23 August 2010

Sweet Summer Ends

Summertime saw us travelling, camping, partying, and spending time with our new puppy, Gulliver.

Hyland and Addison spent some time camping in Bakkum and I joined them for the second trip. It's kid paradise there. Several of his classmates have caravans there, so they spend some time running down dirt paths to see each other.

Then there's the beach, the dunes, and just hanging around the camper sites.

It rained a bit while we were there so Hyland painted Little Guys and we played Monopoly.

When it dried out a little we collected pine cones and sticks and made a little art fence and a garland to decorate the campsite.

Later on in the summer, the gigantic event, SAIL, happened within walking distance of our house. This event phappens only every 5 years, and in 2005, 1.8 million people came to see it. Addison and I walked around and checked out the ships and other attractions. They had fireworks 4 nights in a row!

After a sunny and dry weekend, as fate would have it, it rained cats and dogs the morning of Addison's first day of school. And of course, because of SAIL, we had to ride the long way around to get there. Needless to say we were drenched to the bone.

And a new school year begins!

05 June 2010

Sweet Summer in Amsterdam

Ok, so it is really really nice in Amsterdam right now. Yesterday, I went on a long bike ride to meet an art collector buddy at his flat and rode through both Wondel Park and Rembrandt Park...total frisbee season.

The weather in this part of the world is by no means 'excellent' so when the sun is shining everyone is outside (even more than usual).

We've been busy doing what we love.

The new Andenken space is open now and we have the stellar Morcky exhibition up right now.

At the opening the Blus Bus was in effect, run by our very friendly studio mate Dick.

We are so lucky to have our studios here. Malia's studio is looking amazing.

Serving up the cupcakes

Before the Morcky show we did a successful install of the 'Where On Earth Have You Been?' exhibition at Streetlab.

This was our third show with Streetlab and they have really been a great partner for Mather:Kunst and Andenken.

We sold our Block Building in Denver in April and I've got 'happy - sad' going on about it.

The building was so beautiful, but we just don't live there anymore and .... now we want to do something bigger here. So, yeah, after more than a decade of solid art activity in Denver, we quietly disappeared from that landscape.

Took an artist friend, Joe Holbrook out on the boat last night. He was a real good sport, we broke a pin and ran out of gas...both things that can turn a mission sour in the wrong hands, but he handled it with poise and after we McGiver'd the pin we celebrated with about 20 beers.
Here is a mural Joe painted with another artist friend, Lil'Shy

Addison, had a spreekbeurt at his school, which means that he had a 'speaking turn' , so this was his first report in front of the class. He did his report on the basic movements of the chess (schaken) pieces, the Rook (toren), Bishops (lopers) King (koning) Queen (dame), Knights (paarden), and the Pawns (pionnen).

I was / am very proud of him. It is very difficult to explain the movements of chess pieces concisely to other 8 year olds, and he was able to do it effectively in Dutch. I'm also amazed at how well he is playing the game itself, he is a good strategist.

On Monday, I'm off to Denver to gear up for the Summer Art Market.

28 May 2010

Andenken in Amsterdam

Damn have we been busy. And neglectful of our blog. Sorry folks. And here I am with just a short little note about our newest exploit.

Tomorrow night, Andenken gallery opens its doors for the first time in Amsterdam. Yes, we've been putting on art shows over the two years we have lived here, but under the name Mather:Kunst. When the Andenken location in Denver closed up we decided that Andenken would live on with us here in the original sin city.

So, if you're in the fair and slightly chilly City of Amsterdam tomorrow night, please drop by. If not, be sure to at least check out MORCKY and find out what you have been mising.


22 January 2010

Look, we're on TV. In Holland!

Well folks, we have made our television debut here in Holland. Check us out here on the RTV-NH site:

Skip to 2:10 to see our segment. It's about people from outside of the Netherlands who move here and the sentimental things they bring with them.