ArtNotesQuarterly members’ magazine for the Lake County Arts CouncilFall 2006www.lakecountyartscouncil.comEcoArts Sculpture Walk on display through Oct. 15by Cynthia M. ParkhillThe EcoArts: Lake County Sculpture Walk remainson display through mid-October at the MiddletownCounty Trailside Park.EcoArts of Lake County is a non-profit organizationdedicated to promoting visual art, visual art educationand ecologic stewardship to the residents and visitors ofLake County. The sculpture walk originated through apartnership between the Lake County Arts Council andthe County of Lake, which provided the outdoor venue.Organized by Karen Turcotte, the sculpture walk hasbeen installed each year since 2003 during the summermonths. The Lake County Board of Supervisors, duringreviews of the sculpture walk, have approved its contin-ued installations.In 2005, EcoArts of Lake County filed for non-profitstatus and was approved as a 501(c)3. A $5,000 grantfrom AT&T (formerly the SBC Excelerator program)enabled the creation of a Web site, www.EcoArtsofLakeCounty.org. The Web site includes “cyber-walks”of each year’s EcoArts exhibit.The sculpture walk opened this year along the countypark’s central trail. It features work by a number of art-ists who are locally and internationally known and willremain in place through Oct. 15.The Coyote Film Festival debuted this summer tosupport the mission of EcoArts. Langtry Estate andVineyard has hosted monthly outdoor screenings of in-dependent films, including several by local filmmakers.For more information, visit EcoArts of Lake County’sWeb site. Tax deductible donations can be sent to Eco-Arts of Lake County, PO Box 8, Cobb, CA 95426.www.EcoArtsofLakeCounty.org“Lake County Landscape” by Alicia Lee Farnsworthwww.EcoArtsofLakeCounty.org“Shutter Bug” by Lawrence Lauterborn
Page 2 • ArtNotes, Fall 2006Executive Director — Shelby Posada, 263-1871;ESP352@aol.comBoard of Directors:President — Sandi Ciardelli, 263-0663 (home), 263-8132 (work); email@example.comVice President — John Ross, 263-6120; firstname.lastname@example.orgTreasurer — Betty Lou Surber, 263-4721; email@example.comSecretary — Susan Krones, 263-2251; firstname.lastname@example.orgAnnie Barnes, 263-3010 (work), 274-9251 (home)Carol Dobusch, 279-1169; email@example.comJoan Holman, 263-1345Glenneth Lambert, firstname.lastname@example.orgKristi Peake, 279-1130 (home), 349-4316 (cell);email@example.comLuwana Quitiquit, 263-5553Norman “Wink” Winckler, 279-2965 (home), 349-0934(work); firstname.lastname@example.orgFloyd Surber, 263-4721; email@example.comVoris Brumfield (Board Member Emeritus), 987-3461Staff and Office Volunteers:Betty Lou Surber, The Great OzDiana Liebe, Gift ShopJohn Ross, MembershipLCAC Media:Webmaster — Xian Yeagan, firstname.lastname@example.orgArtNotes Editor — Cynthia Parkhill, 277-0296 (home),295-7554 (cell); email@example.comGallery Committee Members:Floyd Surber, Mary Lawson, Bonnie Ewing, Diana Liebe,Gaylene McComb, Pat Courtney,Ray Farrow, JohnEells, Ron Snider, Richard Siesser, Gwen Patsy, RevinaMitchellSoper-Reese Committee:Mike Adams, Bob Carpenter, Amy Casey, SandiCiardelli, Carol Dobusch, Wally Fuller, Nina Marino,John Ross, Floyd SurberSchedule changes at Main Street GalleryBeginning with the October 2006 show, the Gallery will be staggeringthe shows in order that every First Friday Fling will also be an openingreception for several artists.Since the beginning of the Gallery, shows have lasted three months, andall shows have had their openings on the same date. This has tended to dis-courage passersby from dropping in, since everyone knew that they wouldsee the same art that they saw the last time they were in.Attendance at the Gallery has improved since the establishment of theFirst Friday Flings, our monthly celebrations of the arts. However, the Re-ception/Flings were much better at-tended than the others. In the futureevery Fling will also be a reception,with approximately a third of the art-ists opening a new show.In order to make the change in the schedule, some artists were willing toshorten their shows. So for the October Fling, there will be thirteen artistsopening, some who will be there for two months, some for one. Once ev-erything is settled, the artists will show for three months each. In Novemberand December, there will be several new artists. This will allow us to giveeach artist more attention both at the openings and in press releases.The policy of the Main Street Gallery has always been to give an opportu-nity to show to artists who have never shown in a gallery before, and we donot intend to alter that policy in our effort to create a more exciting venue.However, since many developing artists can use assistance evaluating theirwork, we will be viewing it in advance of the show in order to help choosethe best.— Xian Yeagan, Gallery ManagerMatson leadswriting work-shop this fallThis Fall, discover your talent forcreative writing in a workshop ledby Clive Matson, author of “Let theCrazy Child Write” (New WorldLibrary, 1998). Learn how to putthose ideas on paper with simple ex-ercises and basic writing techniquesthen venture into the world of sto-ries, personal essays, poems, plays orscripts. You will finish with at leastone draft of new exciting materialand a healthy understanding of howyour talent can enhance your life.The workshop takes place from 4p.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28,and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct.29 at the Main Street Gallery. Classfee is $55; a deposit is required.For more information or to regis-ter, contact the Main Street Galleryat (707) 263-6658 or call or e-mailClive Matson at (510) 654-6495,firstname.lastname@example.org.This event is supported by Poets& Writers, Inc. through a grant ithas received from The James IrvineFoundation.In the future every flingwill also be a reception...
