We are the Sayers of things that have never been said.

Saying things that have never been said isn’t always easy but sometimes those things just sprout from One’s mouth, like the Wings from the side of One’s head.

I had a crazy ride to the Airport in Asheville, NC, from my Friend and Colleague Robert Seven, the crazy part was that the traffic was bogged down in every direction going towards the Airport.If You’ve ever flown from Asheville, You might not anticipate this, unless it’s Friday evening at 5:30pm. I made it to the check-in with 7 minutes to spare, then I got on the plane and I flew, like a Sardine, down to Atlanta, Georgia and then successfully connected on a Flight to NYC, about 5 miles from where I got off the first plane. Then I made it to New York City, which is so incredibly dream-like at Night. I switched my seat voluntarily and got to see the City, which I wouldn’t have on the side I initially sat on. The second flight was also packed.

As soon as I got off the Plane and rearranged my items, which may have and really did shift during the flight, I called my Ride and the dispatcher said to go straight outside, where I was immediately met by Steve, who brought me speeding to Flavor Bay, where my Friends and Collaborators Meredith DiMenna and Mister Emil Nomel were awaiting my arrival and had a very yummy Chicken Dinner with Beets and Greens (Down-home Style) for me.

The next day was Saturday and I received a warm tongue wake-up from a large, grey, wiggly Dog named Milo at around 6:22am. I put another log on the fire and went back to bed but woke up again not long after that and We had a breakfast of hardboiled eggs and beets, then We went to Bridgeport, Connecticut to the Nest Arts Factory. We met up with Artist Relations Coordinator, David Flynn. David had rope and the knowledge of how to access the roof top and some Airplane clamps to use to keep the large painting from “bunching-up” in the middle of the large pipe that we used to suspend it from the roof of the Nest. Emil, David and I went up with all the stuff and successfully did hang the 10 foot by 17 foot painting over the side.

There is much more that went into that happening than I can accurately describe here (there was also a trip to an Awning shop for the Canvas, affectionately called “Ed” for Earliest Days, during which an actual seam was sewn in the bottom sleeve, that had been cut-off by me because the canvas was too long for the wall it was commissioned to hang on). So then We had a big adventure in Bridgeport, seeing Art and having a late Lunch-Eon at the Harborview Market. I had the Gabby-Melt.

We later practiced Our Song “the Earliest days of the Miracle Wave” in Meredith and John Torres’ (Oh, Cassius) Studio in the Arts Nest and also sang some other Songs. Later We had to do some extra lashing to the large Painting hanging on the front of the building, in order for it to make it through the Night, with the wind whipping and then We drove back up to Flavor Bay after attending a Dinner Party Birthday Party very close to the Nest.

Collaborators on the Multi-Media Arts Project "the Earliest Days of the Miracle Wave"

Collaborators on the Multi-Media Arts Project “the Earliest Days of the Miracle Wave”

DaviduptheLadder Emil and Marcella Panels FlavorBayAMContrail Flying in to ATL MebyMarcellaArt Set Hut Players of Instruments

