Barbara’s Beach

 

 

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Barbara’s Beach

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In the Studio

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Adventures

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My son, Morgan joins the project

Maine in Summer 2016

Sandy Point Destination:
Greg and Lise’s LOVE:

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Long Time Neighbor Marty and Love

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I add a piece on each beach walk

 

 

 

 

 

 

Morgan and I had a nice 4th of July visit.

Morgan and red dogs

Red Dogs!! We miss them!

M and parents

Morgan with Dustan and Jeanne

m and lobsters

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Horseshoes

Horseshoes on my beach

Judy

Judy in front of Fort Morgan

Connor

Zelda’s birthday cake

My longtime ( 52 year) friend, Zelda Chamoff and her sister Judy (my dorm mate at the University of Maine) and I had a lovely visit to celebrate Zelda’s 65th birthday. I loved hearing Judy called Bubbe by her grandchildren.
Judy's youngest

 

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Gail and Hazel relaxing on the beach

Brenda in Portland

At CArly’s apartment in Portland with Brenda and family

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Josh

Josh

Marge

Marge

Josh and Marge's grandchildren

Grandchildren Marge and and Josh

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Sears Island is a little gem of a secret!! Zelda, Gail and I explored on a very hot day and enjoyed shade in the woods and magnificent old growth oaks.

http://www.mainetrailfinder.com/trails/trail/sears-island-homestead-trail

 

 

 


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Rosanne plays the Cahon

Rose 1SMALL PLANET – Reflections on degrees of separation.

Zihuatenejo is a town of about 100,000 people. I have read, in several publications, that there are about 10,000 ex-pats in Zihua. I would guess that 80% of those people are Canadians and Europeans.  It was a rough winter to be from the United States. The first five minutes of every conversation was focused on trying to find an answer to the question, “Explain Trump”.   I finally decided on a one word answer : UNFATHOMABLE.

So… there are not many Americans in Zihua. For all of you who live your life in several locales, it is unusual to have a people crossover and it is usually a big effort on the part of someone. Imagine my delight when new Zihua friend,  Roseanne,  contacted me and shared she would be playing at the 331 bar in Minneapolis. “Was that near my house?”,  she asked.  Here it comes … about 10 blocks away!  I really enjoyed listening to Rosanne play the Cahon (see picture) and her partner, Don Scott,  sure can pick! As many of you know… I ran around with bluegrass bands in my youth and I know from good.  Rosanne and Don live a block from me in Zihua and I look forward to getting to know them better. Live every moment of every day!!

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Last Graduation at Bemidji
My last graduation ceremony at Bemidji was wonderfully soulful. The ceremony was unusually special with a surprise visit from Amy Klobuchar (she is Minnesota’s Olympia Snow…what a great speech…I would vote for HER for president!).

My colleagues and students sent me off with fabulous lunches, brunches and dinners and wonderful gifts…several made by their own hands!

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Jessamay and I at Brunch

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Bob Griggs, partner in starting DLiTE took me for a lovely dinner and gave me a stone carving created by a local Ojibwa man.

a stone carving Bob

 

Green Mill Send Off

 

 

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The Dean, Troy, makes art! What a nice gift and lunch, too!

Lynn and Troy

Lynn , also an original PEDL creator, and Dean Troy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

a present krisKris at gradKris Nei, presented me with a basket made by her own hands and filled it with a handmade quilt and local artisinal oils and vinegars. Kris, PEDL Coordianor, is smartie with heartie. It does not get any better than that!!

 

Click Here for Pizza Party Pics

 

 

 

 


Wrapping Up Zihua 2016 and Looking forward to 2017

Natasha and Antonio

Natasha, Barbara, Antonio and Franco to far right

Installed worksI have truly found my winter home in Zihua.  I am excited to announce that I will be Artist-in-Residence at Quinta Camelinas starting on January 21 – April 1, 2017. This means that visitors are welcome to visit my studio and  I will have a free (only supply fee)  open studio once a week by appointment. I will also be available to host workshops for up to 6 people at a time. I have been a teacher for over 40 years -20 of those an art teacher. Click here for biography info: http://bridgescreate.com/about/

I also rent the entire top floor at Quinta and sublet my second room. Details here: http://bridgescreate.com/barbara-quinta-rental-room-details/

I left several artworks in Zihua when I returned to Minneapolis. Visit Paty’s Boutique http://www.patys-marymar.com/on La Ropa to see or buy (!)  several small works from La Mujer (The Lady) Series. http://bridgescreate.com/artwork/la-mujer-the-lady-series/   Franco’s Gift of Madre Art to me.  http://bridgescreate.com/francos-madre-art/

Quinta Camelinas has several of my small and medium works. Go see the art and stay for the food at Tonio’s! !! https://www.facebook.com/Tonios-1566932606955668/?hc_location=ufi   

Antonio also does special order parties at Tonio’s or in your casa.  http://bridgescreate.com/tonios-special-dinner-parties/
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ENEFIT. QUINTA IS ON RIO BALSAS (NEAR THE FIRE STATION) AND YOU CAN PARK IN FRONT OF THE RESTAURANT!!!! Click here to see our fabulous Pork with Tamarind Sauce: http://bridgescreate.com/special-dinner-at-tonios  Sydney, Roy, Judy and I had a lovely meal together.  Click here for an opportunity to own a piece of Zihua with Sydney and Roy. https://www.gofundme.com/22z3ydpd 

The following works are all available for purchase at Quinta; Read More about the Art at Quinta : http://bridgescreate.com/artwork/la-mujer-the-lady-series/

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De El  Mar:

24″ T X  18″ W X  4″ D
Mixed Media, drift wood, glass and wood beads, rope,
Rhine stones, waxed thread, oyster shells, coral, clay beads.
Collected by Karen from Zihua ‘s La Ropa.

