Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Orlando Tech Week at Church Street Marketplace.


I walked over to Church Street Marketplace (101 S Garland Ave Orlando FL 32801) for what I thought would be a tech demo. The place was deserted except for the caterer. I asked him what he knew about the event and he was pretty clueless. A large screen was set up, and when I arrived, it was projecting a computer desktop. I figured that had to be my center of interest.

Procreate, my digital sketch program on my iPad had updated several days ago and a new feature showed up called the perspective tool. It allows you to place several vanishing points on the sketch and the program automatically sets up a perspective grid to use a s a drawing guide. I used that feature for the first time on this sketch which is a pretty high tech leap for me. I was utilizing a bit more tech to cover Tech Week.

Only later that night did I learn that what I was sketching was the Black  Orlando Tech Hip Hop Happy Hour. DJ Nigel John shouted up a welcome to me, shouting "Thor!" I shouted back and then sketched him as he set up his DJ mix station. Janessa Gursky must have been an event organizer because she also greeted me. About 6 round high top tables were set up and slowly people started to arrive. This was slated to be the chillest, happy hour event of Orlando Tech Week 2017. It was a chance for everyone to unwind from the nonstop tech events of the week with a drink and conversation.I was a little disappointed not to walk away with some miraculous tech enlightenment but, the music was pumping as I left for dinner.


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Monday, October 16, 2017

The First onePULSE Foundation Town Hall Meeting.


The onePULSE Foundation's first Town Hall meeting was held at the Rep Theater (1001 E Princeton St, Orlando, FL 32803). 400 people reserved tickets to attend. The meeting was a panel discussion exploring why and how we create memorials and museums, and what is involved in the process. Experts from around the country came to share their experiences. Barbara Poma, the Pulse Nightclub owner and onePULSE Foundation executive director, said, "Building a permanent memorial and museum at the site is the most powerful way to pay respect for the lives taken, and to all those affected on that awful night." The moderator for the night, was journalist Indira Lakshmanan.

Kari Watkins, the Executive Director of the Oklahoma City National Memorial was the first panelist on the left. The event was being held just one week after the mass murder in Las Vegas. She explained that the community memorials had already begun. An empty lot was acquired from the city and 58 trees were planted, one tree for each victim. At the Oklahoma City Bombing site one tree had survived and saplings were being handed out. 168 people died. Initially, the Chamber of Commerce was not on board with the plans for a museum and memorial, they didn't want their city to be known as the city that had been bombed. The site is now the most visited tourist attraction in the state.

Ed Linenthal is a PhD and author of several books such as Sacred Ground, Preserving Memory, and The Unfinished Bombing: Oklahoma City in American Memory. He explained that the process of deciding what to put on a site is incredibly difficult because you are dealing with an open wound. We need to get rid of psycho babble words like "closure". People in Orlando will be living along side of the Pulse tragedy for a very long time and that is OK. There is a new "normal". The process involves many, many people who are very personally involved. Everything is a razor's edge issue. Should there be 49 hearts, trees, or points of light here?... on and on and on. How could it not be agonizing? Memorials are a protest of the anonymity of mass murder in our times.

Jan Ramirez, is the Executive Vice President of Collections and the Chief Curator of the National September 11th Memorial and Museum in NYC. She explained that the NYC site is an unplanned cemetery. 40% of the close to 3,000 people who died when the towers fell, have no remains. The families never had the comfort of a burial. Our work is never done. Only since the museum opened have many victim's families decided to share their stories and artifacts.

Anthony Gardner is the Senior Vice President of Government and Community Affairs at the 9/11 Memorial and Museum. He became involved after his brother Harvey died in the tower collapse. The process of building a memorial is going to be painful. It needs to be. The reaction to people visiting the 9/11 memorial is universal, they pause and say to themselves, "I am there." They know it is a tragic story, they know it is painful, but they leave inspired, because this is a story in which the best of humanity responded to the worst of humanity.

Anthony's brother Harvey loved history. The night before he was killed, he was watching a documentary on WWII. He became a part of the history he cherished just several hours later. Harvey is one of the 40% who were never identified after the towers fell. The family didn't have anything of his that was recovered. He found himself trapped in that office. The one call that got through to Harvey allowed the family to overhear him comforting his colleagues, who were starting to panic. He was directing people and he was calm and brave in those acts, so the family holds on to that. Anthony values the authenticity of place and setting. He feels some authentic fabric of Pulse should be left behind. Authenticity of place helps people connect that didn't have that direct experience.

