art show

Marks Of the Displaced

hello! it has been an incredibly LONG time since i was here last. hopefully it won’t be quite so long until the next time. for those of you connected with me through social media and if you are on my email subscription, you know that i have a solo show up at Galatea Fine Art in Boston! my first solo show, Marks Of the Displaced, has been an incredible experience. working on each of the pieces has been a rewarding experience and then to work on a body of work that’s related and communicating with each other has been an experience i hope to have again some day. you can find a short video of me at work in my studio and my artist statement for the show here. you can also see photos of all the works that are available for sale here.

with my first solo show comes several interviews and blog posts about me and about my work. here are 3 places where you can find more about what’s behind the work:

a beautiful blog post by Galatea Fine Art about my work!! it’s always so humbling to see my work through the eyes of another. this blog post really made me feel that my work was SEEN.

Leslie Forde, a fellow writer and mother that i met through our kids’ school, wrote a lovely post about how i approach my creative work as a mother.

and lastly, an interview of me in the Boston Voyager Magazine, where i talk about my journey of how i got to where i am today.

i hope you will check these out! and please remember, Marks Of the Displaced is up until February 24 at Galatea Fine Art!! you can find hours and directions here.

the best way to stay informed on events i will be part of is by subscribing to my newsletters which you can do by simply typing in your email address at the bottom of this page.

sign on the wall at the entrance to Galatea Fine Art

sign on the wall at the entrance to Galatea Fine Art

a glimpse at the walls of Marks Of the Displaced

a glimpse at the walls of Marks Of the Displaced

Support Puerto Rico

hello, friends, i'm sorry it has been so long since i was here last giving you an update. the summers are usually time for family so i don't get to work very much. however, i have new projects i'm working on which i hope to update you on soon.

but coming up this Saturday, i will be participating in a fundraiser at Art with Amy. we are raising money for Puerto Rico and some of the relief efforts there from the hurricanes. 100% of the proceeds will be going to support two organizations. you can find more info about these organizations here and here.

here are the details of the fundraiser: 8-9:30 pm Saturday October 7th, and open the afternoon of October 8th 1-4pm, at 45 Harvard Street, Brookline.

you can find the Facebook Event page where you can preview many of the art that will be available at the fundraiser here.


i apologize for the short notice, but this was literally conceived of last week, a spontaneous desire on the parts of the artists who want to contribute to the needs in Puerto Rico.

Taking Flight install

when my family and i first moved to the Boston area 3 years ago, my youngest daughter was finally old enough to go to preschool for a good portion of the day and i was feeling eager to put my energies into my art. i was in a new city, ready to explore what it had to offer me, but also to figure out what i had to offer it. 

i wasn't sure where the making of many many birds would take me, but i decided to go with it and hoped that something good would come of them. as with my previous installation 100 Cups Of Tea, i began to reuse stacks of my old manuscripts from my writing days.

"Taking Flight" began with Emily Dickinson's poem whose first line is: Hope is the thing with feathers-/ That perches in the soul-/And sings the tune without the words-/And never stops - at all -

those lines fed me when i often felt rather hopeless about finding my way on my journey. the birds began to symbolize for me my creative thoughts, trying to take flight. faltering, but hoping that one day they will take flight. i tried to capture the deeply satisfying feeling that would come over me whenever i see a flock of birds taking off into the sky. that hopefulness we all have as we embark on a new journey, changing course, opening ourselves to new experiences. over the years, the installation has come to mean many many things to me, but i think hope encompasses all those things for me.

so it was incredibly satisfying to see the birds go up yesterday at the Boston Center for the Arts. there were several hiccups during the install process and it took way longer than planned, but we did succeed. :) here is time lapse movie of the process. i'm sorry it is a little choppy, but we had to stop several times to fix some problem and figure out the next steps, etc. there were moments when i wasn't at all sure this would work! but it did. hope you enjoy:

here are some shots of the beautiful space that is the Cyclorama at the Boston Center for the Arts where the BCA Ball will take place on June 3, 2017. i hope to share more shots from the Ball when the lighting on the installation will be better/more interesting. but for now, these will have to do:

Upcoming Local Events

i have several events coming up in the month of April that i'd like to invite you to. i am listing the events here chronologically:

first up is an Artist Showcase Reception with ArtLINC Boston, "a local, artist-run organization that showcases area artists and connects them directly with buyers and patrons." below is the invite to the event. i have 4 pieces of art in the showcase.

i am also participating in this year's Brookline Open Studios. currently, you will find one of my paintings at Brookline Public Library Main Branch, 361 Washington Street, in Hunneman Hall on the 3rd floor, where the Preview Show is happening for Brookline Open Studios. the preview show highlights all the participating artists in the Open Studios. there will be a closing reception of the Preview Show on April 23, 1:00-3:30 pm.

and finally, i will be at 33a Harvard Street (3rd floor) for Brookline Open Studios. i will be there April 29-30, 11-5 each day. i plan to have some new and some old works for sale. some of the old works will be available for a discounted price, so if there's a piece you've been eyeing, come on out!

hope you can join me at one of these events in April! look forward to connecting with you!