I walk La Ropa Beach every morning.  The palm trees shade the water line until about 9:00.  I make my way to Patys for yoga  followed by a 90 minute massage for around 40 US dollars.  Life is pretty rough here in Zihua  Read More  http://bridgescreate.com/artwork/de-el-mar/

 

 

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G(g)od(s)        

18″ W, 8″ Tall 3″ D . Mixed Media Santeria and Catholic artifacts, holy cards, beads, rattlesnake tail, copal, shell


Chango and Santa Barbara

Being raised in the Catholic religion, I am very interested in the various interpretations of Catholic doctrine I have discovered around the world. Santeria comes from the Spanish word for “saint”  and came to Cuba with slavery.  The African slaves incorporated their magical Yorba religious rites, into the ritual worship of the Catholic Church. The process is referred to as syncretism, which is blending of the two belief systems with a resultant creation of a new practice – Santeria.  Read more: http://bridgescreate.com/artwork/ggods/

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Tres Mujeres  2016   4500 pesos 
Mixed Media –  Found Objects on the streets of Zihua, beads, fabricated icons. Minneapolis, Zihuatanejo, Maine

Appearing at MEZGALERIA Opening: February 13th, 2016 Zihuatanejo, Mexico
Opening on February 2016  http://bridgescreate.com/opening/

La Mujer Series was created to honor and consider the position of power Frida Kalo and The Lady of Guadalupe hold in Mexican culture.  In the United States we refer to the most powerful man in any cultural as “The Man”.  In an incredible gender development…I am suggesting that Mexico has “The Lady”.  I am just not sure which one is “The Lady” of  Mexico. What do you think?    Read More http://bridgescreate.com/artwork/tres-mujeres/

 

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Basura and Tesoro  2016

 Trash and Treasure

18″ W X 16″ T X 2″ D

Mixed Media: Found Objects from the streets of Zihua, Oyster shell, wood, crushed soda bottle, cast resin jaguars, beads, brash findings, pearls, bronze cross.

This work is a particular favorite of mine because of the pattern which emerged when the crushed bottle was stained with silicone. As we all know, the harm done to our planet from plastic products is profound- in the making, the using and the disposal of. Make trash into art!!  One of the reasons I chose Zihuatenjo (I spent a month in my three favorite places in 2015 -Oaxaca and Merida being the others) was the concern given to the cleanliness of the streets. Zihua is really doing a very good job in this area. http://bridgescreate.com/artwork/basura-and-tesoro/


 

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Rice and Beans

Linda Fox  hosts a cooking class for reserved guests on selected Thursdays to raise money for the Rice and Beans program at theCasa Para Ninos del Pacifico.   Linda is an internationally recognized chef and Guide Book author 

I brought my Quinta guests Shawn and Shari. Taking reservations for 2017 and  full time resident and future B and B hostess Sydney Byron . Winter resident Jody and her daughter also shared this remarkable experience with us.  Lind’s stories of the early years here in Zihua go back 45 years.  The cooking tips and detailed descriptions of all the ingredients and where to buy them were invaluable!!

This Rice and Beans nutritional program feeds 105 students each week in Zihuatanejo, Mexico schools.   Scroll down to see the student I am sponsoring at Los Ninos program.

 


 

Bridges, B Gods MAinMaking Art in Zihuatenejo. Post drb@bridgescreate.com to visit my studio!
Tres Mujeres http://bridgescreate.com/artwork/tres-mujeres/
G(g)od(s) http://bridgescreate.com/artwork/ggods/
Vida, Amor, Muerte http://bridgescreate.com/artwork/vida-amormuerte/
Basura y Tesoro http://bridgescreate.com/artwork/basura-and-tesoro/
La Bestia http://bridgescreate.com/artwork/la-bestia/
La Muer Series http://bridgescreate.com/artwork/la-mujer-the-lady-series/
Amour http://bridgescreate.com/artwork/amour/
Beauty http://bridgescreate.com/artwork/beauty/
LAtino/A http://bridgescreate.com/artwork/latinoa/
Sista’ Art http://bridgescreate.com/artwork/zihua-sista-art/
Mascara Uno http://bridgescreate.com/artwork/masacara-de-aguacate-uno/
Mascara Dos http://bridgescreate.com/artwork/masacara-de-aguacate-dos/
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De El Mar
http://bridgescreate.com/artwork/de-el-mar


New restaurant opens on Rio Balsas at Quinta Camelinas. Run, do not walk, to Tonio’s which is open 7am – 2 pm everyday!  They will also cook special requests for your party during the evening hours. The menu is authentic Mexican selections prepared by native son, Antonio Evangelista Diaz who was also trained in French cooking in Mexico City where I hear he also learned to speak French!   He shares the kitchen with Quinta owner, Natasha Raess, who bakes German pastries, cakes and bread.  WHAT a delicious combination!  You know you have enjoyed a unique EL PAN experience when you enjoy a slice of Natasha’s heavy grain German bread with Antonio’s home made guava or green marmalade jam spread.

You will love it!  Quinta is located on Rio Balsas but none of the cabbies know where that is.  Tell them to take you to the Estacion de Bomberos. (The fire station). Tell them to take a left (izquierda) after the fire station and then NEXT right (a la derecha). THAT is Rio Balsas. Drive almost to the end of the street and Quinta is on the left.

First Guest Leslie

The very first guest: Leslie

Antonio

Antonio

Dining room

First DAy Flowers

First DAy

First Day

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Natasha

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The classiest Pipi Room in town!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

More Food !  Pozole on Thursday from Laurithaa . Several folks in the Quinta neighboorhod are on regular delivery.  60 pesos.  CAll  755 111 64 64  or order on her FaceBook

   https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100005097484364


 

studio1studio3Puentes  La Escuela

We have been having great fun making art here in my nest at Quinta where I have a studio set up on my balcony where  I have been selling  my art as fast as I can make it.

People seem really interested in creating and being a 40 year veteran art teacher…it certainly has been soulful. Today I am formalizing my little operation which will be called  Puentes  La Escuela (The Bridges School).  See all the amazing work completed!  Makers   http://bridgescreate.com/makers/


TRIP TIPS. I WENT, I SAW, I RETURNED, I RECOMMEND!
http://bridgescreate.com/trip-tips/

Kodak Moments in Zihua


More Food . Thursday Pozole from LAura Nicoles . There are several of us in the neighborhood who make it a regular Thursday experience. 60 pesos.  CAll  755 111 64 64  or order on her FaceBook
   https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100005097484364

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kENIA AND nATALIE

I am sponsoring a Casa Para Ninos del Pacifico student.  I am excited to share that I have joined the new initiative supporting the elementary students in the Pacifico program when they move on to Secondario.  The school fees in Mexico are quite the  reverse of  the situation in the United States.  Elementary and Secondary fees are unmanageable for all but the middle class but  University enrollment is more accessible.  So… that effectively denies University attendance, from a practical point of view, to many students from the majority of the Zihua families.