Pam Schwartz is the Chief Curator of the Orange County Regional History Center. "...Typically museums collect, "old stuff". We  have historical perspective on that... When doing rapid response or contemporary collecting, you have to rely 50% on your training and education, and 50% on intuition, or what we think might be an important historical story...That can change very rapidly. It took 9 years for Orlando to get the title of the worst mass shooting after Virginia Tech. It took just 16 months to give that title to Las Vegas. The history of our event is already changing based on what is happening in Vegas. The question goes from, "How could this happen to us", to "Is it ever going to stop?..."

Pam explained, a mass shooting is when four or more people, not including the shooter, are "shot and/or killed" at "the same general time and location." This year there have been at least 276 mass shootings in America. That is close to one mass shooting a day. We can't memorialize every single event, but each time there are people who lost their loved ones, there are emotional and mental scars. Everyone feels the most strongly about the event that affected them. You focus on the stories and try to make it a teachable moment. We are dealing with a lot of different demographics here in Orlando. Our event at Pulse is unique in that it speaks to a broader situation in our world today, in politics an in the fights we are still fighting.

She went on to say that the memorial items come from the community. They are outpourings from the heart. They are often items left because people don't know what else to do. One thing they collected was a cooler from Pulse. If you went to the Pulse site, you would have seen the big white cooler left by the police. The church down the street kept filling it every day because it is HOT in Orlando. So this artifact was one of support. 

Pam and the History Center staff were out there collecting every single day and  drank some of that water. One day, they showed up and it was just covered in signatures. There were all these signed banners full of love and support, and then people were like,  "What else can we sign?" So they collected this cooler, it is sort of a living history of the memorials. 

The History Center staff also went into the club after the site was released back to Barbara Poma. Pam approached and asked if things could be collected from inside. That might seem a bit macabre, but think of it as Abraham Lincoln's hat or the artifacts you might see at the 9/11 museum. These are very real artifacts that tell a story. Should they be displayed now or put them on exhibition, no, but in 200 years there will be people who were not here, did not experience it, and it is very real evidence that this event truly happened to people. The History Center also has items from Pulse before this event. Pulse has a very rich history before June 12, it was home to so many people.

In response to a question from the audience about ensuring the process is inclusive, Pam explained that this series of community conversations are the first link to inclusivity for everyone. Everyone should fill out the online Survey for the Memorial. The results of which will become the design brief that will go out to the potential designers for the memorial and museum. This is not a fast process. It takes time, so we have several years to figure this out together. This is at its heart a community event. It happened to us all in some way shape or form. It will be a community conversation and ultimately a community decision in how we move forward. That is why they are starting to have meetings with families of survivors and other community members. Talk to onePulse Foundation members. They want to know what everybody is thinking. They do not have all the right answers for what this can look like or what it should look like right now, but they are beginning the process and want everybody who feels attached to this to be involved.

In other Pulse related news, the City just approved a temporary memorial designed by Dix.Hite + Partners which will add landscaping to soften the area while replacing the fence with more aesthetically pleasing elements. A rainbow colored sidewalk crossing was also approved by the City and already painted into place.  I filled out the survey and it took no longer that 10 minutes. Be sure to fill out the survey as well. Your voice matters, your opinion matters. Help shape the future of the Pulse memorial site. Earl Crittenden offered a quote that pointed the way towards a solution, "The best way to predict the future is to create it." - Abe Lincoln


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Sunday, October 15, 2017

Phantasmagoria VIII "The Chains of Fire" at the Shakes.



Phantasmagoria Orlando and DiDonna Productions is proud to present the eighth all new installment in their Critically Acclaimed “Whimsically Macabre” Halloween Celebrations at the John and Rita Lowndes Shakespeare Center (812 E Rollins St, Orlando, Florida 32803). 

The brand new PHANTASMAGORIA VIII "Chains of Fire" thunders on to the Mandell Theater with all new stories of terror! Live performers, “Phantastical” dance, explosive stage combat, large scale puppetry, aerial performance and haunting storytelling combine to create a tapestry of macabre and whimsical horror!

Phantasmagoria’s evocative troupe of storytellers, dancers, and chorus embark on their newest and perhaps darkest journeys yet through literary tales of terror, and horrific folk stories, legends, and myths. Enter with us into dark tales from the likes of Edgar Allan Poe, HG Wells, Robert Browning, Lord Byron, Charlotte Perkins Gilman among many others – all to set the tone for a truly Phantasmagorical Halloween season!


