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New Work – For Casper College, 17th Street Art Festival & Pots at Rest!

Wednesday, August 15th, 2012

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My Show At Casper College opens August 20.  And I will be giving an artist talk at noon.  If you live in Casper, please come by to say hi!


17th Street Art Festival is this Friday and Saturday!

Friday August 17, 5 – 9PM
Saturday 18th 10AM – 8PM
The inaugural 17th Street Arts Festival, located at the new Dinneen Downtown Plaza in Cheyenne, will feature dozens of visual and performance artists, children’s activities, food and fun. The festival begins Friday night, August 17, 5 -9PM with an Artist Preview Reception, including performances by local artists and a wine tasting bar, everyone is welcome. Then all day Saturday, August 18, from 10 a.m.–8 p.m., enjoy visual and performance art, a children’s area complete with bounce house, all day family arts and crafts, and local art exhibits.



Pots at Rest @ The Clay Studio

August 17 through September 30, 2012
A dream come true, one of my plates will be part of a group show at The Clay Studio in Philadelphia. It will be a part of Pots at Rest, a multi part project titled MADE BY HAND, exploring the relevance of handmade tableware in the 21st century. The Clay Studio invited eight mid-career ceramicists to curate the exhibition. Each artist was assigned a piece of furniture where their pots would rest. At Elizabeth Robinson’s invitation my plate will rest on a dish rack with several other ceramic artists! Thank you Beth for this amazing invitation!

Here is mine!


When it rains it pours.  All these shows are just days within each other.  Whew!

17th Street Art Festival Call for Entries and Support the Cure

Tuesday, April 10th, 2012
Two entries with this post!
This year Cheyenne is starting the 17th Street Arts Festival.  I have been asked to serve on the committee to help start it.  I am hoping that many of you apply for the show.  The event will be held this coming August 17 and 18th, and will be under a large tent at the Dineen Plaza.  The Arts Festival will be held at the same time as RibFest, so there will be huge attendance.

17th Street Art Festival – Call For Entries

Entries Are Due By May 1, 2012!

Festival Is August 17-18 in Historic Downtown Cheyenne at The new 17th Street Dineen Plaza

Application materials postmarked May 1, 2012
Jury Fee $ 25.00
1. 4 images on a CD
2. List of images
3. Size 600 vertical x 800 horizontal pixels maximum
4. 300 dpi
Application materials returned with correct postage
10’ x 10’ Festival Booth, $200; After May 30, $250.
Contact:  Lynn Newman
Mail entries to Lynn Newman,  921 Ranger Dr., Cheyenne, WY 82009

The Artful Hand Gallery’s next show is Support the Cure.  All of us have made artwork with the brazier in mind.  I can’t wait to see what everyone has come up with!

The Reception at The New West Art @ The Hynds

Sunday, February 26th, 2012


The reception at The New West Art @ The Hynds was well attended.  This is yet another venue to help get the Hynds building to be the new art center in Cheyenne.  My friend Glen Garrett is working so hard to make this a reality.  He is the complete back bone of the LightsOn project.  The Hynds building has been vacant for the last 25 years, and Glen and a few people in Cheyenne are very committed to bring art to Cheyenne.

Glen is almost single handedly bringing the arts to Cheyenne. He is tirelessly spending all of his time raising money and restoring the Hynds Building, which has been empty for over 25 years. He is trying to make the Hynds Building into an Artist-in-Residency program, offering programs to the University of Wyoming, Laramie County Community College and to high students in our area. Anyhow, we are lucky that Cheyenne has such a huge art supporter. And I am so lucky to have Glen as an art support also. Thank You Glen, for everything you do!!!

As you look at the pictures you will see that the Hynds Building still needs a lot of work.  I love it’s industrial retro rustic look.  It reminds me of the 1985 sci-fi comedy cult movie Brazil, starring Robert De Niro.  I love this movie, and that is probably why I love going down to the Hynds.

Here is a movie still from Brazil. It's a great classic if you have not seen it.

