Here's a couple more pictures of the Loki our new rescued Weimeraner.
He's got a very sweet personality, gentle, but at the same time a maniac puppy. He's 10 months old. He'll chew up anything he can get into, jump the fence in our backyard with a single leap, and he can climb. He climbs like my 20 month old- his ball bounced and landed on a top shelf of a book case and he very daintily climbed up the furniture to get it- like a cat almost- BUT HE'S a 56 lb dog.
I am wondering if naming a dog after the Norse god of mischief might not be a self-fulfilling prophecy.
He is really easy to train. He's got sit, down, stay- pretty good- and now we're working on "drop it" and "leave it" especially when he gets the kids stuffed animals.
It's been fun to watch his personality come out- he's eager to please- and wants to be right there- in the mix with the kids. Playing right along.
Today we went up to Pheonix and got our dog from Wiemeraner rescue. We've been waiting since Nov. and things finally fell into place- and if I wasn't sure that this was "thee" dog- when she called to tell me all about--- heard the details...sounded good, "what's his name?" she looked around the paper... pause. "Tyler". I got goosebumps (that was the name of my lab and service dog of 13 years)
So alas- here's the new dog. He's 10 months and a big rowdy puppy- so we'll just have to see how this goes :-) the kids are so excited we just got them to sleep (it's almost 10:30 pm here).
Here are some photos- they'll be lots more in the next few days.
Contact: Carolyn Anne Anderson Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 14, 2009
Tucson Revivalist Artists Collective Upcoming Show January 31- February 28, 2009
January 31st Gallery 801 launches an exclusive exhibition showcasing nine of Tucson's top artists. The independent downtown gallery has selected more than 30 pieces representing the best of Tucson's diverse art scene and calling itself and the show the "Tucson Revivalist Artists Collective".
The collective has come together in an effort to breathe new life into the Tucson arts scene. When sculptor Steven Derks put out a call to fellow artists to brain storm ideas to creatively market art in a failing economy, what resulted was the Tucson Revivalist Artists Collective. TRAC is group of nine united by three core ideas: supporting fellow artists, reviving the Tucson arts scene, and using art to benefit local organizations that work to foster arts revival.
As part of their commitment to serving the community, they are making the show a benefit for a locally-based charity, Beads of Courage. Artists have committed artworks to a silent auction for the charity. An organization representative will be at their opening reception, February 5th, and will offer glass-blown bead-making demonstrations to the public.
Beads of Courage is a Tucson-based charity through which seriously ill children use art to support their recovery. Using colorful beads as meaningful symbols that represent milestones of their medical treatment, children participating in Beads of Courage collect and string together works of art as part of a positive coping strategy.
The Gallery 801 show will open to the public on Saturday, January 31 and run until Saturday February 28th, 2009 at 801 North Main at the corner of Main and University. A public opening and reception February 7 from 12 noon to 5 pm will feature artist talks and music by the Rosano Brothers. February 13 and 21 from 12 - 2 pm there will be artists lectures open to the public. "Tucson Revivalist Artists Collective Show" will be open for viewings Tuesday through Sunday 10 am- 5 pm.
Artists in TRAC include: Carolyn Anne Anderson (www.muttbutt.com), Bryan Crow (www.bryancrowartist.com), Steven Derks (www.stevenderks.com ), Karen A Dombrowski- Sobel (www.kadsphoto.com), Beth Jonquil (www.bethjonquil.com ), Dana Smith (www.danasmithgallery.com), Rebecca Thompson (www.rebeccathompsonsculpture.com), Ann Tracy-Lopez ( www.anntracylopez.com ), and Margaret Zinser (www.mzglass.com). For more information on the show please visit TRAC's website atwww.artinarizona.com. For more information on Beads of Courage please visit their website at www.beadsofcourage.net
(It's a little freaky how it all came together- give it a try!- post a link in the comments if you blog your list)
1. Put your iPod, iTunes, Windows Media Player, etc. on shuffle. 2. For each question, press the next button to get your answer. 3. YOU MUST WRITE THAT SONG NAME DOWN NO MATTER HOW SILLY IT SOUNDS. 4. Pick ten or more Random friends who like music as much as you do and tag them.
