Nov 19, 2007

Super Mega Yummy Pie Recipe

In celebration of Turkey Day, I thought I'd do something different and post an awesome recipe. I made this pie last week and the roomies gave it a hearty thumbs up. I also suggest just buying pie crusts from Trader Joes instead of making them yourself (unless you're into that sort of thing). Here you are:

Caramel-Pecan Pumpkin Pie


Pie Crust (seriously, just buy one)

2 slightly beaten eggs
1 15-ounce can of pumpkin

1/4 cup milk

3/4 cup granulated sugar

1 tablespoon flour
1 teaspoon finely shredded lemon peel

1/2 teaspoon vanilla

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg

1/8 teaspoon ground allspice

1/2 cup packed brown sugar

1/2 cup chopped pecans

2 tablespoons butter, softened

1. Line a 9-inch pie plate with pastry. In a large bowl, stir together the eggs, pumpkin and milk. Stir in the sugar, flour, lemon peel, vanilla, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice. Pour this mixture into the pastry-lined pie plate. Cover the edge with foil so the crust doesn't over-brown. Bake in a 375 degree oven for 25 minutes.

2. In a medium bowl, stir together the brown sugar, pecans and butter until combined. Remove foil from pie and sprinkle the brown sugar mixture on top of the pie. Bake for 20 minutes more or until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack. Cover and refrigerate within 2 hours. Enjoy!

Nov 14, 2007

CCA Holiday Fair

California College of the Arts is having their annual Holiday Fair on Saturday, December 1st. I've been before and let me tell you that is a wonderful opportunity to get some cool (not to mention cheap!) art while supporting local art students. There will be music and food as well so put it on your calendar.

CCA Holiday Fair
11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, December 1, 2007
Oliver Art Center on CCA's Oakland campus
5212 Broadway (at College Avenue)

Nov 11, 2007

Inspired by Chanel

"A girl should be two things: classy and fabulous."
-- Coco Chanel

I'm keeping this quote in mind as I work through my Ladies Who Launch incubator process. It's been quite inspiring thus far. More updates soon...

Nov 8, 2007

Collect Yourself!

It's been a long time coming but the website for my new organizing and art advising business has finally launched! I'm so excited and can't wait to get to work. Please check it out and let me know what you think. I'd also like to personally thank SFMOMA for never giving me a job because if they had, I wouldn't have done this (not that I don't still kind of hate them! ha ha!). I'll have lots of updates soon on how it's going and the other amazing entrepreneurs I've been meeting lately.

Nov 5, 2007

Receiver Opening Reception

Strange Fruit - Bad Seeds opened at Receiver Gallery this weekend. The show is very impressive, I highly recommend you go and check it out. I am also now the proud owner of one of the Martha Sue Harris pieces featured in the exhibition. Hooray! Here are a few pics that I unabashedly stole from John Casey's blog because I was simply too enraptured to take my own:

Nov 1, 2007

Things I Did Today...

  • Checked Email
  • Wrote a proposal
  • Went to Trader Joe's
  • Put together an Emergency Bag (WHICH YOU SHOULD DO TOO, RIGHT NOW!)

Oct 30, 2007

Weekend Art Brunch Postcards

Check out the uber cute postcards I just picked up for Weekend Art Brunch. I had them printed at Rocket Postcards which is the best local deal I've found. I can't wait to pass them out to people!

Oct 29, 2007

Strange Fruit - Bad Seeds

I saw John Casey yesterday and we had a nice little chat about the goings on in our lives. I was reminded that he has a show that opens this Saturday at Receiver Gallery in the Mission. He's showing with Martha Sue Harris, whose amazing work I was able to see during open studios. The reception for the show is Saturday from 7 - 10pm and I'll be there so you should be too.

Oct 26, 2007

Code Switching

We had a really fun opening last night at Swarm for Code Switching. The show is based around a group of artists that are part of the collective Quorum. There's a little something for everyone in the show, from painting to sculpture to new media. I'm mad at myself for not taking pictures of the party but here's my favorite piece from the show:

Laurel Roth
Cheap Thrills
made from fake nails, hair clips, false eyelashes and other drugstore miscellanea

Oct 23, 2007


I'm definitely out of my funk and part of the reason why was a fun trip to some Open Studios on Saturday. We stopped by the Blue Studio at Mission and 17th, then headed to Workspace Limited and finally to 1890 Bryant Street. There was some interesting art and some actually, really great stuff too, particularly at our final stop. What I really couldn't help gawking at however, were the studio spaces themselves. These buildings were absolutely amazing with so much light streaming in! Anyway, I'm a little broke right now so I didn't get to purchase some things I would have wanted to but I did pick up this awesome owl by Kate Durkin.

Oct 19, 2007


It seems like it's been a bad week for me and almost everyone I know. Sickness, bad dates, various sad things related to dogs (don't even get me started on the Ellen fiasco), and I don't know what else. My confidence has really been down lately as I am trying to start up my own business and having some setbacks. I've been feeling like people don't want me to succeed. I had some bumps this week including a depressing email exchange with someone I looked up to as a mentor.

