|Tuesday, September 29th, 2015|
|Childhood Memories collection notes
Childhood birthday party: friends around the diningroom table of 22 Babcock..birthday cakes usually ice cream cakes..white with blue cursive gel writing... Music Joan Jett and Love is a Battlefield song...
Crafts...Seemed I always wanted to do some sort of craft with friends during my childhood birthday parties...and Dad helped me make prototypes and get materials...one year it was a seagull on wood posts thing with twine...another i remember only these twisty green wire with fake berries on it...not sure what it was part of?
Selling crafts...one year I became a bit obsessed with a small lavendar pompom ring with googly eyes and I decided I wanted to make these and other things (painted rocks perhaps?) and I would walk door to door in the neighborhood to try to sell some from a shoebox.
Babysitter: she sold Avon as well and I adored the catalogs. She had a few little tiny lipstick testers/samples and I asked how much these were and she said a penny each (I think just so I knew she would 'sell' me one. But thus launched my secret plan with determination: I would collect a piggybank Full (my bank was a yellow printed cardboard cylinder with plastic top) of pennies and buy hundreds and hundreds of lipstick samples and open my own store! When i had completed my savings mission I approached her and she broke my heart saying she only had a few of these..not hundreds.
I made my own peel-off nailpolish (a burnt orange-ish color) by mixing questionable ingredients found around the house. Kept in top small drawer to right of my desk. Also in that drawer was my soft beaded change-purse and my grey compact Invaders of the Mummy's tomb pocket game. Possibly also Rubiks Cubes of various shapes. The mini cube was my/our favorite and often came in my pocket on trips....but there was also a snake shape
and an octagonal/cylindrical one
had a collapsible cup full of colorful 'magic' fuzzy worms
Madlibs cracked me UP.
Loved word search puzzles. And invisible ink. and really Big coloring books. My lilac plastic cassette and radio boombox with the multicolored fabric strap (possibly handed down from my sister...but it became/was ALL MINE). Sniglets word-a-day peel off calendar. Big white Pachinko game. Pinball machine that was about 12"x 18"...why can't I remember the graphics- but we played it So much...lying on our stomachs on the variegated pink rug of my sister's room with her mirrored closet doors.
Coveted my sister's rainbow stretchy strap high(ish) wedge sandals with tan soft suede insole.
ChiChi bird- a babybird we found that we tried to 'rescue'. I was so excited to see it in the morning..and ran downstairs .and it was dead. I was devastated.
Hermit crabs from Puerto Rico smuggled over back to ny on the plane in an ice cream/sherbert plastic tub..(I'm sure I cried and begged). Not surprisingly, they died shortly after. :(! Harsh lesson learned.
Street badminton (outdoor game of choice). orange skateboard. jumping over the sprinklers in summer. chasing grasshoppers. overturning large stones or bricks to see what insects or worms might be underneath. Collecting acorns and making sand seasoned 'acorn mash' which would be 'served' in a frisbee plate. My 'pretend kitchen and house' was a little clearing in a small patch of woods next to house....someone had dumped a medium mound of cement..and I stored collected acorns,herbs,leaves and other findings in its nooks. there was a long log 'couch' and we would ask my father or the neighbor if we could have the grass clipping after they mowed lawn ..and then we sprinkled these all over the clearing for the softest 'carpet' for bare feet.
|Saturday, June 20th, 2015|
|Stemonitis, Stereocilia and networked Sensing
This above is an image of Stemonitis axifera, a species of slime mold.
And here we have the hair cells (stereocilia) within the inner ear (in this case of a chicken).
And another image of the slime mold Stemonitis axifera.
When considering the elaborate and amazing life cycles and signaling of slime molds....and the exquisite processing of our auditory systems.... a thought/question is now stuck in my head.
As with microbiologist Lynn Margulis' theories of the coevolution of much of our sensory system through symbiosis with bacteria....could animal auditory systems have their beginnings in a symbiosis with fungus?
