August 5 to August 11, Grant-Related Activities

Besides continuing to sort through slides, so that I can get the images that I need to save professionally scanned and starting a new panel as part of my large diptych (or, perhaps, triptych?), I addressed the area between my back deck and my studio that turns into a swamp in rainy weather. Several weeks ago I added stepping stones. This week I removed the grass in the area, laid down weed barrier fabric and am covering it with shells to improve the drainage. I'm hoping to have to project completed by the end of next week, along with the installation of my new roof, which, weather permitting, is scheduled for August 26. 

A lot of time was wasted this week with a back-and-forth communication with someone in Lithuania who expressed interest in my art having seen it on my web site. They claimed they wanted to purchase three pieces. 

Not long ago I had a similar experience where someone "interested in purchasing my art" sent me a check for the art, plus the cost of shipping. Happily my friends on FaceBook alerted me to this common scam before I shipped the art. As a result, I didn't deposit the check, which would have bounced, giving the criminal access to my banking information. I still have the check! I notified the police, but they weren't interested on following up, just told me to alert my friends, which I'm doing.

The Lithuanian scammer sounded fairly genuine so I proceeded with caution. She wanted to purchase the art with a credit card and asked me to research the cost of shipping from St Petersburg to Vilnius, Lithuania. I notified her of the estimated shipping cost. She then asked me to use her preferred shippers--a new company based in Ireland. I navigated to their web site and an image of moving water immediately made me feel seasick--not the way a professional shippers' web site should make one feel! The typos were another indicator of something fishy. I did some research and discovered that this, too, is a common scam using stolen credit cards and bogus "shippers." I informed the scammer that we would use my local shippers or the deal was off. End of deal!  

So...in between starting a new diptych panel, dealing with a scammer and my building projects and juggling my teaching schedule (on Monday I start working with Alzheimer's patients and their caregivers at the Museum of Fine Arts), I slowly proceeded with with the slide scanning project. It's taken me on a trip down memory lane from a Crossing the Line ceremony on a cruise ship heading from Durban, South Africa, to Brindisi, Italy, when I was twenty and heading to a job as a graphic artist in an advertising agency on Fleet Street, London, to the Brandenburg Gate, Berlin, when I hitch-hiked through Europe at the age of twenty-one, to, more recently, exhibitions of my art all over the United Sates, both in solo and group shows. I'm using a little scanner, borrowed from Eckerd College where I teach, to scan slides that are fun to look at but don't need to be of professional quality--the majority of them are not going on my web site. I'm posting some of those faded and somewhat grainy images here.    

   

 At the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin while hitch-hiking with two South African friends around Europe.

At the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin while hitch-hiking with two South African friends around Europe.

 The  Virgin and the Whore  float as part of a Women Take Back the Night march in San Francisco. This was a collaborative project, organized by performance artists Suzanne Lacy and Leslie Labowitz, in which I participated, along with a group of fellow students in the Feminist Studio Workshop at the  Woman's Building    in Los Angeles.  Also, while a student at the Feminist Studio Workshop, I joined the team of volunteers who worked on Judy Chicago's  Dinner Party  now on permanent display at the Brooklyn Museum.

The Virgin and the Whore float as part of a Women Take Back the Night march in San Francisco. This was a collaborative project, organized by performance artists Suzanne Lacy and Leslie Labowitz, in which I participated, along with a group of fellow students in the Feminist Studio Workshop at the Woman's Building in Los Angeles.  Also, while a student at the Feminist Studio Workshop, I joined the team of volunteers who worked on Judy Chicago's Dinner Party now on permanent display at the Brooklyn Museum.

 A detail, made from bones and handmade paper, from the installation,   Suttee, Moths and the Bomb: a Trinity,   that was exhibited in solo and group shows at various locations in New Mexico and Montana, also in Los Angeles, Atlanta, Tampa and St Petersburg.

A detail, made from bones and handmade paper, from the installation, Suttee, Moths and the Bomb: a Trinity, that was exhibited in solo and group shows at various locations in New Mexico and Montana, also in Los Angeles, Atlanta, Tampa and St Petersburg.

 In my studio at Salt Creek Artworks shortly after I arrived in St Petersburg in 2000. It was located on Fourth Street South until a few years ago. This is where I had my first solo exhibition in St Petersburg. T he series,   Bound Crosses and Boundary Crossings,   a part of that show, was also exhibited in Richmond VA, Atlanta GA, at Hillsborough Community College in Ybor City and was part of my mini-retrospective,   Rose Marie Prins: The East Coast Years   at St Petersburg's Mahaffey Theater in 2013. 

In my studio at Salt Creek Artworks shortly after I arrived in St Petersburg in 2000. It was located on Fourth Street South until a few years ago. This is where I had my first solo exhibition in St Petersburg. The series, Bound Crosses and Boundary Crossings, a part of that show, was also exhibited in Richmond VA, Atlanta GA, at Hillsborough Community College in Ybor City and was part of my mini-retrospective, Rose Marie Prins: The East Coast Years at St Petersburg's Mahaffey Theater in 2013. 

 A detail from an installation,   Modern Interior ,  at Project Creo in the old pyramid pier building, St Petersburg, as part of a group show of installation art in the early 2000s

A detail from an installation, Modern Interior, at Project Creo in the old pyramid pier building, St Petersburg, as part of a group show of installation art in the early 2000s

 At the opening of   War and Peace and the Height in Between ,  a solo exhibition at the Catherine Hickman Theater in Gulfport a few years ago.  The Height in Between  was the title of American poet, Timothy Houghton's book of poems that was published earlier that year. He wrote the poem,  A War Far and Near  for me. I made an artists book of the same title which I read at the opening . 

At the opening of War and Peace and the Height in Between, a solo exhibition at the Catherine Hickman Theater in Gulfport a few years ago. The Height in Between was the title of American poet, Timothy Houghton's book of poems that was published earlier that year. He wrote the poem, A War Far and Near for me. I made an artists book of the same title which I read at the opening . 

   Homeland, Lost and Found ,  a collaborative installation inspired by a poem by Salah Al Hamdani with music composed and arranged by Rick Neal of element-dao, video by Jim Sennott and calligraphy by Charlene McCarthy. I was awarded a solo show in 2014, having won Best-of-Show the previous year at the Morean Arts Center.   Rose Marie Prins: Homeland Lost and Found  was a solo show in which I invited the other artists to collaborate with me.

Homeland, Lost and Found, a collaborative installation inspired by a poem by Salah Al Hamdani with music composed and arranged by Rick Neal of element-dao, video by Jim Sennott and calligraphy by Charlene McCarthy. I was awarded a solo show in 2014, having won Best-of-Show the previous year at the Morean Arts Center.  Rose Marie Prins: Homeland Lost and Found was a solo show in which I invited the other artists to collaborate with me.