Well, yesterday, I had the opportunity to meet and hang out for awhile with a really creative local artist, musician and all around scientific madman.
The fellow I met with is known to many in the valley by his name if not him personally. This fantastical fellow is one Brian Ohme. Yes Ohme, as in Ohme Gardens. I first met Brian last summer a bit before I did the famous trek to Liberty to meet with another interesting character that being Paul Capone the 'Mayor of Liberty'. … but that’s another story. I tie the two together only because I met them both on different occasions at Terry Johnson’s Studio and because while driving out to Liberty last summer I was listening to a CD of Brian Ohme’s music which he had just given to me the day before.
Since then I have bumped into Brian here and there on First Friday at Two Rivers Gallery and elsewhere. We got to talking about art and music and making videos and such last First Friday and, he put me onto a video of his in which he related that had some good examples of his UV art. UV art, “what is that” I had to ask. He told me it was a bit hard to explain, but that first I ought to check out his video[link text] which I did at the earliest opportunity. It was pretty unique.
And, while at Two Rivers last month, he offered an open invitation to come on by and see what kind crazy artistic magic he was doing. And, yesterday was finally the day in which I could get on over to his place and see what all he has been up to. First off when we went on into the dungeon or dark room or whatever one would call it, the UV art creations just jump out at you. )Looking around there is just so much to gander at that it really does take awhile to absorb it all. He explained how he came to doing this kind of art, but he was keeping his techniques to himself at least for the time. He had apparently stumbled upon this technique and effect a little bit surreptitiously and then just went with it for about three weeks straight.
He offered that he has always been real big on parties for the various holidays and a big one for he and his wife is Halloween and so began the project that turned into the video he had shared with me. But there is a lot more to this work than just some props for a party video. Some folks having seen his work have purchased some of the pieces, but really anyone wanting the full effect has to create a space like the one in which they are displayed in his home… that is dark room with UV or ‘Black lights’.
Some of the pieces were humorous like the old refrigerator with a rubber head in it and for which he says it’s important to “keep a cool head” and other gags like the hand in a box… think Thing from the Adams Family. But, of real fascination for me was the electronic art. This is where his mad scientist side comes out. Like for instance, taking antique vacuum tubes of various sizes... some quite large really and getting them open without braking them and then replacing the insides with LED lights some of which flicker and rotate and generally creates some pretty cool effects. But the ion field electric flame gadget was really amazing to me. I just had never seen air burn like a flame… actually not like a flame, it was a flame. And a similar effect with a combination of traditional wick/flame candles and electronic wizardry. I took some video of these which may find their way into a future video of my own. You never know.
Before leaving the dungeon where all of this magic takes place, I did convince Brian to turn on the regular lights at which point I immediately understood the secret of his magical 3d art paintings. But, if I told ya I’d have to look over my shoulder for the rest of my life. Your secret is safe with me Brian.
Meanwhile, elsewhere in the valley preparations are being made for the upcoming First Friday Art walk in Wenatchee. And, for which Two Rivers Gallery has asked that Martha Flores and myself again provide an entertaining presentation on KWCC TV this coming Wednesday the 5th of December. We will again be on the Laura Herrera show at 10am. Some may recall that last month when we presented there, Laura was in full Halloween attire and we had a blast talking about and showing art.
On the same night, if you happen to be up in the Twisp area, the Confluence Gallery will be hosting a Holiday get together from 5-7pm with live music with food and refreshments. That, unfortunately, presents a conflict for me and anyone involved in our First Friday here in town. But, have no fear; they are doing the same thing only different with different performers and goodies each Friday in December. Now, that works for me.
And, on the 8th the Empty Bowls folks will be painting bowls at the library, so anyone wanting to participate in that very worthy project can show up at the Public Library on Douglas Street between 10am and 4pm on Saturday. It’s fun and it helps those in need… you can’t beat that.
On Friday the 14th of december up in Leavenworth the Icicle Arts Gallery will be presenting 'Talking Orchid'. The artist reception will be from 5 to 7PM. Original paintings by Majka Sedal on display through January 13.There will be live music and refrehments.4PM-8PM. A portion of the proceeds to benefit Wenatchee River Institute. sounds good.
Oh and before I forget. Congratulations to Jan Theriault who sold a large photo that had been on display at the Cottage Inn in Wenatchee. Good job Jan. Well, enough for now and keep on being creative.
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