Consider the widespread symbiosis of mycorrhizae in plant roots...fungal hyphae penetrate into the cells of the root cortex, producing characteristic branched structures called arbuscules...the plant benefits as does the fungus. "In these associations, the fungi derive photosynthetic sugars from the plants, and they assist the plant by facilitating the uptake of mineral nutrients and water. Approximately 70-80% of all plants have mycorrhizae. Mycorrhizae have evolved repeatedly in different groups of fungi." (http://www.clarku.edu/faculty/dhibbett/tftol/content/3folder/symbiotic.html
related notes: "The molecular biology of hair cells has seen considerable progress in recent years, with the identification of the motor protein (prestin) that underlies somatic electromotility in the outer hair cells. Santos-Sacchi et al. have shown that prestin's function is dependent on chloride channel signalling and that it is compromised by the common marine pesticide tributyltin (TBT). Because this class of pollutant bioconcentrates up the food chain, the effect is pronounced in top marine predators such as orcas and toothed whales.
(- Santos-Sacchi Joseph, Song Lei, Zheng Jiefu, Nuttall Alfred L (2006-04-12)."Control of mammalian cochlear amplification by chloride anions". Journal of Neuroscience 26)
Biofilms, Biofouling , Epibiosis
Please hold for image credits- I have been searching for the right images and finding them with credits to the original photographers has not been easy. If you by chance know whose photographs these are and can link me to name and/or original site I will be sure to credit.
This post to be continued/expanded. Just sharing some thoughts in progress.
more on slime molds: 'Slime Molds Show Surprising Degree of Intelligence
A creature with no brain can learn from and even anticipate events'.: http://discovermagazine.com/2009/jan/071
|Thursday, January 8th, 2015|
|10% Donations Wishlist 2015!!
Dear 2015... Here we GO!
As part of a vow and dreamvision that is at the basis of my art and life, I am so grateful to have been able to pulse out so many 10%s to special causes and intitiatives in 2014...and I'm Determined to pump it up megafold in 2015!!. I believe in the accumulating power of all our small positive actions...and so while I'm here, no matter what, and in whatever small way, I vow to be part of a nourishing rain on as many beautiful endeavors as possible to help them grow. <3 Let there be thousands of us, reaching out to millions- wherever needed.
Continuing from where I left off...and with the new energy boost of 2015...Here are my jottings for the 10% 2015 'Wishlist'
(where I want to donate something from my next art sales)...followed by a continually updated list of donations so far this year! I've made most of them hotlinks so please do learn more about each...and if any of these causes touch your heart, please Join me and others to help crowdfund and continue to nourish them! "We are the ones we've been waiting for." <3Mercy Corps for Syrian Refugees
UNHCR United Nations High Commissioner for RefugeesThe Art Garage fundraiser on IndiegogoShinnecock Nation Cultural Center and MuseumSister to Sister Sewing Cooperative in Congo on StartSomeGoodVital Edge Aid for Nepal Paper artisans
Radios:A Lifeline to Safety for Nicaraguan Women through MADRE</a>
Citizens Campaign for the Environment (Annabel)
Amy Starkey's CareKits for the HomelessSouthampton Trails Preservation SocietyHumanitarian Aid for Gaza through United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA)Greenpeace InternationalPeaceCorps Partnership Project #14-631-010: GHANA: Basic School Renovations Project (again)Afghan Institute of Learning :Womens Education Fund
through GlobalGivingSadhana Forest initiative in KenyaCenter for Biological Diversity Pollinators Protection FundHumane LongIsland/ LION LongIsland Orchestrating for NatureEvelyn Alexander Wildlife Rescue membership donation renewal July or general donations for food/careNepal Youth Foundation Freedom Loan Fund for Rescued Kamlaris
(again to NYOF)Quogue Wildlife Refuge
family membership donation
National Audubon Society (mail in)
World Wildlife Fund
Save Sag Harbor Friends of Cambodia: Youth services
(again)2015 Donations So Far:Wild Bird Fund
in honor of Victoria Booth's birthdaySue Braiden's IndieGogo campaign for Adventure Lab/Rock Paper Estrogen project Serene Celia's Crowdrise page for Buddha's Smile School India Girl's Dormitory Fundraiser/ShadhikaSobornost for the World Foundation
(again, + again for Pattye's Birthday)PeaceCorps Project Community Library Development- TanzaniaEvelyn Alexander Wildlife Rescue donations for food/careBarefoot College India: Rural Women Solar EngineersABA Autism Therapies for Brenna through GoFundMeProject InReach: Community Development in Puerto Mallarino Colombia/GoFundMe/Mercedes YamilkaLocal Public Radio WPPB/88.3/NPRThe Artblog ASR - Artist and Social Responsibility program/IndieGoGoCenter for Biological Diversity Rana Clothing ethical fashion startup campaign on Pozible Sankalpa Art Journeys- Art Therapy India
