Tales from the field #29

Last weekend in Palo Alto, we were setting up booths – we start early because there is only one line of traffic allowed down the streets because of the way we set up, so the people on the non-traffic side get there at 5am to set up.  By the time we’re done there’s usually a little trash that comes out of the process, and there was with mine.

Walked down the street a little to where I knew there was a trash can next to a neighbor’s booth.  This is what I found.

trash can with fancy dress

Nice cover. Is it incognito?  I wonder which artist got paid to design that?

I asked the artist next to it if it was something of his he’d rested over the can.  No, the city people had come round and put the covers on.  What?  On a day when they expect a lot more people than usual and have many food stands, they close the trash cans.  It did not make sense.  Fortunately I have a few plastic bags in the box of tricks so I deployed my own trash can behind my desk for myself and my neighbors to use.

Later, when going to the restroom, I found the city had deployed larger trash barrels near the food stands and porta potties, marked recycle and landfill. It’s always interesting to go to different cities and find what is and isn’t regarded as recycle in different places, but I’m not going to do a survey on that. life is not boring enough.

Riverside Art Museum Membership Show

For the second year I entered a painting into the Riverside Art Museum.

Art reception with crowd

Arriving at the reception. Quite well attended.

I got there a little after the reception started and soon got talking to a lady named Anita Sylvestri.  She is a docent at the museum and has a painting in the show.

Art reception with crowd

Quite a variety of mediums!

Anita had a mixed media collage in the show.

Artist with painting'

Anita Sylvestri with ‘The Impossible Dream’

We both explained our work to each other.

Artist with painting

She returned the favor and took a pic of me with my painting.

When the awards were given, Anita won best of show!

 

Shakin up the Arts

Each year there is a ‘Shakin up the Arts’ show at the Carmen Durazo Center in Calexico.  This year the show was just about equally divided between high school students and adult artist entries.

Art at Carmen Durazo Cultural Center

Some of the adult entries

Art at Carmen Durazo Cultural Center

There was quite a crowd at the reception

Art at Carmen Durazo Cultural Center

Some more adult entries.

Art at Carmen Durazo Cultural Center

The support pillars are ideal places for the small artworks

Art at Carmen Durazo Cultural Center

The one on the left was my favorite in the whole show

Art at Carmen Durazo Cultural Center

Artist Sherry Nash and I met and discussed work – this is one of her mixed media pieces

Art at Carmen Durazo Cultural Center

Sherry also does acrylic pours

Art at Carmen Durazo Cultural Center

Some more of the student work. This young lady had no qualms about asking me whether I liked her painting!

Art at Carmen Durazo Cultural Center

There were some 3-d pieces also.

Sonnet Challenge #26

Sometimes I think poets go through all the circumstances themselves so they can write about things from a personal perspective.

Inside Prejudice

Outside of prejudice, a place that’s learned
like old wives’ tales, absorbed at parent’s knee
to recognize the ones that should be spurned,
no why, just that’s the way that it should be.
Inside of prejudice, that face is turned,
for reasons I can’t fathom, away from me,
til whispers, giggles stop when I get near
and conversation turns to other things.
I know I am the joke I cannot hear
and my imagination then takes wings
and rises on the heat of latent fear,
the wind that is despair, and all it brings.
Outside of prejudice can see no wrong.
Inside of prejudice I don’t belong.

Second Place!

Before you get too excited about my achieving second place with my chalk painting last Saturday in Moreno Valley, it was a very small field of competitors.  I also had a small booth at the art fair and my beloved was being the store keeper for me, while I wore off my fingerprints.  I discovered fairly early on that our choice of space to set up (chosen because putting Doug under the tree in the shade would allow me to use the umbrella to keep the blacktop I was working on from melting my fingers), was in front of the band.  The band (there were several during the course of the day) and the between-bands background music was LOUD.  So, to relieve Doug and allow him to walk around and repair his eardrums and sanity, I hurried through my work.

The need for speed was exacerbated by wind which took the umbrella for a tumble and meant I had to chalk with one hand while quickly rubbing the chalk into the now-scorching blacktop with the other.  I finished in 2 hours, and apparently was the only one who completely finished, though other chalkers, intending to take until 4pm created larger compositions.

I had a limited amount of blue, so did the surrounding ‘atmosphere’ in red, rather than follow the original, and created far less clouds than on the mixed media painting this was based on. For this it’s more about the message than the accuracy of the map.

Chalk painting

“That the world is round reminds us that we are on the same side.”

All I want for Christmas….

….is some little hats like these for my cactus.  These are at one of Doug’s neighbors, in the city (Brea, CA).  Of course I have waay more cacti than this that I could make Santa hats for.

Santa hats on cactus

Happy Holidays! Merry Christmas, Joyeux Noel, Frohe Weinachten, Feliz Navidad!

Middleridge Winery Reception

Middleridge Winery

Just warming up for the crowd. The Middleridge tasting room is in a beautiful building in downtown Idyllwild.

Yesterday I was scheduled to attend two gallery receptions (blissfully perfectly timed so that I could, despite the 90 minute drive between them) for galleries who have my work. The first is the group show ‘Art Uncorked‘ held at Middleridge Winery in Idyllwild.  This is the first time I have shown there, and there were eighteen artists in the show, most of whom were in attendance and who I got to meet.  Spoke to a lot of interesting people about both my work and theirs – and not just artists.

One thing that jumped out when talking to most people about my work – I have hidden the poem ‘Arrows‘ in the painting so well, that hardly anyone found it without being told to look for it.

Jeni Bate art at Middleridge Winery

The “Jeni Bate” wall. I have two other round pieces in the show which will be in the upstairs gallery.