I am finally feeling better and starting to work on some stuff for my show at the end of September.... this is what my couch work space looks like.
Tuesday, August 30, 2011
Monday, August 29, 2011
The Weeping Woman
by Joe Hayes
This is a story that the old ones have been telling to children for hundreds of years. It is a sad tale, but it lives strong in the memories of the people, and there are many who swear that it is true.
Long years ago in a humble little village there lived a fine looking girl named Maria Some say she was the most beautiful girl in the world! And because she was so beautiful, Maria thought she was better than everyone else.
As Maria grew older, her beauty increased And her pride in her beauty grew too When she was a young woman, she would not even look at the young men from her village. They weren't good enough for her! "When I marry," Maria would say, "I will marry the most handsome man in the world."
And then one day, into Maria's village rode a man who seemed to be just the one she had been talking about. He was a dashing young ranchero, the son of a wealthy rancher from the southern plains. He could ride like a Comanche! In fact, if he owned a horse, and it grew tame, he would give it away and go rope a wild horse from the plains. He thought it wasn't manly to ride a horse if it wasn't half wild.
He was handsome! And he could play the guitar and sing beautifully. Maria made up her mind-that was, the man for her! She knew just the tricks to win his attention.
If the ranchero spoke when they met on the pathway, she would turn her head away. When he came to her house in the evening to play his guitar and serenade her, she wouldn't even come to the window. She refused all his costly gifts. The young man fell for her tricks. "That haughty girl, Maria, Maria! " he said to himself. "I know I can win her heart. I swear I'll marry that girl."
And so everything turned out as Maria planned. Before long, she and the ranchero became engaged and soon they were married. At first, things were fine. They had two children and they seemed to be a happy family together. But after a few years, the ranchero went back to the wild life of the prairies. He would leave town and be gone for months at a time. And when he returned home, it was only to visit his children. He seemed to care nothing for the beautiful Maria. He even talked of setting Maria aside and marrying a woman of his own wealthy class.
As proud as Maria was, of course she became very angry with the ranchero. She also began to feel anger toward her children, because he paid attention to them, but just ignored her.
One evening, as Maria was strolling with her two children on the shady pathway near the river, the ranchero came by in a carriage. An elegant lady sat on the seat beside him. He stopped and spoke to his children, but he didn't even look at Maria. He whipped the horses on up the street.
When she saw that, a terrible rage filled Maria, and it all turned against her children. And although it is sad to tell, the story says that in her anger Maria seized her two children and threw them into the river! But as they disappeared down the stream, she realized what she had done! She ran down the bank of the river, reaching out her arms to them. But they were long gone.
The next morning, a traveler brought word to the villagers that a beautiful woman lay dead on the bank of the river. That is where they found Maria, and they laid her to rest where she had fallen.
But the first night Maria was in the grave, the villagers heard the sound of crying down by the river. It was not the wind, it was La Llorona crying. "Where are my children?" And they saw a woman walking up and down the bank of the river, dressed in a long white robe, the way they had dressed Maria for burial. On many a dark night they saw her walk the river bank and cry for her children. And so they no longer spoke of her as Maria. They called her La Llorona, the weeping woman. And by that name she is known to this day. Children are warned not to go out in the dark, for, La Llorona might snatch them and never return them.
One of the most fascinating aspects of the Thimbelina Blow Off Tent was that visitors didn't know if they should go inside of it or not. Some folks would peek in and others would march right on in and then march right on out. Some lingered, some actually went inside of door # 3 to sit down with the computer and the Thimbelina Reverse Burlesque Dance. Others would come inside, take a look around, walk out, then go back in again. I thought this was such a great experiment in human nature and how humans react when faced with mystery and allure.
Monday, August 22, 2011
How do I describe this magical place and these magical people? I think the magic comes more from the people than the place, but let's just say I left my mark around town, wanting to share the love I feel. I am thinking of a signature of mine being a heart with rays ... it feels like me, it feels like me saying share the love, and feel the love I am sending out into this world. Some folks may have seen my little insignia... yep, you know who you are... it's me telling you I love you.
Sunday, August 21, 2011
Thursday, August 11, 2011
Sunday, August 7, 2011
Tuesday, August 2, 2011
Dear Friends and Family,
I am excited to announce several new and exciting events and exhibitions featuring my Art.
It begins with the opening of The Church of Circus, a collective circus themed group show opening this Friday, August 5, 2011 at the old OutDoorGearExchange 152 Cherry St. Burlington, Vermont at 5pm.
The Church of Circus is a 'pop-up' group art exhibit installed temporarily in a huge retail space in down town Burlington. In a dizzying installation of sculpture, painting, photography and performance, these 10 Vermont Based Artists put their own spin on the Brechtian tradition of collaboration and audience participation as a vehicle to aesthetic experience. The Church of Circus preaches 'Art For All', creating an interactive lively and provocative atmosphere for all who enter.
For more information please visit our blog site at http://churchofcircus.tumblr.com
This show is going to be spectacular and I will have an installation inspired by vintage circus and burlesque titled "Thimbelina: Blow Off". If you are around Burlington for the month of August, this is an exhibit not to be missed.
Also not to be missed is a review by Amy Rahn for Art New England Magazine about my solo show The Tulle Did Her In at the Helen Day Art Center in Stowe, Vermont for their September-October, 2011 issue. The show is opening on September 23, 2011 and will feature my dresses from The Dress That Makes The Woman Project. We are also transforming a portion of the gallery in to my studio where I will be coming to work during the exhibit. For more information please visit http://helenday.com
In addition to the Art New England Review, I shall be featured in IMAGE Magazine for places to go and things to see related to Fashion and Art in Stowe, Vermont.
I am also apart of a group juried show at Studio Place Arts in Barre, VT called Uncommon Threads opening this August. For more information please visit: http://www.studioplacearts.com/
The South End Arts District in Burlington, VT is also hosting the South End Art Hop on September 9-10th, 2011. Although my studio will not be open for viewing this year, I will be a part of STRUT the fashion show taking place on Saturday the 10th exhibiting 6 of my most recent designs.
This summer and fall have proven to be busy and fruitful and humbling. I would like to thank all of my friends and family for their continuous support and encouragement. I would also like to thank all the folks who have been following my Dress That Makes the Woman Blog (http://dressthatmakesthewoman.blogspot.com) as well as those who have supported my online art auctions benefitting two major disaster relief funds. Thank you.
I would also like to thank the Vermont Arts Council for recently granting me a Creation Grant for the following year supporting me in the preparation of a show at the Duxbury Art Museum and Complex in Duxbury, Massachusetts called Self/Fabricated. This show will open in September 2012 and will be up for several months.
In addition to the Duxbury show, I am also scheduled for the following 2012 exhibits:
TBA, G Gallery, Houston, Texas, November 2012
The 3rd Floor, Flynn Dog Gallery, Burlington, VT, summer 2012
And Finally, The Dress That Makes The Woman project is winding down. It is hard to believe that I am 3/4ths of the way done with the project. I am currently working on putting together a show called The Final Stitch, featuring a special reception on November 6th to celebrate the finale of The Dress That Makes The Woman. Please check my website for updates about where and when this will happen. www.wyliegarcia.com
With all of these marvelous events and happenings and publications I feel so grateful.
Happy August and I hope to see you at one of these events in the near future,