2015 in Review – 2016 Preview.
January 2, 2016
2016. wow. What a road. What a ride.
Now that the dust is settling on a most tumultuous end to 2015, my intentions are to try and gather the information into some kind of collective, organized presentation here, as a consolidation point. Here’s a short outtake on some of the projects and topics laid out from a “13 Point Master Plan”. Barring any unforeseen detours, this plan is literally the outline of projects for the remaining of my time here on this good earth, however long that may be. I have been recording my work here for the past 19 years. Id be happy with 19 more. In any case,…the seeds have been sown.
* New Gallery and Studio
* Indie Go GO: Video Project
* Artisans Revival; 2016
* New Book: Newburyport; Origins of the New World
* Film and Lecture Series;
* Spirit of Newburyport Blog (Link will be updated soon).
More to come shortly. Happy New Year!
DECEMBER 29, 2015
After a very rocky end of year…2016 is shaping up to be one of the most important years of my professional career. Several avenues that have been set in place after a very long period of time, are now poised to be manifested.
Sometimes I have so many things going on simultaneously, I have trouble keeping up with myself. During this past year an attempt was made to prioritize my projects into what I refer to as my “13 Point Plan”. In short, it is the outline for the rest of my ‘life’s work’. Since my Newburyport ‘re-integration” in 2002, certain projects have been in the works and evolving over the past ten to fifteen years. Major escalations in these projects were made in 2015 that have brought several to the ‘next level”. Since the origins of this web site in 1997 (Yes! the “source” of this web site is going on 19 years!), it has served not only as an informational source, but as a ‘virtual outline for physical manifestation”. All ideas begin with a thought. My thoughts are then formulated, constructed, outlined, prioritized, then envisioned here ‘first’. In a ‘virtual reality’. I then use this virtual reality to construct ‘my physical reality’, at least with my professional creative projects. Yet, it is a personal creative process.
Here is another ‘snipit’ of coming attractions in 2016 that have been in development for a long long time.
In 2013. I had the honor to create the cover for the Newburyport Yankee Homecoming program book. The experience provided ample opportunity to learn about not only the festival but the history of its creators and the city itself. At the end of the festival, I had submitted a writing that was used by that years chairperson as her introduction in the program book. Along with it, I provided a press release explaining the symbolic significance of the cover design, as well as a brief personal message as a ‘tribute to Jack Frost”. This message was an ‘ode to the creators’ of the festival as well as a warning to those involved with the festival in the near future concerning the ‘corporatization of Yankee Homecoming festival, Newburyport’s largest and most well known yearly celebration. This message turns out to be very pertinent in light of what was to happen at last years event. This was the headlines in the Newburyport daily newspaper on Saturday, August 1, 2015.
When the festival ended I forwarded this message to Greg Nikas of Sweethaven Gallery, who then shared some of it on the Newburyport Commons online community blog which literally erupted with community comments in regard to the newspaper article.
A Major Positive Spin
Firstly, to be fair to the City of Newburyport and the Mayor, I need to post this updated status of the Inn Street Fountain and Restoration Project , updated since my august message to Greg Nikas. The timing of all this is impeccable. Just another lil tidbit on all this. Yea, thats my design being used by the planning departments website for a backdrop. I dont mind. I like it. Just wished they would have asked ; )
In details that I will elaborate on further in time, ultimately this resulted in the formation of a new Yankee Homecoming Inn Street Artisan Revival Committee, which mission of statement is to create and supplement the corporate sponsorship on Inn Street, with an Artisans Revival, re-aligning with the core vision of the original creation by Jack Frost of Yankee Homecoming in 1958. I will be heading up this committee, and bringing forth its developments over the next few months right here, and on the Spirit of Newburyport Blog (link to be re-activated soon).
More specifics to be posted next year! Happy New year!!. Please stay tuned.