For Immediate Release: The Artist Sustainability Project Presents - The Red Herring

Coming Soon... Drawing attention to recession times the piece is called “The Red Herring: cé nest pas un a restaurant,” inspired by the Magritte painting, “This is not a pipe.” In a time when we are all talking about creating jobs, the work is a performative sculpture activated by the patrons, presented in a five-course restaurant style experience including video and live character actors.

The Red Herring takes us to the dinner table, a place that brings people together; an environment that can encourage some of the best creative solutions. As a visual artist who holds a deep love for food and cooking, I aim to alter the context of the restaurant experience through a visual free verse. By creating an opportunity to collaborate creatively with my community though both food and art I hope to reinvent modes of survival and shift perspectives about the current economic situation.

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$200 Prix Fix Menu Paired With Wine For Two


Venetian-style sweet and sour sardines with raisons, onions, and pine nuts marinated in a vinaigrette over night and served with chewy crusty bread


Thick cut maple smoked bacon wrapped Iranian dates


Mixed greens, baby spinach, pears, fresh berries, walnuts, red wine soaked onion, and sherry vinaigrette garnished with crumbled goat cheese and black sesame seeds


Beef tenderlion braised in red wine, garlic, onions, and a bouquet garni, with pearl onions and mushrooms served on a bed of handmade pasta garnished with fresh herbs


A choux pastry cut in half and filled with vanilla bean ice cream topped with chocolate sauce and pistachios


As always, there will be a personalized art object made exclusively for The Hideaway Patrons.

Hope to see you there!


All funds support Space Invader: An Artist Sustainability Project

The Hideaway pays for rent, utilities, and food costs for the Artist Sustainability Project

Friday, March 26, 2010

Some Recent Highlights

It’s been a busy fulfilling first quarter with lots of successes. I have been laying the groundwork for this project over the last few months, and would like to thank you for all your support. The Hideaway made many great achievements in February and March. Starting with an interview during the performance Bitter/Sweet: The Artist at Work airing on the “KC Currents” show on KCUR 89.3FM. Charles Ferruzza, of The Pitch Weekly, also wrote a very helpful and informative article, introducing the Hideaway Project to our community.

To top it off in March, I got my first kiln and started to fire my own pots. A few weeks later, I acquired a wheel and threw for the first time ever. So I will be excited to introduce a new series of clay pots next month. I really enjoy the process and its meditative qualities. Again my heart felt thanks for all the great support.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Bitter/Sweet "The Artist at Work"

Life is complex, and made up in many different layers like an onion. If you take a big bite of a raw onion it will bring tears to your eyes, but if you take the time to sweat and sauté the onions in butter and olive oil add some salt, you can bring color and flavor into your life. No matter your circumstance you can live like a king if you know how to be creative in the kitchen.

The Hideaway presented its first event today, Bitter/Sweet “The Artist at Work” I chose to prepare Morg Tanoori and Morg Fessenjan as the main entrée as they are both dishes that many Iranian families prepare for their guests. We had a great night! The dialogue was encouraging, as the patrons got to know each other while enjoying a four-course meal. I got good feedback and a chance to explain how this project works, The Hideaway facilitates The Artist Sustainability Project, it is my hope to build a network of sustainable studios that allow artists a pedestal to stand on. In these recession times, “The Artist at Work” is my effort to reinvent modes of survival; drawing attention to the way we make ends meet, while we pursue our passion.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

"Bad Luck" 84" x 79"

For those who are unfamiliar with my work I have included an image that inspired one of the prints gifted to The Hideaway Patrons this month. The life sized drawing from my "Love and War" series was recently on display in a solo show at the Flood Fine Art Center in Asheville, NC. If you would like to see this work in person, the drawing is being shown in Kansas City at the Kemper East 200 E. 44th Street Near KCAI until March.

Friday, January 15, 2010

Delivered in Clay Pots

This month all orders were delivered in handmade clay pots inspired by ancient Persian pre-wheel pottery.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

From January's Prix Fix Menu

Organic chicken stew with sauteed garlic, onion,raisons, potatoes, and spices served over sour barberry saffron infused basmati rice along with mast kiar and fresh herbs.

3 prints gifted to Hideaway Patrons in January

I went way back for my inspiration on this piece "I was gone but now, I'm here" is a print I made in attempts to create a contemporary primitive impression, inspired by the first self portrait, extended further in my treatment of the sculptures of clay pots, inspired by ancient Persian pre-wheel pottery. "Hot Dog" (center) is from a series of drawings, which are studies for a sculpture of a food cart... more on that in the months to come.