PNP update – Back to Asheville to Jump-start the work:
I came back into Asheville last Thursday – one week after I began my trip – plans set on getting down to selling some art – by whatever means I could. Since then, the montage of events have been an endless tumble, one way and then the next.
After taking most of Thursday to regroup my thoughts and reconnect online (I’d been without internet for a few days) I meeting up with an amazing CS host that picked me up in front of Dobra Tea and took me to a local taco joint that was participating in Dinning out for Life – an annual benefit to help raise funds for HIV and AIDS research. I did a decent job of donating (I ate a lot) on what funds I could afford to let go – 20 percent of what I spent on food went towards the program!
An early start Friday had my host drop me off at a local dry cleaner where I could catch up on laundry – having taken only a minimalist supply of clothing to accommodate both hiking and art promotion – I had reached my limit at the end of the week. After I had cleaned up my laundry and had a cup of coffee (right there at the laundromat’s cafe/bar) – I set me sights on scoping out the local coffee shops again.
After much of the day hiking about town, I parked myself in a local shop off of Wall street. Sampling the espresso to make sure such a place would work, I was able to make a deal with the owner to have some of my work put up near the door the following week. With this new potential in mind, I struck out to find a good art supply store and stumbled upon True Blue Art Supply – just a short jaunt around the corner from Wall Street. From there I checked out the Friday night Drum Circle at Pritchard Park, a bit more time on-line, then back at the Coffee shop for an open mic.
I got a good opening read in and then sat back to enjoy the rest of the group. And interesting range of talent and a fairly steady crowd. Personally, I found I still struggle with reading – though there where quite a bit of talented readers to observe. As the night drew to a close – and I was still without a host – I began to make plans to test my drop-tent-hide-out. A couple from the open mic was nice enough to drop me off near the French Broad River where I walked up the most remote road I could find and then bush-waked far enough off of it that I felt safe throwing down my make-shift shelter. Clocked just over 4 hours that night – waking at 6 to break camp before dawn in order to avoid any confrontations. A long walk back into town landed me at the Green Sage – a friendly little coffee shop up near the center of Asheville. It still being very early, I cleaned myself up the best I could from my night out, sat enjoyed a wonderful hot cup of coffee and one of the most delicious fresh baked scones I’ve ever sampled.
Having put in a bit of time update the site – I decided to try and work more the street sales aspect of Art from the Pack. This led to a whole other unfurling of events, some more anticipated then others, but all taken as best as I could, under note, to build my strength and awareness of how each experience affects me and what it is that I can learn from it.
PNP update for my 4 nights in Marshall and Hot Springs:
Right from my first night in Marshall we saw the temperature drop, now almost a half week later are we starting to have the temps really climb back to what I had been expecting for NC weather. Despite it being cold, my hosts in Marshall where incredibly accommodating – and let me surf the couch in the room adjacent to their wood stove. Heading down onto main street Marshall I got a good glimpse of the upcoming art scene – a few lovely coffee shops, that I regret not being able to hang out in more – the “island” with Marshall High Studios – and the all the scenic glory of the mountains that hold Marshall in their palm.
After a my second night in Marshall the cooler weather was beginning work a cold into me, and so on Tuesday I passed up my hosts offer to check out Asheville for a few hours and instead stayed home to babysit my runny nose.
That evening my host took me even further west to Hot Springs, where her father had a small piece of property tucked up in the mountains. An intriguing person – after helping him with trimming the bushes that where crowding the little road that ran in front of his house, he cooked up an fantastic rice and bean dinner and we sat in front of the fire place and reminisced over each of our own adventures and experiences in South America.
Wed. brought a bit of “farm” work – uprooting trees in the field behind his house and down on the lower field where he showed me the old tobacco barn that sat by the stream at the end of his property. Got a few good shots of the barn and the outhouse before heading into town where we got lunch (in exchange for the farm work) and then made a short jaunt up Lover’s Leap – a scenic overlook on the AT as it headed north out of Hot Springs. A few photos of the valley looking back here too.
After taking into careful consideration my options for getting back to Asheville I decided to take my host up for one more night. Back at main street, early Thursday morning, I hunched into the doorway of a local dinner to avoid the heavy rain showers. Within a few hours I was able to thumb a ride into Asheville with a debit machine sales man. He dropped me off just pass the 240 underpass, and I made a short hike up to my planned first stop Dobra Tea, where I sat much of the day sipping a large Mate.
PNP update from Marshall, NC
I arrived yesterday in Marshall – a cute little mountain town about 30 minutes (drive) north-west of Asheville. A wonderful host and her family have been kind enough to accommodate me and I wake this morning to a beautiful view overlooking the town and the ranges within the Chattahoochee National Forest behind.
The Asheville area has already been quite inspiring in terms of both scenery (I took a drive on the Blue Ridge Parkway yesterday), and in terms of the art & music scene. Having spent Saturday walking around the downtown area, I’ve begun to scope possible places to further my art expansion.
More work on “Totems” to follow over the next few days – and with any luck perhaps a bit of profit from them. So much is still in the testing phase in terms of how to approach things from an “Art from the Pack” vantage point and in terms of the function of FnS. If you have any suggestions relating to this, or places I should visit while in western NC – please give me a shout out!
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PNP – Has launched!
I arrived yesterday in Charlotte (never having been here before) after an 8 hour bus ride down from DC. A little dehydrated, with only $60 in cash and realizing I had no arrangements for the night or transportation prepared for my eventual testing destination of Asheville – I meandered the city, trying to get a barring on what I should do. Despite the apparent lack of planning such a predicament might suggest (this project has been in the works since early November) this was more or less what I had hoped to achieve. I wanted to start my journey from as “base” a position as I could arrange – to be able to experience the complete struggle of someone who has nothing but the pack on their back. Though I still have quite a bit of mileage to cover in the next few weeks as well as quite a few things I need to work out, from this first night out, I can attest so far that even at the “base” of such a project – there lies great potential.
What is PNP?
PNP represents a main aspect of Art from the Pack. “Project New Spring” when translated – meaning figuratively: a new rebirth in this stage of my artistic career. Though the project “Art from the Pack” represents this concept from a broad aspect, my intentions for the sub category of PNP is to “chronicle” the more day-to-day, in-depth aspects of the project – the immediate experiences, my reactions to them and what I am able to learn/interpret from each experience and then translate into the various forms of multi-medium art that I practice.
As I wait until FnS is ready to relocate to its new home, I will be adapting this blog site for viewers and subscribers to more easily navigate in relation to the beginning stages of PNP. The main blog page will function as a mishmash of journalistic style entries entitled “-PNP-“, more specific updates to the individual aspects of each of my projects and quite likely other micro projects, micro fiction, thoughts, links, reviews, etc.
As part of my goal, outlined in Art from the Pack, I plan to live as simply as possible while on the road, my source of revenue – only what I make through art sales (primarily on the street). Of course much of this trip/project is dependent not only on my planning but also on the willingness and kindness of both friends and strangers who I meet on my travels. For I propose that the greatest influence of any artist, is his/her social relation to the world – without these “encounters” art would be truly flawed.
Let me know what you think!
Check back soon – more updates to follow!!