Saturday, March 14, 2015

Settling in

I can't believe the weather here in Wisconsin this week. The temperatures have gone from 17 degrees 10 days ago, to a balmy 65 degrees today. I've swept the front porch, opened the windows and have been basking in the warm sunlight drinking my morning coffee. 

As I still here, dog at my feet, listening to the birds, the wind and the occasional passerby.  I am thinking about what it means to be here. As in here in Wisconsin. Little by little the boxes have been unpacked. Our home in Vermont rented, our new lives in the Midwest starting to take root.  

Getting back into the studio after the whirlwind of graduating from VCFA and moving has been challenging, to say the least. There are still plenty of boxes that need to be unpacked. Lots of materials that need to be purged. Things that need to find their right space. My new studio is up on the 3rd floor of this old 4-square we've made home. I'm not crazy about the old paneling, but the finished attic looks out on the neighborhood and offers a quiet place to be by myself and work on my art. 

Opening boxes and shifting through all "the Stuff" has definitely been inspiring. I've finished a few new pieces and mended a few that were damaged in the move. There's new work on the table. My old style mixed with a new sensibility informed by 2 1/2 years of grad school. This is something I just cannot escape-the resonance of crits and reviews by my peers and faculty. The endless defense of the work you make and the "why's" associate with it. It took a long time for me to open a jar of gel medium and start working on assemblage again.  

Finally, I feel like I am getting my mojo back. It's not as if it really left me. More like it was taking a long nap. Winter finally breaking into Spring, has opened a mental door for me. I am excited about the months to come. 

So, readers, if you will allow me, I am back to provide you further musings on Art, Life and Making. I hope you have been well. It feels like it has been an eternity.  I know it sounds cliche, but a new chapter has started. 2015 is going to be a fantastic year! 

Monday, May 19, 2014


23 years. That's a long time. We, my husband Jim and I moved to Vermont in 1991. We left the hustle and bustle of New York for a life that was less hectic and a space that was less congested.  Now it seems we are going forward into a adventure and moving to Madison, Wisconsin.

I was recently offered a really wonderful job with a highly respected and outstanding apparel manufacture who is based out of Dodgeville, WI. Dodgeville is about 45 minutes west of Madison. It's a rural farming community with about 2,000 residents if you don't count the employees of Lands' End who make the commute into town on a daily basis. We will end up living somewhere in between. The moving trucks come in August and although that feels like it is at the very end of our (albeit short) summer I know it will be here quicker than I can imagine.

So now everyday involves so cleaning, organizing and de-stashing. We are having a huge yard sale this weekend. And I have decided to open up my studio and have a special moving sale.  I'll be selling many of my earlier works at a discount to move them out so I don't have to pack them. There will be collage, assemblages and prints. I will also be getting rid of a ton of rusty things, ephemera, old picture frames, what ever you need to make your own assemblages. I am not sure how big my studio will be in our new place, so I need to par down as much as possible.

Jack and I concurred the garage yesterday and one of the the garden sheds the week before. Making my lists and sticking to it as close as I can.

If you are in the Burlington area, don't be a stranger, come on by and say hi! (or good-bye, I suppose, as it shall be.) There will be lots of bargains and goodies out there on the lawn....

877 Old Creamery Rd
Williston, VT 05495

Friday, May 23rd: 9am to 3 pm
Saturday May 24th: 9 am to 4 pm

Feels good to let go of all these things. And give them to homes that will love them as much as I have.

Be well friends.  I'll post more later this week. There's so much going on for me right now and I do want to share it with you.

Monday, May 12, 2014

NEW Upcoming Classes - June 21-22 2014- at DAVIS STUDIOS- Burlington VT

I am thrilled to announce that I will be teaching at Davis Studio this summer. Two FULL day workshops. Back to Back. 

It's a mixed media weekend extravaganza!

DAY 1-
Saturday June 21 2014
9 AM- 3PM


The symbolism linked to birds goes back to the ancient world, where birds were considered to be a supernatural connection between the gods and men. In many Asian and Middle Eastern cultures, birds can represent immortality. In East Indian and Christian mythologies birds represent the soul. These soul houses are a safe haven for your hopes and dreams. This class will introduce you to the art of assemblage as you learn to construct basic house forms that have relevance and meaning in your own world. You will learn the basics of assemblage construction as well as plot a creative journey through storytelling, personal myth and metaphor. You will take away power new ideas about process and art making.

Supply list provided upon registration – don't worry!

