I have been a longtime resident of the Powderhorn neighborhood and a longtime volunteer with the Powderhorn Art Fair. I am proud and passionate about the programs promoting art in my neighborhood. This year I am the Art Fair Committee Chair and co-coordinator for the Community Arts area.
I have been a practicing artist for over 50 years. I enjoy working en plein air, in all mediums, and my studio has hosted a figure drawing group every Sunday afternoon for almost 37 years. My images talk about light and observing nature as She makes art. I never tire of chasing those colors that can drift like perfume, or bolt out of the darkness, that make a drama of the moment never to be repeated exactly the same another time.
I fell in love with the Powderhorn Art Fair in 1999, the first time I did the show. There seemed to be such synergy between the park, the neighborhood and the artists. The art fair has its own special spirit with its diverse musicians, artists and patrons. It is the only fair I know of that reinvests its profits directly into building park programs for its own community. I knew then that I wanted to help the show to grow yet keep its community philosophy. I greatly enjoyed my 11 years on the art fair committee. I have lately been working on new paintings and have been painting some pet portraits in my studio.
With deepest gratitude to those I served.
From the very first year—the Powderhorn Art Fair was a perfect fit for me: a beautiful, verdant setting in my artistic neighborhood, run by artists, and helping fund programs in the park.
I jumped in after that first year—to become a part of the committee that ran the show—and continued to be a part of it for many years, as well as jurying into the show. This year is a new adventure for me—I am taking a break from Powderhorn to do a show in Colorado that I have always wanted to do.
The special spot in my heart, and around the lake will be open for another artist to experience the magic that is Powderhorn.
I did the fair for 17 of the last 20 years. The first time I came to the fair I was planning to get myself a tent and join the the traveling art show artists. The 1st artist I encountered in the park as I came down the hill was a neighbor from Elliot Ave who was showing her unique cloth dolls from the comfort of an over stuffed chair under a cottonwood. The fair got a little more uniform as the years progressed but it continues to be neighborhood driven and operates with a light spirit. I spent 10 years serving on the committee and I always enjoyed the Sunday morning shouted announcements with instruments and noisemakers celebrating the winners of the fair awards. I have moved my art life back indoors but I loved the years of setting up in the shade and sharing my work with the neighborhood and the visitors to our beautiful park. I now teach doll making, surface design and other classes out of my NE studio, as well as showing my work at indoor shows and galleries.