I have a line of scarves and here’s the link to purchase if you are interested.
Here’s a video about VIDA and their mission on the website.
Today I closed the door for the last time on my much-loved studio of 15+ years. It’s empty. My work is now in storage. This is the end of one era and the start of another.
I keep thinking about something my husband, Jeff told me a few years ago.
I’m moving out of my studio and I want to honor the 15+ years I’ve worked there with an informal (and last minute) open house. Over the years my parties were known for two things, well, maybe three—art, noisy kids and peanut M & Ms.
There will be art, jewelry and some accessories for sale and a few items simply for viewing that I’m unable to part with right now. I can guarantee that this will be a very low key event. Please just stop by and say hello if you’re out and about on Saturday. I would love to see you even if just for a minute. Please share this or bring a friend.
You can do a quick run through of my space, say hello, grab some M & Ms and browse through Deep 6 Goods that is just below me. Joey’s shop has very cool stuff. Here’s the link: http://www.deep6goods.com/.
180 Flynn Ave • Burlington • Vermont• Saturday • 2-5pm
(back right corner toward the tall smokestack and up the green fire escape)
Last summer at the Sandwich, Massachusetts Flea Market I purchased a bag of photos without taking too close of a look. It’s quite a collection. I don’t know what to do with it, but I wanted to share it just for fun.
Oh, the glamour of it all. These women make me not want to run to the grocery store in sweatpants anymore…but I probably will anyway.
I’m putting the photos into some categories. This category is simply women photographed around the same time 1968-1972. I have shots from The Golden Globes 1970, The Steve Allen Show 1968 (Ann Dee photo will be with that group), Andy Warhol’s studio-The Factory and more images that aren’t labeled that require some research.
The photograph of HWY 18, a South Dakota two-lane hasn’t let me go yet. My apologies if you’ve had enough. Actually, not really. I write and create art for me and my hope is that something I write maybe resonates for you too. If not, well, that’s OK.
I created this series while thinking that the imagery of the road is both going AWAY from somewhere and TOWARD someplace else. For the early part of my life the road represented away from someplace and now it’s shifting. This image is my childhood home in Burke, South Dakota.
When I started working on these images I was trying to tell a lot of different stories. Why kids leave small towns. Why they should go back (I’ll still write about that). Why I left South Dakota. Why, at fifty-years-old, I would now consider going back to South Dakota. How small towns or wherever our upbringing was shaped us as adults. I’ve created so many images all telling different stories. I had to narrow my message. So, I decided to get more personal and less about rural development.
I’ve lived in Vermont since New Year’s Day 1990. I moved to Burlington with a friend, Melissa from my Sioux Falls College days. Three weeks later I met my husband, Jeff. Now, almost twenty-seven years later I’m deeply rooted here in New England. I never expected to be here this long. If had put a limit on my time in Vermont, well, it wouldn’t have worked. I was in love and adaptable. Isn’t life wonderfully unpredictable?
I’m longing for spaciousness, freedom and simplicity. I crave all of this more now in middle age. As the poet e. e. cummings wrote, “it takes courage to grow up and become who you really are”. I had to allow myself to get quiet enough to listen to my inner voice. As a younger partner, mother and artist, I wasn’t such a good listener. I’m grateful the prairie won’t let me go now, she clearly has a lot to say lately and I’m listening.
This image is the backyard of my home in Burlington, Vermont. We’ve lived in this house since August 1991. It holds many memories and has been through numerous renovations. I love the house, but I’m restless. I desire some change.
This piece is layered with one of my paintings. My need for change isn’t always easy on my family. I’m trying to be more understanding about how they feel. They are trying to do the same. Inevitably though, things will change and we will all adapt just fine. I know that my work is to keep listening and trying to understand what messages I’m receiving.
We are all BIG. We can all affect big CHANGE even in the life of one other being. We are so much bigger than this election. We are bigger than we can possibly imagine. The hardest part is BELIEVING this is so. WE can solve the biggest issues before us and our families, it’s not our government. It’s not ONE person. It’s US. It’s ALL of us working together. The AMERICAN SPIRIT has proven this over and over.
We all want to THRIVE and to do so it takes TEAMWORK.
SEEK LOVE, BEAUTY & KINDNESS TODAY.
We’re all going to be just fine, no matter what the headlines are tomorrow.
What we focus on can give us more clarity OR get us to hyper-focused, losing sight of the big picture. For me, I think this is a crucial distinction to understand right now. Take a look at the very subtle differences in the photos. I focus on the fungus in front and the whole picture shifts. I focus on the fungus in the back and everything changes…even the light a little bit. Perspective.
I feel this shift a lot when parenting teenagers. What do I need to pay attention to right now? Should I use a different lens here? Why am I so focused on this right now? Should I take a broader look OR get in there and really explore one singular issue, letting other things fall out of focus?
These are really hard questions for me to manage in a split second. However, as a very visual learner, a subtle shift in perspective made more sense to me when I thought about it in terms of photography. What we focus on grows and sometimes we need a ridiculously wide lens and sometimes we have to hyper-focus.
I chose to focus on these mushrooms and not focus on other thins for a few minutes. Aren’t they magnificent?
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