Wordless Wednesday: Artrageous Friday & Summerfest

(all photos taken on a Nikon D300 with 35mm 1.8 lens)


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CoMo Art | Orr Street Studios turns 5!

Orr Street Studios celebrated it’s fifth anniversary on Saturday with an open house, complete with birthday cake and painting demonstrations. The event ran from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and was free and open to the public. Many of the artists were on hand, either as part of the demonstrations or to talk to about their art and to see their studio spaces. Also on display were two boards, one with photos of the studio site during various stages of construction and the other showcasing information on the award the studio received for it’s design (I forgot to jot down the name of the actual award–if a reader can post it in the comments, I’d be happy to edit for it). Visitors could also take a seat and watch a five minute documentary on the history of the building.

Overall, I would describe the open house as a low-key event, assuming most of the buzz occurred the night before during their Silent Auction and Cocktail party. Tickets  for that event were $25 and reservations were required. I wasn’t able to attend but spoke with Donna Brunet who rents a studio space to display her macro photography of insects and flowers, and she estimated attendance to be near 100. Regardless of the official head count, it sounds like the auction was quite a success with many of the items donated by the studio artists selling for near or over their suggested value.

When my family arrived around 11:30 on Saturday we were warmly welcomed by Orr Street director, Mary Kroening. While my son immediately gravitated toward the large sheet cake  near the front door, my husband and I were drawn to the unique collection of mid-century chairs set up in front of a small video screen in photographer Anastasia Pottinger’s studio. Some of the artists were prepping for painting demonstrations of a table-top still life scene that was set up in the central part of the building. Others were in their studios working on various pieces or just available to chat with visitors as they wandered from space to space. As expected, my son soon became bored, so my husband left with him and I was free to explore and photograph some of what we experienced. As with so many of the Orr Street events that I’ve attended, I left with an impression of a great sense of community among the studio artists and their collective desire to share their space and talents with the public.

I’m uploading more photos from this event to our Facebook page, including information on the artists pictured. Check back this afternoon for a direct  link, or go there now and “like” our page to receive updates when new posts and photo galleries are added.

UPDATE: You can find the full gallery of images from this event HERE

Art + Food = Let Them Eat Art!

On Thursday, April 5, the Columbia Art League hosted Let Them Eat Art!, an evening event pairing creative art with creative food. The event was held in conjunction with CAL’s current exhibit, Eat Me!, featuring food-inspired works of art. For Let Them Eat Art! a dozen local chefs were invited to choose a piece of art as inspiration for a platter of tapas-style dishes. Guests sampled the tapas and voted on the most creative dish. I heard the evening was so successful that CAL may consider it as an annual event. If so, keep an eye out for this on their calendar next Spring. If you appreciate good food and art, this is something you don’t want to miss!

Also, please visit our facebook page to see more photos from the event!


Wordless Wednesdays: Hot Air Balloons

Hot air balloons hover over the horizon on Sunday, March 25.

Which photo is your favorite?


True/False 2012: A final visual perspective

I spent 40+ hours over 12 days photographing T/F preparations and parts of the actual festival. Ultimately, I didn’t photograph nearly half of what I wanted to.

I didn’t make it to any of the panels, workshops or classes; nor did I make it to events like Campfire Stories, the True Life Run or the popular Comedy Night and Gimme Truth. I also missed out on photographing installations at Jesse Hall and the Globe and Forrest theaters. So what did I do? Scroll down to see a photo diary from my weekend, then follow the links at the bottom of the post to visit our Facebook page featuring extended photo galleries from each day of the festival.

(Zac also shared his experiences through several diary entries in which he focuses mainly on film and music reviews. Please check them out if you haven’t yet. I found his weekend diary very informative and it will help me decide which remaining films to see, either at Ragtag or when they are for rent at 9th Street Video.)

Now for my recap!


I was able to catch part of the set up at The Blue Note as they prepared for the first film Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry to be shown there that evening.  Set up crews hung barnacles on the walls and suspended colorful light boxes above the screen and on the walls on each side of the stage.

At 6:00 I attended The Jubilee at the Missouri Theater. I really thought more people would be dressed up beyond cocktail attire and a Mardi Gras-type mask. I’ve seen photos in the past of some outrageous outfits and costumes, but maybe I was only seeing a small percentage of those who go all out and dress up. I took the liberty to dress for the occassion and rented a fancy gown at Maude Vintage. I even donned a mask similar to the woman’s below (sans feathers) and was still able to successfully take photos. I felt a little ridiculous all dressed up while working, but I had fun. Too bad I didn’t think about asking someone to take my photo.

