LEVITY seven TRUNK SHOW @ Vintage Inspired

This Friday and Saturday I’m part of a TRUNK SHOW at VINTAGE INSPIRED in Burlington, Vermont with 6 very talented women. We call ourselves, “LEVITY seven”. We meet every few weeks over coffee in one of our studios or homes and talk about the issues of running small businesses.  Sometimes we stay on topic and often we talk about what’s happening in our creative lives.

“Without some occasional levity,

the working environment is not better than a sweatshop.”

What an amazing group of women to spend time with and learn from their collective experience. Having LEVITY in our group name reflects that we don’t want to pile more pressure on each other to do more than we already are, but rather reflects our level of encouragement and collaboration…with a healthy dose of humor.

Our group includes mostly Germans…two women are jewelers, one a fused glass artist and a garden designer. There are also a few very talented American women—a contemporary painter and the owner of CB Sacks—a Burlington company that makes beautiful bags out of coffee sacks from around the world.

Here’s what I’m preparing for the TRUNK SHOW…bracelets, pendants, a few paintings, hand-painted shoes and a few paintings.  I’m not a terribly skilled salesperson.  It just doesn’t come very naturally to me—so if you come to our TRUNK SHOW I’ll be the one showing the merits and creativity of my friend’s work.

Please stop by if you’re in the Burlington, Vermont area.

Vintage Inspired • Friday May 1st, 5-8pm, Saturday noon-5pm • 180 Flynn Ave

Here are links to see their work:

http://www.eenadee.com/ (Ina Deane/jewelry designer)

http://www.janefrank.net/ (Jane Frank/master goldsmith)

http://cbsacks.com/ (Kara Greenblott/bag designer/upcycled coffee sacks)

http://www.lynnereed.com/ (Lynne Reed/contemporary painter)

https://www.facebook.com/pages/glassart-by-gabrielle/927215810628357 (Gabrielle Baumann/fused glass artist)

http://www.oldworldgardendesign.net/ (Silvia Jope/garden designer)

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The Pfister Hotel…Milwaukee

We were in the elevator with LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers. We enjoyed breakfast on the 23rd floor with Greek Orthodox Priests.  Seeing the priests walking alongside professional basketball players in the lobby was just fabulous.  I didn’t get that shot.  I wish I had.  If you’re in Milwaukee…stay at the Pfister Hotel which was the vision of Guido Pfister and his son, Charles.  The hotel opened in 1893.

Here are a few of the images that show the beauty of this truly remarkable hotel.

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I love the Pfister Hotel in Milwaukee.  There are a lot of things that make this hotel exceptional.  The Pfister hosts the largest Victorian art collection of any hotel in the world.  There also is an artist-in-residence for a one year stint at a time currently.  What a great gig. His work was stunning.  See link below.

Current Artist-In-Residence: Todd Mrozinski a 1997 Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design graduate.

http://www.thepfisterhotel.com/artist-in-residence/current-artist

http://www.thepfisterhotel.com/

http://www.thepfisterhotel.com/boutique-hotel/pfister-history

Heidelberg Project/Detroit

Heidelberg History (from the website)

“In 1986, artist Tyree Guyton returned to Heidelberg, the street where he grew up on Detroit’s East Side, and found it in shambles, riddled with drugs and deepening poverty. Bruised by the loss of three brothers to the streets, Guyton was encouraged by his grandfather to pick up a paintbrush instead of a weapon and look for a solution.”

It’s understandable that everyone would have a very different reaction to seeing this ever-changing installation. It’s a passionate artist’s answer to the the streets, the poverty and the violence.  ART CAN BE A GAME CHANGER. I was amused, saddened, awakened, sickened, inspired and so much more during the time I wandered around.  That’s what art is all about to me. You can’t help but be moved by the spirit and mission of the Heidelberg Project.  It had a profound impact on me. I’m uncertain how to explain it exactly.  You will just have to see it for yourself on Detroit’s East Side. Thank you Tyree Guyton.