Mark your calendars pls for September 24-25!

i'm getting super excited for the South End Open Studios coming up! there's a lot of energy going around in my building and we are all looking forward to seeing you! i want to list some details here for that weekend that will make you navigating the event a little easier.

my building is 59 Wareham Street, and i am all the way up on the 5th floor. a good way to navigate our studio buildings might be to begin on my floor and work your way down. :) there will be maps in the building to guide you!

PARKING. we have partnered with Jacobson Floral at 500 Albany Street to provide FREE parking for SUNDAY, 25th September. unfortunately, because they are open on Saturday, we cannot provide that service on Saturday.

we will have an information booth at Wareham and Harrison. our building doors will be clearly marked with signs and balloons.


lastly, our building has been listed on Flux's listing which you can find here - you must scroll down a bit to find us.

looking forward to seeing you at South End Open Studios!!

South End Open Studios

hello, friends,

it has been WAY too long! the summer has been full and has flown by. i haven't been able to spend much time here or at the studio as i've been busy hanging with the kids, but school starts next week and there's lots going on in September that i have to get ready for.

one of the things i'm prepping for is the South End Open Studios happening the weekend of September 24-25. i'm super excited to be a part of this large celebration that happens every year in Boston's South End. below is some info written up by a fellow artist in my building. i hope you will mark your calendars and stop by! 

BOSTON’S SOUTH END, MA (August 2, 2016) –

Arts and culture are alive in Boston with no better example than the 30th annual South End (SoWa) Open Studios, September 24-25, 11am-6pm, when the public is invited to visit the inner sanctum of working artists at the Wareham Street Studios, 35-59 Wareham Street between Harrison and Albany. This weekend celebration of art is organized by United South End Artists, a membership association supporting neighborhood artists. Wareham Street Studios is a privately owned complex of truly affordable work-only studio spaces occupied by artists creatively working in a wide range of mediums including painting, works on paper, ceramics, photography, textiles and mixed-media.

Many of the Wareham Street artists have been in the building for decades such as painter Michael Costello located on the 4th floor of 35 Wareham Street. “I have painted on Wareham Street for almost 30 years and have watched a vibrant art neighborhood whittled down to a handful of buildings such as ours which continue to be a refuge for the making of art in the South End. Open Studios is the rare chance a collector has to see art in the environment in which it is birthed.”

The Wareham Street collection of active studio spaces is open to the pubic on only the most seldom of occasions, and many visitors have remarked at the high quality and one-of-a-kind authenticity of the art on view. 20 artists will be opening their studio doors on Wareham Street this year to welcome art enthusiasts, collectors, and the curious. Included in this select group are Clint Baclawski, Jessica Burko, Michael Costello, Anne Foresman, Tristan Govignon, Heather Greenwood, Will Howcroft, Soyoung L. Kim, Rose Leitner, Maria Malatesta, Mary ann Obrien, Wendy Seller, Nancy Seymour, Karen Lee Sobol, Katherine Spencer, Annie Zeybekoglu, Sara Zielinski. Celebrate SoWa’s rich and diverse arts community and go home with a piece of locally made art.

Abstract Flow

hi, there!  this week, three of my mixed media pieces will be showing at SPACEWOMb Gallery, as part of the "Abstract Flow" exhibit.  the theme of the exhibit is visual storytelling in illustration or abstract form.  it sounds really interesting!  if you are in NYC, i hope you will stop by.  the opening is Thursday, 18th September, 2014, 6-8 pm.  the gallery is located at: 57 Stanton Street, NY.

in terms of personal news, i continue to unpack more boxes every day, hoping to see more order in our new home, but i have yet to feel some sense of organization...  i hope to get a handle on things as i have some new art ideas bouncing around in my head, waiting to be put down!  *sigh*  

in the mean time, have a great week, everyone!

Gallery Night at Yellow Rose

i hope you will come and join me next week for this event.  i have a feeling this might be my last exhibit in Madison, so i'm really excited to be showing at Yellow Rose Gallery, a brand new gallery that opened recently on State Street.  here are some shots that i took of the gallery when i was there earlier this week.  there's plenty of wall space and sunlight.  hope to see you there on 4th April!

i've been traveling with my family in Stockholm and Copenhagen.  i will do a post about my travels soon.  it was lovely to explore new cities.  travel usually satisfies a restlessness that is always with me.

Jesse Mangerson

i attended an artist reception last week that i wanted to tell you about.   Jesse Mangerson is my friend's husband and in this exhibit, he shows some beautiful landscapes he has painted in San Francisco, their former home, and in Wisconsin, their current home.  i loved how the San Francisco pieces were grouped together on one side of the gallery and the Wisconsin pieces along the opposite side of the gallery.  it definitely shows how the artist's palette has changed since he moved to Wisconsin. and i love the recurring VW beatle.  

you can find out more on Jesse Mangerson's website.   the exhibit will run through to November 11, so there's still time for you to catch the show!

