Brookline

Support Puerto Rico

hello, friends, i'm sorry it has been so long since i was here last giving you an update. the summers are usually time for family so i don't get to work very much. however, i have new projects i'm working on which i hope to update you on soon.

but coming up this Saturday, i will be participating in a fundraiser at Art with Amy. we are raising money for Puerto Rico and some of the relief efforts there from the hurricanes. 100% of the proceeds will be going to support two organizations. you can find more info about these organizations here and here.

here are the details of the fundraiser: 8-9:30 pm Saturday October 7th, and open the afternoon of October 8th 1-4pm, at 45 Harvard Street, Brookline.

you can find the Facebook Event page where you can preview many of the art that will be available at the fundraiser here.

 

i apologize for the short notice, but this was literally conceived of last week, a spontaneous desire on the parts of the artists who want to contribute to the needs in Puerto Rico.

Upcoming Local Events

i have several events coming up in the month of April that i'd like to invite you to. i am listing the events here chronologically:

first up is an Artist Showcase Reception with ArtLINC Boston, "a local, artist-run organization that showcases area artists and connects them directly with buyers and patrons." below is the invite to the event. i have 4 pieces of art in the showcase.

i am also participating in this year's Brookline Open Studios. currently, you will find one of my paintings at Brookline Public Library Main Branch, 361 Washington Street, in Hunneman Hall on the 3rd floor, where the Preview Show is happening for Brookline Open Studios. the preview show highlights all the participating artists in the Open Studios. there will be a closing reception of the Preview Show on April 23, 1:00-3:30 pm.

and finally, i will be at 33a Harvard Street (3rd floor) for Brookline Open Studios. i will be there April 29-30, 11-5 each day. i plan to have some new and some old works for sale. some of the old works will be available for a discounted price, so if there's a piece you've been eyeing, come on out!

hope you can join me at one of these events in April! look forward to connecting with you!

There's something special about performing...

i'd known that, ever since i first set foot on a stage as a child, but it's been a LONG time since then.  this past saturday, i had the wonderful opportunity to share my shadow puppet piece on the stage along with some really wonderful, talented, creative puppeteers.  and what can i say?  i was nervous, excited and had so much fun, all at the same time!!  it was a great experience to be able to share my work (and many many thanks to those of you who came out to see my work!! xoxo) but it was equally wonderful to be backstage with all the other performers and to feel everyone's creative energy.  i felt so inspired, esp as i got to sit in the audience for the second half of the show.  there were so many diverse voices and so many different ways of presenting the work.  and then the overall atmosphere was so special - because the puppet theater is rather small, the evening felt very intimate and special.  thank you to Puppet Showplace Theater and everyone involved in putting the Slam together!

unfortunately, i was too distracted to take any photos at the Slam - sorry!  however, i would like to share some photos of the beautiful spring we have been having here in Boston.  trees are exploding with flowers everywhere! it's hard to believe we had so much snow not that long ago.

New Project

i am eager to share about a new project i've been busy working on.  several weeks ago, i started a class at Puppet Showplace Theater, a puppet theater in Brookline that's just down the street from where i live.  i took my girls there a few times to see puppet shows and they loved it.  then i discovered they have adult classes!!  i picked the shadow puppet class as i thought it would be an easy transition from my art to theater.  plus, i wanted to put my novella to some use.  i am excited to have found a medium where i can marry my writing with my visual art.  the class runs to the end of March and then i believe we have an opportunity to showcase our work at a Puppet Slam, an adult puppet show event the Puppet Showplace Theater puts on every couple of months.  i will share more details about that as we get closer to the time.

the story i'm working on is my novella, titled, "Winter With Satie."  in trying to keep things simple and short, i won't be using any dialogue, but will use Erik Satie's music and only tell an excerpt of the story.  here are some "work in progress" photos:

the last two shots were taken by a fellow classmate, Sally Moore, and edited by me.  the characters still need some work and some refinement and change.  i will share the final product in the coming weeks!

