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After the Non-Apocalypse

January 8, 2013

No other year sapped my energy as did the year 2012. It started with a big shadow of personal sorrow that dimmed my spirit for most of the year. It ended with a deep darkness, in my heart and many other hearts, cast by the tragic happenings in this country and around the world that made impossible to not question the direction we are going as a society and as humanity. The fact that those tragedies were man-made added extra tint to that darkness: the unforgettable tragedy of the Newtown Elementary School, the unimaginable drama of the sexually assaulted woman in India, the unbearably long and harsh struggle of the Syrian people against their government, and the unfriendly and divisive politicking in this country, could only make one sick. Dealing with so many uns, it was hard, or rather impossible, for me to write those cheerful “Happy Holidays Greetings” and I sentenced them to sit in their box till next winter.

When an invitation for celebrating New Year’s Eve among friends came along, I was very grateful since I hardly could wait for 2012 to end. I put my dancing shoes on, and decided to dance all my troubles away that night – into a better, happier 2013.

Alicja dancing troubles away

I already like this year. It ends with number 13, which I consider my favorite number. After all, I was born on the 13th and according to some predictions 2013 is supposed to be a very good year for those born on the 13th of any month. Don’t ask me, please, where I got this idea. Perhaps I dreamed or invented it, but I like it!  The next year ending with my lucky number will not arrive for another 100 years….so I need to adopt a “this year or never” attitude without any delay.

I wish you, who read this, to have a Happy and Lucky New Year – regardless what your birth date is! Have great energy and some fun in 2013.

Lucky 2013

One really good thing that did happen in 2012, or rather that did not happen, was that the world did not end on December 21st as some believed it would. I was not really fearful of that ending, but “just in case” I wanted to have a picture in front of my studio (aka Word Studio) with The Writer magazine in my hands. Now it will serve as a reminder of that day and my recommitment to my writing, photography and publishing.

Alicja in front of her studio with the Writer mag

So it did not happen! Besides that, according to some theories we are entering the Age of Aquarius – an age of love, light, and humanity! Let it happen, or rather let us make it happen. First of all, let’s celebrate!

An art exhibition celebrating the world not ending is taking place at Raices Teller 222 Art Gallery in Tucson with the opening reception on Saturday, January 12 from 6 to 9 PM. I am part of that celebration and would love to see you there. Please feel invited!

Here is the detailed information:

Raices Taller 222 Art Gallery & Workshop

218 E. 6th Street

(1/2 block east of 6th St. & 6th Ave.)

Tucson, AZ 85705

(520) 881-5335

Exhibition Dates – Jan 12 through Feb 23, 2013

Opening Reception

Saturday January 12, 2013

6:00 – 9:00 PM

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Text and photos copyright © 2012 by Alicja Mann.

A Photographic Detour

February 22, 2012

This is a small detour on my writing road – a photographic one. My commitment to this coming Saturday’s (February 25th) SOUTHWEST ARTISTS SHOW in downtown Tucson has taken my writing focus away. My concentration on writing this blog has gone down to zero!

Unfocused photographs are sometimes interesting, have some purpose, and can be attractive. Unfocused writing, however, is seldom desirable. Consequently, I have decided to delay my writing this week and focus on the show.

Flyer for Southwest Artists Show 2012

Below are a few of my photos.

Desert flowers by Alicja Mann

Two Windows by Alicja Mann

Cafe Yellow by Alicja Mann

If you are in Tucson this “Rodeo Days” weekend, please feel invited to the historic Bates Mansion and visit our diverse group of artists.

Enjoy the courtyard and the mansion. Enjoy the art and conversation. Enjoy the music, food, and wine. Just have a nice time!

Entrance to Bates Mansion

There is plenty of space to park nearby – free of charge on the weekend.

I hope to see you there!

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Text and photos (except Southwest Artists Show flyer) copyright © 2012 by Alicja Mann.

A Highlight of Visiting Corning, New York

August 5, 2010

The time spent driving from Tucson to Cape Cod and back (after a couple of months) is quite enjoyable for me. And I look forward to it every year. That surprises many, mainly because each trip takes several days and can be tiring. But not for me! Perhaps because I am not the one who sits in the driver’s seat, but in the passenger’s one. True, the space is limited, but I am able to feel pretty comfortable in any small space. Maybe it is in my nature, or maybe I acquired such ability through years of travels by planes, trains, and buses. Sitting long hours in the privacy of my own car is not a problem, especially since I can sit in a variety of positions (most often with my feet curled under) and read, listen to the radio or favorite CD music, think for hours while watching the passing cars and trucks, and even take some photos.

Stopping in hotels is enjoyable too. I like their comfortable beds that I do not have to make the next morning. I enjoy their clean bathrooms with piles of towels that I do not have to wash the next day, and I love long baths while trying new soaps, shampoos and skin lotions. In spite of free access to the Internet I use my lap top sporadically in those places. This allows me to postpone my dealing with any professional and personal plans, schedules or deadlines. Because of that break in time from worries and responsibilities, I am having fun! A similar feeling to what a young girl might feel when presented with an unexpected snow day – a short, fun break from school.

Usually each trip has also some highlight. This time it was a trip to Corning, New York. We went quite a bit out of our logical course to get there, and I was the one pushing for the arrival in Corning on a particular day and time. No, it was not because I wanted to visit the famous museum of glass there. It was because on the afternoon of July 22nd I wanted to be at the West End Gallery in the center of Corning. Why? Between 5 and 7:30 pm that day the gallery held an opening reception for GC Myers to honor his new, solo exhibit titled “New Days.”

GC Myers is the artist who allowed me to use one of his paintings for the design of the cover of my book Looking at the World Twice. That painting which I purchased a few years ago in the Principle Gallery of Alexandria, Virginia, always seemed a perfect fit for my essay collection, that I finally published last year. The book recently won a prestigious Glyph award for the cover design and I wanted to share this news with the artist whom, in fact, I had never met in person. We knew each other from our correspondence, blogs and art, but living so far away did not present any possibility for meeting. Departing from Tucson unusually late this year (July 19th) offered such an opportunity — if I only could make it to Corning on time! Since the visit was planned as a surprise, kissing the closed door of the West End Gallery just after the reception wouldn’t be fun at all! I also had other concerns — how would he perceive such an unexpected visit? Would I like him as much as I like his art? I have to admit, the whole thing was a bit scary.

We arrived in Corning that warm afternoon in time to check into the hotel, refresh, change clothes, and go to the Gallery without any rush. The minute I walked into that gallery, I felt at ‘home.’ The familiar images of GC Myers’ art were all around — his iconic red tree, red chairs, and clusters of small houses in red and white seemed to be telling their stories in whispers. Meanwhile the real people in the gallery were making their buzz with conversations, walking around, enjoying nicely displayed finger food, and wine. Peaceful life music poured down from upstairs.

I had no idea how to recognize GC Myers, but it was not hard to spot him in a group of people greeting him and asking questions. I waited for my chance to introduce myself and… he was definitely surprised. We both felt genuine joy immediately. That feeling dominated the entire time spent at the gallery and later at the local restaurant where four of us — Gary, his wife Cheri, my husband David and I — spent the evening dining and talking like old, good friends. The owners had to remind us about closing their place and we had to part. Oh well, the next dinner is on us in Tucson!

Lin Gardner, Director of the West End Gallery

Lin Gardner, Director of the West End Gallery

GC Myers' art at the West End Gallery

Some of Gary’s art at the Gallery

Alicja Mann and GC Myers at West End Gallery

Gary and Alicja at the Gallery

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Copyright © 2010 by Alicja Mann

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