Monday

Herstory: Fearless Girl....Celebrating Bad Ass Women!



Fearless Girl created by artist Kristen Visbal has been taking on the bull of Wall Street! This was installed in the wee hours of the morning mimicking the Bull installation. The Girl has stolen the hearts of New Yorkers as well as a treasure trove of tourists!
Great news... it is now scheduled to stay until early 2018! This is a change from the original one 
month stay that was planned. This girl can continue to inspires the masses!



Sunday

Herstory: Hilde....Celebrating Bad Ass Women!

 This wild woman made her first trip to New York City this month!  Hilde is a performance artist, accomplished art educator and mother of two from the West...she took full advantage of her Big Apple opportunity!
Hilde even managed to find a quiet moment on the buzzing NYC subway!
 She kept a list of all the moments...so she would not forget with all the stimulation of the big city and conference offerings! Some of the list: Subway ride, cab ride, Chelsea, the Whitney Museum, MOMA, Meret Oppenheim, #art_leg, Irish pubs, Oliver Herring, Jeff Koons, Advanced Style icon & new found friend Deborah, potato in Arabic, thrift stores, Tin foil fascinator, SVA, steam punk goggles...that is just to name a few...
I admire the way Hilde absorbed New York City! 
This lady is a vision in creativity and curiosity! Her students will certainly benefit from her experience at the National Art Education Conference this year! Lucky kiddos!

Tuesday

Herstory : Erica...Celebrating Bad Ass Women!


Today I celebrate Erica. 
She is this glorious, wise and witty woman. 
I met her at a time I needed her most...and did not even know it yet! 
To this day she stays in my head and my heart!



She makes me so happy with her brilliance and vibrancy, even when it is a little twisted!  


So, cheers to you wicked woman of the west!

Monday

Herstory : Libya...Celebrating Bad Ass Women!


 Today I celebrate Libya!

 She is an artist teacher enriching the lives of elementary school students while simultaneously engaging in the betterment of her community as an advocate for productive change! 

I met her so many years ago when I first arrived here...she exuded confidence and calm! 

We crossed paths again a couple of years later and she was an exquisite model for my own creative explorations.

 This last weekend I had the pleasure of listening to her moderate a panel on the future of art education at the National Art Education Association conference in New York City! The Challenge of Change: Embracing the Future of Art Education.

This gal is certainly one to watch...and if you are lucky enough have a conversation!



Sunday

Visiting the Edge



Ground Rules


Today I had the pleasure of attending an artist talk at the National Gallery of Art.  
Theaster Gates was visiting the Gallery today in advance of his show: Minor Arts. He is an amazing person!  He is the 4th living artist to have a solo show at the National Gallery of Art!  He spoke so eloquently about his life's experiences and how that has informed his art. This man is an incredible artist, urban planner, advocate, story teller & teacher. 



Theaster Gates discussed learning at an early age that self-sufficiency rules. The ability to convert and utilize the skillset you have so you can survive makes for a very rich life. 
He elaborated on his observations on artists. Artists no longer need to be singular and specific...they should play with all modes and mediums...
Use of materials should not limit what can be created...and then use what you know to leave your environment better than you found it! Superb and sound advice in 2017.
I was so moved and enthralled by his life thus far, I am a fan and will continue to learn more…and grow with what he has inspired…

Celebrating Regional Scholastic Art Awards!