Working on a Village

We’ve been working on a village, the Doo-Nanny Village, down in Seale, Alabama. Yesterday we got the poles in the ground, including three Cedar trees, one with its root-ball sticking straight up in the air, for the Cabaret Stage, which is going to be filled with Dancing Girls in about a week or so. There was a big pile of dirt with little plants growing out of it in the front of the spot where it is going to be and a Guy on a little tractor, called Mark, Smoothed it all out and it was full of bricks, so now hundreds of bricks have sprouted all over the ground where there once was a mound. I made a little triangle of bricks in front of my station, which is called the Junk Shun and which is part of an Arts Collaborative, that includes the Dynamic ART Gallerie, the Mad Tea Tree House (Ami Worthen and Jason Krekel, complete with stage), Krek Prints (Arts by Jason Krekel) and the Arts and Music of AK Lorraine, plus Tesla Jamieson’s (Intergalactic Hobo) Leather and Feather belts and head-dresses, and We’ll Be hosting Bethany Adams of Rhetorical Factory. It’s going to be jam-packed here in the back but we’ve got a great view of the Cabaret Stage and today we will present a scab-array, wherein boards will be scabbed together and supported to build the floor and stage, the walls are all pallet Boards and the roof, shingles of various sized pieces of tin. Bob7 is the director and Chief Architect and I am the assistant and also main worker on the Junk Shun right now. Jason Krekel was here working like a Mad-Man all weekend long and also cooking us wonderful foods, so We do miss him on many levels and We hope he hurries back soon and brings his partner, Miss Ami Worthen, with him to complete their Crew. Jason also played for us the Electric Guitar at night-time by a fire, it was quite amazingly wonder-full. Two Women came from NYC to do an interview with Butch Anthony, our host and the Father of Intertwangelsim (an international Arts Movement). They were on assignment from HUGE Magazine, an outfit from Tokyo, Japan.




A Bit of Press from Xpress!

Phil Cheney’s fantastical art at Ananda
Article on the Mountain Xpress Website
by Ursula Gullow

If you have a soft spot in your heart for rainbow robots, then get yourself to Ananda Hair Studio on Broadway Street in downtown Asheville to see the work of Phil Cheney, stat. Even if you’re not always into psychedelic paintings of flowers and snails and puppy dog tails, Cheney’s “arts” (as he is fond of calling them) will change your mind.

Imagine navigating Dragon*Con via the Beatles’ Yellow Submarine, or joining Dr. Who on a trip to Burning Man — such is the work of Cheney. The paintings are bright, adventurous, comical and — in spite of the references — 100 percent original. It is art that doesn’t take itself too seriously, which is one of the reasons it’s so likable.

In spite of the lighthearted themes, there are a lot of sophisticated things occurring in Cheney’s paintings regarding color and composition. He is a master at stylizing complicated subject matter like three-eyed monsters, hippie chicks, mechanical ostriches and starry-eyed eggs with legs.

Another striking aspect of the work is its scale — much larger than I had expected, and in the company of Ananda’s stylish decor, the paintings radiate. While the salon invites viewings during shop hours, you may still want to avoid gawkily plodding a course while people are getting their hair done. To do this you have two options: book yourself an appointment with one of Ananda’s capable stylists, or join Cheney for an artist’s reception Saturday.

Local performance painter, graphic designer and all-around groovy guy, Phil Cheney, has paintings hanging at Ananda Hair Studio in downtown Asheville. The opening reception is Saturday, Sept. 17, from 7:30 to 11 p.m.

Art Show in Atlanta with SOMS

Press Release:
Tree Leaf Music & TDawg Presents bring you an
featuring SNAKE OIL MEDICINE SHOW and the artwork of PHIL CHENEY!

Please click on the below link to purchase your advance tickets.

Admission will be limited to 150, and details will come out soon regarding purchasing your tickets. Tickets will cost $20 adv/$25 at the door (if any left). Admission includes food & beverage in addition to the coolest live music experience you’ve had in a long time, if not ever. Expect some special guests including other Tree Leaf recording artists. http://www.treesoundstudios.com/

Snake Oil Medicine Show: You are in for a treat with this band of merry folks, featuring the sweet vocals and soaring fiddle (channeling Vassar Clements) of Caroline Pond, the banjo mastery of Andy Pond, the multi-instrumental skills of one-of-a-kind word spinster George Pond, and the colorful potpourri of artwork provided by artist Phil Cheney (original pieces for sale at Tree!). Some of my favorite folks in the world – they even performed at my wedding reception – this will be a night not to be missed. I’m sure that I’ll be cooking up some delights for those attending!

For more on artist PHIL CHENEY, visit http://www.dynamicartgallerie.com. You just might really enjoy going home with his art work. It sure brightens up a home!