Friday, July 30, 2010


Megan and Kyria at the art museum

My trip to Denver was filled with beautiful things to see. My family being the first. I took my granddaughter, Kyria, with me and we stayed at my daughter's (Megan) and son-in-law's (Chris) house for a few days.

Our beginning adventure was to the Denver Art Museum. It is a beautiful space and has some great works of art. It is now featuring the King Tut exhibition, which set Megan and Kyria on a hunt for Egyptian beads. What was even better was finding a kit to craft them ourselves and so we spent our evening very creatively. Kyria is an abstract artist in her own right and Megan, besides being an accomplished musician, is a jewelry maker. Here is a sample of our creations:

Part of the reason for the trip was the artists' reception at Abecedarian Gallery where IN THE TRENCHES, is now on display. It was a quiet evening, but made especially fun by a visit from my old Phoenix friends, Kelly and Ruth.

A trip to the mountains, making spaghetti and meat sauce with my daughter, a cooking demo at the library, a visit to the aquarium and a nice ride to Loveland to see friends, made those six days fly by.

Now I am home and back to work. Continuing with Kristin at Willo North Gallery, entering more art shows, creating and blogging.


When I was a kid there was a TV show that I loved to watch with my dad. It was called the Naked City. Each week it brought you a glimpse of New York, in the format of a crime drama. But what I remember most about the show was the way in which you felt that at any given moment there was a story going on, lives and dramas being played out, interacting in the vastness of a city of 8 million people, of which I was one.

Now that I am living in Phoenix I am experiencing something that makes me feel that way again. Only this time it is in the connections that I have made and the people I have met here and their personal stories that inspire me. Serendipitous events that happen and the way in which they unfold amaze me. But my stories do not revolve around a film noir crime drama (well, maybe sometimes they do). Mostly they revolve around art.

My granddaughter, Kyria and Robrt Pela

It's hard to believe that what started as a little idea that my friend, Todd, and I tossed around while working on some art projects has blossomed into a viable collaboration with Kristin Shears of Willo North Gallery and is continuing to grow. Through our symbiotic relationship over the past six months we have offered four workshops and curated a group art show for uac. We also held a benefit for the Alzheimer's Association with the help of Robrt Pela, who generously offered his time to be our guest of honor. He read from his collection of personal essays about his mom's struggles with Alzheimer's and the effects it has had on him and his family.

I met Todd and Robrt when they curiously opened a door to a yoga studio where I was asked to teach a knitting class because the real teacher did not show up.

I met Kristin, through Robrt, because my granddaughter, Kyria, was in his art class and their show was held in Kristin's gallery.

There are only 1.5 million stories in this naked city, and I am looking forward to a future of chance encounters.

The next show at Willo North Gallery will feature the art of Barbara Kemp Cowlin. And how I met her is another story.

Saturday, July 24, 2010


Julie Barratt wrote to say "The Hankie Project (has come down). Have had lots of people through to see the show and lots of fab comments in the visitor's book."

"The show will go on to Grafton Regional Gallery in Jan. 2011 and am also following up other touring opportunities."

"Carolyne Lewis has designed a stunning catalogue on DVD which includes a double page spread for each artist and also includes some of the talks from the opening, images etc. These catalogues are available for purchase for $10 which will go towards further exhibition opportunities for the Hankie Project."

Get in touch with Julie if you are interested. It is a great show and it was very exciting to be a part of.

Barratt Galleries, 5 Bugden Ave., Alstonville, NSW, Australia. (02) 6628 0297

Monday, July 12, 2010


me at the Denver Art Museum

In Denver, the Interior Markings show is up at the Abecedarian Gallery, with a big artists reception on Friday from 5-8 p.m., I am looking forward to meeting Alicia Bailey, the gallery director and some of the other book artists in the show. Here are some great previews of their work. I will also get a chance to see the King Tut exhibit at the Denver Art Museum. And the most fun will be bringing my granddaughter, Kyria, along to visit with my daughter, Megan.

Also on the 16th, Art House Coop in Brooklyn, NY will be hosting the Print Exchange show. I wish I could be there. 110 artists are participating and after the show each artist will get 15 prints from other artists in exchange. I love this idea.

The Sorry Project at Art House Coop is over, it was a great project to participate in and you can see my images on the bottom row, all but the last two on the right. After the show, Art House puts together a book of at least one piece from each artist and sends it to you. How cool is that? I can't wait to get them.


He left us, 6x4 inch post card, collage, wax and mixed media

My latest post card is for another A BOOK ABOUT DEATH show, originally conceived by Matthew Rose and first exhibited in NYC. This show is taking place in Omaha, NE curated by Viv Maudlin, Louise Millmann and Robert Gilmer. Check out the amazing artwork people are sending in. The show opens on July 31st.

It was great fun to participate in the ABAD Wales exhibition and get to connect (virtually) with wonderful artists from around the world.

I am looking forward to making more connections and following ABAD.

Stay tuned: we are talking to Matthew to bring a show to Phoenix.