Anywho, #9

Dearest g.g.-

Hi, dear. More in my update from this last year. Next up? Drammy!

On July 20, 2016, my painted backdrop for Portland's Theatre Vertigo's production of The Drunken City won a Drammy. What???? Still in shock! Still delighted! Thank you, Mark Valadez and Rebecca Lingafelter, for letting me know. Thank you, KL Cullom, for this project and congratulations to you! How cool, right?!

Here is the mural:

Here is the award:

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More to come...

Much love,

mindy jo

Anywho, #8

Dearest g.g.-

Hi, I'm back! Last June I headed home, to my beautiful birthplace of Tacoma, after a five month substitute teacher stint in Nome, Alaska. My Nome adventures culminated with a pause in a five year period of living and learning in several different cities, including, besides Nome, also Portland and Seattle.

So what adventures was I involved in between the summer of 2016 and now, summer of 2017?

Let me start with last summer. As I reached the ground in Seatac last June--after leaving the ground in Nome, AK--I, happily, had a project awaiting: I was chosen by the Cedar River Clinic (14th and Martin Luther King, Jr Way in Tacoma), through the Tacoma Murals Project, to design and complete a 16’ x 81’ mural on the exterior of their building. Out-of-my-skin excitement!!!

Cedar River Clinics offer woman-centered health care, along with LGBTQ care, and have a persistent weekly protester presence at their clinic creating neighborhood unease. Grateful for the Hilltop community’s patience, especially with the protesters, and the Hilltop's support, the clinic desired to show their appreciation through this mural.

After meeting with Cedar River Clinics, the Hilltop Business Association, the Hilltop Action Coalition, and surrounding businesses, 3 issues stood out: 1) the desire for more color in their community 2) more of the natural world represented and 3) organic shapes to soften the hard edge of urban structure.

Considering their collective thoughts regarding the mural site’s past, present and future, I designed a mural depicting colorful fabric flowing across the wall, past two sets of painted trompe l'oeil windows, breaking down the rigid lines of urban structure. Its twisting and turning bonds together the different “colors” of the Hilltop neighborhood, representing the LGBTQ community, different religions, ethnicity and gender, until eventually transforming into big, same color filled flowers.

Here is its development:

The different color options:

The final chosen design and color combination by Cedar River Clinics and the surrounding community:

The wall before painting. Photo by Teriscovkya Smith.

Jesse Peterson, my awesome assistant; he was terrific and so much fun! The Tacoma Murals Project assigned him to this project to gain his own experience of mural making.

A view of him, and also the wall after I sketched out the design, while I looked down from the scaffolding:

Scaffolding and the start of painting.

Friends visit. And pose.

Me, while painting. The mornings were cold as August and September advanced.

There are many treasured memories during my time painting this mural, wonderful friends that came to visit me and many friendships that were forged, but Henry's almost daily check-ins were golden. Here he is after giving me a hat on which he crocheted an added blue do-rag. It was even in the colors of the mural! So honored! From then on, that hat joined me on the scaffolding everyday. If you look closely, while in front of the mural, you might find his initials (HDW); I embedded them somewhere in the mural. Can you find them?

Jesse holding flags I made. One day a woman came dancing by and gave me these flags. They had a printed image I was not familiar with so I repainted them to look like my signature. They, along with Henry's hat, became our scaffolding mascots!

The final look!

Will write you with more very soon!

Much love,

mindy jo

 

Anywho, #2

Dearest g.g.-

Happy Friday!

Had an eye exam today and my eyes are still dilated, causing this note to appear blurry and me to ponder: after approximately 6.5 hours, how long does its effect last?

I've been back in Tacoma over a week, and you know what tickles me about this city? It's something that I neverpaid much attention to until I spent significant time away in other cities. As you know, I've done a fair amount of walking in every city I've lived in: it clears my head, is a great reward after crossing a few dos off of my to-dos list, lets me get an intimate view of my surroundings, design ideas tend to pop into my head when my feet are moving and it's an opportunity to greet other fellow humans along the way. But, this is what is fun about Tacoma. I, and others I walk with or pass by, predominantly walk IN the street when on neighborhood streets. Of course this isn't the case on busy or downtown streets but rather those with less traffic. Why, I've asked myself? Because sometimes there is a sidewalk, sometimes there isn't. Sometimes there had been one, and a owner removed it, or sometimes there never was one. No consistency. It's just easier to by-pass all of this start and stopping by hitting the street itself. Some non-walkers (and even a few of the dogs I've walked!) see this as annoying. Funny, huh?

