The Fremont Arts Council facilitates a number of parade festivals throughout the year. The FAC Headquarters is an old powerhouse in Fremont that has been converted to an open studio and puppet lab. They host ongoing classes and workshops in community art and crafts. The Powerhouse is where most of the floats and props for the Parade are built. I worked with Brian and about 8 other artists and performers for about 6 weeks to create "Nuclear Summer." The tower, the monster, our helmets, and our armor is for the most part papier-mache. We tried to make our equipment look as clumsy and defunct as possible. In the parade there were 5 ground-workers, 2 stilt-walkers, and 2 deformed Chernobyl babies. I was the shorter stilt-walker, and my duty was to keep the babies under control. One of them, played by the magnificent Corey Scherrer, handed out terrible candy to onlookers.
|The wonderful Barbara Lueke|
|The tower under construction|
|Brian and the monster|
|The lovely Ally "Petitbonbon", my comrade-in-legs|
|Rivets & paint|
|Corey & Mylinda.|
|The amazingly sexy Brian Kooser|
|Yours truly. The sexiest picture of me that exists.|
Special thanks to Brian Kooser, Deidre Muns, Costica Usanu, Marchette Dubois, Evelyn Bittner, Jason Wilson, Corey Scherrer, Barbara Lueke, Leslie Zenz, David Marine, and Toni Mikulka.