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The Minnesota Twins may try again next year to gain permission to play a few outdoor baseball games at a temporary ballpark. A proposal to put up a temporary ballpark in Bloomington in time for three games next month was rejected by Major League Baseball officials last week. The commissioners who run the Metrodome also had some reservations about the plan, fearing it could set a precedent that would cause the Dome’s other disgruntled tenant the Vikings to seek changes in their lease agreement. The situation reflects the tangle of interests intertwined in the Twin Cities stadium landscape.

in a temporary ballpark won’t happen this year, but team officials have left open the possibility of trying to make it happen next season, when there will be more time for planning and approval. The Twins had hoped to build a regulation sized ballpark on a vacant lot near Bloomington’s Mall of America. After three games there their first outdoor home games since 1981 the Twins would dismantle their temporary home and move back under the Metrodome’s Teflon. Team officials called the idea a long shot. Vice President of Communications Dave St. Peter says if they ever do come to pass, the outdoor games will simply be a chance to have fun.

“Then people would’ve had a good time at an outdoor ballgame. And that’s something right now that we’re unable to deliver to folks. There’s no master plan here. It’s as simple as that. We want to try to have some fun and try to generate some excitement around outdoor baseball.”

But things are rarely that simple in the great stadium soap opera that’s been held over for a few more years in Minnesota. In the current cast of characters, “excitement around outdoor baseball” and “support for a new big league ballpark” might be considered siblings, if not twins. In previous episodes, state lawmakers and St. Paul voters soundly rejected the use of tax revenue for a new Twins’ ballpark. Fresh material will premiere in the fall, though, when two separate groups that are new players in the baseball plot line issue reports. One group, called New BallPark, Incorporated, consists of Minneapolis business leaders working on a way to build a downtown ballpark using private money. Chuck Neerland is a consultant to that group.

“We are commited to an urban, privately financed ballpark which we hope would be beautiful and utilitarian,” he said.

New BallPark has hired an architectural firm and some city planners to work on where a ballpark might go and what it would look like, while the business leaders focus on finding investors and a lead developer for the project. Neerland says only when the group has finished its work perhaps in November will the business people show the Twins what they’ve concocted.

Meanwhile, another group this one convened by the Twins will report by the end of the year on what it will take to keep Major League Baseball in Minnesota. Twins General Counsel Ben Hirst, who sits on the steering committee of Minnesotans for Major Leage Baseball, says the group is looking at big picture issues such as “How important is baseball to the Twin Cities?” and “Is big league baseball viable in the current environment?” It’s still early, but some insiders think this group may suggest the Twins play in a new ballpark as a way to make more money.

The Twins’ $16 million payroll is the lowest in the majors this year. Hirst says it would take $65 million to put the Twins in the middle of the pack. He says the big payroll is a fact of life in pro sports today.

“It just is what it is. If Minnesota wants to keep Major League Baseball, it’s simply going to have to pay players what the market says their services are worth,” he said.

In baseball, the richest teams are those in big cities where broadcasting contracts are most lucrative. Teams in some smaller cities have nearly kept pace financially by playing in new stadiums that provide more ways to make money through preferred seating, restaurants,
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and other amenities. The Twins and a few other teams lag far behind in revenue and are less likely to offer big salaries to top players. In football, the storyline is a little different. Broadcast revenue goes into one big pot from which it is distributed to all the teams. That means discrepancies between rich and poor teams are smaller but it also means they’re based almost entirely on stadium revenue. When we last left the Minnesota Vikings, they were insisting the Metrodome provided too little money for a modern day NFL team. Now, after selling every ticket to the 2000 season, the Vikings have also rejected a Metrodome renovation plan. Vikings stadium consultant Lester Bagley likens the renovation plan to bandaging a terminally ill patient.

“The Vikings think that we’ve spent a year and a half on the renovation question. We believe we’ve exhausted that option and from here on we’ll focus on new construction,” Bagley said.

So both pro teams want to flee the much maligned Metrodome which, at the age of 18, is paid for and owned by the taxpayers of the seven county Twin Cities area. The Metropolitan Sports Facilities Commission, which manages the Dome, is trying to be realistic about the building’s future. Their current strategy is to support the Twins in their effort to gain an outdoor home, then hope the Vikings will settle for a Metrodome renovated specifically for football. Commission Chairwoman Kathryn Roberts says the Vikings may warm to the renovation idea if they find public opposition to a new, tax funded stadium is resolute.

