These last few weeks there’s been another artist in the studio. As I draw at the wall she’s been curled up with her laptop, headphones on, drinking iced chai, clicking away. What started as a learned skill for a gift turned into a booming side-hustle for the musical theatre actor, who, like so many others, has no theatre.
It’s been a year since I picked up a drawing pencil. The drawing wall has been a blank sheet of paper for twelve months and I haven’t cared. I wondered if I would ever care again. As has happened in the past, it took the lost of a beloved individual to get me moving again. Continue reading
There is tap practice going on in the next room. Our musical theatre college freshman made a miraculous effort to move herself out of her downtown Chicago apartment, into storage, and got herself on a plane home. Never has loud tapping, beginner piano practice, and a car ride filled with show tunes sounded better.
News is accumulating quickly so I thought I’d better open the floodgates while I can.
The next confirmed regional exhibit of I Am More: Massachusetts will be at UMass Amherst! This was my first choice as a western MA location, and with the help of Dr. Corey Griffin, the Public Art Committee unanimously approved hosting the exhibit on campus. We looked at the most high-traffic areas for students, staff and faculty and we’re now finalizing the location for a late winter/early spring exhibit. Continue reading
Yesterday Iain and I hung the 32nd exhibit of I Am More in the gallery of Brattleboro Memorial Hospital. It was a messy two and a half hour commute each way in a bit of snow, but the enthusiasm of my native Vermonters made it worth it! Continue reading
Neither rain, nor sleet, nor snow, nor puddles, ice, insomnia, etc. could keep us from hanging the NorthShore Mall exhibit of I Am More: Massachusetts this morning! The insomnia was from hearing the sleet begin at 2:30 in the morning and lasted pretty much until it was time to fire up the UHaul and head to the mall in the storm (the sleet continued). Continue reading
It’s time for the second of five regional openings of I Am More: Massachusetts, and this time it’s the city of Lawrence! When I met with Lawrence portrait subject Chris and told him it was important to me to have one of the five exhibits in Lawrence he said, “Well then it should be at El Taller. That’s where everyone goes.” Continue reading
If you thought the original sixteen I Am More portraits and essays had been retired after the unveiling of the new I Am More: Massachusetts exhibit you would be wrong. We now have at least two exhibits going at a time, and this holiday season there will be three… Continue reading
Today Iain and I packed up the exhibit at the Worcester PopUp and stowed the portraits at home for a few weeks. There were still viewers there reading and we were told the gallery has had a steady stream of people from all over, including out-of-state to see it. I wanted to share with you some of the contributions to the participation board and some messages in the guestbook: Continue reading
I’m thrilled to share with you that the fundraising goal for I Am More: Massachusetts has been met! In a little over a year you have made this portrait series possible by donations totaling $40,000. This will allow the 20 portraits to travel to four more regional exhibits around the state to impact as many Massachusetts residents as possible. Continue reading