Musicians from Paraguay making and playing instruments made from landfill trash...how amazing!
After having completed my art residency a few months ago (gleaning at the city dump and creating art from trash, etc.), I'm always quite interested when I come across others who are doing the same thing. I can see I'm going to have to take a trip to Senegal (Africa) to see these innovative projects:
I like to post a few photos of my banana trees every now and then. My front yard has the look of a tropical paradise even in the winter...these "hardy bananas" hold up well with our somewhat mild Oregon winters. If we do get a winter storm, which for us, means a day or two of snow, ice, and freezing rain, these trees will freeze and kind of fall down on themselves (the stalks are very wet and pithy). I then have to clean away all the dead material in the early spring and the new babies immediately pop out of the ground and I'm back in business. If we have a more mild winter (no freezing) then the trees continue to survive quite nicely, often producing baby bananas the following summer. The baby bananas never really mature, but they're kind of fun to look at...you can see them here in these photos. These photos were just taken today...the day after Christmas, 2012.
I'm now working with a fantastic gallery in downtown Salem (Oregon's capital city, about 45 miles south of Portland), the Mary Lou Zeek Gallery. Mary Lou has been in business for several years, and has done quite an amazing job with her space. I just got to see it yesterday for the first time. I feel that I'm in great company with some of the other amazing mixed media (and assemblage) artists in her shop. Her location and hours:
335 State Street, Salem, OR 97301
Tues - Friday Noon to 5:30 PM
Mary Lou blogs regularly about her gallery, artists and current events...her blog here.
Some of my work now available at the gallery: