Friday, February 20, 2009

2009 Circle of Art

Twilight over Petersberg Road Beach. encaustic, 6" x 6" ©2007

The Circle of Art is a fundraiser for Food Gatherers - our local, wonderful organization working to feed hungry people in our area. The Circle of Art is a party and an art auction to help raise funds for a cause that has become ever more important in these hard times. I donated the piece shown here and encourage other local artists to donate their work as well.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

What I'm working on

Sleeping Bear panorama

flaming sunset - wingaersheek

These are the raw digital images - will post them combined with encaustic later on.

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Call for Entry - Home show

Home: Loving It, Losing It, Leaving It

Entry Form & Information

Having a house and home is part of the American dream. Currently, more people are losing their homes than any other time since the Great Depression, and Michigan has one of the highest foreclosure rates in the country. Add to this the crises of homelessness and natural disasters that sweep away whole communities, and we see a population in distress. For migrant communities, often less visible and sometimes here illegally, moving from one temporary space to another takes a continuous toll. Yet we are a nation of immigrants who never give up the urge and the courage to move on.

What does it mean to families, children, women and men to lose their physical surroundings? What are the emotional consequences of being cut adrift? Home is often considered the “woman’s domain”. What does it feel like to lose that center of control, often a woman’s work of a lifetime? Is there a freedom in leaving everything behind?

This juried exhibition will be at the UM Duderstadt Gallery in May 2009. The prospectus with full details is available at
Please email with any questions. The show is sponsored by the Michigan Chapter of the Women's Caucus for Art and the UM Dept of Urban Planning.

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Carnival of the Arid

Desert blogger Chris Clarke has put together the first monthly Carnival of the Arid. Two of my posts here about hiking/camping in Canyonlands National Park are included along with a lot of other posts by people who share an affinity for the dry places in the world. Here are a couple more shots from that same trip. We're above freezing today in Michigan so remembering beautiful desert vistas instead of slushy snow and ice is heartening as I wait to drop back to single digits later this week.