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Weiss and Marioni 17 and 71 year old birthday shenanigans

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The making of the Painted in the Desert movie was a true family affair. My father Dick Weiss was central to the entire process, allowing us access to his world of working artist… Continue reading

The Marioni Family: Radical Experimentation in Glass and Jewelry at the Tacoma Art Museum ONLY 5 more days to see it

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Mellissae Here: I LOVE the Marioni family. I have known them since I was a kid, and they have always inspired me with their passionate independence. Paul is one of my father’s best friends, and we… Continue reading

Seeing is Believing-The Vision Fulfilled

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Boy has it been a fabulous couple of weeks for the Painted in the Desert movie. MK has been previewing the film for a small number of folks and the feedback has been great. We… Continue reading

MK is almost done with the director’s cut of the Painted in the Desert movie

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POST WRITTEN BY Mellissae Lucia Hello dear Painted in the Desert devotees {giggle, giggle} This has been a wild ride this year, the Painted in the Desert project coming out of the blue after… Continue reading

Northwest glass pioneer Sonja Blomdahl as the final interview for the Painted in the Desert movie

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It was bittersweet, our last interview for the Painted in the Desert film. We visited my step-mom Sonja Blomdahl in her hilltop Seattle home, having our final conversation about what it really means… Continue reading

Leela’s 21st birthday extravaganza for the Painted in the Desert film

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Boy did we do it up right for Leela’s rock star 21st birthday. We inhaled Vietnamese food at the established  Tamarind Tree’s new belltown location, Long Provincial. The food was fabulous, including the… Continue reading

Full Circle artists collective with grounded wisdom for the Painted in the Desert film

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Written by Mellissae Lucia You know those times when you meet people that you immediately like? Last night’s filming for the Painted in the Desert movie was like that. MK is friends with… Continue reading

Northwest artist couples magical island compounds for the Painted in the Desert film

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Do we have the best job ever?  MK Barr & Mellissae Lucia ventured onto a lush Northwest Island last week to film creative couples Dick Marquis + Johanna Nitzke Marquis and Charlie +… Continue reading

Dick Weiss interview at his Marine Sciences comission

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Last night with balmy 80 degree weather in Seattle Mellissae Lucia interviews her glass artist father about his dedication to being creative, how to balance family and work, and why he became an… Continue reading

Leaving New Mexico for now

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Mellissae Lucia is leaving her beloved New Mexico for now, but the trip was rich with friends, creativity and the land. The Painted Body footage taken for the Painted in the Desert movie… Continue reading