Bodie is a ghost town 9 miles off Highway 375 east of the Mammoth Lakes area. At its peak, 10,000 gold miners and their families lived here. The process of cyanide mining was first tried here. The weather could soar to over 100 degrees and drop to 20 below in winter. Its hay day was from 1859 to 1900. It is in a state of "arrested decay" with stores and homes still containing furniture and merchandise There was a Chinatown on the outskirts, as well as 1 bedroom "cribs" for the ladies of the evening. Three miles on a dirt road enhances the adventure. I took alot of photos that I hope will inspire and expand my art.
“A salon is a gathering of people under the roof of an inspiring host, held partly to amuse one another and partly to refine the taste and increase their knowledge of the participants through conversation. These gatherings often consciously followed Horace's definition of the aims of poetry, "either to please or to educate" ("aut delectare aut prodesse est"). Salons, commonly associated with French literary and philosophical movements of the 17th century and 18th centuries, were carried on until quite recently, in urban settings, among like-minded people.” (Wikipedia).
I had the good fortune to attend such a “salon” Monday night, December 20th. Organized by Angar Mora, who has encouraged and promoted performing and visual artists for 15 years, we celebrated the winter solstice, and later watched the lunar eclipse, a rare event on the day of the solstice. Aqua vitae was served, a vodka defined as “potato juice.” These salons occur every Monday night, and artists who display their work in one of the restaurant’s rooms are invited to demonstrate their craft during the evening. Open mic allows other artists time to speak on whatever artistic topic they wish, or read a poem, perform part of a play, sing a song etc. As the salon occurs in an Italian restaurant, pasta and other Italian dishes are consumed simultaneously.
My art will be on display July 25-September 22, 2011 at Arrivederci Restaurant, 3 and G S Streets, San Rafael, CA. Join me for a Monday night Salon.
Life is a blank canvas on which we paint our impressions, experiences, wisdom, compassion, and laughter.