Saturday, December 19, 2009

Happy Holidays!!!

Aloha Legs! Hope you are all having a relaxing holiday experience! Ha! We've been busy with the gallery and craft shows, not to mention school Christmas programs and family stuff. But still, this Christmas feels much more scaled back and mellow than what we're used to! Good to have a more laid back Christmas experience...we miss Peggy terribly, but we sure don't miss all the crap she made us do! Ha! You Peg's Legs elves know what I'm talking about! :)

I'm working the gallery today while the girls are working the Holiday Gift Fair (10am to 9pm) at the Blaisdell...then tomorrow Karen and I will be working the Gift Fair, 10am to 5pm. We'll be open at the gallery Tuesday/Wednesday, then we'll be taking a break until we open again after Christmas...

Wishing you a happy holiday season. Thinking of you all...here are a few fun photos for you to enjoy! Merry Christmas!



Bah Humbug.


Indy enjoying fake snow in Chinatown.

Pepper REALLY enjoying fake snow in Chinatown.



Indy, Jade, and Cian on Halloween!




Spiderman Chun

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Hey Legs!!!


Wooooo hoooo! What an AMAZING reunion!!!! So great to see all of you...for those of you who missed it, check out our photos Peg's Legs on Shutterfly

One of the highlights of the evening was the presentation of the beautiful quilt you see here. It was created by Peg's Leg Maile Ostrem with help from friend Rebecca Eldredge and fellow Leg Connie Carr...of course it couldn't have been possible without Marita Salassa stealing all of Peggy's favorite dresses and t-shirts!

I know that all of you looking at this quilt will know how many memories are sewn into this creation! Each square brings up warm and fuzzy memories of our time with Peg...we spent so much time picking out her outfits for her and her clothes always expressed her whimsical sense of humor and her love of color! This is a gift we will truly treasure forever! Thank you thank you Thank you!

Hope all of you have a wonderful Thanksgiving...if you're up for walking off some of that turkey over the weekend, we'll be at the Blaisdell for the Islandwide Craft and Food Expo and the gallery will be open too! Black Friday weekend!

I think most of you got the email from Suzanne, but just in case - here's what it said:

We would like to extend a discount of 20% off any purchase at Peggy Chun Gallery to the Peg's Legs Ohana...and a FREE Peggy Chun Gallery reusable tote with purchase, now through December 25. The code word is "Peg's Legs"! :)

So make it a Peggy Chun Christmas!!! We definitely appreciate all your support as we try to survive and thrive in this economy.

Love to all of you and hope to see you soon...once a year is too little! Any ideas for events to get us all together before the next annual Peg's Legs reunion? Eric suggested movie nights at the gallery - we can project movies on the big white walls! Sounds fun! XOXO

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Magda and the Damien Portrait on You Tube!

Here is a link to a cool video on youtube posted by an Argentian reporter in Rome who interviewed Peggy's artist assistant, Magdalena Hawajska, on the day of the presentation of the Damien portrait to the pope. Enjoy!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w9_ARnXFCL8

Monday, October 26, 2009

Update on Hospice Fundraiser Honoring Peggy

Hi all, FYI, I spoke to Cyndi Sheehan at Hopsice and she told me that if you order tickets thru her, Peg's Legs can still sit together at the $100 ticket price (you don't need to get the $250 table tickets).

She says to let her know you are with Peg's Legs and she will be sure to sit you all together or as close to together as possible...you can call her to order tickets at 791-8011 or via email at csheehan@hospicehawaii.org. Hope to see you there!

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Boo!

Ok, so I talked to Lolo a couple days ago and she totally scolded me for not blogging, especially about the Father Damien portrait going to Rome...so I am finally sitting down to catch you all up on EVERYTHING! Here goes:

First of all, the big news is that yes, the Father Damien portrait made it to Rome! To best tell the story, here are a few links of some of the press we received:

catholicnews.com

kgmb9.com

freerepublic.com

starbulletin.com

The painting is also going to be used by Bess Press as the cover art for a translated comic book about Father Damien. Check that out here:

www.besspress.com

Exciting stuff! Also exciting news about two of our favorite mamas - Rhea Olsen gave birth on August 20th to Logan Kenneth Olsen and Ania Hawajska gave birth on October 16 to Luke Kai Waters. Both moms (and dads) are doing great! Congratulations all!

The year has been racing by and here we are already almost at Halloween! We've had a lot of fun showing Russell and Fabienne's work here at the gallery and now we are gearing up for a big Halloween Day sale and at night we are a part of the Art District's Hallowbaloo Arts & Music Festival.

The kids plan on trick-or-treating in Nuuanu with the Seglers of course. This year Sawyer has decided to be Spiderman and Indy has chosen to be a Fairy Princess. The kids are doing great, enjoying school, getting funnier and smarter everyday. Our furry kids are doing great too - Maka doesn't know what he's going to be for Halloween yet and Cola says she's going as "Boo", which is totally cheating - that's like wearing one of those t-shirts that says, "This is my Halloween Costume".

Since Halloween is just around the corner, that means November is just around the corner too! And that means our reunion is coming up! As you know, we had to move it to Thursday, November 19th. I think it was meant to be this way, since that is the exact anniversary of Peggy's death. I think it will be a beautiful opportunity to get together, reconnect, reflect, and remember.

I will be sending out an evite very soon. I think I have everyone's email, but please let me know if you don't get the evite. And please let people know that everyone is welcome, just RSVP to me via email.

Let's see...Elroy is doing great. He's been attending a lot of the HIFF films - pointing out this son and daughter-in-law in the trailer to the people sitting next to him, no doubt - ha ha!! Wonder if people believe him!

The gallery girls, Karen, Kelly, and Pepper are all doing great as well...we could use more customers, so please keep sending people our way! And come visit us when you're in the area - we miss you all!!!

That's it for now! Be on the lookout for that evite coming soon!! XOXO

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

DATE CHANGE!!!!

Aloha Peg's Legs! Important announcement: We have to move the Peg's Legs Reunion Cocktail Party to Thursday, November 19th instead of November 20th. So sorry for the change, but we have our November Guest Artist's reception at the gallery on the 20th (which you are all welcome to as well!)

So, please make note of the change: Peg's Legs Reunion Party - Thursday, November 19th at 5:30pm.

More info to follow!!!

XOXO

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Save the Dates!

Hey Peg's Legs! Hope you are all doing well. We talk to some of you here and there, but we sure do miss you all...We can't believe that it is already September...imagine that almost a year has passed since Peggy's death. I feel like this has been a time of transition...a time of regrouping and re-grounding, adjusting to life as it is now. I think I'm still getting used to it, still adjusting.

In many ways, I don't feel like Peggy has left us. Perhaps it is because we are surrounded by her art everyday and we get to share her story again and again with customers that come through our gallery. Opening the Peggy Chun Gallery in April was just the best way to honor her and carry on her legacy. I take comfort in seeing her name and photo everyday, seeing her art, sharing it with the world...I love and treasure the fact that she is still a party of my everyday.

We're doing great at the gallery, especially on First Fridays. We could use more customers and more sales to grow the business, but at the end of the day, it is just business and that is a lot less stressful than what we were doing. I feel like compared to managing Peggy's care, running her home business, and facing astronomical medical bills; running a gallery is a cakewalk!

We are having so much fun being down here in the heart of the arts district. We love being a part of the community and enjoy the eccentricity of Chinatown. Guess we got used to "crazy" at Peggy's house, so the neighborhood's quirky charm feels familiar and quite entertaining.

But what Karen, Kelly, and I miss the most is getting to see all of you regularly. We miss the bedside banter and sorority house feel that was our everyday at Peggy's house. We miss hearing all of your stories, laughing together, talking about everything and nothing...

When Peggy was leaving this world and I knew that life as we knew it was soon to end, I remember being so focused on ways that we could keep the Peg's Legs going, keep the momentum, keep the energy and bonding of the group. But as this year has gone by, I see clearly that I was trying to hold on too tightly to what was. I see now how important is was to be able to let everyone go, let everyone regroup and re-ground themselves, adjust to life without Peggy in your own way.

I also see that there was no thing to do or thing to say to keep the group together and bonded, because the sheer act of what we did for Peggy all those years will forever bond us together, whether we see each other once a week or once a year. We are forever Peg's Legs.

So, as we near the anniversary of Peggy's passing, we'd like to share 3 special "save the dates" with all of you...we have a few events coming up that will be opportunities to get together and catch up, be together, celebrate where we've been and where we're going...so here they are:

1 - October First Friday at the Peggy Chun Gallery, October 2 from 5pm to 9pm - Our featured artists for October's First Friday are Peggy's dear friends Russell Lowrey & Fabienne Blanc. We are so excited to show their work...this is their first show in many years and we are honored to have them at our gallery!

