A Group Show by Art Teachers: Making Meaning

Dear Art Friends, I am participating in “Making Meaning,” a group show that is installed in the gallery at the Merrill Memorial Library in Yarmouth through March 2nd. Tomorrow, Sunday, from 2 to 4 pm, we will be having a reception and you are invited.* For my “away” friends, I’ve attached a photo. (photo credit: [...]

Tai Chi Year in Review

Dear Tai Chi Friends, My tai chi journey has been remarkable and full of unexpected gifts.  To each of you, I offer this Metta, or loving-kindness prayer.  It can be said internally while sitting quietly. You start with the pronoun “I,” then repeat the prayer using the pronoun”You”  while visualizing a loved one. Next you [...]

Teaching as an Art Form

I had the pleasure of attending a panel discussion at Bates College Olin Arts Center in conjunction with the Dahlov Ipcar exhibit on Friday, September 6th. There I heard a trio of women present their perspectives on the notion of teaching inspired by modern art. Sara Torres Vega spoke of “Art as a Catalyst for Social [...]

Waterways–All Species Exhibit 2018

  The Waterways Exhibit sponsored by Spindleworks and hosted by Frontier Cinema came down last week. It was a fundraiser for the Cathance River Education Alliance. These are the three pieces I had on display. If you are interested in purchasing any one of these artworks through the month of September, I will donate a [...]

My Tai Chi Journey

Tai Chi and Qigong have been instrumental in guiding me as I find my path–my way forward at this stage of life. I have been making art and working as an art educator since 1979 when I completed my BFA in art education at Boston University. I have always loved to move, whether it be while [...]

Preserving a Child’s Autonomy in Art-Making

I posted this meme from the Badass Teachers Association three years ago and it is still relevant. When their school work is all externally driven, teacher controlled and directed, children lose all sense of what motivates them. Rubrics like this one (left) have become all too common, especially in early childhood classrooms.  Just imagine how these [...]

January 2018 Shows

My year is starting off with a wonderful surge of opportunities to share my artwork with the community. In Hallowell on Friday January 26th, the Members Showcase will open in the Harlow Gallery’s exciting new space. I am featuring work from my 2017 residency at Acadia National Park. The Maine Art Educators Member’s Show opens [...]

Inviting many cultures into the art classroom through handcrafts: weaving as an example

December 13, 2017 “We all should know that diversity makes for a rich tapestry, and we must understand that all the threads of the tapestry are equal in value no matter what their color. -Maya Angelou” A few of my friends know that I once majored in weaving and textiles. For three semesters, I was [...]