Speaking of a city I've done extensive walking in, one of the projects I finished, since the last time we wrote, is a painted scenic backdrop for The Drunken City, a Theatre Vertigo production in Portland.  You might have caught the previously added photos I shot of the completed back wall (my blog's Scenic Painting entry), but now (so excited!) I have photos taken by Gary Norman! They all feature the play in action, WITH the actors!

Before I add them, though, here is some info I added onto my Facebook page about the play that you may not have seen:


LOVED working with these creative people! Thank you, especially to the inspiring Director, KL (Kelly) Cullom, for asking me to participate and trusting me and Kelsey Peake, for all of your thorough communication and support.

Also, a nod of thanks to Carl Hamilton for the amazing painted sidewalk and sky and the informative conversation.

Those involved in this production:

Written by: Adam Bock

Production team:
Director - KL Cullom
Stage Manager - Corey McCarey
Production Manager - Kelsey Peake
Set Designer - Matt Jones
Sound Designer - Richard Moore
Lighting Designer - Alexz Eccles
Costumes - KL Cullom
Props Designer - Matt Jones
Technical Director - Noah Phillips
Master Electrician - Alex Agnes
Artistic Liaison - Holly Wigmore

Cast:
Eddie - R. David Wyllie
Frank - Murri Lazaroff-Babin
Marnie - Holly Wigmore
Melissa - Nicole Accuardi
Linda - Shawna Nordman
Bob - Tom Mounsey

October 23-November 21
Thursday - Saturday @ 7:30pm
Sunday @ 2:00pm, with additional 7:30pm performances on November 8 and November 15
Adult tickets are $20, Student tickets are $10
All Thursday performances are pay-what-you-will
Tickets at: http://www.theatrevertigo.org/season.html#Show-One

Show Sponsor: Cate Garrison

Now, here are the amazing photos!

The whole cast.  Linda  - Shawna Nordman,  Melissa -  Nicole Accuardi,  Eddie -  R. David Wyllie,  Bob -  Tom Mounsey,  Marnie -  Holly Wigmore,  Frank -  Murri Lazaroff-Babi

The whole cast. Linda - Shawna Nordman, Melissa - Nicole Accuardi, Eddie - R. David Wyllie, Bob - Tom Mounsey, Marnie - Holly Wigmore, Frank - Murri Lazaroff-Babi

Eddie -  R. David Wyllie,  Melissa -  Nicole Accuardi,  Frank -  Murri Lazaroff-Babi,  Linda  - Shawna Nordman, Mounsey,  Marnie -  Holly Wigmore

Eddie - R. David Wyllie, Melissa - Nicole Accuardi, Frank - Murri Lazaroff-Babi, Linda - Shawna Nordman, Mounsey, Marnie - Holly Wigmore

Melissa -  Nicole Accuardi

Melissa - Nicole Accuardi

Eddie - R. David Wyllie, Melissa - Nicole Accuardi,   Linda  - Shawna Nordman

Eddie - R. David Wyllie, Melissa - Nicole Accuardi, Linda - Shawna Nordman

Marnie -  Holly Wigmore

Marnie - Holly Wigmore

Marnie -  Holly Wigmore and  Frank -  Murri Lazaroff-Babin

Marnie - Holly Wigmore and Frank - Murri Lazaroff-Babin

Frank -  Murri Lazaroff-Babin

Frank - Murri Lazaroff-Babin

Eddie -  R. David Wyllie,  Linda  - Shawna Nordman , Melissa -  Nicole Accuardi,  Marnie -  Holly Wigmore,  Frank -  Murri Lazaroff-Babin

Eddie - R. David Wyllie, Linda - Shawna Nordman, Melissa - Nicole Accuardi, Marnie - Holly Wigmore, Frank - Murri Lazaroff-Babin

Eddie -  R. David Wyllie and  Linda  - Shawna Nordman

Eddie - R. David Wyllie and Linda - Shawna Nordman

Frank -  Murri Lazaroff-Babin,  Marnie -  Holly Wigmore,  Eddie -  R. David Wyllie,  Linda  - Shawna Nordman

Frank - Murri Lazaroff-Babin, Marnie - Holly Wigmore, Eddie - R. David Wyllie, Linda - Shawna Nordman

Bob -  Tom Mounsey and  Marnie -  Holly Wigmore

Bob - Tom Mounsey and Marnie - Holly Wigmore

Great, right? Wish you had been in Portland to experience this first hand but I'm sure there will be other future opportunities for that!

