Well, my solo exhibition at Eye Lounge is done, and I’m cleaning, re-organizing and reflecting. The experience was hard work, nerve-wracking, and SO VERY MUCH FUN. Getting to talk to gallery visitors about the work, seeing their reaction to it, and knowing that it connected with people is a deeply gratifying and humbling thing for me. I can’t thank enough all who came out to see and support! Here are a few pics of the space. To see most of the images in the show, head over to the portfolio page.
It’s going to be a crazy busy month, but I’m really excited to be showing work in three different venues this summer. Each marks a special milestone for me. You’ll find all the details below. And I hope to see you at one of the opening receptions!
The Shemer Art Center
5005 East Camelback Rd., Phoenix AZ 85018
”Triad Triptcyhs” | June 5- July 11, 2019
Opening Reception: June 6, 2019 | 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
This is the first time I’ve exhibited at Shemer so I’m beyond excited to have had two pieces, “Spirit of Ancient Trees” and “Pineapples", selected for this show. Shemer Art Center has been named “One of the 10 Best Museums in Phoenix” by USA Today and “One of Phoenix’s 10 Best-Kept Secrets” by The Culture Trip.
207 North Gilbert Road #201, Gilbert AZ 85234
”All Art Arizona” | June 15 - August 3, 2019
Opening Reception: June 15, 2019 | 5:00 - 8:00 p.m.
I’m proud to say this is my third consecutive year to be accepted into Art Intersection’s annual exhibition highlighting the breadth and diversity of art created by Arizona artists. The range of acceptable artwork encompasses sculpture, glass, photography, painting, ceramics, wood, printmaking, mixed media, artist books, and more. I’ll be exhibiting one of my new gilded pieces called “Bending to Forces.”
419 East Roosevelt St., Phoenix AZ
”Loving What Won’t Last” | June 14 - July 7, 2019
Opening Reception: Third Friday - June 21, 2019 | 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.
This is my first solo exhibition in Phoenix, and I am honored to be part of this contemporary arts collective. Eye Lounge is a rite of passage for emerging artists and will soon celebrate its 20th anniversary.
I’ll be sharing a curated selection of work created in the last five years. Twenty-three photographs come together to explore the concept of Mono No Aware, a Japanese Shinto term that is hard to translate, but contains the understanding that there is joy and love within the sad realization of the transience of life. The images capture moments that are beautiful, but fleeting. They hold tiny details – a blade of grass, a floating twig, a bird’s nest – that tug instinctually at something deeper in us than reason and logic.
The title of the exhibition is inspired by the first lines of Mary Oliver’s poem “Snow Geese.”
“Oh, to love what is lovely, and will not last!
What a task
of anything, or anyone,
yet it is ours,
and not by the century or the year, but by the hours.”
On November 30th, I had the opportunity to be part of a lecture at Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) on Arizona State University’s downtown Phoenix campus. Joined by fellow Geology of Spirit artists (Patrick O’Brien, photographer; Lois Roma-Deeley, poet; and Rosemarie Dombrowski, poet), the presentation was a sneak peek of our exhibition.
We had a full classroom of engaged photography, poetry and nature lovers! Lois, Patrick, Rosemarie, and I had a great time being together again. Our collective energy was so positive and uplifting. And as you can tell from the photo, we make each other laugh.
Each of us talked about our individual processes and how we approached the collaboration. The poets gave live readings of select poems, and Patrick and I shared some of the images to be included in the exhibition. This was my third presentation, and I think I’m starting to like it! :-)) Just as with my talk at Art Intersection, the very best part was that one-on-one with the audience and getting to hear their thoughts about the work.
Hope to see many of you at the opening. Here are the details:
GEOLOGY of SPIRIT
Exhibition February 23, 2019 - March 28, 2019
Opening Reception March 9, 2019 (4:30 - 6:30 p.m.)
Holland Gallery of Fine Art
Foothills Community Foundation
34250 N. 60th St., Bldg. B
Scottsdale, AZ 85266
Some really exciting news for me in 2018 was my acceptance into eye lounge, a contemporary art collective in Phoenix. The group has a long history of promoting contemporary art in all its forms and was one of the founding members of Roosevelt Row in 2000.