Frequent Questions

http://www.heidelberg.org/who_we_are/frequent_questions.html

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The Heidelberg Project Detroit by Lisa Lillibridge

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MISSION + VISION: The Heidelberg Project (“HP”) is a Detroit-based community organization designed to improve the lives of people and neighborhoods through art. Our mission is to inspire people to appreciate and use artistic expression to enrich their lives and to improve the social and economic health of their greater community.

http://www.heidelberg.org/

Grand Trunk Pub, yes still Detroit

Two things on my list of things I’ve wanted to do for a long time are: 1. Stay in a loft and not a fancy, NYC fully furnished type. I wanted grit.  I’ve wanted out of my middle-aged comfort zone and my friend Jen and I got it in a fabulous way.  CHECK

Thank you Kate at Grand Trunk Pub on Woodward Ave in Detroit.  We had a great stay and believe me we’re coming back and I really hope I get to meet you this time. The bed was really comfortable and I actually miss hearing the kitchen conversations and smelling onions frying when I wake up. http://www.grandtrunkpub.com/

2. Visit Detroit and hang out with locals. CHECK

Thanks to the staff at Grand Trunk Pub we were well taken care of and even stepped out of the bar for a while on Saturday night with a very generous bartender, Sam.  It was just great fun…no if(s) and(s) or but(s) about the whole shooting match.  My traveling companion, Jen made sure that the next stop in Milwaukee was pretty swanky and it was the contrast that made both experiences so remarkable.  Big Love to Grand Trunk.  Sorry we didn’t have the stamina to stay for the Tiger’s Opening Day.  I’m sure you all had fun, because the bar was already hopping when we left at 9:30am. Thank you!

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the heartbreaking ruins of DETROIT

I unfortunately never got to see Detroit in its glory days…so I would love to get to see it in a few years and see what’s progressing.  The people were truly amazing!  I love that Michigan spirit (and protectiveness). We were given a lot of phone numbers in case we got ourselves into some trouble.  We didn’t.

The Packard Plant and the neighborhoods we witnessed were heartbreaking…there is no other way to describe it.  I do have a serious fascination with ruins and the stories that surround them, but there is also great sorrow in witnessing this sort of devastation…even when I have no connection to Detroit except my American(ness).  I will be posting more.  I shot a lot of images.  I would love to hear your Detroit stories—e-mail me at lllillibridge@gmail.com.

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The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame/Cleveland Rocks

I finally got the chance on my road trip West to spend some time at The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland with my friend of 25 years, Jen.  We quickly split up to move through the museum as we each saw fit.  I hate walking through museums with other people. I’m NOT terribly patient about being on other people’s viewing schedules. So, it was an amazing solo four hours of looking at all of this stuff that was a part of the history of American Rock & Roll.

We all have our personal connections to music so my solo time heightened those moments for me.  One of my favorite memories was walking through this hall that has a bunch of signatures and overhearing a woman say to her husband, “I hate Rush, I’ve never even understood why people do”. I inserted myself into their conversation and said that I too loathe Rush.  Sorry Rush fans.  She gave me a thumbs up and kept walking down the hallway.

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  1. Michael Jackson and The Glove
  2. Hank Williams’ suit
  3. Herb Ritts’ quote and photos of David Bowie & Madonna
  4. Joe Strummer’s Guitar of The Clash
  5. Sly Stone’s vest
  6. Phish’s Flying Hot Dog by John Soeder
  7. AC/DC with lyrics to my high school rebel yell, “Highway to Hell”. Sorry Mom.
  8. Pink Floyd’s “The Wall” installation.
  9. http://www.rockhall.com/

I’ve slept in…

seven different cities in the last two weeks and I am finally home.  This prairie girl truly loves to wander and it was a grand adventure.  However, tonight I’m very happy to be in Burlington, Vermont with my daughters, my husband and my cat.  I’ll be posting photos as I get them organized.  Here’s a few from my travels.  Goodnight.

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ROCK & ROLL HALL OF FAME

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HEIDELBERG PROJECT DETROIT

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MILWAUKEE AT NIGHT

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SOMEWHERE NEAR TREASURE CITY/MINNESOTA