Tuesday, November 27, 2007
Saturday, November 24, 2007
I would like to make a pilgrimage (1. a journey, esp. a long one, made to some sacred place as an act of religious devotion: a pilgrimage to Lourdes. 2. any long journey, esp. one undertaken as a quest or for a votive purpose, as to pay homage: a pilgrimage to the grave of Shakespeare. 3.
a journey to a sacred place or shrine. 4. a long journey or search, especially one of exalted purpose or moral significance) to the John Michael Kohler Arts Center in Sheboygan, Wisconsin.
This certainly qualifies on the long journey front, according to mapquest, it is exactly 1926.52 miles from my front door to the front door of the John Michael Kohler Arts Center. And, according to mapquest, this will take me approximately 28 hours, 35 minutes. This time extimate allows for no bathroom breaks, food stops, sleep or stretching the legs...so I am guessing it would take a little bit longer...
Anyway...very cool museum...be sure to check out the washrooms and the exhibits and collections. Awesome!
Here is the mission and history from the web site:
Mission and History
The John Michael Kohler Arts Center is a not-for-profit organization established in 1967 for aesthetic and educational purposes. Its mission is to encourage and support innovative explorations in the arts and to foster an exchange between a national community of artists and a broad public that will help realize the power of the arts to inspire and transform our world. The Arts Center serves as laboratory for the creation of new works, nurturer of interdisciplinary initiatives, originator of exhibitions, presenter and producer of performing arts, educator, publisher of critical writings, community builder, and advocate for issues affecting the arts. In essence, JMKAC functions as a catalyst for and explorer of new art forms and new ideas that will impact the lives of both artists and public.
A major focus of the program shall be exhibitions devoted to a wide range of concepts and directions in contemporary art, with particular consideration of craft-related forms, installation works, photography, new genres, ongoing cultural traditions, and the work of self-taught artists. The exhibitions shall encourage the creation of new work and shall involve substantive critical explorations.
The performing arts shall emphasize new directions as well as continuing and evolving cultural traditions in dance, theatre, music, and interdisciplinary forms through programming that brings together artists from around the world with diverse regional audiences.
The Connecting Communities program shall collaborate with community partners to involve outstanding artists with area cultural communities and a wide range of constituencies with special needs in the creation of powerful original works of art and, in the process, to aid in uniting and strengthening the community and the region.
In cooperation with American business, Arts/Industry shall provide support for artists in the creation of new work and in the investigation of new ways of thinking and making art, through long-term residencies and other programming at manufacturing sites. At the same time, Arts/Industry shall involve the industrial community and other audiences with the artists and their work.
The collections shall be of significance to the Arts Center's program and constituencies, concentrating primarily on the work of self-taught artists, ongoing cultural traditions, and works created in Arts/Industry. They shall be used in on-site and touring exhibitions as well as in research and education.
Education shall be a fundamental tenet of all programming. Educational and interpretive services shall relate directly to the exhibitions, collections, performing arts programming, Connecting Communities, and Arts/Industry, as well as to the Arts Center‘s architecture and gardens. They shall employ the integration of the arts as a primary educational tool. Such services may take the form of artists‘ residencies; an arts-based preschool, classes, and camps; festivals and other special events; scholarly publications; guided tours, lectures, and demonstrations; resource center; retail shops; programming for constituencies with special needs such as schools, universities, daycare centers, English-language-learner programs, shelters, and children and adults with disabilities; and/or any other means that encourage a continuing dialogue between artists and public and heighten their understanding of and sensitivity to all the arts.
At the very heart of the John Michael Kohler Arts Center are its local, regional, and national constituencies and the unique, very real relationship between artists and public. The Arts Center shall nurture the involvement of children of all ages, through the schools, families, and community organizations. Likewise, it shall engage the broadest possible adult audiences. The Arts Center shall continue its leadership roles of nourishing diversity and building community through the arts. In all programming, the Arts Center shall cultivate connections: between artists and audiences, between artists and communities, between emerging and established artists, between local and visiting artists, between the Arts Center and other organizations, between art forms, and between past and present.
So I am thinking, perhaps I should make the pilgrimage next time I am in Minnesota...It would still be a pilgrimage, but it would be a lot closer...334.28 miles (5 hours and 31 minutes) according to mapquest. Maybe I can convince some of you to join me!
I will be posting the voting results on Monday. So, if you have already responded, and are curious...you can check that out Monday...and if you feel that a terrible error has been made..you can weigh in for a final time before I go under the shears.
Monday, November 19, 2007
Vote on a new hair cut for Hanje
My favorite (inexpensive) hair cutter, Frances, literally dissapeared from the location where I used to visit her in Tucson. I have made a couple emergency visits to inexpensive hair cutters in other locations...but my visits have been few and far between and now my hair is longish...as in I can wear it in a ponytail or a kind of lame braid. (I also had a silver dollar sized patch shaved from the very top of my head for a little surgery a few months ago...and that is starting to grow in...a little bit scruffily...)
