Okay, so first of all, I’m sorry. The last post I published was on November 22, 2012. Here is my, admittedly weak, come back post, but I am going to try to actually write entries every once in a while again.
The Listerabellum is the small but very active section of my brain that does nothing but make [mostly worthless] lists all day. Today’s topic from the Listerabellum: What Has The Tall One Been Doing For Three Years other than Severally Neglecting her Blog to the Point of Literally Forgetting How to Login.
1. Arts & Letters
So, the biggest thing I did, probably, was open a business. But I’ll come back to that.
2. Raising Funds
There was a kickass fundraiser that a bunch of wonderful people put together to help out Girl Number Two. We had rad t-shirts and scarves designed by Mark Leicht, a fantastic album of songs written and recorded for the event by the likes of Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin, Ings, Brother Wiley and so many more great people, most of whom also performed at the event along with Bella Donna and Sister Shakedown. Album art for this majestic mix was created by H.E. Croan and Max Rosen. The most epic silent auction in the history of fundraisers I have attended organized by Nicole Chilton, Nate Remington, Kara Remington (no relation, they just have the same name) and a slew of other wondrous land mermaids happened and had beautiful and incredible things donated by too many people and businesses to count. We had a raffle, for which we sold a fuck ton of tickets because the prize was shaving my, at the time, elbow length hair live on stage in front of everyone. Heather Slater won and got to shave me. Patton Alley Pub let us have the shindig there. It was a great night with some lovely media coverage from the Newsleader. On that same great day, Girl Number Two got engaged to Scott Quinn, hilarious hero of our hearts! So. It was a big day.
3. SRAC Board of Directors
I became a member of the Springfield Regional Arts Council Board of Directors probably right before my last post on here but I have become increasingly involved in that role. I am now the chairman (I know, “chairwoman” or “chairperson”, but I don’t like the way those sound for some reason) of the Visual Arts Committee (so yea, like super important boss lady…or something) and am beginning my third year as the Live Art Coordinator for Artsfest on Historic Walnut Street. I have been a featured speaker in the Speaking of the Arts Series and have gone to Jefferson City to lobby for the arts on Citizens for the Arts Day. I have hung numerous shows and proposed programming and exhibitions. I’ve been a guest speaker in classrooms from fifth graders at the Phelps school for the gifted, to MSU required Art Appreciation courses, to Drury’s graduate program in the Summer Institute of Visual Art and presented on a bunch of panels and symposiums about artists and women and women who are artists and creativity in business etc. I’ve had a lot of lovely, enriching experiences!
One of the most interesting a fulfilling projects I have been a part of is the space for installation artwork and idea eXploration, ideaXfactory. I am one of five co-founders of this magical place alongside Pam RuBert, Jonathan Gano, Gerard Nadeau and our Artistic Director Russ RuBert. We won a $200,000 Artplace America Grant to fund programming and building improvements for our great space at 351 Boonville in downtown Springfield.
5. Teaching, or Whatever.
I have now been teaching in the Art & Design Department at Missouri State University for four years and have enjoyed watching the success of many of my students who are now in graduate programs and teaching. I guess I’ll keep teaching. I guess.
6. THE Wedding Happened!
Lanie (Girl Number Two) got MARRIED! And it was beautiful and I cried and it was the best. She was the most gorgeous bride! I made little veiled headpieces for the bridesmaids and everything was super classy and lovely!
7. Smokey Folk
I am the manager for a really rad band called Smokey Folk. If you haven’t heard them yet, check it out. I have the pleasure of working with them in a variety of ways. I do all the booking and ordering of merchandise and press releases and media stuff, I organized a Kickstarter to fund their first album (which I produced along with the band) and currently I am learning the songs to be the fill in bass player while our bass player has her second kiddo. So, all the things. They’re fantastic people and I am lucky to get to spend so much time with them.
8. Arts & Letters
Pride and joy, apple of my eye, bane of my existence, hardest I’ve ever worked for the least amount of money, all of these things could be used as descriptors for Arts & Letters. I love it. I am the happiest I’ve been with career-wise but owning a small business is tough and tiring. Luckily, I have the world’s best business partner who also happens to be one of my BFFs 4 Lyfe (still, even a year and four months in and after spending more time together than most spouses). Arts & Letters is fabulous. Everything in our gallery/boutique is handmade and most of it is locally produced (all of it is produced by people who used to live in the Ozarks). We feature incredible exhibitions by talented artists you know and love and some you don’t know you love…yet! Our top notch selection of clothing and jewelry is a real problem for me. I am my own best customer.
In addition to the boutique and gallery aspects, we’re also gotten to participate in cool community events like the Ozzies, the Imagine concert, several of the Deitra fashion show and issue release parties, JoExpo, Mother’s Day Festival, Fashionation, First Friday Art Walk and a bunch more and we’ve hosting our own events like book and album releases, fashion shows and our monthly series Tapas & Topics. We have classes in French, Latin and Italian and Illustration and Figure Drawing as well as specialized workshops.
We’ve been lucky enough to receive some really great press too from Deitra, TAG, KOLR10, the Newsleader, Flyover blog, 417 Magazine, Missouri Life Magazine and a lot of great social networking action, we’re the talk of the town! I won’t post all the things, but here is a smattering.
(As this keeps going I am using increasingly more photos because I am getting tired of writing but am really determined to get this done).
9. Studio MRO
Also, I’ve been making some paintings and other weird stuff for shows and stuff and I’m tired so I’ll stop writing now.
So there’s some of the stuff that has happened since my last blog post. Kelly (husband) and Buckethead (cat) are still super great and the best and stuff. More about them soon! Probably. I will try to be less neglectful of Bs in Bs.
Also, I need to update that sandwich list.