I'm really hoping to just forget this week happened. I'm looking forward to getting up tomorrow, making brunch for some folks, having a mimosa and heading to open studios. Here's hoping next week brings better things for us all.

Oct 17, 2007

Blogger Night @ the SF Conservatory of Music

Another night on the town for the wandering Band of Bloggers! This time we managed invites to a concert at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music for their new series called BluePrint. This first concert was titled, Synethesia: Bridging the Senses. It featured music from a number of composers, including Philip Glass and was conducted by Nicole Paiement.

I'll keep this short because I really don't know much about music and would rather not come off sounding like too much of a dingbat. I knew there was going to be experimental music. Did I love it all? No. Did I really love some of it? Yup.

I'm very grateful to have had an experience that helps me to form my tastes and opinions. I felt stretched and that's what good art should do.

Oct 12, 2007

Getty Villa

When we were down in LA, I got to go to the Getty Villa in Malibu with my cousin. It was really beautiful so I just wanted to share some photos...

Oct 5, 2007

Thanks for Coming!

We had lots of fun last night at Swarm. Hooray for bloggers and friends! I thought the whole night was enjoyable (okay, maybe not when the insane elderly man wandered in) and was so happy to show off all the cool stuff we do at Swarm to some folks. See you all again on October 13th when we go to the SF Conservatory.

Oct 4, 2007

Studios Available for Rent @ Swarm

In case anyone knows an artist looking for a studio, here's the listing for two studios that just opened up at Swarm in Oakland...

About the Studios

Studio 6 and Studio 10 available October 1, 2007.

Studios available are 225 sq ft and 160 sq ft.

Contact Swarm for viewing, or visit during gallery hours
Tu-Su 12-6PM

Swarm Studios provides an atmosphere of creativity, production, inspiration and opportunity for working artists in the Bay Area. High redwood ceilings and an industrial concrete floor characterize the beautiful studio space. There are 11 private studios and a large common space.

Swarm Studios is ideal for artists working in painting/drawing, small sculpture, jewelry, bookmaking, sewing, multi-media projects, digital and more. No large/loud sculpture fabrication.

24-hour secure access
Natural and artificial lighting (fluorescent and halogen 0-UV)
High ceilings
Common clean-up sinks and bathrooms
Shared kitchen
Canvas and personal storage
Parking on evenings and weekends
A mailing address / Virtual tenants OK
Wireless Internet
Month-to-month rental agreement

The building is safe and well lit, located in the commercial district of Jack London Square. Studios range in size from 80 – 225 square feet

Artists may apply for a private studio by downloading a rental application form and submitting it by email or snail-mail. Swarm will host events such as openings, classes, and workshops, which may preclude the use of the common space. Drop-in day and week rates available for common work space.

Contact: for leasing information

Oct 3, 2007

Weekend Art Brunch

So this isn't the project that Kevin and I are working on, but it's another that I'm pretty excited about. Weekend Art Brunch! It was inspired by my friend Carla and others who like to come to galleries and museums with me since I've worked in these places and know a little bit about what goes on. I'm just starting to brainstorm on places to go and people to meet so all questions and comments are welcome. Be sure to check out the blog which explains the idea in better detail. Yay!

Sep 25, 2007


I'm headed down to Los Angeles tomorrow and I'm so excited! I'm such a travel junkie. Most people hate to fly but I crave that stale air, baby. I'm planning to catch up with friends and relatives and do some serious gallery hopping. By the time I get back, it should be time to reveal the project that Kevin and I have been working diligently on for the past few weeks. Life is good.

Sep 20, 2007

The BIG Question

No, the Big Question is not "Does God exist?" or "What happens to us after we die?" It's far more important than that. The Big Question is "What the heck is on the walls at the Googleplex?!?" Do they have murals? Photographs of employees? I'm dying to know. For me, there would be no cooler job than picking out art for the walls at Google. I know most of the stuff that goes on inside the 'Plex is top secret but I really have to find out. I now have my mission in life.

Sep 18, 2007

Quote of the Day

"Everybody needs beauty as well as bread..."
-- John Muir

Sep 14, 2007

San Francisciversay!

Ok, I don't know if that post title is kinda cute or really annoying but whatever. The point is that the beginning of this month marked my one year anniversary of living in San Francisco. I'm a Bay Area native but I have to say there's a huge difference between living in The City and living just outside of it. I'm lucky to have gained an amazing circle of friends (remember that Minnie Driver movie? It was cute, right?) and carved out a new career for myself. I've also gained at least 5 to 10 pounds. Damn you SF and your tasty treats! Just kidding, I love you.

Sep 10, 2007

The Emergence of Geometric Order

I bought this awesome little piece from Dana Robson yesterday. Not only is she a really wonderful artist but she's also my neighbor! She invited me over to her apartment which was one of the cutest places I've seen in SF. I'm quite happy to be adding her work to my tiny collection.

