What I think is great about Art, is how it represents what is going on in our lives, but it makes light of it. Everyday there is something in the news closing or some business being bought for billions of dollars. The news is a true juxtaposition of our economics today. What is sad is seeing the shape of Main Street shopping or the best example is Bleeker Street in New York City. This is a great article:
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/31/fashion/bleecker-street-shopping-empty-storefronts.html. At the same time I visited an Art Installation by Lucy Sparrow that was also featured in the New York Times. I have been following her since her first Installation in London three years ago called "Corner Store". I have written a lot about my dream of owning my own store one day, and how long it took me to finally make a leap of faith. I was so excited to meet Lucy Sparrow and she was right under the vinyl record covers she made out of felt. Which I "felt" was really ironic, since our store turned into all of our inventory made out of recycled vinyl records. So, I was lucky when I visited 8 'til Late located in the Meat Packing District of New York city in the Highline building. She is only there one more week until June 30. Just read this article today June 22nd and she is CLOSED!!!! There was a line when I left, and a friend went later in the day and waited twenty minutes to get in. There is the installation in back and then the store is in front with everything in a Convenience Store made out of felt.
Thursday, June 22, 2017
Tuesday, March 7, 2017
Another nice conversation I had was with Ed Gallucci. I was thinking how my favorite part of watching a Springsteen concert is the joy he exudes on stage with his smile. But the photographs on the album covers don't reflect that. But, when you walk into Ed Gallucci's room full of photos at the exhibition he captured Bruce's smile in most of his photos, like the one below.
I ended the reception talking to Frank Stefanko who took the pictures of Bruce for Darkness on the Edge of Town, The River and the cover of Bruce's new book "Born to Run". It was a great event and exhibit. The exhibit runs until May 21, 2017 and for more info visit morven.org. You can catch Frank Stefanko again on April 6 at 7pm with the seminar: Springsteen on the Radio 1973-21st Century.
Thursday, February 9, 2017
Every now and then I try to find a playlist of songs to get me going in the morning. I have been also doing mediation. I have been searching for about a year for something to get me moving, words to live by that make me happy, and it dawned on me today. Just make your own and get moving and stop searching for somebody's else's list. We'll see how long this one lasts before I get sick of it. But, hopefully it will get me moving.
Tuesday, January 17, 2017
Tuesday, January 3, 2017
Each year I try to pick a picture that represents the best of the year before, and pick a word going into the new year. This year it was so simple to pick a picture. This was the end of our trip to Europe. We are tan and relaxed. I am wearing a dress that seems to have been made for the background. I bought the dress with a goal I had earlier in the year. I knew I was going on this trip. I saw a picture of the dress and wanted it very badly. It wasn't really in the budget. So, I decided to try to lose some weight on my own. For every five pounds I lost I would buy a dress. I only bought this one and bought it a few days before my interview at April Cornell.
The word I chose for last year was flow, so it made sense how everything for me personally seemed to go with the flow. The more I just went with everything and not fought against it, the better it was for me. The loss of my brother on the other hand, was a whole other story. That was one of the most challenging, saddest and emotional things I have ever have gone through. I did have to take it all off myself and leave it into the hands of God, though. I am most of all amazed at how he hung on to life so strongly at the end. I am grateful he hung on like that, but it became so hard to see because he was suffering and couldn't really talk very well at the end.
The year of 2016 was very good to my children, Glen and I. We traveled, we went to as many shows Ian played in as we could, watched Kaylyn paint and sell many paintings. They both would work full time jobs and pursue their dreams in the Arts. Glen continued to drive a school bus and carried on Greetings from Geralyn by doing many Street Fairs and the Bazaar in Convention Hall. I started a new job with a company I have always loved. April Cornell says "Live like an artist. Enjoy the beauty of the everyday".
So, this year of 2017 I chose the word Rise. It is partly because of the staircase I climbed to get this picture. Because as I climbed these steps; feelings stirred, surprises happened, health challenges arose and beauty unfolded. It felt like life itself. And it felt extremely good to climb those stairs and rise to the top. That is what I would like 2017 to be. I know it will be challenging and I am grateful to climb with the help of my friends, co-workers and family. Looking forward to all that 2017 brings. Happy New Year!
Wednesday, December 14, 2016
Kim Laws who I still don't think I have met face to face, yet. I would buy her product and they all were adorned with a ticket with JOY on it. I followed her blog: http://artjoystuff.blogspot.com, and I am friends with her on Facebook. I love what she makes. A few weeks ago I saw an invitation for an Artist Trading Card Swap and I jumped at the chance!
Christmas Wishes by Kim Laws
I forgot to take a picture of the actual card, but I couldn't wait to make them. I bought netflix for the first time and put Gilmore Girls on and had some Starbucks (which is a big treat I rarely indulge in) and I got busy. It was a 6 for 6 card swap: Here is the box they came in and Kim Laws was so generous to include an ornament and a tag pretty enough to use as an ornament too. If there is a link I included that. One was anonymous.Kim Laws you are awesome!!!
Christmas Wishes by Kim Laws
JoAnne at http://vintagedragonfly.blogspot.com
And this was the beautiful ornament Kim included. The theme of the ATC swap was White Christmas. I love swaps, because making these little cards are so fun. Then the anticipation of waiting for the package. I just can't decide if I should make a garland or use them as ornaments for the tree.
Thursday, September 8, 2016
Sometimes money can't buy what you really need to read or have. Sometimes you already possess it and have to revisit all that you have. Since, we started the record part of Greetings from Geralyn, we would spend a lot of time going through the big collection of records. In the beginning we would use what we needed and threw away what we didn't. This could become a problem, but a lot of time has been spent, mostly on Glen's end "weeding" out all of the records. I am naturally a saver, and have been trying to control myself and not save everything. But, this is one of my favorite finds! I found it in a Janis Joplin record. It was how Columbia records in the early days would promote other Artists within. It is a record sleeve called the "Inner Sleeve". It included Miles Davis, The Birds, and Bruce Springsteen. It is marketing Bruce Springsteen as a writer and Artist. I have been writing how my life has come full circle and this is one of those times. I will see Bruce Springsteen for the third time in two weeks tomorrow. I will go with my son(his birthday present) and my friend who we have seen Bruce together a number of times. In summing up my admiration for Bruce Springsteen I would have to go to the beginning. Which, is what he has been doing lately. It is called the River tour, but he has been playing a lot from the Greetings from Asbury Park album. I can say now I have seen him perform all the songs captioned on the little picture of Greetings from Asbury Park. We even saw him do the acoustic "For You" in 2012 and were among only 600 people by the stage at the new Met Life. Grateful is the one word I could use to describe how I feel to be able to witness such greatness. I also would like to add I was in the pit that time and it was because of the customers at Greetings from Geralyn telling me how to accomplish that. But, now we have regular seats. I have to say I really need the seat and don't know how we did that a mere four years ago. I really enjoy seeing all the hands in the air, the people dancing and really hearing everyone singing along when we sit far away. I am looking forward to seeing Bruce and the E Street Band tomorrow and am ready for whatever surprises in the set list he has in store for us ! Like the ending of the inner sleeve written more than 40 years ago. "Bruce is a writer that really has to be listened to."