“That would seem logical to me. That you would continue to test and continue to press for your absolute top desire. Then, if you ultimately find out that’s not going to be reality, what’s your next step? And if I were in their shoes, I’d be back at the table with us,” Roberts said.

Finally, there is the collegiate sub plot. University of Minnesota football coach Glen Mason has publicly wished his Gophers, whose star is rising in the Minnesota sports scene, could play outdoors and on campus rather than downtown in the Metrodome. But the Gophers, like the Vikings, have a Metrodome lease that runs through 2011. Interim men’s athletic director Tom Moe says any discussion of a new U of M football stadium is premature.

Thus, like sand through an hour glass, Minnesota’s stadium saga moves steadily onward. Fans of the drama may be captivated by its plot twists and shifting alliances; others will find it bewildering or tiresome. Perhaps the only certainty is that it will be renewed for at least one more year.
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I see it, I just get mad about it, she said.

So she wrote a letter questioning the reasons behind the behavior she sometimes sees in the hallways and at recess at Bothwell Middle School.

does every girl have to wear Uggs to be popular? Why does every girl have to wear skinny jeans to be popular? Why does every girl have to have Starbucks to be popular? Why can girls just be who they are and wear what they like and drink what they want! she wrote, in part. think bullying is just horrible. What is the point of it? To make others feel bad for nothing they did, just simply because they don do and wear what you do. letter ended up in the Letters to the Editor section of The Mining Journal Dec. 3, prompting some pats on the back from her fellow students.

kid that I never met before asked me if I was Sophia Nyquist and then he said, liked your thing in The Mining Journal she said.

The feedback helped her realize that maybe she had ideas that other kids, besides just her own friends, thought were right too.

they don like sharing it because they might get bullied for it, Nyquist said.

Sitting across the table from Nyquist, she answered questions shyly, unsure why girls and boys were mean to each other, but sure in her conviction that it was wrong to bully.

She could also easily point out the disparity between boys and girls, and what they are teased about.

might bully about sports and then girls bully about what they wear and how they look, Nyquist said, showing how young kids that bully understand how easy gender stereotypes are to use as weapons.

The best way to combat bullying, Nyquist said, was to talk about it tell a teacher, tell a parent, tell someone.

Dan Gannon, Bothwell Middle School principal, said bullying was an issue every school had to deal with, adding that middle school students posed a tricky challenge for anti bullying measures.

The age group is one that is going through a multitude of changes, both physically and mentally, as their brains continue to mature.

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a bystander, what can you do? Gannon said. can you help? Because a lot of the kids will see it and they not comfortable, you know, how do I help this? We try to give them some tools on how you can help your friends so they not bullied anymore. are also encouraged to report bullying at any time in the year however, not just in that one month.
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Another aspects of the millionaires in this country are their spouses. More often than not, the spouses of millionaires are more frugal than their counterparts. Most people will never become wealthy in one generation if they are married to people who are wasteful.

