Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Ask the Oracle @ the Pop Up Art Gallery (Event Pics)

Here are some pictures from the "Ask the Oracle" performance I did earlier this month. I had a lot of fun and plan to have a repeat performance of it at another location for next First Friday. Stay tuned :)

Thanks to everyone who came out to the Pop Up Gallery! And a special thanks for those who were brave enough to ask a question of the oracle ;)

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Friday, May 1, 2015

"Ask the Oracle" Performance at the Pop Up Gallery TONIGHT!

Nothing like last-minute news, huh?

Tonight I'll be performing as an oracle at the Pop-Up Gallery (2100 Grand Blvd.) as part of the activities going on for First Friday. Plus, for those of you who didn't see my exhibit there last month, there's have another chance to look at it!

The Pop Up Gallery is open tonight from 5-11 PM. I will be doing "Ask the Oracle" from 8-10. The Pop Up will feature over 10 artists and several live performers. From their event listing:

*10+ local emerging and established artists showcasing original artwork throughout 6,500 square feet of gallery & event space.

*Live Music by NICKI SCRUGGS (vocals & instruments) exciting, emerging locally based singer/songwriter, and former American Idol contestant showcasing

*Live African Drumming with ZANZIBAR emerging local world music ensemble showcasing Djembe & Dunun traditions of the Malinké people.

*Live acoustic set by Jasper Alford of The Leisure Boys, a group based out of Minnesota!

*Live Poetry by KAI ZEN Kansas City based emerging poet/songwriter :)

Art Raffles! Contests! Games! win art! win prizes! just win!
Artists Include:
Cyan Townley (mixed medium) exciting young artist, presenting recent work as part of a senior showcase

D'Antoinette Yancey (fiber arts/photography) established local photographer and artist, highlighting exciting creative approaches to fiber and photography

Jeff Watson & Jeremy Cole (mixed media/collage) two locally based emerging artists, showcasing their exciting 'DRAWN IN' approach to what is art!

Nancy Bovee (ceramics) established local artist & mentor, presenting a series of exciting ceramic artwork

Albane Ruiz-Campagne (photography) local emerging international photographer, presenting photography highlighting work from around the world

Mitch Stroup (photography) emerging commercial photographer, showcasing work on metal and other mediums

 Jim Sawyer (painting) late artist, with a passion for pop culture and celebrity

Phil Meyer (acrylic on plastic) emerging KC based artist, showcasing a signature process, inspired by his artist father

Mark FitzSimmons (abstract painting) American war veteran showcasing his approach to expression and experience

Sterling White (pencil, mixed media) talented emerging KC based teaching artist showcasing inspired mixed media and found object work
Here's a sneak peek at my costuming:

Hope to see you tonight!

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Monday, March 30, 2015

Come See Me at 1st Friday with Tibetan Monks

"Mulan" (mixed media, 2015)

You read that right, folks, I'm going to be out at this next First Friday (1/3/15) at the Pop Up Gallery (2100 Grand Boulevard) for "A Spiritual Awakening," an arts and culture event with local artists, live music, refreshments, and Tibetan monks who will be creating a sand mandala, chanting, selling hand-made items and more. This is the Facebook event page with additional information.

I will be showing my latest mixed media piece ("Mulan," pictured above), a collaborative painting that Henry and I made together, some older pieces, and also some doodles. Since I haven't done an art event in a while, I'm quite excited. Moreso because I love when the monks visit!

Hope to see you there!

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Yes, I've Been Gone, Sorry About That...

Hi Everyone! Sorry I've been MIA for so long. We suddenly didn't have internet at home any more and haven't for a while - except on my phone which doesn't like blogger. Anyhoo, I'm still mucking about and plan to be back blogging regularly at some point but I'm not sure when. We're trying to move and stuff...Until then, hope you're enjoying the possibilities of this new year!

Saturday, November 8, 2014

NaNoWriMo 2014 / Flood the Street with Art!

