Renegade artist Jason McLean exhibits outside the box

Jason McLean doesn’t listen to classical music while he works. He listens to mash up, a musical genre in which Johnny Cash vocals might be laid over the beats of rapper Eazy-E, or Lady Gaga’s lyrics massaged into Journey’s instrumentation. It pulses and booms, gleefully overwhelming. The music is a reflection of what he does: repurposing parts from disparate items to meld them into a new art form. His “bicycle shredder,” as just one example, is made from a knuckleboom crane, a PG&E telephone grabber, the frame of a Ford F60, the front steering column of a Toyota truck, a winch, a mower and flamethrowers. But the mash-up music also mirrors Mr. McLean’s efforts to provide artists with a non-traditional venue for their work, a place outside the stifling atmosphere and pretentious personalities he so often finds in galleries...

Art Rogers Family Album, September 19, 2013

THE BAKERS OF BRICKMAIDEN BREADS — DOWNTOWN POINT REYES STATION From the left are Jessie Frost, Missi Armstrong, Leilani Martin, Chris MacLeod, Celine Underwood, Naima Yoshimoto, Ashley Griffin, Josie Taylor and Tatton Whit “Maybe it was the fresh loaves of homemade bread that my mother used to make, or maybe...

Art Rogers Family Album, September 12, 2013

Great Moments in West Marin History THE FIRST TOMALES BAY TRANSBAY SWIM — SEPTEMBER 14, 1974 “Locals who like to swim in Tomales Bay sooner or later get the urge to swim across the bay, and back in 1974 that’s exactly what happened. Nancy Hemmingway and I probably thought this...

Heidrun’s mead steals an effervescent niche

West Marin has long been known for its artisanal cheeses, organic farms and historic ranches. Many may be unaware, however, that for the last year Point Reyes has also been home to perhaps the only producer of naturally sparkling mead in the country. Gordon Hull relocated Heidrun Meadery to West...

Two respected poets, one benefit

“Only in Russia is poetry respected, it gets people killed. Is there anywhere else where poetry is so common a motive for murder?” — Osip Mandelstam There must be something in Marin’s air that seeds poetry. How many among the other 3,143 counties or their equivalents have produced not one,...

Private gain to a few trumps public good for the many

Congress is in recess, but you’d hardly know it. This has been the most do-nothing, gridlocked Congress in decades. But the recess at least offers a pause in the ongoing partisan fighting that’s sure to resume in a few weeks. It also offers an opportunity to step back and ask...

Solo crescendo up Turkey’s Mount Erciyes

The pull-tab I pried from a discarded sardine can almost fit over the nut that secured the adjustable fittings of the crampons. I needed to widen the right crampon in order that my boot would fit snugly. Otherwise, my painstakingly planned sojourn up Erciyes was going to fall through altogether,...

Art Rogers Family Album, August 15, 2013

Baby of the Month MAKENNA JOANN PATTERSON — BORN DECEMBER 12, 2011 Daughter of Jennifer and Jeremiah Patterson and little sister to William. Grandaughter of Ann and Jim Patterson of Point Reyes Station and the late Marcia and Bill Rigsbee of San Anselmo