Artists are selected for three-year terms after a portfolio review, presentation and interview by current collective members. The roster is exclusive - only 11 members at a time - so I feel honored to have my name included among the talented photographers, textile artists, sculptors, installation artists, painters, and mixed media artists that have called eye lounge home in their careers.
I had the pleasure of giving an artist talk on November 10th at Art Intersection (AI) thanks to an invitation from Alan Fitzgerald, AI’s founder. It was exciting, and yes, a little nerve wracking, but the members were very kind and supportive as they listened and looked at my slides. I’m grateful to everyone who came out and really enjoyed the interaction and questions after the formal presentation!
I showed my newest work – three bodies of pigment prints on vellum over gold leaf. The most developed to date is called “Awash” and explores mourning/grief through images of water and objects in and near water. The second project is just getting started and is called “The Pilgrim’s Path” at this point. These images were inspired by my May trip to Benabbio, Italy with Alchemy Studio. I ended the presentation with a sneak peak of “Geology of Spirit” (a photo-poetic collaboration set to open March 9, 2019).
The gallery images below were graciously provided by fellow Arizona fine art photographer Theresa Tarara who attended the closing reception in October. Terry had two images chosen for the show. As luck would have it, her beautiful gum bichromate imaged entitled “Umbilical Days” is hung right above my lumen “Circumpolar”. The handsome fellow in the second shot is Terry’s husband Monte Ewert, a talented guitarist and composer. Thanks for the photos you two!!
I was thrilled to have four aurumprints selected for the October 2018 issue of The HAND magazine … and proud to share the page with the mixed media collages of Michelle Concetta Parchini. All the contributors this month were AMAZING, starting with the cover image by Michael Ezzell. Fellow Phoenix photographer and friend Ray Carns is also in this issue with two beautiful contemporary archival pigment prints. Love this publication. Check it out!
I was really excited to be part of my first juried exhibition (Forgotten) at A Smith Gallery in Johnson City, Texas. Juror Blue Mitchell selected my gelatin silver print entitled “A Kiss for the Road” from the Desert Center series.
Sara Fields, assistant to the gallery directors, was so thoughtful to photograph and send these gallery images from the opening. The space looks beautiful!
When I think back to my first No Strangers exhibit at Art Intersection (three years ago), I really didn't know any of the exhibiting artists. Last night, the two-hour opening went by in a flash, and I realized I could have stayed longer to catch up with all the beautiful, talented people I've come to know in the intervening years. I'm so lucky to call them friends.
Changes have come to us all in big and small ways - new jobs, deaths, births, new love, evolving perspectives and artistic practices, travels near and far ... and so many of these experiences are reflected in the art produced this year.
For me, it was a reflection on the death of my mom and a remembrance of my sister's death. She should have been there to mark our mother's passing. And maybe she was. The six images hanging in this exhibit are a reflection on mourning ... a process that evolves over time rather than ends in a linear sense. I hope viewers of these aurumprints (pigment on vellum over 24 kt. gold leaf) show deep emotion and resilience.
XO to all.
Ten days in a 17th century Baroque Italian villa in Tuscany ... AMAZING. I haven't been out of the country since I was 13 years old so this was a trip of a lifetime for me.
I was there with a group organized by Alchemy Studio to learn about shooting with a pinhole camera and making cyanotypes (with film negatives as well as photograms). Called Light Into Matter, the workshop also included writing sessions with Mary Kay Zeeb. The food was sublime, the village and surrounding landscape breathtaking, my fellow artists and instructors open and inspiring.
I came home seeing light in a new way that I'm sure will translate into my work going forward.
I was pleased with my experiments in Cyanotype. The botanical photograms were fun and freeing while using wax as a resist on some pieces was a happy discovery. The highlight was definitely creating finished work with pinhole negatives.
