Saturday, December 13, 2008

TMITF on break until after the New Year

Dear TMITF Readers:

This year has been full of excitement and volatility. Despite the current economic recession, artists are nonetheless committed to their daily practices of making art. They continue to create fresh, new and inventive work in order to sustain our ever-growing appetites for the visual arts. Along the same lines, museums and galleries are tightening up their belts a bit in an effort to continue to give the public the best programming that they have to offer, given the grave financial circumstances surrounding the financial markets. These are tough times to say the least, but sometimes economic meltdowns help us reevaluate ourselves and how we choose to support the arts.

Since the launch of TMITF back in June 2008, I have received several kind notes and accolades (and some sporadic diatribes) about the blog and the things I chose to feature. I am grateful for ALL of the feedback, both positive and negative, and continue to absorb as much as possible in order to present you with a solid snapshot of current happenings within the greater creative community of L.A.

Through it all, I would like to convey a special thanks to all the loyal readers of this blog and hope that you will continue to read my posts in 2009. It's much more difficult to manage a blog than I had originally envisioned. Spending late (sometimes sleepless) nights writing/editing posts, consuming copious amounts of coffee; not to mention the occasional swig from the bottle. All, demands of the job, I guess? But it is something that I truly enjoy doing and am thankful that I have the time and energy to make TMITF a reality.

Taras Matla