I introduce Kenya Alejandra Madora Sanchez and her sister Natalia, mom Selene and teacher Lily. I meet with Kenya and her family and we practice English and Spanish.  The Sanchez family’s  English is better than my Spanish. As I have mentioned, I am humbled by my quest to learn to speak Spanish. Kenya is interested in being and architect and asked if I could help tutor her in math and chemistry. As all who know me know- this is not my area of strength! I  was shocked to hear that at Kenya’s school, Jose Marti, there is one computer and that is not connected to the internet.  Considering how digital curriculum delivery became my career…this was a bit of that famous cognitive dissonance for me that I am always yammering about.  http://bridgescreate.com/3826-2/ I am not sure why I was so surprised since I require my students to watch “If the World Were 100 People” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r6eTr4ldDYg where it reports that 22% of the world has access to a computer and 90% of those are in the United States and Canada.

I did several projects with Kenya…she wants to be an architect so I had her design her dream house and label the rooms etc in English.

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Lily and Selene

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With Lily at Para Las Ninos

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Para Las NinosJose Marti

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Testimony:  The first time I met my Casa Para Ninos del Pacifico student I also met her mom and her sisters.  My Spanish is minimal but we had a great time untangling Kenya’s four names and talking about the similarity and differences in how people from the United States add and subtract names.

I am a retired teacher so I am very interested in Kenya’s goals and the educational training she is receiving to reach those goals.  I met her at her school and even went to her English class where all the 13/14 year olds put me to shame with their English proficiency.

Kenya is interested in being an architect so I gave her the assignment of designing her dream house and labeling all the rooms in English. She did an impressive job and then shared a spectacular oil painting that she had painted. She has the creative and critical thinking skills she will need to be successful in her career path of that I am assured.

Right before I left for the winter I met up with Kenya and two of her sisters at Pizza Loco. The conversation was excellent. I spoke Spanish and they spoke English and the pizza was enjoyed by all.  I would highly recommend participating in this program. Although college is cheap (compared to the US) the Elementary and Secondario fees prohibit access to college to all but the affluent.  You could literally change the world for a  Zihua student.

Barbara Bridges is from Maine and Minnesota and spends the winters in Zihua. Contact her to learn more about her experience as a sponsor: bbridges@bemidjistate.edu. See more about her Zihua experience here: http://bridgescreate.com/blog/
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Bridges,B Amor detail1Vida, Amor, Muerte  2016  

In the collection of Evi Levins,  Mallorca, Spain.

Mixed Media: Beads, found objects

Life, Love, Death was inspired by the much healthier attitude towards death which I have discovered in Mexico. Read about El día de los muertos

Although many believe romantic love is a social construct – I am holding out for the love of my life to roll on by.

Evi at Loot

Evi Levins wearing Vida, Amor and Muerte  http://bridgescreate.com/artwork/vida-amormuerte/
You know you are self-actualized when you allow yourself to be photographed with a super model. Perhaps you have arrived to a place beyond caring. Either way…it is an adventure!

Evi commissioned  Amour  for her friends’ wedding.  http://bridgescreate.com/artwork/amour/

We met to deliver the art at the unique lifestyle store Loot. You need to check it out. It has appeared in Rolling Stone and they are showing my work!!   http://www.loot.mx/
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Bridges, B. Tres Mujeres Main Front
I was invited to submit a work in a new gallery

Tres Mujeres  2016
Mixed Media –  Found Objects on the streets of Zihua, beads, fabricated icons. Minneapolis, Zihuatanejo, Maine

Appearing at MEZGALERIA Opening: February 13th, 2016 Zihuatanejo, Mexico  Click Here for Opening pictures.

Read more on Tres Mujeres (Three Women)

 

 

More Art with Mexican Themes

La Bestia   http://bridgescreate.com/bestia/

Sista’ Art: http://bridgescreate.com/artwork/zihua-sista-art/

Mascara :  http://bridgescreate.com/artwork/masacara-de-aguacate-uno/

Beauty:  http://bridgescreate.com/artwork/beauty/

Vida, Amor, Muerte   http://bridgescreate.com/artwork/vida-amormuerte/

Amour: http://bridgescreate.com/artwork/amour

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Beauty 2016 Mixed Media: Found Objects from the streests of Zihuatenajo, beads, religious icons

Beauty 2016 Mixed Media: Found Objects from the streests of Zihuatenajo, beads, religious icons

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Chili Queen

Chili Queen

My arrival in Zihua coincided with the annual Sailfest fundraiser for local schools.  This event raises hundreds of thousands of dollars.  I volunteered this year and enjoyed meeting really wonderful people. Offer to help. You will not regret it! http://www.zihuasailfest.com/ 

 

More Sailfest

 

 

L and MArgaret

Margaret and Linda

Janet

Auction Queen

I rode on the Patricia Belle for less than $30US. Being from Maine… the opportunity to sail on an 80 foot wooden schooner was a soulful experience http://roadslesstraveled.us/patricia-belle-sail-fest-zihuatanejo-mexico-sailing-blog/

 

 

 

 


 

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me at Petatlan

MAking a wish at Iglesia

2016 also began with a visit from my friend and colleague, Pat Rogers.
We went to Bara De Potisi for a delicious fish lunch and
Petatlan to buy milagros at the church.
The local Jesus has a unique crown representing the Trinity.
http://bridgescreate.com/petatlan/  

 Pat’s Pattern Pics


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Iglesia Sentinal

Pat is also a dog person. I have always been interested in cars as metaphor and dogs as metaphor. Recently, I have been seeing cats on leashes around Minneapolis…not sure what the deconstruction of that trend might be!Pat took many pictures of dogs on her visit and promises a perro anthology.