All Art Arizona has a great selection of processes and media this year – photography, painting, ceramics, sculpture, book arts – something for everyone to marvel and admire! I've got one piece exhibited this year from my gilded series. "Reaching for the Poetic" is a dried weed I found at Jewel of the Creek (Cave Creek, AZ) and is rendered in ink on vellum over 24 kt. gold leaf. This piece is a little taste of the six images soon to be on exhibit in No Strangers.
My gilded work can be viewed at these current and upcoming events:
All Art Arizona Exhibition
June 5 - July 28, 2018
Location: Art Intersection
207 N. Gilbert Rd. - Suite 201 - Gilbert AZ 85234
No Strangers Exhibition
Opening: Saturday, August 11, 2018
Runs: August 7 - September 8, 2018
Location: Art Intersection
207 N. Gilbert Rd. - Suite 201 - Gilbert AZ 85234
LOVE working with gold leaf these days (inkjet on vellum over gold leaf). Sometimes my process goes a bit awry, and I end up with gold where it shouldn't be!
I have to say this year's Light Sensitive exhibition is an incredible collection of not only traditional photographic processes, but some truly inventive pieces that push boundaries on how images are made and displayed.
The juror was scott b. davis, and it's an honor to have been selected to hang my work among this fine group from around the world.
"The aptly titled exhibition Light Sensitive is a celebration of contemporary artists working with chemically based photographic processes. Each of the artists on view maintains a connection to the earliest practitioners of photography, spanning both time and space. They utilize an understanding of the alchemical techniques that defined the first 170 years of the medium, exploring the creative possibilities of photographic expression in the 21st century. Collectively, their interest in and commitment to the roots of photography provides a sense of continuity as its dynamic history continues to be written.
Each artist in Light Sensitive is represented by two works, offering insight into their unique vision, and greater understanding of their creative process. The photographs on view range from abstract images that defy our expectations of photography to others that affirm our belief in the medium’s inherent specificity. Taken as a whole, these works exemplify one of the most diverse periods in photography’s nearly 200-year history, and celebrate the potential of materials in constant use since that time.
The selection of images is based on a set of common criteria, including consistency of vision, a masterful use of the chosen process, and a fearless approach to light sensitive chemistry. Altogether these works offer a window into the evolution and direction of photography in the 21st century."
– scott b. davis, February 2018
I love this annual exhibit! Some of the photographers I know well and see often. Some I only see at this event. Catching up with personal lives, taking the time to see beautiful and inspired work reminds why I never tire of this medium.
Thanks to INFOCUS, Ray Carns and all the volunteers that make the evening so special. The location this year was the amazing FOUND:RE Hotel in downtown Phoenix. Their commitment to art is literally on the walls.
INFOCUS, a vibrant support group of Phoenix Art Museum, is composed of people actively interested in photography as a dynamic art form. Photographers, collectors, and photography enthusiasts working together enable INFOCUS to provide a high-quality forum for the study, display and production of fine art photographs.
The year is off to a fast start for me at the Sonoran Arts League's January juried exhibition of photography and jewelry. I have five images hanging in their new location (a combination of office, classroom and gallery). The space at Stage Coach Village (Cave Creek) is just beautiful - roomier than the old office-only spot and filled with light.
I chose to submit lumen and Polaroid emulsion lift. I like showing what's possible with the medium and explaining how the processes are done. Lumens were definitely something different in the gallery. Coincidentally, my photos were placed next to my dear friend Marlene Sabatina's exquisite jewelry.
You can see my work along with that of many other talented photographers through February 9, 2018 at 7100 East Cave Creek Road #144, Cave Creek AZ 85331.
(Special thanks to fellow photographer Patrick O'Brien for providing the photo of my smiling face.)
I was so excited to have two of my lumen prints selected for Size Matters 2017 – the Medium Festival of Photography's signature exhibition.
Huge thanks to scott b. davis for his dedication to photography and this festival and to exhibition curator, Katherine Ware (Curator of Photography at the New Mexico Museum of Art in Santa Fe).
This small works show (no entry could be larger than 10 x 10 inches framed) at Art Intersection was just wonderful, and I was so happy to be included. My piece, entitled Tree House, is an emulsion lift (Impossible Project film) onto watercolor paper. The little bird house is a favorite as my husband Frank made it for me.
