Over the Thanksgiving holiday, in the midst of screaming babies, relatives and flying cranberries, I found respite in a surprising little gem of a website called: The Plant Hunter. Hailing from Australia, this online magazine is dedicated to plants and our interactions with them. Their debut edition has just hit the web and is dedicated to ‘Death’. Strange theme to begin with – to celebrate the birth of the magazine – but quite fitting once you start to understand their quirky and clever sensibilities. This month they touch on a range of topics including composting, how to kill plants, gardens built on grief, and designing for seasonality. Enjoy- and let me know what you think!
So, I went to a figure drawing class last week – my first in years. I know what you’re thinking….classical music and passively competitive artists looking over your shoulder saying, ‘Hm…what an interesting perspective.’ when you know they mean something quite different. No, no - This wasn’t like that at all.
It was the best figure drawing experience I have ever had. It was revolutionary, free-spirited, public art-making … with drinks.
Carbondale’s local arts council, CCAH, teamed up with Phat Thai (a fabulously delicious restaurant on Main Street) for an evening of what they call “social sketching”. Diners mingled with easel and crayon-toting artists as they positioned themselves for a good view of the model of the evening, Ananda Banc. Ananda also happens to be an amazing singer - think Amy Winehouse – and she sang throughout the night while holding her poses. Incredible. She was accompanied by her father Chris Bank on guitar, making for some really lovely music. CCAH even provided drawing supplies for last minute sketchers. Come join the fun next month, Tuesday December 3rd.
In the meantime, check out a few snapshots below of the evening:
At the beginning of June this year, Denver added to its multi-modal options with Car2Go. In cooperation with Denver Public Works, Car2Go has added 300 cars to the Denver metropolitan area.
Car2Go has set itself apart in the car sharing world with what is called Point-to-Point car sharing. With Point-to-point sharing, the user pays by the minute and can leave the car in any authorized spot within a designated “home area”. This service is different from the more traditional Round Trip service offered by Occasional Car, eGo, and CarShare where the customer pays by the hour and is required to return the car to the spot they took it from originally.
Car2Go now offers service in 19 cities worldwide.
Go online and sign up, they are offering incentives every month which reduce the initial $35.00 registration fee. Car2Go costs 38 cents per minute and everything is included. Gas, insurance and parking.
Whether you are heading to a meeting or just going out for dinner, it’s a kick to drive the little Smart car!
Next door to our DHM Durango office in the Smiley building is a professional photographer, Kit Frost, who is like a kid in a candy store this time of year in Durango.
Her blog called “Why I love trees” features some spectacular fall color including some tasty shots after last week’s early snow storm. A nationally recognized photographer and master teacher, Kit has been teaching and sharing her passion for photography for 40 years. As the principal instructor at Chase the Light Photography Adventures, Kit believes that great photography can be taught. She practices her craft with passion, is a workshop instructor at the Maine Media Workshops, and takes students on field instruction throughout the Western USA. Kit’s photographs are in public and private collections worldwide.
View more of Kit’s photography.
Banksy, graffiti artist from England, is on the loose in New York City. He is doing a month long residency in New York titled “Better Out that In.”
His work is well known across the art world with paintings sell for well over $1 Million. The most intriguing thing about Banksy is that no one know his real identity. To be a street artist and never been seen is quite amazing to me.
Check out his website which is updated everyday with his latest art installation in New York. This last weekend Banksy hired an elderly man to sell original paintings for $60 a piece at an art stand outside Central Park. They only sold 8 paintings to 3 people, these painting are worth an estimated $30,000.