Twist and Shout

Twist and Shout
Life is never straight (Joey Kulkin photo)

Monday, December 10, 2012

Vignettes from Vermont: Wine, Brie & Chalk!

Screen-grab of the process of self-publishing at

BENNINGTON -- Art Gallery Dude is revved and feeling irie this morning and not just because the post-treadmill endorphins are popping all about his body and 2 cups of Jamaican Me Crazy are percolating his bloodstream. That's a great combination to start the day.

AGD's good vibes bubbled over today for a few other reasons, the big one being he completed a book called "Chalk It Up!" about Fiddlehead's Graffiti Vault.

We live in the golden age of technology, where a schnook from Anywhere USA can punch buttons on the computer keyboard for an hour or two and then let binary data and coding work its mojo till a book springs to life -- within minutes.

Indeed, no longer are we servants to those in authority. No longer must we beg the powers that be to be something furious in our own rights.

You want to publish a book, bubba? The power is in your hands right now.

Art Gallery Dude exercised that power yesterday by compiling the nearly 100 photos he took of gallery customers, tourists and townies who had walked into the Graffiti Vault since it opened October 13 and wrote simple words or quirky phrases or drew Vermontasaures or turtles or Sator Squares or boy loves girl hearts or inspirational messages to a newspaper lifer who died a horrible newspaper death on June 22 and felt like he'd let everyone down -- most importantly himself.

So here we are with "Chalk It Up!" -- 90 pages of photographic goodness. Buy it HERE.

On top of that, Fiddlehead's website is picking up more steam.

A woman from Alabama bought two wine glasses and a casserole dish today, which marks the third day in a row the budding website has recorded a sale; a modest feat considering the website launched in late September. But more and more art lovers are taking stock of Fiddlehead's fun, funky and functional wares -- handblown glass, world-class ceramics, unique jewelry, silk and mohair scarves, wood piano and cutting boards, photography from Amsterdam, oil paintings by newspapermen turned canvas maestros ...

... and all of those works are crafted by studio artists across North America.

The Alabaman bought these pieces made by Tony Holman of Texas ...

More Holman wares for sale HERE

... that two wine glasses were part of the order is kind of funny, too, because AGD wrote something the other day (HERE) about a sudden sales surge of wine glasses and goblets.

So yeah. Exercise. Jamaican java. Self-publishing. Web sales ... good days.

Art Gallery Dude thanks you for buying his first book. (Well, it's his second book, but let's forget about the dreidel debacle.)