Rigoberta Menchú Tum

On Monday, November 5, 2018 Rigoberta Menchú Tum was awarded the Alice and Clifford Spendlove Prize in Social Justice, Diplomacy and Tolerance at the Art Kamangar Center at Merced Theater in downtown Merced. The 1992 Nobel Peace Prize winner was the 12th recipient of this UC Merced Prize.

Rigoberta’s presentation was informal, touching, and profound.


She sat for a book signing, and I photographed her with the intention of drawing her freehand in my iPad Pro in the Sketch Club app.

Rigoberta Menchú (click on image to enlarge)

Sketch Club has a cool technical feature that summarizes the drawing/painting statistics:

Merced Theater

Merced Theater. Such a beautiful landmark, inside and out.
Merced Theater

Started this in Paper 53 and finished it off, cropping off a huge portion, in Procreate.

Update: brought it back into Procreate…thought it had lost a significant part of its essence.


Another Look at 17th Street Public House in Merced, CA

Yesterday afternoon I rode my bike down to the 17th Street Public House and had two beers, a Payback Porter by Speakeasy Ales & Lagers and a Belgian Style Double IPA Homework Series Batch No. 2. from Ballast Point (I think, at least that’s what the sticky note said). Delicious and potent both!

On the way out I took an iPhone photo of the exterior and rendered this rough drawing in Paper 53 from it earlier today in two sittings.

[Note: Due to technical difficulties, I’ve deleted and reposted this. Sorry for any inconvenience or confusion.]


Context: Beer (inter alia)

On our very first visit to Merced, CA in January of this year, while Ann was interviewing and being interviewed, I was engaged in a contextual research project.  That’s when I first stumbled into the 17th Street Public House; and, that’s when I began imagining our own potential immersion, our own possible intertwinement in this new context, to honor the texture of this metaphor. Fast forward, and we’re here in Merced, and I’m already making comparisons between my initial research findings and those related to a similar investigation that I conducted at El Bait Shop in Des Moines, Iowa four years ago.  At any rate, I’m pleased that we’ll be able to take part in the Great Beer Movement that’s happening here and throughout the country.  Kinda’ makes me feel at home.