Tuesday, February 24, 2009
It is a DAILY struggle with slow or non-accessible internet connections because of old phone lines and lack of service. We were told by the line workers who have to come out and fix the background buzz after every rain storm that they are the oldest lines in Franklin County.
One hour of work for most people on the internet will often take me 4 hours. Frankly, I can't take it anymore!!! Not only does it take me away from the Studio where I create my work but it has taken a toll on my eyesight. What is even more frustrating is that we are actually in the 2 mile radius that Verizon says it is limited to. I am so disappointed that we were passed over!
I ask Verizon now to reconsider its position about our location and provide the service that is not only desired but is desperately needed.
Photo by Alicia Hunsicker
My Neighbor Kristin Nicholas http://getting-stitched-on-the-farm.blogspot.com/
a knitwear designer, author, and illustrator is in the same situation as me. She wrote on her blog yesterday.....
Frankly, the podcast thing is rather frustrating for me. I know it is out there - along with t.v. shows you can get over the internet and the entire world of YouTube. I spent some days at my sister's house in eastern Mass earlier last week and a friend of my niece's was totally stunned that we didn't have high speed internet service. She thought everyone in the USA did.... She couldn't fathom how we could live without it. She wondered how Julia would get through school reports without it as she gets older.
Verizon (our phone company) did come through western Massachusetts and with government money upgraded the small hilltowns to DSL service. The really frustrating part of it was they didn't get to many homes. They made such a big deal about it - that they were helping all the communities out here. Truth be told, very little of the population has been served. We are too far from their box (we are 1.9 miles) and I am giving up hope of ever getting high speed internet service unless I go for satellite and my neighbors have nothing but trouble with it. It is frustrating and challenging. I'm even thinking of writing my State Senator. Never done that before - always a first time for everything.
Thank goodness the library I visit has DSL and I have a laptop now. Honestly, this dial-up is the reason I don't answer comments or comment on anyone else's blog, much less read many of them. It's sad but true - I know there is so much out there on the web but I just don't have the patience to sit and wait for pages to load nor do I have the time to. I could be sitting at a screen all day and night and I really don't want to do that. I do have a life that needs to be lived. Does anyone else share this frustration or are my hilltown neighbors and I the only ones?
Verizon responded to Kristens post.........
Phil Santoro said...
Hi, Kristin,Just want to post a couple of corrections to your post. First, Verizon completely funded its western MA broadband expansion with its own funds. No government money was spent. You may be thinking about the $40M that the Legislature set aside for broadband expansion. The government has not yet developed its plans for that project and how to spend the money. Second, Verizon's expansion project brought broadband to an average of 70 percent of residents and businesses in 24 western MA communities where broadband had never been available. While we don't report the number, it is in the thousands. We are the only company that has stepped up to the plate and invested millions to expand broadband in western MA. I sincerely wish we could bring it to 100 percent of every community. However, the technology limits the distance to about 2 miles from our equipment. If you would like me to double-check broadband availability to your home, just send me an e-mail and I would be happy to. It's firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thanks for the opportunity to respond.
Phil SantoroVerizon Media Relations
Sunday, February 22, 2009
Saturday, February 21, 2009
The Eye to Eye project which was presented by Anne Laprade, Deborah Garner and Alicia Hunsicker (me) on December 18th at Shanghai's Thumb Plaza for the Zendai MoMA's Intrude Art & Life 366 program has now been archived on the Intrude 366 website.
Photos by Intrude Photographer
Friday, February 20, 2009
What worked for me was to use acrylic matte medium (they say gloss works better but I had no real problems with matte). I painted both the surface of the paper I was working on and the xerox image as well. Then I placed them together and used the back of a wooden hair brush to burnish them together using lots of pressure. The longer I let them dry the better result I had but I didn't wait more than 4 hours to rub off the paper. What happened is that the ink on the xerox adhered to the skin created by the matte medium. I first used my fingers and water to rub off the xerox paper but eventually they really hurt so I used baby wipes (non-oil type)
and water to wet the paper and take of all the layer except for the very last where I used my fingers. I did it this way because the last layer could peel off taking the ink with it without the control you have with direct touch.