2 - "Na Hoa Malama” - An event celebrating Hospice Hawaii's 30th anniversary!
Saturday, November 7th at Waialae Country Club - They will be honoring the rich lives of some of the extraordinary people whom they have cared for including:

Peggy Chun, beloved artist
Aunty Genoa Keawe, musical legend
Charles Cooke Spalding, philanthropist & founder of Boys & Girls Clubs of Hawaii

You all should be receiving invitations in the mail soon, but if you don't, please contact Hospice Hawaii. They interviewed myself, Eric, and Elroy for a video piece they will be showing that night!

3 - Peg's Legs Reunion cocktail party at the Peggy Chun Gallery - Friday, November 20, 5pm to 8pm. I'm envisioning Peggy's favorite cocktails and pupus - Tangerine Tickles, Oven roasted tomatoes, opihi, etc.! We welcome any other ideas you all have!

OK Legs, love to all of you and looking forward to seeing you soon!

Monday, August 24, 2009

HIFF Trailer

Hey Legs - here's something fun that Eric and I got to do! Check it out here:

www.timryansreelhawaii.com

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Vi's Adventure Trek and Run!

Hi all! Applications for Vi's Adventure Trek and Run are due August 20th! Sign up ASAP! All net proceeds will be donated to the MDA ALS division and provide support for local families living with this muscle disease in Hawaii on behalf of Vi Jones-Meduskyou can find the application here:

www.hurthawaii.com

The race is on Sunday, September 20th, check in at 7am and race starts at 8am! 4-mile loop along jeep roads and cow pastures through lush Kaaawa Valley with a fresh water stream crossing and scenic ocean views to the finish. Limited to 280 participants of all ages. Crazy costumes, post-race picnic gear and musical instruments highly encouraged. Vi’s choice awards to random finishers!

I did this race last year with Rhea and I have a feeling that she's NOT going to make it this year since she's due to give birth any minute! So I'm looking for some running partners! Come on and join the fun! It is a beautiful course - you feel like you're running from the Smoke Monster in a scene from "Lost"! Hope to see you there!

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

The Wayward Blogger

Aloha Peg's Legs! I know, I know...these blog posts are getting farther and father in between. I have Summer Fever for sure. It took us quite a while to readjust to "real life" after our vacation! But we're back in the swing of things and working hard on the gallery, gearing up for Fall...

A couple weekends ago, we participated in the Haleiwa Arts Festival. This was our last year participating with Peggy's art, since the rules of the festival dictate that the artists must be alive and able to represent themselves. We were honored when they invited us to participate this year in memory of Peggy. We did really well over the weekend and had an opportunity to speak to many of our Haleiwa Festival friends and customers and let them know about our new gallery.

Next up on our calendar is First Friday. We are having our guest artists (Sean Gallagher and Amber Chesebro) from last month's First Friday event, return again for August...they have been busy making new jewelry for this month's event. They just got an awesome write up in Sunday's Advertiser by Paula Rath - yay!

First Friday lands on August 7th, which happens to be Elroy and Julie Percell's birthday! This is the start of many birthdays...Peggy's dad's bday is on the 6th, Lisa's birthday is on the 11th, Jen Segler's birthday is on the 17th, my mom's is on the 19th, and Sawyer turns 3 on August 25th...Happy birthday, all!

Speaking of my mom, she is fully enjoying her retirement. She is busy with lots of projects, yoga, and she has been helping me with the business and the kids! I think Eric put it best last night...my mom had picked up Sawyer from school, made us quiches for dinner, cleaned up the kitchen, then she put the kids in the bath! Eric said to me, "Your mom is so awesome." Indeed.

So back to the month ahead, after First Friday, we have our big expo of the year - the Made in Hawaii Festival at the Blaisdell! This year, it falls on August 21 to 23. I'm really looking forward to it - this year we are planning to offer special show prices, we're looking at getting some promotional reusable Peggy Chun bags, and we have cute "Lily Love" stickers for the keiki.

We're having so much fun working on the business. We're really focused on trying to bring more customers to our gallery. We do great on First Friday, but we are really trying to boost traffic and sales the rest of the month...this is true for the entire Arts District of Honolulu...so if you have any ideas...send them our way!!!

We're working on plans for a Peg's Legs Reunion/early Christmas party in November...we're tentatively looking at the weekend before Thanksgiving - Saturday, November 21...save the date and let us know what you think!

Let's see...what else...the kids are doing great. Indy is still out of school until the end of August. Sawyer is back in preschool and seems to be enjoying it well enough. He is "Child of the Week" this week in his classroom, so we had to do a little interview with him on all of his favorite things. Among his favorite things to do - "play with my sister, go to Grandma and Papa's house, play ball with Gung Gung, go Fun Factory, go to the beach and find shells, watch PBS Kids, play Wii, snuggle and do 'group hug' with mommy, daddy, and sister"...ahhh, the simple things in life. He also told us that when he grows up he wants to be a "big boy" and a tree trimmer like daddy.

Indy just finished up 2 weeks of "Dance Camp" at the Dance Space at University Square. She really enjoyed it - they did a little of everything - belly dance, hula, jazz, ballet, African, Tahitian...she had a blast!

Eric is doing great...he's busy with tree trimming, working on our house projects, and catching the summer swells. Elroy is fine as well. He comes to the gallery and our house regularly to check in on us! He's still as busy as ever...I'd love to get a pedometer on him and see how many steps that man takes in a day!

I haven't forgotten that I promised some photos from our trip to Lake City, so here a few family photos of our fun and relaxation! Enjoy!





Thursday, July 9, 2009

We're Baaack!

Just a quick note to say hello! We're back from our fabulous trip to San Francisco and Colorado...feeling a little overwhelmed as I try to catch up on work and life...we had a little impromptu belated birthday party for Kelly here at the gallery today...had some pizza and cake...we had all the kids here, so they had a great time! Then my mom came to pick up my 2 keiki so I could get some work done (she can do that now that she is officially retired! woohoo!). Thanks mom! So that's it for now - gotta make the most of this kid-free time! I'll try to post some photos from our trip soon and elaborate more on our travels...

Vi's Second Annual Adventure Trek & Run

It's that time again! Vi's Second Annual Adventure Trek & Run brought to you by Hawaiian Ultra Running Team & Muscular Dystrophy Association ALS Division

In honor of VI JONES-MEDUSKY

September 20, 2009 at Kualoa Ranch

7:00 am Check-In and 8:00 am Race Start

4-mile loop along jeep roads and cow pastures through lush Kaaawa Valley with a fresh water stream crossing and scenic ocean views to the finish. Limited to 280 participants of all ages. Crazy costumes, post-race picnic gear and musical instruments highly encouraged. Vi’s choice awards to random finishers!

For an application or more information please contact MDA 808-593-4454 or HURT 808-351-1453 http://www.hurthawaii.com/

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Alooooooha!

Hey Peg's Legs! The Chun family is going on vacation tomorrow for our first REAL vacation in a very long time...we are really looking forward to getting away and relaxing, visiting good friends and family in SF and then having a family reunion in Colorado with all of Peggy's side of the family! How fun that they will all be meeting Leslie for the first time! We'll be sure to take lots of photos!

I will be missing a few important events while I'm away...Lolo's birthday on June 24th, Kelly's birthday on the June 30th, First Friday on the 3rd, and 4th of July...For a fun way to spend the 4th, check out Vi's blog http://www.violetsweb.blogspot.com for info on the Fourth of July BBQ fundraiser for ALS research at Keehi Lagoon Beach Park. There will be softball in remembrance of Lou Gehrig and many other Fourth of July games and other fun stuff!

Be sure to visit Karen and Kelly at the gallery...they are holding up the fort for me!!! I feel so grateful to have such awesome, competent gallery gals...they rock! And be sure to check out the cool jewelers that we will have on First Friday!

Hope everyone is having a grrrreat summer so far!!! XOXO

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Hippie Holiday!!!


The Peggy Chun Gallery will be open for "Hippie Holiday" this coming Friday, June 19th from 5 to 9pm...Come check out this fun event - drop by to say "Hey, Man" to me and Kelly!!! Here's more info on the event...don't forget your hippie attire!!!

Hippie Holiday - A CELEBRATION OF LOVE AND PEACE!
Gallery Walk & Psychedelic Pub Crawl.

40th Anniversary of the Summer of Love.
51st Birthday of the Peace Sign.

flower powerFLASHBACK TO 1969! Vintage VW's (vans, beetles & more) Lining the Streets • Art Galleries Filled with Symbols of Peace • Psychedelic Rock DJ's & Free Musical Performances at Galleries, Bars, Street Corners & Parks • Twirling Hippies Selling Flowers for Your Hair • Thousands of Hawaii Hippies with Stars in their Eyes.

