Thursday, September 15, 2011

Two Countries, One Bay Studio Art Tour

There has not been very much publicity about our annual studio tour, so I will try to do my share. Join us for the 5th annual Two Countries, One Bay Art Studio Tour. The two countries are Canada and the United States, and the Bay is Passamaquoddy Bay which is part of the larger Bay of Fundy.  Over 40 artists are participating this year including myself.  Michael Chesley Johnson will be participating in spirit from the Grand Canyon and of course with his artwork.  To read about his adventures at the Grand Canyon event, see:

We will have roomfuls of paintings at for your perusal, plus my kaleidoscopic work and some sea glass crafts.

   Some information from the website was copied below.

During this free, self-guided tour you’ll meet world-class artists where they work—in their studios. This setting provides a unique opportunity to watch demonstrations or try your hand at techniques, inquire about the artist’s creative process, or experience art in an informal setting—with the chance to talk with the artists directly. Organized by the Tides Institute and Museum of Art / CulturePass (Eastport, ME), with assistance from Kingsbrae Garden (St. Andrews, NB), and Roosevelt Campobello International Park (Campobello, NB).Funded in part by participating artists and sponsors, with additional support from the Maine Arts Commission, an independent state agency supported by the National Endowment for the Arts.

Offering a wide range of media, from painting to printmaking, textiles to stained glass, from contemporary sculpture and jewelry, to traditional crafts, you'll find the unique and unusual — an art adventure not to be missed! 

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Why am I drawn to kaleidoscopic designs?

well....let me count the ways....

1.  I love symmetry in nature;

2.  I love the interplay of intricate detail and the broad symmetrical outline of the shapes in a kaleidoscope;

3.  I love that luminosity seems spring forth from kaleidoscopes naturally;

4.  I love that the design of kaleidoscopes are infinite in number and endlessly changing so they are addictive to create 
      in a positive way;

5.  I love that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.  I can take a simple photo and zero in on a small section and       
      the design is automatically greater in interest than the slice of photo that I started with; AND

6. I love the visual unity of colors and patterns created.

This started as a simple photograph of Mulholland Light on Campobello Island taken from Lubec on a foggy morning.  The luminosity seems to emanate from within.

This was a simple photograph of a flower repeated 20 times

Sunday, September 11, 2011


I am researching cameras these days trying to find the perfect little camera I can always have with me so I can shoot when the inspiration hits.  Right now I share a camera with my artist husband and he, inevitably, has it with him when I see the perfect subject.  If anyone has any suggestions for ultracompacts which also take very good photos, please email me!

Meanwhile, here are a few more images to brighten up your day.  I am printing them on photo paper as well as fabric these days and will have a variety of them framed for sale at the studio tour next weekend.