Warm thoughts heading your way, my friend!

Much love,

mindy jo




Anywho, #1

Dearest g.g.-

Hello, my dear! It's been so long since we last corresponded. I've really missed our back-and-forth notes, they brighten my day. I often see things or experience some new/old music, books or thought and I am bursting to tell you about it.

Now I will.

The biggest news is that I have now fully (ok, there may still be SOME reservations) accepted my vagabond ways. I really don't call anywhere home but my heart (and mailing address) is still in Tacoma, WA, the place of my birth and where the glut of my family, friends, and business conspirators reside. This is the town where my business was born and raised, so a majority of my contacts are here and in Seattle. But this hasn't stopped me from riding the rails! I now have fellow art lover contacts in Portland and in Spokane. Actually, if I dive deep into why I have the need to ramble, it's my quest to figure out the unique pulse of each city I take sporadic refuge in that bubbles to the surface. That and, like a Portland friend describes me, I'm akin to the butterfly: I don't land in one spot for long, fluttering here to there, and then back again, unwilling (at least at this point) to settle in one area.

Changing environments also provides me with inspiration. I've been apart of some fantastic projects since we last wrote (some of them are documented on my website-take a look!) and I have met some really wonderfully talented humans along the way...for example, the theatre people in Portland (http://thirdrailrep.org/, http://www.cohoproductions.org/, http://petensemble.org/frontpage/frontpage/, http://www.theatrevertigo.org/) and the people of Terrain, a hearty Spokane based arts event (http://terrainspokane.com/).

I think I will call it a night, but I promise to write more soon.

I'll leave you with a pen design I recently finished:

Please sleep sweet, ok?

Much love,

mindy jo

Scenic Painting

Director, KL Cullom, asked me to paint a backdrop for her next play called The Drunken City at Theatre Vertigo (http://www.theatrevertigo.org/) in Portland, OR.  The play takes place on a city street, with lots of tagging, graffiti, grime and layers of posters. Here is the result:

Can't wait to see this play! It will be running October 23-November 21.

 

New temporary mural at CoHo Productions!

Portland and those visiting Portland any weekend starting tomorrow through July 12th, please take note of the happenings at the CoHo Productions. Summerfest 2015!

http://www.cohoproductions.org/…/announcing-summerfest-2015….

CoHo asked me to do another temporary mural in their lobby! Each element in the mural represents one symbol for each production:

The quill: The Wildly Inappropriate Poetry of Arthur Greenleaf Holmes

The lamp: Butt Kapinski

The moon: LOON

The bitten apple: The Dissenter’s Handbook: A Collection of Riotous Tales by Dario Fo

The white whale: Drowned Horse Tavern (A Sea Shanty Cabaret)

This weekend is LOON...can't wait! Will be there on Saturday night.

Detail of symbols.

Detail of symbols.

A gift!

I received a gift: a book of Third Rail Repertory member's/cast's favorite Portland places and activities, after the performance yesterday (handcrafted by the beautiful and incredibly talented, Amy Frankel). I LOVE it! And the show...impressed beyond words!

Thank you, Dave Bodin, Gavin Christensen, Spencer Conway, Don Crossley, Nick Erickson, Amy Frankel, Kelly Godell, Kylie Clark Johnson, Isaac Lamb, Rebecca Lingafelter (yes, dinner @ your place!!!), Amy Newman, Maureen Porter, Karen Trumbo, Rolland Walsh, and Scott Yarbough for your Portland tips!

So touched!

Third Rail Repertory Theatre

I was lucky enough to work with Amy Frankel on a lobby installation for Third Rail's production of NOISES OFF. This is a photo of the backs of the 4 "doors" I painted with Third Rail's logo. 

Went to the production yesterday and the installation looks FANTASTIC and the theater goers are heartily participating by opening the doors to see what's inside. 

AND the production is spellbinding...I am so impressed by the set, the lighting, the costumes, and especially the acting!!! Blown away!

Here's a link, 

http://www.thirdrailrep.org