Heaps of Cash & Prizes Awarded! WEAR HIPPIE ATTIRE and Visit Galleries & Bars for Your Chance to Win.

Fun in Chinatown!

Just had to share these photos from Thursday...we had a great day at the gallery...Rhea came to visit and had lunch with us girls...we had so many wonderful visitors that just happened to come by on the holiday (King Kamehameha Day) - Kay Hoffman, Martha Torney, Lynda Kerwin, my parents, Elroy (well, he comes by everyday!!!), Dawn (who used to come and do reiki on Peggy - she came to the gallery to give reiki to Karen to help her with her vertigo - yay!).

So, here's a photo that Indy took of the girls and I've also included a couple photos of our encounter with stormtroopers on Fort Street Mall...Kelly and I went to go pick up lunch and ran into these characters...what's up with those costumes...I can't seem to pull my eyes away from the crotch area! Ha!!! You gotta love Chinatown...it's a lot like Peggy's house, you just never know what kind of craziness is in store for you...

OK, heading off to another Saturday in Chinatown...remember to follow us on Twitter and check out our new Peggy Chun Gallery page on Facebook!!! Anyone going to the Punahou Reunion Luau this afternoon? If so, we'll see you there! This is Eric's 20th reunion so he's been having lots of fun surfing with old friends and catching up with his old gang...have a great weekend everyone!!!



Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Follow Peggy Chun Gallery on Twitter!!!

Hey Everyone! We have joined the world of Twitter!!! Follow us! Here is the link:

http://twitter.com/chungallery

Photos from First Friday

Hey all! Thought I'd share some photos from this past First Friday. We had Aima McManus showing her dresses and her niece Chenoa showing her jewelry...First Fridays are always fun because we get to see lots of Legs who come out for the night! First, here's a great shot of Aima with Peg's Leg Betsy looking stunning in one of Aima's dresses
We were blessed to have the beautiful music of Dale and Melody right outside the gallery!

Here's a shot of me with Aima and Chenoa...notice the very large painting behind us...it is called "Gathering of Souls"...this amazing original belongs to Mata...we are trying to help her sell it...please spread the word that this spectacular Peggy Chun original is now available...it is a must-see!

We had the pleasure of seeing Peg's Legs private hire Leah along with her boyfriend and mom! So great to catch up with her!

We also got to see our friend Linda Imai...here she is looking fabulous in one of Aima's dresses!

We had many other wonderful visitors that I didn't get photos of...Lynn Cook, Julie Percell, my parents, Joy Johnson, Cole and Kevin...it was a lot of fun!

I am busy getting ready for our summer vacation...in less than 2 weeks Eric and the kids will be heading to San Fran to visit some friends and then off to Colorado for a family reunion to see all of Peggy's side of the family...I think I mentioned that Leslie is meeting us there to meet the whole family for the first time!!! Exciting!

So, I'm in hyper-productivity mode trying to get things all set before I go. I will be missing July's First Friday, which lands on July 3 - so please come and give some support to Karen and Kelly who will me holding down the fort while I'm away! We are already planning July's First Friday event...we are having some very cool jewelers in the gallery to show their stuff - I'm sad I'm gonna miss it, but I'm working hard getting it all set up before I go...

That's about it for now...Indy is enjoying the start of her summer...she and I worked on a list of things she wanted to do this summer - the list goes on and on and on...in fact, it reminds me so much of a Peggy List!!! Sawyer is in year round preschool so he is not thrilled about having to go to school when Indy stays home, but we're working through it...he does have tomorrow off since it is Kamehameha Day...I'll have them here at the gallery with me for a fun day...they'll get to play with Pepper! And Rhea is coming to visit us tomorrow here at the gallery! Yay! We can't wait to see her and her prego belly!!! :)

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Happy Birthday, Peggy!

Today would have been Peggy's 63rd birthday. I have been thinking of her today and remembering all the fun and wacky ways we celebrated her birthday with her...remember the "Over the Hedge" animal movie party at Ward Theaters, the Enchanted Forest Women's Party...Last year on this day we were creating the "Peg's Legs Cafe" and getting ready for Peggy's Birthday High Tea Party...Peggy's birthdays were always so full of love, laughter, flowers...

Hope everyone is doing well and enjoying this special day. We hope to see you all for First Friday tomorrow night 5 to 9pm here at the gallery! Aima will be here showing her gorgeous dresses and Chenoa will be showing her exquisite jewelry...fun stuff! See you then!

Friday, May 22, 2009

Visit from Lolo & Lehua


We had a nice visit at the gallery yesterday with Lolo and Lehua (who is visiting from Alabama!)...we got to catch up over some Little Village grub and yummy Hokulani red velvet cupcakes! And we had lots of keiki around...Karen's granddaughter Brenna, Pepper, and Sawyer...So fun!

Friday, May 15, 2009

Peg's Legs Roster!

Hey Legs - just thought of something! If you haven't yet done so, please come by the gallery and pick up your Peg's Legs Roster if you contributed to it! We printed them for everyone who sent in their info...let me know if you want me to send you a PDF version. Also, for those that have them...please note that Rhea's address is wrong on it! Just cross it out - it was a typo!

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Lolo's Last Concert of the Season

Aloha all! Don't miss Alice "Lolo" Silva's last symphony chorus concert of the season:

"Voices of Kalaupapa"
St. Andrews Cathedral - Queen Emma Square (downtown)
Saturday, May 16th
7:30pm

Tickets available at the door, or call 524-0815 ext 257 - $20 general;
$10 students, seniors and active military

Concert write up in Star Bulletin:
http://www.starbulletin.com/features/crescendo/20090512_A_choral_concert_to_inspire.html

KITV videoed their recent rehearsal. Pamela Young expects it to air on
Thursday, May 14th, on the 5:00 pm newscast. Check it out! Go Lolo!!!

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Looooong Update!!!

Hey Peg's Legs...felt the need to give you all a real update on everything that has been going on in Chun-land! Had to take Cola to the vet today...she's been a little lethargic the past couple days, but it turns out she's OK, that she might just have a little kitty cold. While she was there, she got de-wormed and checked over. She also got a test for feline leukemia and (hallelujah!) it came back negative!

She is still losing her hair, but it is growing back in some places. I have been giving her baths once in a while (yes, baths - and guess what - she likes it! Such a weird cat) and it seems to help...It doesn't seem to be a flea allergy since she's been on flea meds and is pretty flea-free. The vet suggested that it might be a nervous disorder since she tends to "over-groom" herself, so she prescribed her some "kitty happy pills" as she called them.

Other than having worms, losing her hair, having a cold, and a nervous disorder, she's doing really great :) No, seriously, she is actually a great cat and the kids have really been enjoying her company. Often I'll wake up in the morning and see both kids, Maka, and the cat all in bed with us...we start out with everyone in their own beds, but they sneak in in the middle of the night...and Indy confessed that when she sneaks into our bed, she always makes sure to carry Cola in with her so that Cola isn't lonely in the kids bed alone. How nice.

The kids are doing great. Sawyer is growing up and talking more and clearer everyday. He loves to pretend...he likes to play "tiger", "lion", and "shark"...basically anything that would like to attack a big sister. Indy has loved her first year of Junior Kindergarten at Hanahauoli. The school year is almost to a close and she has learned so much while having so much fun! She is now reading on her own!

We don't have summer school planned for her, so not sure how we're going to handle that. I told her that she can come and work at the gallery and she was very excited about that! Her first summer job! We are also planning to go to Colorado for a little family reunion...we plan to see all of Peggy's family and the best part - Leslie and Stuart will be meeting us there so that they can meet all the family! So fun! We can't wait to see how little Hanalei has grown! She will be almost 1 when we see her!

Elroy is doing good. He is currently in DC for the ALSA Advocacy Day. His new apartment is working out perfectly. He can literally see his sister's front yard from his doorway. His apartment is roomy and he's been doing a great job getting it set up and organized. I was touched to go over and see his fridge covered with carefully selected photos of all of our family, Peggy, and the caregivers. And of course, I couldn't help but check the inside of the fridge while I was there and it was not disgusting at all! No rotting Costco food swimming in meat juice with discount Chinatown vegetables...I'm so proud.

Eric is doing great. He had a tree job today and also made a stop to pick up more of our old junk from the Segler's house. He's begun to doing a little kayaking coaching on the side once a week. When not working on trees or editing videos, he's been helping us at the gallery, getting our storage unit organized, etc. He's also been working (with help from Jason) on the plans for the deck at our house...he hopes to start building soon! He's also, as I mentioned, been working on getting the rest of the stuff out of the Alika house...Jason and Jen have been quite busy working on the house! I haven't been there since Easter, but I hear that they are working hard on it, fixing it up and making it their own...

