Wednesday, May 31, 2006


Birth Announcement:

Name: Outsider Art In A Box Vending Machines

Date of Installation: May 31,2006

Time: 11:00 am

Weight: 28 lbs

Parent: Rhonda Simmons

the labor was long and intense but artist mom and project are doing well

Outsider Art In A Box Vending Machines welcomes visitors at Ruby Dogs Art House 4738 Main St. (between 30th and 32nd, on the East side) Vancouver BC

Tuesday to Sunday: 11 - 6


I have so much more to say lol lol but i am really tired and will tune in tomorrow..


1.Leanne owner/operator of Ruby Dog's Art House

2.Funky reading room at Ruby Dog's Art House

3.Inside the store at Ruby Dog's

4.Greg installing first machine( Thank-you Greg)

5.My partners cousin hanging out and giving a whole lot of help

6.Ta Da Outsider Art In A Box hangs!!!!

7.Before pic of Vending Machine

In Artistic Solidarity;

Tuesday, May 30, 2006

Moments Of Silence.............

Outsider Art In A Box is taking time today to finish up so that the first machine installation will happen tomorrow!!!!

We shall return...................Stay Tuned

Bright Blessings;

Monday, May 29, 2006

2 More Sleeps!!!!!

Here we go!!!
skipping to home plate.....its been a very busy weekend many thanx to my awesome friends and family who pitched in...well honestly anyone who stepped through our door didn't have a choice but to work it.

The two pics above are of Krystin Goodsell,she came today to drop off her artwork and decorate her boxes.. Well i am off not much time today to chatter....

Keeping it real and live;


Friday, May 26, 2006

Create Your Way................

Merry Meet Creative Travellers;
This is the home stretch for me,i was at Ruby Dogs Art House on Main St yesterday scoping out as to where the first machine will be placed in the store. YES!!! ITS ALL COMING TOGETHER..

I will be happy when the first machine is up..Outsider Art In A Box vending machines is an ongoing project.

On the vending machines,boxes,flyers,business cards you will see this funky elephant(above) its my logo, FYI (for your information) her name is Ganesha(long a) she is fashioned after the deity Ganesh
Ganesh is the Ever-Blissful, elephant-headed deva (god) who is lovingly worshipped and revered by millions of people worldwide. Although Ganesh is known through the Hindu religion.

Ganesh, is the God of Good Luck and Auspiciousness and is the Dispeller of problems and obstacles. He is also worshipped as the God of wisdom, wealth, health, celibacy, fertility and happiness.

I have had a long love affair with elephants especially drawn to ganesh,as an artist i am everchanging and reinventing myself and so many logo's have been a part of my creative journey. Ganesha is very much who i am,she came to be through the talents of three awesome womin Jessica,Cindy and Violette .I thank them daily for their Graphic design in bringing ganesha into being.

The creative tools that Ganesha holds are pottery tools,paint brush,camera in her lap and a studio journal. Purple is a significant color for me and i will sneak it in where ever i can.. Create your way has been very much about how i go through life and most certainly can be applied to this project.

Thank-you for your energy and time in assisting me into bringing Outsider Art In A Box Vending Machines to Reality

Be A Great Day!!!

Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Peek-A-Boo's & Countdown!!!!


I am in the final run of the many diverse final details of install machine # 1

Thanx to those that have particpated in Outsider Art In A Box Vending Machines thus far ,its very appreciated.. The final date as i needed more time for those unforseen challenges will be May 31/2006 for the first vending machine install.

Ruby Dog's Art House will have the first machine....Please read previous posts for address location..

Please also stay tuned for Outsider Art In A Box Vending Machines Play shops in the Vancouver Area,these playshops will be for the curious that are interested in particpating in this project. Submisssion info etc will be available. Keep your eyes open here on the blog for playshop locations.

The above Peek-A-Boo is from Ann B , Maple Ridge BC... Picture Pins

Well time to get at it.... Ta for Now.



Wednesday, May 17, 2006

To Do You In Lists & Deadlines

Good Morrow Creative People;
In one of the pics u see two sheets of paper well these are my to do me in lists!!! its all the little things that still need to be addressed(awwwwww)
for this project. Rest Assured Art Vending is coming to a location near you!!!