So...I am thinking it is time for a shorter do...
so...I offer the following hair styles for you to vote on...
just leave a response identifying your choice for my new hair cut... but remember...I will be 54 (but a very young 54!) in a month...and I do wear glasses...which could affect the whole bangs thing...
if you wish to add entries...email them to email@example.com
You can identify the pictures by row: 1,2, 3 or 4 and by position in the row: left or right
(for example if you wish to vote for the Suze Orman do...you would vote for 3 left )
Okay...my hair is driving me crazy...so get those votes in asap!!!
next week...we will discuss hair color...
and...don't forget to contact me if you would like to become a netflix friend...
Sunday, November 18, 2007
Netflix Friends (A Personals Ad of Sorts)
If you are not familiar with the online movie ordering service, Netflix...check them out.
This from the Netflix website: Netflix Delivers DVD Rentals To You
With Netflix you can rent as many DVDs as you want and watch movies instantly on your PC for one low price. There are no late fees and no due dates, and DVD shipping is free both ways. Plans start from only $4.99 plus applicable tax. With our most popular plan, you can rent as many DVDs as you want (3 DVDs at-a-time) and watch 17 hours of movies instantly on your PC all for just $16.99 a month plus applicable tax. There are no additional charges
Seeing my Netflix Friends queues, ratings and comments is great fun for me. Unfortunately, it is also causing me to increase the number of movies in my queue at an alarming rate...(lets just put it this way...if I watched 5.61 movies per week for the next year...I would be caught up!) (Okay..in addition to being somewhat addictive, I also have a survivalist mentality...but that is fodder for another post.)
Saturday, November 17, 2007
I just watched...
Which was a huge dissapointment. The acting was probably the worst I have seen since the invention of the talkie in the 1920s.
I read the book by Augusten Burroughs some time ago...I thought it was brilliant...and I would highly recommend...
Other titles by Augusten Burroughs which are also excellent:
Wednesday, November 14, 2007
Project Runway start TONIGHT!!!
It starts tonight on BRAVO...and here is the Project Runway Home Page
I need to also tip my hat to my favorite Project Runway blog...Project Rungay...
I admit that I have not been reading it much since the end of Season 3, but I am all tuned up to start reading them again...now that Season 4 is starting. They are a little bit bitchy...and a little bit in awe...a great combination...and a great fun read.
Tuesday, November 13, 2007
I just watched...
Starring Sandra Bullock and Keanu Reeves.
Sweet and touching in a Time-Travellers-Wife(Girlfriend)-Sandra-Bullocky sort of way.
Her hair in 2004 was bangs, long, unstyled, fairly unattractive. Her hair in 2006 was shorter, with longer bangs, styled and quite "cute" (if I can use that word).
At one point in the movie she refers to her hair in 2004. "I was having a bad hair year that year." (Gotta love someone who is self-aware!)
Monday, November 12, 2007
Right now I am only selling stuff I create two places...ebay and cafe press.
At my eBay store, I sell art supplies, used books, a little of this and that...and this is where I am now selling my art dolls. I have mermaid dolls, goddess dolls, all kinds of art dolls. (I am in a doll making frenzy right now...and new things are being added daily...)
Through my cafe press store, I sell merchandise featuring my designs, photography and art dolls... This is where I sell Unitarian Universalist holiday cards (Kwanzaa, Christmas, Solstice, Hanukka...all featuring the Flaming Chalice.
You can also purchase note cards, t-shirts, throw pillows, ceramic tiles, sweatshirts and so much more...lots of great gift ideas there!
I have a website...which directs you to various places...and that is at www.hanjerichards.com...
Finally...I have this blog...which allows you to get to know me...and through which I promote myself...(aka Blatant Self-Promotion) ... my art...my affiliation with amazon.com...and what I am thinking about, reading, watching and so on...
So...back to regularly scheduled blogging...
Later this week, you will have an opportunity to become a netflix friend...and to vote on my next hair cut...so...keep checking back...leaving comments...and ...
well...that is my blatant self-promotion for the day...
Friday, November 09, 2007
I just read...
Chalk up another one for Jodi Picoult! I really was intrigued by this novel set in an Amish community in Pennsylvania. Again Picoult explores situational ethics through fiction.
As someone who has always seen things as very black and white...I am always challenged by the way that she show there are multiple sides to every issue...to every question...
A medical and legal story...wrapped in the unknown (to me) world of the Amish.
I highly recommend this along with the others I have read by Jodi Picoult!
Monday, November 05, 2007
For those of you who didn't know...there is a second movie The Beales of Grey Gardens.
And for those who have not yet had enough of Big Edie and Little Edie...there is a broadway musical.... starring Christine Ebersol and Mary Louise Wilson and a future made for HBO movie (which may in fact be a theatrical release first) starring Drew Barrymore and Jessica Lang
... and... there is a song, inspired by the movie written and performed by Rufus Wainwright.