Exploratory Illustrations for Hebeloma's Clockwise Cadenza (2023)
Julia K. Keffer of Bus Stop Art Show

This page features artwork from the street artist, Ms. Julia K. Keffer of Phoenix, Arizona. These works are exploratory illustrations for the musical score, Hebeloma's Clockwise Cadenza, which is being serially published on a daily basis in 2023 on the blog of the Poison Pie Publishing House. Hebeloma's Clockwise Cadenza recounts the adventure of Melanippe, one of the maidens offered to the minotaur by King Minos, immediately after she escaped from the labyrinth.


Melanippe traveled the coast of the Great Sea in the Aetos, an Athenian bireme.

Melanippe as she emerged from labyrinth on Crete.

Melanippe discovered her vocation as a cartographer by mapping the labyrinth.

Bus Stop Art Show explores an abstract mosaic direction.

A mosaic of the minotaur's eye.

Sandas, patron god of the Hittite city of Tarsus.

In each port, the captain of the Aetos sought goods emblematic of the local city. In Tarsus, their purchases included not only the famed iron tools of the Hittites but works of more delicate craftmanship as well. "None but the captain and Theodoros knew that one unassuming box contained a masterfully crafted necklace of gold pomegranates and silver snails." (March 10, 2023)

"Noisy gulls gathered in numbers overhead. They squabbled with each other, crying "Yeah, yeah!", as they impatiently anticipated the mating season still a month off. Abas pointed out the whiskered tern and the cross-shaped shearwater. Melanippe listened though such details were not captured in her map." (March 16, 2023)

"At the highest point on the island, the gilt roof of the temple of Melkarth, god of the city, rose on impressive columns and reflected a brilliant, solar glare. Melanippe averted her gaze after but a glance." (March 19, 2023)

A collage of works related to the Clockwise Cadenza to date.

"They visited a tattoo shop, where sailors lined up to have their biceps and forearms adorned with an assortment of images. Some men chose to be decorated with a female form, either the face of a wife or the sensuous body of another lover. Three friends agreed to be inked with matching silhouettes of the Aetos. Still others chose abstract glyphs representing a favored god or goddess. Theodoros suggested to the captain that he get a rabbit, a proposal met with a gruff harumph." (May 26, 2023)

"Given the distance between the port and Cyrene, the captain joined them for this part of the excursion, purchasing a variety of fine wares on the spot. Among the treasures were several bundles of dried yellow flowers—silphium, said the scholar, the miracle medicine of Cyrene, both powerful aphrodisiac and abortifacient unparalleled." (May 25, 2023)

This page represents selections from one instance of the Bus Stop Art Show. The main page of the Bus Stop Art Show at the Poison Pie Publishing House is here.