Saturday, November 22, 2014

Small Spaces: Talk and Tour

Zach and a couple other speakers will be giving a short talk about this trailblazing project, followed with a tour downtown to see the artworks painted over the summer. Please consider joining us for this event. You'll get to learn more about the project, hear more about the work, and meet some of the artists involved! 

Friday, November 21, 2014

Limited Edition Stencil Paintings

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Zach spent all day in the studio today working on a series of limited edition stencil paintings of Whistler's Mother Sewing Sol LeWitt's Quilt. It's a fun little replica of the piece we collaborated on the side of Sylvia's Brick Oven, and I love how it turned out! This painting is a whimsical mix of our ideas, the traditional and the modern, the softness of Whistler's mother and the bright, colorful Sol LeWitt-inspired geometric forms.

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zach medler art

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If you're a fan of Small Spaces, this is such a great way to own a small piece of the project!

whistler's mother sewing sol lewitt's quilt

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Almost Thanksgiving!

We're about a week away from Thanksgiving, and everywhere I look on Facebook, people have their Christmas trees up already. Is it because the weather outside is frightful? We don't have the tradition of putting up a tree for the holiday season. But we are looking forward to cooking for the hoildays. Last year, Zach and I were super ambitious. We made a gourmet mac and cheese, pickled beets, a wild rice casserole, pumpkin pies, and a tres leches cake (why not?!!!). This year, we are planning on bringing with us the same pickled beets, wild rice casserole, and pumpkin pies. But instead of slaving over the mac and cheese, Zach is making turkey meatballs, and I am thinking about possibly baking some ginger cookies. His grandparents, mom, and aunts will make everything else. I also can't wait to go shopping at the last farmers' market of the season this weekend! I like seeing my farmer friends one last time and thank them for feeding us so well this year.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Sew, a needle pulling thread ...

Brrrrrrr! It's only 16°F (about -9°C) out right now. My fingers have not felt warm all day so I put it to work, embroidering some simple and colorful designs on the block print ornaments Zach is making for the holiday season.

I like the little details. It makes each one of the ornaments a one of a kind. You'll have to wait and see the final product in a couple of days!

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Recipe of the Week: Slow Cooker Harissa Chili with Garbanzo Beans

We call this chili with a twist. We substituted chili powder with harissa spice for an even fuller flavor, and switched out the kidney beans for chickpeas (aka garbanzo beans), which, if you can believe it, are just as awesome for you.

1 lb lean ground beef
1 medium onion, diced
5 garlic cloves, chopped
2 tbsp ginger juice
3 carrots, peeled and diced
1 bell pepper (any color but green), diced
1 (28oz) can of crushed tomatoes
1 (15oz) can of garbanzo beans, drained
2 cups of chicken broth
4 tbsp harissa spice
1 tbsp cinnamon
1 tbsp cumin
2 tsp paprika
salt, to taste

In a large pan, cook onions, bell pepper, and garlic until soft.
Add ground beef and spices, cook until the beef is no longer pink.
Transfer the mixture to slow cooker, then add crushed tomatoes, carrots, and beans. Stir to combine.
Cover and cook on low for 6 hours, or 4 hours on high.
Serve with a side of corn bread.

    Saturday, November 15, 2014

    Small Spaces: 5 Questions with Alejandra Carrillo-Munoz

    alejandra carrillo-munoz

    We are so happy to have Lafayette native, artist Alejandra Carrillo-Munoz a part of the Small Spaces project. Alejandra's piece is one of Zach's favorite, and you can see it on the back of the Haywood Printing building.

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    Here's Alejandra's answers to our "5 Questions,"

    1. What is your background in art?

    I began as a fine artist meaning drawing, painting, new media etc. However, my formal profession is as a fashion designer.  I began as a bridal designer but am a women’s ready-to-wear designer at heart.  

    2. Where do you get your inspiration and style?

    Culture is my biggest influence.  In many ways, my own Latin American identity has cultivated my pursuit for utilizing the arts as a way to convey concepts, struggles, and celebrations and share it through a visual language.  Additionally, I look to the study of other cultures across the globe as a significant source of inspiration.

    3. What does being involved with Small Spaces mean to you?

    It is significant in that I get to share my perception with my community and I get to do this in the voice I love most, art. It is an amazing opportunity and I am very grateful when I know that someone has identified with my piece!   

    4. What are 5 words to describe the role an artist plays in society?

    Activist, Communicator, Stimulator, Provocateur, Entertainer  

    5. Where (online or otherwise) can we view more of your work?

    Fashion Portfolio:
    Coming Soon, Personal Web site:

    alejandra carrillo-munoz

    Thank you for reading! If you like, here are the links for "5 Questions" with artists Mitch Austin, Cathryn EnglishTemre StanchfieldAaron Bumgarner,Lisa WickaPete BrownChristopher RobinetteCraig TribbleBethany HohmanCarrie WingJoanne Titolo, and Aaron Molden!

    Thursday, November 13, 2014

    "Local Histories Matter"

    Since August, Zach and I have been sharing little glimpses on Instagram of this huge assemblage he put together for the Economic Development Office.

    The title of the piece is Local Histories Matter, and some of the pieces, as you can see, are old historical materials Zach dug up from the basement of the Economic Development office.

    Here's a look at the finished work:

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