I hope to finish the eye transfers today and to show this work in progress to my monthly critique group which meets tomorrow morning.
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
I think I will have to spread out this process because of finger wear and tear...but I am happy to have figured out how to do this.
I am using my own eye as background imagery in this painting about higher vision inspired by the Eye to Eye project and eye tags. I had originally thought that I would take photos of everyone I know and do each eye differently...
but I realized that sometimes easier is better....and in this case it will probablly make a stronger image with all the eyes the same.
Other News From the Studio
I had an interesting phone consultation/interview with a woman who was hired by several Franklin County Organizations to come up with a marketing plan for arts and culture in the area. I would love to see some really professional venues open up to show in close to home! Maybe we will see some movement in the arts support here in the Greenfield area. There will be some sort of community meeting in the near future for others to weigh in. I will post info when I receive it.
Sunday, February 15, 2009
As I painted this piece (its not my typical style) I reflected on my other work hoping to see some thread....and there is.
Oh the Glow.....I love it!
Friday, February 13, 2009
Originally posted by a Tribe friend and artist Carl Youri...... Read on for inspiration!
Friday, February 6, 2009
I have also been doing lots of Internet searching for shows, exhibitions, residencies and grants that I can apply my current body of work to. I have found 4 or 5 that I am interested in and am in the process of gathering application materials and sending them out. I finished one today to be sent tomorrow morning.
I have no plans but to have a nice and relaxing day.......and maybe to take a break from marketing, research, and applications to do a little painting.
Alicia Hunsicker Photo taken at the Shanghai, Museum
For those of you who are Aquarius, Enjoy this Summary!
For others......go to the website and get your forecast for February.
Aquarius Horoscope for February 2009
Marcia Wise.....Happy birthday to you too! ______________________________________________________________
By Susan Miller
Summary (go to the website for the detailed horoscope..... to large to post)
This is your month, dear Aquarius, and you've waited a very long time for this. February could be your very best month of 2009, for all sorts of new developments will begin now to set you off on a new and more secure direction. All the hard work you've been doing, professionally and even personally, that you thought was simply being poured into a black hole and not seen or appreciated by anyone will now bring a wonderful payoff.
You have many heavenly bodies in your sign: the Sun, Jupiter (gifts and luck), Mars (as of February 4), Neptune, and Mercury (as of February 14). The fact that Mars will be part of the gang of planets in Aquarius is very fortunate, for Mars attests to the fact that you have a great deal of control over your life and that others will be willing to help you succeed. Mars is the planet of action! Of course, having Jupiter, the great benefic, in your corner is the best of all, and now Mars will be your booster rocket to get you to where you need to be.
Last month's eclipse in Aquarius, January 26, was a key signal that things were about to change for the better for you.
Now a full moon lunar eclipse will come by on February 9 and put the spotlight on your closest alliance. Are you happy? If so, this eclipse will draw you closer, even if you are already committed.
Valentine's Day could prove to be a magnificent moment, not only because you have Jupiter so close to your Sun, but also because of a string of three configurations due February 16, 17, and 18, respectively: Jupiter signaling Venus, Mars conjunct Jupiter in Aquarius, and finally Mars and Venus in sweet, flirtatious angles. You may decide to travel over Valentine's Day (or during one or more of these three dates mentioned). Other parts of your life will be on fire, too - all to your delight.
If you are not happy in your relationship, the universe will ask you to find out why and to do something about it - to fix your alliance, or if you are beyond that, to leave. This could be felt in a business or romantic alliance, so see what happens. Eclipses bring certain truths to light, and in your case, you may get conflicting messages at this eclipse, so take time to get to the bottom of things.
Even if you do break up with your partner now, you're in such a strong position that I can only say it is most likely for the best. You don't want to be tied to anyone who does not value you, not in this dazzling, made-for-Aquarius year. If you hope to meet someone new who is truly right for you, 2009 is the year for that - absolutely!