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This is the third in a three part series examining the career of Kamloops developer Mike Rink and New Future Group: A year after lenders sold his foreclosed Victoria Landing and Terravista projects in Kamloops to a new buyer for a deeply discounted sum, Mike Rink was already making new plans. The Kamloops developer was back, using his vision in a new arena. Supreme Court in October. “In 2003, I was introduced to representatives of Chartwell Seniors Housing. Within a year, Chartwell became the Chartwell Real Estate Investment Trust and I formed a company to joint venture. to develop seniors housing projects in Western Canada.” Rink was back from bank foreclosures on Victoria Landing and Terravista in Kamloops and the collapse of a deal he nearly made with the City of Kamloops to joint venture on a proposed Lorne Street convention centre. Rink exited that project, handing it over to a hotel operator. The project later withered as the economy worsened in the recession. During the next six years, Rink’s companies designed, developed and branded the trademark Renaissance Retirement Home, building properties in Regina, Chase, Kamloops and Squamish. In Regina, Rink obtained $2.1 million from the federal government, province of Saskatchewan and the municipality to support construction of publicly funded beds, adding two storeys to an abandoned office building downtown as part of the $14.5 million project. PROJECTS OVERBUDGET BUT HOLDINGS GROW While constructing the seniors’ projects, he was also in personal bankruptcy proceedings, according to federal bankruptcy and insolvency records. He entered bankruptcy in July 2006 and was discharged after filing a plan accepted by creditors in May the next year. While he was discharged, he continued to deal with the legal proceedings until as recently as January this year, according to court records. But as impressive as his rebound and development of the Renaissance projects was, they went over budget, said his sister and former business partner Ann Sheridan, who worked with him in 2004 and 2005. “They went over budget and Chartwell was furious,” she said in an interview from her home in Seattle. “He’s got these great plans.” Rink acknowledged in his affidavit “New Future has encountered significant cost overruns associated with certain projects.” Beginning in 2005 and over the next several years, his companies, all with his wife, Marnie McEachern on the title, purchased property and made development plans for two resort properties in the Shuswap, a major condominium project in Kamloops, a library building in Summerland, condos on the West Bank Indian reserve and on prime Nelson waterfront land as well as another condo project on Okanagan Lake. Veteran Kamloops small businessman Frank Walsh, who operates a plumbing and heating supply operation in Valleyview as well as a wholesale fireplace distribution business, said failures in business are common “and anyone can have their ups and downs.” But he said it appears from his outside view of Rink’s projects and problems that a large amount of leverage is at work. The company also needed to keep projects “in the pipeline” as others progressed. “People always say that when something goes wrong. When it goes right, you’re a genius. . We did get loaded up. We had lots of projects. (But) we’d turned down projects for three years.” Dan Thompson, an assistant professor of accounting at Thompson Rivers University, said leverage is commonplace in real estate lending. The concept is simple: Any homeowner uses leverage when they buy a $400,000 house, for example, using a $40,000 down payment. A developer may invest a small amount of money and borrow the rest to purchase land. He will negotiate with banks to obtain money for development and construction costs. With growing equity and cash flow, the developer may also use some of that money to buy another property, which hatches another development plan and more financing. “You can make a fabulous amount of money,” Walsh said. “That’s how a lot of guys get rich in the development business.” Sheridan said she counselled her brother to scale back and not extend his risks and credit. “He just kept on taking on more and more. . I said, ‘Mike, we can do anything but not everything. You have more projects than I do fingers.’ ” Documents also disclose that first mortgages, typically obtained by major lenders including Coast Capital, were secured at competitive interest rates of five per cent. But later, he turned to high interest mortgage investment companies, which loaned even more money in return for second or third mortgages, sometimes guaranteed by other New Future properties that were already heavily mortgaged. Rink was paying 17 per cent interest on one $3.4 million mortgage at Mission Hill, four times the rates charged to well capitalized companies. The same group, Wong Syndicate, that loaned his company $3.4 million for a second mortgage at Mission Hill advanced another $3.4 million for Tuscany Villas in West Kelowna, a second mortgage that charged 13 per cent interest. Using properties as collateral for others is known as cross collateralization. Documents filed as part of Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act (CCAA) proceedings now underway for Rink’s companies show five of seven projects are cross collateralized, some with fourth mortgages. “You get too many loans going bad and the whole thing comes down,” Thompson said. Rink said he could not have foreseen what’s been dubbed the Great Recession late in 2008. Many projects, including Vancouver’s Olympic Village, have been caught in its wake. “How many people knew two years ago the whole market across the world would collapse? We had presales. Everything was moving along.” Kamloops developer Jim Thomson, one of the city’s other big players over the past two decades, said cross collateralization of mortgages is not common but does occur in the industry. “Given Mike’s track record he’s probably found himself as a high risk to lenders. . He’s in a highly leveraged zone. That’s why he’s not dealing with traditional lenders.” Walsh said business inevitably moves in cycles. The same banks that promoted borrowing and easy lending eventually become more cautious. “They (banks) see liens and shut everything down, putting a stop to everything.” That’s what happened on Oct. 22, when Mission Creek Mortgage, the lender for West Beach Village, demanded payment of more than $15 million and pledged to begin enforcement action if a cheque wasn’t in its hands within 10 days. Supreme Court, giving them breathing room to restructure and refinance under the watchful eye of a court appointed monitor. On Dec. 6 a comeback hearing is scheduled in Vancouver. New Future’s lawyers will ask for a longer period to restructure and assess its situation. New Future is also expected to apply for more special financing to complete the two condo projects, which can then be sold to bring in crucial cash to pay debt. Three years ago, in December, 2007, New Future Group put 60 presale units in the Mission Hill project on the market. Capitalizing on proximity to shopping on the South Shore and downtown, as well as the best views in town, there was strong demand. By the end of the weekend sales blitz, New Future sold the entire first building out in a multi phase development. The frenzied sales activity set a local record, which merited mention in a story in the Globe Mail newspaper. Jay Barlow was one of those buyers. He and his spouse lived most of their lives on the North Shore, where they own a home and another rental property. But the prospect of living at the third floor of the Mission Hill complex, with views to the west and north, as well as an end to yard work, was enticing. “We’d be overlooking the river and watching the