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Tuesday, August 31, 2021

ONLINE CATALOG - WORDS AND PICTURES

In lieu of a catalog, we put up the website dontshutup2021.com
It has all the statements, images and links to artists websites.plus video interviews with a few of the artists.I suggest you put it on all communications about the show and on your website.

Thursday, August 26, 2021

AT LYDIA STREET GALLERY!

Tomorrow, August 27th 6 PM at Lydia Street Gallery. STEPHEN BERNARD JONES Zero to Sixty 1200 East 11th Street, Austin, Texas, 78702-1911, United States The artist will be there!

Sunday, August 15, 2021

DON'T SHUT UP

Conceived in 2019 | Postponed in 2020 because of Covid | Finally coming to the Newhouse Center for Contemporary Art | Snug Harbor Cultural Center and Botanical Garden | 1000 Richmond Terrace | Staten Island, NY August 21 - December 31, 2021 Opening reception Saturday, August 21, 2021 12-5 pm outdoors in Shinbone Alley Admission free for opening reception
Guest curated by Susan Grabel and Stefany Benson Through interruptions, censure, violence and threatening behavior — both in person and online — women are silenced every day. Don’t Shut Up 2021 provides a platform to ensure that women’s voices are heard and valued. For more informattion and upcoming programs go to dontshutup2021.com and https://snug-harbor.org/newhousecenter/ Artists: Audrey Frank Anastasi, Nancy Azara, Kyra Belan, Marcia Bernstein, Andrea Borsuk, Jo-Ann Brody, Pauline Chernichaw, Regina Corritore, Loren Dann, Anne Drager, Susan Duby, Sharyn Finnegan, Betsey Garand, Laura Gelsomini, Joan Giordano, Carol Goebel, Janet Goldner, Susan Grabel, Grace Graupe-Pillard, Zhen Guo, Melanie Hickerson, robin holder, Leigh Jerome, Carla Rae Johnson, Susan Kaplow, Tania Kravath, Barbara Lubliner, Cynthia Mailman, Virginia Maksymowicz, Ann Marie McDonnell, Marjorie Morrow, Vernita N’Cognita, Ruth Bauer Neustadter, Susan Newmark, Kristi Pfister, Helen Redman, Louise Reiner, Pam Shields, Clarissa Sligh, Linda Stein, Heather Topp, Audrey Ushenko, Doris Vila, Joyce Ellen Weinstein, Nancy Quin & Deborah Woodbridge $5 Gallery Admission | $4 Students/Seniors/Members Free for students grades 6-12 with student ID and for all for opening festivities Hours: Fri –Sat, 12:00 PM – 7:00 PM, Sun, 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM.

Saturday, August 7, 2021

MONA CARON - ARTIVIST

Mona Caron does paintings of weeds. Of those common invasive plants and flowers that just won't give up. Except she paints them 30 stories tall. These marvelous wonders, made large and respectable.

Wednesday, August 4, 2021

DON'T SHUT UP

My painting in this exhibit -
ME, TOO, acrylic on canvas, 24” x 30” EXHIBITION DATES : AUGUST 21 - DECEMBER 31, 2021 DON’T SHUT UP is an exhibit organized by Susan Grabel, Ceres Gallery presents a panel discussion and visual presentation of over 50 artists’ works responding to the silencing of women and the raising of women’s voices, #MeToo #NeverthelessShePersisted #DontShutUp. Through interruptions, censure, violence, threatening behavior, both in person and online, women are silenced every day. It’s time to ensure that women’s voices are heard and valued. Sunday September 12, 2021 2:00 pm, Snug Harbor - Margret Sanger and Wonder Woman What does Wonder Woman have in common with feminist icon Margaret Sanger? October 13, 2021 via ZOOM 7:00 pm - Can You Hear Me Now? Spoken word artist Tara Bracco will introduce and present a video of Poetic People Power’s show Can You Hear Me Now? Saturday November 20, 2021 2:00 pm in the G galleries - Don’t Shut Up 2021: Exhibition Tour and Meet the Artists Join guest curators Susan Grabel and Stefany Benson for tours of the exhibition and special insight into the evolution of Don’t Shut Up 2021.

Monday, August 2, 2021

HOW TO BUILD A PAINTING

 Draw out ideas. Like writing, the thought takes form in this 3-D world.

 

 


Then the hammering out the actual form needs editing and explorations. Each object becomes a teacher. Chasing information to make an image in the world.

 




Starting with thin watery paint, experiments with color are so very fun. Like musical notes of high and low.
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 This is a fairy tale and absolutely real, inside and out.

Thursday, July 29, 2021

LADYBUGS SYNCOPATION

 There are places in the world where lady bugs gather in masses, covering ground and trees. I've heard it is mostly in the mountains. New Mexico and other magical places. All of life is joined. It is all one piece.

 
 


Tuesday, June 8, 2021

LADY BUGS ARE FEROCIOUS

 


Lady bugs are fierce predators. They eat aphids!! Wonderful creatures. The caterpillar versions of the monarch butterfly devours lovely flowers and herbs. Wondrous dragonflies eat their own body weight each day in their fellow insects. Circle of life. Fierce Beauty.

Monday, May 24, 2021

DOGS

Dogs are amazing animals, the cleverest of all. With a profound understanding and compassion to confound the wisest of philosophers or kings. Below are some paintings of old friends.

















Wednesday, May 19, 2021

CERES GALLERY AND THE BIG APPLE

 I have been accepted by Ceres Gallery!! This is a feminist, not for profit gallery walking distance from the Whitney Museum. That's at <https://ceresgallery.org>

 Recent exhibit has hit a nerve!

https://knowwhereyourfoodcomesfrom.com/2021/05/18/realistic-art-becomes-magical-with-paintings-of-natures-fruitful-return-to-the-urban-metropolis/ 

Elizabeth Downer Riker's exhibit is a Hit! She got mentioned in the NY Times, too.!

 




 Rooftop gardens and urban spaces for real food.


Thursday, May 13, 2021

FLOWERS for ? SPRINGTIME TOO

 What a year, so far. Mother Nature or Mother Earth or Gaia is suffering. Record freeze in February, volcanoes and earthquakes around the world. But Still! Flowers bloom! 

 

SUNSET FLOWERS 16" x 20"

NARCISSUS 12" X 9"
AFTER GEORGIA O'KEEFE 12" x 24"

SUNFLOWER WITH BEE 6" x 6"


 

Monday, March 1, 2021

MUSIC IN THE MIX

 So much music and dancing in my life! Family members who danced and made music in this grand universe. What a gift! I want there to be music in my images, too. Rhythm, movement and feelings.

from RHAPSODY IN BLUE


 
from RHAPSODY IN BLUE



FRIENDS

GIRL FRIENDS, 16" x 20"

 We can't choose family as the saying goes. We can choose our friends. If one has lots of family to choose from then one can choose amongst them. Sort of edit to just the ones that work out for you, I mean family, we know so well.

This painting is named GIRLFRIENDS but there is definitely family in the mix,

Tuesday, February 16, 2021

 Barton Springs in Austin Texas gave rise to an organization to fight the developers and keep the pool and park alive and well. They have a storied past, those springs in this parched land. Save Our Springs, known as S.O.S., has fought to save the spring water and thus the environment around the springs.


detail from ON LOAN, 14" x 50"

Friday, February 12, 2021

SNEAK UP ON MYSELF

 Early morning, with hot tea, I sneak up on myself in the studio. A studio in the home can mean that nothing gets done. The time captured in a studio away, separated from bills and meals bolster many. But I like to sneak up on myself. Before the day hits. 

 

What a mess!