous planned community of Usonia.

When a Columbia University architecture professor signed the contract for her new house in Usonia — the historic community near Pleasantville, New York, that was planned by Frank Lloyd Wright — its previous owner handed her four of its original blueprints. They’d been drawn up by the late Kaneji Domoto, a little-known Japanese-American architect from the Bay Area. Having inherited one of his homes, Lynnette Widder decided to learn more about Domoto and his practice. Her journey led her to rediscover one of Wright’s students through oral histories from his family members, who’d also saved his sketches, photographs, and blueprints.

The culmination of her research is a small exhibition she curated at the Center for Architecture that celebrates the career of the only Japanese American to leave a mark on the famed Usonia. Kaneji Domoto at Frank Lloyd Wright’s Usonia examines Domoto’s contribution to Wright’s suburban community, where…”

Read full article at Hyperallergic  here