I have produced my zine, “Art-o-Rama”, since October of 2012. Every other month I investigate a concept, theme or idea. I like to celebrate seasons and sometimes document trips or experiences. I enjoy researching topics and sharing obsessions. Whatever is fascinating me as an artist, usually winds up in the zine.
While there are so many issues that I am fond of and certainly proud of, here are some of my favorite zines that I’ve done over the years:
It’s Coffee Time: Issue 22 … coffee has been a constant companion and I drink it obsessively. To not do a zine on joe would be criminal.
Eat, Drink, & Be Merry: Issue 20… I love me some Christmas time and the jolly time of year inspires me to search for what makes the season so special. What does it mean to be Merry? I ofter up, food.
A Guide to Falling into Autumn: Issue 37… I love Fall, and having moved to the Pacific Northwest has made the affection so much stronger. I illustrate the things that make me love it so.
Now you can subscribe to “Art-o-Rama” through the online store! You’ll get 6 issues (1 year) for $36. It’s super easy and it will come straight to your mailbox via the Postals. Portal to subscription
It is Fall… and we are falling into the First Friday of Fall at Sidestreet Arts. As per usual, we are reception-izing on Friday, October 5th from 6-9 pm at the gallery. Delicious treats, adult beverages and hobnobbing served up cheerfully.
The October/November issue of Art-o-Rama has dropped. #37 has my illustrated guide to Autumn. It’s available now ($5 an issue plus a buck fifty for shipping). Contact me via email.
It’s coming… the Christmas Season… and I know that you are probably beginning to think about the upcoming gift buying situation. Why not give the gift of Art-o-rama this year? Zines make great gifts! Here’s some options:
The Holiday Bundle: Here’s a pack of all the Christmas issues thus far, 5 issues (not including this year’s 2017-18 edition). $20 (that’s 5 issues for the price of 4).
The Christmas Suite: The 5 Christmas Issues plus the upcoming 2017-18 issue. $25 (6 issues for the price of 5).
Choose-O-Rama: Choose any 5 issues for $20. (see a full list under books & zines page) or here’s a link
Mystery Pack: 4 ??? issues. $15
OR a Subscription to Art-o-rama… 6 issues every other month- $36
**Shipping and handling is $3.50
Contact me at email@example.com to order. Tell me what you want and where you want it sent to, and I’ll email you the details.
So my pal Betsy Streeter makes a zine… It is aimed at empowerment. I’m not exactly sure why k-9s are involved… but hey, every dog has its day! Mocha, my pooch of some time ago, is getting HER day on the cover of issue # 8.
If you want a copy, let me know via an email… firstname.lastname@example.org
… AND why not peruse the updated “Books & Zines” page? You might just see an issue you can’t live without!
I just added some back issues of Art-o-rama to the Books & Zines page. If you missed an issue or you need a specific zine for a gift, you can now order them through this website. I’m still adding older back issues (sub #15), so if you don’t see an issue, check back. I am sold out of Love Letters to Ireland #21 and the Sketchbooking issue #24. Zines are $5 each with some shipping and handling. Pictured is one of my favorite issues…
Lately, I’ve been researching the latest zine topic… ghosts and hauntings/haunted places. In my neck of the woods, one doesn’t need to go very far to find the paranormal. Monterey and Santa Cruz are filled with spirits of the past. The lovely and slightly creepy Restaurant 1833 in Monterey (pictured here) is just such a place… Haunted by former owners and full of low light, real candles and ornate wallpapers, the place has a feeling of … some kind of uneasiness… like you’re being watched. It adds a bit of excitement to your meal… especially if you order a glass of “Stokes Ghost”… a “chilling” red wine fit for the spooky atmosphere.
I didn’t stop there… right down the street is The Monterey Hotel… a lovely old establishment right in the middle of Monterey’s Alvarado Street. I had a lovely conversation with the general manager about the spooks that live there at the hotel. She invited me to have a look around, and so I did. I pulled out my iPhone and took some photos. Later that evening, I was reviewing the photos… and sure enough, small green orbs appeared around the ceiling, and a chaise lounge. A larger “ball of light” is seen in the hallway and a ghostish image on the other side of a small window leading to a hallway. As I write, the hair is standing up on my arms!
This spook-filled issue of ARt-o-rama will be available at the beginning of October. Contact me at email@example.com to reserve a copy.