 

Well, Hello, from Brookline, MA!

it has been WAY too long since i've been here!  i am sitting in our apartment in Brookline, alone for the first time in goodness knows how long having finally found a wonderful little preschool for my 4 year old, surrounded by stacks of boxes that still need unpacking, but hey, it will be good for my soul to jot down some of my thoughts here and reconnect with y'all.  so, here are some thoughts while i listen to U2's latest album, Songs of Innocence (which btw is free on iTunes right now).  i'd like to share some images of our trip to the east coast, some from my Instagram feed.

 

so, how are YOU??  i hope all is well wherever you are.  i am sure you have been busy with life, work, your own moves, and your own children going back to school... but do drop me a line here and catch me up on what you have been up to!

 

mid-August, we said our goodbye to Madison, WI, packed up our life in boxes and took to the road for a week.  my husband stayed behind to wrap up and i took our girls and stopped over in Michigan for a few days to visit with my parents.  we visited our favourite spots there before continuing on the road.  this is us, beginning our journey:

running through the tunnel to get to Tunnel Park on Lake Michigan

running through the tunnel to get to Tunnel Park on Lake Michigan

Tunnel Park

Tunnel Park

i saw a lot of these on the road...

we met up with my husband in Indiana and continued across the country in our two cars.  and since we were driving by Niagara Falls, we had to stop by and show the girls this awesome and wonderful part of the world.

most of the drive was a blur for me, but it was fun to see the landscape changing as we entered NY and then MA.  it really is as beautiful here as everyone has been telling me.  we tried to explore a little before the girls started school:

Walden's Pond in Concord, MA, was delightful, esp on a hot summer day

Walden's Pond in Concord, MA, was delightful, esp on a hot summer day

Allendale Farm, a local farm that's minutes from where we live

Allendale Farm, a local farm that's minutes from where we live

Wingaersheek Beach - we loved swimming in the water, but also loved climbing these huge rocks and exploring the tide pools in between the rocks

Wingaersheek Beach - we loved swimming in the water, but also loved climbing these huge rocks and exploring the tide pools in between the rocks

Crane Beach was great for finding these baby mussels washing onto the shore and the hermit crabs running around everywhere

Crane Beach was great for finding these baby mussels washing onto the shore and the hermit crabs running around everywhere

it's been a week now since school began for the girls.  we are all sort of being carried by the tide of routine and that's been good.  i'll have my moments when i get teary for no reason, a symptom of uprooting and displacement.  no matter how often i do this, that part will never go away.  but i am grateful for my friend who lives a block away from us here and has made the move and transition so much smoother and easier (hugs, Lisa!!) and i am thankful that the girls seem to be managing ok.  we all have our moments, but on the whole, we are doing well.  there's so much beauty around me to appreciate.  there's so much good food close by (ok, the Korean food we can get here just doesn't compare to Madison, WI, i'm afraid :))  and it was wonderful to reconnect with an old friend from Nairobi (SO great to see you, Sarah, and meet your wonderful family) who lives about an hour away from Brookline.

Isak Dinesen wrote in Seven Gothic Tales: "The cure for anything is salt water - tears, sweat, or the sea."  i have seen much of all three lately and i have to agree with her.

my youngest told me yesterday that she likes Brookline, but not living in an apartment.  she believes we must find a house here like Madison.  when i asked her why she doesn't like living in an apartment, she said because she always has to be quiet! :)

i haven't been able to do much art, but i do have some news.  i will be participating in another art show through SpaceWomb Contemporary Art Gallery that opens 18th September, next week.  so, my NYC friends and those of you with friends in NYC, i hope you'll spread the word for me.  i will post an update early next week.  in the mean time, here are some shots of my sketchbook of recent sketches:

i hope to be here more often now.  i do ask that you subscribe to the blog by entering your email address in the space at the top left bar and hitting the subscribe button in order to keep up with my goings on.  thanks so much and have a lovely rest of your week!