Thursday, May 31, 2012
Tuesday, May 29, 2012
In August of last year, I received a phone call that changed my life. I had just married the woman of my dreams, our art gallery was beginning to recover from the recession and I was in the early stages of launching a web development and social media consultancy business.
When I answered the phone, the voice of a close friend said to me "Alex, I have a job for you." Diana Nyad, the world champion long distance swimmer needed my help. Her attempt to swim across the Florida Straits from Cuba to Florida ended after 26 hours in the water. But she was not finished. In fact, she would be leaving for Cuba in a couple weeks to try it again, a dream that would not die, so difficult some would call it impossible, but in her mind it was a forgone conclusion that she would walk on the Florida shore 60 hours after jumping into the harbor in Havana.
I joined Diana's team as her webmaster, tasked with a similarly impossible task of keeping her website from crashing when 1 million people stopped by to get hourly updates on her progress. The blog posts I transcribed arrived to me via a sat phone on ship to a scribe in New York and then on to me, to post on the website and spread the word on Twitter and Facebook. At all hours, I would await a phone call with the latest news to share. Being the #1 trending topic on Twitter was a heavy cross to bear! Luckily, I had many friends supporting me in this herculean effort.
Alas, Diana was stung twice by deadly box jellyfish and yet continued to swim towards her dream, until the poison forced her to abandon the swim. But quit is a word not in Diana's vocabulary. In about a month, Diana will once again set off for Cuba to make her swim across the ocean, at the youthful age of 62. When I speak to her, there is no doubt that this time she will make it. And I could not be prouder to be a part of her team.
Rivka Galchen has written an amazing profile of Diana in this month's issue of Elle Magazine. If you have ever faced a seemingly impossible challenge, take a moment to read Diana's story and be inspired to live your life with no regrets, and pursue your goals with passion and determination.
Sunday, May 20, 2012
A thousand or so die hard cyclists woke up this morning to ride the downtown Los Angeles circuit where Amgen Tour of California concludes today!
and a lion
and a frog
After riding the circuit, I quickly rode home to see the pros race down Sunset Boulevard!
Le Tete De La Course
and the peloton!
Friday, May 18, 2012
Wednesday, May 16, 2012
A long day of work at the gallery. Lots of good things are afoot including this!
Taylor De Cordoba artists Kimberly Brooks, Frohawk Two Feathers, Kyle Field and Claire Oswalt are participating in this year's Venice Art Walk and Auction, taking place May 19 and 20.
Kimberly Brooks | Mom's Friends Study, 2008 | Gouache on paper | 8" x 11"
Kyle Field | A Place in the Park, 2008 | Ink and watercolor on paper | 7 x 8.75 inches
Claire Oswalt | Doubled Over, 2009 | Graphite, paper, wood | 26''x36''x13''
Frohawk Two Feathers | Tales of Heroism, Part I (God Help The Enemy), 2006 | Xerographic transfer print on wood | 7.5" x 8"
This year the auction is being hosted by Google and includes artist studio tours, gourmet food trucks and live music. Tickets to the event can be purchased on their website.
Don’t miss the all NEW Venice Art Walk & Auctions hosted by Google Los Angeles. Enjoy our curated silent art auction, live music, taste bud tingling food trucks, family art activities and exclusive Art & Architecture tours at Venice’s largest community celebration! In 1979... as Venice Family Clinic struggled to provide health care services to Venice’s working poor, artists in the community conceived of a simple but unique idea to raise funds. Many of these artists were patients of the Clinic and decided to open their studios for a ticketed tour to raise much-needed funds and keep the Clinic open. The Venice Art Walk was born. Venice Art Walk & Auctions brings thousands of community members together to celebrate Venice Family Clinic. Artists open their studios, architects open their homes, and as many as 400 artists donate their work to ensure that neighbors in need have access to health care. All proceeds from the event directly fund Venice Family Clinic health care services. We couldn’t do it without YOU!
Tuesday, May 15, 2012
I stopped by the Echo Park Craft Fair this past Sunday to see friends and take an opportunity to relax in the sunshine.
Everyone was in good spirits, quesadillas and hibiscus tea were enjoyed by all, and the craftiest craftspeople of Echo Park were busily hawking their wares.
Quesadillas by Alejandra, who you can find at Sunset and Echo Park most anytime.
Kathryn Bentley, who made my wedding ring!
Britt Browne, the goddess of Indigo, spreading the blues.
Original works of art by Marian
Hostess Rachel Craven shows off her beautiful linens
Beatrice Valenzuela & her zapatos mexicanos
Bea's husband makes these silver, brass and bronze objects that are kinda awesome.
Husband & wife fashion designers Momoko Suzuki and Alexander Yamaguchi
Momo's line is called Black Crane. Alex's line is his name. His shirts are the most comfortable I've ever worn. I haven't tried on Momo's clothes.
Bananas ripening behind the scenes.
Not for sale.