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Annual “Girls Go” Gathering

Every year I get together with my sisters and mom for a long weekend. We hang out, eat chocolate, make art, talk, drink wine talk some more, drink coffee and tea, play games, walk, hike, and cook. Oh, and we eat some other things too. Not just chocolate. ūüėČ Our Girls Go gatherings have been […]

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Kids Creativity Sesh: printmaking

Our kids creativity seshes for the last couple of weeks were¬†about making monoprints with some different techniques and a small tabletop press. The first week, we made monoprint plates with¬†drypoint etching on plexi. After learning how to ink the plates and wipe them (leaving the ink only¬†in the scratched lines) we added other ink colors […]

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Threads of Continuity

Every time I begin working on a new series, I have mixed feelings. Being held by what I’ve already started mixed with being¬†impelled by what I want to do next.¬†Melancholy mixed with excitement. Curiosity mixed with¬†worry. Delight mixed with feeling vulnerable. ¬†Do you ever feel that way when you start something new? I haven’t yet […]

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Our First Snow Changes my Palette

I woke up this morning to a deep quiet outside my window. The window was open a few inches (I like sleeping with cold air on my face.) Most mornings, even as late as yesterday morning, I awake to the chatter of tiny songbirds in the lilacs just outside. This morning all was silent. It was our first snow and I knew my paint palette was going to change with the season.

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Visual Poetry … Words Conjure More than Meaning

Poetry. Words. Visual Poetry. Body Language and Movement … Say “moon.” Feel your mouth curve. Breathe. Sometimes Breathing Feels Like Dancing. Sometimes Dancing Feels Like Breathing. These days, in gratitude, I Feel Like Dancing and Breathing. Namaste¬ī

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Gesture Drawing with Clay

Introducing Trudy Skari, a Renaissance Woman, a Montana native, an incredibly intuitive artist. From her artist statement: “Like the visible spectrum the imaginal realm has a range that is just outside of the awareness to human senses but wide open to human insight, consciousness and our desire for making meaning.”

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Ecology of the Unconscious

Ecology of the Unconscious — a series of mixed media artworks exploring the intriguing Salmon Forest concept, our relationship with Nature and with our own dreams. Art by Maureen Shaughnessy exhibted at 1+1=1Gallery in Helena, Montana.

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Pain, Patience and the Patient/Physician Relationship

On Labor Day, 2014 I began a new documentary-style photo essay in collaboration with Dr. Mark Ibsen who owns Urgent Care Plus in Helena, Montana. We are telling a story with photos of his patients, of Mark and of his staff. We aren’t sure what the story will be yet — that will come when we see what the photos are telling us. For now, I am going to be spending time at the clinic and with permission from the patients themselves, documenting their time with this passionate, compassionate healer.