The other two pics are of Blim Studio my friend Khadejha preparing her screens for printing and Yuriko Iga owner/operator of Blim Studio checking it all out...Blim Studio #197 East 17th Avenue @Main

The Ancestor pic is a work of Art that Khadejha had done years ago,i was only able to take a small portion of this large work of art,but wouldn't it be kewl as a small work of art for Outsider Art In A Box Vending Machines,stay tuned for Khadejha's creative contribution.

Outsider Art In A Box Vending Machines will be particpating in
EARTH : the World Urban Festival June 21-25 2006 .I have written about this in another entry in my blog check it out... so getting to the point i need lots of art work for this particular machine.

June 12 ,2006
Please indicate that u are doing art for this particular machine(the world urban festival) and don't forget to fill out all the forms needed i know we creative types like to keep it simple...please humour me..

k its time to say so long, things to do people!!!

In Artistic Solidarity;

Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Peek-A-Boo's & Updates

Greetings One and All;
Its an Amazing Sunny hot day..
Well i have set dates for the first machine to be hosted by Ruby Dog's Art House 4738 Main St. (between 30th and 32nd, on the East side, May 27th or 28th. I will nail the date down...Other host locations will follow.

Peek-A-Boo's are look-see's into whats in the Outsider Art In A Box Vending Machines.. Above are two pics of Artists contributions:

Krystin G "Visions of Beauty Collage" Vancouver BC

Kathy B "Coffee Condom" Calgary Alberta

Creative Expressions continue to spill in Keep em coming!!!!

My walkabout on Main street that i was sharing last week gleaned some awesome finds and one of them i wanted to shout out was Burcu's Angels 2535 Main St. Awesome Funky clothes!!!

Also a Thanx to Richard Murray for an article he wrote for Beyond Robson on Outsider Art In A Box Vending Machines

Give a read its a great article....

Well all time to sign as i am being called to finish more details...Have an Art-Full Day

In Artistic Solidarity


Thursday, May 11, 2006

Can We Talk?????????

Can We Talk?????
Well here i am in the home stretch and i feel this would be a good time to chat

This project has an investment of sweat equity,dollars and many tears....

Now onto some housekeeping....when submitting a sample for

Outsider Art In A Box the forms are necessary so that i am able to keep things organized
and know who you are and what you are creating for this project...
here is the url for the necessary forms:

I need to let you know that if just a sample is sent,

you will hear from me as to the evil forms..Anal eh!!!
no just an easy to use system for me to keep on top of this.
I have other projects on the go also so one needs to distinguish

Please note that i have made changes to some prices:
Boxes: 10 cents each
Foamcore: 10 cents each

I know your thinking why am i (the artist)paying all this money for your project and i get so little in return money wise $1.00- $2.50 per sale

You remember the sweat equity and tears well the ideal and reality soon come together when i started putting project details into place and its cost me more than i anticpated i do not ask or need your sympathy as this is something that i have wanted to do so it has become my labor of love.
I wish i could give you the artists a whole lot more in the dollars and i am sorry for the ones that don't feel that its worth it.
All i ask is that you think of it as an alternative way to get your art out there and its fun....

I am off today to Blim Studio to get a crash course in screenprinting,so tune in the to-morrow and i will let you know how the experience went and as to getting the name of the consignment vintage store i have not done that yet..

thanx for tuning in and let me know that you were here leave some words at the bottom of todays blog...

Be A Great Day!!!

Namaste: i am thinking of working this to put in my art in a box...course it would be smaller ...they are called "hang ups"

Thanx Richard point taken....

Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Walk About On Main St& Boxes Have Arrived!!!

Yesterday was an awesome day..... I spent part of the day hanging out on Main St..The Sun was shining and all was

well,everytime i go to main street there is always something different to see and experience.. I gotta tell ya this area has lots of vibes and is an up and coming area!!

On my walkabout i had an appointment with Jackie at The Petri Dish (bottom pic)to discuss hosting a machine... Well in i walked into a very funky,hip little shoppe/gallery..The essence in the store made up for the size of the store.. And Jackie the creator/owner behind and in front of The Petri Dish is charming,insightful,creative and very embracing,i felt welcome to sit down and chat..

I gotta tell ya the creativty that i see out there was in its glory at The Petri Dish,i wanted to buy,buy the diversity in the use of different materials and the outcome of the creative peices sparked my own creative juices..