ArtNotes, Fall 2006 • Page 3From the Executive Director ... A Writer’sBookshelf“[T]he role of the artist is to transcendconventional wisdom, to transcend theword of the establishment, to transcend theorthodoxy, to go beyond and escape what ishanded down by the government or said inthe media ...It is the job of the artist ... to think out-side the boundaries of permissible thoughtand dare to say things that no one else willsay.”— Howard Zinn, “Artists in Times of War”(Seven Stories Press, 2003A few months ago, I was asked to orga-nize a seminar around the topic of “TheWriter’s Bookshelf” for a series of poetryworkshops that were held in conjunctionwith open mic at Crave Coffee in Middle-town. Sandra Wade and Fran Ransleyled two very productive workshops butgiven the scarcity of turnout, which largelyconsisted of my husband and myself, theseries discontinued and my seminar remainsuntaught.However, what better venue than thepages of ArtNotes to offer, at least periodi-cally, some insights into books on writingthat I have found to be of value.A recent discovery at a local bookstorewas a small book by Howard Zinn, “Artistsin Times of War.” It talks about an artist’sresponsibility to interpret and transcendthe issues of the day and the conventionalorthodoxies that frame them..While Zinn takes a wider approachthan simply the discipline of writing, heshowcases historic novels like “Catch-22”and “Slaughterhouse Five,” whose authorsused the realm of fiction to criticize aspectsof “The Good War.” Zinn also credits pam-phleteers, for the affordability of their craft,with playing an influential role in the spreadof historic causes.“Common Sense,” by Thomas Paine,which Zinn argues was perhaps the mostimportant publication in the history of theUnited States, went through 25 editions andsold hundreds of thousands of copies. Pro-duced by Paine in early 1776, it advocatedindependence from England with simplewords and powerful logic. Imagine what awriter could do today with the combined re-sources of letters to the editor, pamphleteer-ing and posting messages via the Internet.— Cynthia M. ParkhillThe Gallery Committee continues to grow and refine and define its role withinthe Arts Council. We are pleased to announce that Xian Yeagan has acceptedthe position of Gallery Manager and is enthusiastically pursuing new venues andshows for the Gallery. Floyd Surber is currently serving a Chairman of the GalleryCommittee and Carol Dobusch is Vice Chairman of this dynamic group.Taste of Lakeport was fun and profitable, and it is good exposure for LCACto be actively involved in this widely publicized event which had more than 700participants. Thank you Marie Wright for your beautiful watercolor that was oneof the prized drawings, and thank you to all of you artists who donate your valuedwork to the Arts Council and help with our fundraising efforts and communityparticipation. Konocti Vista Casino’s caterer and Shannon Ridge Winery were sopleased with their exposure at the Gallery that they asked if could work togetheron the event in 2007.Pastels in the Park was a happy and bustling affair with pastel artists on thewalkways, vendors and artists of all mediums showing and selling their wares. Thefestivities were further enhanced by the entertainment provided by John Jennings,Little Deer and Orion Freedom Song, Dan Meyers, Bill Barrow and Connie Millerand our enthusiastic MC, Burt Hutt. Special thanks to Angelina’s, Curry’s Furni-ture, Sandi’s Interiors, Mendo-Lake Office Supplies, and the Buckhorn for sup-porting the event and to Karen Magnuson for doing our poster.Our next event is our Children’s Creative Art Day at Museum Park on Saturday,October 28. 2006. LCAC will provide the pastels for the sidewalk art, Francesand Francis plan to do clay work with anyone participating, and the 4H willhandle the games. We’d also like to bring back the Scarecrow Contest. Shari’sSecret Garden will donate to the event and anyone else wishing to participate inthe activities or has other ideas that we could add to the day, can contact me at263-1871 or Betty Lou at 263-6658.Many of the items from the back area have been cleared in preparation for BobCarpenter and Ed Posada to start framing in our “Coffee Bar”. Anyone wishingto help with the project can contact me at 263-1871.We have a great many new and talented community members becoming in-volved in the many projects of LCAC. In particular, some special talents havepulled together to raise funding for the Soper Reese Theatre. These combinedefforts are what make our organization a vital part of the community.In October we will reach a quarter of a century of bringing the Arts to LakeCounty. Each of you can be proud of your efforts on behalf of LCAC; whetheryou host the Gallery, write an article, put up posters, create art, work on fundraising and events, recruit new members or just talk about the Arts to your friendsand neighbors, you are what makes us an ever increasingly vibrant organization. Thank you and I can’t wait to see our accomplishments in the years to come.