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Sunday, October 28, 2007
  itinerant artist's visit

Jim Mott's visit would have been enough weekend excitement by itself...but NBC's Today Show heard about his Itinerant Artist Project and chose his stay with us to film for a segment of Bob Dotson's American Story series. (When a producer from the Today show called me Thursday to set things up, my husband and I had trouble believing this was for real and not, perhaps, an elaborate hoax. But we played along, and good thing too--because it was no prank at all.) Filming took place today and there is a bit more to do tomorrow morning.

I tagged along for most of the day as Jim was filmed painting--first at a nearby scenic overlook and then at the Norske Nook, a restaurant in Osseo, WI--close to our house and well known for its pies and home cooking. Besides trading paintings for staying in people's homes across the US, Jim has added a new twist to his current trip--he is attempting to spend no money except for gas, and to this end has successfully bartered paintings for food, admission to a museum, hotel lodging and even to pay off a speeding ticket. The cameraman for the Today show wanted to capture him bartering for lunch at the Norske Nook...and the manager there was very pleased with the idea (I guess it didn't hurt to have the attention from NBC either.) In fact she gave all 3 of us lunch and pie. With a nod to pop artist Wayne Thiebaud, Jim pulled off a very nice little pie painting, performing admirably under pressure (fellow painters, imagine doing this with TV camera rolling.)



There is more to tell about the weekend--besides Jim's visit, Chicago encaustic painter Kathleen Waterloo also stopped by today on her way back from her opening at Circa Gallery in Minneapolis last night. Her show was stunning, and it was also the grand opening at Circa's new location, so it was quite a party (my husband and I were there too.) Kathleen couldn't stay long, but we had a great talk and studio visit...I hope to keep in touch with her in the future.
 
Comments:
Very cool! Let us know when to watch for the video.
 
Cool indeed. What fun for you.

Cheryl
 
Yeah, one of the more interesting weekends around here, I have to say!
 
Hi Rebecca--

I was excited when Jim sent us an email about his stay with you. He provided a link to your blog so I just yesterday visited your site which shows your engaging and creative work.

Jim stayed with my husband Jim and I while in Bozeman, Montana. We thoroughly enjoyed his stay, his work and his "somewhat shy" and adventuresome spirit!

BTW, we lived in Waupaca, Wis for 20 years and I too, am a contemporary abstract artist. The Christian Science Monitor interviewed Jim and us at our home for their article.

Cheers! Mary and Jim Keefer
 
Mary and Jim, nice to meet you online and that was quite a nice article in the CSM, it seems to be giving Jim a higher profile which will no doubt help him with future hosts, book publication etc. Thanks for visiting my blog! Do you have your work inline where I could see it?
 
Hi Rebecca,

Yes, it sure seems that lots of very positive activity is going on for Jim this trip. I'm very happy for him. He is so unassuming and modest, that it is satifying to see good things happen to good people.

I continue to work as an academic librarian here at Montana State University and at our new Bozeman Public Library as a reference librarian. I am fortunate to work at awesome places with great colleagues.

I do have shows and have one coming up in January in a nearby town. I do not have a website but have many digitized images and I do enter shows, have my work displayed etc. If you want to send me your email, I'll send some of jpg files of recent paintings. I have a mentor in California, Katherine Chang Liu who is represented by the Jenkins Jackson Gallery in San Francisco (www.jenkinsjohnsongallery.com)

Later and best wishes--Mary
 
Thanks--and my email is crowellart@yahoo.com ...I looked at Katherine Chang Liu's work and it looks very tactile and lovely.
 
Thanks for the email. Katherine's work the last 5 years or so has this tactile surface--that is somewhat new and she is experimenting with the surface due in part to curating shows of artists she admires. Some of those artists have work that has a collage or assemblage component. More later, Mary--btw--my email is mkeefer@imt.net
 
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