Hola on this lovely May morning here in Texas! Here are some updates on what has been keeping me busy so far this spring.
I wrote last month about my upcoming debut on the Oral Fixation stage. It was not the first time I have performed on stage, but certainly the first in many years as well as the first (that I can remember) performing my own material. It was an intense two week period of preparation, from the first draft of my story, to Skype conferences with director/editor Nicole Stewart , rewrites, reading my story aloud at home over and over and over, rehearsal and finally the night of the performance. The show was sold out. There are seven storytellers in each segment of Oral Fixation; I was the last to read in Miss the Boat, closing the show. Hearing the audience howl with laughter was very gratifying! My story is titled Hal and the Cruise and my entrance music was the theme to Love Boat (that alone was hilarious!) The show was taped and recorded, but you’ll have to wait until next year before they release the 2012 series on podcast and youtube. It was an exhilarating experience; I hope there will be more live storytelling in my future.
I submitted a proposal for a public, utilitarian art installation in West Dallas (see sketch above). Alas, mine was not one of the finalists. However, I am still in love with the idea and I have a few supporters who are as well, so I’ll be revisiting it this summer to see if I can find the perfect place for it and a partner to finance it. It’s a reading tree and is all about sharing books. I’m itching to make this come alive.
There’s been a name change on my other WordPress site. The blog formerly known as 52at52 is now Half Agony, Half Hope . I’d been meaning to change it for some time for a couple of reasons. One, so the name is more suited to the content and two, to free up 52at52 so I can use it for its original purpose. So soon I’ve have three blogs up and running with another one in the works. Turns out, I like the blog format. Of course, you can always follow me on my FB art page, The Gretchen Show, which is probably the site with the most current info. I’m also twittering these days, so if you’re into that sort of thing, I’m gretchenartiste when tweeting. ; )
Finally, the annual Oak Cliff Artists Studio Tour, aka the Speedbump Visual Art Tour, is this Saturday, May 18th. My home & studio is one of the stops on this free, self-guided tour. I’ll be joined by two other local OC artists, Scott Winterrowd and Gillian Bradshaw-Smith. Mark your calendars: it’s a great way to spend a funky day! I’ll be back with more info on the tour later in the week.