— Shelby PosadaTime running out for establishing anon-profit, community radio stationby Andy WeissOver the years, KPFZ has chosento follow a fiercely independent route.Admirable, yes, but possibly treacher-ous as well. Corporation for PublicBroadcasting (CPB)funds will mostlikely not be flowing into the coffersof this station. Some critical listenersmight write-off KPFZ as a non-NPRSee RADIO, Page 6
Page 4 • ArtNotes, Fall 2006Lake County poets laureate attend Poet Laureate Day“It is well known that a time ofdeep social problems often becomesa time of intense intellectual, reli-gious and artistic activity.”—From the introduction byJonathan Chaves to his translation of“Pilgrim of the Clouds,” poems andessays by Yuan Hung-tau (Weather-hill, 1978)It was Sunday, Aug. 6, 2006, the61st anniversary of the day theUSA dropped the first atomic bombon Hiroshima, Japan. Three of ourfour Lake County Poets Laureatehitherto gathered at the Frank BetteCenter for the Arts and Gallery withmore than a dozen other poets laure-ate, past and present, from all overCalifornia.From 10 a.m. to noon we mixed,and were honored by the arrivalof Al Young, California state poetlaureate for the past year (and fora further two years, since it tookthe state legislature a whole year toinstall him formally).Coordinator of the gatheringwas Alameda Poet Laureate MaryRudge, a true “mover and shaker”who has been to many countries inthe cause of poetry, notably in 2005to China, whose government is“wooing” Western writers in prepa-ration for hosting the OlympicGames. Mary knew well our LakeCounty poet Virginia Russ (whowould have been 100 this year),long-time resident of PepperwoodCove near Lucerne, through beingactive in the Ina Coolbrith Circle.Kevin Patrick Sullivan from SanLuis Obispo handed out packs ofMajor League Poet Cards (MilleGrazie Press, 1995), two sets eachof 12 collector trading cards. TheAll Stars set included Lucille Clif-ton, poet laureate emerita of Mary-land; Donald Hall, now U.S. poetlaureate; Hawaiian-born GarrettKaoru Hongo; Galway Kinnell,then-state poet of Vermont; Max-ine Kumin, then-poet laureate ofNew Hampshire; U.S. Poet Laure-ate Stanley Kunitz; Linda Pastan,more recent poet laureate of Mary-land; Adrienne Rich, long-belovedin California; and Bay Area-basedGary Soto.Mary Rudge gifted each par-ticipant with a copy of her 2002revised edition pocketbook ofpoems “When the Rapture Comes,”originally a BEATZINE 96 publica-tion. All exchanged business cardsand bought each other’s books.After a buffet lunch came threehours of continued idea-sharingand poetry readings for the public.We were photographed, videotapedand sketched for posterity! Thesepictorials may be used in an anthol-ogy for exhibit at the gallery and/orthe Alameda Island Poets chapter ofthe statewide California Federationof Chaparral Poets, Inc., the state’soldest poetry federation, datingfrom 1940. It is believed this cre-ative historic documentation will beof value to the State Library, variouscities, selected museums and librar-ies such as the Bancroft Library atU.C. Berkeley and the CaliforniaHistory Library in San Francisco,or will be placed in other archivalcollections and/or exhibited.First Lake County Poet Laure-ate “Okie” Jim Lyle read a favoritepoem by his successor James Blue-Wolf, as well as from his own work.Chinese-heritage Carolyn WingGreenlee, who succeeded BlueWolfin 2004, was very warmly received,and your current Poet LaureateSandra Wade read some of herrecent work, both philosophical andpolitical.— Sandra Wade,Lake County Poet LaureatePhotos by June Golden
