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I Madonnari 2016 – Day Three

Traci Lee Stum's work
Traci Lee Stum’s work

I returned to the festival early on day three to take some more photos and talk with friends. Great artwork and marvelous people.

All the artists seemed to recover well from the Sunday morning wetting. When I take visitors to Santa Barbara on the typical tourist venues it is fun to see that many of the images are still visible months afterwards. The colors fade, quickly with foot, car traffic and weather add their patina but the spirit lives.

Mark your calendars for the 31st edition for Memorial Day Weekend 2017. Hope to see you there.

I Madonnari 2016 – Day One

The Santa Barbara Mission, home to the I Madonnari Festival
The Santa Barbara Mission, home to the I Madonnari Festival

Welcome to images from the 30th I Madonnari Italian Street Painting Festival. This annual event, sponsored by The Children’s Creative Project is a Santa Barbara and Tom Buhl favorite.

Held over Memorial Day weekend, I have been an artist for twenty-five of those thirty years. Last year was my “official” retirement as a participant. Titanium knees and shoulders do not lend themselves to this activity. I miss being a part of it.

IMG_9834It is inspiring to wander the Mission setting without chalk smears all over my face and clothes. I like to take photos all three days to see the art as it develops. Some artists finish on the first day, but many will be at working well into Monday.

Today, I enjoyed talking to my artistic friends as well as others, like me, who bask in the swirl of art, food, music and community.

Tomorrow is another day, and perhaps a few more images to share. Enjoy.

Schafer H.S. gathering summer 2015

Fifty-one years after the class of 1964 graduated we gathered at Big Bear Lodge for another evening of laughter, sharing and catching up. If anybody’s name is incorrect please let me, Grace or Susan know and it shall be fixed.

I had my outdoor portrait lens on the camera thus was unable to get any group images this time. Perhaps when we do it again, I’ll be better prepared. We had a bit of photo op scramble and probably missed a few folks but hopefully, some of the other cameras captured those fine folks.

The big mystery is how did my dad get in the photos that were supposed to have me? Guess that is a photobomb those young whipper snappers speak of.

Thank you everyone for your friendship and memories. Go Vikings.

DSO/Greenfield Village concert & fireworks 2015

IMG_7286I joined the Skidfolks for our annual Detroit Symphony Orchestra concert at Greenfield Village. Almost 10,000 people attended the  Friday, July 3  event. Hilarious entertainment provided by Jillian, Lauren and Ilona.

Their captivating performance was followed by a military orchestra and choir. After a brief intermission, the DSO presented with a lively mix of americana themed pieces including a medley salute to the various United States armed forces branches.

M1962 2.25" ConfederateTo prepare for the fireworks display our DSO performed the All-American (by adoption), Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture. Canon fire provided by the Loomis’ (Michigan) Battery featuring 19th century (some are reproductions) guns. The guns are placed on the elevated railroad platform and before the show the audience is welcome to get a close up view and to talk with the Loomis crew.