Today's postings

  1. [Baren 34817] Long live our NEW Exchange Manager... ("Mike Lyon")
  2. [Baren 34818] RE: lawn roller ("Maria Arango")
  3. [Baren 34819] Re: two updates, no wait three! (ArtfulCarol #
  4. [Baren 34820] Re: Long live our NEW Exchange Manager... (Diane Cutter)
  5. [Baren 34821] Exchange 36 wants YOU ("Maria Arango")
  6. [Baren 34822] Re: two updates, no wait three! (MarianaBartolomeoBrooksmueller)
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Message 1
From: "Mike Lyon"
Date: Fri, 11 Jan 2008 09:24:25 -0600
Subject: [Baren 34817] Long live our NEW Exchange Manager...
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In Susanna Clarke's "Jonathon Strange and Mr. Norrell: a Novel", there's a
barren wood of thorn trees in the netherworld. Corpses hang from every
tree, some might have died yesterday while others are age-old skeletons.
"At the entrance to the wood stands a statue of a woman with her hands
outstretched. In one hand she holds a stone eye and in the other a stone
heart." A tower of rough-hewn stones is guarded by a young man, pale and
sickly and with dead eyes. He is the Champion of the Castle of the Plucked
Eye and Heart, sworn to protect the Lady by killing and hanging the corpse
of any challenger from a tree. When the Champion is killed, the challenger
becomes the new Champion, compelled to stand and protect. And so on.

I'm very grateful for the opportunity to help out with the Baren exchanges
-- I've TOTALLY enjoyed managing the 27 exchanges from #12 through #35
(including three salon de refuse, but not including #36 just getting
underway), totally enjoyed working with each wonderful coordinator, totally
enjoyed the web-work, the printmakers, the prints, the whole ball of wax.
But it's WAY passed time for me to SHARE THE LOVE! Problem with 'volunteer'
positions is that it's hard to get OUT of them unless and until a suitable
replacement's willing to step up and take over - I was willing (eager,
really) to take over from Bea Gold six years ago - and today Maria Arango is
willing to take over from me!

SO. I have the ENORMOUS pleasure to announce my 'retirement' (woo-hoo!) and
to introduce (not that she needs an introduction) our NEW BAREN EXCHANGE
MANAGER: Maria Arango!!! (trumpets followed by several harp arpeggios -
what an ANGEL)!

mwaaa-ha-ha-ha-HAAAaaa!!!! (but will continue to serve Baren as
co-webmaster and member of Council and active in the Forum, of course.

With any luck at all, Maria will find some time this year to streamline the
exchange sign-up and gallery areas - she's a heck of a lot better organized
and more energetic than I can ever hope to be, so this is going to be a HUGE
STEP UP for us!!! Perhaps you can tell - I couldn't be happier!

The exchange manager is retired! Long live the exchange manager! You can
always contact the Baren Exchange manager by emailing or or via the Baren
Contact page

Best to all,

Mike (former exchange manager) Lyon

Kansas City, MO
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Message 2
From: "Maria Arango"
Date: Fri, 11 Jan 2008 07:58:37 -0800
Subject: [Baren 34818] RE: lawn roller
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Message 3
From: ArtfulCarol #
Date: Fri, 11 Jan 2008 11:20:07 EST
Subject: [Baren 34819] Re: two updates, no wait three!
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Thank you, thank you to my Maria, my Julio, in any order, for putting up the
Nude Exchanges, 29 and 29A.!!! And to all you marvelous.printers. So
imaginative and skillful. And to the exchange manager Mike for hours and years of
appreciated service! (Just read you are from retiring this position)

At the Museum of Modern Art, NY, there was a very large woodblock, about
5'x4,' of a forest scene by George Baselitz. He called it a Unique Variant .
Interesting. Doesn't that sound like an oxymoron.? It seems like an enabling
way to describe experimental series.
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Message 4
From: Diane Cutter
Date: Fri, 11 Jan 2008 09:55:44 -0800 (PST)
Subject: [Baren 34820] Re: Long live our NEW Exchange Manager...
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While that's wonderful news that you have found a replacement (who can complain about Maria!), I have to say that I thoroughly enjoyed working on a couple of the exchanges with you... You were very patient with all of us, printmakers and coordinators alike, and I give you a hearty THANK YOU for all the work you've done for Baren over the years!

I hope this means you will have more time to do more of your wonderful portraits!!!

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Message 5
From: "Maria Arango"
Date: Fri, 11 Jan 2008 10:15:40 -0800
Subject: [Baren 34821] Exchange 36 wants YOU
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Hello all,

Well I don't have a wonderful literary introduction for myself but most of
you know me well enough anyway (you may roll your eyes here). I can only
hope to fill Mike's slightly bigger shoes; what I lack in competence I make
up for with unabridged enthusiasm and hurricane-like spurts of energy.
I join in thanking Mike for enduring the many various tasks involved in "the
job" and continued excellent service to Baren.

My first task is to remind everyone that Baren Exchange #36 (#36! Think
about it) is open for business and eagerly awaiting your participation!

Sign up at

Medium: woodblock print
Theme: none
Paper: Other - SQUARE 10 x 10 inches (25.5 x 25.5 cm) .
Registration period: One month starting January 1 , 2008
Deadline for finished prints: May 1st, 2006

21 have already signed up.

Maria, the new compact model Exchange Manager

Maria Arango
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Message 6
From: MarianaBartolomeoBrooksmueller
Date: Fri, 11 Jan 2008 20:31:52 -0800 (PST)
Subject: [Baren 34822] Re: two updates, no wait three!
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Dear Maria,
Can you please change my address for the cairn shipping?
I have moved temporarily for the next 6 months to:
Virtu Studio, Inc.
4110 W. 94th Terr.
Apt. 210
Prairie Village, Kansas, 66207