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Gato sneaks on by

 

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pat and bPat and I took a launch to Las Gatos in Zihua for a beach day. Rumor has it that when Owen Lee passes the current owner plans 80 units. Enjoy Las GAtas now. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wS2tdZbOTA

 

 

 

 


 

Zihuatanejo, Mexico Adventure 2015

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Arriving in Zihuatanejo on March 1, 2015 was memorable because my little street, Rio Balsas, was so obscure that even the taxi driver did not know where it was. I learned to tell everyone I lived a block from the Estacion de Bomberos (the fire station). I watched the Bomberos do their morning workout on la playa Madera on my morning walk. What a job the Bomberos have!

 

QC6Quinta Camelinas  is in the perfect location, a five minute walk to town, a 10 minute walk to La Ropa  (a beautiful beach with rolling waves) and located in a real Mexican neighborhood with a cacophony of roosters to waken me and a fully stocked tienda ½ a block away. The tienda is like an old style general store with everything, and I mean everything, you could possibly need. At Quinta, Natasha has created a most wonderful combination of authentic Mexican experience and lovely oasis. I cannot tell you how much I enjoyed the little pool when I arrived home soaked to the skin from my latest adventure.  The fully equipped kitchen and the daily maid service combine to make everything stress free. I have rented the top floor for February and March 2016. It has an extra room which I will be subletting- ask me for details.  See Pictures of Quinta Camelinas here.    View a video of our resident Iguanas here. Please recommend names for them.

My Sunflower Project  Hiku for Zihua

A refuge from Life
Global insights at dinner
Me gusta Zihua

Are you “From Away” as we call it in Maine?
Zihuatanejo is a real working Mexican town of 200,000 + people who seem to have a very easy relationship with the many visitors and expats. There is a very active message board managed by ZihuaRob  which functions as a quick way to find goods, services and friends!

Z5 MAcarelThere are many wonderful people from around the world here fleeing the weather and looking for the relaxed and affordable Mexican lifestyle. We all seem to bond quite quickly. I also had the opportunity to spend time with my friend, colleague and beloved DLiTE art methods teacher, Sally Gibson and her husband Jeff who writes a blog on Wonder  We hardly have time to see each other in Minneapolis but I was honored to be with Sally on her birthday and share her fabulous view and a Mackerel Sky sunset!http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Altocumulus_mackerel_sky

Las Gatas Video-Ellen from Canada   Ellen wrote a haiku for the Sunflower Project . Please send me your Hiku.  How will YOU be growing old?

QC EAt Down

 

I met many Duluthians here this winter. We organized an “eating down the food” fiesta at Quinta Camelinas before we left and traded Minnesota stories. Marcy owns a unique massage facility in Duluth. http://eaglesnestmassage.com/

 

 

Erandi 2I have a very firm commitment to learning to speak Spanish. It is about basic respect. That being said… this goal is more difficult for me than earning my PhD. I studied with Erandi Blanco at the Adventure of Learning Spanish  owned by Yadira Ríos Torres. I am a particularly difficult challenge as a linguistic student because I am almost exclusively a visual learner.  Erandi did an admirable job developing strategies for me and  I was able to have one of my first meaningful conversation in Spanish, my second goal met for learning Spanish! We talked about feminista issues in Mexico and the United States!  I would recommend Yadira’s school without reservation!

KEY FEATURE: Most of the downtown sidewalks are covered so you can run your errands in the shade. This is major.

Must sees and dos:

LG4Las Gatas is a little beach at the mouth of Zihuatanejo bay. You can walk there (do not let people tell you it is not walkable!) or you can take a water taxi for 40 pesos (about $3.00). I enjoyed seeing them que up like land taxis to come in for their people. There are lovely restaurants and a calm Caribbean style beach. Las Gatas has a very rich history which includes Owen Lee (associate of Jaques Cousteau and aqua lung pioneer) and Timothy Leary. Read “Prisoner in Paradise” for a peek behind the curtain of buying land in Mexico. See Owen Here  I read the book and acquired it free from Amazon (Kindle Unlimited). Steel yourself for creative editing!

 

                                                                           Ixtapa Island
IXISgatorsI found this island to be very similar in all ways to Las Gatas but you need to take a bus and then a water taxi to go there.  The bus only costs about a $1.00 and you also have a nice tour of the Ixtapa road and fabulous bike path. When you arrive at the water taxi landing you walk down through an alligator sanctuary. They were big girls-we left them behind on the mainland!!

 

TallaThere are several beaches over there. Playa Coral attracts swimmers, snorkelers and divers who want to explore coral reefs teeming with tropical fish but I own a house on the Atlantic ocean and swim there and I would not go in at Coral without a life jacket.  For calmer waters, follow the footpath to Playa Varadero. Again…a nice little Caribbean style beach with the FABOULUS la talla barbequed fish on all the menus. Pescado a la talla is a fish dish where a whole fish is butterflied and basted with a sauce of chilies before being grilled over an open flame.

IXIS musicianThe most interesting sight for me was a one-man band who I interviewed. He told me he makes about $50 a day.  I have seen many of these orchestras and this was one of the most creative.   Hear an Interview with the One Man Band Please ignore my bad Spanish!

 

Volunteering in Barra de Potosi. There are several wonderful projects in La Barra. Contact the folks below and contribute your passion. I met two amazing women (and I hear there are many more) who have played a leadership role in several projects.  Not just vacationing! I plan/hope to work with several local cooperatives helping develop ideas for gringo/a friendly products for purchase and find my way back to teaching art and English at the elementary schools.