(again)OXFAM's Emergency response for Vanuatu after Cyclone PamCARE International for Cyclone Pam recovery in VanuatuCARE International for Nepal Earthquake RecoveryGlobalGiving Nepal Earthquake Relief FundMercyCorps Nepal Earthquake FundAmistad International for Buddha's Smile School Varanasi India
(again)Julia's Army GoFundMe campaignBooks for new Shinnecock Nation PreschoolNepal Youth Foundation's Earthquake Disaster Relief Program
Save the Children Nepal Earthquake Recovery and Temporary Learning Spaces Build Change: Rebuild Nepal for Long-Term SafetyVictoria's Project Carroll shelters for feral catsSammy's Place fundraiser through Crowdrise
(Lynda Chick's dream of an intentional community and respite retreat for people with special needs and those who share their journey)Dennis Borrusso Walk for Hydrocephalus ResearchCatalytic Communities/Rio on Watch IndieGoGo Campaign
For a list of donations made in 2014 click here
For a list of donations made in 2013, click here10% Donations List 201210% Donations List 201110% Donations List for 2010Donations List 2006,2007Donations List 2002,2003
|Friday, November 28th, 2014|
|Thursday, October 23rd, 2014|
|Thursday, October 16th, 2014|
|CoHabitat at St.Michael's College
Darlene Charneco “CoHabitat”
Oct. 9 – Nov. 7, 2014
McCarthy Art Gallery- Saint Michael's College
Artist's Talk on Thurs.Oct 9th 4-5pm followed by reception.
From release/announcement: "Darlene Charneco’s layered mixed media models and tactile maps explore ways of seeing our human settlements, communication networks and communities through a biological lens and as part of a larger organism’s growth stage. Clusters of houses sharing or sequestering resources and shorelines are pondered as sustainability experiments within imaginary laboratory or field observations. With playful shifts in scale perception, she strives to surprise and re-orient herself and the viewer into contemplation of the various interactions and types of symbiosis (parasitic, predatory or mutually beneficial) that we are continually co-evolving with other species and the living surface systems around and below us."
This exhibition is generously funded by the The Marc and Dana vanderHeyden Endowment in Fine Arts and hosted by the Fine Arts Department at Saint Michael’s College
shown: 'Collaboration on Substrate'
24" tondo. resin and mixed media.http://knightsite.smcvt.edu/mccarthygallery/2014/09/22/exhibition-announcement-darlene-charneco-cohabitat/
|Tuesday, July 8th, 2014|
|PCPP Local Library Project
10%Club selection (close to funded...jotting notes here so I can revisit when it is off PCP website)Peace Corps Volunteer Project #14-538-002
Volunteer Coordinator: Jones C. of AZ
Community Contribution:$1063.12 (53% of total budget)
Funds Still Needed: $240
The Local Library project is being conducted for the sole purpose of uplifting and providing a modern space for the creative youth to learn in the community. We seek to do this, by bringing the youth and community together in a contributive effort to remodel the local library. Fifteen volunteers will participate in the remodel and painting of the library itself. We want to encourage the youth to design artwork and paint the space, in order to create a welcoming and safe space for the others to learn. The plan also calls for a new computer for the library, which will be a great new resource for the community to take advantage of. This project will bring a resource of knowledge and ideas into the Kalinago Territory and help encourage the youth. Most importantly, the remodel will raise awareness and address issues surrounding youth and poor literacy rates in the area. Among the various communities in the Territory, this village has an alarming number of youth who struggle with reading and writing skills. This remodel will create and provide a new environment and energy towards improving young people¿s minds. Members of the community will contribute their time and knowledge to assist the youth in training on how to use the library and the computer. After the completion of the remodel, we expect an increase of inspired youth and community members. The remodel will tackle problems with literacy in this area and in turn will reenergize education as a whole in the community.
|Tuesday, January 7th, 2014|
|The Perception of Beauty
"I wish I could show you when you are lonely or in darkness the Astonishing light of your own being."- Hafiz
|Friday, January 3rd, 2014|
|Wednesday, January 1st, 2014|
Wherever you are, it is happening.
