As an adult I’ve become better known as a singer and songwriter, but I always thought and hoped I’d spend my life in the visual arts. It seems, initially, my Joni Mitchell muse, won out over Monet.
I received my BFA from the University of Michigan in 1980, focusing on printmaking (etching) and figure drawing. After college, I continued printmaking in Ann Arbor, and tried my hand at other art and craft forms. I experimented with natural dying; designing and creating hand and machine-knit sweaters, sold at the Detroit Artists Market, and Collected Works, a clothing store in an Ann Arbor. I also taught myself weaving. Currently, collage is my chosen passion.
In my “other” life, for over 30 years I’ve been a member of the singing group, The Chenille Sisters We’ve performed throughout the US and Canada and have 12 recordings to date. I’ve written several dozen songs, many of which the Chenilles have recorded. My love is for ballads, especially those from Ireland and Scotland, and they inspire my songs and poems. It’s been pointed out to me that collage, like harmony, is a kind of balance between very different influences. Sometimes, when feeling in harmony myself, I agree! A favorite moment for me was making a collage for the cover of our 8th album, True to Life.
Throughout my touring with the Chenilles I’ve continued to make art; entering competitions and selling my work at galleries and through other outlets.
Galleries & Competitions & Publications
GALLERIES & SHOWS
DeBoer Gallery, Ann Arbor
Claire Spitler Gallery, Ann Arbor
Ann Arbor Art Center
University of Michigan Art & Design Show and Alumni Show, Ann Arbor, MI
University of Michigan Hospital: Gifts Art Program
Borders Books & Music, Ann Arbor
Downtown Ann Arbor District Library
Darwin's Stained Glass, Chelsea
Susannah Keith Gallery, Dexter
Ann Arbor Restaurants – Zanzibar and the Northside Grill
7th Annual Alumni Exhibition - Ann Arbor, MI - 2013
Tampa Museum of Art - "Five by Five" Show, Tampa, FL - 2013
Fort Worth Community Arts Center 2013 9 x 12 Works on Paper Show
Mix On Michigan - SOLO SHOW, 130 W Michigan Ave, Ypsilanti, MI, 2016
Detroit Artists Market Small(er) Show - August, 2011
Anton Art Center "Small Wonders" Show - Mt. Clemens, MI, 2011
National Collage Society:
- 5th Annual Postcard “Wish You Were Here” - Cork Gallery, Lincoln Center, NY, NY
- 14th Annual Postcard Show: The Downtown Gallery, Kent, OH
- 2010 National Collage Society Annual Juried Exhibit (Online Exhibit)
- 2011 National Collage Society Annual Juried Exhibit (Online Exhibit)
- 15th Annual Postcard Show, Bellevue, WA
- 16th Annual Postcard Show, Downtown Gallery, Kent, OH
- 17th Annual Postcard Show, Online Exhibit
Postcard Art Competition & Exhibition (PACE) - Sponsored by the Lake County Discovery Museum in Wauconda, IL
- PACE 2009 - one of 24 Merit Award winners
- PACE 2011 - 2 pieces selected: one (Into the Sunset) included in the top 12 winning designs (received First Place award); the other, Merit Award winner.
- PACE 2015 - one of 24 Merit Award winners.
Michigan Collage, Assemblage and Construction (Art) Exhibition
Lowell Arts! - Lowell, MI - 2012
Upstream Gallery - Hastings-on Hudson, NY
Paperworks I - Juried Show: (Dobbs Ferry, NY) - 2013
Paperworks II - Juried Show: 2014
Univ of MI Health System, Gifts of Art Program - UMHS Gifts of Art Gallery, 2013
Scopophilia Online Collage Exhibit - Ongoing
Riverside Arts Center - Great Lakes "Small Works" Exhibition, Ypsilanti, MI - 2014.
Upstream People Gallery - Online Gallery
16th Annual Collage, Digital & Mixed Media Juried Online International Art Exhibition 2014. Crevice II received Special Recognition.
17th Annual Collage, Digital & Mixed Media Juried Online International Art Exhibition, 2015. Autumn Field received Special Recognition.
Celebrations Gallery - "Small Works: Artful Treasures" - Pomfret Center, CT, 2014.
Main St. Arts - Clifton Springs, NY
Small Works Show 2014
Small Works Show 2017
Williamsburg Art & Historical Center -“OVER THE EDGE: PAPERWORKS UNBOUND” – Brooklyn, NY, 2014.
The Shirt Factory Gallery - Glen Falls, NY
"Small Works 2015" February 2015
"Multi-Media Juried Exhibition" - Oct. 7th - Nov. 7, 2015.
Linus Gallery - "Montage": Online Exhibit. 2015
Middletown Framing - August 6th-28th, 2015 - 502 Main St., Middletown, CT
Ann Arbor Art Center -All Media Show, October 24 to November 29,Ann Arbor, MI
Northville Art House - Small Works Show, Northville, MI. Nov 6th - Dec 12th, 2015.
Columbia College - 37th Annual "Paper In Particular" Exhibition, February 22 - April 1, 2016, Columbia College, Columbia, MO.
Site: Brooklyn - Brooklyn, New York
"Landscape: A Sense of Place", May 26 - Jun 26, 2016.
"Cut & Paste: Contemporary Collage", Feb 25 - Mar 19, 2017.
Emerge Gallery & Art Space - "Petit: A Group Exhibition of Smaller Art," Saugerties, NY - November 4th - 28th, 2016
Collage Artists of America Juried National Open 2016 - "Altered States of Collage", San Fernando Valley Arts & Cultural Center, Tarzana, CA - Nov 15th - Dec 3rd, 2016.
Sebastopol Center for the Arts - "MARVELOUS!" International Exhibition of Collage, Assemblage and Construction, Sebastopol, CA, January 6 - February 12, 2017.
CURRENT & UPCOMING SHOWS:
Columbia College - 39th Annual "Paper In Particular" Exhibition, February 19 - March 30, 2018, Columbia College, Columbia, MO. Public Reception: February 23, 5-7pm
REVIEWS & ARTICLES
Review in Ann Arbor News of Gifts of Art Show
One of my collages featured in Issue Six of Kolaj Magazine!
Carte Postale: A book containing the winning artwork from the Postcard Art Competition & Exhibition, 1995-2011.