Art
Great Day

Great Day

Make no mistake – I realize that I am dramatically affected by the goings on of my every day life – some mundane, some unbelievably extreme, but today was altogether different. I went to a town meeting with my husband Jason. I wasn’t on the original list of game-changers but was invited to attend by...
Graduation

Graduation

I finally finished my term paper. They said I needed it to graduate. They were wrong. I had an ‘A’ in my English class for the first semester. I took the ‘F’ for the second and grabbed my diploma with a ‘C’. (Please DO NOT try this at home). At 17 I couldn’t focus. I...
Half Way There

Half Way There

I am overwhelmed. I’m having a hard time understanding what has happened in the last few weeks. I’d be lying if I said I expected things to unfold like this. I wanted an arts center. It fell through. I didn’t panic. It came true. I thought I could do a quick shout out on Facebook...
Oh! A Meth Lab...

Oh! A Meth Lab…

Full disclosure. I bought a 12,500 square foot building, including a 4-bedroom (GORGEOUS) apartment, with a sizable parking lot, on Valley Street, to open an arts center, for $78,900. THERE IS A REASON FOR THAT. In Chicago, I would have paid a million dollars. Well, not really, because I don’t HAVE a million dollars. My...
Community

Community

I got a lesson in ‘community’ today. As I was painting feverishly at the arts center a man knocked on the window and mouthed, “Do you need some help?” I stupidly mouthed back, ‘That’s OK.” – not wanting to impose. Thank goodness he didn’t give up. He said, “I can paint!” Finally realizing that I...
Train Wreck

Train Wreck

So, I’m a wreck. And it’s all your fault. I am sitting in my living room, getting ready for tomorrow, staring at a pile of photographs, and watching bids come in on pieces I’ve painted. I NEVER, EVER, in a million years thought I’d sell a painting – paint them, yeah, give them away as...