Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Live Local Artists

New friends explained the importance of buying art from living artists: a very wealthy guy had two children. The artist daughter struggled, and the father gave her a hard time. She committed suicide in her twenties. The father suffered, and thought about all those years he spent a lot of money on art. He figured he should have supported the young, struggling artists, instead and set-up a foundation in his daughter's honor.

As the friends put it: "The trust fund babies do not need more money [ancestors of the dead artist]; living artists do." Plus, one can see if their money is going toward an artist with good energy.

Here is a list of some of our favorite living artists: (In no particular order) Marianne Hunter, James Scoppettone, Sola Sawyerr, Michael Floyd, Michelle Waters, Mei Yu Lo, Allen Moe, Eileen Goldberg, Uebeners (Mud Daubers), Santa Cruz Pottery, Marge Smith, Acoma potters, Julia Parker, etc. Find and support a living artist.

Tonight I came home to thawed pork ribs. I cut them up and added them to a pot of seasoned beer with a new batch of CSA potatoes. With ten minutes left on the fifty minute boil time, I added corn on the cob. A beautiful heirloom tomato sliced, and dinner was served.

A note about Community Supported Agriculture (CSA): yes, in almost every weekly batch there is evidence of bugs/worms. The little creatures know where to locate the good stuff! It makes sense to balance the ick-factor of insects with the good-for-a-body lack of pesticides. Personally, I find it comforting to see the worm holes: I just eat around them, or cut them out.

Imagine my surprise when I took the husk off the corn tonight to find a very happy fat caterpillar! The little guy went outside with some of the corn cob.

If we are going to rid our underground water supply of pesticides, then we need to come to terms with evidence of and eye-to-eye with the bug-kind. Farmers and residents in the heartland deserve a cleaner water supply.

Let's stop poisoning ourselves and our environment. Long live bugs!


  1. Wow, I never thought about that with the living artists. Thanks for educating me about that. I will attempt to make that a part of my life and find some local living artists also.

    My grandparents had a farm in TN until they passed. They had a big old southern style garden and there were always wormy worms to be pulled or cut out of the corn and apples and peaches and so on. Your photo reminds me of them. I sure do miss them. Missing my grandmother's great cooking is just an extension of missing her.

    Thanks for your nice post.

  2. Hi there. Wow! What a surprise to find my name here on your list of favorite artists. It means so much to me. I am so glad that not only are you promoting healthy and environmentally sound eating and living on your blog, but also the arts. I look forward to reading more on your blog and keeping in touch.

    Take care,
    Sola Sawyerr

  3. Hi Again! I was wondering if you might have a moment to give me some insight or suggestions about eating locally grown in SF. I remember how you were a part of community supported agriculture (CSA.) I recently saw Food Inc and wanted to get back to my vegetarian ways and also eat more locally maybe through a co-op. I plan to do more research, but if there is any information you could give me that would be wonderful. Hope you are well. Sola

  4. Hi Sola,
    You may want to share a CSA box, it's a bit for one person. Though, if that's all you're eating, perhaps you can.
    One I found that's grown my my CSA that delivers to the city: . It's actually an option for us, too.
    A lot of the CSAs in the area have farmers who attend a program at University California Santa Cruz. They all know one another and share a lot of information, etc.
    Here's to good eating!