1) IF SOMEONE SAYS "IS THIS OKAY" YOU SAY? Oh No- Guadalajara Won't Do/Steely Dan?My Old School
2) HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOURSELF? Me and My Girl Friend Don't Wear No Clothes You Know, My Fingernails are made of Mother's Pearl/Summertime Rolls/Jane's Addiction
3) WHAT DO YOU LOOK FOR IN A MAN/WOMAN? 007, Ocean's 11, Rude Boys/ Desmond Dekker/007 Shanty Towm
4) HOW DO YOU FEEL TODAY? My Back is Broke- my feet are hurting All I want is for you to make love to me/ Beast of Burden/Rolling Stones
5) WHAT IS YOUR LIFE PURPOSE? outta this mess baby outta my head dig me out/Dig Me Out/Sleater Kinney
6) WHAT IS YOUR MOTTO? Welfare Mothers, Make Better Lovers/Neil Young
7) WHAT DO YOUR FRIENDS THINK OF YOU? I'm so ugly, that's ok Cause so are you/ Nirvana/Lithium
8) WHAT DO YOUR PARENTS THINK OF YOU? Everybody's Got Something to hide accept for me and my monkey/Beatles
9) WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT VERY OFTEN? I got the whiskey baby I got the whiskey I got the cigarettes Hotel rock'n'roll the discoteque Electric super sex Super Sex/Morphine
10) WHAT DO YOU THINK OF YOUR BEST FRIEND? I got a girlfriend that's better than that Girlfriend is Better/ Talking Heads
11) WHAT DO YOU THINK OF THE PERSON YOU LIKE? Lucky Little Lady in the City of Lights/ LA Woman/Doors
12) WHAT IS YOUR LIFE STORY? If you can hear a piano fall you can hear me coming down the hall/White Stripes/Dead Leaves on the Dirty Ground
13) WHAT DO YOU WANT TO DO WHEN YOU GROW UP? Already we'll all float on Aliright don't worry even if things end up a bit to heavy
All Float ON- Modest Mouse
14) WHAT DO YOU THINK WHEN YOU SEE THE PERSON YOU LIKE? I miss the innocence I've known Playing KISS covers, beautiful and stoned Heavy Metal Drummer/Wilco
15) WHAT IS YOUR HOBBY/INTERESTS? Free Money Patti Smith
16) WHAT IS YOUR BIGGEST FEAR? Rub upon my belly like guava jelly/ Bob Marley/ guava jelly
17) WHAT IS YOUR BIGGEST SECRET? Mamas and Papas insane /David Bowie/Oh You Pretty Things
18) WHAT DO YOU THINK OF YOUR FRIENDS? Seem like total silence was the only friend I have/ John Prine Illegal Smile
19) SONG THEY WILL PLAY AT YOUR FUNERAL? Rock Lobster/B 52s
20) WHAT WILL YOU POST THIS AS? Pilot Can at The Queer of God/ Flaming Lips
Press Release Contact: Steven Derks, Gallery 801 Phone: 520-370-1610 Email: email@example.com Website: www.artinarizona.com Contact: Carolyn Anne Anderson Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 6, 2009
Art Thrives in Bad Economies Local artists use current downturn to revive Tucson art scene
“Art is what will get us through this economic crisis” says veteran Tucson sculptor and painter Steven Derks. Derks is the owner of Gallery 801 located on Main and University near the heart of the Tucson downtown arts district. While some Tucson galleries have recently closed their doors, Derks has committed to taking a positive attitude about art and the economy. “When you look throughout history times of struggle are the times that produce the best art and the most influential movements. Artists always have to deal with job insecurities and unstable markets; the good ones know how to weather it, and sometimes outer hardship inspires artists to take greater risks, to step out of their comfort zone.”
Taking a proactive approach to the economic down turn, Derks put out a call to the local arts community to get together a group of artists who wanted to work together to create a show that artistically responded to recent events. What came out of the meeting was a core group of artists interested in enlivening the Tucson art scene. Calling themselves the “Tucson Revivalist Artists Collective” these artists have put together a body of work that will open at Gallery 801 Feb 7 and show from January 31- Feb 28, 2009.
The group includes Derks, painters Bryan Crow and Carolyn Anne Anderson. Crow says, “Art has the ability to transform, it helps us to cope. Almost every artist I know has a transformation story and their art played a role in that. When things get rough people crave escape- that’s where art can play a positive role.” He continues, “Art is a way of working through feelings. People are in a lot of fear right now; art has a way of identifying that and helping someone not feel so isolated”.
Even more than just reflecting what is going on in the world around us, the artists in Revivalist Collective want to put forward that art can have a role in transforming it. Anderson says “art has the ability to contribute to the collective imagination in a positive and dynamic way. Each artist in the group has a spiritual connection with their art and a commitment to the bigger picture. We wanted to put together a show with a group of artists that want to use are art to help energize the Tucson art scene” Derks adds, “In the beginning it was about brainstorming creative marketing techniques, keeping a positive outlook, but as it grew we realized there is a larger opportunity, because if the Tucson art scene picks up, everyone in the community will benefit.”
The group has centered around three core ideas: supporting fellow artists, reviving the Tucson arts scene, and using art to benefit local organizations that work to foster arts revival. As part of the commitment to serving the community they are making the show a benefit for local Tucson charity Beads of Courage. Artists have committed pieces to a silent auction for the charity. An organization representative will be at the opening and will offer glass blown bead making demonstrations to the public.
Beads of Courage is a Tucson based charity through which seriously ill children use art to support their recovery. Using colorful beads as meaningful symbols that represent milestones of their medical treatment, children participating in Beads of Courage collect and string together works of art as part of a positive coping strategy.
Executive director of Beads of Courage Jean Baruch said “When they contacted us it seemed like a perfect fit! We’re an arts centered charity and they are artists looking to support the community.” Anderson continues “its interesting that when you put it out there to the universe, everything falls together perfectly, synchronicity, opportunities, it all comes into place...” This organization hopes to keep that momentum going for artists and others throughout Tucson after the show has ended. Anderson adds, “It’s important to look at our economy as an opportunity, not a set back, art has the ability to remind us how to look inward for ideas and resources, to create our own reality, and to be in the now, the present, something good for all of us to practice in an ever changing world.”
Check out Tucson Revivalist Art Collective show January 31- February 28 at Gallery 801, 801 North Main. Opening February 7 from 12-5 pm, Artist Lectures and Demonstrations February 8 & 21 at 2 pm for more info on schedule and contributing artists check online at www.artinarizona.com . For more info on Beads of Courage visit www.beadsofcourage.org . For information on each of the artists mentioned above please see their individual websites: Steven Derks www.stevenderks.com Bryan Crow www.bryancrowartist.com Carolyn Anne Anderson www.muttbutt.com