I went to a dress rehearsal which had a fairly clean run through of the show. Using the iPad meant I could see what I was working on throughout the performance. I am really enjoying the ability to zoom in when sketching performers. The digital sketchbook is becoming my preferred medium when sketching in a dark theater. This was indeed a darker and more sinister show. Strangulation and death haunted the cast though most every story. Once they begin a tale it must be told to completion. The hitch is that the live the tale intimately to the point of near death. The cast seems immortal however having told the stories for centuries. 

One of my favorite moment came after the run through. John DiDonna was giving a note on how to dramatically stage a strangulation. He said, "Here allow me to show you by strangling my wife." He grabbed Dion Leonhard DiDonna by the neck and arched her backwards as he leaned over her. Being a ballerina, she made the gruesome moment look graceful.

After the run through the cast did a whimsical and comically relaxed rendition of the story, Captain Murderer". The cast ran out into the audience often getting face to face with the audience as the told the tale with absolute delight. They are at their best when mixing the macabre with the whimsical.
 

Special VIP Experience - Arrive by 7:20 on Select Nights
This year Phantasmagoria also has a Special VIP Experience! The VIP show will occur BEFORE the main stage show on select nights only (Fri/Sat nights and Halloween) as we introduce our “Phantasticaly Phantabulous Sideshow Extravaganza!” Specialty acts, special guests, and appearances by members of the Phantasmagoria troupe weave together to start the evening off in the best and darkest of ways! This year all VIP seating can be RESERVED (for the first time) upon coming to the door to ensure prime seating for all our VIP guests. At the end of the show, the VIP audience member will also be treated to a final encore especially designed for them! VIP also includes a glass of wine or soft drink, a take home gift and more!

Information and Ticketing can be found beginning in September on the website at  or on our Facebook page.
 

WHO:
Phantasmagoria/DiDonna Productions
WHAT:
Phantasmagoria VIII “The Chains of Fire”
WHEN:
Oct 13th – Nov 4th 2017
All evening performances at 8:00pm (Box opens at 7:00pm/
VIP Show experience at 7:20 / VIP Theater Entrance at 7:50 followed by General Admission seating)
Oct 13, 14, 20, 21, 22, 23, 27. 28. 29. 30. 31, Nov 3, 4
Special MONDAY Performance on October 30th @ 9:00pm only
NOTE: VIP Show Experience only available Friday/Saturday nights and Halloween MUST arrive early for 7:20-ish start
General Admission and Student/Senior/Military available on all nights.
WHERE:
The Mandell Theatre, John and Rita Lowndes Shakespeare Center - Loch Haven Park, Orlando, FL
PARKING:
Lot on site, additional lots and street parking in close proximity
TICKETS:
Student/Senior/Military Admission - $15.00 / General admission - $25.00
Student/Senior/Military VIP Admission - $30.00 / General VIP Admission - $40.00
(VIP Admission includes Pre Reserved Seating, VIP SideShow performance, wine or soft drink, a take home surprise, and more! – Available only Friday/Saturday and Halloween nights)
TO PURCHASE TICKETS:
WILL CALL/CASH ONLY AT DOOR reserve by calling our hotline at 407-476-5121
(Leave name/number/date of performance and number in party – you will be called back only if there is a problem with your reservation)
CREDIT CARD PREPURCHASE


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Saturday, October 14, 2017

Petrified Forest Serves up Some Gorgeous Horror.


The Petrified Forest is offering its 10th year of fear. I went early on the opening night of this series of scare trails. The director Silvia Katherine Viles had invited me to sketch the trail by lingering in one of the sets. To blend in, I was given a bloodied shirt and my face was quickly painted to look like I had been beaten to a bloody pulp. Scare actors were waiting for costuming and make up. They waited on the lawn and there was an excitement in the air since the forest scares were yet to come. Silvia was at a loss as to where to put me. She finally settled on the chapel filled with roses and a casket. I could sit in the church pews and sketch while guests wandered through.


 Before letting the first guests onto the trails, all the scare actors gathered and some one shouted, "Who's house?" Everyone shouted back, "Our house!!" Quickly everyone made their way back into the maze to find their places. I followed Sylvia to the church.

