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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

My lobby design for Portland's Third Rail Repertory production of Belleville

Guess what Portland project I was asked to tackle? The lobby of the CoHo Theater for the current Third Rail Repertory production, Belleville!

Thanks to my darling and daring friends, core company members of Third Rail Reportory, Amy Frankel, Mark Valadez (Sound Designer), Rebecca Lingafelter (cast member, "Abby"), Isaac Lamb (cast member, "Zach"), I painted the walls to represent the city sanctioned "Graffiti Street", in Belleville, France.

I was honored to get a pre-opening sneak peek and this play is skin-crawling good. Still thinking about it.

See it, and my work, before they both cease to exist, before  April 18th 2015.

Full wall. With  Belleville  Set Designer,  Kristeen Willis Crosser , volunteering to give scale.

Full wall. With Belleville Set Designer, Kristeen Willis Crosser, volunteering to give scale.

Left side. An "A" included for the  Belleville  character, Abby (masterfully played by  Rebecca Lingafelter ).

Left side. An "A" included for the Belleville character, Abby (masterfully played by Rebecca Lingafelter).

Middle. A symbolic "cell phone" in lower left corner. A major prop used by  Belleville  character, Abby (  Rebecca Lingafelter  ).


Middle. A symbolic "cell phone" in lower left corner. A major prop used by Belleville character, Abby (Rebecca Lingafelter).

Right side. The "knife" represents the one used by  Belleville  character, Zach (  Isaac Lamb  ) and a "Z" for his name.  Notice the 253 love? What am I made of? Sugar & spice & all things 253 nice.

Right side. The "knife" represents the one used by Belleville character, Zach (Isaac Lamb) and a "Z" for his name.

Notice the 253 love? What am I made of? Sugar & spice & all things 253 nice.



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