An hour with a stranger can change your life forever.
It was 2004 and we had just moved back to Washington from Austin Texas and my youngest daughter and I drove out to Centralia to visit my sister.
On the way we passed a house that I could not resist stopping to check out.
We pulled up the the house and we walked up to a gate . There was a sign that said come on in. We walked around the yard admiring the sculpture and after about 45 minutes a man appeared from out of no where.
We talked about his work and he got excited and invited us into a secret basement underneath is house.We hesitated for a second and then we took a risk and followed him down under the house . What we saw was breath taking. Stacks and stacks of art on tables some stacked all the way to the ceiling. I pointed to a piece on the wall that I liked and he said let me get a knife.
He came back with a rather scary looking knife and proceeded to cut the art off the wall and then he handed it to me. I offered to pay him for the piece and he said he did not want money. I argued and he said,” If you give me money I will just hand it to the next person who comes through the door.” I told him that would be fine and I handed him $20. He then got a twinkle in his eye and said to me, ” If you like would really like to to do something for me I would like some wooden toothpicks . But don’t bring them to me bring them to the sculpture garden and hide them for me to find. I just love a treasure hunt. ” My daughter and I left his place and heading to the local store . We brought back a few boxes of wooden toothpicks to hide.
I am glad we stopped off at to admire the Styrofoam sculptures and had a chance to explore and play. We had a lot of fun hiding those tooth picks!
During our visit Rich Tracy told us that he does not create art to make a living he creates to live.
I found this photo online which gives you another view of the Rich Art sculpture garden.
RichArt’s Art Yard, July 2012: Rich reported retiring, taking apart all art.
This morning I woke up today to a couple nice surprises.
My see me account is no longer zero! I have my first donations totaling $5 ! This might not seem like a big deal but as an artist I am here to share that every penny counts.
You can see my See me account here. It does not cost you a penny to click the I support button! https://evergirlart.see.me/ if your an artist I suggest you check out See me and try out the free trial.
I also received an invitation to have 3 photos of my work shown at a newly installed digital exhibition room in a New York City gallery. The show opens on Thursday, July 25th and will run through the Tuesday September 10th. I will have more details on that later.
This photo was taken at Blue Flames Spirits located in Prosser, Washington
Yeah, I am shipping shoes to Colorado on Monday! I really love it when people like my work enough to make a purchase!
This little bird is packing up and will be moving to a new nest next week! Bye bye birdie!
It is hard to believe that today is the first day of summer! I have been so busy the past few months that I missed spring!
As an artist one of the main frustrations is figuring out what to do with work when it is completed. Some artists hang on to their work and others send it off to galleries. Some artists enjoy working street fairs while others cringe at the thought. Many artists prefer to create. For me as soon as I finish a piece of work I want it to go away so that I can work on something new.
Over the past 4 years I have been fortunate to have a hand full of galleries show my work and sell it for me. It is not easy sending work off to a gallery. Some of us like to know where it will end up!
A few months ago I was offered an opportunity to partner with a fairly new gallery located at Seattle Design Center. It was been a ton of work but I am finally ready to invite you all down to see what I have been up too!
Our next event takes place along with the Design Centers Third Thursday art Walk, July 18 from 5-9 PM
Gallery Context suite 262 located at Seattle Design Center (SDC) 2nd floor of building that has the covered parking garage! Parking is free! On third Thursdays 14 galleries participate featuring over 100 artists!
Invite your friends to come experience art
My mom was a child herself when she became a parent, having me when she was 16 years old and by the time she reached 21 I had two sisters. It was not until I became a parent myself that I was really aware of the struggles one faces. My mom died before she turned 40 so I guess I am lucky she started young.
Parenting is a tough full time job when you have two parents. I really don’t know how some single parents manage to do such an awesome job!
Young moms on public assistance trying to make ends meet , wanting the best for their children yet feeling trapped in a system where no one cares. Frustration, depression , low self esteem, hungry , tired , over worked at the minimum wage under the table jobs, suicide attempts , hating life, yet masking the pain. These are the things that so many children see.
Life is not fair. It is hard work to ensure that our experiences empower us and not cripple us . From a distance It may seem like some have better luck in life but you never really know the pain and suffering that someone is coping with on the inside. Some folks just have better masks.