Would you like to become a member or do you need to renew? Use this handy form!ArtNotes, Fall 2006 • Page 5Main Street GalleryOctober:Joan Holman (two months)Shelby Posada (one month)Ginger Armstrong (one month)Rhonda RullyRichard SeisserSarah TanseyGwen RavinoPat Brewer (Artist of the Month)Jo BergesonTom Macomber (one month)November:Ray Farrow (three months)Bill RoseDecember:Sharon FentonKenneth McIntoshAnnette HigdayBob Minenna (three months)Floyd SurberTrisha Tierce-MaderaDesiree HemengerStudent Gallery —Jackie Farley/Temple of 1,000 BuddhasHours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday; 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. SaturdayExhibitors for October, November and DecemberThe Main Street Gallery is moving into anew phase. Through Gallery-centered events,we are making the Gallery into a more excitingand dynamic venue. While this has rewards, ithas costs, too, and one will be for a computersystem for the Gallery.We have found a non-profit source fornearly-free computers, but we will have to geta monitor. It’s a small desk, and doesn’t haveroom for a giant old monitor. We are lookingfor an angel to give us a flat-panel monitor forthe Gallery computer. Are you that angel?Over the last few years we have accumulateda large number of artworks, mostly paintings,donated to the LCAC. We will be having anauction of this work in the Gallery in mid tolate November, proceeds to benefit the Galleryand the LCAC.If you would like to do something for thealways thin economy of the Arts Council, andyou have artwork that is standing and facing thewall, please consider donating it. We are plan-ning on having more than one auction, perhapson a regular schedule, at which your gifts andyour presence would be very welcome.Thanks for your help.— Xian Yeagan
Non-ProfitUS Postage PaidLakeport, CA95453Permit #75Lake County Arts Council325 N. Main StreetLakeport, CA 95453(707) 263-6658Page 6 • ArtNotes, Fall 2006ArtNotesplayer and move on up the dial. Others, the more technical-ly-minded ones, might say that terrestrial broadcast radio isan anachronism and part of the past. All those things maybe true. But, a more crystal truth is that KPFZ won’t be go-ing off the air because of the whim of a congressional budgetcut. A firmer truth is that KPFZ’s opinions and music won’tbe shipped in via a Washington D.C. public radio network.And the final truth is, you won’t be able to get Lake Countypublic affairs and local music on XM satellite radio.Truly independent community radio is a rare peak in themedia consolidated hills of America. If, the station can geton in the first place.It took Lew Hill and Eleanor McKinney six years to foundKPFA. They did it first. Others followed. Like KZFR inChico, just over a hill or two from Lake County.It took them nine years before the lights went on in theircommunity. Across the country, at the edge of the coldwaters of Maine, WERU spent its first eleven years broad-casting from Noel Paul Stookey’s (Peter, Paul, and Mary)chicken coop.The stories and the obstacles are as varied as are the com-munity stations in America. But for every station that madeit, a dozen more flopped. Gave up. The list of communitygroups that reluctantly returned their construction permits(right to build a station) to Washington D.C. and failed tobring public radio into their communities is much longerthan the ones that succeeded.What is a radio station? When is it actualized? Where doesit come into being? At the studio? From the transmitter site?In front of the microphone? Is it floating on the air waves?Or does it only exist in the listeners’ ear?Community radio is ethereal in nature — you can’t putyour finger on it, or your arms around it. But you can tunein on it, and you can embrace it. Somehow it can be as realand as permanent and as provocative and as significant asKPFA, KZFR, WERU, and a hundred other grassroots sta-tions. The people who started those stations are long gone.But the radio waves they lit up are invisible beacons thatcontinue to pulse through the night air.If you would like to be a part of establishing Lake County’sfirst and only community radio station that will get to everycorner of the county, or if you know where KPFZ can finda chunk of change, let us know. Time is running out. Andmoney is our problem. The FCC is only giving KPFZ 18more months to get the station on the air, then the oppor-tunity will be lost forever. Call Andy at 274-2152. Andthanks to those of you who have supported our efforts overthe years.RADIO, From Page 3ArtNotes is produced four times a year, in January, April, July and October. Editorial and advertising deadlines for theJanuary 2007 edition is Dec. 15, 2006. Please send articles to Cynthia Parkhill, 9270 Pawnee Trail, Kelseyville, CA 95451 ore-mail email@example.com. Advertising rates start at $25 for a business card; for complete information about advertising, pleasecontact Shelby Posada, ESP352@aol.com; or Cynthia Parkhill, firstname.lastname@example.org.