The Giving Tree

 Tis the season to give.
Little Bird de Papel will be donating to the Roadrunner Food Bank.

The Giving Tree adorned with origami ornaments will be available on Small Business Saturday, November 27 and all through December.

All ornaments will be $10.

Visit Friends of Mountain Road on Small Business Saturday
November 27, 2021, 10am-4pm

shop local, shop small business, shop with local artists


The gallery will be open from 4-7 on First Friday November 5

Opening Reception &
Fundraising Celebration

Saturday, December 7 from 6 – 8pm

Exhibitions Run: December 7 – 13, 2019

Harwood Art Center presents 12×12 and PRELUDE, fundraising exhibitions that feature established, emerging and youth artists from New Mexico. The main event, our 12×12 exhibition, includes over 200 works that remain anonymous until sold – for the flat rate of $144
(12″x12″) or $36 (6″x6″).

My 2021 contribution is Beyond Borders—see image to the left. 

Richard’s Corner

Last week, Vicki had a visit from an NP for an annual home visit. When she saw all of the art in our yard, she asked,”what’s your muse?”

That question sent me on a journey down the River of Thought, whichdocked at the term “the signifier and the signified.” This relates directly to semiology, the study of sign processes, where a sign is defined as anything that communicates a meaning, that is not the sign itself, to the sign’s interpreter.

Thus the word tree is the signifier and an oak is the signified. This relates directly to my world of poetry, wherein the signifier is altered by meter, lyricism and rhyme, such that a poem about trees might not ever use the word tree in it. This expands the phrase to “the signifier of the signifier and the signified.” That describes much of poetry.

Of all of Vicki and my collaborative art efforts, by far our most successful on has been a 10X10 wall print that contains our marriage poem adorned by different art on each piece such that the words are the same, but each is an original art piece.

Wedding wishes
Share the dishes
Laugh long, Laugh loud,
Years of kisses

Besides the rhyme, alliteration, and assonance, the hidden sign in this poem that makes it so desirable is that when it is spoken, it hasan iambic beat, which is the same as the lub-dub of the human heartbeat, and the shaman’s drumbeat.

There are many levels in the world of a poem.
And I am happy to be a provider.


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Little Bird de Papel
1222 Mountain Rd. NW
Albuquerque, NM 87102

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