Pre-Order: The Restrooms of Cleveland Book

After quite a few years, the photo book that I have slowly been working on will be released December 5th!

You can pre-order here. Which I recommend, as this will be a limited 1x run and, it has already exceeded my expectations. I’m a little disturbed by this fact. Clevelanders love their Clevelanding, man.

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There comes a point where you have to stop. I could have kept going with this project, but there is just too much content, really. I couldn’t tell anyone about this book without a, “have you seen the bathroom at…” But sometimes, it just wasn’t a place that met my documentation criteria, or it was difficult to photograph, or was just not that special in whatever weird way I wanted it to be. Some photos are detail shots, some give way to the entire space, and some have me posing in mirrors because, well — that’s just what happens sometimes.

This book is an Objet d’art. Only found in select Cleveland retailers and through my shop.

I Curated Something That’s Actually Related to Art!

Everyone’s a curator these days. Right? Curator of content, of ideas, of a Pinterest board, or a music collection on your iPod.

Well for the first time since 2001 (Blood Moon group show in Hollywood at the now defunct HQ Gallery) I actually curated something in the proper sense of the word. I was asked by Cleveland West Art League to choose this year’s Six in Studio artists. All of the artists I selected I find do something relating to the word or notion of “organic”, or even biomorphic as it were. I didn’t think there would be a cohesive theme in who I picked — but there it is. Almost all women, too! That wasn’t intentional when I looked at the submissions of images but I’m glad it worked out that way.

This is a strange experience for me because I chose mostly installation art. But, being the point of the show is to create work in the gallery space with onlookers at times, and their fellow artists, I thought it could become interesting when the end result is revealed.

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So come on out if you can on Friday, March 20th for the beginning reception for these artists at 78th Street Studios. The reveal reception is Friday, April 17th.

Speaking of curating an iPod, I will be “DJing” with mine, as well as probably doing my own art live like a wild animal in captivity for you to behold.

Newly Mounted at Velvet Tango Room

My slightly S&M tribute painting to Velazquez, “Lady with a Fan Thinks You’ve Been Very Bad” is now on view at the best cocktail bar around, The Velvet Tango Room. Trust me I’ve done the tours around this country, and nothing ever seems quite as good as VTR. They saw the craft cocktail craze coming about 15 years before it hit!

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Art Print Giveaway and Craft Cocktails

If you are in the area, be sure to check out my mini show at Toast in Gordon Square before it comes down on December 14th. They have a pretty amazing menu and the happy hour is great too. Big thanks to Dott Scheinder for hooking me up. I’m glad the first painting I sold was to the owner of the wine/beer store that keeps my husband and I lit…

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How appropriate in all ways.

I will be having a little contest beginning next week for a set of mini prints. Three winners will be chosen, but only if you are on Instagram, so follow me there!

Alas, no Art Basel Miami for me this weekend, but maybe next year.

Snaps from the Reception at BAYarts

I have to say I think that was the most packed art reception I ever had! I didn’t think so many people would come out (all the way to the westside) let alone in the rain, but there we had it! My pals K&G even flew in all the way from San Francisco and we had a fun little weekend out of it. So, thank you all who came and supported me, you know I don’t get mushy about stuff but it meant a lot on light of the events that happened this month! Honestly, at one point I was considered cancelling the show or putting it off until next year — I’m glad I didn’t.

The art talk went pretty well considering I have only done one carefully timed Pecha Kucha talk before. I think I meandered a bit in the beginning and I remember using the words “whore” a lot, but that’s why I said it was NC-17, after all! The really nice thing about the talk were the current/former Cleveland Clinic employees and those married to them all wondering why the Cleveland Clinic didn’t sponsor this show, but mainly, why haven’t I been invited to speak there? I think it wasn’t just because of the medical history points, but the fact that I am a patient there and some of the later works reflected my state of mind why regard to that whole process. Stay tuned!

Anyway, here is a mishmash of photos myself and others were able to get in the flurry of activity. I was just excited to wear high heels for the first time in a year…

The show is up until April 25th at BAYarts, minus one painting I let be taken off the wall because it was a time sensitive birthday gift. I’ll be posting all the work and the new stories eventually here and on my website.

Down To the Wire!

I finished the paintings and the stories!

I could still spend another few weeks “correcting” and tweaking them, but I guess that won’t be happening. I have never, ever, worked this close up to a show. I don’t like the feeling at all! Good thing I use Gamvar varnish that dries quickly.

