Warning–You May be Offended

I am angry, sad, appalled, concerned, and worried that Alabama has passed an anti-abortion law. This action by the governor and the state is WRONG and hurtful to many, many women. I protest!!! Abortion rights are necessary and vital to womens’ rights. “Alabama’s ban is the latest in an onslaught of state-level anti-abortion measures that activists hope will be taken up by the Supreme Court and potentially overturn Roe v. Wade, the landmark 1973 decision that protects a woman’s right to the procedure.” https://www.cbsnews.com/news/alabama-abortion-law-governor-kay-ivey-signs-near-total-ban-today-live-updates-2019-05-15/ UPHOLD ROE vs. WADE AMERICA!

Let us move forward–this is backwards!! This is a magazine advertisement from the 70s

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And there’s more……https://www.stopabortionbans.org/moveon/?source=moveon&s=0&fbclid=IwAR3WWgUo5ijR6TM2E2_wF8HqNyMRRHZPN2Nj0uy__Qn3faOYyCBN-i_5FKM

Intuitive Piecing with Solids

Such a terrific class on Sunday with Lynn Carson Harris of Chelsea, Michigan https://www.lynncarsonharris.com/classes!!! The Greater Ann Arbor Quilt Guild invited her to teach two workshops AND give a excellent presentation on Saturday morning. I really enjoyed her lecture and seeing her highly detailed quilts close up and personal–stupendous artwork. I recommend her as a qualified and delightful teacher. Had loads of fun on Sunday cutting up pieces and sewing them back together!

Advice to Creatives…

David Bowie, 1997 quote; he offered the timeless wisdom to younger artists;

Never play to the gallery…. Never work for other people in what you do. Always remember that the reason that you initially started working was that there was something inside yourself that you felt that if you could manifest in some way, you would understand more about yourself and how you co-exist with the rest of society…. I think it’s terribly dangerous for an artist to fulfill other people’s expectations.

Tangling on the Job

Four colleagues joined me yesterday for midday meditation and Zentangle—we enjoyed a wonderful session. They were excellent students and did a great job of tangling. What an enriching way to take a quiet break during the workday–thank you to the Wellness Committee for hosting me!

Experience “Minnesota Nice”!

I was lucky to travel to Minneapolis, Minnesota, last week and loved it! Lots and lots of fabulous and fascinating art—and the friendliest bus drivers I’ve ever met! I was able to visit the Textile Center, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis Central Library, Minnesota Center for Book Arts, Meet Minneapolis Visitor Center and the Minneapolis Institute of Art. Oh….and I attended an excellent library conference, LOEX 2019, Thursday-Saturday! The presentations and camaraderie were SUPERB! So many librarians shared their wonderful ideas and work with students, faculty, patrons, and staff. An amazing experience all around!!

Exhibition Coming up in 2020

As the membership secretary for Women’s Caucus for Art/Michigan Chapter I am excited to be helping with a new exhibition. In 2020, the Chapter is sponsoring an art show to celebrate the Suffrage Centennial. The Chapter is also looking for sponsors and partners for additional outreach and support. The exhibit will be displayed at Swords and Plowshares Peace Center and Gallery in Detroit–keep your eyes peeled here for updates!

The 19th Amendment: Women’s Voices Then and Now

In a time when women’s rights are being denigrated, women’s health is being sidelined, women’s bodies are being threatened, and women’s pay is still not equal to men’s, it’s clarifying to remember the strength of the suffrage movement that established women’s right to vote. Let us honor the centennial of the 19th Amendment in 2020 with art!  Passed by Congress June 4, 1919, and ratified on August 18, 1920, the 19th amendment granted women the right to vote. Years of struggle, sacrifice, and determination of suffragists pushed the 19thAmendment to ratification. Celebrate and commemorate this pivotal moment in women’s rights because the vote of women is more important now than ever.

Using visual art, acknowledge the battle for women’s rights inspired by individuals, events, or ideas.  Significant figures such as Lucretia Mott, Alice Paul, Lucy Burns, Susan B. Anthony, Ida B. Wells, Carrie Chapman Catt, and/or Aloysius Larch-Miller may spur creative expression.  Photographs of marches and events leading up to voting rights becoming realized are also important. The Amendment text, available at www.archives.gov, may provide inspiration. Depict your message through paint, print, text, metal, clay, mixed media, fiber, paper, photo, video, new media or performance.  Two-dimensional, three-dimensional and computer based works accepted. Framed works must be gallery ready to hang—no saw tooth hangers.

Swords into Plowshares Peace Center and Gallery

33 East Adams Street    

Detroit Michigan 48226

(313) 963-7575



$100.00     25-50 color postcards for exhibition

Promote sponsor’s logo on exhibition’s printed materials and Chapter blog

                        Acknowledge sponsorship at opening reception for exhibition


$500.00     50-100 color postcards for exhibition

                   Partner’s logo on Chapter’s print brochure and Chapter blog for 5 years

                   Promote partner’s logo on exhibition’s printed materials

                   Acknowledge partnership at opening reception for exhibition