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I began practicing my art/craft about 20 years ago in Zanesville Ohio, after many years on the sidelines just enjoying the creations of others. My first pieces of work were attempts to create work in the style of some of the artists I enjoyed. I painted, drew, carved, assembled, silk screened and generally explored many mediums. My experimentations continue but my focus now is on wood carvings and repurposing materials. Some might call it sculpture or craft making but the name is of little consequence to me. I have no formal art training and feel I have learned by observing and experimentation.
Working on my artistic projects is usually a great stress reliever. The experimentation is exciting and inspiring. My confidence has grown since my work began to sell. The content of many of my pieces have clearly been influenced by my love of nature. Many animals and plants show up in my work. I am very slowly starting to infuse some social commentary into my work. I hope to create more pieces that are not just pleasing to look at or simply utilitarian but may cause the audience to think about an issue. We’ll see how that goes...
What has influenced me most is the work of indigenous people that I have observed during my travels. I am a big fan of “folk art” and utilitarian objects made beautiful. I like to work with natural materials, found objects, and recycled materials. Indigenous people live off of their wits by exploiting the resources available to them (sometimes more than once) and I greatly admire them for that. Our excessive consumerism and “throw away” society I find to be appalling.
Exhibitions on NOW!
January 4-? Sarah Gormley Gallery, 988 North High St. Columbus, OH 43201
December 6 - ?, Lindsey Gallery, 986 North High St
Columbus, OH 43201
Ongoing at The Fiddlehead Gallery, 12736 Larchmere Blvd. Cleveland, OH 44120
Coming up SOON!
March 14- April 18 2020,Somerset Art and Antiques, 105 S. Columbus St.
Somerset, Ohio 43783
August 1- 31 2020, Restoration Brew Worx, 25 North Sandusky St. Delaware, OH 43015
April 1-30 2021, The Old Mohawk, 819 Mohawk St., Columbus, Ohio 43206
Sorry You Missed It
Nov 1-30, Restoration Brew Worx, 25 North Sandusky St. Delaware, OH 43015
Oct 1- Nov 4 Sugar Skull Series, Weasel Boy Brew Pub, 126 Muskingum Ave, Zanesville, OH 43701
2019 23 March- 5 May Exhibition, Massillon Museum, 121 Lincoln Way East Massillon, Ohio 44646 WORKSHOP 1-3 pm April 13
2018 4 December- January 13, 2019 Group Exhibition, "Trash Menagerie", The Arts Castle, 190 W. Winter Street Delaware, Ohio
2018 1 October - December 31 Solo Exhibition, The North Valley Bank, 3636 Maple Avenue Zanesville, OH 43701
2018 May 16th-June 23, "DRINK ITIN", Solo Exhibition at Urban Art Space City Center Gallery 50 W Town St, Columbus, OH 43215 Opening Reception Saturday May 19th, 5-7 pm.
2018 April 1-May 31, Monmouth University Exhibition: ARTIVISM Small Group Exhibition 400 Cedar Avenue West Long Branch, NJ 07764
2018 January 22 to the beginning of April,Two person Exhibition. Ohio Governor's Residence and Gardens. 358 North Parkview Ave., Columbus, Ohio 43209
2018 January 20- April 15 Group Exhibition. The Artists of the Winding Road A to Z The Decorative Arts Center of Ohio, 145 E. Main St. Lancaster, Ohio 43130
2017 December and 2018 January Solo Exhibition, The Old Mohawk, 819 Mohawk St., Columbus, Ohio 43206
2017 First Friday December 1 Guest Artist , The Art Loft, 26 N. 3rd Street, Zanesville, Ohio 43701.
2017 October 6- November 3, Girl UPcycled, 126 C Muskingum Ave. Zanesville, Ohio 43701. Next to Weasel Boy Brew Pub.
2017 September 21 - November 3 The Skull & Skeleton in Art V, Group Exhibition Lakeland Community College gallery 7700 Clocktower Drive Kirtland, Ohio 44094
2017 August 25- October 22 Solo Exhibition, Shaker Historical Museum, 16740 S Park Blvd, Cleveland, OH 44120
2017 August 4 - September 30 Two artist exhibition, Lindsay Gallery, 986 North High St | Columbus, OH 43201
2017 First Friday April 7 Guest Artist, SideTrack Arts, Market Street, Zanesville, Ohio 43701. In the Freight Station near Fringe Hair Salon
2017 January- February Solo Exhibition The Ohio State University Faculty Club 181 Oval Dr S. Columbus, Ohio 43210
2016 September Solo Exhibition John McIntire Library Carnegie Wing Gallery Zanesville, Ohio 43701
2016 August 6 (5-7pm) POP-UP exhibition at the Elevator Brewing Company 13th Floor Taproom
2016 July 27-August 7.3 Works juried in to The Ohio State Fair Fine Arts Professional Division.
2016 June Solo Exhibition, The Old Mohawk, 819 Mohawk St., Columbus, Ohio 43206
2016 April 7-23 Small Group Exhibition, Riffe Gallery, 77 S High St, Columbus, Ohio 43215
2016 February Solo Exhibition, Yellow Springs Brewery, 305 Walnut St, Yellow Springs, OH 45387
2015 December Solo Exhibition, Columbus Cultural Arts Center, 139 West Main Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
2015 November Small Group Show at ART @ 43023 Granville, Ohio 43023
2015 August Solo Exhibition, The Old Mohawk, 819 Mohawk St., Columbus, Ohio 43206
2014 December Small Group Show at the Lindsay Gallery Columbus, Ohio
2014 January 83 Gallery Columbus, Ohio
2013 October Parkersburg Art Center Parkersburg West Virginia (part of 4 artist show)
2011 September John McIntire Library
Carnegie Wing Gallery Zanesville, Ohio(solo show)
2010 October-November Weasel Boy Brewing Company Zanesville, Ohio (solo show)
2010 August Y-Bridge Festival (selected participant)
2009 November Artist of the Month Z.A.A.P. Gallery Zanesville, Ohio
2007-present monthly contributor to the First Friday Event at the Z.A.A.P. Gallery
2002 May Crooksville Art Walk (selected participant)
2002 February "Mona, Is That You?", Tout Patout Art and Antique Gallery (selected participant)
2001 October- December "Journey of Hope" , Johnson-Humrickhouse Museum (selected participant)
1999 October-November Eastern Ohio Educators Art Show Muskingum College (selected participant)
I'd be interested in reading your thoughts about my work, receiving links to interesting artists, learning about opportunities to show my work, and selling you a piece of my work. I use PAYPAL.
And now about the money. If you are interested in purchasing a piece of my work, be aware that the price does not include shipping and handling. Final cost can be discussed in an e-mail. Commissions accepted.
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