Monthly Archives: July 2016

What is Your Sophomore Year?

What is Your Sophomore Year?

dragon from galway

Over the rest of 2016, my top writing project will be the completion of a book covering a year of significant change.  In my art and my writing, I often choose places of significant conflict. This is not always negative but it does capture the struggle between competing ideas or paths. For example, when I was laid off from my super cool full time college professor job, I faced a choice:  Double down on the life changes so far and modify them to work in the new schedule. Or, jump off this teacher track, chalk up this as an interesting life experience and hustle my butt back into an administrative role at another college.  The choice my wife and I settled upon resembles option one.  Which aligned with my writing goal to complete a book on the second year of a new experience.

Why the second year? And why call it the Sophomore Year?

The Sophomore Year appears following a year of significant change in life circumstances or approach.  Adding a member to the family can count, as could losing a family member.  Marriage could hearken a sophomore year. After a year of excitement and announcement and pomp and ritual, that second year can feel flat.  For that wedding year, prior to that you have the engagement.  And before that you have plenty of talk about the engagement. There is so much to look forward to. We create milestones and products to wear/buy and things to do and say to one another – “I take thee” “I do”.  More people than ever take part in that ritual and enjoy that initial feeling of goodness. That feeling generates internally and externally. Internally, we feel validated and part of the community because we can take part in a common shared ritual that we all accept and understand.  The external motivation comes from the universal positive reinforcement of our choice.  Note that even the government will confer benefits for choosing marriage, perhaps they even provide some sophomore solutions themselves, such as long term investment in shared property and child raising.

Emily Post even gives you up to a year to get out those thank you letters after the wedding. They know just how fun filled and activity ridden that first year can be.  But after a year, usually a routine has set in. In 2015, I left a decade of college administration leadership to blaze a new trail down the academic side of the hill. A perfect new baby came into my life at the end of 2014. By the Summer of 2016, I was laid off from my job, moving me back into an Associate Professor role. By mid-summer, I was one of 33 artists in a 2 month long installation of new artists at Riverside Art Museum. At the end of 2016, I will celebrate five years of marriage to my second (or last, or current as I sometimes say) wife. Needless to say, my second year has been full of peaks and valleys. The paths leading to and from these milestones can be good or bad for my growth.

What is the second year routine? That is a question worthy of exploration.  The topics under this large umbrella are many – work, philosophy, friendship, love, parenting, teaching, volunteering – so the trick is to find ways these weave together in a way that provides greater understanding of what some of us are trying to do, or become, or merely learn, as we toddle our way towards new milestones.

 

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Last Week to View “52 Project” Part I

good pic of my 52

hope or fear?

Our four day run was extended through this Sunday! Please enjoy and support the museum if you would like. Either, both, or neither…it’s all good. If you have ever finished something you did not think you could do, then you know how I feel this week.

I went on a 52-week artistic journey, with 147 other people, this past year. It was a program through the Riverside Art Museum called “The 52 Project” and it was designed to help us be more creative through setting goals, discovering our story, capturing ideas in a journal and learning about the “business” of art. This summer we will be sharing the results of this amazing experience with 33 mini 4-day exhibits and a Group Show.

The Riverside Art Museum has been very generous in supporting us so we have agreed, as a group, to help raise some funds to help underwrite the installation of the summer shows and some seed money to insure the continuation of The 52 Project,

My family collage includes a poetry chapbook. You can buy it at RAM’s Blue Door Gift Shop or online http://bit.ly/doyourchores

100% of all sales through the end of this 52 Project goes back to Riverside Art Musuem.

Here are some suggested giving levels. No amount is too small….

  1. $220………. pitch in towards buying a “52 Project” brick for the entry walkway
  2. $52.00………. to contribute to next year’s “52 Project” scholarship fund
  3. $75.20……… help underwrite the installation cost of this exhibit
  4. $100.52…….. help underwrite the marketing of this event
  5. $152.00…….. help the Riverside Art Museum be a “cool” (AC) cultural hangout

Please make any donation out to the Riverside Art Museum and put my name/ The 52 project in the memo line. You can mail the check to me or to the museum: Riverside Art Museum 3425 Mission Inn Ave, Riverside CA 92501. Please call the museum at 951-684-7111 to pay with a credit card over the phone.

I have the dates and times of our events listed below…please join us!

THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!!

 

Note: This show extended through July 24th!!

GROUP ONE mini-exhibits July 7-11 (FREE admission)… opening July 7th from 6-9 during Art Walk

Presenting Artists: Jessica Boctor, Gabrielle Brewer, Larry Burns, Elizabeth Carr, Crystal Edwards, Gordon Edwards, Charlotte McKenzie, Sue Merrill, Donna Morin, Gary Rainsbarger, Kelly Rider, Martina Schrader, Kaye Sweaney, Jennifer Sweeney, Anna Vela, Alicia Webb, Sharon Zorn Katz

GROUP TWO exhibits August 4-7 (FREE admission)…opening August 4th from 6-9 during Art Walk

Presenting Artists: Terri Stiles Alkayali, Jennifer Anderson, Maggie Tello Case, Kathy Crabbe, Karen Dunivent, Terry Ellis, Diego Hernandez, Jeanne Kataoka, Sue Roginski, Nicole Smith, Ingrid Tegner, Bridget Tucker, Sue Young, Judy Valdivia, Raina Wessen, Shirley Wible

Mom and Rob at 52

artists – need family support! Thanks Mom and Sis.

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My First Art Exhibit 7/7/16

cover for event aka seven

A year ago, I started a 12 month new artist training program provided by the Riverside Art Museum. I joined to support my effort to bring art into all the corners of my life. For the last year, I have been writing and constructing and training and planning. And it all comes to a head this Thursday!

Please join me and over a dozen “newish” artists as we take over the Riverside Art Museum during a four-day free exhibition.  You can come anytime over these four days, but if you want to watch me pour you a drink and chat, please come to the opening reception on July 7th anytime from 5-9 pm.

Here are other ways to be involved:

I’ve created a poetry chat book, a companion piece to my exhibit.  If you’d like to buy a copy, visit one of the stores below. Hard copy and electronic available. 100% of the dollars on all sales through August 2016 go to RAM and the 52 Project.

Createspace store

Amazon

Donate to Riverside Art Museum (RAM) and support these types of projects:

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Like us and promote the event on Facebook:

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Thanks for your support.

I look forward to seeing you on the 7th!

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