The older I get, the more I look like my sister but I wish I had her silver hair! Our father had it and so did his sister but somehow, this gene was not passed on to me. We are 2 years apart and she has been the best friend I've ever had over the years. I have looked up to her all my life and continue to be amazed at her good works. As a nurse, she has achieved the highest level of professionalism as a graduate of Duke, nurse practitioner, Dean of a nursing school and on the hospital board. She has spent her life helping others achieve health and wellness and now, she travels to third world countries saving babies and teaches other nurses how to save lives. Marilyn is my personal hero.
So I was so touched when she drove 3 hours from her home to come to my last exhibit at aBuzz Gallery last night. And I am also grateful for all my friends who came to give me a hug and wish me well in my next adventure. This is the community that gives me the courage to continue on my artistic mission.
I spent the day moving the tables and furniture into my new studio and as I looked at the empty space, I felt a sadness of loosing something but as I spent some time in my new studio (trying to arrange everything so I could find stuff) I felt the excitement of starting new path in my artistic life.
I'm sure I heard this phrase before (probably a Broadway song!) but for every ending there is a new beginning and that's how I'm feeling today!
My last exhibit at aBuzz Gallery will be on October 29th from 5-8pm. It will only be up for one day since I am heading out to Des Moines, IA to lecture and teach this week and aBuzz Gallery will be closing at the end of the month. I hung the show today and love how it looks.
These are very large pieces (too large to qualify for most art shows!) so I don't know if I will be able to get them out in public very often.
This exhibition will showcase five pieces — each representing a decade of my life, from the 1950's through the 1990's.
If you live in the Denver area, I'd love to see you this Saturday night — celebrating my current series of work and celebrating the 3-1/2 years of the existence of aBuzz Gallery!
I will be moving into a studio at the Dry Ice Factory so I will be continuing my work as a fiber artist. I have already booked a solo show at Niza Knoll's gallery for 2018 so I'm not going away! But now, my challenge will be to create a whole new body of work for that show. It's an exciting future to contemplate!
When I first moved to Colorado, my husband and I visited many pueblos and we collected pots made by the various Indian tribes. We enjoyed meeting the artists and talking about their life and their craft.
But the thing we also loved was seeing the architecture of the villages we visited. As as New Yorker, I was shocked to see that apartment living as not invented in Manhattan!
During a recent visit to Taos, NM, I had a chance to go to the Taos Pueblo. This Pueblo was one of the most beautiful I have ever visited. It is the oldest continuously inhabited place in the Americas. Wow. I brought home some dirt in a small bottle to continue to connect me to this very spiritual place. It will reside in my studio to remind me of the muted browns (dirt), tans (buildings), reds (dried peppers) and blues (paint and sky) of this environment. This palette will probably appear in my future work.
One of the joys of traveling is to see and collect different color palates. It's amazing how they change from place to place. Next time you travel to a distant place, bring along your set of watercolors and make a palette of that place for future reference and to remind you of your visit. Wouldn't it be fun to have a page in your journal just consisting of color palettes for each month of your year? Hmmmm. I think I'll do just that in 2017!
Color + Pattern: Mixed Media Adventures!
Feb 17, 18, 19 2017
Table Mountain Inn, Golden CO
$475 plus $40 material fee (covers all materials)
We loved the location and the amazing energy of our students last year, so we are planning another art retreat to bring color to our Colorado February!
This workshop will offer a different approach to the study of color as the primary language of both fiber and mixed media artists. Pattern will also be explored during the 3 days together since it is a critical component of texture and delicious layers.
For more information and to register, click here!