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This Little Piggy

Hello again! To make up for lost time, I’ll be sharing some items with you, so we can all catch up. On June 29, eight pig statues, including mine, were revealed in the town of Smithfield and one was even symbolically “christened” (Have you ever been to a pig christening before? This was a first for me.) Here is the town’s link to their Olden Days photo album, pig reveal included. You’ll see some photos of children with my pig, which makes me happy, as I wanted the design to appeal to kids. Below is a picture of me showing one side (pigs in the pillory) of Cultural Pig.

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It’s a Winner

My photo “A Walk in the Park” was recently promoted by Smithfield and Isle of Wight County Tourism for the new 2012 Pork-a-razzi photo competition. My photo was a winning entry last year at this time of year (1st place in the Windsor Castle Park category and 3rd (tie) for overall quintessential image). I never blogged about this at the time, probably due to the fact that I won this honor the same week I was diagnosed with cancer and I guess the good news was overshadowed. Anyway, three of my entries won four awards for 2011. Last year’s award-winners and rules for this year’s contest are here http://www.visitsmithfieldisleofwight.com.php

If any of you live in the Smithfield area, I encourage you to submit your entries. I guess I have an excuse to wander around Smithfield with my camera this weekend!

Pigs Go Public

I hope everyone had a great weekend. I had a productive one…I taught my mom how to use her laptop, and, in turn, she taught me how to knit! Maybe this will be another crafty skill to incorporate into the artistic life.

Also, I recently discussed how my design was chosen for Smithfield’s Public Art Project. The press release has been sent out and the pigs are going public. Not only will I be having an interview with the Smithfield Times as one of the artists, but I’ve also made the WAVY news! Hopefully, there will be more press as time goes on and as the pigs make progress and are revealed. So far, I’ve primed my pig with gesso and have drawn the design on both sides. Next step will be to start painting the pig characters on the pig. Will keep you updated! Below is a photo of my pig (we’ll name her “Bess”) being primed on her belly…

Smithfield Pig Being Primed on Her Belly

My Pig Being Primed on Her Belly

This Little Piggy Went to Smithfield…My 1st Public Art Project

Let the “pig” jokes fly…I have been awarded the opportunity to participate in my first public art project! My design was juried and accepted by the Porcine Parade Panel, for a public art project in Smithfield, VA! For updates on this project, go the Smithfield Arts website. This will be a fun opportunity to bring the community and the arts together and promote the culture and tourism of the lovely historic town of Smithfield. You know about the well-known Cow Parade…where cities displayed custom artisticly painted and decorated cows designed by artists. Many cities have since used various animals in similar public art projects to promote tourism and excitement regarding the arts. Well, Smithfield is now living “high on the hog” with its Porcine project, where selected artists will paint/decorate pig statues, symbolizing the importance of the pig in the history and culture of Smithfield (we all know about Smithfield ham, right?)

I will be busy prepping and painting my hog for the next couple months to get ready for the big reveal in April (as I squeal with delight in hog heaven)!

Keep On Keepin’ On

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Had a great weekend, despite the up-in-the-air status of my health right now. I received some out-of-town company, presented my latest oil painting to my customer, won awards in a Smithfield photography competition, enjoyed some local historic sightseeing and shopping, and made these fun buffalo burgers (see pic).

I went to the Arts @ 319 Center to find that 4 out of my 5 entries for the Pork-a-razzi Smithfield Tourism photography competition won awards! I received 3rd place overall, 1st place for Windsor Castle Park category, and 2 Honorable Mentions! My photos were nicely exhibited with the other winners and entries and I’m honored that Smithfield may be using my photos for promotional materials. Go Hamtown!

On Sunday, I was feeling creative with supper and made open-faced buffalo burgers with goat cheese, radicchio, tomato, and avocado with a drizzle of EVOO. Buffalo meat is a healthy option, which is leaner than most red meat. It also has a rich flavor and complemented the toppings quite well. Here is the simple recipe:

Open Faced Buffalo Burgers with Goat Cheese, Radicchio, Tomato & Avocado

  • 1 package ground buffalo meat (Curt found this at our local BJs)
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon dried basil
  • slices of bread or hamburger buns (I used pumpernickel)
  • a few tablespoons of goat cheese (ours was garlic flavored)
  • 1 avocado
  • 1 tomato
  • 1 slice of radicchio per burger
  • drizzle of olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste

Basically, just mix the ground meat with the onion powder, garlic powder, salt, pepper, and basil. Form into patties. Use your preferred method of cooking hamburgers (I used a stovetop grill pan). Place one slice of bread or half of hamburger bun on each place. Place cooked burger on top. Spread goat cheese on each burger. Top each burger with the remaining ingredients.

Bon Appetit – buffalo style!

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