My parents are doing great. We had a nice Mother's Day brunch at their house on Sunday. My dad made Eggs Benedict...he made me a special vegetarian version with portabello mushroom and spinach - YUM! He totally spoils me - and I love it! My mom is getting ready to retire at the end of this month! She has been helping me tremendously with business planning...now that we are settled in the new gallery, it is time to start building the business and planning for SUCCESS and PROSPERITY! I am so grateful for her expert advice and loving support.

Speaking of business planning, please let us know if you have an ideas for the gallery/art business...we are looking for ways to boost sales and share Peggy's art and inspiration with the world! We are also looking at bringing in some accessories/jewelry vendors...if you have any ideas on local, Made in Hawaii, jewelry makers, please let us know...we're looking for something that would fit in well with Peggy's art & style...something Peggy would love...

One more project we're working on...we're putting together a collection of photos of Peggy's art in people's home...if you have a Peggy Chun piece hanging in your home, please take a photo of it and email it to me. Maybe include a little story about it and what it means to you. We want to put all the photos together in a binder/book for people to look at in our gallery, so they can see how the art looks once it is hung in a home.

As for me, I've been enjoying working here at the gallery...I feel hopeful and excited about the business. I think about Peggy often and think about what would make her proud and excited. I often ask myself what I think she would do...sometimes that means I do the opposite (ha!) but most often it helps me lighten up, loosen up, and be a little more adventurous and spontaneous than usual.

I've also been busy helping the local ALS community. I have a real passion for helping those that are going thru what we are now on the other side of. As you know I have been helping Vi set up her STC group and I've been offering consult to a few other people as well. Vi's first Share the Care meeting is this coming Sunday at 1pm. Please join us if you can! Everyone would love to hear from all of you...people that have been through it all...

Sheila Warnock, author of Share the Care, has asked me to be their Share the Care Volunteer Outreach Director for Hawaii...I am so honored and hope to be able to bring Sheila to Hawaii to lead a training workshop/lecture for healthcare professionals/clergy/caregivers. I'll keep you posted!

I am also going to speaking at MDA's ALS Seminar this coming Saturday at Queen's Medical Center. I will be speaking about caregiving, Share the Care, and different care models. I LOVE talking about Share the Care! I could talk about it all day! You all know what I mean - we know it works! And it is not just that STC helped Peggy...it gave me, Eric, and Elroy such quality of life...it also gave us YOU! The Peg's Legs! A whole new family that I would have never had...what a gift...what an experience...I just want to share that joy, that opportunity, with everyone.

OK, that about covers it...I should also add that Karen and Kelly are doing great! They are my loyal, hardworking gallery girls...I'm so proud of them and so grateful for all that they do. I feel so blessed to have such great friends/employees. Pepper is our little gallery mascot...she brings in lots of customers with her big smile and charming ways. And she currently has a BIG crush on Sawyer! We're hoping that they get married someday so that Kelly and I can be sisters!

Speaking of gallery girls...did you know that both Rhea and Ania are preggers?!!! Yay! Rhea and KC are having a BOY - due in August...and Ania is due in October...they don't know yet if its a boy or girl. We'll definitely be planning a shower sometime at the end of the summer...so we'll keep you posted. We're so happy for them! More playmates for Indy, Sawyer, Jade, Cian, and Pepper!

OK, Legs...how's that for a blog post? We miss you all! Please come and visit us at the gallery...call us...email us...whatever...anytime you need a Peg's Legs/Peggy Chun fix, we're here for you! And we're thinking about a Peg's Legs Reunion in November - what do you all think? Anyone want to be on a party committee? Anyone have venue suggestions?

OK, last thing...some photos for you guys. The first is of the kids with Eric and Elroy from last First Friday. They had horse-drawn carriage rides, so this is a photo of them in the carriage. The next photo is from Mother's Day. After brunch at my mom's we went to the zoo to check out the new meerkats. The kids borrowed hats from my mom and dad, so here they are showing them off. The next is Sawyer hamming it up in the car! The last one is of Indy with her new stuffed meerkat from the zoo gift shop - she named her Buttercup. Notice her missing tooth! Have a great day everyone!!!



Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Happy Cinco De Mayo Everyone!!!

Come down to the Peggy Chun Gallery and have a Corona with us gallery girls!!! They are doing a big "Cinco De Mayo" street festival down here tonight. Should be fun!

Saturday, May 2, 2009

Vi's Share the Care Group

Aloha Legs! How are you all doing? We had a great First Friday last night...my feet still ache!

I wanted to let you all know that I am currently helping Vi Jones-Medusky and family set up a Share the Care group. We are having our first meeting on Sunday, May 17 from 1:30 to 4ish at their house on Tanatalus.

Vi is wheelchair bound, her arms are weakened, but she is not on ventilator. She needs basic assistance with toileting, eating, etc. They have asked that I let our Peg's Legs know in hopes that some of you might be interested in helping Vi and her family as they face the challenges that Peggy and all of us did.

I hope you can at least join us for the first meeting to see if this might be a fit for you. If nothing else, having some seasoned caregivers that have been through it all would be of GREAT BENEFIT to this meeting. Remember how we all felt in the beginning...how overwhelming it was to be in uncharted territory. This is a chance for us to teach them how they make "Share the Care" work and teach them what an amazing experience it will be.

I have created a blog for Vi and have posted the invitation there along with directions, parking info, etc. Her group will be called "Violet's Web" - how cute is that?!

PLEASE RSVP to me to let me know if you can attend. Let's help support another developing group, Peg's Legs! You are, after all, the EXPERTS!!!

www.violetsweb.blogspot.com

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Happy Birthday, Leah!!!

Hey Y'all! Happy Belated Birthday to private hire Peg's Leg Leah Yannell! Her birthday was on Sunday!!!

See you all on Friday for ALS Awareness Month at Peggy Chun Gallery!!!

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Hey Legs!

Aloha Peg's Legs! We are busy getting ready for ALS Awareness Month and First Friday (May 1) at Peggy Chun Gallery. Most of you probably saw the email newsletter we just sent out...we'll actually be sending out another short email with a newsletter correction - there was a typo on our last one - we are actually open TUESDAY thru SATURDAY 11 to 5pm. So spread the word - we're open on Saturdays!!!

I've been thinking of all of you so much lately. As part of our ALS Awareness month, we are putting together information and photo displays of Peggy painting at every stage of her illness. I spent an hour yesterday going through my thousands digital photos from 2001 to present. It was a fun trip down memory lane...seeing all of you, seeing the journey that we were on together. Wow.

So, we're heading off tomorrow to go camping with Indy's class! She is soooo excited. We're looking forward to a weekend of relaxing with the Hanahauoli family. Have a great weekend everyone!!! Come visit Kelly at the gallery on Saturday since she is holding down the fort while I'm camping! What a gal!

Happy Birthday Hanna!!!


Happy Birthday to Ms. Hanna Levitz!! Here she is at our gallery opening dressed as "Maka" from Peggy's painting "Maka Makai"!

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Happy Easter (and Taxes) Everyone!

Hope everyone had a great Easter! We had a nice day - brunch at my parent's house, a few hours at the beach, then dinner at the Seglers in Nuuanu...the Easter Bunny visited our house this year, but only the stealth version of himself. Both Jason and Eric were thrilled to have the stinky bunny costume remain in storage this year. The Easter Bunny filled Indy and Sawyer's baskets, and even brought a little lady bug hat for Cola (see photo, also titled "Why Cats Hate Us").

We're already getting ready for next First Friday which falls on May 1. May's theme is going to be ALS Awareness Month at Peggy Chun Gallery since May is the official ALS Awareness Month. We have been working with Evan from Archinoetics...we will be displaying some of Peggy's brain art and will have information from the ALS Association.

Stay tuned for more info on that as well as MDA's Annual ALS Seminar which will be on May 16. I just talked with Jennifer from MDA and it looks like I will be giving a presentation on caregiving...I may be calling on a few of you for some help and brainstorming...you guys are the experts after all!

OK, get back to your taxes everyone!

PS - Happy (belated) Birthday to Pat Gamble!!!

Monday, April 6, 2009

Dreams Do Come True!!!

We did it! Friday night's gallery opening was a HUGE success! It was so much fun to see everyone and enjoy the night that we had worked so hard for...thank you to all of you for your support and help! We had a blast and Peggy was definitely there in spirit - you could feel her pride and her wacky energy in the air...