Big thanks to CoolCleveland.com for the interview, and The Plain Dealer for the highlight on the show opening this Friday! And, if you are not able to make it to the opening reception, never fear, as I will be giving a gallery talk on Wednesday the 9th which is sure to be entertaining. I’m considering getting a skull cake for it (or maybe a heart or a spleen), but we’ll see.

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“In Scorpio” 20×20 inches oil on linen.

 

While You Were At Art Basel Miami

Things I did while you were at Art Basel Miami…

Tuesday

  • Drank Gato Negro purchased from the gas station.
  • Gave my cats a manicure.
  • Ate salad for dinner and wanted to shoot myself.

Wednesday

  • It was crazy-warm, so I made Lime Rickey drinks with Rum and listened to The The “Soul Mining”. Because Rum.
  • Got accepted into another juried show.
  • Finished 2 commissions.

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(Winter Women, 24×30″ oil on linen)

Thursday

  • Injured my leg (again) from just getting up from a desk. I dulled the pain with a shot of Jameson at Moriarty’s Bar while laughing at the desolation that is downtown Cleveland.
  • Got my hair done. Because if you think a leg mishap is stopping me from getting my hair done you are wrong!
  • Blasted Hawkwind while making cookies.
  • Went to Target and wanted to remove myself from civilization.
  • Did I mention it is winter in Cleveland?

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Friday

  • Went to the Cleveland Museum of Art happy hour and paid $5 for domestic beer because it is “craft beer” after all. Got a bottle of wine from a cafeteria-style restaurant. Because I’m classy! Saw a wonderful exhibit of miniatures, and Dr. Sketchy’s do their thing.

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Saturday

  • Went to a book signing with a cat.
  • Dared to contradict the crazy person at the bookstore — who kept circling around yet would never purchase a book — about C.S. Lewis and his friendship with Tolkein. This person also pontificated for 10 minutes about how Milwaukee is the Venice of the United States.
  • Went to a diner and was cold.
  • Went to a cookie party and drank bourbon and then Xmas Ale. Also assisted in the making of an enchanted wiener meat forest (my 2nd time!).
  • Discussed further details about the June cat wedding that is being planned.

Sunday

  • Realized today is the anniversary of me being in Cleveland for a decade.

 

One Of My Favorite Places

I’d like to mention a fun gift for any doctors, history nerds, or the plain morbidly curious people on your gift list. A membership to the Dittrick Museum

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At the Friend level you get this sweet book. Even my husband was like ‘woa this book is nice!’ and he’s not even into that kind of thing. But seriously, if you are a fan of even places like Trundle Manor, Loved to Death, Morbid Anatomy, the Natural History Museum, or anything of that sort — I think you will dig it.

As many people know, I have a great affinity for this museum and their lecture series. I began going after my whole cancer to-so and was doing research for my Ephemeral Antidotes series (the second part opens in April 2014) and it grew from there. There’s still a lot to see in the archives and in the book collection; I’ll get around to one of these days. I had no idea this museum even existed, let alone that it was right there in University Circle across from Severance Hall!

Recently, I was asked to be part of a small community outreach committee for the museum, which I’m honored and very excited about! Let’s just say we’ve got some really fun and interesting events and ideas coming to fruition. As I have preached to many people, it’s a fabulous night out for the lectures, but taking a day to go throughout the collections is a history buff’s paradise.

I Sort of Did Halloween

My costume for this year that I’ve had in mind, again, did not materialize due to inadequate planning. But, I did go to a few events around Cleveland such as the SPACES benefit, and Pierogie Dance Party at Sokolowski’s (sorry, but the pierogie weren’t so good that night). I made due with cat masks purchased in New Orleans last year. I drank a lot of Jameson and ate a lot of candy, at least.

Ben Vendetta as Gary King

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V+K as those X-Files agents from the 1990s…

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(photo by Sonia Gassan)

Kaaaaaarl!

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VIP in SPACES

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Sad child doesn’t like the VIP room. He was happier when a friend gave him the laser gun that was part of his costume.

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Those von Lanza kids…

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(photo by Jerry Mann)

Ms. Zone

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Black Lodge styled sushi bar (too bad I couldn’t eat any of it)

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My fav was “R Kelly was here”

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I missed out on the Dark Secrets of Medicine lecture at the Dittrick Museum, sitting in traffic for over an hour. I was hoping to have photos and an entire blog post dedicated to it. Oh well, there will be another shindig on November 14th.