Court C Studios – Take a Tour

I’ve been sharing posts regarding the Tacoma Studio Tours which are happening this weekend. October 15th and 16th from 11am to 5pm you will have the opportunity to visit 57 artists and collaborative studios.

Find studio locations and plan your trip by visiting the Tacoma Arts Website, there  you’ll find an interactive map and trip planner that should be helpful in plotting your course.

Believe it or not, Tacoma has a very rich art scene and if you happen to live even just a little south of Seattle you might find the trip to Tacoma to be a nice(r) alternative to the hustle and bustle of Seattle, with its frustrating, ongoing road construction, heavy traffic congestion and impossible to find parking (and expensive when you do).  I encourage anyone in the area to head out this weekend and discover the hidden, and not so hidden, treasures you can find in Tacoma. You’ll find The City of Destiny offers something for everyone from antique and thrift shops, quirky gift shops, interesting art collectives to world class museums. And parking in most areas is only $2.00 for the entire day on Saturdays! WHAT? Yep, you read that right. There is also the Tacoma Link Light Rail which is FREE to ride and will take you from any point on its route to the Theater District stop and from there  Court C Studios is just a short walk away.

So – get over to the Tacoma Arts website and plan your trip now. Please.

Here is a wonderful short video created by the City of Tacoma highlighting a friend of mine, Lynne Farren – an amazing mixed media and collage artist, as well as painter. I happen to be in the same building ( “Court C Studio aka Firers Etc.) with Lynne and it’s always fun and inspiring to see what she comes up with.

Court C Studios will be open for the tour on Saturday AND Sunday. We are number 25 on the Studio Tour Map. Come in and have a chat with the artists, learn something interesting and create something fun.

Court C Studios...

Roberta Lowes, hand woven wearables and accessories

Leah Fits, acrylic painting and mixed media

Nancy Mclaughlin, acrylic painting

Karen Perrine, hand marbled paper, paper and collage artist

Shirley Benton, acrylic painting

Ann Darling, custom clothing and accessories, textile artist
We would all love to see you there!

You Are What You Say You Are

Recently I saw an Oprah rerun in which she was interviewing Maya Angelou. They were reflecting on Maya’s great words of wisdom and Oprah remarked on a somewhat rhetorical question Maya had apparently posed to her many years before: “Why don’t you believe people when they tell you who they are?” I honestly don’t remember anything else about the interview, but that question struck a nerve with me – my “OMG” nerve to be exact, and I’ve been thinking about it for several weeks.

First of all,  I immediately imagined myself, Maya, Oprah (Gayle was there too of course) along with many other highly successful, eloquent women (yeah – I’m not sure why I was there either, but for the sake of my story just believe I was there) having a lovely book club gathering. A wonderful discussion was dancing around an elegant menu of finger sandwiches, stuffed figs and tuna tartar when clumsily, I spilled my tangorita all over the  carefully set buffet. Well, in my embarrassment, I blurted out “I’m such an idiot”.  My sudden outburst was a clear warning to all those present –  I was not at all suited to be in their midst. Needless to say, I was immediately escorted out the door – all hope of future invitations followed close behind. How could these refined ladies be associated with such a self-proclaimed idiot as myself? What would it do to their polished reputations?

So, it was at that very moment I realized the importance of speaking the truth about who I am. I will no longer say negative, untrue things about myself.  Sure, I’m Crazy, I think we all are,  just a little. I don’t think that’s a negative statement, being a little crazy gives (some of) us wonderfully fun and creative personalities. But just because I might find my “misplaced” book in the refrigerator, forget to unplug the flat-iron, boil away the water from a pot of maccaroni noodles, forget to put the parking break on, or leave my ATM card in the ATM (as it desperately beeps out to me not to forget) does that really make me an idiot? No, of course not. Absent minded, preoccupied, a menace to society maybe, but  an idiot? No.

We deny the negative things our friends, and even acquaintances, say about themselves. We meet their self-deprecating statements with “No you’re not”, “Don’t talk like that”, “That’s not true!”. Isn’t that the natural, kind, correct way to respond? Sure it is, but after pondering this question for a while, I think about how I wish I had listened more carefully to people when they told me who they were. I’ve also learned to be more mindful and honest in speaking about myself to others.

Many self-help gurus teach the importance of positive affirmations, avoiding negative self talk and creating our own destiny with positive visualization. But I also feel we should treat ourselves how we treat others. I would never treat anyone or talk to anyone the way I talk to myself. And from now on, I am going to treat myself the way I feel I should, and do, treat others.

I realize Maya’s question was not intended to stir such introspection as much as it was intended to help us avoid poisonous relationships; however if we are advised to believe others when they tell us who they are, then wouldn’t it also be true that we should expect others to believe what we say about ourselves?