Art Attack – Gina’s the bomb
Mother Nature always has a way of putting life back in perspective. Everything seems trivial after something like Oklahoma hits. It’s hard to write or even think about anything other than the deadly devastation and loss of innocent lives.
It’s enough to make you want to spend the rest of your life huddled in the basement. But we don’t. Life goes on.
Last week’s White St. Studio Walk was a huge hit with more artists and people attending than I’ve seen in several years, and the one and only Gina Gallina stole the show. Yarn bombing is not a new concept, but Gina’s crocheted installation inside Caitlin Cantele’s home/studio was nothing short of brilliant. She also found the perfect muse in fiddle player Blayne Theibaud, and Mark Wetzel, aka Sparky, who took Gina’s 70’s-style crocheted jumpsuits into the street. Crocheted madness at its best.
Between the vandals and this crazy weather it’s hard to believe there are still MUGS posters up all over town, and this Friday we are inviting artists and the public to come out and enhance them. The MUGS Graffiti events starts at 3 p.m. in Basin Park, where magic markers generously donated by Raven Derge of Practical Magic Art Supply will be handed out to everyone. Here’s your chance to add horns and a mustache to Julie Kahn Valentine. What could be more fun?
I visited Ranaga Farbiarz last week at his home studio where he was working on some final touches to his sound sculpture. The man who erected the world’s biggest wind-chime has taken on designing an interactive sound sculpture park. Official opening is this Saturday at 2 p.m. in the North Main Park near the train station. You can also get a taste of Trout Fishing in America who will give a performance at the opening before their full concert at the AUD Saturday Night. Congratulations to Ranaga and the Arts Council Chair, Sandy Martin who got funding and the ball rolling on this very cool project.
It’s a busy May.