Archive for November, 2008

Man and Mannequins

Posted in Images, mannequins, photography, Uncategorized on November 5, 2008 by anuvuestudio

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We survived

Posted in back to earth, Famiiy, Fat lady sings, Friends, Halloween, Personal, thoughts on November 2, 2008 by anuvuestudio

Well, another year’s festivities have come…and gone 😦

Hard to guess the numbers we had for Halloween at our new location but it was a great turnout after all. At first, I was a bit worried…but the old saying…if you build it, they will come was “Dead on”. After the trick or treaters finished in the tracts they headed East, up the 19 steps to “Day of the Dead” with all the trimmings. My answering machine had 3 calls from the Los Angeles Times. Did I return them? Heck no! I didn’t get that much candy. 😉

Shout outs to all that helped. We had my dear bud Jamie tearing up the place with her famously popular caricatures. The line formed out the door with all the little darlings but no worries there… she’s a returning veteran at this stuff. She told me one young boy wanted to leave his dog mask on. Guess what his caricature looked like? Jim manned the costume photography with the skill of a seasoned Halloweener… even though this was his first year. He told me he had fun and I have to say, from what I saw, I believe him. The lovely Susan, our gallery intern (who actually knows the price of things) was able to get off work and assist both Jim in the photo department and me in the gallery. It was her first Halloween with us as well and she made it through and still had steam for another party…ahhh to be 25 again! Jamie’s son Scott and his good friend were the “candy watchers” and did a great deal to help in the clean up department. There was also James (my young neighbor) who has grown up with “my little hobby” (now 17) and came by to lend a hand. Thank you to all three young men.

I made one sale in particular that made me a proud, happy woman. We have a talented teenage girl named McKenzie taking Jamie’s art class. She drew a wonderful pastel of a girl’s face that reminds me of both the girl in Beetlejuice and the one from “a series of unfortunate adventures”. Jamie and I decided it was perfect for the gallery this month. A lady inquired and I sold it to her (with prior permission from the young artist). I can’t wait to hand her the cash and see her face! We also held a raffle for the photograph that’s on the invite. I need to locate the winner and deliver her the prize 😉

A special thanks to the fabulous band members of The Blue Lion Project. All the party goers enjoyed them (grandparent’s too) and they enjoyed themselves… which was great to see. I danced with my neighbor Steve (or rather tried to stay out of his foot loose way) to every Van Halen song they knew. Don’t ask me why Van Halen…I don’t even drink!

Mike (who doesn’t dance unless inebriated) got to speak with the police twice in one night and he did a magnificent job (as he always does) keeping things under control. After years of Halloween mania, I doubt I could surprise him now…well possibly…but you know I will certainly keep trying! 😉

I got to watch children dance and sing along with the band, parade in their wonderful costumes, shove candy, soda pop, chips and gigantic cupcakes down their throats and cry frantically because they didn’t want to leave.

I’d say my job is done for another year. Santa, you may release those darn reindeer…

Photos to come…

Day of the Dead Celebration

Posted in back to earth, Day of the Dead, Death, Images, Life, Love, Memories, Personal, photography, remembering, Skeltons, Skulls, Symbolism, the story unfolds, Too tough to die on November 2, 2008 by anuvuestudio

A tradition practised by the Aztecs, Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) is an ancient indigenous celebration of death. Because of the Spanish influence, Dia de los Muertos has Catholic and Spanish influences, but never the less has kept its inherently, strong indigenous roots. This celebration, which traditionally lasts two nights and three days, is a time when people remember family and friends who have died by building an altar in their memory. The altar, built in the home on on the gravesite, is decorated with flowers, candles and sugar skulls. The family then proceeds to make the favorite foods of the deceased and sing the songs they so dearly loved.

Walking around this celebration, I came upon an alter of a woman that looked so familiar to me. Suddenly, it dawned on me she was the mother of my niece (my nephew’s wife). Chris was a lovely, free spirited woman who I only knew briefly. As I watched a young mother explaining about the alter to her two small children, I couldn’t help laugh at the young boy behind the scene with that bucket. It just goes to show how… even in the celebration of those who’ve past on… life continues in all it’s silliness… and I’m pretty dog gone sure Chris would have loved the shot. 🙂