Climb the light the color of love
Aligned with the sign of the beautiful desire
One and other you and I
Entwined in the finest beautiful, beautiful, beautiful desire
--Beautiful Desire Telesma
Vaycay is always filled with activities & usually the summer is the non-stop activity trip but I this vaycay, as it is inevitably & unfortunately drawing to a hasty close, has been chock full of stuff going on. I wrote about the beach trip but I didn't share another part of the winter break--stuff that Xing Fu & I did alone.
On the solstice, and the day after the world was about to end, Xing Fu & I went to a warehouse way out near Arbutus in a clearly huge industrial park to listen to a band we enjoy a great deal--Telesma. For me, Telesma has some history. Way back I've written about how each year there was a solstice party featuring Alex Gray painting & Telesma playing with lots of other performance artists. The first year that I wanted to go, I ended up with the bizarre ex-preacher with 11 kids who couldn't even make it to the show. The following year, Xing Fu & I were going to go but it snowed on the solstice & the show was pushed to February. We eventually saw the show & it was amazing & wonderful. It was great to go to see them on the solstice once again, three years later.
It was definitely freaky-deaky driving there because it was in a warehouse way back of row after row of gray, squat buildings with minimal lighting. Obviously not designed for a concert....but we found it & with a bit of trepidation, climbed the stairs into the nondescript warehouse--inside was Orion Studios--a practice/soundstage/studio for artists & bands. The room opened up with cool lighting & posters, a stage, artists painting, & lots of folk of all ages, types, milling about. There was even a cool face painter so I sat down & had her put lots of sparkle on my face (along with face paint). Also amongst the folk was an artist very similar to Alex Gray--Adam Scott Miller. Kinda the trippy vibe that Alex Gray has--we looked over his prints & decided that one was perfect for our house--so we bought a reproduction painting entitled "Celestial Shore" which Adam personally signed to me.