sunsets. We’d be looking up the valley to the North Thompson. It would have been beautiful.” Barlow put down a 10 per cent deposit on a two bedroom unit priced at $350,000. Last month, following months of demands to New Future Group, he got his money back. New Future developer Mike Rink told The Daily News last month that buyers who qualified because their unit was not delivered on time would get refunds. Work is now underway at Mission Hill’s two incomplete buildings to winterize them, under a court ordered process. A monitor, Vancouver based Bowra Group, is in the midst of obtaining estimates to complete construction and estimating market value of completed units. Barlow said if he were to look again at purchasing a unit at Mission Hill, it would have to come at a big discount. “I figure it would have to be $100,000 cheaper to be on par with the rest of the market,” said the small businessman. Documents filed for the Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act (CCAA) hearings don’t detail how many, if any, of the presales for the two buildings remain as binding contracts. That means the market may have to bear an additional 94 apartment style units. Kamloops realtor Vince Cavaliere said Barlow’s price revision is too severe, but acknowledges prices will have to come down for units to sell. “There’s no doubt prices are different today than they were three years ago.” He estimates roughly the same two bedroom unit today, based on lower construction and property costs, might range between $275,0000 to $300,000. There are 144 resale condominium units currently available on the MLS system. That number doesn’t include competing developments, including Library Square and Talasa. Another building is also under construction at Landmark One, beside Thompson Rivers University. “If another 100 units come on it will take two years to sell, minimum,” Cavaliere said. The veteran Kamloops realtor noted Mission Hill faces a similar scenario to Olympic Village marketing in Vancouver. That project is in receivership and another marketing effort is being mounted, with discounted prices, in a bid to sell them into a crowded market. Despite the near term prospects, Cavaliere said a potential buyer of the two buildings could profit over the long term. “You might eat it in the first couple of years. But there’s a good opportunity for somebody.” MCEACHERN SOLE DIRECTOR OF COMPANIES Marnie McEachern, Mike Rink’s wife, is the sole director of every New Future Group company involved in the financial crisis affecting banks, mortgage companies, suppliers and tradesmen. Early estimates filed in the Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act (CCAA) proceedings place that debt at $87 million. Rink’s name is not listed on any company or property document as an owner. But an affidavit filed by Rink as part of the CCAA process declares he is in control of operations. “I am the controlling mind of all the petitioners. Supreme Court. Those petitioners are 10 New Future companies involved in seven projects that are in a liquidity crisis, a situation where the companies cannot pay bills and Rink and McEachern are unable to backstop them. Property and company searches conducted by The Daily News also found McEachern with an ownership in properties worth millions of dollars that are not part of CCAA proceedings. McEachern is part owner at three other properties, with assessed values of more than $15 million. All three seniors projects were designed and built by New Future Group. During the past four years, New Future Group built two seniors projects, in Kamloops and Regina, using Chartwell Real Estate Investment Trust as the managing operator. McEachern is part owner at Regina Retirement Renaissance Residence and at Kamloops Retirement Renaissance Residence. Both ownerships are through a holding company. A third property, Parkside Estate in Chase, was also built by New Future. McEachern owns one of the 17 strata title units. A numbered company, with an address at 348 Tranquille Rd., which McEachern’s other firms list as the principal address, owns another three units in the Chase seniors’ complex. The three retirement properties, in Kamloops, Regina and Chase, owned in part by McEachern, are not listed in CCAA court proceedings. McEachern is also listed as a director of Eyes International on Victoria Street in Kamloops. But amid the uncertainty surrounding New Future Group, there are a few guarantees. Dan Thompson, an assistant professor of accounting at Thompson Rivers University, said the law underpinning the Companies Creditors Arrangement Act (CCCA) promises a few people will be paid first, before any secured creditor already on the books. Employees of Rink’s companies owed back wages are guaranteed to be paid first, up to $2,000. Government, including WorkSafeBC, Victoria, Ottawa and local municipalities also move to the front of the line to collect taxes owing. And Rink’s lawyers, working for the Vancouver firm Fraser Milner Casgrain LLP, will also be paid ahead of companies that loaned his subsidiaries millions of dollars as well as before the contractors who supplied material and labour for his projects. The court appointed monitor, Bowra Group, will also be at the head of the line. And Rink himself will, so far, receive a wage to complete projects intended to salvage value from the tangled web of resort and housing developments. Lastly, the lenders who have provided debtor in possession (DIP) financing to winterize buildings and finish construction also are given “super priority” and move forward. Supreme Court judge continues to allow operation and reorganization under the CCAA. Major creditors banks and mortgage companies have a vote, generally six months to a year into the process after which property assessments are made and prospects are totalled. “Courts tend to favour reorganization,” said Thompson. “They want to save jobs and tax revenues.” On Dec. Supreme Court, at which time New Future’s lawyers will ask for a longer extension of operation under CCAA. At some point, a vote of major creditors will be held to determine whether they favour liquidating assets or continuing with restructuring. Thompson said creditors will be broken into classes and given a vote on a restructuring plan, one that typically delays payments owing. In a court filing, Rink acknowledged the financial problems facing contractors who have supplied materials and labour, due to the recession “and a collapse in real estate values. “Communities and families are hard hit when developers do not pay them.” To prevent that scenario, he told the court these trade creditors will share in any equity remaining in this development projects. For an example of New Future’s prospects, Thompson points to General Motors, which went into bankruptcy and emerged in November on the stock market as an initial success. GM’s original shareholders lost everything. The ultimate owner of all the companies is the 2004 Rink family trust, whose beneficiaries are Marnie McEachern, Rink’s wife, and the couple’s four children. Bond holders in GM received shares in the new company in return for canceling their debt. Similarly, Thompson said Rink’s lenders will likely be asked to take an ownership position in New Future’s companies in return for cancelling debt. “When it’s all over Mr. Rink won’t be the only owner. Lenders will turn loans into shares. . Ultimately, Mr. Rink doesn’t own it anymore it’s like GM. The original shareholders of GM are gone.”
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Bob’s left its wood floored, downtown store with its basement shoe department years ago in favor of a plaza a mile to the south, a strip mall bereft of personality in a row with a Dollar Tree, Marshalls and Stop Shop. That move was long after the founder, Bob Lapidus, sold to corporate owners in 1990.

