AEDM Challenge Day 2

Textured Indigo with Circles

©2012 Leah Virsik Gold ‘n Blue Meet Stripes acrylic painted rice paper 8 x 5 inches

I notice I want to document, to record my thoughts, to create a list of what happened. I also notice that even though these collages don’t take an exceptionally long time they have been cutting into my sleep. I’m curious to know how this will change over the next thirty days. I’ve been getting up early twice a week and going to yoga at 6:00 a.m. That’s pretty amazing for me. When I first started teaching there wasn’t any way I could go to yoga classes and now I can teach and go to yoga twice a week. And I’m looking to fit in another day. That feels really good. So I imagine creating art and documenting the process will get easier too.

I went to Oakland’s Art Murmur tonight with my mom. It’s pretty amazing to see so many people coming out for art…although I imagine it could be for other things as well. While I prefer going to the galleries there is an area on Telegraph that is closed off so people can play music and sell their wares. It feels so democratic… that anyone can do this and I really do appreciate that. There was a guy… Paul Nosa… drawing with his sewing machine that was hooked up to solar power. Seeing him was inspiring. He used Kickstarter to fund his tour.

Mercury 20 had a great exhibit featuring Kerry Vander Meer, PK Frizzell and Cartographies: JoAnn Biagini, Margaret Chavigny, Maya Kabat. I especially enjoyed some of Kerry Vander Meer’s thread work.  As we were walking back to the car we stopped by a great little music store featuring accordions and a band was playing The Clash’s Guns Of Brixton. That was really cool. I didn’t know the song but it really touched me. I asked what it was and by the time I got home I forgot. I knew it consisted of three words and the last word had a “br” sound. Tom knew what it was. I knew he would.

Tony Pedemonte‘s red wrapped chair at Creative Growth was stunning.  Oh and I can’t forget the fantastic black bean burger and  homemade ketchup from Doc’s of the Bay. So freeking yummy with Firebrand bread. Erin, I’ll always think of you when I think of Firebrand.

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