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. My interest in collage was sparked after seeing some pieces exhibited by a former art school professor. What began as fascination grew into a 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
Darwin's Stained Glass, Chelsea
Susannah Keith Gallery, Dexter
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
Borders Books & Music, Ann Arbor, MI.
Ann Arbor District Library - Downtown Branch, Ann Arbor, MI.
2 Ann Arbor Restaurants: Zanzibar and the Northside Grill
Univ of MI Health System, Gifts of Art Program:
UMHS Gifts of Art Gallery, 2003 & 2013
Middletown Framing, Middletown, CT, 2015
Mix On Michigan - Ypsilanti, MI, 2016
JURIED SHOWS & COMPETITIONS
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 included in top 12 winning designs (received First Place award); the other, Merit Award winner.
PACE 2015 - One of 24 Merit Award winners.
Michigan Collage, Assemblage & Construction Exhibition Lowell Arts! - Lowell, MI - 2012.
Upstream Gallery - Hastings-on-Hudson, NY
Paperworks I (Previous location in Dobbs Ferry, NY) 2013
Paperworks II 2014
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"
"Multi-Media Juried Exhibition", 2015
"Small Works 2019", 2019
Linus Gallery - "Montage": Online Exhibit. 2015
Ann Arbor Art Center -All Media Show, 2015, Ann Arbor, MI
Northville Art House - Small Works Show, Northville, MI, 2015.
Columbia College - Columbia, MO.
37th Annual "Paper In Particular" Exhibition 2016
39th Annual "Paper In Particular" Exhibition 2018
Site: Brooklyn - Brooklyn, New York
"Landscape: A Sense of Place", 2016.
"Cut & Paste: Contemporary Collage", 2017.
Emerge Gallery & Art Space - Saugerties, NY
"Petit: A Group Exhibition of Smaller Art" - 2016
"Cut Pieces: A Group Exhibition of Collage" - 2018
"Petit: A Group Exhibition of Smaller Art" - 2018
"Cut Pieces: An Exhibition of Collage" - 2019
Collage Artists of America Juried National Open 2016 - "Altered States of Collage", San Fernando Valley Arts & Cultural Center, Tarzana, CA, 2016.
Sebastopol Center for the Arts - "MARVELOUS!" International Exhibition of Collage, Assemblage and Construction, Sebastopol, CA, 2017.
Vanessa Lacy Gallery - "Spring Small Works Show", Kansas City, MO., 2018.
Inverness County Centre for the Arts - "Small Works Show", Inverness, Nova Scotia, 2018.
National Association of Women Artists - " Collage/Mixed Media/Digital Art", NAWA Gallery, New York, NY, March 6 - March 27, 2019. (Received Honorable Mention Award).
Rochester Contemporary Art Center - "Cut & Paste",137 East Ave, Rochester, NY, 2019.
CURRENT & UPCOMING SHOWS
Envision Arts - "Winter", Online Gallery. January 1st - 31st, 2020. (Received Honorable Mention Award).
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.