I have put some photos up on our Shutterfly account - you can check them out here:

Peg's Legs on Shutterfly

I am home today...enjoying my first Monday off since our gallery hours are now Tuesday thru Saturday 11 to 5pm. Kelly and I worked Saturday, the day after First Friday. Notoriously known in our neighborhood as "First Saturday" - the day when you get to come in and clean up all the spilled wine from the night before! It actually wasn't that bad and even kind of fun putting the gallery back together after all the partying...we even had some customers on our first official day open!

KGMB News Segment on the Peggy Chun Gallery

See the video here:

http://kgmb9.com/main/content/view/15863/40/

Here is the transcript:

Dream Comes True with Gallery Opening
Written by Terry Hunter - thunter@kgmb9.com
April 03, 2009 07:19 PM


Peggy Chun, the Hawaii artist who passed away last November, always wanted to have her own gallery.

Thanks to friends and family, the "Peggy Chun Gallery" is having its grand opening Friday night.

Even though she was diagnosed with A.L.S. in the Spring of 2002, the beloved artist, Peggy Chun, continued to paint, first with her left hand when the debilitating disease claimed her right; then with a brush held in her mouth, and finally, when she was almost totally paralzyed, with a computer that followed the motion of her eyes.

Her courageous, fun loving spirit inspired many people including "Peg's legs," the volunteers who cared for her when she could no longer take care of herself.

The artist herself is no longer with us, but her dream of having a gallery has come alive on Nu'uanu Ave.

"We've been working really hard to bring Peggy's spirit and her joy for life and her whimsical personality into everything here," said daughter-in-law Kimi Chun.

It starts with the pig sculpture in the window, made with her son Eric.

"She has such a range of different mediums for sure. But also just her subject matter. There's something for everyone, from the whimsical and funny to the Hawaiiana, nostalgia," Kimi said.

The work ranges from high end originals to ten dollar prints.

"It was one of her philosophies that she wanted art to be available to everybody no matter what they have in their pocketbook," Kimi said.

No matter what A.L.S. did to her, Peggy Chun found a way to create art.

These "nose" paintings are a good example.

"These are ones that she worked on with her caregivers. And she would direct the way they would apply the pain to her nose. And she would have fun telling them which direction to go. It was hilarious and wonderful and of course just the magic of water color," Kimi said.

Now Peggy Chun's legacy lives on in a place she would love.

"Her customers, they always became her friends, and that's something we believe in and want to continue here," Kimi said.

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Watch KGMB tonite! And See you tomorrow for the BIG DAY!

Hi all! We're in the home stretch, getting things ready for tomorrow! Yay! We are so excited. We had lots of help Wednesday from our wonderful Legs. See photo below! And KGMB came to check out the gallery...we think that it will run today/tonite at 5pm, 6pm, and 10pm...we're not sure exactly, but keep your eyes out for it!

And we have some more birthdays coming up! Today is Marvel's birthday! Tomorrow is Marita Salassa's, Marita Biven's, and Magda's! And Sunday is Jason's birthday! Happy birthday everyone!!!

I also just had to share this amazing photo that Eric took at his mom's (soon to be the Seglers...it is going to be hard to break the habit of calling it Peggy's house!). Remember how Peggy was always nagging us to sort her photos? Well, we did it. Sort of. Thanks to the hard work of Joyce N and Eric (and all the many of you who put time in over the years), all of Peggy's photos are in one place...in bins. Look at this incredible tower of memories! And this is AFTER they were thinned out a bit (those of you who knew Peggy probably remember how obsessively she would shoot photos of EVERYTHING - especially scenery and foliage...she snapped photos like a wild woman long before the days of digital photography!).

So we're looking for someone to donate a few years of their time to scan all of our photos - anyone? anyone? Just kidding...belated April Fool's to you all!

See you tomorrow!!! XOXO


Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Gallery Blessing

Aloha Peg's Legs & Ohana,

Come and help us celebrate this momentous occasion! The Grand Opening of the Peggy Chun Gallery - a dream come true for Peggy and all of us!

We invite you to join us for a special reception and blessing on Friday, April 3, from 3pm to 5pm at Peggy Chun Gallery. The address is 1161 Nuuanu Avenue Honolulu HI 96817. This will precede our public Grand Opening from 5pm to 9pm (as part of the First Friday art walk).

Here is a link to parking options for the gallery:

http://www.firstfridayhawaii.com/d/d/parking.html

The blessing will be performed at 4pm by our favorite Peg's Legs angel Kahu Suzanne Maurer...there will be refreshments and musical entertainment...and some champagne toasts of course!

And you know Peggy would want you to come in costume!!! Come as one of her favorite whimsical creatures from one of her paintings! At least throw on a pair of ears or antlers! This night is for Peggy!

Looking forward to seeing you all...

Me ke aloha,

Kimi

Catching up...Getting ready for FRIDAY!!!!

Aloha Peg's Legs!!!! I'm sorry that I have been out of touch...all last week I was just not feeling myself...it just got worse and worse until on Sunday I finally went to Urgent Care again where I was diagnosed with strep - AGAIN!!! Relapse - argh!!! So, they gave me a big ol' shot in the rear of Penicillin and now I am on top of the world again! Truly a miracle drug. They seem confident that this will do the trick and I'm eating well and doing all the right things to support my immune system and get me well FOR GOOD!

I've also been having very frustrating email/internet problems at the gallery so I haven't really been able to send email from their or get online very easily...I will spare you the techie details, the short story is that we are close to solving all the problems and should be up and running this week.

So today I am taking a luxurious FULL DAY off from the gallery to work at home, catch up on all my computer work, emailing, etc. Eric took the kids to school for me, so this is a real treat to be able to work uninterrupted at home...yay!

Eric is just about done with the Alika house. He has been working SO hard on this move. He did a couple more runs yesterday and looks like today might be the last day of moving stuff for him...the Seglers have been busy moving their stuff in and Elroy has just about everything moved into his new place.

So the plan for tomorrow is that we will be at the gallery getting it ready for First Friday. So any helper Legs that want to come by - that would be wonderful!!! We definitely need print titlers (you know who you are, Ladies!) and we'll also need help bagging up the prints, cleaning the gallery, decorating, etc.

We are planning on surprising Karen with some festive birthday decor - remember tomorrow is her 50th birthday! She's in Vegas right now at the slots so I'm sure she's not going to be reading this anytime soon! She will be coming in on Thursday to work and so we want to have the gallery looking amazing for her and have some balloons, birthday decor, etc. We will also be having a cake on Friday!

I think it is so special that Karen is hitting a milestone birthday right at the same time that we are having the Grand Opening of the Peggy Chun Gallery. It is so appropriate that we will be celebrating both Karen and the business at the same time. Karen has been at Peggy's side since way before my time - it is her brilliance, crazy robot work ethic, generosity, and true love for Peggy, the business, and our family that has made the company what it is - without Karen, we would not be where we are today.

OK, so back to tomorrow's plan...we will be there from 10am on and just a heads up, KGMB will be coming to get a sneak peak at the Gallery (thanks Lynn Cook!) at 11am. We want all of you to be there because you are all part of the story! Peg's Legs RULE!!!

Tomorrow we can also talk about the plans for First Friday grinds - we will be looking for anyone who might be interested in donating some grub or booze for the night! I will also be sending out more information TODAY about the special private reception & blessing for Peg's Legs from 3pm to 5pm on Friday.

One last note - I got a message from Martha who suggested another parking spot - Kukui Plaza municipal parking lot off Kukui street (behind Pali Longs and Safeway). Thanks Martha!

Saturday, March 21, 2009

It's Crunch Time!



Eric is over at the Alika house today sorting and packing more stuff. He has the kids with him, so I have some quiet time at home - always a treat! I am sitting here at my computer with Cola next to me since we brought her home to our house last night! The transition has been pretty smooth so far (except for the transport which we had to pull off without a cat carrier! She meowed the whole way...this really weird foreign meow, like she was singing Chinese opera).

Maka doesn't seem too perturbed by the appearance of a new feline resident and Cola is starting to look pretty comfortable in our house. She even used the litter box this morning and got to explore outside with the kids for a bit. Last night she lay in bed with us to read books. She has completely adopted Indy and likes to cuddle with her like she used to with Peggy. Indy is in seventh heaven!

Thursday's "Tuesdays with Morrie" play was wonderful and the "Thursday with Peggy" panel discussion after was a lot of fun. It was great to see some Legs, some HCA gang, Vi Jones Medusky and family, the MDA ohana...and the pre-show food catered by Kat Hurtubise's company was ono!

You should ALL go and see the play! I know a lot of people hesitate to see it for fear that it will be depressing, but it is filled with humor - I promise you will be laughing more than crying! The cast, crew, and director did such an amazing job with an amazing story - it really is a must-see!