Dr. Julie Sasse, chief curator at the Tucson Museum of Art, was the juror for this exhibition. Here's what she had to say:
"It has been a great pleasure to serve as the guest juror for Art Intersection’s Little by Little. I am honored to be selected for this opportunity because it gives me a chance to learn more about new art being exhibited in the Southwest and to become better acquainted with Art Intersection’s supportive environment for the arts. My thanks go to the many artists who submitted works for this exhibition and to the Art Intersection team who organized this project.
This exhibition gives the viewer a snapshot of the creative ideas and originality and artists’ heartfelt connections to their mediums and concepts. Arizona has limited venues for emerging and mid-career artists to exhibit their work compared to more densely populated states, so this exhibition offers a link between the creative product and those who derive pleasure and insight from viewing it.
This is a small works exhibition, but that does not mean the works are less in content or aesthetic and conceptual value. I believe artists should make art in the scale that best serves their ideas, and if the works are small, they are still important if created with sincerity. Some of the most poignant works I have seen over the years are not the most grand in scale, but suitable for the message intended. If anything, small works allow us to concentrate on an idea and an image because of the intimacy provided by the unassuming, though purposeful size. They encourage us to block out the noise of the gigantic in favor of contemplative statements. I hope you will enjoy Little by Little and let yourself connect to the works in a personal relationship."
I have the privilege of showing work in two separate juried exhibits this October with a similar theme: SMALL. Or should I say: small. In one, work must be smaller than 10 inches (including the frame) and in the other, the work itself can be no larger than 10 inches. When "bigger" is often thought of as better, small is really wonderful for its intimacy and accessibility.
"Tree House," an emulsion lift onto watercolor paper, will be hanging at Art Intersection in Gilbert Arizona for "Little by Little." This exhibition was juried by Dr. Julie Sasse, chief curator at the Tucson Museum of Art.
Two of my lumen prints, "Remnants" and "Double Back," will be hanging at the Helmuth Projects in San Diego’s Bankers Hill neighborhood as part of the 2017 Size Matters exhibition during the Medium Festival of Photography. Katherine Ware, curator of Photography at the New Mexico Museum of Art in Santa Fe, was the juror.
I hope you'll try to stop by during the run of these exhibitions. Both are going to be beautiful!
LITTLE BY LITTLE
October 24 - December 2
Artists Reception: Saturday, October 28 from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
October 26 - November 18
Opening Reception: Saturday, October 28 from 7:00 - 10:00 p.m.
Once again, Art Intersection did an amazing job of curating and hanging "No Strangers" – the annual members exhibit. I'm so proud and grateful to be part of this amazing community of photographic artists!
The four pieces I exhibited are from a series on Desert Center, California, a now-defunct rest area with quite an interesting history and requisite colorful characters. The goal for these images was bring to mind for the viewer the feelings I had when I experienced this place - its present state of decay and abandonment, but also the suggestion of the past stories and people that visited here … two little boys pretending to hunt wild beasts, a tired salesman opening his cabin door, a young couple stealing kisses at the gas pump, moth wings beating beneath the one light visible for miles. I’ve always found peace and a sense of belonging in forgotten places like this – something I discovered about myself on photo-camping trips when I first started shooting. Wind, the only interruption to the quiet of out-of-the-way spaces, always seems to spark my writer’s imagination.
Venturing further from home with my work is an exciting (and yes, a little intimidating) experience so I'm pretty excited to be part of the online gallery for Los Angeles Center of Photography's (LACP) Members Exhibition. The entries came in from 163 different photographers from around the country.
"Out of 1300 different images submitted for this competition, our juror selected 51 images (from 45 photographers) for the exhibition at the dnj Gallery in Bergamot Station, July 15 – August 26, 2017. In addition, 60 images (from 54 photographers) were selected for a virtual online gallery display on LACP’s website," explained Julia Dean, Executive Director at LACP.
You can check out all the talented photographers who grace the online gallery right here.