My brother, sister, father and I are remodeling our family home in Viroqua, Wisconsin.
It has been a cool project. It's a great house, a 1953 mid-century modern ranch. With a great place to stay, we hope to be in the beautiful driftless area a bit more. It will also give me the opportunity to look for some land or cool buildings for The Blast Factory.
So, yesterday, I was walking around Viroqua taking some pictures. I stopped on the corner of HWY NN and HWY 14 to take a photo of the Viroqua City Limits sign.
As I was firing the Ricoh and moving around on the road a bit, a woman came out of her house and focused her attention on me.
She yelled, "What the hell are you doing?"
I said, "I'm an artist. I'm taking a photo of the sign."
Hands on her hips she yelled, "I've never heard of such a thing".
I said, "I"m Stick Vega. You can check out my website."
She shook her head and stared me down.
I finished up and walked away. I headed towards main street. She noted my every step.
I had a lot of thoughts. First, "Get off my lawn!" came to mind. Second, was she armed? Third, why the hell was the lady yelling at me, I was on public property shooting a public sign.
I cannot wait to meet more folks as I wander around the area. I can't wait until my load of gunpowder shows up.
Now, I need to understand if I am safer inside or out of the Viroqua City Limits?
Artist Stick Vega studied mathematics and economics, earning a B.S. in economics from UW-Madison and an MBA from Edgewood College. He owned and was CEO of online apparel retailers WinterSilks and Venus Sportswear. However, upon selling the companies more than a decade ago he headed straight to his studio - The Blast Factory in Madison, WI - to create explosive, modern art with gunpowder and high-speed fuse. Stick's current work includes paintings, drawings, fusographs (exploded photographs) and writing. Please follow Stick on Facebook and/or Twitter.