Your Personal Invitation


Shawn Barney Barron in Mill Valley, CA July 5, 2012

No time to say, “Hello, Goodbye” cause it’s late.  Mark your calendars pronto for this event.  Read photographer Tom Carey’s interview with Barney in Surfing Magazine.  Carey says it all in the opening paragraph.  Come and catch the WAVE.  I’ll see you there.

The Art of Physical Fitness

Skill and imagination equals art.   Joseph Hubertus Pilates invented and promoted  the Pilates method of physical fitness.   Pilates is a body conditioning routine that helps build flexibility and long, lean muscles, strength and endurance in the legs, abdominals, arms, hip and back.  Proof is in the gluteus maxmus (buttocks) and rectus abdominis (abs).  Standing tall is Joe Pilates at age 57 and 82. “A man is as young as his spinal column.”,  “Physical fitness is the first requisite of happiness.”  Wiki Joe Piliates for more information.  In Northern California I recommend The Pad Studio.  Two locations:  San Francisco and  Greenbrae, (Marin County). “I’ve taken classes in SF and they are excellent” – G.M.

Professional Videographer Wanted (This event is over, but go on and read the links about a good deed and some beautiful people)

Where art and design does the most good.

RoomsThatRock4Chemo, a non-profit organization in the San Francisco Bay Area,  is looking for a “sweet heart” of a camera person to donate his/her time to work with reporter Kate Kelly of CBS5 to film Nancy Ballard, recipient of a Jefferson Award for volunteerism and public service.  If you are that person, or know someone who is, please read the information below.

When:   December 3rd at 1pm for about half an hour.
Where:  Location is Marin Cancer Care, 1350 South Eliseo Drive, Suite 200 (upstairs) in Greenbrae, CA
For details, please call 415.518.1716

Good Dog, Good Read.

Not only is Mark Ulriksen the subject of an interview in this week’s issue of Good Dog, but his whimsical illustrations also grace the cover and content pages.  A major contributor to national magazines to her credit, Melanie D.G. Kaplan, proposed and conducted the interview.  See for yourself.

Eric Drooker at the Beat Museum, San Francisco. September 7th at 7:30 PM

Come to the event and say hi.  Have questions for Eric?   Ask him yourself.  I will make the intros.  – Ming

Eric’s slide presentation is a favorite event at colleges, universities, and cultural centers. Available to lecture on all aspects of his work, he will demonstrate how his art functions in various popular mediums. As he projects hundreds of magical images, Drooker will explore his early years as a street artist in New York City, and trace the evolution of his graphic novels into animated films—and from his cover paintings for The New Yorker, to his slow infiltration of the mainstream. Accompanied by the artist on a variety of musical instruments

Beat Museum

The One That Got Away

Shawn “Barney” Barron is a popular pro surfer who lives in Santa Cruz.  He has created art, not only on the crest of waves, but also on stretched canvas.  First up is a self-portrait painted while Barney was in high school.  Now 40, his art is literally stuffed in corners, stacked on shelves and hung on walls of his Westside home.  I got an opportunity to meet Barney in March of this year.  He conducted a walk-through of his home/studio pulling art out of thin air.  Barney and I were poised to work together, but his sponsor, VOLCOM, nixed the venture.  That is fine for the time being.  I am very patient.  Barney expressed extreme regret but added he would like to attend one of my receptions.  I liked Barney a lot.  He is one very “cool” human being.