Assignment: Ukiah - Home is where the art isn't

Ukiahans love to think of themselves and their neighbors as terribly gifted and artistic. Full Story
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Tristram

AOL

#21 Feb 22, 2009
So maybe all of the "truly gifted" can move away to a land for the "truly gifted" and invite anyone who wants to see and review "truly gifted" work can go with them and write truly relevant reviews. Geez folks. When did this bitterness seep in? If your work is truly important to you, do it. Let it stand or fall. You don't need to clear the field.
Edward Bennett

United States

#22 Feb 22, 2009
I grew up in Ukiah, I don't understand my spell checker, bt. mee thenke yuu is da worstist pappere.
Susan Flint Rajkumar

Trivandrum, India

#23 Feb 23, 2009
Dear Tommy Wayne's rant on Ukiah and the arts makes the evil side of me laugh, but I must emphasize that his commentary is not very healthy for the community or his reputation (or the UDJ's). Perhaps this is precisely what a rant does: evoke raw emotion without much temperance.
If I had had this brand of feedback on my written craft, I'd have crawled back into the "hippie" hovel from whence I came 35 years ago--as my family were pioneers in Mendocino County--probably the only then hippies with life insurance and a sports car.
I love the Ukiah community, with all of the quirky idiosyncrasies. Being a small fish in a big pond suits me, though, as life has called me elsewhere to practice my art.
Mendocino County Sucks

San Jose, CA

#24 Feb 25, 2009
Great piece of writing. I hope to see much more from Tommy Wayne Kramer. Yes, Mendocino County is about as significant as a ball of lint in a bum’s butt crack.
Ukiah Resident

Ukiah, CA

#25 Feb 27, 2009
Where is the editor in charge? I can't believe this was allowed to be published in our paper. Shame on you, your article is repulsive.
Sensitive New Age Guy

American Canyon, CA

#26 Feb 27, 2009
Hmmmm wrote:
So true. Same bunch of people performing at the Ukiah Players.-- SPACE is a glorified day-care facility. The awful truth is: if you are truly gifted as an artist or performer, you move away from Ukiah, and especially Willits, as quickly as humanly possible.
The term "gifted" has been worn out by SPACE and some of the more yuppified of our community. "Look at Billy..why, he's flatulent in 3 languages....he's GIFTED!"
Bagwind Shree Rashneesh

American Canyon, CA

#27 Feb 27, 2009
Susan Flint Rajkumar wrote:
Dear Tommy Wayne's rant on Ukiah and the arts makes the evil side of me laugh, but I must emphasize that his commentary is not very healthy for the community or his reputation (or the UDJ's). Perhaps this is precisely what a rant does: evoke raw emotion without much temperance.
If I had had this brand of feedback on my written craft, I'd have crawled back into the "hippie" hovel from whence I came 35 years ago--as my family were pioneers in Mendocino County--probably the only then hippies with life insurance and a sports car.
I love the Ukiah community, with all of the quirky idiosyncrasies. Being a small fish in a big pond suits me, though, as life has called me elsewhere to practice my art.
Honey, this community is not very healthy. Mr, Kramer can't be blamed for that.

“Pot is a gift from God”

Since: May 08

Ukiah, CA

#28 Feb 28, 2009
I disagree. The woman who did my portrait (my avatar) is quite talented, if you like the style of Freda Kahlo and can see it expressed (along with a healthy dose of anime) in her work. I've been watching her mature (she's quite young) into a fascinating creature:

http://callowlily.com or http://myspace.com/callowlily

I have also noticed over the past week the exquisite fabric mosaics hanging up at the MEC (across from the courthouse on Standley St.). While some are more plain, many of them are far more adept work than I saw last year in Texas' St. Fair's 'quilting' display with blue ribbons on them. You can see some of them (interspersed with less impressive items) in the panorama picture I took of it to test some software.

http://blog.writch.com/2009/02/the-mec.html
opinionfary

San Francisco, CA

#29 Sep 16, 2013
Ukiah theater/theater = hobby for people that a way to into themselves and to scared to try to do anything bigger where they might not be considered good and would actually have to hone their craft. Where they would actually have to compete with others and not be safe in the town they grew up in.
boozy6 broads bivouac

Sonoma, CA

#30 Sep 17, 2013
how bloody dare you! we are all artists. there is no standard but that which is set by the ancient cabal of flubberwhitzers. That group is long gone and so no standard remains to prevail or compare to. standards are for snotts. art is not supposed to make sense or have an impact beyond making us feel the way we feel when we do it, that which we do when we feel that way because we have done, or not done, what we wanted to do, or near about. so there. as long as ssdi holds out and the bastard cant evict me as he dont know we live here, then we are artists of merit. just like the academy awards...we WE we award ourselves the titles. statueless, but, phoooooot.
Lance Reventlow

Petaluma, CA

#32 Sep 26, 2013
You are all faulty in the party. That is all what is wrong. No more fault lines, We cannot each be artists...some of you are just bums, drunx or mislabeled soecimens of lower life forms on the upwards creep.
Louis Louis Landlord Hooe

Sonoma, CA

#34 Sep 27, 2013
boozy6 broads bivouac wrote:
how bloody dare you! we are all artists. there is no standard but that which is set by the ancient cabal of flubberwhitzers. That group is long gone and so no standard remains to prevail or compare to. standards are for snotts. art is not supposed to make sense or have an impact beyond making us feel the way we feel when we do it, that which we do when we feel that way because we have done, or not done, what we wanted to do, or near about. so there. as long as ssdi holds out and the bastard cant evict me as he dont know we live here, then we are artists of merit. just like the academy awards...we WE we award ourselves the titles. statueless, but, phoooooot.
You broads is out: consider this your 30 day notice. No more will I let stinkers stay...I will sue your butz off. When the gubmint goes down next week we can roll you on outa there and you can do nothing about nothing...capitalism is an ART!

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