26 Oct 2016

PLUME SERVICE: Bringing the Art to Life

PLUME SERVICE: Bringing the Art to Life

If these walls could talk… Over 80 Victorian paintings and other art pieces grace the walls of The Pfister Hotel, an impressive art collection worth more than the original cost of the Hotel in 1893.  It is considered to be the largest collection of Victorian art in any hotel in the world.  Each art piece […]

31 Jul 2016

Gallery Night: Interpreting the Textures in Our Lives

Gallery Night: Interpreting the Textures in Our Lives

It is what it is.  Perception. It is what it is not.  Metaphor. My mother used to like to recount how one day in preschool, a classmate approached me and asked me, “What are you?”  Yes, “what” not “who.”  As my mother and teacher eavesdropped, I’m told that I (and this is all my mother, […]

23 Jun 2016

Synergy: Performance, Art, & Service (Part III)

Synergy: Performance, Art, & Service (Part III)

PART III This is Part 3 of “Synergy: Performance, Art, & Service.”  In the first two parts, I recounted my experiences at 371 Productions live performance of their radio/podcast show Precious Lives and how their call to stem the tide of gun violence intersects with the Origin8 abstract art show in The Pfister’s Pop-Up Gallery […]

22 May 2016

“It Takes a Village to Raise a Dentist”

“It Takes a Village to Raise a Dentist”

I was sitting at my little bean-shaped Narrator table on the lobby landing today, finishing another story, when I noticed the tell-tale signs that a graduation had just occurred: flat black boards and flowing black gowns.  Then the inevitable hat hair (only on the guys, of course).  I couldn’t tell if they were high school […]

22 May 2016

15 Simply (But Often Difficult) Courageous Goals for Charging Our Hearts

15 Simply (But Often Difficult) Courageous Goals for Charging Our Hearts

This month, I’m teaching Homer’s Odyssey for the last time in a great while.  My freshmen know the Hero Journey, the Greek hospitality code of xenia, and the value of nostos (or homecoming), and are learning life lessons about survival and courage from the adventures of Odysseus, his son Telemachus, and his partner Penelope, each […]

18 May 2016

What Did You Create Today?

What Did You Create Today?

Everywhere I turn in this cozy room, I encounter a new artist.   Pamela Anderson, The Pfister’s new Artist-in-Residence, is on the west coast during this event, and her fellow artist, Melissa Dorn Richards, has taken up temporary residence in the studio, carving the thick white paint on her square canvases to re-imagine industrial mop […]