The LFF…Ciao! Farewell show at Caesium Gallery last week was awesome. So awesome in fact, I’m almost starved for words. It seems when I’m riled up I have more obsessions going around in my head to get out on paper. This time, though, it was refreshingly settling.
photo by g thompson higgins (art, at left, by Linda Garcia-Perez)
Thirty-two artists contributed 1-4 lovely pieces of art for the pop-up show, some of them collaborations…all of them from someone whom I admire. Mike Scheef, co-owner of the gallery, offered me a few months ago the opportunity to host an LFF show there, and I quickly took him up on it before I leave (June 1 to West VA) to try to put into action some sort of good-bye, community friendly show. And it was really stellar!
(see if I can get most of the artists from left to right: Laurie Sewell, Evelyn Katz; Erin Blayney; Trilety Wade; Kristin Lubbert; Bart Vargas, Eddith Buis, Megan Loudon Sanders, Linda Garcia Perez; Laurie Sewell, Erin Blayney….scarves at far right by Ann Myers with imagery by me, Sally Deskins)
Wednesday night, friends old and new showed up, and I finally got the chance to actually talk (for real, not schmoozy or small talk) with some of them, which felt really sweet.
me (Sally Deskins, in tank top painted by myself & Ann Myers) with Bart Vargas (and the “Feminist” piece behind us by Vargas) and Larry Ferguson, who also had a piece (with me) in the show…photos at left by Trilety Wade and K. Lubbert. photo by Larry Ferguson.
Saturday afternoon it was open again, and I had a few readers—Bonnie O’Connell, Kelsey Reifert and Felicia Webster—read/perform (Felicia at the last minute!), to a warm tight audience, and it was a perfectly mellow “end” of my “LFF” time here.
me (left) chatting with Bryce Bridges and Kristin Pluhacek (whose beautiful drawing is at right) Other art in the image from left to right: Megan Loudon Sanders (mixed media far bottom left); Larry Ferguson (photo top left); Heather Peebles (painting back left); Lori Wegener (drawing middle); collaboration of myself, Rachel Mindrup and F. Higgins; Maureen Phalen; Kristin Pluhacek; bottom bottle by Molly Kiely; silk scarf by Ann Myers with imagery by me. photo by g thompson higgins.
Plenty of kind words, and new meetings were made, which is all I can hope for. A few awkward ones, too, but what’s an event without a little clumsiness? Keeps me on my toes. And, as I’m finally perhaps letting my hair a bit down, I’m moving on; for the next couple of weeks, my last ones here, I’ll try to spend it out, enjoying other’s events, art and experiencing Omaha at my most favorite, warm early summertime!
photo by g thompson higgins of art by me (top left, “Nebraska State Breastfish”) and g thompson higgins bottom left; Sarah Rowe and Ann Myers.
Sweet things going on now: Saturday, May 11, at RNG Gallery’s Museum of Alternative History (curated by Tim Guthrie; RNG is at 157 W. Broadway in Council Bluffs); I’m a writer in the show for the amazingly talented artist Megan Loudon Sanders; the opening craziness begins at 6pm…Monday, May 13, I’m hitting up Pageturners Lounge (5004 Dodge) for the first time to hear Jiha Lee and Doug Kabourek starting at 9pm…Thursday May 16 I’ll hit up Bemis for the opening/art talk with Jarrod Beck (6:30) then later to Verbal Gumbo at House of Loom! Do join!
Other gnarly happenings:
I’ll stop there…
I will continue LFF (you may have already noticed some features with PA/WV artists), and more so working on my own art—I’ve got a few shows in the works out there—see my new website sallydeskins.tumblr.com. Thanks for all your love and support! And haters too. Ying yang.
For your enjoyment; a few images and experts from LFF…Ciao!…
Kelsey Reifert’s new sweet chapbook of poetry she read from; excerpt:
“The ice gets thicker in layers—my time with the girl gets shorter every day. I lost her somewhere between me and the sky and the ice.”
screenprint by Mike Scheef on record album cover using imagery from one of my (Sally Deskins) body prints. So love! He has about 10 others still available…
one of Bonnie O’Connell’s lovely pages of printed poetry…
collaboration with JJ Carroll; if you look close enough, you can see some of my (Sally Deskins) body print…love this “chick” piece… :)
Felicia Webster of the Wordsmiths & Verbal Gumbo, performed her popular piece, “Rebound”
closer view of collaboration (left) by Rachel Mindrup, F.Higgins & myself; next to Maureen Phalen’s painting, above Denise Brady’s handprinted book and Ann Myer’s scarfs with imagery by me.
Sally Deskins is a mother, wife, artist, writer, art model and general art & enthusiast living in Omaha until June when she moves to West Virginia. She founded LFF; preview and purchase LFF books at blurb.com. See her art at sallydeskins.tumblr.com. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.