It was decided that a lamp in the church room was too bright, so a tech had to unscrew one of the bulbs. She used a leaf to grab the bulb since it was hot. Righty tighty, lefty loosy. The scare actors in the church seemed like a brother and sister. He leaped over the pews lunging at people walking through while making guttural noises. His ragged costume was ripping all the more with shreds left everywhere. As he distracted people, the girl would lunge out of a wall of roses and scream. I looked like a zombie sketching in the back row. If people complimented my sketch or addressed me, I just grumbled and moaned, which is pretty much my typical behavior. "Are you an artist?" ugh rrrrrrrr. I couldn't see the sketch very well in the dark. When I suspected it might be done, I made my way out through a back stage door. I returned the bloody shirt but didn't attempt to clean off all the stage paint on my face.

I met Pam and Lesleyann from the Orange County Regional History Center and experienced all the trails for the first time with them. I shouted quite a few times. I am easily shocked or amazed. My favorite area was a haunted forest illuminated by black light. It reminded me of the beauty of scenes from the movie Avatar. The actress in a white flowing dress seemed genuinely strange and flighty. It would have been a great space to try sketching on the iPad. Another scary area was the farmstead. A pig-faced menace greeted us from the start as we slogged through the muddy trail. In one dark space, a ghoul ran through the air with the help of ropes. Near the end with safety in sight, a creepy clown asked why we weren't smiling, and a chainsaw wielding menace chased people from behind.

That night, washing off the blood in the shower looked like the scene from Psycho. Blood splattered on tiles and the shower curtain before circling down the drain.

Remaining show dates, after dark are
October 14.
October 18, 19, 20 and 21.
October 26, 27 and 28
November 2, 3 and 4.

They're located on S.R. 436, just 1/4 mile West of 17-92
1360 E Altamonte Dr, Altamonte Springs, FL 32701

Tickets are $33 for VIP
Double trail is $25
Single trail and back stage tour, $23
Single Trail $15
Backstage Tour $10


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Friday, October 13, 2017

Weekend Top 6 Picks for October 14th and 15th.

Saturday, October 14, 2017
Noon to 10 PM - Free. Come Out With Pride. Lake Eola Park and surrounding streets. Celebrated in October, Come Out With Pride welcomes everyone from Central Florida and beyond to come together and #KeepDancingOrlando! The marquee event, "The Most Colorful Parade in Orlando," will start at 4 PM next Saturday at Lake Eola Park. The route has been expanded down to Orange Avenue.

7 PM to 10 PM - $35. 8th Urban Sketch Workshop - Come Out With Pride.  515 East Pine Street #1 Orlando, Fl 32801. One of ten workshops training artists to become sketch correspondents. 

9 PM to 2:30 AM Official After Party for Pulse. The main event runs 9 PM to 2:30 AM at 111 N. Summerlin Ave. It has a Latin Night theme and performances by 69 Boyz, Anais and the Pulse Orlando Family. You must be 21 and older to drink, 18 and up are welcome. The pre-party starts at 4 PM. 

Sunday, October 15, 2017
10 AM to Noon - Free. Heartfulness Relaxation and Meditation Class. University, 5200 Vineland Rd, Orlando, FL 32811. The Method of Heartfulness A simple and practical way to experience the heart’s unlimited resources. 

1 PM to 8 PM - Free. Will's A Faire Fall Market at Southern Fried Sunday. Will's Pub 1042 N Mills Ave, Orlando, Florida 32803. Will’s A Faire, the one day retro, vintage, local and handmade market with live music, food trucks and fun indoors and out is back for fall at Will's Pub! The outdoor market runs from 1PM until 8:30 PM, with food trucks and live music from: Oak Hill Drifters, Van Gordon Martin, Invisible Sun (The Police Tribute Set), B-Tru Mann, Luke Wagner and Jessica Delacruz and More Music later, with a free show inside Will's by Marc With a C, Steve Garron Is An Asshole and Milk Carton Superstars. The outdoor music is free to the public and all ages are welcome. Bring the Fam! Inside is 18+ after 9 PM.

2 PM to 6 PM - Free. Gentle, Manly Photoshoot 3. Macbeth Studio, 37 North Orange Avenue, Suite 900, Orlando, Florida 32801. Gentle, Manly is a photography project that seeks to explore and challenge society's cultivation of toxic, stereotypical masculinity. It is a collaboration of Macbeth Studio, Elar Institute, and Jeremy Seghers. Who they are looking for: straight men of any background or way of life. What they will be doing: photographing straight men holding hands with each other and being affectionate. Why they are doing this: because real, straight men show compassion and affection. What this is not: sexual or exploitative in any way. What to prepare: just come as you are with an open mind. Wear whatever makes you comfortable. We want to capture your honest, authentic self. To participate, please email your name and phone number to: whiterabbitorlando@gmail.com


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Thursday, October 12, 2017

The Vagrant at Dangerous Theater in Sanford.


