If you’re local, on most Saturdays from 12-4 you’ll find me and my Little Red Art Cart at my studio upstairs at BAAY (Bellingham Arts Academy for Youth, 250 E. Maple) one half block up from the Farmers’ market in Downtown Bellingham. If you see my sign, you’re welcome to come on up.
(When you walk in, don’t be daunted by props, costumes, shows in progress/being rehearsed, and/or young actors here and therejust turn right and follow the arrows along the hallway, walk up 1 1⁄2 flights of carpeted stairs, turn right at the top into a rehearsal hall, look right to see my Little Red Art Cart to the side of my door, and come on in. Gracie will bark and rush to smell you because she is a dog, a very nice one who stays calm when we do. ) Continue reading Spring, 2016
I started this book for an independent study project when I was an undergraduate at Antioch University in Seattle. My advisor introduced me to Erica, Erica introduced me to Holly, and the three of us formed a collaboration. We wrote several sample chapters for a publisher’s proposal which we sold to Viking a month after my 50th birthday and right before I graduated from Antioch and left Seattle for Vermont to complete an MFA at Goddard College. I did the rest of my part of the reading, writing, and editing while I was working as a work-study student and doing a lot of other reading, writing, and editing for my MFA.
The focus of my studies at both Antioch and Goddard was the literary tradition of working-class women of all colors around the world. In the course of my research to discover this tradition, my heart and mind were opened in many new and wonderful ways by authors and books I had never heard of before. I started this book project so other people like me wouldn’t have to work so hard to find this tradition, and to share the passionate gratitude I felt toward these authors. Once Erica and Holly joined me, our focus broadened to include books by all women and not just working-class women.
Throughout our collaboration, the things I cared most about were that we find books written by all types and colors of women from all over the world, that our book be driven by love and not literary criticism, and that our language and assumptions be free of race, gender and class bias. Although our struggles over the assumptions and language in our book were monumental, we readily agreed to search the world for books and that if at least one of us, or one of our annotators, did not love a book, it didn’t make it in no matter how “popular” it was. Our last three criteria for inclusion, all easily agreed on, were that the book be in print no matter when it was written (this sadly eliminated too many books but we wanted people to be able to find the books we wrote about), that it be written in and/or translated into English, and that it wasn’t poetry, romance, how-to, or written for children.
Although our preface clearly describes our criteria for inclusion, including the fact that whoever wrote about the book loved the book , Viking still insisted on naming the book 500 Great Books by Women. Given the reality that the words “great books” continue to mean book lists that are heavily dominated by privileged white male-supremist literary critics and thinkers, male and female, this was an unfortunate choice of titles. In fact, the only negative criticism our book received was based on the reality that our choice of books did not honor previous definitions of “great,” which, given our intent, is actually a complement.
Our book is a worthwhile read, a good addition to any library, and a wonderful gift for any book lover you know. And after 17 years, it is still in print.
Wordy Prints: These are my newest prints and include my prints and short quotes that I have printed with words and/or letters I have carved over the years. (Yes, I do find words and letters beautiful.) The smaller prints are on recycled dictionary and/or blank sketchbook pages. and the larger (11 x 14) prints are on pages from a family bible that came to me when my mother died. You can read more about these bible page prints at the bottom of this post.
Click on any picture to display these prints in a slide show.
A Lot of Dogs: I began living with dogs as an adult in 1994 when I got Gretta, a young shepherd mix, who traveled all over the country with me before she died at age 14 in 2005. Shortly after Gretta died, my daughter Patricia gave me Jasper, then 7 years old. After dear old Jasper died in December, 2010, I thought I’d take a long break but then I met sweet Gracie… Someday she’ll have a print too. A lovely reality of having a dog is meeting so many other wonderful dogs and their people. With only a couple of exceptions, my dog prints are all of dogs I’ve known and loved.Click on any picture to display these prints in a slide show.
At the end of her life, one of the only ways my mother Hazel found joy was to watch the little birds feed at the bright red bird feeder that hung from the branches of the magnolia tree outside her front room window in Centralia, Wa. I carved these prints to honor the love my mother had for the natural world.Click on any picture to display these prints in a slide show.
I drew and carved this (my) dance shoe a number of years ago but only started using it after I ran across an unattributed quotes in an e-mail: “Life may not be the party we hoped for,but while we are here, we should dance.”
On Etsy, this print is available as
Dictionary Art Print, hand-pulled – http://etsy.me/1Vtf87U
Music Paper Print, hand pulled, with quote –http://etsy.me/1qKK9Hj
Poster reproduction: http://etsy.me/1Qb22Ug
Magnet reproduction: http://etsy.me/1SiIbdt
Card reproduction: http://etsy.me/1TUPlUy
This is me with my newly downsized Little Red Art Cart on January 18, 2014, the first monthly winter market this year.
Happy New Year everyone. Here in Bellingham, we are being blessed by a mild winter, with clear cold days and almost ice.
Here is my Art Cart schedule so far this year:
Saturdays- Feb. and March 15, 2014, 10-3, Bellingham Farmers’ Market
Saturday, April 4-6 – Allied Arts RARE (Recycle Arts and Resource Expo)
Saturdays through October, 10-3, Bellingham Farmers’ Market
And I’ll try to figure out a way to keep this posted somewhere on this site for easy reference. (Bear with me while I learn…)