Cooking Class
I reached out to ZihuRob’s message Board looking for information  on Health Care. Linda Leonard was gracious enough to meet with me and was a plethora of information.  She recommends Clinica Maciel and Hospital De Especialdaes. It is also important to note that every Farmicia has a doctor on staff  who can write script and charges 50 pesos (about $4.00)!
Linda wrote a lovely book about her RV experiences in Mexico which is full of first account tips and information.   Living the Dream in Mexico
Want to have an insider tour of the market and then a personally guided trip to his home an Los Achotes (where the bus drops you off to go to La Barra) and where you can enjoy  a cooking lesson with his wife Claudia?  Click below for all the information.
Cooking with Claudia    Alberto’s Services at www.albertoinzihuatanejo.blogspot.com

Bridges, B Masacara de Aguacate Uno detailMaking Art in Zihua
I created several Body Art works and as often happens in Mexico, stumbled across an astonishing full circle experience. I found these masterfully carved avocado pit masks many years ago and I was recently told there was one man in Mexico City who created them in the 1980’s.  I have been trying to carve the pits and it is VERY difficult!! See my pitiful attempt.  I am thinking this might be a possible cottage industry for future development.   Mascara Uno. Do not faint when you see how much the necklace costs.pits

It has an irreplaceable Mexican antiquity in it. BTW Check out the Victorinox  SwissCARD here. It has a knife, scissors and much more and I have successfully traveled with it for 7 years with having the TSA seize it.

 

 

KateRenee

kaTeARTIST STATEMENT

I capture complexities of human nature through simplified lowbrow characters. Through anthropomorphic objects, food, animals, and figures, I invite my viewers into the piece through childlike sophistication. Sarcastic titles and controversial suggestions make bold statements that illuminate the narratives and personalities to my flat, texture-less characters. My work is edgy with a cute veneer; the paintings teeter towards uncomfortable content with a pop surrealist visage. With a distinctive bright color palette, stylistic lines, and the big eyes and blank stares of my characters, I investigate color theory, character development, gender representation and symbolism. I create relationships, dialogue, and playful complements and contrasts, and add touches of humor in my art. I am drawn to Graffiti, Street and Lowbrow artists, the objectivity and material isolation of Pop Art, the flatness of comics and ancient Egyptian tomb paintings, and Japanese design and characters.

The Death of Feminism

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The Death of Feminism: Revelations of the Third Wave

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Portrait of Barbara Bridges by Paige Dalinger

January 24, 2016    1:00-3:00
Main Gallery  Minneapolis College of  Art and Design 2501 Stevens Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55404
Click Here for Official Site   Click Here for Press Release   
Postcard Invite by Andrea Edstrom

This discussion will include a number of hot topics and personal perspectives focused on how young people who identify as women navigate the art world today. The conversation is open to the public and will use a modified Open Space Technology to engage the participants. Artists assisting include: Kate Renee, Carolina Borja and Andrea Edstrom, as well as Barbara Rogers Bridges as moderator. This event is sponsored by the Minnesota Women’s Caucus for Art.

New News
Exhibition Opening on January 21, 2016
Resources
Program Design

Emerging Trends and Topics with January 24 outcomes and contact going forward
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Carolina, KAteRenee and Andrea

Karen

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Planning Team

Worker Bees

Stuffers

Anne, Rita and Michaela

Kate and techie

 

More information about the purpose and format of this discussion See entire Death of Feminism proposal

Please bring any gallery cards, brochures, flyers or other promotional materials for the Networking Table. 

Guerrilla Girls Twin Cities Takeover. Facts. Humor. Fake Fur.

This discussion is part of  the Guerrilla Girls Takeover in Minneapolis in January 2016. All Events: www.ggtakeover.com

Women’s Caucus for Art  Event : CLICK HERE     OPENING NIGHT

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PARTICIPANTS
Please send data for the purpose of building community before we meet.
Barbara Bridges -Moderator  drb@bridgescreate.com  Art  Resume Website
Kate Renee    katerenee@katerenee.com   Artist Statement  Website Event Goal
Carolina Borja     carolinaborja@icloud.com  Art    Resume  Website
Andrea Edstrom  andrea@andreasartgallery.com  Art   Resume  Website
Michaela Chorn
michaela_chorn@mcad.edu     Website
Kerry Morgan <kmorgan@mcad.edu>  MCAD
Dawn Pankonien
Danielle Edstrom
Emily Johnson
Rachel Breen
Mikel Herb 
Jess Bergman Tank
Mila Samson
Catherine Palmer
Carolyn Halliday  
Katie Beumer
Katie Thompson    Bio
Marcia Soderman-Olson   Website
Jess Vail  
Lindsay Rhyner  
Adrienne Meyer
Nancy Hicks
Linda Seebauer Hansen
Ellen schillace   Website
Karen Wilcox  Website
Lara Mimosa Montes    Montes Art   Website
Lorella Angelini 
DAvid Swarthout
Anne Kleinhenz
Bunny Portia
Joan Vorderbruggen
Meena Mangalvedhekar
Sara Udvig   Art Resume Udvig  Website
Doroth Mayer
Nailah Taman
Lisa Gulya
Shelby Capacio  Art Bio    
Medjine Lesperance
Noreen Tyler
Sarah Kay Wiley
Jes Reyes   Website  Bio
Layl McDill  
Cassandra Buck  Bio Resume  Website
Donna Savage
Chris Cinque
Susan Hensel   Hensel Resume Hensel Bio
Kate Vinson
Bethany Clarke
Elias Ghribi
Emma Olson   Bio
Annie Hejny
Erica Krumm    Bio and Blog
Ellen Skoro
Paige Dansinger    Website  Bio   New Works
Melissa May Metzler
Jill Waterhouse
Lea Walsh 
Cyndi Sutter
Chamath
Shirley Reed  Bio
Debra Ripp
Joyce Lyon
Norma Olson
Barbara Evan
Kristi Hemmer Bio  Website
Nicole Hoiland 
Florence Dacey 
Elizabeth Erickson
Cali Jirsa  Bio  Website
Tiffany Keri
Mike Lancial
Teresa Audet

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More information about the purpose and format of this discussion See entire Death of Feminism proposal

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Urban Sanctuaries

Urban Sanctuaries

Topic:  Nature as the Beloved

Sub topics:  how has nature helped you ( or saved your life)

One sentence goal:  Engage teens and adults in seeking an increased connection to nature in our urban environment through photography, outdoor exploration, art making, and story telling.

Details of our discussion:

We talked about the desire to stimulate people, especially teens, to look more closely at the natural world available in the city.  There are a number of ways we can envision accomplishing this.

The main objective is to help people look for natural, healing spaces in the city.