And it will remind you so much of our days with Peggy...it was so nice to sit there and remember her...I love remembering it all and reliving it like that...it brings me such joy. The play is about living each day to the fullest, slowing down enough to enjoy it...and who can't use a reminder about that!

Now, here are our plans for the upcoming week. Karen has asked me to let you all know that on Wednesday (beginning at 10am), she'd like all of you to come to the Alika house for a last day of final packing, transporting to the gallery, and clearing out the house for the Seglers. Our goal is to be completely out of the house by the end of next week. There is not much left, but there is some stuff...(Side note: if you are a print titler, Karen said she'd like you to be at the gallery!!! She has lots of titling that needs to get done!!!)

This week we will simultaneously be getting the gallery in order for First Friday. Yesterday, Karen and Eric hung the whole Boo and Gecko series - it looks so great! It is really starting to come together! On Monday we have our window sign being installed! Fun!

OK, we'll see you guys this week! And please mark your calendars...First Friday is April 3 and we will be having a private reception and blessing from 3pm to 5pm just for the Peg's Legs - it will be right before the First Friday Grand Opening that begins at 5pm. We hope you can all join us - more info coming soon!!! Have a great weekend!

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Eric and friends moved a bunch more stuff today...really getting that Alika house cleared out! Our new gallery is in disarray, as to be expected with any move...but it is starting to come together. We wanted to let everyone some of the changes in contact information...we tried and tried to keep our same numbers with Hawaiian Telcom, but they just could not do it for us, so...we will have new phone and fax beginning Thursday, March 19. However, the Alika Avenue business phones (595-8434 and 595-8435 and the fax 595-8224) will all be disconnected tomorrow, Wednesday, March 18. So tomorrow, you can reach us by email or cell.

Our new gallery number beginning Thursday will be 808-545-4810 and our fax will be 808-545-4860. We will be updating this info on our website soon. Please spread the word! Our new gallery address is 1161 Nuuanu Avenue Honolulu HI 96817.

The best parking for the gallery is the Chinatown Municipal Parking lot on Beretania. It is an underground lot right after Nuuanu Avenue (go thru the light) - you'll see the sign on the left. There is usually tons of parking and it is about $1 to $2 an hour. There is sometimes parking in the open parking lot on Beretania as well as in the Mark's Garage Building, but we don't know yet how much that parking is...we'll keep investigating. Sometimes you might luck out and get street parking, but that is only 1 hour parking and a quarter only gets ya 10 minutes!

So come down and visit us! We are technically closed as we get things ready this month, but we will be around M-F 10:30 to 4ish and then once we open in April, our hours will be Tuesday-Saturday 11am to 5pm. We are loving our new adventure and have been enjoying meeting all the Chinatown characters! It is so fun to get walk-by traffic and visits from our neighborhood friends. It is a whole new experience for us! We're adjusting to the feeling of being in a big fishbowl! No more hiding in the back office of a house anymore...we are FULLY exposed!!!

So, we have just over one more week to really get the gallery looking good before Karen leaves for Vegas next week Saturday! It has been challenging trying to handle the move, the set up, the transition, the Grand Opening prep, the daily business, etc. all at the same time...it is hard to know where to put your energy when there are so many things to do!

One more thing - don't forget to get your tickets for Thursday night's Tuesdays with Morrie! After the show, I will be moderating a panel discussion with Peg's Legs Hanna Levitz and Pat Lokatos, and Vi Jones Medusky. Hope to see you there!

Speaking of Pat L - yesterday was her birthday! Happy Birthday, Pat!!! XOXO!

OK, I'm off to get the kids.. it is starting to get crazy down here. There are tons of people in green heading down to Murphy's and O'Toole's! On a mission to get some green beer, I'm sure. I think I'll pass this year - I don't think green beer and antibiotics are a very good combo. Happy St. Patty's, Everyone!!!

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Just the Facts, Ma'am

Last week Monday, the office girls, Karen's sister Jo, and Marita S spent the day boxing up the office and getting things ready to go to the new gallery. We were all moving a bit slower than usual that day - Karen had some folding chairs fall on her toes and smashed them so bad she couldn't drive! Luckily Jo came to the rescue, brought her to work and helped us move stuff. Both Kelly and I had gotten bit by something over the weekend...mine must have been a spider because it soon turned into a red, flaming hole in my thumb that wouldn't stop throbbing.

Thankfully, Suzanne Maria Rose Ching came over and gave us some medical attention. She gave us enough TLC to get us on our way to the gallery. I have to also thank Ms. Hanna Levitz for her many phone consults during the whole spider bite incident.

(Just a side note here about Suzanne Ching - last Tuesday was her birthday!!! Happy Birthday, Maria Rose!! We love ya!)

So then on Tuesday, Eric rounded up a bunch of strong menfolk to help us move the big stuff to the gallery and the storage space below. They worked so hard and moved all the prints, posters, pretty much all the big stuff to the new space. Just a few more runs and we'll be set and ready to go!

On Tuesday Pat Lokatos and Andy Yim also helped pack and move stuff to the new space. I have to also give a BIG shout out to Joyce Nunokawa who has been faithfully (obsessively?) sorting the thousands and thousands of Peggy's photos. Thank you Joyce!

As Pat, Andy, and da girls know, I was starting to feel a little sore throat on Tuesday. I went on my way to get myself well since our flight to Kona was at 10:00am the next day. We got all packed and ready to go, but that night my throat was still bothering me and I felt feverish. I was so mad that I was getting sick right before our big second honeymoon!

I figured I would get better and did all the usual stuff - hot liquids, vitamin C, zinc, blah, blah, blah...well, by the time we got to beautiful Hualalai I had a fever and could barely swallow. I tried to get myself better, but sometimes life has other plans for us. We spent most of the night trying to find medical attention and trying to decide if we should drive to Waimea ER (an hour away). We made it to the morning when we made the executive decision to "Abort Mission". We called Hawaiian to change our flight and flew home at 11am.

When we got to Oahu, we drove straight to an Urgent Care facility (thanks to my Mom for that tip) and saw a doctor who diagnosed me with a bad case of Strep Thoat. He gave me a prescription for antibiotics and a lidocaine gargle. I feel like I've been asleep ever since.

So, here I am. I feel like I just woke up from a really long and weird dream. I am feeling so much better - just weak and a bit achy. I have to say, as much as I like to avoid them, antibiotics sure do work. I'm like a completely different person than I was just a couple days ago.

The good news is that the hotel was able to refund the money that we didn't use and so we can try again soon. We'll have to wait until after our Grand Opening of course. If we planned it once, we can do it again. And my parents have just been so wonderful. The kids did great at their house and my mom and dad came over the night we got back to help Eric with the kids, make dinner, etc. My mom even made her yummy potato leek soup for me - its so good and always makes me feel better when I'm sick.

This whole debacle was really a lesson in letting go. I tried really hard to focus on the facts (I am sick, I need a doctor) instead of the drama of it all (this was supposed to be our big romantic getaway and full circle moment, why is this happening, why me?). I recently read this really great quote from Eckhart Tolle that I love:

"The primary cause of unhappiness is never the situation but your thoughts about it. Be aware of the thoughts you are thinking. Separate them from the situation, which is always neutral, which always is as it is. There is the situation or the fact, and here are my thoughts about it. Instead of making up stories, stay with the facts. For example, "I am ruined" is a story. It limits you and prevents you from taking effective action. "I have 50 cents left in my bank account" is a fact. Facing facts is always empowering."

Isn't that great? Now, I'm saying I was laying there in bed at Hualalai just meditating peacefully like Eckhart Tolle - no, not even close - just ask Eric. But, I have come to peace with all of this and refuse to turn it into a "story". It is what it is. I also kept thinking of what Peggy always said, "Everything happens for the RIGHT reason." I'm sure there is a right reason for all of this...one that we might never even know.

One thing I do know is that I am married to the most patient, loving, easy-going, and understanding husband in the whole world. Eric was so amazing throughout this whole thing. He is so much better at going with the flow and accepting things than I am. I really learn from him. I was so sick and I whimpered to him, "What should I do?" and he looked at me and said calmly and lovingly, "I think...you should just accept this." What a guy.

Eric handled everything with such efficiency. I could barely talk or move, so he made all the phone calls, did all the packing, handled everything and NEVER, I mean NEVER complained once. That is an amazing man. I feel so grateful and so in love - guess it was a romantic getaway in a sense, just not the type we had in mind.

So now we're back to focus on the move again. In another interesting turn of events, it looks like it is not exactly "goodbye forever" to the Alika Avenue house. It looks like it is official that Jason and Jenifer will be renting the house from Dr. Chang - they are planning to move in April 1 (no that's not an April's Fool's Joke!). So Eric and Jason will be working today to begin moving Elroy to his Alohi Way place and we will spend the next couple weeks really clearing out the rest of our stuff.

