HOT DIGGITY DOG! I'm in an article in the Ithaca Times!!!! You can readthe whole article if you click the link, but I highlighted my spot below. I didn't know anything about this!
The Surrealist Five-and-Dime
By: Warren Greenwood
"You've got to jump off cliffs and build your wings on the way down.-Ray BradburyThe biggest problem I have writing about Spirit and Kitsch is the oppressive feeling that anything I write will be inadequate. It is a wunderkabinett of marvels.It's also such an uber-Ithaca place. While visiting Spirit and Kitsch, I met a patron, Ray Melvin, a musician, who referred to Spirit and Kitsch as "one of those things that makes Ithaca, Ithaca."Spirit and Kitsch is located in a former industrial space turned gallery out on Elmira Rd. Out front, a cartoon banner reads, "We Are Filling an Artistic Vacuum on Elmira Road." (A sly reference to the fact that it used to be a vacuum cleaner shop.)There's also a life-size antelope creature fashioned out of tree limbs (one of artist Frank Leahy's "Twig Sculptures"), a giant cartoon cat-creature composed out of firewood and a buzz saw, and a pyramid with a blue cartoon Cyclops pointing the way in with a big blue Picasso cartoon hand.Inside, there's a big, whitewashed garage-turned-art gallery. Among the permanent collection, the stuff I like the most includes: Carl Whittaker's landscapes (realist but somehow refracted through a fantasy sensibility), and Carl's little fantasy creatures, sculpted from vivid swirling multicolored clay, including a full chess set of the creatures (sitting on one of Frank Leahy's Lord of the Rings twig-sculpted tables).Then there are Susan Fox Miller's photographs: underwater nudes like aquatic Pre-Raphaelite paintings, great fields of alien morning glories, and lovers in a giant flower.There are Ben Marlan's marvelous minimalist cartoon landscapes pf quiet internal worlds: two are so tiny that they are painted on a pair of earrings. Gary Edward Rith's pottery and cups are decorated with cartoon bunnies, cats, pigs, dogs, climbing monkeys and striped zebras, and alarming skull-faced snowmen. (And this is the barest tip of the Art Iceberg - all the artists I haven't mentioned will have to forgive me for slighting them.)"
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