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This is an online journal of my artistic investigations and a way to communicate about my work, ideas, quandries and queries! I welcome comments and conversation and do hope you enjoy these musings. My artwork is available in my shop MissouriBendStudio on Etsy.com or on my website.


Friday, October 9, 2015

Light at the End of the Tunnel!

Greetings Friends!

It is nearing the middle of October and I am in my last semester of graduate school, finishing up my degree in Adult and Higher Education at USD. So, what's next? That's the question running on a playback loop in my head! I don't know for sure, but what I do know is that I am turning my attention slowly, but surely, back to the studio. This space has gone from a place for creating visual pieces to one dedicated to writing and reading, but now it is in transition once again. I will graduate in December, a year and a half after I began. As with any journey like this, much has changed, in what I know and understand, as well as in how I see the world and my place within it. I am looking forward to watching these changes unfold onto the paper in the studio.

In the meantime, I have a couple of things to share. I am grateful to have my transition ushered in with a show scheduled for mid-February down the road at Briar Cliff University in Sioux City, Iowa. Just the kind of thing I need to spur my energy for creative work in the studio! I'll keep you posted along the way as new work unfolds.

Last week, I was fortunate to be part of an exciting and magical event exhibition event in Sioux Falls, SD. This small exhibition featured a group of established women artists held in a 1906 downtown building, which is in the process of total renovation. The building has been gutted and is down to the bare concrete structure....let's just say the space was rugged....and without any electricity....nothing more than a shell. In fact, the building once served as bomb shelter. That space was transformed by a lot of hard work and vast amounts of candlelight into the most elegant exhibition venue I have ever been a part of. I love that something can be so rough and so elegant simultaneously. As the evening wore on and the daylight outside faded, the space slowly transformed into one of pure magic!

Below are some photos taken from that Bombshell(ter) show. The next to the last photo has a few of my pieces from the show, which some of you may recognize from posts in days gone (way) by. I'm  happy that the Nocturne piece on the left has found a new permanent home! The last photo in this series is a shot of an installation by my friend Amy Fill. This was, for me, the highlight of the show. Hundreds of tiny cut paper butterflies trailed up the stairs into the inky darkness. Here again, the moment was made even more magical by the warm glow of the candlelight.

Lastly, I want to let you know that I appreciate your patience....I feel somehow as if I've abandoned my friends in my long absence while back in school. I feel as though I have made many close connections through this blog and I hope to hear from you as I make my way back to studio and to the online world. 

Here's to autumn!



  1. It's nice to see you here again...and congratulations on being so close to the end of your degree - as well as the exhibitions you've taken part in/have ahead of you. Looking forward to seeing what comes next for you, after the dust settles (so to speak!)...

  2. Thank you for the kind wishes! Yes, exploring some possibilities for the future, but no matter what unfolds, I hope to have more time here and in the studio. Starting to count the days till December! Cheers!


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