In this year of change, making art and sharing my observations help to create a calm center and illustrate quiet acts of strength as a response to the chaotic world around. I am inspired by nature, folk art, color, and shiny things. Oftentimes, work evolves from complex doodles, and each  12” paper quilt square piece is assembled like a multilayered puzzle from paper, foil, fabric, found materials and pen drawings. Every square has a story, and I invite you to look through the gallery “Artworks” menu item and visit my blog “LA Art Notes” menu item to join me on this evolving journey.

Featured Works

Fall / Winter Shows

Dollhouse Events

Sunday, January 30, 2022 3-4:30PM

“Play as (serious) Art”
An interactive performance with Jeff Raz 

Sunday, February 13th 1:30-3:30PM

“Artful Play”
Join a hands on mixed media paper and bookmaking workshop with Roxanne Padgett

Dollhouse: Art as Serious Play

ARC Gallery & Studios
1246 Folsom Street
San Francisco, CA 94103

January 15 – February 19, 2022

OPENING RECEPTION: Saturday, January 15th, 6-9PM

When you were a child you made art, probably lots of it. You, and everyone around you, called that “playing.” Art is part of a child’s normal response to almost any aspect of life. A small child asks an art-teacher what he does at work. “I teach people to draw” the teacher says, and the child responds “You mean they forget?”

Within the bounds of an imaginary dollhouse, this exhibition showcases art that uses the tropes of playtime – storybooks, toys, dolls, games, dress-up, imaginary friends, and secret spaces – to explore the serious and playful nature of art-making. The works compel the viewer to recall the joys of make-believe and to appreciate the unique interpretation of “play” that each artist brings to the dollhouse.

ARTIST TALKS:

Conversations with Artists via YouTube

“DOLLHOUSE” Zoom Artist Talk I – Thursday, January 20, 2022 6-7PM
register in advance here

“DOLLHOUSE” Zoom Artist Talk II – Thursday, January 27, 2022 6-7PM
register in advance here

COMPOSING THE FUTURE II

Di Napoli Gallery
Martin Luther King Jr. Library, SJSU, 2nd floor
150 E. San Fernando Street
San Jose, CA

December 3, 2021 – January 14, 2022

A NCWCA Group Exhibition Celebrating Collaborative Creative Resilience

Composing the Future, a NCWCA member exhibition, originally premiered May-June, 2021 at the Bankhead Performing Arts Center in Livermore with 64 artworks. Composing the Future II is a curated iteration featuring a selection of these and  new works, as well.

This time of transition offers unique opportunities. Artists, traditionally, have been both witnesses and the raw material for envisioning potential futures in turbulent times. In “Composing the Future II,” NCWCA artists were challenged to flex their artistic powers in response to the extreme events of the past two years and to project their hopes, dreams, and ideas into the future.

4th Annual Women Artists
Art Exhibition

Women Artists International
Online Juried Art Exhibition

November 15, 2021 – February 14, 2022

For its 19th quarterly art exhibition Fusion Art is once again celebrating Women Artists. For this open (no theme) competition, the gallery invited both 2D and 3D submissions from women artists, only, regardless of their location or their experience or education in the art field. All women artists, over the age of 18 were encouraged to submit their best representational or abstract art and photography.

We once again received a diverse collection of quality artwork from women artists all around the world, including the US, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia, Germany, China, Croatia, Malaysia, Romania, Ireland, Latvia, Italy, Sweden, South Africa, Hungary, Poland, Switzerland, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Taiwan, Russia, Japan, Ghana, Argentina and the United Arab Emirates. Overall the gallery judged 663 entries and accepted 257 artworks into the exhibition, which will be featured on the website for 3 months starting on November 15, 2021.

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