Eternally and yet for the first time as us.
Happy New Year beloved and Interconnected sparks.
|Tuesday, November 5th, 2013|
|Thursday, September 12th, 2013|
|Friday, January 25th, 2013|
|The Book of Hope- Page 8 (Re-Nature)
The Book of Hope- Page 8 (Re-Nature)
the latest page in the ongoing Book of Hope is finally complete and released to the world:)
Emerging out of my previous Letters to Whom It May Concern, the Book of Hope is an ongoing series, begun in 1999, with one new page created slowly every few years.
Inspired by the common thread of ritual found in nearly all cultures and religions, each 2 foot square wall-piece is a tactile 'page' containing a composed text of prayers, wishes and visualizations for the years ahead. Created in the spirit of the European monastic scribe illuminating manuscripts or a Tibetan monk creating a sand mandala, these works are 'sent' as messages requesting guidance for the peaceful evolution of humanity.
Page 1 (Pure)
Page 2 (Illuminated)
Page 3 (Through Darkness)
Page 4 (Alchemy)
Page 5 (Sands)
Page 6 (Creating Tomorrows)
Page 7 (For Africa)
Page 8 (Re-Nature)( text to Page 8 revealed hereCollapse )
|Monday, January 14th, 2013|
|Saturday, January 12th, 2013|
|Tuesday, December 4th, 2012|
|diary 12/4/12 lichenpuffs, springtails, scent
The day looked so white grey and dreary cold that I hadn’t planned on going outdoors….but the chickadees came right to the office window to encourage me…and once outside I didn’t regret a minute of it. They fluttered and flew and took seeds from my hand, which is always a thrill…and after a while I heard an almost heartbreakingly Sweet and shaking birdvoice sing songs coming from the shrubbery. A brownish bird…but one that I could not make out for the distance. The notes sounded so much like ‘Here comes the bride-bride-bride-bride’. And the voice…I just can’t even explain how charming and moving it was…how beautiful and also endearing in that it seemed somehow to be shy and shaking…as if it was trying these songs out for the first time. Back inside I looked up keywords to Beethoven’s 5th to see if I could identify the bird…I’m not the only one who has been puzzled by it….perhaps a white-breasted sparrow?
Back outside. Adjusting my eyes to really see around the yard I was amused to discover these puffy tufts of lichen bursting forth from parts of the barren winter tree branches. I can’t even make this stuff up. Looking like some craftykid’s Dr.Seussian flufftops on perfect green camo- wrapped wand-twigs.
As I shift scales I see the intricately textured jungles of lichen communities of all kinds on every surface of the trees and fallen branches…and those teenytiny Globular springtails come into focus Everywhere.
Later still I put on my rainboots to take a walk on damp wooded paths in the dusky light of late afternoon …breathing in the scents of wet pine needles, bark, leaves and straining to catch some of the complex cocktails of other mysteries I haven’t yet learned to recognize or decipher. I cross paths with a woman and her small dog…and she tells me how her dog seems confused today….that the rain may have mixed her scents/senses. Of course I want to hear more..so she tells me that when this dog was a puppy and experienced her first snow how confusing it seemed to be for her. ”You see, she buries her bones everywhere and seems to Know where they all are…and suddenly being let outside after the snow blanketed the yard she seemed shocked and sniffing the air like…WHERE ARE ALL MY BONES???? We talk a bit about that…and imagine what it might look like to ‘see’ this road and the world mapped how the dogs can see/read it on an average day….”In a few years I’m sure, ” she says….and I nod my head in agreement….looking at the air and treetrunks and drawing circles within my mind.
|Thursday, January 12th, 2012|
|Wednesday, January 4th, 2012|
|Tuesday, August 23rd, 2011|
|Darlene Charneco: Islands of Memory @ SOLAR
a collection of artworks by Darlene Charneco on view. 'Islands of Memory' opens Saturday Aug.27th 5-7pm with a cocktail reception at SOLAR in East Hampton, NY. :)There will be an Artists on Artists discussion on Sept.17th led by Eric Ernst and curator Esperanza Leon. photo: detail of 'Deep Sea Memory (Retrieval)' 24
|Wednesday, August 10th, 2011|