Allan Chow at the Nerman Museum

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Last week Allan was invited to the Nerman to give a demonstration during a fund-raiser for Head Start.  These functions are essential for early education programs such as HS, which suffered huge budget cuts over the past 8 years, apparently because the previous administration placed little value on education for working-class children.  Well it seems that trend is about to be reversed.  Good.  That way more than just the privileged will get a shot at prosperity. 

As you can likely tell, one painting is finished and the other only about halfway done.  Both involve the Missouri River.  I gather that Allan and his work were very well received.  I’d have attended, but had business with an ice storm in AR.

Friday Tips: Heads on Pikes for Wall Street & Merrill Lynch; Leave of Absence

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Should the French method of curbing greed be employed on Wall Street?

To My Gentle Readers:

Several of you have emailed asking if I’m going to resume writing Friday Tips for Artists once a month.  I’d love to, but other things have gotten in the way:

1.  Two development projects I’m working on in LA.

2.  Several new art consulting projects.

3.  Brainstorming solutions to outwit the recession, or as one of my friends puts it, “To keep dancing between the chainsaws.”  This, of course, gets my artists work.

4.  Devising ways to get those jackasses on Wall Street, and at Merrill Lynch, to spend their taxpayer-financed bonuses here.  But as another friend puts it: “Maybe it’s time to just start lining Wall Street with heads on pikes.  Maybe then they’ll get it.”  Or as Obama puts it, their selfishness is Shameful.  Or as Senator McCaskill puts it, with exquisite Missouri directness, “These people are idiots!”  Terms like disgusting, spoiled, and greed-ridden also come to mind, since these fools are obviously indifferent to the destruction they’ve sewn and the jobs they’ve cost–but enough.

So I guess I’m off Tips for awhile.  But there are plenty of resources in my archives, and of course by other art career-advisors.  In the meantime, thanks so much for giving me the opportunity to write for you.  I trust it was worth worthwhile.

Best,

Paul

Paseo Academy Show at EDC of Kansas City

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We took all these punks from Paseo on a field trip to Lexington last September–“we” being their art teachers and I.  Went to study the Civil War battle there, drink in a little history, a lot of fun, then see what these young artists created as a result. 

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Four months later, I have to say I’m knocked out.  This is one of the best shows that any group of students I’ve worked with has yet produced.  Roughly 60 kids went, and most created two pieces each–some in 3-D. 

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Their teachers, bless them, hung the show this year as I didn’t have time.  It’s being hosted by the Economic Development Council in their swank lobby, and all the works are for sale.  Each kid gets 50% if one of their works sells, the remainder going to their strapped arts program.  Did I buy any pieces?  Damn straight: three.  Were the kids proud?  I think the photos, though poorly taken, speak to that.