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Now, it appears, that will come to an end as the latest owner has quietly declared in a court filing that it would close nine of 13 Connecticut stores including Middletown’s as part of a bankruptcy reorganization.

Nine Connecticut locations of Bob’s Stores may close, according to bankruptcy proceedings for the clothing and shoe store’s parent company, Eastern Outfitters LLC.

The company has proposed closing the Bob’s Stores in Middletown where the first store opened in 1954 along with stores in Enfield,.”He said, ‘We will never leave Middletown,'” Lapidus recalled. “The anchor Bob’s was such a staple in the community.”

Marc Lapidus, of Portland, worked while growing up, then for a few years in his 20s, for his father but he and his brother both went into real estate. His memory of Bob’s, and of his father, Bob, as a quiet, constant, generous presence is widely shared. Bob Lapidus, like the store, was a local fixture dedicated to customer service and Main Street community in a way that corporate owners can’t muster.

I was a college student in Middletown in those great middle years, when Bob’s Surplus T shirts in many colors, often available for free or a buck or two, were a sort of town uniform.

“The square footage was much smaller than what it is now,” Lapidus said. “We used to hang stuff from the ceiling on steel rods.”

Everyone understands that the retail world has changed, but for longtime customers reacting to the news this week, the word that comes up every time is “sad.”

“You could still find everything,” said Sue Kenny, a Portland resident who was at Bob’s on Tuesday.

The chain not to be confused with the unrelated Bob’s Discount Furniture later grew to nearly 50 locations before this latest retrenchment.

