How the Chicago Cubs Helped Me Score a Gig
Like many Santa Feans, I love to walk in the woods in the mountains, and that was what I was doing last Thursday, hiking on a trail in the early morning. Birds were still flitting, and the sun had not fully risen high enough to shine into the piney canyon where I was exploring. Towering Ponderosa, stubby Gambel oaks, and aspens that still clung to their golden leaves flanked the trail. The morning started chilly, but by the time I was halfway I was shedding my sweaters, and wearing a colorful shawl over my tank top.
The woods were peaceful and still and I enjoyed the solitude, reaching the rushing mountain stream before turning back. On my return trek, the morning was brighter and warmer and more hikers – mostly tourists – were on the trail.
I rounded a corner and encountered a couple, a dad and his daughter, who were studying a map. They had just concluded that they were on the wrong trail, but I assured them that if they continued on, they would reach Tesuque Creek. We got to talking, as people often will on the trail, and it turned out that they were from Chicago, as I was.
And naturally, we had to rejoice about the Cubs, who had just cinched the National League pennant, and we joked how so many fans in Santa Fe were wearing Cubs gear. I had to laugh, as I told them how I was wearing my Cubs cap and striped jersey while I did my collage demo at the Railyard on Sunday.
At that, the woman gasped and said, “What are you doing on Wednesday night?” I said I was free, so Alicia, who is the Public Program Coordinator of the Center for Contemporary Arts Santa Fe – the CCA – offered me a gig.
The CCA has been hosting an event for the past few months: FARMS, FILMS, FOOD - A Santa Fe Celebration. Wednesday’s event was the debut of two films - SEED and SEASON, with the other mainstays of this happening…chef demo, food trucks, and environmental grassroots groups, and art projects. The artist who had been scheduled was unexpectedly unavailable, and so Alicia had an opening for a ready and able artist – me!
So, on Wednesday, I was at the CCA, with my scissors and glue - happily cutting and pasting. I was working on a piece I was creating just for that night. Since the theme was Food from the Farm, I decided to honor the fruits of the season. I met a lot of groovy folk at the event.
Thank you Alicia Piller for the opportunity! Thank you Angie Rizzo for being the CCA on-site help!
So, did the Chicago Cubs work their magic for me in Santa Fe? Maybe so. It's my story and I'm sticking to it!
And last week I was able to help a friend prepare for her first solo exhibit. Emerging Artist Bridget Steed has opened her exhibit “Ancestors and Origins” at Mother Roots Gallery in the Baca Street Arts District. The show is up till the end of December, so if you are in the area (say for cappuccino at Counter Culture) do stop in and see them – colorful and powerful acrylic canvases.
Last night, the Cubs won the World Series, and I had tears in my eyes as I watched the fans at Wrigley Field singing their hearts out, “Go Cubs Go!”
On Sunday, I will be wearing my old vintage Cubs cap – a niftygifty from a game in the Eighties - while I cut and paste in the Railyard.
Come and join me to celebrate, and yes, there will be treats!
Go Cubs Go!
Peace and Love!
What Goes On:
Fire & Hops Gastropub,
222 N. Guadalupe,
Santa Fe, New Mexico
This show features some of my largest and rarely seen collages, including "Bloomsday at Molly Malone's" , "Cast Out", "Night Vision and "Limitless Undying Love"
On display for the rest of the summer
Deco will be at the
Railyard Artisans Market
Sundays 10 am to 4 pm
July 1, 8, 15, and 22
Demonstrations of collage technique and fun things for sale
The Fest for Beatles Fans, Chicago, August 10-12; art show, performances and poetry
Art of Santa Fe
Online Community Marketplace
Offering collage items of my designs
DECO//fine art collage
Just added to the store: full-size prints of my collage "Regard", matted and ready for framing - Here and nowhere else!
Collage items in the online store include these:
"Our Lady of Peace in Love"
small (12” x 16”) $50 medium (16” x 20”) $75 full size (18” x 24” )$100
Includes certificate of authenticity;
shipping via carrier of your choice
5" x 7" featuring an original collage design on the front, blank inside, available for purchase, on line or at the market.
Greeting Card Sets,
5 blank cards + envelopes, bundled into gift-ready packages
includes Scenes of New Mexico, Fine Ladies Dancing, Rising, and Perfectly Pear
Loosen Your Soul and Harvest:Fruition
each is 18" x 24", add comes rolled , ready for framing.
Prints, posters and cards make beautiful gifts
accepts payment through PayPal and Stripe!
When you are in Santa Fe:
Listen to ArtFusion,
Thursdays at noon on KVSF, the Voice of Santa Fe, 101.5 FM
Enjoy amazing and creative desserts at The Compound Restaurant on picturesque Canyon Road
Relax and nibble at Fire and Hops Gastropub, 222 N. Guadelupe
Shop at the Railyard Artisans Market
Farmers Market Pavilion
Paseo de Peralta & Guadalupe, Santa Fe
And Around the Corner:
Exquisite Corpse Show in Santa Fe in the Community Gallery in Santa Fe in October
Stars, Planets and Galaxies - Solo Show in Los Alamos, January 2019
Studio Visits in Santa Fe:
by appointment and with a smile!
And, as always:
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