Our discussion centered on several ideas:  1) holding a workshop at a city park where we would encourage participants to look for spaces that could serve as sanctuaries and encourage them to modify the spaces to suit them.  Participants would then come together and show the spaces to each other and talk about what appeals to them.  Or we could ask participants to choose a spot and sit quietly and observe what kind of sensory experiences arise. 2) asking participants to take photographs of natural spaces they experience or could imagine experiencing as sanctuaries.  3) hold an art making workshop where we ask participants to create a diorama or icon of a natural space that would be a sanctuary for them. 4) ask workshop participants to share stories of a time nature has had a healing influence on them.

Initial project phase:

We decided that we would like to initiate the project by expanding on the photography idea.  Since we would especially like to engage young people, we discussed setting up a contest using instagram to collect images.  We would ask participants to post photos of healing natural places using the hashtag #urbansanctuariesmn . We would then choose five images from among the submissions and have them printed as large posters that we could display on buildings.  We would also look for a place to have a show – ideally a coffee shop or other accessible venue.

We would publicize the project at various schools – Layl suggested getting in touch with the “green  tigers” (an environmental student organization at South High School).  Claudia would publicize the project at Avalon Charter School and Susan would use her connections to Marcy Open School to engage students there.  We could also set up a Facebook page for the project.

We also discussed getting some input from high school students on how best to publicize the program.

Claudia can contact St. Paul artists to gather information on printing costs and logistics from organizers of the Lowertown Artists Portraits project.

Susan will get in touch with the Sierra Club, which has an urban youth program, to see whether they would be willing to support us.  In the beginning phase we are envisioning that they financial support needed is small and would come from us.

Once we made our presentation and heard the presentation of the “Recovering Eden – places to gather” project it sounded like there could be some possibilities for collaboration between the two projects.

 

Social Practice Workshop

Social Practice Art WARM Forum and Workshop  http://www.thewarm.org/calendar/events-exhibits/

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October 3,  2015   9:00 AM-12:00 PM  Location:  Walker Library 2880 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55408

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(612) 543-8400  http://www.hclib.org/about/locations/walker.  WARM Members are free, non members $10 each .  Members can bring a friend for $5. Credit Card Preferred.  Please register at drb@bridgescreate.com

Attendees will review a range of Social Practice projects for inspiration. Next, in small groups, participants will identify a social topic and brainstorm a Social Practice project. Development of projects which could be used in the practice of participants will be encouraged.  Please bring laptops and any other resources which might be
useful to the objectives of our workshop!  We welcome attendees from all
disciplines, teachers, scientists, counselors, farmers and others interested in experiencing how art can change the world!

Facilitators:
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Susan Armington’s art and community work deal with connecting across difference, and the role of art-making and sharing stories in bringing deeper understanding of ourselves and of others.  She
creates large-scale maps with community stories in them, and directs the Talking Suitcases™ project in which participants create and share their own story objects and Talking Suitcases about their lives.  Read More:  http://www.susanarmington.com.

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Barbara Rogers Bridges seeks to empower all people to embrace the creative
process. She makes art from rescued power objects and artist fabricated components
in a variety of media. She organizes the object to create meaning and to provoke
discussion on a wide variety of social topics. These include projects focused on
gluten intolerance and water quality. Barbara is a 40 year teaching veteran.

Read More: http://bridgescreate.com/

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Johnathon Liv: Boston Harbor  2014

Participants:
Claudia Poser
Debra Ripp
Kate Vinson
Shelly Losee
Layl McDill
Kate Vinson
Jill Waterhouse
Marietta Mayberg
Catherine Palmer
Gary Hoover
BArb Kobe
vinson.kate@gmail.com
shelly.losee@gmail.com
vinson.kate@gmail.com
claudiaposer@mac.com
tobersonstudios@gmail.com
layl.mcdill@gmail.com
MMAYBERG1@HOTMAIL.COM
cath.a.palmer@gmail.com
eremozonian@gmail.com
h2o.jill@gmail.com
shelly.losee@gmail.com
barbkobe@gmail.com

Johnathon Liv was created for the Route One: USA project.
Mixed Media: Adirondack, Seagull, plastic bottles, cigarette packs,
shells, rope   http://bridgescreate.com/installation/found-in-our-water
Wollaston Beach in Quincy, MA was a pungent experience when
I stepped from the car.  I saw many people running and playing
and swimming in the water but it smelled of chemicals to my
Maine nose.  I spent quite a bit of time trying to identify and
verify any studies done on the water quality in Boston Harbor.
I did find several federally funded reports which displayed the
raw data which was difficult to analyze with no legend for
acronyms but I I did find the following report
which indicated that the risk for swimmers was from
human waste – not chemical.  http://bridgescreate.com/johnathon-liv-boston-harbor
part of Found In Our Waters http://bridgescreate.com/installation/found-in-our-water.
More Works: LOVE http://bridgescreate.com/artwork/love/, Take To The Air: http://bridgescreate.com/artwork/take-to-the-air

Websites and  Resources for Social Practice:

http://www.artandhealing.org/
https://tltl.stanford.edu/project/diy-legos
http://mediapolicycenter.org/initiatives/edens-lost-found/?gclid=CNur8M7SpsgCFQGoaQodILsF7g
Unmaking War-Remaking Men  by Kathleen Barry

One Event :
Civil Disobedience http://www.michaeljstrand.com/#!fargo-sandbag-project
Ongoing:Found in Our Waters -Cuba http://bridgescreate.com/artwork/take-to-the-air/
Found in Our Waters -Route 1 project  http://bridgescreate.com/route-1-project/
Ode To Gluten – http://bridgescreate.com/installation/ode-to-gluten/
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ecovery –http://bridgescreate.com/addict/
Sunflower Project – http://bridgescreate.com/installation/sunflower-project/
Talking Suitcases: http://www.susanarmington.com.

Planning Worksheet for a Social Practice Project

Outcomes:
Healing and Community
The participants will experience a healing process where they will connect with, and become aware of, their feelings and their bodies.
Project:  Make body casts of a part of their body and reflect on their “amputation”. Could be a metaphorical physical, spiritual or emotional.