Later that evening I attended a bit of the Buskers Showcase at Cafe Berlin. I was only able to catch Bramble’s performance. I remember watching them play outside the Box Office last year when waiting in line for tickets and was glad to see they were back again this year. Little did I know I would ending up photographing them (and Les Trois Coups) several times throughout the weekend.


After lunch I started out by visiting The Portal. Apparently this secret little alleyway is open each year during T/F but this was the first year I knew about it and I wanted to see Andrew Oesch’s installation. I’m not sure what he used on the bricks, but it almost looked like layers of aged masking tape. It wasn’t, but that’s what it looked like to me. 

After checking that out, I took my husband to the Box Office to see it in person. He’d already seen lots of my behind-the-scenes photos of it through the design/build/decorate process but not the completed space. After checking out the box office we wandered around, people watched, and then decided we needed a beer and snack. We wanted to see Detropia which was showing at The Picture House at 8 p.m. With some time to kill before the March March Parade, we stopped by The Picture House to check out the venue which featured a great installation of over 500 video portraits of fellow mid-Missourians.

A little after 5pm we started walking toward the Courthouse for the start of the parade but made a pit stop at the corner of 9th and Broadway to watch a bit of Les Trois Coups perform. They were a very theatrical and entertaining group of French musicians who hardly said a word I could understand, but still made me smile from ear to ear.

The March March parade was probably the most visually entertaining event I photographed. This annual march through the heart of downtown is well covered by photographers and videographers, but believe it or not this was the first time I actually documented it. I had a hard time deciding which direction to point my camera, as there was so much going on around me. Despite the chaos, I think I caught a good sampling of the action. Again, you can see more by following the links at the bottom of this post.

I even managed to find festival co-founder Paul Sturtz admiring the crowd coming down 9th Street toward the Missouri Theater.

The photo below is from the parade but I wanted to take this time to mention one of the features of the fest: the Bike Spa offered by PedNet’s Youth Bike Club. Set up in front of the Missouri Theater, the bike spa was a place for festival goers to leave their bikes for a light tune-up while they took in a film. For a small donation, the youth would wash the frame, air up the tires and clean and lube the chain. Also set up  in front of the the theater was a bike valet and bike share station. The bike share was a new feature this year. I don’t have any official feedback on how successful it was (I suspect the chilly weather may have discouraged some people from pedaling around) but I was glad to see festival attendees taking advantage of the service to get from venue to venue.

After the parade it was time for more food and beverages, then off to “Q” for the first screening of Detropia. Below, co-directors Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady stand on stage with festival co-founder David Wilson while speaking to the audience before the screening.

After the film I had ambitions to photograph the @ction Party, and even made it in the door and near the open dance floor, but after 30 minutes I had to throw in the towel. I know, I’m lame. It was only 10:30 and the party had just started, but with two more days of photographing and film watching ahead of me, I was ready to call it a night.


I woke up Saturday morning with the intention of photographing the True Life Run, but could not get out of bed.  As much as I wanted to ignore my tiredness, my body and mind had other plans, so I slept in. By the time I got down on the street (I live in an apartment downtown, so I can walk right out the door and be at the festival) it was nearly lunch time. I wanted to check out the Forrest and Globe theaters but both were showing films. I ended up walking past the Box Office after coming from the Globe Theater and heard live music coming from inside. Turns out I stumbled upon some video recording sessions for some of the buskers. I don’t have a lot of details, even after asking for more info, but from what I understand it was part of a T/F project and the videos (or films—I don’t know what to call them) will be released in a couple of months. That is all I know. I ended up photographing three of the six or seven bands they recorded. I’m looking forward to seeing/listening to the final cuts.


After the busking sessions I decided I needed to eat. I did a lot of aimless wandering after that, trying to figure out where to go to next, if I should “Q” for a film or try to catch a panel or workshop. I tried finding artist Jesse Graves or any of the local students who were supposed to be out decorating the sidewalks with mud stencil art. Instead of finding them in action, all I could find was their finished work, as seen below.

Parked just a few feet away from that mud stencil was Kyle Durrie’s awesome mobile letterpress studio. Kyle is a letterpress printer from Oregon who converted a bread truck into a mobile letterpress shop and hit the road in June 2011 to spread her passion for printmaking. It’s really an amazing space that she has created and I was so glad that I happened upon her open studio hours at the festival. For a donation you could print your own T/F souvenir poster. I  photographed someone else trying it out that day, but returned Sunday to make my own. It was really fun! 