The New West: Art at the Hynds

Tuesday, February 21st, 2012

This Wednesday from 5:30 till 7:30 there will be an artists opening at the
Hynds building at 1602 Capitol Avenue Cheyenne WY.
I have several new pieces in this show as well as the work of 14 other aritsts
Rachael Eastman,Don Hendricksen,Terry Kreuzer,Phillippa K. Lack, Edward Marron, Mike McIntosh, Lynn Newman, Sally Newman, Connie Norman,Do Palma, Win Ratz, Jennifer Rife, Kevin Robinett, Georgia Rowswell, Laurel Shelley-Ruess.
Come out and meet many of the artists.

The first issue of Ceramics Now is now out!

Monday, December 5th, 2011

I am very pleased to announce the arrival of the newest ceramics magazine, Ceramics Now, from Cluj-Napoca, Romania.  I just got my digital copy and it looks impressive!  The staff at Ceramics Now has been working so tirelessly for months now.  They are featuring 40 different artists, ceramic artists: Claire Muckian, Carol Gouthro, Ian F. Thomas, Cynthia Lahti, Carole Epp, Simcha Even-Chen, Liza Riddle, Patrick Colhoun, Mark Goudy, Chang Hyun Bang, Ian Shelly, Shamai Gibsh, Margrieta Jeltema, John Shirley, Jim Kraft, Blaine Avery, Shane Porter, Antonella Cimatti, Maciej Kasperski, Wim Borst, Merete Rasmussen and I am so lucky to be one of the artists as well!

Right now I am so flattered to be included on their website and to be one of their featured artists in the first issue.

They are offering the magazine at a fantastic deal $15 dollars or $4.00 for a digital copy or you can subscribe for a year for $59 with free digital subscription.

Please make the jump to Ceramics Now to read an excerpt of my interview on their website. Or better yet go become a subscriber to the magazine and read the entire article!

Thank you so much to Vasi Hirdo the editor and the rest of the staff!

Table Manners @ Lark and Key Gallery

Wednesday, October 26th, 2011

I’m so late with this post.  I feel awful.  I just haven’t posted about the show Table Manners @ Lark and Key Gallery in Charlotte, North Carolina.  Months ago Jennifer Mecca asked me if I was interested in being in a show with her and her Mud Mama friends, and I answered, “Hell Yes!”  Well, the show went up October 5, and will end on November 26.  Jennifer Mecca and Amy Sanders curated the show and they did a fantastic job!!  I wish I could have made it to the reception!  But Wyoming isn’t that close to North Carolina, no matter how many times I look at the map!

I was blown away by the assembly of artists Jennifer and Amy got for the show, I feel like the red headed step child of the show.  I am in great company!  Linda Christianson, Victoria Christen,  Amy Evans, Ursala Hargens, Allison McGowan, Jennifer Mecca, Gillian Parke, Kari Radasch, Amy Sanders, Paula Smith, and Liz Zlot Summerfield.

And the paintings are by Diane Hoeptner, Duy Huynh and Wanda Steppe.

The pictures that Lark and Key posted on their Flickr site the show looks terrific.  Please click on the link and enjoy the show!

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Hand Lettered @ Abecedarian Gallery

Monday, October 24th, 2011

If you are in the Denver area please come by and see my work in Hand Lettered at Abecedarian Gallery.

November 4 – December 17, 2011

Opening Reception November 4, 6-8pm

910 Santa Fe, #101, Denver, CO  80204

Abecedarian Gallery is a contemporary book arts gallery in Denver, Colorado. Alicia Bailey the owner asked me to participate in the Hand Lettered show after she saw my work at Plinth Gallery, Jonathan Kaplan being the amazing guy that he is said “No Problem.” So for the month of November my work is in two galleries in Denver. I’m thrilled to be in the show; I’ve always love book arts and have dabbled here and there in making books. But I’ve never felt they have been successful. I can’t wait to see the show!!

Here is the press release for the show and some links to some of the artists in Hand Lettered!

In this final show of the year, Abecedarian Gallery presents Hand Lettered, a group exhibition featuring artists whose works include hand lettered elements as either primary content or concept.

