3 Apr 2017

FOOD AS ART: Pamela Anderson’s Legacy Dinner

FOOD AS ART: Pamela Anderson’s Legacy Dinner

When I first wrote about the Pfister Hotel Artist-in-Residence Pamela Anderson a little over a year ago, I contrived a letter from her to me, written from a plane: Dear Dominic, I’m writing this from 28,000 feet.  Soon, I will touch down on the hotel’s carpeted runway and disembark in my new studio-for-a-year.  I haven’t met […]

27 Feb 2017

PLUME SERVICE 4.0 | February 22, 2017 | Victorian Paintings Gone Wild (Warning: NSFW…just kidding…come on…they’re paintings!)

PLUME SERVICE 4.0 | February 22, 2017 | Victorian Paintings Gone Wild (Warning: NSFW…just kidding…come on…they’re paintings!)

Before we get to the results of the fourth Plume Service writing workshop, let me just say: This is not what I had planned!  It’s not important what I was going to have the writers’ focus be; what’s important is that we decided to begin by brainstorming a list of different genres and formats with which […]

21 Feb 2017

PHOTO ESSAY: Get Inside Yourself by Getting Inside the Box

PHOTO ESSAY: Get Inside Yourself by Getting Inside the Box

Come on in.  The door is open. Make your Self at home. Don’t be shy.  There aren’t any rules. Lounge.  Relax.  Write.  Doodle. And share a part of your Self on the walls. This project is a metaphor for that inner place we go to when we take creative risks.  It also represents the playful […]

26 Jan 2017

That’s a Big Clock: Robin and the Polish Moon

That’s a Big Clock: Robin and the Polish Moon

Robin Campbell, The Pfister Hotel’s house carpenter for eight years, retired two years ago.  But he came back for Gallery Night last Friday to see the work of his friend Stephanie Barenz, the Hotel’s fifth Artist-in-Residence (AiR), as well as the work of the other AiRs past and present. When she arrived, she described him in […]

15 Dec 2016

PLUME SERVICE II | December 10, 2016 | More “Hearing Voices”

PLUME SERVICE II | December 10, 2016 | More “Hearing Voices”

As promised, here are a few more stories inspired by the paintings in The Pfister Hotel.  The first was written by Amy Miller–we squealed in delight at its ability to be both formal sounding and naughty.  The second is another by Amy, a letter from a character in the hazy painting who is barely recognizable at […]

14 Dec 2016

PLUME SERVICE II | December 10, 2016 | “Hearing Voices”

PLUME SERVICE II | December 10, 2016 | “Hearing Voices”

What is “voice”? It’s what comes out of our mouths when we speak, the reverberation of air through our vocal cords that makes particular sounds, with a pitch and a timbre, a tone and a frequency.  But is that all it is? Is it the expression of our unique style, whether spoken or written (or even […]