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Dec. 21, 2008 at 3:59pm

Wright Park Winterland

Ooohh, we had some fun last night with about 40 other people who decided to hit the Wright Park slopes last night about 11pm. After trying some dead cardboard, a lid to a plastic storage box, and a broken plastic sled, I finally went back to the apartment to grab my dusty snowboard. Holy sh**, that was the ticket. Kris and I flew down the slopes, kicking up tons of snow dust in our wake. Some of the braver folks (care of alcohol, Im sure) decided to build a ramp and toss themselves carelessly through the air. Fun times for this Texas girl, I tell ya.

So here are some of my pictures of the morning after. As I write this, there is still a heavy snow falling. Im guessing no work again tomorrow. That will give me more time to craft Christmas gifts! Enjoy.

DSC05131I hope these guys can keep it rocking through the night. DSC05135Snow Ghosts
Gently, she weeps. So cold... DSC05149Before my coffee... DSC05150
A plaque on a new building DSC05164Hungry woodland creature in the park.

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Dec. 10, 2008 at 9:47am

Dusting off an old favorite for the Holidays

While searching for some online entertainment via Hulu, I came across this little gem from my childhood,  DC Follies, leaving me with the same feeling I felt when I found an old set of my Legos.  Welcome to my political history.  If everything was taught in school through caracturesque puppets, I would have gone. 




p.s. Gerald Ford sounds like Hank Hill

p.p.s. I almost snorted my coffee when Barbara Streisand starts the christmas carol.

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Nov. 10, 2008 at 1:30pm

Free Public Art Workshop to Address Sustainable Design

Unforseen scheduling conflicts have rendered me without a vehicle.  I really want to attend the following workshop in Seattle that is tonight, so if there is anyone out there who also wants to attend, let me know!  Ill even throw in a dinner in exchange for a ride.

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Free public art workshop to address sustainable design, Nov. 10 
Artists and landscape architect to share approaches to making “green” art


SEATTLE — Sustainability is the buzzword of the moment, but what does it mean when applied to public art? Gain insights into “green” art at a free workshop, “Green Art: What Does ‘Sustainable Design’ Mean in Public Art?” 6 to 8 p.m., Monday, Nov. 10, at Fremont Abbey Arts Center, 4272 Fremont Ave N.

A panel including environmental artist Gregory Glynn, public artists Lorna Jordan and Nicole Kistler, and landscape architect Karen Janosky will share their approaches to making “green” art and buildings. They will exchange ideas about how public art can embrace sustainable design practices. The panelists will also discuss varied artistic approaches, from action-oriented environmentally themed works to artwork that actually serves an ecological purpose, as well as green building practices.

“Green Art, presented by the Mayor’s Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs, is part of a new workshop series designed to offer emerging and experienced artists a chance to network and gain insight into the public art process. The workshop is free. However, advance registration is required. To register, contact Eleanor Beerman at eleanor.beerman@seattle.gov or (206) 233-3930.

Gregory Glynn is a Bainbridge Island sculptor who works with found natural materials and has exhibited his work widely throughout the Northwest. He states that his work is not inspired as much by nature itself as by the momentous and often unperceivable transformations in nature.


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Lorna Jordan blurs the boundaries between sculpture, ecology, architecture and theater. Her environmental artworks connect people to social and ecological processes while pointing towards a sustainable future. She is particularly interested in creating aesthetic environments that reveal and enhance the cycles and mysteries of water.



Nicole Kistler focuses on raising ecological literacy through public art installations and performances, landscape design and planning, and public involvement. Her often humorous constructs are designed to engage the audience’s imagination and allow them to explore their environment in new ways.


Karen Janosky, associate principal at Mithun, focuses on everything in the physical environment – from parks and plazas, to roads and infrastructure, to proposed buildings – and how it can elevate everyday experience. She has helped many private and public clients across the country create inspiring and functional places that solve development and environmental problems.


For more information about Seattle’s public art program, visit www.seattle.gov/arts.


The Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs promotes the value of arts and culture in communities throughout Seattle. The 16-member Seattle Arts Commission, citizen volunteers appointed by the mayor and City Council, supports the city agency.


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Sep. 18, 2008 at 9:34am

Afterschool Special: When AIG Fails, We All Fall Down

This was forwarded to me from my brother Joseph, almost ex-employee of AIG Global Operations & Systems, who now can claim he works for the government...


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Sep. 3, 2008 at 9:15am

Frost Park Needs YOU

Help with the Winthrop Window

Frost Park Poster

I am super swamped at work this week, but I still need to fill a little hole in the community called the Withrop Window.

The window is all ours, Frost Parkies. We just need to fill it with our LOVE. With that said, this is a call to all ya'll to let me know what you have:


Props? (no electricity available, sorry)


Origami Birds?

email me @ dawntownfortner@gmail.com or call 360-672-8475

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Jul. 23, 2008 at 11:02am

6th Avenue Farmers Market

I am excited to see a Farmer's Market near my home that I can actually attend.  The 6th Ave Farmer's Market is every Tuesday from 3:30-7:30, so that means I can whip on over after work at 5.  It is located by EH9 which is luckly  on my commute route, too.

If you haven't been, stop on by. There's a pretty nice jive with the vendors, and it even has a guy who sells worms.

Thanks to all who have coordinated this.

@Heather.  I happen to be standing near you when you voiced the need to make a commercial for the market.  I have a degree in advertising, and my professional experience is mainly in print advertising.  I don't know if this would help out, but I would be willing. 

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Jul. 20, 2008 at 10:11am

I give you the Roland Portal!

After much toil, grunting, a nail to the foot, and a missing vacuum filter, Roland Portal is slowly showing her beautiful face!

DSC05099 DSC05100 DSC05103 DSC05102 Enjoy this wonderful day, ya'll

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Jul. 14, 2008 at 9:56am

Typography and the History of the World

by Lance Kagey. I wouldn't miss this, guys!

I will be giving a talk on Thursday night at the Art Museum entitled Typography and the History of the World. I'd love you all to come out. It is going to be very interactive/audience participation oriented. Join me from 7:00 - 8:00 pm next Thursday (July 17). I'd love for you to be part of the fun. And it's FREE. you can't beat that.

I know typography can be a drag for some artsy fartsy types, but this stuff can be really fascinating!  And I think Lance is the perfect person to demonstrate this, as his work exemplifies his mastery of the subject.  If you are in the Graphic Design/ Graphic Arts field, this is a must!  Let's help out our comrade and learn some stuff while we're at it!  I'd like to see a couple of people be there, and you know who you are...


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Jul. 1, 2008 at 9:08am

Chalkies, Step UP

I have been loosely following the debacle with the Helm, and spurred on by a comment from Deeble,  I think the Chalkies, with all their "fame", could donate some thing of value that, in turn, generates monies needed to keep the Helm afloat.

The Chalkies have amassed huge amount of material that can be morphed into, say, limited run posters, photo montages (heres your chance, Fritos), videos, etc.  The creative brainpower of the Chalkies, when put together, could definitely churned out something of value to this great city.

With that said, let's hear from you.  Let's get together for a brainSTORM.  Rifle through your Chalk-Off memoriabilia and bring it.  Alien, find good stills, etc.

And, on another note,  Kev,  let's get rolling on that movie/ photo flip book we talked about.

Ahhh, a giant Flip Book!  Everythings better when it is 10 times it's real size, dipped in chocolate, or fried.

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