Speaking of April 1 - that is also Karen Lilinoe's birthday! It is a milestone birthday, so a heads up that we will be planning something - although Karen is planning to be in Vegas for her actual birthday - you go girl!

OK, that's it for now...I'm off to rest and get better for the weeks ahead. Have a great weekend everybody!

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

New Gallery, Peg's Legs Roster, Tuesdays with Morrie, and More!

Hey Legs! I can't believe over a week has gone by since I blogged last...it has just been so hard to keep up with the blog with no internet at the house. In fact, having no internet has made me realize how much I love it and NEED it! I'm at home this morning trying to catch up on all my computer work before I head over to the house to meet up with Da Girls, Eric, and any Legs that might be joining us to work on the house.

Things are moving along beautifully! Karen, Kelly, and I went down to the new gallery yesterday to see the place and get the inside scoops from Mariko who has been running the gallery as Nuuanu Gallery for the past 2 years. She has been incredibly helpful and the great news is that she will be moving over to work at The Arts at Mark's Garage, so she'll be our neighbor! She is moving out this week and so we are hoping to start moving our stuff in at the end of this week/beginning of next. We will not be participating in this week's First Friday, but we are going to be putting a "Coming Soon" sign in the window with our banner/Peg's photo.

These are exciting times for us Gallery Girls! We got new Peggy Chun Gallery shirts and have been working on updating our wardrobes since we're going to be a lot more visible soon! Big glass windows are great motivation to get out of our "boro boro" clothes! No more slippahs and sweats to work, but that's OK, we're moving on up and we love it!

So this week and next we will be getting everything ready to move down to the new place. We have our insurance set up and should be getting our keys any day. There is a lot to do to on the business front - new business cards, update the website, change of address forms, new Peggy Chun gallery sign, letters to our vendors about the change, newsletter to our customers, talk to Hawaiian tel about keeping our phone number, set up DSL, new shelving for our prints, the list goes on and on! But it is all fun and and exciting.

I am so thrilled to share that last week we paid off the last of Peggy's medical debt as well as all of our other bills! I found myself tearing up - out of joy and relief. It was a beautiful moment. I am so grateful to be moving on without the weight of those medical bills on us. I feel like we can really begin this new chapter now.

That's just about it - just a couple more items - First, the Peg's Legs Roster is complete! I have sent it to FedEx printing and I am picking them up today at 2pm. If you submitted your info to the roster, then you get one - free of charge!!! I will have them at Peggy's house tomorrow and then when we move to the new gallery, we'll have them there.

If you would like to have it emailed to you as a PDF, just let me know, I can do that too. I can also email it to you as a FileMaker File if you have that application!

Also, coming up, the Manoa Valley Theatre's next production is "Tuesdays with Morrie" based on the amazing book by Mitch Album. If you haven't read this book, go out and get it today! It is the story of how Mitch ends up caring for his former professor who has ALS - it is the beautiful tale of their weekly visits...a must read and a must-see at the MVT!

Even more wonderful is that a percentage of sales for the Thursday, March 19th performance will benefit ALS Research. Refreshments will be provided by Gourmet Events Hawaii and will also be available for purchase prior to the show. Gourmet Events Hawaii is owned by Kat Hurtubise (previous MDA Hawaii District Director and Peg's Leg!).

After the show, there will be a panel discussion about ALS and caregiving...I will be on the panel along with Vi Jones-Medusky. We are also hoping that a couple of you would be able to participate on the panel. Please call me if you are interested in participating...I have Hanna on board already and would love one more person who is perhaps familiar with the book and would feel comfortable being on stage to discuss your time with Peggy as it relates to the theme of "Tuesdays with Morrie". Let me know!

OK, phew! Long blog! I will be sure to blog again before Eric and I leave next week for Hualalai! We are sooooooo looking forward to our getaway! I can't believe it is already next week! Woohoo!

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Hooray!!!

Aloha Peg's Legs! This past weekend's sale was a HUGE success! We had the best turnout we've ever had for any sale (art or yard) thanks to the amazing support and outreach of the local media and the throngs of Peggy Chun fans and supporters (you can google "Peggy Chun Sale" to bring up some of the news coverage). I am so happy to report that we made more than enough to pay off our remaining medical expenses!!!! Hallelujah!!!

We will be using the rest of the proceeds to get our new business started...the first order of business is a new computer to run our payroll and accounting. Lolo and her husband have been kind enough to loan us their laptop for months now and I'm thrilled that we will be able to finally return it to them!

We're also looking into a sign for our new gallery which will read "Peggy Chun Gallery"! Yes, it is official, folks! We have signed the lease and will be moving in to 1161 Nuuanu Avenue somewhere around March 8. Eric and I are excited to share that we have booked our trip to Hualalai that same week (Woooo hoooo!). We will return refreshed and ready to get the gallery ready - building shelving for our prints, setting up our small office, hanging paintings and merchandising - it is going to be so fun!

Our Grand Opening will be First Friday, April 3rd - so save the date!!! We'll have more info about this event as it gets closer...We are also planning a "Soft Opening" for those of you who would like to get a sneak peak without the First Friday crowds...we'll keep you posted.

We are also happy to report that Elroy has found a great apartment right next to his sister's place on Alohi Way. It is not official yet, but it looks like it is going to work out...he would move in April 1. We'll keep you posted on that too.

So, as far as getting out of the Alika Avenue house...the sale helped to get rid of so much! It is much less daunting now! The plan is as follows...we are taking some time off from the sorting and moving this week to catch our breath, so you hardworking Legs get a break this Wednesday!!!

Next week will be the week before we move in to the new gallery (we are also renting some storage space in the basement of Mark's Garage) so we will really be jamming to get everything in place. We want to get as much done as possible so that we can focus on setting up the gallery (and moving Elroy) in March. And of course, in true Peggy fashion, we are planning a "House Cooling" Party to bid farewell to the Alika Avenue house (any excuse for a party, right!).

Wow, so that's the update. I have to get all of this blogging in at home now since we (perhaps a bit prematurely) closed out our Oceanic Account - we realized a bit too late that it meant that our internet would be turned off too! But it has been a blessing of sorts since it forces us to sort and move instead of watching YouTube videos!

One last note, I have to share that despite the emptiness of the walls and the floors in the house now, it does not feel sad...I was kind of expecting that it would be depressing to hear the hollow echoing of the house once things were moved out...but there is just a sense of freedom, a feeling of rebirth and new life, excitement for what's to come...how appropriate that it is the Spring. I also get a strong feeling of Peggy's approval and joyous pride in all that we have done...I can just hear her laughing and cheering us on...

And so yesterday, I did something to make her laugh even harder...I celebrated those empty floors by strapping on my roller skates and rolling around the house yesterday. I've always wanted to do that and it was everything I hoped it would be! Peggy clearly lives on in all of us...

Friday, February 20, 2009

Peggy Chun Sale in the News!

We made the news for our sale this weekend. First, KGMB ran a short piece called "Peggy Chun's Collections for Sale". Here is the transcript and the link to the online video:

She left her mark on hundreds with her beautiful paintings and zeal for life. Now fans of Peggy Chun can get some keepsakes by the talented artist.

Chun died in November, after a 6-year-long battle with Lou Gehrig's disease. Now, her friends are opening a new gallery under her name. So that means artwork, furniture, and so much more need to be sold from her Nuuanu home.

It's a chance for admirers, to get some pieces from her personal collection.
That's this weekend, Saturday and Sunday, from 8 to 2, at 3115 Alika Avenue.

Click here for KGMB.com Piece

The Honolulu Advertiser came and interviewed us and took some photos of us setting up. Read the full story, called "Peggy Chun's Vast Collection For Sale" and see a video of me and Pat Lokatos being interviewed here:

Click here for Honolulu Advteriser Piece

Below are a few photos from our workday on Wednesday setting up. You'll see me and Pepper in fetching tutus (set of 2 for 50 cents), Betsy and Lolo checking out the jewelry table, tons of tsotchkes (cows and cats galore!), and the living room transformed into our sale show room! Hope to see you all at the sale!





Monday, February 16, 2009

Special for Peg's Legs Only!!!

Hey Legs! As you know by now, our sale is set for this weekend. We're advertising on Craigslist, Hon Advertiser, Star Bulletin, and the Honolulu Weekly website. BUT...for all you dedicated Peg's Legs Blog followers, here's a little secret just for you! We are doing a special pre-sale for Peg's Legs on Friday, Feb. 20th from 10am to 2pm! And if you come help us price stuff on Wednesday (10am to 4pm), you can get an even earlier sneak peek at our sale items (hint, hint).

