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Painted panoramic

An online view of Manifest’s Painted exhibition last fall.

I’m way late posting this screen shot from last fall’s Painted show at Manifest in Cincinnati. The online portal allowed a viewer to click and scroll through every gallery at Manifest, all of the shows mounted there, with the ability to swivel 360-degrees, Google-maps style. You could use your touch screen or track pad or mouse to look in any direction from any station in the sequence of click-to spots that walked you through the show. Every gallery and museum should do this, at least the ones not dependent on admission fees for survival. I clicked on the info icon and up popped the image of the painting with all the identifying data. Very cool and it helped make up for the inability to attend.

Memory/Treasure Box Class

Our art education program is getting underway! We’ll have more information for you soon, but first, we’d like to announce our first class! Our Memory/Treasure Box class with Lauren Card will take you from an empty cigar box to a beautiful box to save your precious memories and treasures! The class takes place at Art Presence Art Center’s upstairs classroom on Saturday, February 12, from 10 am – 2 pm. Download the pdf form below to learn more and sign up!

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January Virtual Exhibition

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Getting the Words Right…

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Our next Arts & Letters Zoom chat, “Getting the Words Right,” takes place at 5pm on January 28. Ginna BB Gordon hosts local authors, E.A. Luetkemeyer and Dr. Frank De Luca, to discuss their writing processes.

“Each of us has a story within the story—how we do what we’re doing, with whom, and why we do it, “ Ginna says.

This will be an interesting discussion with rarely-heard insights into the writing process.

Go to to register.

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Set Sail

Happy New Year! Its takes me about a week (right on schedule here at January 7th….) to fully own and embrace the new year. A couple of days chocolate/carb/Christmas decoration hangover, a few days of nutrition/exercise/green juice guilt, a day of false starts in back to work mode and eventually a cheerful mosey into my […]

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Naked Art 2022!

Naked Art 2022, our annual show of unframed, unmatted ORIGINAL art at tempting prices, opens Friday, January 7, at 12 am!

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A Compass of Love

A few Decembers ago, I painted this little heart compass. I had words for each of the four points that I wanted to cultivate in the coming year, but I remember deciding not to write them onto the painting—to leave it open for future words. I was a…

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The Alchemist’s Shield

My newest Workshop

Thursday, January 20th, 2022

1:30-3:30 PST on Facebook Live


Registration Is Now Open

For the Brand New Recorded Version!!

The Alchemist’s Shield


these are the days

for new beginnings…

We need to be creative more than ever! This is the perfect time to offer a New Workshop that I have been planning for weeks!

Do you need time to immerse yourself in making some beautiful and intricate art pieces that symbolize protection during this winter?

If the answer is yes, please join me and create two Alchemist’s Shields that will work as Talismans, giving you protection, guidance, and support and fill you with creative magic.

This is now a self-study workshop

In my videos I will be your guide as you create two unique and gorgeous shields.

As you watch me work, it will be as if you are in my studio with me, sitting next to me at my work table. You can watch the videos at your own pace and stop and go as much as you like!

We will start with a scrap piece of wood and a pile of old cardboard pieces and construct, assemble and layer our shield with fabrics and papers and found objects that we love!

We will work with intent so that our shields will hold in them our messages, our hopes, and our dreams for the future. You will be Honoring Your Own Creative Process. And you will love every part of this workshop!!

“Talisman definition:
noun [ C ]
plural: talismans
an object believed to bring good luck or to keep its owner safe from harm”

— The Cambridge Dictionary

The Alchemist’s Shield Facebook Group is open now with the Supply List which I will post here as well.

*Please make sure the name you register under is the same as the name on your FB account!!

*We will invite you into the group after January 1st. If you do not get an invitation within a week after you sign up, please request to join and include the name you registered under!

Here is the link to the Facebook Group,

The Alchemist’s Shield

*These steps will ensure you get into the group quickly and hassle-free!


  • Some knowledge of assemblage or a previous workshop with me is advised.

  • Please consider your Paypal receipt as your confirmation and make sure when you register your correct email is on the form so I can get in contact with you.

  • You will need to ask to join the Alchemist’s Shield Facebook Group as soon as you register.

  • You will need to have a personal FB account and make sure you are able to stream live videos on your computer.

  • Invitations will be sent out as soon as possible after I have your payment and FB name.

  • There will be lots of important guidelines and information in the Announcements section on the Facebook page. Please scroll through! The videos will also be under Videos on the group page.

  • Sorry, no refunds will be issued for this course.

  • Access to the videos will be forever, at some point I will move them to Vimeo and my website as well so you can download them.

I am thrilled to be able to share this project with you and cannot wait to see your creations!!

Just $48.00

Supply List for The Alchemist’s Shield

  • small piece of wood, about 5” x 5” any thickness.

  • scrap pieces of cardboard about the same measurements

  • collage papers and fabric, small amounts (Think about different textures and weights)

  • scissors

  • straight edge

  • tacky glue or a heavier glue

  • matte medium, water, paper towels, paint brush

  • small nails and tacks

  • awl

  • string, thread,

  • wire: two or three gauges, I like natural colors

  • wire cutters or sturdy scissors

  • bent nose pliers (optional)

  • gathered artifacts or relics- I will be using a small old tin, taken apart, rusty metal pieces, rusty fence wire and maybe a small vintage bottle *Other ideas include old earrings, cabinet locks or keys, buttons, etc.

  • gathered natural objects- I will be using a feather, and a forked twig. Small stones (To use in a mosaic inside the tin) *Other ideas include seed pods, pine needles, dried plants, seed pods, etc.

  • Beads

  • needle, wide eyed

  • small hammer

  • any other favorite tools or materials!

Beach Flea Market is a wonderful place to purchase unique found or vintage objects!

And Artistic Artifacts is a wonderful place to purchase unique fabrics and papers!

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Max Brown

My name is Max Brown.

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Bradley Butler was made for these times

Bradley Butler’s recent solo exhibition at Williams-Insalaco Gallery 34 at Finger Lakes Community College was a quiet thrill. The work is quietly evocative, simple, deeply felt and as ontologically disorienting as a Beckett play. He took his title from Pet Sounds, Brian Wilson’s groundbreaking album: I just wasn’t made for these times. Many of his […]

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