Urban Sanctuaries

The participants will record how Urban Sanctuaries could provide  sanctuary spiritual emotional and physical by sharing photos of your sanctuary at #urbansanctuariesmn on Instagram.
Ptoject: Photo Contest will produce a poster. Planning Page

FAcebook https://www.facebook.com/urbansanctuariesmn Photo contest

Recovering Eden- A Place to Gather and Walk
The participants will feel empowered to transform their neighborhood through intentional walking meditation, clubs and creating  art garden hubs.
Project: Blogging, Performances, art making and other community events

Bemidji State University PEDL GoodBye

In Professor mode

In my professor outfit with Oh Pioneer on the screen

After a three day dash back to Minnesota from Maine, I arrived at Anoka Ramsey to start my last academic semester at Bemidji State University. The PEDL team has built the program back up to 250+  and a dozen professors.  When we all come together at the Face to Face three times a year it  feels like the most energizing of conferences with 250 of your friends!

I saw two cakes on the table and I  thought it must be someone’s birthday-until I read the messages. One said, “Well Behaved Women Rarely Make History”. Bemidji DID make history with the first teacher licensure program in the nation.  We have trained over 5000 people to stand in front of a classroom in a very different way.  When Pat Rogers (now provost of Winona State U) first called me and suggested we go online- I gave her the two fingers crossed hex sign. “I could never train teachers online”, I protested! How wrong I was.  I know my students twice as well “in the air” as I ever did “on the ground”.  I am really so very proud of what BSU has built with our PEDL program.                        http://www.bemidjistate.edu/academics/departments/professional-education/dlite/

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Installed in my kitchen-ready at a moment’s notice!

 

VIPs said kind words. I was touched. Department Chair, Tim Goodwin, reported he was flattered that I had called and urged him to serve as department chair.  We needed him and he has been wonderful.  Dean Troy Gilbertson mentioned our long history together when he was the union president. He gave me a ceramic flower vase he had created. Cops make art! How great is that!? The Prof Ed department presented me with a lovely BSU jacket.  My mentor, former dean and now Provost/Vice President, Martin Tadlock named, OUTLOUD, the personal and professional cost of building an online teacher licensure programback in 2002.  His perfect gift to me- a VOODOO doll!   I could have definitely used that a decade ago!! ;/00000.

 

 

 

cake Well behaved women cake viewing cake - live a lifeMirlande Erickson, PEDL program manager,  brought us YUMMY cakes.  The message on the second cake was “There Are All Kinds of Ways to Live a Life”.  I have had a challenging life and I say this phrase often to myself and to others.  It is the foundation of all the courses I teach and how I try to live.  Your truth is A truth, not THE truth.

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Mim and daughter

Sally Gibson and Diane Aldis celebrated with me at Erte and Loring Pasta with Orangtinis! Lisa Krall gave me a wonderful reflection party game!! Mim, a BSU colleague,  was there with her daughter. We are into 2nd and 3rd generations! We made a difference!

NAte Brager confirms it:
 I’d like to take the opportunity to sincerely thank you, not just for the things you’ve taught me in class but for the work you’ve done in creating this entire program.  For those of us who are non-traditional students, the opportunity for advancement can be elusive.  Politicians and others often tell us to better ourselves, but few people have been able to offer real opportunities to do that.  You are the exception.  Read more: Nate confirms it.

 

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Kris in service

PEDL Coordinator, Kris Nei, responsible for building the program back to its full potential and I suspect organizing my lovely tribute,  played Perry’s Oh Pioneer https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=08oDQMr08TA and gave me the most soulful gift of all.  She asked the audience to raise their hands if they could NOT have pursued a teaching license if not for the PEDL program.  I saw a room full of two hundred people raise their hands. It made me cry. I am confident my baby will grow in wonderful innovative ways I cannot yet imagine.  Join our FaceBook and enjoy the ride! https://www.facebook.com/bsupedlprogram

 

 

Bridges, B Three WAves (1)

Three Waves 2015 Mixed Media: Re-cycled frames, original paintings and prints, collage, papier-mâché, beads, 24” X 18” X 4”.

 

What is my next chapter?  I have art works being shown at a Smithsonian affiliate and Chicago (Take To The Air http://bridgescreate.com/artwork/take-to-the-air/), an International collaborative project in Guatamala, San Salvador, New York (Nosotros http://bridgescreate.com/nosotros-us ) and maybe Minneapolis, a Minneapolis Institute of Art/MCAD Guerrilla Girls Exhibition (Three Waves) and one of my proudest summer achievements installed in Sandy Point, Maine (LOVE http://bridgescreate.com/artwork/love/).

Join me for workshops at my Minneapolis studio and in Maine in 2016 (http://bridgescreate.com/education/workshops/).

Friend me on FaceBook!  https://www.facebook.com/barbara.bridgesrogers

 

 

 

Nosotros (US)

Many is More in Progress

 

The Power of Collaborative Creating: Social Practice Art

 Many is More 2015 IN PROGRESS.
Andrews BRONZE FIGURES IN PROCESS
12” H X 24” W X 10 “ D
Mixed MediaFound objects contributed by 12 collaborators.


Barbara Rogers Bridges –assemblage artist
Barbara Bridges seeks to empower all people to embrace the creative process. She makes art from artist fabricated components in a variety of media and  rescued power objects. She organizes the objects to create meaning and provoke discussions and reflection on a wide variety of social topics.

Many is More represents an organic brain filled with the thoughts and experiences of a dozen collaborators. 

Keith L. Andrews, bronze sculptor
Nos-otros is an exploration of the processes and consequences of people as they collaborate creatively. While explicit collaboration among equals is the norm in most human activities, it is relatively uncommon in the visual arts. In the name of authenticity and as an unquestioned norm, visual artists generally are expected to practice solo creation.

This project experiments with the alternative by allowing one artist (Keith L. Andrews) to work with a diversity of men and women, young and old, from five nations, using different media, starting from a diversity of visions and working processes. The constellation of themes includes aging, dialogue, social realities, interpersonal conflict, gender, trust, love, loss, and humor.

