When I’m in another country I spend time just people watching and learning about a culture by seeing what they do. Continue reading “Random acts of Tico kindness”
After the closing gala of the Coastside Doctors Without Borders Art Auction, 22 art pieces came back to my studio to be matched up with their new owners. It is always fun to be there for the hand off. This is Valerie and her son picking up Susana Van Beezooijen’s ceramic winged Milagros. Valerie saved up to buy herself a special birthday present and this is what she got! She is especially excited because her cousin is going off next week to work with Doctors Without Borders and she gets to show her what she got. These kinds of stories make it all worthwhile!
Looking forward to seeing you at the Gala, 11/14, 6-9pm! You can also see the exhibition daily now at Pasta Moon Music Box in Half Moon Bay. Click here for more info on the show and to see the art donated: http://coastsidedoctorsartauction.weebly.com/
Spent the day turning the soil and adding compost after finding the last few hidden potato jewels, bathed away the sweat and dirt, and put the used art materials from yesterday’s creating back into their places. Dinner was left over sausage pasta made crunchy by oven reheating. A mystery movie and a quick beginning reading of “Buddha in the Attic” before a sinking into a cozy bed. It’s been a precious day of small joys strung together to make a necklace of summer memories.
I appreciate how the flavor of a place comes through in the art made there. Many charities have used the idea of painting an instrument to raise money, but I doubt they had the Southwestern spirit of these violins done for the Santa Fe Symphony. Check out more art violins: http://www.paintedviolinssantafe.org/index.html
I’m always looking for innovative public art, especially the kind that is interactive. Just this week two caught my eye in my Facebook stream.
© Masaki Koizumi
Artist Toshiko Horiuchi MacAdam created a crocheted gallery sized installation that kids couldn’t help but interact with. Next thing you know, she and her husband Charles MacAdam established Interplay Design and Manufacturing in Nova Scotia, Canada, to develop the concept of play ‘sculptures’ on a commercial scale. Check out more here: http://www.treehugger.com/culture/artist-crochets-playgrounds-children.html
Then my friend, artist, and professor Wendy Maruyama shared work of her UC San Diego former students Lanie Gannon and Rob Oglivie. Here is a video of their wonderful interactive mechanical art installed at Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital in Nashville, TN.
Interestingly enough both installations are low tech and are great examples of ways that artists really catered to the spirit of children.
41 coastside artists are busily making art right now about transformation. And all these pieces will be donated to raise money for Doctors Without Borders! Check out who they are and read more about the art auction that will be happening this Fall.