Could flamingos wearing glasses be considered art? Would my silliness ever be taken seriously?
All I know is that working with a vibrant palette and breathing life into these critters brings me joy.
News flash: Joy IS deep. Joy IS an emotion. And joy certainly IS a part of us and our world. And flamingos wearing glasses totally provokes joy. ...I've seen it. Plus, why did I ever think that darkness equaled meaningfulness? Dumb.
And, I think we've all had just about enough of the dark stuff. And I'm not here to snuff out the darkness, or to overlook it, or to be passive and ignorant to it. On the contrary. I want to shine so much light on it that we see what a problem it really is. There's too much hate, violence, pain, fear, depression, anxiety, and division among us. We all desperately need to go on a Joy Crusade.
Ingrid states in her talk that when psychologists use the word joy, they mean an intense momentary experience of positive emotion.
The next best thing to creating my menagerie is watching people as they encounter my booth at a show. Usually one of two things happens.
It's at that moment I connect with that human. We've shared a positive moment together, and we're both appreciative of it. There are few things that make me feel better than this. Even if I don't sell anything, I feel privileged that I've brightened someone's day for even just a moment. To provoke joy into someone's life is a gift. To present something that brings respite from an otherwise heavy world is beyond awesome. My art, though at first glance seems silly and pointless, I believe now is anything but.
Ingrid informs us that color, in a primal way, is a sign of life, energy, and abundance and when introduced into otherwise stark environments such as schools, hospitals, nursing homes, and offices, can have a powerful positive effect.
Do I think by simply added color to our world, it will fix all of our problems? No, I don't. But I also don't think it could hurt. I'd like to challenge you to experiment with color in your life, be it doodling something cheery, buying a new piece art, spending time in a greenhouse, investing in throw pillows, or wearing a loud shirt. Who knows? Maybe you'll start your own Joy Crusade!
And because a major part of my life is spent with my head down, I lose touch with what's going on around me in the greater community. This makes me feel a little shitty about myself. And what makes me feel even shittier is when I've completely overlooked something genuinely fantastic.
With the exception of a five year affair with Alaska, my entire life has been right here in Lincoln County, Maine. My childhood was spent in the little town of South Bristol, and after my return from Alaska, I made roots in the neighboring town of Bristol. Both are tiny rural towns with no lack of fishermen or artists. A lovely mix of artsy and grit, this area is pretty great. However, if you need anything like groceries or something from the hardware store, Damariscotta's your girl. "Scotty" is a vibrant town with lots of little shops and eateries as well as a hearty art scene. She's shiny, busy, and very popular. It's hard to overlook her.
But oddly enough, this blog isn't about Damariscotta. It's about Waldoboro.
some stupid shit, but since graduation has managed to clean up their act and become personally successful. But depite their own personal successes, everyone who knew that kid still refers to them as "a delinquent" or "a loser" or simply just "rough". And because of this totally lame reputation, Waldoboro seems to be chronically just a few steps behind total epic-ness. And I'm gonna ask right now, how did Waldoboro get this reputation in the first place?
Though neglecting Waldoboro had been my modus operandi, I have to tell you, I've recently fallen absolutely in love. The Narrow's Tavern serves up a decent burger at the fraction of any Damariscotta price. Sorry Scotty, it's true. Some of the most luxurious (and badass) bath and body products are made and sold by Long Winter Soap Co. There's a new super rad farm brewery in Waldoboro now called Odd Alewives. And I've recently come to learn about the Waldo Theater, quite possibly one of the biggest diamonds to exisist in midcoast Maine.
*NOTE: writing in red was straight-up stolen from the Waldo Theater's website
Yup, that's right, the same fellow who helped design the Lincoln Center, Kennedy Center and Sydney Opera House designed the Waldo Theater (which is in WALDOBORO, MAINE!). How cool is that?
Schlanger designed the Waldo Theatre with an Art Deco interior and a Greek Revival-style façade with seating for 400. Many local families took part in the theatre’s construction, which was overseen by Master Builder L. Myron Neal of Friendship and Master Carpenter Clyde Winchenbach of Waldoboro. Cooney installed projection and sound systems identical to those in Radio City Hall, and the theatre soon became renowned for its acoustics, earning it a reputation as Maine’s Little Radio City. The theatre was described by the Association of Motion Picture Owners of America as one of the best designed small theaters in the nation.
The building fell into a state of disrepair and, in 2017, was placed on Maine’s List of Most Endangered Historic Places.
Wait, what? Total disrepair? Why?
have the capacity to conceive, to create, and to nurture. We've stopped noticing Waldoboro. We've forgotten the Waldo.
Luckily there are folks out there who give a damn about Waldoboro and who've asked, what about the Waldo? These small town heroes are combining their strengths to preserve the beauty and magic that once lived in the heart of Waldoboro. They're dedicating themselves in restoring something from the past, but more importantly, they're investing in the future.
I hope you'll join me in the creative soul revival of the Waldo Theater! I'll be setting up with my wares at the Waldoboro Artwalk Saturday, July 14th 4pm-7pm. The theater will be open for tours and educational purposes, and I hear there might even be popcorn!
For more information about the Waldo Theater, Raise the Roof Fundraiser, and the Waldoboro Artwalk , please follow the links below.