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Friday, May 25, 2018

Bark Walk Art Walk in Ft Lauderdale this weekend

Bark Walk: dog-friendly artwalk event
Saturday, May 26, 2018, 5-8pm

Girls' Club presents Bark Walk, a block-wide event to benefit Pets Broward, 
a non-profit organization dedicated to saving shelter pets and creating a community 
where all pets and people are valued and treated with respect, kindness, and compassion.

The event is free and open to the public. 
Well-behaved pets welcomed and must remain on-leash and in-control at all times.

Adoptable Dog Parade at 6pm 
Best in Show: Dog-themed Art Exhibit at Girls' Club 
Human/Dog-Friendly Photo shoot with Alissa Alfonso at Girls' Club
Guest Artist Kerry Phillips at Madeline Denaro Studio
Art Making Activities for Humans/Dogs at Form Hair Studio
Doggy-and-Me Hair Specials at Form Hair Studio
Dog and Human Swim Specials at Montce Swim
Puppacino Specials at Wells Coffee

with Frankie Dogs, Vintage Pops and Sparkling Ice 

A new hot spot in Fort Lauderdale, the shops along NE 2 Avenue and Flagler Drive recently opened for business this past year with a craft coffee roaster and cafe Wells Coffee, a fit-focused swim shop Montce Swim, high-intensity functional HIIT studio The Fit Shop, a creative-thinking hair salon Form, the working artist studio of Madeline Denaro and the city's only private art collection/alternative art space Girls' Club Collection.

The Bark Walk coincides with the Last-Saturday artwalk, 
connecting with the FATVillage and the MASS District art neighborhoods 
of Fort Lauderdale for an epic evening out.

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

I heard a faint knocking...

As artists, we dream of someone knocking on our lone studio door and screeching in joy at the treasures within. They will insist the work needs to be seen by a wider audience, and launch into a discussion of training, then reflect upon our personal/universal existence, and, then proclaim the work boundless in value.
But it rarely if ever happens.

But kinda....

I walked a couple doors down from my own studio and knocked on the stitching studio of Karla Caprali . There I joined in on a couple Miami Textile Association's embroidery workshops. #textileartists  They are held most every other Saturday. Karla is warm, smart and bakes a mean cake. In short order she has arrested some of my bad habits, taught me correct stitching and, introduced me to other smart and interesting women. One of MTA's regulars turns out to have gone to my high school in Virginia!!! (Now I am probably going to a local reunion this fall. Talking with my new friend made me laugh and recall details I had long forgotten. Small hints of who I am at the core of my being were raised!)

 Then... At school a young new teacher, TJ,  invited colleagues to stay after school and discuss pedagogy. Though I dragged myself there in somewhat of the cynical mind, I left an hour later full of inspiration and self-reflection. He brought me back  (after 22 years of this) to the core of why I teach and to thoughts of how I teach. Teachers Talking Teachin! It is an inspiration.

Throwback to December 2016 when I answered a call by artist Kim Schoenstadt to be part of a group photo, Now Be Here #3,  at the Perez Museum. Schoenstadt had called for all the regions women artists and, despite torrential rains, 303 of us showed up! The only Florida institution that expresses an outright commitment to supporting local female-identifying artists was/is the Girls' Club, a private collection and alternative art space in Fort Lauderdale that helped whip up support for Now Be Here #3. 
The two ladies on either side of me in the line to register and enter have become sources of inspiration ever since.  Just last week one of those women, Meg Wallace of  passed on information about a show at the Girls Club  that I have since entered. Three doggie paintings will now be for sale in their gallery space as part of a fundraiser to benefit Pets Broward, a non-profit organization dedicated to saving shelter pets. The show is May 26th.

The creative spark that helps my imagination needs to roam, play and join in discussion. It has been a full spring. Austin Kleon writes in his book Show Your Work,  that "you don't have to be a genius... be an amateur...get out of your league...defy perfection" and...the work will get shown!

Sunday, April 29, 2018

Things to know about Miami and flying

HistoryMiami Museum tour
Miami can literally be called the birthplace of modern aviation and commercial air traffic.

Air business was born for mail delivery, and survived with the infusion of money and training needs of the government for the WW1 war effort.

Thanks to a fabulous tour put together by the HistoryMiami museum, I was able to spend a full day learning about the history of flight on a tour that took us from Miami Springs, to behind the scenes at MIA, to Dinner Key (where Miami City Hall is located in Pan Am's first airport).

