I continued to meet weekly with my “WFOBOFM” artist group as we supported each other as artists, mothers and co pilots with parenting and family. I had been in the studio recording with the Simon, Jason and Albert and I wanted to have each of the Friday morning women share their art along with blue dirt girl.
I was discussing this event idea and possibly rental of Backspace with owner Blake Williams. Blake said “That reminds me of the Chautauqua from Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert Pirsig.
“What is in mind is a sort of Chautauqua—that’s the only name that I can think of for it—like the traveling tent-show Chautauquas that used to move across America, . . . an old-time series of popular talks intended to edify and entertain, improve the mind and bring culture and enlightenment to the ears and thoughts of the hearer.”
-Robert Pirsig, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance,p.17 ”
That was it blue dirt girl’s Chautauqua was born. Thanks again Blake.
I started with Kiki, Niki and Linda presenting their art and then added many friends, Blake, and his artist friend, Margarita, decided to make a fabulous tent tarp back drop for the bands with his images stamped on it.
Saturday night Blake set a wonderful mood by projecting his art images on the street wall as you entered his Backspace venue. It was a wonderful night with Nohearums and blue dirt girl each doing sets of music, Sophie Yendole had the audience rapt to attention with her wonderful poetry, patrons wandered and saw the Human Library, Javayoga, Donna Redlick’s Modern Dance Video, Sarah Campbell’s jewelry, Chris Blades and Blake Williams art, along with Blake’s presentation of his Public Art project with Architect Richard Henriquez for non profit housing on Main at Hastings. Charmian Nimmo’s Tuxedo Cat Pottery, Erland Kirste’s Refinewoodcraft wooden handmade spheroids and Kiki Yee’s fabulous photographic work.
On Sunday I had Sarah’s daughter, Sybil, offer to lend me her beautiful paper aspen tree for the donation hat to hang. Perfect.
Sunday we had a fabulous impromptu jam with Lorraine Finch, keyboardist, songwriter, singer from our Hello(again) stopping by and suddenly singing with Albert and I, Chris Blades from Nohearums playing gorgeous slide guitar, Martin Walton, from Nohearums running the sound board. Magic.
Folks were reading Blake’s art magazines and books drinking coffee, viewing the art and listening to our jam.
This is the first of many Chautauqua Productions for blue dirt girl.
“because i said i would”