Wednesday, October 31, 2012

My Downtown

Remember when I said that I was going to take the week before the election and talk about the political ephemera in my collection?  Well, I'm taking a break, because today is the day that I hang my exhibit:

I am beside myself with excitement.  I have been working on this project for the last year and a half, from conception to the final framing.  I hope you don't mind that I use my blog as a platform today!

I LOVE downtown Fond du Lac.  I've lived here since October of 1996 and I've been hanging out downtown pretty much since Day One.  We have a vibrant, thriving Main Street full of specialty shops, restaurants, and services.  This exhibit is my love letter to my city.  :)

You can read the newspaper article here, but I also wanted to make this plea to you, my dear readers: this holiday season, why not revisit the downtown area or city center where you live?  I'm a big cheerleader for independent businesses (and The 3/50 Project!) - these are the shops and services that make our own cities unique.  These are the folks who put their heart and soul into their life's work.  They're just waiting for you to stop by and say "howdy"!  :D

Okay, I'm off of my soapbox now.  :D  You may be wondering, "This is all well and good, but how does it fit in with ephemera?"

Well, most of the pieces in my exhibit are collages that I created with decorative paper and said ephemera.  The use of ephemera is very subtle and you really have to look for it, but it's there.  It's my little "wink-wink-nudge-nudge" to you, my fellow Ephemeraologists.  There may be a vintage label here, some handmade paper there - it's like I was waiting to use these things for my most important project to date (there's another VERY important project coming up in April - that one's for charity).  I even made a book/e-book to complement the exhibit!  You can check those out at my Blurb store here and here!  :D

Thanks for indulging me today, my dear readers.  I will be back to more fun vintage political stuff tomorrow - until then, I'm going to have a series of coronaries today.  Wish me luck!  :D


  1. Congratulations Mel. I'm sure it will attract many visitors.

    1. Thanks so much, Jo! I surely hope so! :D

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    1. Thank you Kristi! I hope you and Tim can make it to the reception on the 15th! :D

  3. Thank you SO MUCH for the shout out, and for your unwavering passion and support for local businesses! I'm immensely proud of Fond du Lac, and the way everyone's embraced The 3/50 Project---you guys are rock stars in my world.

    Congrats on the exhibit; sounds like a winner!

    Here’s to big things ahead for all the little guys out there,

    Cinda Baxter
    Founder and President
    The 3/50 Project

    1. Cinda, it means so much to me that you would take the time to comment on this post! It's your dedication that makes you so amazingly successful. Congrats to you on 3 1/2 years of helping people "Love their Locals"! :D