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weddings in olympia

26 Dec

After reading about the upcoming December 15 weddings in Olympia in the capitol rotunda, we decided we had to make a day trip up to Olympia to be part of history and congratulate the happy couples.

The weather outside was very cold and crummy, we arrived a bit late, and we didn’t know what to expect – but inside the capitol it was warm, welcoming, and busy with happy people.

the capitol rotunda

the capitol rotunda

card-front

program for the day

program for the day

Every so often we’d hear cheers from one of the balconies, signaling another couple finally getting their wish to legally marry. We hopped from floor to floor taking photos and passing out hearts, but there was no way to catch everything that was happening. And, in a way, it’s pretty cool to get to say that there was so much going on that there was no way to see all of it.

(Note: the lighting in the building is, shall we say, rather subdued, so we also had a hard time getting really good photos of what was going on. We regret we don’t have more to share, but we did find one nice album online and a few photos with an article in The Olympian, and would love to share any others we come across.)

near the end of a Native American ceremony - these ladies also provided the amazing cakes at the reception!

near the end of a Native American ceremony – these ladies also provided the amazing cakes at the reception!

another view of the rotunda

another view of the rotunda

the 0:00 wedding of ten couples

the 1:30 wedding of ten couples

onlookers as another couple gets married

onlookers as another couple gets married

a beautiful couple and their family and friends

a beautiful couple and their family and friends

a generous and delicious assortment of cakes at the reception

a generous and delicious assortment of cakes at the reception

It was a lovely afternoon where the spirit of love and community, even amongst those who had never met before, was clearly felt and expressed. One newlywed couple even invited us to their wedding dinner!

On our way out, we did a little replacement (he)art bombing since our hearts from October had disappeared one way or another. This time we were able to hang them in an act of celebration.

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hearts: from gina

16 Dec

gina

Last month we had the pleasure of (he)art bombing at a friend’s book reading (it’s a romance novel, after all). Her friend Gina was in attendance, and she sent us these lovely photos of herself and her cat Rosie with their heart. Thanks, Gina!

rosie

we’re getting married!

2 Dec

kelly&sam

I know we’ve been pretty quiet lately, but we’ve been extra busy with many things, the biggest one being our wedding! We had already decided to get married on the first day it was legal if marriage equality passed in Washington, so once we found out it was a done deal, we only had about a month to plan.

We did a couple of small (he)art bombings in November, one at a private residence and one at a book reading. The project has been on the back burner a little, but that doesn’t mean we aren’t thinking about it every day.

We read about a mass wedding on December 15 in the state capitol building, and we are seriously considering driving up to Olympia to pass out hearts to all of the newlyweds and to give the city a fresh (he)art bombing. We’ll let everyone know if and when we decide that we are definitely going.

The biggest plans we have in the works is a trip down to San Francisco to (he)art bomb the bay area. We are so committed to this trip happening that the only wedding present we are asking for is contributions to our travel fund. We really hope we can meet our goal in a couple of months. If you can donate any amount, large or small, or help us spread the word, we would be very grateful.

Thank you to everyone who has supported us.

(he)art bombing: seattle

30 Oct

After (he)art bombing Olympia, of course we had to go up to Seattle. I think we could spend an entire week hanging hearts up there and still not go everywhere we’d like to go. As it is, we hung about 200 hearts in the downtown area.

We started at Pioneer Square. There were lots of tour groups coming through and out of town visitors wandering by. A friendly couple from Yosemite had a nice chat with Kelly. We were also delighted to have help from Kelly’s friend Laura.

Then we did some wandering about and hanging more hearts.

Of course no trip to Seattle would be complete without a visit to Pike Street Market.

Finally, we figured the Seattle Art Museum could use a little extra art.

(he)art bombing: olympia

29 Oct

Last weekend we drove up to the Puget Sound area to (he)art bomb Olympia and Seattle. We hung almost 400 hearts in total. It’s amazing how much work it can be and how long it can take to hang that many hearts – and the realization of what a tiny fraction of each city we covered after hanging them was rather humbling.

Saturday we (he)art bombed downtown Olympia. It’s been our goal from the beginning to do at least one (he)art bomb in Olympia since it is the state capitol and the starting place for all of the ups and downs of our fight for marriage equality in Washington this year. We appreciate what the legislature did for us, and we have agonized over the past few months about how the upcoming vote will turn out. Depending on how close the vote is, in a week and a half Kelly and I may know if we can get married or not. It is exciting and nerve-wracking and many other things all at once.

We started at Heritage Park, just a stone’s throw from the capitol building. It’s a lovely park with a nice walking path around a small lake. The weather did not cooperate most of the time – wind, rain, hail, and biting cold temperatures – but we did our installation anyway. We hung about 100 hearts at the park altogether.

Then we went to the capitol campus and hung a few hearts. Coincidentally, there was a wedding party having their photos taken on the steps of the Legislative Building. Kelly made sure to give a heart to the bride – it just seemed right.

Then we wandered around downtown for a while just hanging hearts wherever we pleased.

And finally, on our way out of town and on to Seattle, we stopped at a church that we just happened to pass that had multiple signs and banners supporting marriage equality and the LGBTQ community. We (he)art bombed them as a way of saying thank you to a bunch of strangers who didn’t know us but were fighting for our rights.

front page news

15 Oct

We’re super excited to be on the front page of today’s paper talking about marriage equality and Love is a Radical Act. This Saturday’s installation up in Olympia (and Sunday in Seattle) will be our biggest action before the election. Thanks to everyone for supporting those who engage in the radical act of love.

upcoming installations: seattle & olympia

10 Oct

We are excited to announce our first out-of-town installations! We will be in Olympia on Saturday, October 20, and Seattle on Sunday, October 21. Please join us!

As always, we stand for families and loving relationships of all kinds, but we are especially interested in promoting marriage equality during these installations, especially in Olympia, the heart of Washington politics and law.

installation event: uptown vancouver

3 Oct

What a lovely turnout on Friday for our first proper installation event. The community in downtown/uptown Vancouver is very strong and supportive, and we felt it as folks took hearts and hung them all over. Once again, a big thanks to our friend Anni for being our photographer for this event. And, of course, a big thanks to those who participated.

happy art-lovin’ community members

getting things started

ladders are oh so helpful

loving the love!

making the railings fancy

hearts are tasty as well as attractive

poet + installation project = ❤

a new and spontaneous addition to the project…..

…..writing messages on the hearts

we got a message that someone else found one of these special hearts

look closely, you’ll see a tiny heart

hearts: from mari

29 Sep

Today we did our first big public interactive event and it was great. It was an excellent example of community, friendship, and love. We also appreciated the generous donations of many of the folks who participated – we are well on our way to having gas money to make a trip up to Olympia and Seattle in October with Love is a Radical Act (details coming soon)!

Early on, Mari took one heart and quickly went a couple of blocks down, hung it at a bank, took photos, and came back and showed me. I asked her to send them to me and she was kind enough to do so.

She also took another heart and ended up hanging it further into downtown – I love that she managed to get it hanging on a blank wall.

Thanks everyone! There will be photos of the actual event posted soon. In the meantime, we look forward to the next installation event at Love Art gallery.

makin’ hearts

21 Sep

Between this past week’s (he)art bombings and the upcoming installation events, we really have our work cut out for us.

cutting hearts

filling the kiln

249 hearts ready for glazing

glazing

one more time in the kiln