Blogher Does Art… and it was good.

Blogher Art Auction

Ok OK, no more slack off excuses. I’ve slept like a rock for the last day and now it’s time to actually get some “work” done.  I imagine I’ll mostly be talking about Blogher this week since it was such a HUGE freakin’ deal, so hold on to your hats.  I have loads of opinions on the matter and some super experiences to share.
So, the Kirtsy party and art auction on Friday night… this was the very first time during the conference that I started to relax and feel like I had a real purpose for being there. (We’ll talk about how freakin hard it was to find the artists and art bloggers later.  And by “we’ll talk'” I mean I’ll type stuff and you’ll read it.)  After hours of feeling a little out of place, extremely overwhelmed and slightly exhausted, I was finally in my own element.

I split off from the gals I was hanging with and did my own thing.  Look at art, photograph the event, admire it, watch the crowd… just soak it all in at a nice easy pace.

Each of the 90 Voices of the Year blog posts was paired up with with a piece of art.  There was sculpture, photography, paintings, quilting…  it was just brilliant. Collaboration is a huge part of the art world and to really invite the blogosphere in was not just genius, it makes me feel totally justified in what I’m doing here at A&D. It was publicly acknowledging that writing/blogging is an art form. Bonus!

What really made this event special are those little black boards you see under every piece.  It wasn’t just a collaboration between artists, everyone at the event was also welcome to join in by writing their thoughts on stickers and placing them there.

I shot a ton of those stickers; you can see a handful after the break. There was a lot of other goings on during the auction, look for more photos soon on my Flickr (FYI, the actual auction part is taking place in a couple weeks and all proceeds go to the Nature Conservancy to assist in Gulf cleanup).

This shot is fantastic. Makes me want to go outside!
I'm in awe of the clarity you captured of germination! (science geek) 

This makes me feel like I do belong. :)I want to go to there...

Who Will Survive the Zombie Apocolypse

I'm a Republican

Fuck yeah, art!

Very cool pattern

I know right?!?


Coffee'll kill


  1. Reply
    parisbreakfast August 10, 2010

    now why didn’t I think of shooting those sticker-balloons! Very brill.
    Art Blogger here, signing in.
    Thanks for coming to our panel, Online places into Art spaces etc….it turned out to be loads of fun!
    I am a non-mom tooI was wondering about all those plastic nipples upstairs in the Sponsors booths…
    do drop by and say hello Rye.
    Great name!

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    dana August 10, 2010

    I’m so glad to have met you – such a talented, interesting, funny and kind soul.
    LOVE your photography and look forward to following your blog.
    Do you have a dress lined up for San Diego?

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    parisbreakfast August 10, 2010

    I keep thinking about what you’ve said here – thoughts floating around in my head but unspoken and undefined.
    How can we art-blogger-non-mommies feel more at home at this thing?
    We definitely have to come out of our caves to commune. I was forcably dragged out by being a speaker…otherwise who knows.

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    mamie August 14, 2010

    i wrote one of those balloons. the quilt one. and you made me feel like i belong more than that quilt did for sure.
    and i already miss your totally awesome and vibrant and funny and dry and so cool ass….. and you rocked the dress so you should definitely come again to Blogher and stay with my craaazy cool family and wear it again. if you don’t i will hunt you down. i <3 you. a

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    Amanda Conley August 14, 2010

    I’m glad you got some photos of the art and auction. i had a jewelry piece there, but I wasn’t able to go. I wonder if you saw it? We tossed some ideas back and forth about how it would be displayed, but I never knew how it was. Anyway, great shots!

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    alex August 14, 2010

    Obviously I should not have missed this – I probably would have felt less on the outside, sooner.

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    dana August 14, 2010

    oh, WAIT!, i just realized one of those stickers is mine: the “Wow! just wow.” personally, i thought the one where i likened the buttons or bottle caps to the nina simone song about “boobies” was pretty funny. but i’m feeling all warm inside that you shot one of my reactions.

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    Ry August 14, 2010

    HA! I’ll have to start looking for a dress right now I guess. Oy. I can’t tell you how pleased I am to have met you. Meeting gals like you made the entire weekend well worth it. Don’t worry, you’ll figure out that camera in a jiff! It’s not as crazy as it seems. :)

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    Ry August 14, 2010

    Carol I can’t tell you how thrilled I am that you picked up on this and might be interested in finding ways to commune. Please please, let’s do this! I have dreams of going to Blogher and finally finding a group of like minded women. We can do it!

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    Ry August 14, 2010

    GIRL… I am SO out there to visit you! I can’t wait! It was so great to meet you in person. Talk about an instant connection! I’m so glad I managed to snag one of your thought bubbles without even knowing it was yours. P.S. that was one of my absolute favorite comments on the art.
    You are amazing. So thrilled I can call you my friend.

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    Ry August 14, 2010

    Hi Amanda! I did see it! I saw and soaked in everything. It looked absolutely fantastic (I’m pretty sure you were the only one with a piece of jewelry). I’ll have to look back at my photos to see if I caught a shot of it. Thanks so much for stopping by! Come back again :)

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    Ry August 14, 2010

    There’s always next time! And trust me, I still felt pretty outside most of the time. I enjoyed the art auction completely alone and it was almost better that way. Really got to take it all in!

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