post 50

in a few days my daughter will turn 50 years old, and she is my “baby”. coincidently, my post today on wordpress, is my 50th post. and so i am going to take care of odds and ends that have been left dangling and then say goodbye to blogging. “post 50” will be my final post which began in a cemetery and will end in our plans and hopes for the future. a heartfelt thank you to those who have spent time reading what i have written, and especially to friends who have taken the time to leave comments. here goes….


where was i (hallie ford)

 “where was i when we voted for life and death”

a sculpturally framed art piece from found wood by nic, writing by sloy, now hanging in the northwest artist’s room at the Hallie Ford Museum.


ephemera. places dave’s mother visited when she was young. she is no longer with us and so part of the process we are now involved in includes culling ephemera (and soon our art) and making choices about what to go on with and what to let go.


downtown casper, wyoming, “gateway to the frontier”.  hotels, old timey cars, ballroom, dining room, lobby, bar.


for jan, our neighbor, who asked if i would please take a closer picture of some earrings i was wearing in one photo on facebook. this is one of many pairs of cardboard earrings nic has made for me through the years. although they appear heavy, they are in fact, much lighter than most commercial earrings.


the other side of the same earring as above.

earring 2 back

this is the earring that “matches” the one above. they are meant to be worn as a pair, though i tend to wear either one or the other as they are a strong enough statement singly.

earring 2

and this is the other side of the one above. sorry to have taken so long to respond to your request, jan.

our little sitting room

and here, dear readers, is where our attention will be directed for some time now. this is a small room in our house meant to be a second bedroom, but we use it for our “parlor”, our living room, a place to seat guests who visit in some comfort. we have a wall unit holding a tv, stereo, bar (open) and other civilized paraphernalia as well as the furniture you see. our intentions are to clear out this room so that we can bring our art home out of storage. a huge job as there is nowhere else for all this stuff to go. most will have to go away, somehow, and it is difficult to let go. this is as much as we know right now, and so it is all i will say about it, excepting that it is exciting to think about change, about having our art here with us.

camano deck

i say goodbye with this lovely picture of the deck off the cabin on camano island where we spent many, many years with great joy in a paradise-like setting, the saratoga passage seen here barely through the trees in the upper left, with its ferries, ships, boats and wildlife and sunsets, the beach below. my father and his wife, my stepmother, hosted many a family get-together here, and we filled the deck with conversation and laughter and children and grandchildren. kay thompson took this picture and posted it on facebook, and we are immensely grateful to her for it, as this photo represents time past. my father no longer reclines in a lounge chair in that far left corner by the white table, and the gatherings are no more. we must move on.


primal op

the Hallie Ford Museum of Art in salem, OR consistently delights and surprises us with its exhibitions, and the “Primal Op” exhibition that opened may 31 and goes through august 24 is literally an eye popper. the opening day of the exhibition for us begins in the nicholsloy studio backyard friday morning, may 30. thanks to john hofer and jana hofer, long time friends of the artist and his artist wife, nic and i get to meet jane orleman, the wife of the late dick elliot, the primal op artist whose work is the featured exhibition. this is jane taking snapshots of john hofer.



jane orleman with jana hofer. john and jana recently celebrated their 44th wedding anniversary. two sharp cookies, let me tell you.


in the background is dick johnson who worked as a fabricator and assistant to artist dick elliot for many years. more about him later.


you know how it is, one can’t get enough pictures of a gathering of note. john hofer graciously connected nic and i with jane orleman as the two of us identify with eccentric artist couples who work together outside the need to be known or even to sell.


early evening of this same day, john olbrantz, who curated the exhibition, moderated a lively panel discussion of dick elliots’ work which included jim elliot—dick’s brother, john hofer, jane orleman, dick johnson (who once taught english at central washington university in ellensburg) and sheila farr, the author of the monograph of dick’s work.


and here we are the next afternoon, saturday taking our time to view this remarkable collection of Primal Op art. oh do go! bring your kids! those wild designs you see behind nic are made from reflectors. yes, from reflectors. hundreds and hundreds and hundred of reflectors and you know what reflectors do.


you see, everyone gets a mini maglite to hold between and just above ones eyes, the 3rd eye position, and you beam it on the art pieces. the art pieces literally pop alive with astonishingly bright lights and become 3 dimensional. the further away one stands from them with the light beam the more remarkable the reflectors shine and give off light.


this illumination action is for the viewer with the mag lite only. it cannot be captured by camera nor by anyone standing beside you unless they too hold a mag lite to their 3rd eye.


“it’s a trip!” nic exclaims. and it is. imagine a museum full of viewers with mag lites to their foreheads. swirl the mag lite on your forehead and the lighted art also begins to swirl and whirl. try it. you will be astonished, dizzy. what fun.


this piece is a painting and not a reflector piece, but it gives you an idea of the scale of some of dick’s pieces. to the left of this picture is a very large silver reflector piece that will knock your socks off. the ex-english prof who became a fabricator/ artist assistant for dick elliott tells of how he glued these reflectors on, from an 8 1/2″ x 11″ drawing dick elliott would give him, often gluing in 3 or even 4 layers.


well folks, so much more could be shown here, but as it was (shhhh!) we hadn’t asked permission to take pictures and were feeling pretty sneaky by now. this is one of two neon pieces in the show and upstairs is a another kick in the eyes for viewers… sculptured fertility pieces with wild paint and glitter, optic prints in the print room and so much more. we were there so long tripping out that the woman at the desk finally sent out the security guard to check out what we were doing. it’s dazzlingly new and visionary, serious and playful at the same time. tuesdays are free admission and kids get in free at all times! gotta see this. oh, and i almost forgot, the killer video. by all means sit on the bench and take the tour of dick and jane’s house with dick and jane talking about how it came about as well as how they came to work as artists together. not a talking heads video… almost a cartoonish romp thru, well, dick and jane’s life and vision.