Ed Pennebaker installed this rather large work–on a freaking travertine wall–this week at BKD.Â He was ably assisted by good old Drew Summers, a sculptor who resides in Springfield.Â Ed is the dude on the left.
The best part?Â I didn’t have to oversee.Â It’s nice toÂ be at the pointÂ where you can delegate to people whose work and initiativeÂ you can trust.Â In this case, the installation had to be seamless, with noÂ damage to the stone and a flush fit to the wall.Â The boys did this flawlessly, asÂ they always do.Â
Anyway client ecstatic, which is howÂ weÂ like for them to be.
We held our group show Friday nightÂ for the six artists mentioned on the card.Â The Star very kindly did a story on Bob Wright and hisÂ exceptional career,Â which startedÂ at the outset of the Korean War,Â then later brought him to teach paintingÂ at KU for 35 years.Â Great and exceptionally talentedÂ dude.Â
About 250 people turned up over the course of the evening.Â Went throughÂ I-don’t-know how many gallons of wine andÂ beer.Â Very pleased at the turnout, and the results.Â
I do believe everyone’s career was advanced–except mine.Â The writing side, I mean.Â Well, we’ll resume that when another book comes out.
Saw Sin Nombre recently with Brown Eyes.Â Extraordinary tale of a Honduran teenager and her family trying to get to America, encountering a Mexican gang member along the way who is trying to do the same–though he is being viciously pursued.Â Sums up, with eloquence and brutality, what these people endure in their own countries, and why they flee north.Â Were those countries better governed, they wouldn’t have to, but the 5% in power there don’t give a crap about anyone but themselves.Â This flick should be the new Slumdog Millionaire, but likely won’t be as it’s just too honest.Â Also it’s in Spanish.
Saw Carmen last night with the whole family.Â Very well done.Â I will always love this opera and ballet.Â Of course poor Bizet wasn’t applauded for it until after he died, butÂ all too often that is life in the arts.Â
Took our annual field trip with Paseo Academy artists yesterday.Â Went to Bloody Creek Ranch in Chase County, deep in the Flint Hills.Â Fantastic day that will, I’m sure, result in a great show for the punks come January.Â Dan Coburn was one of their instructors.Â The inimitable Pamela Sahl, art director for Paseo, was another.
The temp was 38 with a biting wind, whereas a week ago it was 70.Â Ay, such is life.Â You find a way to forget the weather and just have fun.Â Man we did.
The trip was sponsored largely by some very kind execs at Inergy.Â They’re going to host the show as well.
Installed these pieces recentlyÂ in a condo on the Plaza.Â Large photo by Dan and a very large oil by Kim.Â We’re not quite done with the space yet, but will be soon.Â Client ecstatic.Â Needless to say, so are the artists.Â
Nice view.Â If I lived there, I’d be tempted to throw water balloons at my neighbors, and get a waterfight going on a regular basis.Â No, I’ve never really grown up.Â Probably never will.