The File Cabinet
Reviews of Call Someplace Paradise
Hartman paintings not of Venice:
Urban Aborigine style:
Urban Aborigine style: Joshua Tree
Urban Aborigine style:
The Author, Pat Hartman
Before Call Someplace Paradise and Ghost Town: A Venice California Life, my main project was Salon: A Journal of Aesthetics. From 1988-98 I edited and published 25 issues of the zine, and only a click away there's a whole lot more about Salon including a biography of the zine itself, the covers, other artwork, some of our fan mail, some articles, and links to the Salon artists and writers.
Visual artists have always been some of my favorite people. I wrote stories with artist characters, and described their fictitious paintings. One day it occurred to me: Why don't I just paint the pictures? My acrylic paintings have been in 20 group shows and 8 one-person shows. The major categories are: Venice Beach, California; portraits, including a type called "Be Painted as Your Fantasy;" and a style I call Urban Aborigine. My guilty pleasure is making collages from magazine photos. Other miscellaneous paintings are here.
The File Cabinet is a list of writings I wish somebody would buy: long, short, fiction, nonfiction.
Here are some other things I've done:
At community college back East, edited a faculty-written publication, and co-edited the student newspaper, after a small group of activists threw out the incumbent staff and took it over.
In Los Angeles, took courses in film history and screenwriting at Santa Monica College, Sherwood Oaks Experimental College, and Beyond Baroque Foundation. Was an active member of L.A. Cinematheque and helped with the newsletter. Belonged for several years to Free-For-All services pool, an innovative barter organization. Edited and wrote reviews for the monthly newsletter for A Change of Hobbit, the nation's largest speculative fiction bookstore.
Was accepted into Mensa, though I haven't kept up with paying dues. Became an est graduate, the best thing I ever did for myself. Performed at poetry readings, was interviewed on radio shows.
Co-created the Banned Books Read-In (and held four of them from 1987 through 1990) and the Unblocking Creativity seminar. Co-managed Kipper's Gallery, a fine arts co-op. Edited its newsletter; organized and promoted four exhibit/entertainment happenings for the gallery in one year. Participated as a street performer in the first local First Night celebration. Designed and made original clothing, jewelry and other items for boutiques, and for several years had the job title "craftsperson."
Wrote a whole lot of stuff - features, profiles, columns, fillers - for Scene, a monthly arts and entertainment magazine with a circulation of 25,000. Also proofread, sold ads, put together the music calendar and, for a couple of years, served as editor. Copy-edited a few issues of Hispano-Americano. Presided over a couple issues of the local NORML newsletter, as well as being featured speaker at chapter meetings.
Wrote a complete screenplay; collaborated on another one; worked on a couple of scripts (additional dialog and general brainstorming) with an indie film producer. Booked the talent for a large music festival. Wrote, designed, illustrated and produced various catalogs and brochures for small businesses.
Spoke at a high school as a panelist on Women in the Professions; was a featured speaker at the 1991 Women in Libertarianism Conference; presented public programs on "Success in One Lesson" and "The Bloomsbury Group: What's It To Us?"
I turn up in some places online, too. It's a whole nother page:
Additional publications, alternative
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