Our guides from the history museum had the whole day synchronized perfectly. Our bus driver was excellent and had us moving fluidly through traffic, our historian Dr. George is amazing. This was my fifth tour led by Dr. Paul George tour, so I must be a groupy.
Me and Dr. George

MIA was known as "36th Street Airport" or "Pan Am Fields". Today Miami International Airport covers 3,230 acres west of downtown Miami between Northwest 36th Street, Le Jeune Road, the Palmetto Expressway and State Road 836 and is one of the busiest airports in the world. Over 44 million people traveled through the airport in 2017.
On the tarmac of MIA

in the control tower
The Glenn Curtiss mansion is now a museum and wedding venue next to the airport. Among a million other things, Curtiss owned the largest airplane manufacturing business in the 1920's, he gave the land for the current Miami International and Opalocka airports and he single handedly saved UM from going under in the 1920's. He also had over 500 inventions and 400 patents when he died at 53 years. He invented the first motorcycle and was the official "fastest man in the world" in 1907 (for going 136 mph on an 8 cylinder motorcycle). He was issued pilots' license #1 in the USA and license #2 in France. He and the Wright brothers fought notoriously, but generations later their businesses merged to continue manufacturing plane parts today (Curtiss Wright Co)!

Victor Chapman, of Chapman Field, and a road right around the corner from where I live, was the first pilot to go down in WW1 combat .

Eddie Rickenbacher was a larger than life figure in Miami. He  was the highest scoring Ace fighter pilot in WWI, and he owned Eastern airlines. He survived an eastern airlines crash into the Pacific ocean and survived for 24 days. In his older years, he was often seen as the crazy old man feeding the seagulls. But you have to know the story to appreciate why he did that. 

The pilot, Paul Tibbets on the plane called Enola Gay, (named after his mother) which dropped the atomic bomb on Hiroshima August 6th, lived in Miami.  The second plane that dropped the bomb on Nagasaki was also piloted by a Bahamian Miami resident.

All the big stars worked  or flew out of Miami, including Charles Lindbergh, Amelia Earhart, and Glenn Curtiss.

Charles Lindberg was an airplane mechanic in Miami. Later he was hired to design routes for PanAm.

Talk about self made go-getters. Juan Trippe is someone to read about. He went from being a stunt amusement park flier to starting a mail delivery service to owning the largest international carrier in the world.
Pan American Airways, the largest international carrier, worked out of Miami airport from 1927 to its collapse in 1991. The employees were like a family and they formed World Wings International to keep in touch, build on philanthropic projects and keep the memories alive.
Pan Am flight attendants shared memories at the Curtiss Mansion

The next best thing to being in the airport control tower... If you eat in the 94th Aero Squadron Restaurant that is alongside the southern runways, you can wear headphones hanging from the walls between the windows to listen to the control towers.

A day from Heaven

Friday, April 27, 2018

Dade Art Educators Superintendent show

I am proud to be one of 17 art teachers in the Miami Dade County to have work included in the "Superintendents Exhibit"- a year long exhibition sponsored by the DAEA (Dade Art Educators Association) and held in the offices of Alberto M. Carvalho. Mr. Carvalho has served as superintendent of Miami-Dade County public schools, the nations fourth largest school system, since September 2008. The exhibition showcases the works of art educators in the county to expand public awareness of the role of Art Educators as Artists.... (or artists as educators).

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Table settings (variations on a theme)

I am terrified of French waiters      They seem linguistically aggressive. Perhaps if my French was better I would not feel so stupid.

I love a good croissant and raw honey. This breakfast was a perfect way to start the day- fresh and chemical free! Even the flowers!

A crusty baguette brings out the beggar in us all...

Why is the wine so much better in France?
Check out my website for more recent paintings inspired by my spring break!

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Guest book treasures

What about the tradition of keeping a guest book?
My lovely family relishes story. I recently spent some insightful evenings at the table discussing the lives of great uncles and musing on the escapades of heroic aunts. As I do with every trip to France, I miss my grannie Zabet and papa Jacques . Since I was a baby, I passed through their living rooms and learned to appreciate the art history on the walls and attend to the interesting friends in their salon.

I was going through my grandmothers guest book and found this sketch by one of my favorite artists, Alice Neel! It's double portraits in pen of grannie and papa Jacques! Signed and dated 1965.
great line on Jacques jaw!

My grannie was a little harder for Neel to catch

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Sketches of France, mostly Paris

#parisisforlovers  I recently returned from a spring week in Paris and the south of France. We were lucky to get the benefit of incredible family hospitality and good weather. Though I did a few touristy things, (It was my partners first time to Paris), I enjoyed, more than anything, the time to pause, and the afternoons sketching.
Vineyards of the Luberon valley

Three days in a row we studied the embellishments and architectural organization of the Notre Dame  Paris cathedral.  It was lovely to not have any other pressing desire. Though I must admit that the pull of the grape vine (,  the crepe carts and the window displays of cheese were equally distracting.
both Michael and I making notes of the cathedral

sketchbook pages

With Geoffrey of

Paris is for lovers

My aunt and uncle outside their apartment

Though we made it "our own", here is proof we had to share Paris with others:
Michael in the hat on top of the Arc de Triomph