Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Nevada Museum of Art

Wayyyyy back in August or beginning or September I saw an advertisement in a Nevada Museum of Art brochure advertising a Life Modeling Class with models in historical costumes. I thought this would be an interesting fun gig to do, so I called and volunteered to model. The teacher was out of the country but they would take my name, number and pass it on to him. Time passed, I forgot I had volunteered, then a phone call came from Jerry Stinson, teacher of the class. He called me at the end of October or beginning November, asked me questions regarding my costumes and I shared my enthusiasm for costuming. Actually I was a chatty Cathy.

He came out the next day, looked at my wardrobe room and we talked about a schedule. I shared with him pictures of other costumers and their ensembles and then before I knew it I was volunteering to set a schedule for him of various models from different time frames, genders, body types. What I thought would be a fun interesting gig has turned into so much more than a lark. The intensity of the students concentration in the class room is almost tangible. Out of my association with Jerry, his students and the work they do has grown a tremendous amount of respect for their hard work. The first class session was six weeks, we are now on a four week class session.

Below some of the pictures I have listed the artist web site or email. Take a look at their wonderful work.







Opps forgot Fantasies in Chocolate

In November my friend, Erika Peckingham, and I went to Fantasies in Chocolate. The theme was "Fire and Ice".

Sept through Dec, 2010

Riding the Stream of Life seems to be the mode that I was in September through December. You know how it is, you just get busy with Life and don't do the little things that need to be done. For me this would be setting down and posting on the blog. I posted pictures and information about the events I've been involved, starting with December and going back to September. I forgot that the blogger loads the pictures backwards from what you upload them.


I helped my step-son, David, with a project for his English Class. A couple of English classes combined together to do a study on the Victorian time period. The students broke into small groups. Each group had to choose a part of the Victorian time period and do a report. They set up tables in the main hallway of Damonte High School to display their reports. Examples of some of the study groups were: education, crime and punishment, entertainment, music, art, etc. David volunteered he and three of his buddies for Victorian clothing. He figured this would be an easy A with my help. This was a senior class project and I was not about to let my clothes out of sight with four 17 yr. old boys at school. I volunteered to go along, which filled their requirement for female clothing and one of the boys dressed as a female. Yep, silly boys, now you know why I insisted on going. They also needed to showcase children's clothes. That was easy to fulfill also. We had my 5 yr old granddaughter along. Sara (g'daughter and David's neice) was a chick magnet for David. With David walking around in his Victorian Cutaway and Sara hanging on his arm in children's Victorian clothing saying, "Uncle David, Uncle David. . ". All the girls were hitting on David, "Oh David, she's soooo cute". Needless to say the group received and A++.

Damonte Ranch High School Victorian Days---and yes the "girl" in the gray dress is a boy. Pictured below Sara, David, Jake, Trevor, Brandon

The girl in the late 1800's swim suit borrowed it from my closet for her display.
One of the fun groups I belong to went to the Salvation army to sing Christmas Carols as they handed out gifts of toys to the families. We may have not sounded that great, but we sure looked great! We then went to the mall in costume to Starbucks for a cup of Christmas Cheer and "figgy pudding".

Great Basin Costume Society at the Salvation Army and Meadowood Mall and Starbucks.

September Through November

I had three History Undressed shows during these months. The Friends of the Library, city of Colfax, City of Reno's Seniors Program and the National Auto Museum, Harrah's Collection. Great groups all of them and thoroughly enjoyed performing for all.

I also worked with the Foothills Church of Christ for a fundraiser for Village of Hope, Ghana, Africa. I did a program, Womanly Arts, that had tableaux of woman through the ages doing various arts.

These pictures are the program at the Foothills Church of Christ Fundraiser.

Pictures from Friends of the Colfax Library fundraiser. I took the motor home over and used it as a dressing room to dress the ladies who volunteered for the fashion show.