Friday, November 27, 2009

Cuatro amigos en armonía.

Me, Lexie, Dan Brawner and Roger Clayton recently hosted a very nice weekend in New Harmony, joined by some old (and some very young) friends from Nashville and Memphis, to celebrate the opening of our group show at the New Harmony Gallery of Contemporary Art “Cuatro Amigos en Armonía” on through December 31st, 2009.

Wonderful unseasonably warm weather made for a beautiful weekend for enjoying art and for strolling around and taking the Utopian air. Grateful to all who contributed their lovely presence and support.

(The painting Lexie’s holding toward the end was one of the first she did in Denver, and one I like a lot, but it wasn’t hung in the show. Me, Sküti von Buns, Richard Meier’s Atheneum and...of course CORN. The good things about our little Utopia on the Wabash)

Denver, CO

Went to visit Lexie in Denver a while back. Been a little backlogged on the blogging due to recent busy-ness (backblogged?).

The big event was two feet or so of snow. Pretty early in the year for such foolishness. I didn’t have any winter footwear (though Lexie has some very sporty new snow boots), so the snow curtailed tourism for a few days. It was beautiful, though. Kept coming and coming for several endless days. Movies were watched...

One really unseasonably warm day (before the snow) was the perfect day for a visit to the Cherry Creek farmer’s market. Bought food. Ate food. Watched people. Talked to strangers. Watched dogs (this one pictured was named “Tinkerbull,” and was rumored by her owner to enjoy this little cart—I just thought she seemed a little embarrassed). The girl seen enjoying a yummy crepe from one of the vendors.

Saw some nice Fritz Scholder work at the Denver Art Museum. Remember loving his work when I started art school back in the late 70s, and it still holds up.

Went to this very young-adult-oriented church Lexie’s been going to and someone said when I was introduced “Oh, cool, is this your Dad?” Whatever.

Eat at Watercourse if ever in Denver. It’s a vegetarian place, but amazing and good even if you’re not slightly vegetarian. The same people also own a great bar/restaurant place called City O City. Both places are terribly cool, but not pretentiously so. Nary a shred of hippy-granola vibe.

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Miss Anne!

Very proud of my mom—a.k.a. “Miss Anne” to many years of kindergartners—who recently was honored as a member of the Alabama Independent School Association’s Hall of Fame.

Gimme an “A”!

The ceremony was well-attended by family as well as a really nice group of her oldest friends. Everyone looked nice and was extremely well-behaved with all those teachers around...

Pictured below, Miss Anne (showing off her medal!); my sister Natalie, Miss Anne and Tracy one of my mom’s oldest friends; Miss Anne and Bobby relaxing after the ceremony; me looking fancy in a rare tuxedo’ed moment.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Alas, poor Sküti! I knew her, Horatio; a bunny of infinite jest...

Captain Sküti von Buns has moved on...

Not to be with Jesus, just gone to a better home here on earth. Living with a sweet retired couple, Laura and Paul, who are our old pet store lady’s parents. They live out in the country and breed rabbits, guinea pigs, hedgehogs, and other tiny creatures. They also have some miniature donkeys and some chickens and goats.

Somehow in explaining that I would be on the road a lot and less able to care for the Buns, Paul—a retired truck driver—mis-heard that I was a truck driver too. He said I could probably take her in “my rig” if I really wanted to keep her. We sorted that out.

Looking forward to going and visiting the Buns. I think she’ll be happy with other rabbits, might even have some teeny babies. I'll post pictures if she does.

A few pictures below from her last weeks at home (with her concrete friend Donald standing guard in the corner). She was always doing some sort of “home improvement” project or other—which usually meant gnawing on the walls. But I was frankly quite proud of her last home improvement initiative, which involved chewing a very nice escape hole in the end of one of her boxes—the boxes were left over from pipes from the wood-stove installation from last year. It actually was bigger and more perfectly round when she finished.

That’s my bunny!

Monday, November 2, 2009

Stephen Pace Gallery Opening!

Been traveling about a bit lately, and am just getting to posting some pictures from the grand opening of the Pace Gallery, back around October 10th. A good time was had by kids of all ages. Stephen and Pam were in rare form, both wearing very sporty hats and lovely flowers for the occasion. Rick Reed played the Scottish pipes, in full formal regalia, no less. Laura Hudgins looked stellar. Stephen is still painting like a force of nature.