All i can say is go and check it out you won't be disappointed!!!
The Petri Dish 2406 Main St

I also got a chance to pop into Johns Jukes out of plain curiosity i wanted to see inside this place,it bought back fond memories of playing pinball machines and getting down to tunes on the juke box..never u mind how old i am

For the mechanically inclined there are all sorts of things to work with John Jukes Ltd...2343 Main St.

I also wandered into a real neat vintage consignment clothing store,the owner was a very neat womin, and i gotta tell ya the clothes were kewl i know this is a place i will go back to.unfortunately i forgot the name of this store i want to say go check it out stay tuned i will return tomorrow with the name.

And for those of you that want to spice up the love life check out the The Kiss Store,its very cute and packs a wicked punch...2512 Watson St at main and broadway.

And to top my day off my art boxes arrived yahoo!!!! these little white boxes are crying to be embellished on the outside as well as be filled with wonderful creative by all means think of the box as an extension of whats inside....

Well the countdown is on...I continue to be on the lookout and seek art work for this project don't be shy give it a try!!!

Have a Creative Day....

Monday, May 08, 2006

Are We There Yet????

Outsider Art In A Box Vending Machines continues to evolve, the details at times feel huge and so many of them i never thought when i took this on that details could be so many....

Art work is beginning to trickle in,Yes the more diversity in creative perspective the more choices that curious buyers will have. I hope to have more pics to show off in the week or so please stay tuned!!!!

The first Art Vending Machine will be at Ruby Dog's Art House all i can say is go and check out this store,its too funky and full of lots of eye candy...RubyDog's Art House
4738 Main St. (between 30th and 32nd, on the East side) is your Vancouver source for found, vintage, recycled and just generally amazing art materials.
We're obsessed with collage and altered art, especially altered books and it shows in our stock. (Although we do have a soft spot in our hearts for rubber stamping.)
We carry such diverse items as optometrist lenses, rubber stamps, collage packages, slide mounts, old postcards, vintage ledger pages, , acrylic paints, turn-of-the-century labels and much, much more.
We also host a myriad assortment of workshops, many of them unique in Vancouver.

Outsider Art In A Box vending machines will be at EARTH, The World Urban Festival
June 21-25, 2006 Great Northern Way Campus, Vancouver

The culmination of five years of Canadian and International activities by Judith Marcuse Projects and International partners, EARTH will expose Canadians to the startlingly different lives of young people around the world and build awareness about the need for a more sustainable, civil society. EARTH: The World Urban Festival is scheduled to coincide with, and officially endorsed by The World Urban Forum. The Festival will take place at the Great Northern Way Campus in Vancouver and host artists and activists from Africa, Asia, Europe, Central and South America, Australia, the US and Canada.

Through performances, exhibitions and workshops audiences will have a unique opportunity to see the world through the eyes and voices of people from around the globe. Elements will include hands-on activities, late night events, street theatre, dialogues, food, an NGO marketplace, and a wide variety of performances and exhibitions. Youth from BC will have a unique opportunity to interact with peers from diverse world communities in an atmosphere of celebration and creativity. We anticipate attendance at about 20,000.

Outsider Art In A Box has a new phone number....604-439-2449 ext 3



Be A Creative Day!!!!!

Tuesday, May 02, 2006

Moving Right Along!!!

Well here it is May already... I am moving along here with the vending project..changes are inevitable when doing any type of public art and i have had my share of changes, still more to come.

Outsider Art in A Box is self funded,i have not received any outside funding,i am embracing this project as a labor of love. All monies that comes into Outsider Art In A Box from submission fees,boxes etc all cycle back into the project. Speaking Of Submission Fees,the fees are now on a sliding scale as i feel that this project should be inclusive NOTE:$15-$25 more if u can less if u can't(if this is still a problem talk to me)..... Box,foamcore prices will go lower will update soon.

There are many details in bringing this project into being and i am down to the wire... Yes i am still looking for your creative work..... The pic above is a before pic of the type of vending machine i will be

I will be hosting Info sessions for those interested in Outsider Art In A Box as an artist or as a curious seeker. These Info sessions will take place in Vancouver, BC.... Stay tuned!!!

All the information for Outsider Art In A Box is at (click on outsider art)

The forms,guidelines,box sizes are at the end of info of Outsider Art, to bypass all that info just go to forms on my front website page.

Outsider Art In A Box is an ongoing project.......................

In Artistic Solidarity;