The Vagrant is the little production that could. Hurricane Irma interrupted rehearsals and then Winnie Wengelwick, the theater owner, had to have oral surgery. One cast member had a family emergency and pulled out of production during the revised tech week and then another actor pulled out at the last moment. Amazingly, replacements were found within a day. The 5 week production run has had to be cut from 5 weeks to 3 weeks. The new intimate theater is continuing to take form.

I went to the production and was blown away by the play written by Brett Hursey. Lenny Madison (David Martin) is a vagrant living on the streets of the big city. He swindles hot dogs from the comically soft-hearted and easily coerced Rodney (John Sullivan) and takes care of Maggie (Winnie) the bag lady. Eventually, it becomes too difficult to hide in plain sight. 

The actor playing Lenny the vagrant did an amazing job. His roll involved acting insane while actually being incredibly intelligent. His quick-witted performance reminded me of the best parts played by the late Robin Williams. Winnie played Maggie the bag lady. She would wander onto the set while winding through the audience. She would comment on what people were wearing, breaking the 4th wall. From the stage she continued to bring the audience into the scene by trying to convince Lenny that people were watching them. She would stare out at us and say we were judging them with our laughter. And there was plenty of laughter. Lenny is a character that embraces each day and celebrates the beauty of the urban sprawl.

Lenny takes care of Maggie by getting her an extra hot dog and convincing her to take her medication. One day, two stock brokers stopped to rest on Lenny's bench. He boldly introduces himself and offered stock advice. The young male broker, John Wilson (Sean Delaney), takes the advice and on a whim decides to play them out on the market. Sure enough the leads are pure gold. The brokers return again and again to cash in on the vagrant's insights that yield huge dividends. Rachel Lamonde, (Jacqueline Papaycik) is content to leave the vagrant as is while John wants to get him set up in an apartment. He is talked out of such charitable notions. Maggie the bag lady is ignored as the vagrant plays the market with the brokers.

Both Lenny and Maggie have family they wish they cold see. Living on the streets keeps them from being close to their loved ones. John Wilson doesn't just offer the vagrant charity, he offers a chance to get back to his family. This is a heart warming show that hints at the possibility that any one of us could be just two paychecks away from having to live on the streets. The problems of this vagrant are very much like the problems we all face. In the end Lenny picks up the newspapers strewn around the stage and shoves them in a plastic milk crate and braces for a new life. Since I still live out of milk crates that scene hit rather close to home.

The final performances for this show are on Friday, October 13th and Saturday, October 14th. I highly recommend the show at Dangerous Theater (115 W. 1st St. Sanford, Florida 32771). I laughed, and yes, I damn near cried. $20.00 cash at the door on the day of the show. $5.00 discount at door for students, seniors and military. The show is free for any homeless attendee.


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Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Downtown Paper Launch Party


Volume 1 Edition 1 of the Downtown Community Paper arrived in my mailbox in September.This monthly paper is devoted to keeping downtown residents like myself informed about what is new and trending. A simple article titled "Why would anyone want to live in the heart of Orlando?" reaffirmed all the reasons why I have been living and working downtown for this past year. I contacted the editor Michelle Rocheleau about contributing to the paper since I am documenting the arts scene and lifestyle downtown everyday already.

The paper held a launch party at the Orange County Regional History Center and I decided to sketch. The publisher Debbie Goetz and Michelle were pulled in all directions. Debbie already published a College Park Community Paper and when she met Michelle the idea of the Downtown Community Paper took form. The paper is founded on the principles that include bringing the community together and highlighting inspiring individuals who live in the area. The paper doesn't plan to compete against the Sentinel or The Bunglaower to cover hard hitting news. They instead  are committed to only positive uplifting news.

At the launch party, singer, songwriter, Justin Kangrga, entertained the crowd performing covers on his acoustic guitar. Tom Petty died this week, and Justine performed one of his songs. It was a lively launch party where advertisers got to meet staff and enjoy a drink and hors d'oeuvres.The papers demographic isn't the 20 somethings hitting the downtown bars each night, instead they focus on the older more established demographic that calls downtown home.