Image via Words On Images

Imma make this short and sweet 'cause I'm 60 words behind on yesterday's word goal for NaNoWrimo and I need to get on that while Henry's napping.

Speaking of which, NaNoWriMo is going well. I've been exceeding my word goals except for the past couple days when getting a bit of a cold has slowed me down. Hoping to catch up today, but we'll see what happens! Also, I'm thinking that my book might end up not reaching 50,000 total words if the story arc completes its self before then. I guess I'll just find out! Are you participating in NaNoWriMo? If so, what's your novel about?

I also want to take a moment to invite all artists everywhere to join me in Flood(ing) the Street with Art! this November 28. Like Buy Nothing Day, Flood the Street with Art! is a movement against the commercialism of Black Friday. The idea is for artists everywhere to literally fill our streets with art that's been left out for anyone to find and take home with them. I love this because it's a positive action instead of a negative one like Buy Nothing Day (although I also support that!). Find out more about how you can be part of this on their FB event pages; they have one for the whole world and one for local MO/KS artists.

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Sunday, October 26, 2014

Getting Ready for Another NaNoWriMo!

I've decided to participate in National Novel Writing Month, aka NaNoWriMo, once again this year. And this time I'm determined to complete a first draft within the time allotted! I'm in a much better place for that than I've been in past years,because lately I've actually been doing writing exercises!

A 3 year old friend of Henry's gave me a set of Rory's Story Cubes a bit ago. Lately I've been using them I as a daily writing exercise! The story cubes, if you don't know, are essentially a set of 9 picture dice that are meant to inspire story telling games. The set I have is the 'voyages' theme so it has lots of unusual objects and creatures.

I've been hand-writing these exercises, and I intend to hand-write during NaNoWriMo as well. I used to always hand-write my first draft and then type the second one. I feel a return to that habit well get my creative juices flowing better.

And I also have a kick-as fantasy plot ready for this second novel if mine. I can't wait to get started!

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Thursday, October 16, 2014

Let's Talk about ALL THE THINGS!

Lots of things on my mind to share today, so I'm just gonna get to it...

Marriage Momentum
Can you believe the awesomeness that is #MarriageMomentum?! Same sex marriage is becoming legal in so many places! Even in KANSAS! I mean, what!? It's so great! Missouri is at least recognizing same sex marriages performed in other states, but I'm shocked that Kansas beat us to fully granting them. Happily shocked. And jealous!

Blog Action Day
For the first time in I-don't-know-how-many years, I missed posting on Blog Action Day. But you can check out the bloggers who did write about inequality on the Blog Action Day site.

Young Feminist Leaders
It's fantastic seeing young women at the forefront of social change being represented in the media in such positive ways! Kudos to Emma Watson for her work with the United Nations and to Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai for her tireless activism!

It's On Us
FINALLY a campaign that addresses the source of rape and assault issues. FUCK YEAH! I'm stoked about this campaign and the way that dialogues about feminism are changing in our society. It's about damn time ^_^

Parents as Teachers
I'm loving this program! Henry just started it this semester. Not only do we get a monthly home visit, but we also get access to all kind of special free events (most recently the Zoomobile, and there's a pumpkin patch event tomorrow), special toys and books, play dates and more. It's such a great resource.

Dolly Parton's Imagination Library
Through Parents as Teachers, I discovered and enrolled Henry in the Imagination Library, which sends KC-area kids, ages 5 years old and below, a free book each month. Henry's first one just arrived earlier this week. He received "The Little Engine Who Could." He really likes it and I love seeing the pictures that I remember from when I was a child. (But the story is way more repetitive than I remember. I admit, I leave out quite a bit when I read it to him.)

Royals Going to the World Series
WAY TO GO ROYALS! This hasn't happened since I was like 3. Which is probably why I lost all interest in baseball... But I'm still glad they're winning for a change. 

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