Bob Lapidus, from Turners Falls, Mass., moved to Middletown after serving in the Navy in the Korean War. He initially sold Army and Navy surplus goods such as knives and flashlights and survival gear, then moved to shoes and apparel after the Knapp work boot for factory workers, and jeans for young people, took off.

The store was closed on Sundays but on Saturdays, Bob would drive to the shoe factories in Worcester, sometimes with Marc, to fill the family station wagon with work boots.

“I’d lay flat on top of the boxes until we got home because that was the way we could fit more boxes into the car,” said Marc, 54.

This is not a story about the mass demise of independent retail, at least not in Middletown. Back on Main Street on the same block that Bob’s left, Diane Gervais owns Amato’s Toy Hobby with her husband, Joel. That store, founded in 1940 by Gervais’ father, Vinny Amato, when he was just 14, is one of a healthy group of family owned retailers and restaurants that make Middletown arguably the most successful downtown in Connecticut.

“We keep changing with the times and we’re blessed to have wonderful customers,” said Gervais, whose brother owns the Amato’s in New Britain. Every day she sees customers buying for their children and grandchildren who were small children themselves in the same store.

Gervais remembers the “Jean Machine” at Bob’s, which would send pairs of jeans down a chute after a customer placed an order. When Bob’s left, she said, “Obviously that was a drawback,” and also obviously, its departure was part of a national trend.

But she said, “Middletown really has worked at surviving.”

Meriden based Eastern Outfitters LLC, which filed the bankruptcy plan as part of a long running case, did not return calls seeking comment.

The latest pressure on retailers is not the quest to occupy big boxes but rather the shift to online purchasing. One shopper at Bob’s on Tuesday, who gave only her first name, Pat, was in 10th grade at Woodrow Wilson High School when Bob’s opened in 1954, and can’t understand how anyone can buy shoes without trying them on.

“That was the place to go for jeans and shoes,” Pat said adding that jeans, in those days, were strictly forbidden in schools, and in polite company.
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In a 1957 lecture entitled “The Creative Act,” artist Marcel Duchamp said, “To all appearancesthe artist acts like a mediumistic being who, from the labyrinth beyond time and space, seeks his way out to a clearing.”In the 1970s, artist Ciel Bergman (1938 2017)began working on a series of large scale paintings, The Linens, whose creationepitomized Duchamp’s depiction of the role of the artist. The Linens, as the body of workcurrently showing at the Center for Contemporary Artshas become known, is enigmatic and personal. Bergman challenged herself to alter the artistic path she had been on prior to the series’ start, clearing away representationalismto discover new realms and ideas. She saw herprocess as a spiritualjourney to a destination she could not predict.

Bergman was born in Berkeley, California, as Cheryl Maria Olsen. (Bergman legally changed her name in 1988to honor the memory of her Swedish grandmotherEmma Josephine Bergman.) She trained as a nurse in the areas of obstetrics and psychiatry, andmarried a man named Lynn Franklyn Bowers at the age of nineteen. She moved with him to Germany, where she was introduced to the works of European masters held in the continent’s prestigious art museums. Art would soon become her life’s calling. That same year, she began The Linens, in which she decisively abandoned representational imagery for a more conceptual grounding. “The whole series was prompted by her influencing mentor, Marcel Duchamp,” said Angie Rizzo, the show’s curator. “She felt that she was actually having a dialogue with him. Duchamp was a huge critic of painting, and she was a painter. Together,the paintings, though they are complete compositions in themselves,could almost represent the parts of a single whole. They are like a book of anatomical transparencies, each page of which addsmore physicaldetail until an entire body is formed.

The Spiritual Guide Maps are not empty canvases, nor are they really minimalist, although some of the very earliest onesare mostlydevoidof shape and form. They are expansive like a territory, as the word “map” suggests. And, as a map typically depicts a landscape that is large enough to require points of reference, so do her paintings. “She was not really a minimalist kind of person, so the emptying out perioddidn’t really last that long,” Rizzo said.”She was really interested in East Asian landscape painting. I’m not sure if she was intentionally channeling that when she made these, but she definitely referenced it later when she talked about these pieces. Rizzo quotes Bergman in the essay:”After meeting O’Keeffe and experiencing the sparseness of her aesthetic I knew I had to be rid of the surreal chatter driving my work and become empty of the symbolism I had been using.” But the paintingsBergman made during this period of her lifeare not really devoid of imagery. Like adesert terrain, theyare simply possessed of a seeming vacancy. Her 1972 composition Santa Fe Spiritual Guide Map for Modern Western Man, for instance, has small symbols placed throughout, though they are spread far apart from one anotherandimmersedina pink toned fieldthatfluctuatesdue to the uneven staining on the canvas. Off center, near the top, asmall yellow cross edged in blue appears. A white cross rests in the exact opposite position near the bottom, showingBergman’s precision in terms of the compositional elements she employed in her work. A series of multi toned dashes runhorizontallyacross the top and bottom of the painting, contrasting with a long zigzagging line that starts in the dead center,then slopes down to the right, then up, then down again.

