The Los Angeles-based National Museum of Animals & Society, founded by Carolyn Marino Mullin as the first museum dedicated to enriching the lives of animals and people through exploration of shared experiences, is moving to a new, larger space. To that end, they've launched an Indiegogo campaign to raise $50,000, and amount that will be matched by The Ellen Lavinthal Family Trust.
Currently they're at $29,306 with 23 days to reach their goal by February 18, 2015.
There are many terrific perks, and I'm honored that dox-ZEN V from my Twelve dox-ZENs series is available as a print at the $50 level.
Please consider making a contribution at any level, even $1, to support this institution and help it continue to thrive.
The Miners Foundry Cultural Center by Moira McLaughlin
DANK, our ten-person artists collective, has a new home at the Miners Foundry in Nevada City. The historic building, established in 1855, destroyed by fire in 1856, and rebuilt in 1859, is a cultural gem in our Northern California gold rush town.
We are so honored to assist in energizing the building with art and cultural programming, and to continue the legacy of two artists, David Osborn and Charles Woods, the visionaries who helped preserve the Foundry during their lifetimes
Our premiere show, DANK at Osborn/Woods, opens this weekend, January 16 - 18, during the 13th annual Wild & Scenic Film Festival, the largest environmental festival of its kind. This year's theme is A Wild Life.
It's been pretty wild getting ready for DANK...
Sheila Cameron, Moira McLaughlin, Kathy Frey and Joe Meade by Sky Mowen
Bird's Nest by Moira McLaughlin
Gallerist Molly Cameron by Moira McLaughlin
Joe on the Shelf by Moira McLaughlin
Foundry Nail by Moira McLaughlin
Eureka: Cynthia Levesque and Babe by Sheila Cameron
Push by Moira McLaughlin
Please come by and say hi.
Miners Foundry Cultural Center 325 Spring St. Nevada City, CA 95959
Friday, January 16th, 4 - 8pm Saturday, January 17th, 8:30am - 2pm and 4pm - 8pm Sunday, January 18th, 8:30am - 2pm and 4 - 6pm.
In the morning, Steffen Snell of Foxhound Espresso will be pouring his awesome coffee and in the evenings, we'll have wine.
The fun part comes looking up the etymology of your word because there are always surprises:
Function (n) - 1530s, "proper work or purpose," from Middle French fonction (16c.) and directly from Latin functionem (nominative functio) "performance, execution," noun of action from functus, past participle of fungi "perform, execute, discharge," from PIE root *bheug- (2) "to use, enjoy." Use in mathematics probably begun by Leibnitz (1692).
I didn't expect "performance" or "to enjoy" in the definition. I was just hoping to function in 2015. But it gives me courage...excitement, even.
The best part is that function comes from the Latin word, functionem, and its past participle is fungi.
In Italian fungi means mushrooms, the focus of my art, my cooking (mushroom barely soup defrosts in my fridge right now), my health (I've just been reading about the curative properties of shiitake mushrooms), and my long walks with Tyler Foote, who loves mushrooms even more than I do.
I thought "function" was going to be a workhorse word, dry and practical. But like my favoritefungi, the word has depth and meatiness. It has umami, the 5th sense of savory flavor, a perfect word partner for 2015.
I'd love to hear your word if you feel like sharing.
Also, Molly Fisk has just released a new book of her fabulous radio essays entitled Using Your Turn Signal Promotes World Peace: More Observations from a Working Poet. You can order it here.
The 19th century print of the of the girl and her dog collecting mushrooms is available at Martin2001's Etsy Shop.