Thanks to the folks who came out yesterday evening!  And thank you Rachel for showing with me and Jesse for playing. For those who missed it, the exhibit will still be up for the rest of the month  – so feel free to stop on by.

The Jar

This is a piece I did for SPARK: art from writing: writing from art   .  I was assigned by the founder, Amy Souza, to make a painting based on a poem titled, “Freed from the Jar” by Kamika Cooper.  It was a good exercise for me to loosen up and paint faster than usual since there was a deadline.  The wire coil in the tree is from when I worked in the archives and had to remove spines for rehousing documents in folders.  And that is a dead moth I found in my studio – there were no moths mentioned in the poem, but it’s what I imagined.

Here are other works from different artists made during Spark’s 33rd round:

Back in the archives (sort of) and thinking of those potential floods and earthquakes…


I may be dipping my toes (very, very part time) into the archives world again. This past month, I began a new additional (very, very) part-time (but super awesome) job as a cataloging librarian at a local university.  I found out that I would be taking over the organization of some of the archives and special collections – many materials need to be inventoried, rehoused, and relabeled. I also need to assess what has already been cataloged in Archives West (or in a few Excel files found in the local drive).

I was encouraged by my dean and supervisor to attend the first part of a seminar this morning – “Protecting Cultural Collections: Disaster Prevention, Preparedness, Response & Recovery”.  The program was funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) – yes, they still exist (fingers crossed they won’t completely lose funding) – and hosted by the Western States and Territories Preservation Assistance Service (WESTPAS).  I left with materials I needed to make a proper disaster recovery plan – a project I hope to finish in the next few months!