Ex Postal Facto 2014

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A three day celebration of correspondence art, letter writing, and faux philatelics will be held this weekend in San Francisco. Ex Postal Facto runs tomorrow until Sunday at various venues around the city.  

Kicking off the conference the San Francisco Center for the Book will host an opening reception for their exhibition “Mail/Art/Book.” Showcasing pieces by contemporary artists working in the genre of correspondence art, the exhibition also provides a historical perspective of Networker/ postal culture in the bay area. 

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On Saturday a vendor expo will be held at the historic downtown San Francisco Elks Lodge, featuring small press publishers and artists whose work highlights faux postage (a.k.a artist stamps), postal art, and/or letter writing. 

Rounding out a weekend of events, the San Francisco Main Library hosts two different lectures. Featured speaker Lowell Darling will discuss his long-time association with the mail art scene in a panel titled “The History of West Coast Mail Art” moderated by San Francisco visual artist and writer John Held Jr..

Click here more information on the Ex Postal Facto 2014 conference. 

stampede collection


My husband and I have had many roles at the Stampede—from a member of a marching band to a shareholder with voting rights. We've amassed quite a collection of volunteer pins, the capstone of which is a 1971 Stampede Pin found in a flea market. For me the Stampede isn't so much about time at the grounds (although I've done my fair share of  two-steppin' in the beer tents) but about the community spirit it awakens. The cowboy myth may not fit for the modern Calgarian, but the abundant community events are a chance to connect with neighbours.