If you are already committed, this would be a great year to have a baby - consider it! If you have your children already or don't want children, the upcoming aspects engender wonderful aspects for creative efforts, something you will start to see in full force by May.
By time you get to the new moon in Pisces, February 24, you will see an upturn in your finances. You may see a business or financial action begin at this time, so look for opportunity. New moons are times to plant seeds. It may take you up to six months to realize the full flowering of the situation (or it may be much shorter), but the point is to start something because the universe will be on your side!
Dates to note:
Planets in Aquarius will create such a commotion in early February that put you front and center of any important endeavor, personal or professional. It's a time to take risks, voice your needs and vision, and get your new life launched.
You'll make a key decision about a partner at the lunar eclipse February 9. A partner may inspire you or invoke horror, but it's unlikely that you'll have any result that falls in between.
Traveling a short distance over Valentine's Day sounds divine. Can't go then? A trip taken February 16-18 would produce perfection. Travel boosts romance, too.
More money can be yours if you're quick on the draw after the new moon, February 24 and the days that follow. It's a great time to ask for a raise. Pluto's position suggests you've got awesome behind-the-scenes support from VIPs.
Most romantic dates: February 4, 7, 12, 14, 16-18, 21-22, 27, and 28.
Tuesday, February 3, 2009
SO... I am putting it out there now to you and the Universe........I want to go to this.
I call on the Universe now to line up those manifestation energies and make it happen........
I surrender :-)
If it is meant to be it will be......
April 3 - 5, 2009 at Boston’s Omni Parker House The 2009 Conference on International Opportunities in the Arts
TransCultural Exchange is pleased to announce the 2009 Conference on International Opportunities in the Arts, which will take place April 3-5, 2009 at Boston’s Omni Parker House Hotel. Join more than 60 representatives from around the world to learn about long- and short-term residency opportunities for artists, international art fairs and other global exhibition possibilities. Come to Boston to meet, network and have your work seen by the conference’s distinguished curators, critics and panelists. Don’t miss this chance to directly interact with some of the key players in the global arts arena.
An ideal Professional Development Opportunity.
Registration Costs (for a full weekend of panels and workshops):
$185 Early Registration (due by 5 pm EST, December 31, 2008)
$265 after December 31, 2008
The 2009 Conference on International Opportunities in the Arts’ schedule, registration forms and scholarship applications will be available at TransCultural Exchange’s website April 2008.
A schedule of events, photos and quotes from the last conference is available here.
TransCultural Exchange would like to thank its generous sponsors for ensuring the success of the 2007 Conference on International Opportunities in the Arts; and its growing sponsors for the 2009 Conference, including Col. Henry Hamby III, the Délégation du Québec à Boston and the Turkish Cultural Foundation. For more information on Corporate, Foundation and Individual Sponsorship for the 2009 Conference on International Opportunities in the Arts, please contact Mary Sherman at msherman(at)transculturalexchange.org. Thank you.
Stay Tuned: Don't miss TransCultural Exchange's upcoming e-mailings to find out about new, upcoming exhibition possibilities.
About the 2009 Conference on International Opportunities in the Arts
The Conference on International Opportunities in the Arts is the only forum that brings artists directly into contact with renowned international critics, curators and artist-in-residency directors to meet, network, share their work and hear about a vast array of programs for interacting with the world’s diverse cultures. The Conference’s goal is to help artists expand their vision and experiences beyond their studio confines into the world at large, resulting in a new found understanding that utilizes the one thing that transcends all boundaries to unite us all – the arts.
About TransCultural Exchange
TransCultural Exchange is a 501c3 non-profit organization, whose mission is to foster a greater understanding of world cultures through high quality and innovative art exhibits, artist exchanges and related educational programming. Among U.S. arts organizations, TransCultural Exchange is unique. For two decades TransCultural Exchange has been working directly with artists, arts organizations, foundations, museums and cultural centers in more than 60 countries staging award winning, critically acclaimed projects
David Aquino, Brattleboro Reformer