Opulence 7-11

The Museum of Contemporary Native Arts Presents


A fashion show and sale featuring Orlando Dugi, Connie Tsosie Gaussoin, David Gaussoin, and

Wayne Nez Gaussoin

(SANTA FE, NM) Santa Fe, NM - The Museum of Contemporary Native Arts (MoCNA) will present Opulence, taking place at the Museum Store and Lloyd Kiva New Gallery, 108 Cathedral Place, Santa Fe, NM. The show exhibition runs from August 5th through August 31st, 2011 with an opening reception on August 18th, 2011 from 4:00-7:00pm.

The exhibition will feature new work by Orlando Dugi, Connie Tsosie Gaussoin, David Gaussoin, and Wayne Nez Gaussoin.

Orlando Dugi referred to Opulence as "Going beyond monetary wealth projecting rich creativity, posh artistry, superior elegance, affluent innovation and above all creating a luxurious image."

MoCNA Gallery Hours:

Monday- Saturday 10:00AM- 5:00PM

Closed on Tuesdays

Brought to you Native American Indian Jewelry,

a website of Aboriginals: Art of the First Person.

Nurse on the Run

This sketch for the letter N (incorporating a bird hunter from Nigeria, two images of Niagara Falls, Mike's Newsstand, and a Nurse on the run) reminds me an oft-quoted remark from a Sri Lankan monk who now lives in West Virginia:

"Somewhere in this process you will come face-to-face with the sudden and shocking realization that you are completely crazy. Your mind is a shrieking gibbering madhouse on wheels barreling pell-mell down the hill utterly out of control and hopeless. No problem. You are not crazier than you were yesterday. It has always been this way and you just never noticed. "
-Henepola Gunaratana 

A nice thing to remember in this heat wave...

Nurse Nancy Beats the Heat, plus Nigeria and Niagara

I am afraid I've been enjoying summer too much to make may posts lately, and  now have a backlog of material from the letter N.

So, without further ado, I'm going to upload a few scans from the picture collection's wonderful treasure trove of images of nurses, starting with a historical potpourri:
13th Century Nursing Sister
16th Century nurse, pictured in a 1959-60 Abbott Labs publication

1910 graduating class of African American nurses

Gibson girl nurse from the  early 1900s
1950s nursing uniforms

1960s nursing uniforms
1981 nurse on strike

Some of my favorite images of nurses are from the covers of romance novels:

 You can tell by the size that I'm partial to Hootenanny Nurse. But not all nurses were looking for romance...
Thinking that perhaps the guy above needs to be rolled over Niagara Falls, I looked at images of that quintessential American landmark next.

As usual, I'm a sucker for the 19th Century images. In the heat wave oppressing most of the U.S., a dip in the falls sounds pretty appealing.

Once I started traveling, I wanted to go further afield, and a few images from Nigeria caught my eye.

Despite the objectifying gaze of this 1938 photo, the strength and beauty of its subject are palpable.
1938 image of bird hunter
The Oni of Ife, 1959

1996 celebration of Kwaghir by the Tiv in Gboko
2007 Photo by Pieter Hugo of A Hyena Master

These photos made me want to find out more about  Calabar, a city in South-Eastern Nigeria, which has been a center for trade since at least the 16th century. I also wanted to learn more about the Tiv, who celebrate Kwaghir with traditional puppet shows and storytelling in their capital, Gboko, which is in North Central Nigeria.  A long time ago, my dad had mentioned The Oni of Ife to me, he is the spiritual leader of Nigeria's Yoruba people and the current Oni, who prefers the spelling Ooni, has his own site.

How will Nurses, Nigeria, Niagara, Newstands and Noise come together? Tune in soon for a few ideas.


Have you had one of these? OMG! They're heavenly - for real!! The Skinny Cow Heavenly Crisp candy bar = YUMM-O!
I was STARVING as I shopped for items for dinner at the grocery store yesterday, so while waiting in the check out line, I grabbed one of these little bars. I have to admit I was skeptical, because I'm not really that thrilled with Skinny Cow ice cream bars. The Heavenly Crisp candy bar is delicious, however. I got the milk chocolate one and it literally melts in your mouth. And who can beat a candy bar that has 3 grams of fiber in it and is only 110 calories? It's a nice afternoon snack with barely over 100 calories and a candy bar that will actually keep you full thanks to the fiber. LOVE IT!!

Romantic Getaway

My husband and I are planning a very special trip to the Monterey/Carmel area in October. I'm a planner by nature, so I'm starting to think about our itinerary already. Does anyone have suggestions for:
  • hotels
  • restaurants
  • things to see/do
  • a place to get a good cup of coffee
  • any misc. tips

Enjoy God and Jeremy Scott's Design

True Colors

My grandma used to say that people will always eventually show you their "true colors." As I continue to get older and (thankfully) wiser, I see just how true that statement is. I have been reminded of this a lot in the last six months as I've been by my best friend's side as she has gone through the motions of ending a five year relationship, gaining insight about the true colors of people who were in her life - against her better judgement, losing the father figure in her life, and gaining inner strength.
So, when I came across a quote I wrote down a long time ago that talks about the measure of one's character, I thought it fitting to share. It reminds me of the hard, cold truth and lesson in life I've had to learn about people....
Via Ann Landers:

"Keep in mind that the true measure of an individual is how he treats a person who can do him absolutely no good."