The paper will be delivered monthly to 8,000 homes in the area and is also available at Newsstands downtown and there is a digital version posted on the papers website.


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Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Walk for the Trees at Lake Baldwin.

Harbor Park at Lake Baldwin (4990 New Broad St, Orlando, Florida 32814). In the Fall of 2015, Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer launched an ambitious goal to strengthen Orlando by building our urban forest and expanding the tree canopy. To achieve this goal, the City of Orlando launched the 'One Person, One Tree' program, an effort to engage private residents in creating a cooler and greener future for The City Beautiful, and help grow our urban tree canopy to 40% by 2040.

At Walk For Trees, every registrant received one free tree from a selection of tree saplings. They were asked to plant this tree in their favorite location so that the tree can make Orlando a better place. Orlando is proud to be listed as a Tree City USA since 1976, named a Sterling Tree City USA in 2011 and received a Tree Growth Award every year since 1990.

April 10th, IDEAS For Us and the City of Orlando launched the inaugural "Walk For Trees event" around Lake Baldwin to support Orlando's tree programs, with a goal of raising enough funds to plant 1,000 trees in Orlando. The event had local celebrities, elected officials, nonprofits, food trucks, and more.

It was a beautiful day. I soaked in the sun as I sketched the Orlando Philharmonic musicians who performed that morning. $30 Tickets were available for a 5K walk around the lake with proceeds going to IDEAS for Us. IDEAS works to solve environmental problems on campuses and in communities around the World. Since 2008, they have been supporting people and developing their ideas into solutions that solve the environmental crisis. Their approach to sustainability focuses on five key areas to catalyze local action.Those are: Energy, Water, Food, Waste and Ecology.


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Monday, October 9, 2017

Blue Box 12, Sasha Kendrick Violinist.

I established the Blue Box Initiative, so I could sketch talented performers in each of the 27 blue boxes which are painted on the sidewalks downtown Orlando. These boxes are for panhandlers and buskers. Busking was possible only during day light hours, but a recent amendment allows the boxes to be used at night. Although set up for panhandlers, police often insist street performers must use the blue boxes. Performing outside the boxes can result in 60 days in jail and a $500 fine.

I sketched Sasha Kendrick at Blue Box 12 which is located across the street from the Disney Band shell at Lake Eola. There was no shade on this stretch of sidewalk and the heat was unbearable. Sasha was worried that her violin would warp in the intense heat, but she performed anyway. Not a single person walked past as she performed. No one walks that stretch of sidewalk in the noon day sun.

When the sketch was done she wanted to perform at Lake Eola which she does regularly. Police in the park do not ask her to leave. They turn a blind eye to the city ordinance that bans busking because she is pleasant and respectful. It was much nicer sketching in the shade with a lake side breeze. One man stopped to listen and sat on the bench next to Sacha. He decided to go to the Relax Grill and Bar and he bought Sasha and I a drink. This was the first time I had ever been given anything while I sketched. He was legitimately grateful for Sasha's performance.

She told me about a charity she was establishing which raises money for musical instruments for the homeless. She figures that by performing music, a person can raise some cash just as she has done for years. She gave an instrument to a man in town who also raises money selling palm frond woven flowers. The instrument disappeared and she thinks he sold it for money for crack. Unfortunately this musical charitable experiment became a failed experiment.


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Sunday, October 8, 2017

$1 Sketch Sale.


When I moved out of North Bay, near the Bay Hill Golf Club, I needed some extra cash to help pay for the moving expenses. I have mountains of figure drawings and decoded to have a sketch sale with each sketch available for $1. I held the sale all day on a Sunday. People arrived all day long to riffle through the sketches piled up on the dining room table.

There were some major deals to be found. Besides the figure studies, there were sketches done for paintings and even a few drawings that had turned into paintings. A pink robot build by Evan and Christie Miga overlooked the scene. Zorro, a white umbrella cockatoo greeted people and screeched for attention.

I raised several hundred dollars which helped a bit as I settled into a new place. Some people just waked in off the streets because I had a sign in the front year. Friends and strangers didn't know that this was close to the last day that I would be living in this neighborhood. All my sketchbooks had already been moved. When I die, this is my legacy, a mountain of sketches that hopefully will find a home. The sketches are culled down each time I move.


All artwork is for sale. Some originals available as well as limited edition prints. Commissions upon request. Please contact artist.