Monday, June 29, 2009

Even a Hole in the Ground is a Reason for Art

My art bud, James Gyre found this perfect urban reuse pic. Makes you want to go find a manhole cover to embellish, no?

Friday, June 19, 2009

Making Stuff from Stuff makes My Day

Salvage Art bud, Michelle Gregio and I spent a day in the sun working with Creative Reuse entreprenuers Faye Miller and Rachel Deniis at the Three rivers Arts Festival, recently. Here just a sample of the fun had by all!

The Little Quilt that Could...TKS to Red Bull!

I got the memo! Steve Dempsey of Red Bull, Inc. has notified me that my art has been accepted for the National Red Bull "Art of Can" Exhibition to be held in Washington, DC in October at Union Station, one of the most beautiful and historic sites in the country! The title of this work is "Bull as Folk." The quilt now has a life of its own, and is being photographed for future publicity. The question is: Will it send me a postcard?

Thursday, June 18, 2009

The Black Street Boys

As an Art Instructor for Elena Houlihan's Black Street Garden Project, I had the good fortune to work with a group of spirited young men, doing community service. I believe doing art really changed them. One young man said to me, "Wow! I never thought it would be a woman, that would teach me how to use a hammer." That was one of the weird and the wonderful moments that permeated one of the most fulfilling assignments in my salvage career.

Sunday, January 25, 2009

QUILTS: Recycling + Functional Art

Did you know that quilting was one of the first "green" activities popularized by women?

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Sticks and Stones Make Great Art

Does that phrase give my age away? Maybe, but I'm also going to be giving away lots of great things: humorous stories, invites, fun facts and art info you might not get anywhere else. Here is a sample of my work via photo taken by Susan Constanse, my friend and studio mate in a rag-tag, but awesome warehouse deep in urban Pittsburgh not far from our downtown. This piece was in a Women of Vision's Show, a group of terrific artists who just happen to be the same gender. I also belong to other orgainzations (get that from my profile, if you must), but mostly I just do what I do, because I love art and can't throw anything away. It was during a residency at Construction Junction, that I became completely addicted to junk, recyling and green artistry.

My mission-- if you want to call it that-- is just to talk about art, meet artists, and to inspire and be inspired. Let's talk...let's write!