(I stole the image from her website 'cause all the photos I took kinda sucked. Thanks, Dana!)

Sep 8, 2007

Artifice of Form

We had the opening for Artifice of Form at Swarm Gallery last night and it was a great time. I finally got to meet Josh Keyes, whose work I have loved for quite a while now. The show stays up until October 14th so there's no excuse not to come and see it. There was also the debut of the Oakland Art Shuttle which took all the drunk-o gallery hoppers to the different openings. I think Oakland is really kicking San Francisco's ass right now in terms of supporting the art galleries and the visual arts in general. I hope we can catch up someday.

Sep 7, 2007

dear ada

I came across this awesome blog yesterday. It features some really great artists, some of whom I know and others that are new to me. I love finding out about artists I haven't heard of and being reminded of others that I haven't checked up on lately.

(Image is a work by Chris Pew. Check out his portfolio here.)

Aug 31, 2007

Mark Your Calendars!

Kevin and I are setting up another Blogger's Night event, this time at the lovely Swarm Gallery. You'll finally get to see what I've been blabbing about! So if you came to the symphony event, or even if you didn't, mark down October 4th for a night of artsy fartsy fun! Email me if you wanna be put on the list:

Aug 12, 2007

Critical Chaos!

If you've got nothing better to do on Thursday night (Aug. 16th), or even if you do, come over to Oakland and visit me at Swarm Gallery. The opening of Critical Chaos is from 6 to 9 p.m. I saw the work for the first time today and really loved it. Here is some proof of the awesomeness:

One of the works by Erik Friedman

Detail of a piece by Ema Harris-Sintamarian

Jul 19, 2007

Blogger Night at the SF Symphony

Until last night I had never been to the symphony before. Sad, but true. I was among the lucky few who was invited by the San Francisco Symphony to a performance conducted by James Gaffigan.

The entire evening was lovely. The staff who greeted us were lovely, the performance was lovely and every person there looked lovely. I was particularly enchanted by Gaffigan, the young and ebullient new conductor. Even though our seats were fantastic, I was almost wishing we had what people probably believe to be the bad seats, those directly behind the musicians, so I could watch his face as he conducted. I also very much enjoyed the fact that this organization was really making an effort to reach out to bloggers and to young people. I can't wait for my next trip to the San Francisco Symphony.

Jun 24, 2007

The Livin' Is Easy

If I were a religious person, I would get down on my knees right now and thank The Baby Jesus for the season that is Summer. I've finally graduated (link to my thesis coming soon) and I feel like I can relax just a bit. For the next few months I will be interning at the Oakland Museum as well as the Hayward Area Historical Society. I've got really interesting projects going on at each place including doing some digging through objects at the amazing Meek Estate which you see pictured here. Having already graduated means that the staff can trust me, at least somewhat, to be on my own and just work. I finally feel appreciated and it's a good feeling. I'll also be working on my resume (if anyone has any tips, PLEASE give them to me!) and trying to land a real gig for when the summer ends. Oh and in my spare time, I'll be eating cupcakes and drinking bubbly. Happy Summer all!

Apr 15, 2007


Two months from today I will be turning in my master's project. It is a mess right now but I hope to work it into something I can be proud of by that time. I thought I would post just to say how much I appreciate everyone being understanding while I dwell in the Cave of Despair just a bit longer. While I am gone, please enjoy this photo of tiny dogs in the park with a random tranny's castoff wig in the foreground. You're welcome.

Mar 6, 2007

Thar's Gold in Them Thar Hills!

Right, so last weekend some friends and I did the Chinese New Year's Treasure Hunt here in San Francisco and it was super fun. I think most of us agreed we'd like to do it again next year. But here are a few tips for anyone else who might want to participate, that I wish we'd known before we'd done it this time around:

  • Take a little time to study a map of downtown and North Beach. You'll need to know lots of street names as well as restaurants and landmarks.
  • Bring snackies! This should be obvious though because everything is better when food is involved.
  • If you are as woefully out of shape as I am, avoid the Fillmore steps at all costs. Sure, the views at the top are breathtaking but they are hellish, my friend.
  • Another thing to stay away from: the crazies running in single file with head lamps on. If anyone on a team is yelling, the fun is immediately sucked out of it.
All in all, I'm so glad we did it and I'm totally looking forward to doing it again in '08!

Jan 21, 2007

What Kind of Magic Spell to Use?

I finally acquired a drawing by Casey Jex Smith. Seriously, have you ever seen anything cooler? And yes, that is Bowie as the Goblin King thankyouverymuch!

Jan 3, 2007

Happy 2007!

My oh my. The holidays were too lovely. Twinkle lights, delicious treats, puppy dogs and my wonderful family and friends. I also happened to celebrate a milestone this year as New Year's Eve was my 25th birthday. Most of the people close to me were pretty happy to see 2006 go and I have to agree with them. There were lots of low points: cancer scares, unhappy living situations, awkward transitions and one too many bad dates. This year will be better. This year will be one of the best ever. I can feel it.