Clean out your junk drawer and/or gather up the bits and pieces that you have been collecting with the thought of doing something with it. This is the something you have been waiting for.

$110 ($200 for Altered Book & Soul Houses)
Register at the DAVIS STUDIO website

SUNDAY June 22 2014
9 AM-3PM

Books Unbound: 

An Altered Book Workshop

$110 ($200 for Altered Book & Soul Houses)

Register at the DAVIS STUDIO website
This workshop will have you gluing, cutting, painting and tearing up old books to create 3 dimensional works of art. We will break all rules set into place by librarians and school teachers who told you books were meant to be kept on shelves. This class will offer you a space freely develop your own personal narrative with found objects; transforming ordinary pages of text into something mythical and profound, using something as simple as an old book as your base. We will bravely enter into creative new territories in this process oriented class.

SAVE $20 when you register for both -

Classes will be held at 
Davis Studio 
4 Howard Street, 
Burlington, VT

Davis Studio for more information:  
email :

Don't delay. Class size is limited. This is the only time I will be teaching these classes in 2014.

Hope to see you in the classroom!

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Local Art: Mark Lorah at SPACE Gallery

SPACE Gallery on Pine Street has a great new exhibition. I was able to see out Mark Lorah's work during First Friday Art Walk. I really loved Mark's use of color and layering. If you get a chance, definitely check out his work. It's lovely. 

"Mark Lorah creates vivid, abstract paintings in oil in his new series of work ‘Alternate Energy’ this May at The Space Gallery. Lorah explores the fraught relationship between structure and material with his bright and graphic work on panels and aluminum. Lorah also incorporates unconventional materials such as tar, wax, and velvet flock to express the necessity of the irrational act, and the nature of existence."

266 Pine Street, Suite 105
Burlington, VT 05401

Gallery Hours: Wed – Sat from 12 – 5pm

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Inspiration: Judith Scott

Judith Scott

Judith Scott was a internationally recognized "outsider" artist. ( I have a love hate relationship with that word- but that is blog post for another day.) She was born deaf, mute and with Down Syndrome. She was the fraternal twin of Joyce Scott.  When Judith was about 7 years old Judith was separated from her twin and her family and sent to live in a state institution for the mentally retard. This separation had a profound effect on this girls. Judith lived in the state system until 1985 when Joyce found her, became her legal guardian and moved her to California where the laws concerning the education and welfare of mentally retarded citizens are more compassionate and inclusive. Judith, then started going to the Creative Growth Center in Oakland, California

Judith worked with the materials she had around her, fabric, found objects, yarn, thread, etc. Her wrapped pieces show an obsessive, almost complusive need to encaspulate or obscure the objects inside. She was know in the center for stealing other members materials and belongs and then burying them deep into the sculptures with layers and layers of wrapping. 

I find her work so compelling and her story inspiring. I hope to have an opportunity to see some of her pieces in person some day- but for now I will have to be satisfied with what I can view on the web and through Creative Growth's website. 

I hope you find her work as intriguing and enjoyable to look at as I do.

You can find out more about Judith at the Judith and Joyce Scott website

Friday, March 28, 2014

Collage Artist's Dream Kits + COUPON CODE

Yes! It's true. They are back. 

I have started a deep cleaning of my studio and storage and uncovered a mass of paper, old photos, and ephemera that just needs a new home. There's no getting around it. I have simply acquired more paper than I will ever be able to use... So that's good news for all you artists out there...It's time for you to get creative!

These packs are full of  materials that will get you inspired and chase the last bits of winter away...

I've assembled up paper packs and listed them on Etsy. They are packed with goodies. Full color prints, old cabinet cards, maps, illustrations and more.... All good paper dating from around 1880 to 1980. Although most of the paper is from 1900-1950. 

And to make this sale even more tempting, I am offering an additional 10% off the packs for my blog readers.... Yes, that means YOU! It's my way of saying thanks to you for hanging in there with me as transition into SPRING and all the changes Glimmering Prize is going to see.

Discount is good at ETSY only
When you check out enter 
And you will get an additional 10% off 
your purchase of any paper pack

Don't delay coupon code expires on April 15th

Wednesday, January 22, 2014


Yes! It's true! I'm cleaning out the archives and making room for some new work in my studio.

All my birdhouses are specially priced on ETSY right now, 
and this just adds to the savings.

Don't delay. This offer end 2/28.

and cannot be used towards supplies, de-stash or barn board pieces.