The Colucci Gallery

30 Ash St.




Thoughts for Kenya and last week's event

i had meant to write a post about the opening of Madison Central Public Library, and i will, but i have been sidetracked by the horrific events that took place in Nairobi.  if you have been following the news, you have heard of the attack on Westgate Mall by terrorists. you've probably seen photos of the injured and the dead and watched the movie clips of the activities at the mall.  

i remember going to that mall when visiting my parents in Nairobi.  i have even taken our daughter there and i am grieved to hear that the terrorists attacked on a day when there was a children's activity at the mall.  but such is the working of terrorists' minds.  i had hoped with all my heart that all the hostages would have been released by now, but the siege continues today.  i can only continue to hope that the terrorists will be overpowered soon and fear replaced with justice and order.  i am grateful that no one i know has been hurt by this, but i know many who knew someone that died in the attack.  and i know this mainly through Facebook.  i am sort of reeling from how FB puts me in touch with what is going on in Nairobi, but at the same time, i am living far away, in Wisconsin.  

the tension of being pulled by two physical locations and two emotions, one of grieving for what's happening in one place and one of celebrating something going on in another, is very disconcerting but i think is very much what life is.  while we grieve over someone's death, we can at the same time, be celebrating the birth of another life.  so, while i grieve over what is going on in Nairobi, i am celebrating something in Madison. 

this past weekend, the brand new Madison Central Public Library opened its doors, after being closed for 2 years for renovations.  when i attended STACKED, i couldn't quite believe my eyes to see all the people queued up to get in.  the line ran all the way down one side of the library wall and completely around the corner!  it was great to see so many people excited about the public library!!!  how often does a library fill up with hundreds of people?  i don't have an official number for the attendance that night, but it seems there were over a thousand people, close to 1500. :)  and it was fun to be in a space that still smells new.  here are some photos from that night, a mix of shots from my phone and camera. 


Tomorrow is STACKED

STACKED is tomorrow night! if you are planning on coming out and haven't bought tickets yet, you might want to come a little early as tickets have sold out, but they are reserving some tickets to be sold at the door, so you still have a chance of getting in.  you can see some photos from this week here as artists have been busy putting up their installations.  so exciting!!  the photos should give you clues as to where to find the different installations as they are scattered throughout the beautiful new space. :)



i began this website early this year, in the hopes of chronicling my journey of collecting stories and telling stories.  one goal that i set out to accomplish was to chronicle the journey of my 100 Cups Of Tea over a period of a year.  initially, i looked for specific public spaces which were not normally used for art and Gail Ambrosius was kind enough to take on my teacups in her storefront.  and since then, the journey has taken off.  i connected with Mystery To Me and the timing couldn't have been better - my teacups were there for the opening of the great bookstore on Monroe Street.  next, the teacups partied at RAW Madison's EN MASSE, and now they are making their way to STACKED for another fun evening on 19th September.  i feel honored to be a part of the beautiful space that is the newly renovated Madison Central Public Library. 

i had the privilege yesterday, with some of the other participating artists, of getting a tour of the library while it is still under construction.  i am truly excited for this library to reopen!  i don't want to give away anything and i'm hoping many of you will come out to STACKED to see the beautiful space for yourselves, but let me just say i am looking forward to hanging out at the library. :)  i think you will be amazed at the feeling of openness and all the light that pervades all three floors of the building.

so mark 19th September on your calendars and come and party!  i mean, how can you turn down Paka Paka Lightshow dance party on the 3rd floor of the library? ;)

here are some photos i took with my iphone yesterday during the tour of the library of things that caught my eye and possible locations for the teacup installation:

LOVE the bold letters at the entrance

LOVE the bold letters at the entrance

can't wait to see this all lit up!

can't wait to see this all lit up!



what a night it was!  for those of you who came out on Thursday, 15th August, to the High Noon Saloon, i hope you had as much fun as i did!  it was great to see so many of you come out!  many many thanks to those who came to support me.  i know some of you took home some great items. :) 

and welcome to new readers who have met me through RAW - so glad to have you here! 

as promised, i am posting below some photos taken from the evening - beautiful shots, all photographs were taken by Bradlee Bertram of BMB Graphics |





Photography by Bradlee Bertram of BMB Graphics |

Photography by Bradlee Bertram of BMB Graphics |

Upcoming Event with RAW


i will be participating in this event, coming up next month.  who is RAW?  i have learned that RAW is an organization run by artists to help emerging artists.  i love that their goal is to help emerging artists get up and running!  RAW has regular events when they showcase various artists, in all forms of art.  it is an international organization and the chapter in Madison is rather new.  i am featured on their website for the August 15th event, EN MASSE.  i hope you will come out for it - i have heard that RAW always puts on a great show!  in order to purchase tickets for the show, please go to my profile page and click on "buy a ticket for this artist."  if i can get 20 people on my guest list, my fee for participating in the show is waived. :)  i hope you can come out and support my work as well as other local artists!