After wandering most of the afternoon without a plan, my husband and I decided to “Q” for two films that night. Up first was Victor Kossakovsky’s ¡Vivan las Antipodas! showing at the Missouri Theater. I admit, I forgot that Mr. Kossakovsky was the 2012 True Vision Award receipient, so it was a nice surprise to be in the audience when he was presented with the award. The bronze statue, seen below, was created by nationally known Columbia artist Larry Young and was donated to the festival.

Out of the three films I saw all weekend (yes, only three!) I enjoyed ¡Vivan las Antipodas! the most, simply for the stunning visuals, unique rotating camera work and digital editing. I did a Google search and found this image that shows one of the scenes from the film, only achievable in post-production as it juxtaposes two places on earth (antipodes) that are diametrically opposite of each other. It was a really neat film showing the eerie similarities and stark contrasts of four pairs of antipodes.

Image pulled from www.voxmagazine.com/blog (courtesy of T/F Film Fest)


After ¡Vivan las Antipodas! our plan was to rush directly to the Globe Theater to get a “Q” number for The Imposter showing at 8:30 p.m. In a last minute decision we opted to stay at the Missouri Theater to listen to Mr. Kossakovsky speak following his film. Then, the plan was to walk back to our apartment, rest for a bit and head back out for nighttime music at the Busker Showcase or Mojo’s A-Go-Go. Sadly, neither happened for me. (Zac, on the other hand, made it to MoJo’s and you can read his music reviews HERE).


My husband went to  see Comic-Con Episode IV at the Blue Note with a friend at 12:30 so I stayed in with our son (we only had child care for two of the four days of the fest which was part of our reason for seeing so few films, in addition to trying to fit everything else in). I ended up spending the late afternoon and early evening doing some street and venue photography before the last films.


I also ended up seeing a third film at 6 p.m., Secret Screening Purple, which I’m not allowed to discuss since that’s the purpose of a secret screening.  Instead, I will show you a photo of Why Are We Building Such A Big Ship?, the band that played before the secret screening. 

The last and probably most enjoyable thing I photographed all weekend was the Buskers Last Stand held in the lobby of the Missouri Theater. It was the very last event of the festival and a wonderful way to end the weekend. Since I’m  petite (5’1″ for those who don’t know me in person) I was able to use my size to my advantage and squeeze in really close to the bands. My favorite part was when members from all of the bands gathered for some impromptu jamming and singing. Several musicians took turns standing on a chair, singing or playing their hearts out. The vibe in the room was awesome and everyone appeared to really be enjoying themselves. I know I did.

And, look, here’s Paul celebrating the end of another wonderful True/False Film Festival! It was so glad to see him living in the moment, laughing and taking in the sights and sounds of what he helped start nine years ago.  

To co-founders Paul and David, all of the volunteers, and everyone else who contributes to making this festival a reality year-after-year, all I can simply say is, “THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!”

If you still can’t get enough of T/F, follow these links to view more on our Facebook page! 

True/False: Forrest Theatre, signage and the Box Office

My photo series on T/F preparations continues! All of these photographs were taken yesterday, February 29.  

True/False: Images from the past few days

My behind-the-scene series continues! If you’re enjoying the images, please don’t be shy about hitting one of those share buttons at the bottom. We appreciate it when you spread the love! This post contains images from Sunday, Monday and Tuesday.  If you missed my previous posts you can find them, here, here and here. The Box Office opens today, and passholders (not including Gateway packets) can pick up their passes between 5-8 p.m.

Are you excited yet?


p.s. I like this last image. I like the colors, the shadows, the textures… the mystery…

True/False: Popcorn, tickets, art installation and lab work

This is T/F photo essay number three for those following my behind-the-scenes coverage of preparations going on at the Box Office and the Lab. If you missed the first two essays you may find them here and here. This post also includes a few images of an art installation that’s starting to take shape in front of Ragtag. I plan on documenting more of that this morning.

In case you’re curious, I’m purposely leaving out photo captions since my behind-the-scenes imagery is intended to pique your curiosity, not give away all of the details. If you’re attending the festival, I encourage to be on the lookout for some of the items you see below, especially the creations coming out of the lab. Also, if  you’re interested in learning more about the ticket printing process, check out this video by Glenn Rice documenting the process from his basement.


True/False: Box Office behind-the-scenes

This is the second installment in a series of photo essays documenting the prep work leading up to the True False Film Festival. If you missed my first behind-the-scenes post, you can check it out here. The following images were taken over a period of three days this past week. It’s pretty amazing what creative people can do on a small budget. There’s no doubt this festival wouldn’t be what it is without all the volunteers and man-hours that that they put in before, during and after the fest. Thank you, volunteers!