In 1982, following some 20 years working and teaching as a scenic designer, I quit, established a studio in the Mount Baker neighborhood of Seattle, and began making art as an independent artist. Six years later, the first part of my Soup Talks Trilogy, a miniature epic inspired by the SALT talks, and involving a varied cast of performance objects, was presented in my studio. Periodic weekend performances continued for six years in the Seattle studio, when I moved to Snohomish. Volunteering with the local historical society, I began researching the town’s history, especially its 19th-century architectural heritage, which led to writing two books: Early Snohomish (2007); and J. S. White: Our First Architect published by the People of Snohomish & Friends in 2017.
In October I began teaching Tai Chi at the Monroe Y and a year later I started a blog to reflect my experience … I was Learning Tai Chi!
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Header image above pictures my new car, 2015 Kia Soul, purchased with inheritance from my sister Sara who passed away on February 21, 2018, you can read my remembrance here. In June, I will be on an epic road trip to Sainte-Flavie, Quebec, where our maternal grandmother was born and immigrated to Minneapolis in 1893 with her three other sisters. Anne Marie Charette died when our mother was around 12 years old.
Getting this shot meant sitting in the street, Avenue B, not a busy street, but it’s still a ‘crime’ according to Officer M. Lease who used his siren to get my attention. I stood up, put my hands in the pockets of my hoody to talk with the Police Man in his car … “Take your hands out of your pockets,” he said; then he told me about the crime I was committing. Watching him go … he pulled over in the next block to watch me, really! Just as I return with an orange cone, Officer Lease shows up at the corner … it’s still a crime he said, getting out of his car. By then I’d lost the light — that’s the real crime — but the first shot was good enough. Whew! 03.19.19