We'll be making our official announcement about the new Peggy Chun Gallery soon...so stay tuned! These are exciting times!

HUGE PEGGY CHUN MOVING SALE!

We are moving out of Peggy's Nuuanu home and opening a new Peggy Chun Gallery so EVERYTHING must go!! Artwork, furniture, books, household items, & much more from Peg’s personal collection! Don't miss this amazing opportunity to score lots of wonderful treasures at crazy low prices! Sat Feb 21 & Sun Feb 22, 8am to 2pm ONLY! 3115 Alika Avenue Honolulu 96817. See you there!

Friday, February 13, 2009

Getting Ready for Our Big Sale!






Here are some photos from the past few days. We got A TON of sorting done on Wednesday with the help of the Peg's Legs! We went through dozens of boxes of files including all of Peggy's hundreds of "Scrap/Art Reference Files". We even found the master list of these files and got another laugh at her hilarious folder titles. Here is a sampling of more file folder titles that actually existed:

Bad Art
Black Beard
Burlesque
El Nino
Feet
Juke Boxes
Jack Lord
Marijuana (yes, another one)
Pack Rats
Route 66
Rubber Ducky
Sigfried & Roy
Spam
UFOs
Umbrellas

We are busy getting ready for our big sale at the house on Feb 21 & 22. We will be sending the info to all the newspapers, Craigslist, etc. But we will be having a pre-sale on Friday for all the Peg's Legs so you guys can get first pick! Notice the photo above of Elroy doing some early book shopping! More info regarding next week's sale prep/work schedule and about our new gallery/the move coming soon!

Monday, February 9, 2009

Another Great Article By Lynn Cook

Lynn wrote another great article about Peggy called "If It's Not Fun, Why Do It? An Artist Gifts Us With a Mantra to Live By". The article can be found in the March issue of Generations magazine which can be found at many locations such as Zippy's, Longs, most Safeway stores, Hawaii State Libraries, Cinnamon's in Kailua, The Queen's Medical Center, Kuakini Medical Center, St. Francis Healthcare System, Kaiser Permanente's Honolulu and Hawaii Kai clinics, Borders Ward Centre, several Times Supermarkets, several Star Markets, Big City Diner at Ward Centers and Waipio, city parks and recreation centers...Thanks Lynn!

Sunday, February 8, 2009

Organization - Fail!




Had to share these photos with you - I promise I did not stage this! I opened up this bin the other day and the article, "Getting Organized" was on top! The next photo is a zoomed out shot of the same bin to emphasize the hilarity of the moment!

The next photo is a shot of one of the thousands of folders that Peggy had...another one of her favorite sorting methods (along with bins, 3-ring binders, clear sheet protectors, cardboard magazine boxes, and plastic over-the-door shoe organizers). Other folder titles that we have come across in the past few days:

Why Women are Late
Marijuana
Letter from God (Funny)
Guest Owls
Chicken Cake

We are having so much fun sorting through all of her paperwork...everything is such a reminder of how fun, wacky, and hilarious she was! She saved everything because she LOVED everything! Everything she read or came across was a potential painting, party, gift, or project...she saved things for herself, for her friends, for her family, for her students, for strangers...she was a CRAZY LOVABLE MESS and that is why we miss her...and why we are truly enjoying this process as overwhelming as it is...

Friday, February 6, 2009

Roster

We've gotten a great response on our roster and it is turning out great! Thank you to the 25 of you who have responded thus far...I've entered in what I've gotten so far...but SO MANY of you are missing!!! Please spread the word and remind your pals to get their info in...also, I would love some feedback on a couple of things...

1 - Would it be helpful to include on the roster if the person was an "A", "B", private hire, etc.? I'm thinking it might help to identify people? Or is it not necessary?

2 - Please let me know if there are non-Peg's Legs that you would like included on the roster such as any HCA nurses, PC Gallery Girls, Peggy's family - help me think of who should be included!

3 - If there are people that you know that aren't on email or people that you really want to make sure get on the roster, please let me know so we can track them down!!!


Here are the instructions again:

Please email the following to this email pegslegsroster@yahoo.com by Friday, February 13th:

Full Name
Phone (up to 3 numbers)
Email
Mailing Address

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Overflowing with Gratitude

So...I thought that yesterday was just a big workday here at Peggy's. Much to my and Eric's surprise however, it was much much more! I should have been suspicious when Karen put out the tablecloths and everyone arrived with tons of delicious food. I honestly just thought that we were all just trying to make it a fun workday! First Marita walks in with a chocolate cake, then Pat Lokatos with a lemon cake, then Maria Rose with a spice cake! And still, it was all just over our heads that you all were planning a surprise for me and Eric!

Marita was acting a bit weird in the morning and Karen wouldn't let me sort things in Peggy's room, but still I totally fell for it when Karen told me that Marita was just working on some surprise for her daughter or something and that she didn't want us in there until she was done. I even started grumbling to Karen and Kelly about how "over surprises" I am! You see, Peggy was OBSESSED with surprises...after 8 years of Peggy's surprises, you get kind of burned out on them...especially when it's like, "Surprise! I bought 3 full body penguin suits on eBay!" or "Surprise! I bought $400 worth of party supplies on Oriental Trading Company!" or "Surprise! I need Eric to build a puppet storage system by tomorrow!"

But, I retract everything I said about surprises - now, I LOVE THEM!!! We all sat down to eat in Peggy's room and Marita stood up to make an announcement - then she gave Eric and I the most amazing news ever - that the Peg's Legs have been planning a surprise gift for me and Eric - a second honeymoon at The Four Seasons Hualalai on the Big Island! Even as I'm writing this, I still can't believe it! I am so overwhelmed and so excited and so blown away by all of your love, generosity, thoughtfulness...and super sneakiness!

You see, as a wedding gift to us in 2002, Peggy and a bunch of friends arranged for us to go to Hualai for our honeymoon. It was the most amazing gift and we had the best time! It was the perfect way to start our marriage...I know that trip and the fun we had gave us the emotional energy and strength to get through the next 6 years. Ever since our stay at Hualalai, we've fantasized about returning...it is as if you all read our minds!

So when you all surprised us yesterday with this wonderful gift, of course I cried! And thank you, Kelly, for taking so many unflattering photos of my blubbering. Thanks also to Kelly for making me a "surprise ball" in the shape of a heart! It was filled with sexy goodies to go with us on our trip. Marita also presented us with champagne glasses, champagne, a sexy nightie, and a special outfit for Eric (you'll have to ask those there what he got!)...and it was all packed in Peggy's leopard print roll-y suitcase...the one that I'm sure we already gave to Marita for Christmas...the re-gifting continues! You know that's not the last you've seen of the roll-y suitcase, Marita!

Thank you all of you for this gift, I can't say that enough. And thank you to my mom and dad for agreeing to watch the kids when we go, since of course that was the first call that had to be made when you all came up with this fabulous idea! This will be our first trip away from the kids...it will be good for them...and for us! Of course, they LOVE Grandma and Papa's house and we're going to shoot for a weekday trip so that they are busy with school for most of the day. We're working with my mom on setting a date for our trip, looking at sometime in March...we'll keep everyone posted! We are so excited!!!

Well, believe it or not, we actually did get a lot accomplished in addition to our partying! We filled Tiare Finney's truck bed and she did a dump run for us! We went through at least 10 bins of paperwork and even found a few more signed originals including one of Siamese cat (it was folded in half at the bottom of a bin of old paperwork and watercolor scraps!).

We also began organizing the photos...we are doing away with Peggy's binder system (sorry, Peg) since it just takes up too much space. She has tons of binders with those clear inserts with photos on pasted on paper and then she labeled the binder with something like "1970". But many of the binders only have a few photos, so we are taking all of the inserts out of the binder and stacking them in piles chronologically (40s, 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s, etc.) and then we'll box them up to deal with with them later. Really, they should be scanned...that will be a fun project. Luckily, we have a lot of negatives and you can take those to Costco and they'll digitize the images...then we can see what photos we have and what we can toss once they are digitized.

OK, well, that is it for now. I am going to go and sort more today. We really are making progress and it is so fun to go through all this stuff. It is like treasure-hunting! We'll shoot for another workday next Wednesday. We are planning to do a big art & yard sale Feb 21 and Feb 22, so mark your calendars!

Thanks again you all...Eric and I just can't express enough how loved and blessed we feel. Thinking about going back to Hualalai after these last 6 years is so cool...talk about a full circle moment...it is just so poetic and beautiful...I'm going to start my blubbering again...Have a great day everyone and enjoy these photos from yesterday!