Winter has set in and I’m writing in the dark, we’ve had our first snow, the ships are wrapped, and there are cars parked on the pier. We’re pretty much waiting for next tourist season. I am SO GLAD we got to put sealant on ALL the designs before the temperatures dropped! I’m pretty confident Connected By Sea will be dark and visible for years to come, but of course I’ll be eagerly waiting to see how it comes through the winter.
In the meantime: HarborArts is putting on its first annual winter party this Saturday night! PORT CALL: Shipyard Soiree will be a fundraiser to expand HarborArts’ offerings indoors, taking over the huge, gritty majesty of the 3-story tall BLDG 32, and outfit it as maker space for big sculpture, arts incubator and education space. (Think, the big maker/welding shops in the Bay Area. There’s nothing like that in the Boston Area yet, and it’s significantly expand the kinds of art we can make here!)
I’ll be showing a new series of small, Connected By Sea related artworks. There will be a curated pop-up exhibition featuring works by compelling contemporary artists, paired with sonidos calientes by Ricardo De Lima (of Picó Picante) and friends. Keep the chill off with custom cocktails from Dirty Water Distillery of Plymouth and delicious hot bites courtesy of the shipyard’s beloved KO Pies. Come join us!
~~~~ REWARDS UPDATE ~~~~
Second printing of the Ink On Cement grey T-shirts is in, and I’m just about ready to finish mailing them out. Thanks for waiting!
Scrimshaw pieces are mostly completed- Look! A picture!
These were so fun to do, I’m really happy with them. Each different and handmade, like the antique sailor art itself.
Next up: Can’t wait to produce the white-on-black graphic Kongo tees- it’ll be the graphic design with only small “Boston’d 1000-ft tattoo” lettering at the bottom, deemed by experts to be the best for starting conversations with interesting people. I love hand silkscreening, so this will be a treat to do. I have the transparency made and all the tools ready. Coming very soon!
~~~~ PRESS ~~~~
Goodness, it’s been quite the month for press coverage! This fall I was nominated and became a finalist for the BostInno #50OnFire awards… So was HarborArts, for its growing body of work and impact on the Boston arts scene! So director Matt Pollock and I got to have silly pictures taken at the awards night!
“Connected By Sea” got featured in the “20 Reasons We Loved Boston in 2014” by Boston Magazine.
Patrick Torphy, News Director of WERS 88.9FM, produced this mini-documentary video about Connected By Sea.
Another cool (artsy) video about the project was made by Laura Sweet for the Now You See Me video festival.
This interview piece by Nick DeLuca appeared in BostInno… And I got to take part in a short discussion about the future of arts in Boston, on the WERS radio program You Are Here, Nov.23.
…yikes! So, Y’all did good making this happen, we’ve created a fun new thing for Boston!!