Monthly Archives: June 2012

Welcome Back, Northern!

Written on June 27, 2012 at 9:09 pm, by

Northern is back! Finally. We had a soft opening just in time for Olympia’s annual spring ArtsWalk this past April. I’m talking by-the-skin-of-our-teeth kind of opening — the space still reeked of paint (I don’t think the restrooms were even dry yet) and the floor was covered in some weird red vegetable dust that supposedly Continue Reading »

Rust Belt Baby, part 2

Written on June 21, 2012 at 11:37 pm, by

On Monday night, Ken, my old neighbor and fellow Hamburg High School alum, and I drove around Buffalo’s historic waterfront. In recent years (read: since I’ve been gone), Buffalo has been pumping money into rejuvenating its waterfront property on Lake Erie. It seems to be working. Beautiful open green spaces have replaced decaying buildings and Continue Reading »

Buffalo, New York part 1

Written on June 21, 2012 at 7:13 pm, by

On Tuesday night, I returned from a long weekend visiting my hometown of Buffalo, New York. I hadn’t visited Western New York since December 2010. Since my parents moved away last summer, visits are even fewer and far between. The visit revolved around meeting Paige, a seven week old baby belonging to Candace, my good Continue Reading »

Suburban Landscapes, Finale

Written on June 14, 2012 at 2:29 pm, by

Nearly 12 years ago, I began working on my BFA senior thesis. The ideas that I developed in that body of work have managed to appear in nearly every serious project I have created since. In September of 2011, ten years after 911, I revisited these hand-pulled photolithograph offset prints, adding original haiku printed with Continue Reading »

Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy at Wolf Haven

Written on June 10, 2012 at 10:07 am, by

Yesterday, Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy (AKA Wil Oldham) played Wolf Haven as part of a small, five date Puget Sound tour for no other reason than just to do it. Dig? Of course, as you can imagine, it was magical. At the end of the set, everyone in the audience howled to the wolves and, slowly, Continue Reading »

The Washington Coast

Written on June 9, 2012 at 10:53 pm, by

On Friday morning at 6:30, I woke up to a pair of screeching scrub jays outside my window. These are particularly intimidating looking birds – they have these crazy white eyebrows, creating an ever-scowling expression on their sharp-beaked faces. Regardless of my rude awakening, I had a wonderful breakfast with a colleague from school and Continue Reading »

life and how you live it

Written on June 7, 2012 at 12:32 am, by

In the past two days, I’ve been toldĀ in the most loving way possible by two separate individuals, whom I admire very much based on their academic and artistic careers, that I need to quit my job. This is in addition to the constant cajoling of several other caring creatives I am honored to call friends Continue Reading »