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Beginning around 1973, the Linen paintings grew more complex, their compositions more crowded and full,as though her earlier emptying out of the canvas opened the door toa new set of images and symbols, which would become recurring motifs. Some of those symbols such as Xs and Ys, the gradual appearance of phallic forms in severalworks, and other shapes suggest a preoccupation with ideas of gender and sexuality. Otherelements that come into play are what Rizzo describes as “portholes,” which appear throughout the series like small windows through which one can glimpse the ocean. A number of portholes are present in her 1974 paintingGannungagap Bridge, Approaching Difficult. In this piece and others where such forms are prominent, she asks the viewer tolook past the painting itself and see beyond it.”In this middle part of the series that spans from 1973 75, the artist has broken open her previous ’empty’ works, and is eager to see how she can fit complicated and contradictory concepts into the plane of a single painting,” Rizzowrites. “She expressed regret to me that The Linens were never shown as a group, even excerpted, and that sense of regret was a motivating factor in her pushing for the show now,” said Frank, who first metBergman in California in the late 1970s when she was still known as Cheryl Bowers. She died of a brain tumor in the midst of planning the exhibition with Frank.

“I was flattered she chose me to be its potential curator, not only because it honored my dedication to California postwar art, but because it entrusted me to tell the story of someone very different than I am, and entrusted me with its interpretation,” he said.”I’m glad Angie and the CCA took over the show itself, and doubly glad they and Ciel retained me to write the accompanying essay. And, of course, with Ciel getting sick and dying in the middle of everything,
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Hilary Davidson is a dress and textile historian specialising in early modern and medieval clothing cultures. After many years working in England, including being curator of fashion and decorative arts at the Museum of London, she is currently based in her native Sydney where she continues to lecture, teach and publish in her field. Hilary is an Honorary Associate at MEMC, a doctoral student at La Trobe, Melbourne, teaches dress history in Sydney, London and Cambridge, and is completing a major book on Regency clothing for Yale University Press.

Hilary trained as a bespoke shoemaker and has sewn for over thirty years. She brings a high level of technical expertise in material culture to the study of dress history, complementing her extensive theoretical knowledge of how and why people wear clothes, and what it means when they do. Using reconstructions of historical dress, and studying objects in depth has led to her ongoing appreciation of the role of body knowledges in understanding dress. Her work is necessarily interdisciplinary, and she welcomes the challenges and insights that brings.

Hilary main focus is European dress cultures pre 1850, including medieval clothing and textiles, particularly in relation to material transmissions of skill and style across cultures (including Islamic to Christian Europe); and sixteenth century dress, especially of Golden Age Spain. Age of transition and transmission are of particular interest, such as the early years of the 20th century, or the British Regency period.

Her ground breaking research into has led to a three year research project into clothing practices in the global long Regency (1795 1820s), resulting in a book (Yale University Press, 2018), as well as various smaller outputs. The book will be the first major scholarly volume focussed on Regency dress, and incorporates extensive evidence from material culture as well as archival sources.

Archaeological textiles and dress are a vital source for investigating non documentary clothing history, and Hilary work has increasingly involved this area, from the burial textiles of nineteenth century working class Londoners, to 16th century knitted caps (in association with Dr. Jane Malcolm Davies, Marie Skodowska Curie Fellow at the Centre for Textile Research, University of Copenhagen), and Latvian dress in the middle ages (producing the first English language article on the subject).

The discipline of archaeology has long established experimental archaeology as a methodology for creating embodied cognition about a subject through reconstruction. Hilary also uses remaking as a way of investigating dress history, and studies the role of body knowledges and hand skills in creating and interpreting clothing. Examining absences in textiles, what is missing from the material record, is another aspect of this interest.

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