I was thrilled to have my painting juried into the 30th Cedarhurst Biennial Competition Exhibit in the Mitchell Museum New Semantics Gallery, in Mt. Vernon, IL, 2003.
This impressionistic painting of purple waterlilies was inspired by a visit to the reflection ponds in front of the historic Jewel Box in Forest Park on a warm Sunday afternoon. Shadows from the sun created interesting patterns on the leaves that moved gently in the water with the breeze. Beneath the surface of the murky water, new leaves could be seen unfurling. It was a magical scene that became a tribute to my mom on a large 48" x 30" canvas painting, using water-based oils. The stretched canvas is mounted in a floating frame.
"Beyond Belief" EXHIBITION
The look of disbelief when my alabaster sculpture, “A Spirit Horse Named Simon”, won third place in the juried exhibition, “Beyond Belief”, at the St. Louis Artists’ Guild, 2023. Many thanks to juror David Brinker, director of Museum of Contemporary Religious Art (MOCRA) at Saint Louis University.
"For thirty years, MOCRA has been exploring the ways the spiritual and religious dimensions (broadly understood) remain a vibrant frame of reference for contemporary artists. So, I was not surprised at the multifaceted response to this call for entries. Some artists open our eyes to the numinous in everyday encounters, while others evoke infinite mystery and the sublime. Mythology, literature, and traditional religious frameworks are simultaneously keys to meaning and channels of a surrealist undertow that might sweep us into strange realms. Enigmatic marks, hermetic iconographies and emphatic geometries fascinate us even as they hold us at arm's length. Some works testify to meditative, iterative practices, while others seek revelation through chance or serendipity." - David Brinker.
The gallery, located at 12 N Jackson Ave, Clayton, MO, is open Tuesday - Friday, 10am-6pm, Saturday, 10am-4pm.
“Biannual Angad Arts Hotel" Exhibition
I’m so thrilled to announce that my painting, “With a Nod to Charlie 'Bird' Parker” featuring the Bird of Paradise, has been juried into the 7th Biannual 12" x 12" Exhibition at Angad Arts Hotel, the first arts hotel in St. Louis. The hotel, located at 3550 Samuel Shepard Dr, St. Louis, MO 63103, in the Grand Center Entertainment District, is also celebrating its 4th birthday, 2022.
“Legends of the Moon" Exhibition
I’m so thrilled to announce that my painting, “Moonlight Serenade by the Angel Musicians”, has been juried into the 'Legends of the Moon' exhibition at the Era Contemporary Gallery in Philadelphia, 2022. all artwork in this international exhibit will be catalogued and digitalized for the Lunar Codex, part of NASA's Artemis program to land a woman and person of color back on the moon by 2025. The digital artwork will be in a time capsule in “The Polaris Collection” payload associated with an Astrobotic Griffin/NASA VIPER mission. The payload will be placed in the vicinity of the Lunar South Pole (dark side of the moon) in fall of 2024. I’m so honored to be a part of this arts and cultural project, along with women artists from over 180 countries and territories.
"Art + Design" Exhibition
I was thrilled to have three of my sculptures juried into the Annual "Art + Design" Exhibition at the STLCC - Meramec Contemporary Art Gallery, which featuring 180 pieces of art, 2022. Congratulations to all the artists. Many thanks to Fine Arts juror Yowshien Kuo, recipient of the Great Rivers Biennial Award and my sculpture professor, Joe Chesla, who inspired me to think big and enjoy the process.
“Along the Trail”, hand carved from a block of plaster using stone carving tools. As an artist, I have a wonderful opportunity to share my love for the beauty of nature. With this sculpture I chose rounded forms to convey an idea of fruitfulness, harmony and maturity. The etched shapes in the curve represent waves of prairie grass. I spent many hours hand sanding and buffing with white paste wax. Keeping the abstract sculpture of the bison white was important as I wanted it to represent a white buffalo, held sacred by the Lakota as the symbol of abundance and hope for good times to come.
“Water Spirit”, carved from a block of laminated yellow pine using an 4.5” angle grinder. The beautiful grains in the wood appear as ripples on the water. The gentle curve of the neck and heart shaped opening in the body represent how I was feeling after the loss of my husband and fellow artist several years ago. After hours of hand sanding and finishing with Danish oil, I was heartbroken to learn one of my younger brothers had passed. In times like this, nature and art can heal the soul.
“Tranquility in Copper”, recycled copper and rebar. When copper flashing was removed from my three-story storefront, built in 1896, I saved it to create a sculpture for my garden. Recently, I learned techniques for cold bending rebar and the art of MIG welding metal to create a heron. After pulling out roofing nails and flattening the flashing with a hammer, I used tin snips to cut the copper into shapes that were riveted around an armature created from 1/2” rebar. Although the nearly six-foot sculpture seems to appear in a state of balance and tranquility rising from a concrete base, it also moves with the wind as if ready to take flight.
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