* Art and artists play many roles in contemporary society   Some artistic practices support just socio-political practices and processes   At other times, artists ignore or even encourage injustices
* We are members of a demographic cohort that has tried for a half century to be involved in positive social change
* We are also beneficiaries of a society that has given us a certain amount of financial freedom and security   And we intend to use that freedom, not to indulge ourselves but to facilitate our commitment to social change through artistic practice

  • We will stimulate and be involved in positive social action
  • We will provide constructive criticism
  • We will denounce and oppose, when needed
  • We will maintain our commitment to bettering the world
  • We will use our time energy and experience for our constant improvement
  • We will work collaboratively with others
  • We are willing to teach and mentor but we will never stop learning from others, including those younger than us

We will always look to the future, focus on the present, reflect on the past

Deconstruction of Collaborator Objects

Reflections from Barbara                                                                              Collaborator Statements

Rock from Sandy Point Beach
Lynda’s next promotion will be the Chancellor of 37 universities    I have worked as a professor for her in one way or another for 18 years   She supported my development of the first hybrid/online teacher licensure program in the United States    She shared the vision   We made it happen    Her choice of this particular rock from our beach was interesting to me   Most of our stones are smooth and round and black   She DID select something rare   As is she.
Lynda Milne  Associate Vice Chancellor –MnSCU MinnesotaFair
Rare
Sharp
A little bit jagged
 milne rock
 lazer chameleon Laser Cut LizardI met Saul at an art retreat at the Haystack School in Deer Isle, Maine   After listening to him speak, I told him I felt I was in the presence of greatness    Never said it before- probably never will again   Thank you Haystack.
Saul Griffith –Ted-TALKER, inventor and genius of Other Lab https://otherlab  com/  CaliforniaThe digital and the analog are not in opposition   Digital tools will expand our library of opportunities 
 chameleon Anole
In the early 1970’s I lived in St   Croix, USVI for 5 years   I had 27 house guests that first year   I had the sisters of my junior high boyfriends show up! The little  house anoles charmed my mom
Jeanne Rogers- Nurse, teacher -MaineA visit with our daughter in the Caribbean was filled with surprises, not the least of which was this little creature that skitted about unbidden in and around all areas in the rooms   
Maine Sea Glass
We met in nursery school, or I should say, when our daughters started nursery school   Bellies fat with our sons, we became lifelong friends and share a love for what the sea brings to our Penobscot Bay beaches
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Brenda Mercer, teacher, nurse  Maine
Sea glass makes me think of the ocean singing and how blessed you and I are to have known this beautiful bay 
Pine ConeI received my first kiss at age 13 from Eddie Atkins in Pam’s kitchen in Bangor, Maine   I think Eddie kissed all the girls but it was still memorable for me, as evidenced by my remembrance of his name    PS   Pam is not just any old English teacher   She took Steve King’s job at Hampden Academy when he found a $100,000 advance check for Carrie in the mailbox in front of his trailer!
 pine cone etc 001 Pam Johnson English Teacher –Maine
Pine cone-deep Maine rootsreaching to evergreen heights  Constant yet adapting-   like us 
 Traveling twig Traveling Twig
Stick from the Traveling Twig assignment    How many miles can this stick travel in one week? Michael presented this lesson at Haystack.  His Sandbag and Cup Exchange Projects exemplify the power of social practice art
Michael Strand, Social Practice Artist, Chair South Dakota State art department  http://www  michaeljstrand  com
I am always encouraged by the potential of many minds coming together   
 Poland PAint brush World Traveling Brush from the
Gwozdziec Reconstruction project in Poland
Meeting Laura and Rick Brown was a transformational experience for me   These two professors share my passion for the power of community building through actual BUILDING!  Rather than chase after the “Never Before Seen” as many solo voice artists do, they are reconstructing the “Forever Lost” and doing it employing the materials and techniques of the original creators   The 1776 submarine and human powered catapult were my favorites. http://www.handshouse.org/
Rick and Laura Brown, PBS documentary, Artists and Teachers, historical Re!constructionists Massachusetts College of Art http://www  handshouse  org/“Hundreds of student workers have created Handhouse Studios and the historically authentic objects which have come to life there    Motto:  “Learn by Building”
Barbara’s  Reflections
WOAD
Meeting Krista and Matt, former students and current worldwide experts in this new field of teaching and learning which Laura and Rick Brown have invented was another Haystack moment for meAs we used glass grinders to grind, and grind, and grind the WOAD, my little distractible heart was screaming for diversion   When I asked Matt how he kept people at the grinding table he shared many stories and insights which the somewhat meditative process produced as a byproduct of the activity   To clarify: The dialogue built community and as indicated by the statement from Matt and Krista… a new menu for WOADISMS
Collaborator Statements
Krista Lima, Matt Jeffs, Artists and Teachers, historical Re!constructionists  MassachusettsWOAD is one of the most important and difficult pigments used for the painting   It required a great deal of effort to grind before mixing into liquid paint
We are  WOAD Warriors”“WOAD is me  ”
“The WOAD less traveled” 

 

This project changed me in ways I do not even recognize yet   Jeffs

 

Watch “Everthing is Illuminated” starring Elijiah Wood   Then you will understand what we experienced   Lima

Antler
These two new Sandy Point neighbors have already shown themselves to be “keepas” , as we say in Maine.Smart with Heart.
Greg Biddinger,  ecologist –   Lise Leigh health scientist  TexasThe antler is from a wild deer imported to Texas to be ranched and hunted. A number of the deer caught wind of the ranching/hunting plan, jumped a few fences, found life to be quite good outside of the fences and established themselves most comfortably in Texas Hill Country.  Ah, the open range….true Texans.Collected on Valentines weekend. Antlers are symbolic of the horns of a dilemma, to stay in Maine fulltime or keep migrating back and forth to Texas?
Coquina
Coquina is the stone that saved Spanish Florida.
And in many ways, Gail helped me save myself. How apt.
Gail Gannon Social studies teacher, school counselor
The Spanish in Florida built the Castillo de San Marcos in St. Augustine out of this light and porous rock. The thick walls absorbed English cannon balls rather than shattering, providing a surprisingly long-lived fortress. Perhaps we could all take a lesson from coquina. If we can absorb the cannon balls of life in order to remain standing, that is much better than being a hard stone wall, easily shattered.