Thursday, December 24, 2009

Wishing You All

I live in a pretty cool section of town.

I use to be afraid of what I would see when I drove down the main avenue.

When we moved in it was a seriously depressed neighborhood, that often had multiple police cars stopped and arresting/questioning people, ambulance sirens every 10 minutes speeding in one direction or another up and down the main street. There was a high level of visible streetwalkers and drug dealings but all that seems to have subsided.

The neighborhood is a mix of residential and commercial and industry now. We had huge, tall propane tanks as our view for over a year parked next door. Now it seems to be long term parking for a tow company or something and the tanks are gone. The sirens have faded and the police arrests are now a rare site.

I find my section of town a colorful one now, at dusk a whole group of taco trucks push open their windows and the avenue is dotted with shop lights and busy with people eating street food and walking to and from home and the markets. The building are brightly painted and decorated. There are open doors to all the churches that are often overflowing with people....

but I have found a market, a market that I love to visit and buy produce from. I have taught myself how to make enchiladas and I go to a particular market to by the cheese and toppings.

Yesterday I went there and it was alive with activity, is the biggest tamale weekend of the year and there were long lines of people buying meat and corn husks and masa....the butcher counter was taking numbers and the all the ingredients were on sale.

This is what a market use to be...this is why I think I love this store, it reminds me of a time before Super Mega Stripmall grocery where people really cared about what the food looked like and how it was presented and a community they are serving and feeding.

My wish for all of you out there is to find that place in your lives that feeds you, literally and emotionally and spiritually and savor it!

Happy Holidays

Friday, December 11, 2009

December is happening

Have had a busy month and I am only at the 11th day!
The month started out with new work being delivered to the studio space we have a First Friday here in town and our group makes sure to hang new work every month for this event.
Then onto a holiday fair inside a secured building! It is a brilliant idea...this business has a holiday shop open up inside their offices so that the employees can shop while not having to drive anywhere.

My scrabble tile necklaces were a hit...not only that but I got to meet some amazing new local artists and bakers!

Next was the VITA art center reception for their "Anonymous Show" that benefited the youth art scholarship program. It was really well attended and many of the pieces sold right away.

although I am not suppose to tell you...mine is the woman image the ladies are looking at
(top row, fourth over from the left)

It was a long day but great people watching!

Now is the holidays and with all the sewing and crafting and artmaking I have been doing for other events I am very ready to settle into making art for me!

My goal of making donations to KIVA and Heifer Intl is still a slow one, but I really believe in them and have already made donations to both ahead of time hoping to be able to make some more as time passes.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Working like a crazed woman...just look at my hair!

At least it feels that way....Once I finish one thing I am onto the next!
Watch out I might start throwing cats soon....

Today was finishing up some of my scrabble tile photo necklaces:

I am partaking in a holiday craft/art fair at my hubbys workplace and wanted to bulk up my stock on these plus they are great fun to make!
 I have others currently being sold in a shop downtown...leaving me low. I will also be selling some framed and matted photographs and printmaking as well.
Mostly, I am looking forward to not take home as much as I am bringing.
 I am wanting to make another donation to Heifer Intl and "mama needs some printmaking paper"!!

In other art news:
I dropped off two pieces to a new co-op style gallery in Summerland, CA
Montecito Frame and Gallery

My dance card is filling up quickly and I feel so lucky for it!

Super great things are bubbling and I am enjoying this ride...If only I can figure out how to add a few more hours to the day!!


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