Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Deer in The Bright Lights


We have a digital type of “black box” that can beam, shoot or receive (or whatever it does) like a bazillion television channels to our house and we killed it –a long time ago. We keep the “black box” up in a closet  –and we only keep “cable” to have high-speed internet access. Much to our kid’s chagrin, we have always been a huge public television and public radio household, never giving them a gajillion channels at their fingertips (which would be gripped on a remote). So when Cindy Stophlet from KAKM called and asked if I wanted to be famous, I jumped at the chance. Well, not really famous, but would I volunteer to shoot a promo 

vignette with my wall sculpture “Alaska Range” which I was donating to their upcoming fundraising event. In Anchorage, our Public Television Station is KAKM and a premiere art and fundraising event is the KAKM Art Showcase that will be televised live February 11, 12 and 13.  A few of Anchorage’s well known artists, who were donating popular works, were asked if they'd like to promote their art along with the KAKM Art Showcase Auction as the station was filming vignettes with the artists and their work. The 2010 benefit is fast approaching and I 

cleaned up pretty well for the filming, left the welding helmet and Carhartt’s at home and even put on some mascara and lip gloss! I was really nervous and when it was time to read my lines my mouth went dry and my lips felt like they were sticking to my teeth! John LaFournaise, the Production Manager and Scott Bruno the Audio Technician were really helpful and patient as I raced through my blurb the first time. John and Cindy had written up what I wanted to say and input it on the computer which then gently rolled in front of me on the teleprompter screen. When I was able to slow my speech, pronounce my name correctly and clearly, calm down and quit looking at myself in the other monitor they felt we finally had a good take and I felt famous! Here is a link to the 2009 event.  *Anchorage Artists, there is still time for YOU to support public television by donating to the 2010 Art Showcase. KAKM is seeking artwork including sculpture, pottery, jewelry, glass and other fine art & craft. Donations must be received by January 6 to be included in the catalog, contact KAKM at 907-550-8400. 

More, Lights, Camera, Action! Got this via e-mail yesterday and know all my pottery friends should enter: Ceramic Arts Daily Announces Artist Studio Visit Video Contest. Send them a video of your space and enter to win a Skutt Elite Pottery Wheel! "We're looking for creative, friendly, personable, entertaining, humorous, interesting and informative video tours of the garages, barns, basements, warehouses, lofts, closets, and porches that enable our readers to work in clay. Videos should focus on the interesting things that make a studio or a method of working unique. For all the details on the contest, check out  a link to the prospectus."

Got this from my Raku friend Gina who is active with the Bunnell GalleryBunnell Trunk Show Comes to Anchorage! This is a fundraising sale of special items from the Bunnell Street Art Center to be held at Jo and Peter Michalski’s home, 921 West 14th Street in Anchorage. November 22, 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm. There is a minimum suggested donation of $25. Enjoy a delicious mug of homemade soup with bread from Fire Island Bakery and earn a raffle ticket for a pair of Rika Mouw earrings with every purchase of your $25 donation!

11 comments:

Linda Starr said...

Congratulations on your TV slot and your sculpture is beautiful. I wonder if I can submit my studio in a car and a picnic table near my motorhome? Ha. going back to watch the video of you now, how fun I can see it lots quicker now that I have wireless.

Linda Starr said...

Oh shoot, I guess I thought I was going to get to see the clip, well anyway congratulations again.

cindy shake said...

Hi Linda-
sorry there isn't a clip yet...maybe I can upload a segment after they get all of the vignette's edited. I'll check with them, that's a good idea :o) YOU SHOULD enter your new mobile studio or "studio on a roll"!!! Though I'm not sure how happy your hubby would be to add a new pottery wheel that you'd win to the Treasure Bus -ha!!

Orion Designs said...

Congrats on the promo spot! KAKM called me too and I told them the timing was bad. Can you say chicken??

HENHOUSE POTTERY said...

I'm sure you did great! Post a clip if you can, we'd all love to see it!

angela walford said...

hehehe sounds like a laugh! in the pic you look like a cutout i tought you'd been photoshopping but be the lighting, oh well done you,...theres always so much going on in alaska...!

cindy shake said...

Each year the timing had been bad for me too Vicki -except this year :o) Originally I had a sweater on because it was only 6 degrees outside, but by the time I was ready to go I was so nervous I was sweating and had to change into a shirt -ha!!

It does look like a weird cut-out doesn't it Angela?!! I thought the same thing!! It's just the lighting and I probably needed professional make-up!

Cowgirl Goods said...

WAY COOL! PBS ROCKS! I LOL at the Deer in the bright lights! I use the deer in the head lights comment a lot. Too funny. What a great supportive art scene you live in. Thank you for sharing it with us.

cindy shake said...

Thanks Marjorie & hugs to Bob too.
xo
PS- That photo of Rah was too great :o)

Patricia Griffin said...

Mascara AND lip gloss?!! Man, that's serious! LOL. I'm the same with the make-up... Wow, sounds like great promotion and very exciting. Bravo!

cindy shake said...

Yeah but I just had to remember not to rub my eyes Patricia -hahaha!! I love your new studio color walls!