The exhibition was curated by gallery director Alicia Bailey and features work by Heidi Zednik, Jan Owen, Justin Quinn and Mamiko Ikeda alongside books and sculptures by seventeen other artists from throughout the United States, Germany and Argentina.

Heidi Zednik is represented by Abecedarian Gallery and has been included in several previous exhibits. Here exhibited are several works created particularly for this exhibition. A dual citizen Austrian/American Zednik uses both painting and original texts in her works on paper, her studio work a recognition that art can be a catalyst for beauty, for peace and for being still.

Maine artist Jan Owen has also been included in previous exhibitions at Abecedarian. Captivated by the gestures found in handwritten letters, she often works with texts written by others. More than marks made on specific surfaces, Owen’s work integrates surface with mark, which she does by working on translucent materials that are layered, or by weaving materials back into the original surface.

New to Abecedarian is Justin Quinn, a printmaker currently living in St. Cloud, MN, displaying both books and prints from his Moby Dick series. Quinn has altered Melville’s epic novel by changing all letters to the letter E, thus abstracting the text away from something that is read into something that is seen. Both a bound copy of the original graphite drawings, and a photocopy version installed on the wall will be on view, alongside an intaglio print.

Also new to the gallery is Mamiko Ikeda. Born in Tokyo, Mamiko has lived in Colorado since 1995. She learned Japanese calligraphy from her mother, master calligrapher Shotei Miura. Here are exhibited several monotypes with calligraphy, works created as a form of meditation, the brush movements reflecting her moods, feelings and thoughts and hand painted boxes, each containing hand-lettered and printed manga scrolls.

Hand Lettered also includes artists’ books by the following artists:

Carol Erickson (Albuquerque, New Mexico) – Emily’s Trunk, a piece inspired by the writings of Emily Dickinson,

Carol EsAll Done But None, an edition book with each copy hand written with original watercolors and prints.

Cheryl Bailey/Deborah Henson (Denver/Longmont, Colorado) – A Manual for Future Departures, a collaborative multiple page scroll designed to hang on the wall mimicking a check list.

Danielle Feliciano (St Louis Park, Minnesota) Luminous a digitally printed abecedary of illuminated letters

Elizabeth McKee (Pasadena, Maryland) let it go a book work based on an e. e. cummings text of the same name

Ellen Wiener (Southold, New York) Even the Rain, a poem by Agha Shahid Ali in a lavishly painted and printed accordion book

Friedrich Kerksieck (Memphis, Tennessee) Abandoned Tales a letterpress book of text and illustrations reproduced via photopolymer plates and utilizing both hand drawn and digitally typeset text.

Jennifer Hines (Chicago, Illinois) Kneel, a mixed media accordion with a body relief print and handwriting

Kristen Catlett – Booneville, Arkansas, Alphabook: A Celebration of Letters, a book letterpress printed from hand drawn linocuts.

Marí Emily Bohley (Dresden, Germany) Hoar Frost, Hanging in Time, accordion books an elegant use of natural materials along with The Book of Silence a codex incorporating hand-written translations of various words.

Marina Soria (Buenos Aires, Argentina) Winter and Autumn, two puzzle books that allow viewer re-arrangement of the pages

Stephen Sidelinger – (Venice, Florida) Baudelaire Prose Poems Book 1&2 – two lavishly illustrated books with hand calligraphy and illuminations, each with 26 poems.

Sun Young Kang – (Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania) The Way To Be Empty 2 is composed of 108 small boxes set within 5 larger boxes. Each small box has a character hand burned into the cover with incense.

Susan Kapuscinski Gaylord (Newburyport, Massachusetts) Words for the Journey, a fan book with one one line quotations from various well known authors.

Turner Hilliker (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) Velvet Vacuums and Epic Moments of Personal Failure are both digital reprints of hand lettered works.

As well as works by by

E. Brooke Lanier (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) Veiled Threat, Sincerely and Caveat modestly scaled wall works with troubling messages

Connie Norman (Cheyenne, Wyoming) a selection of ceramic vessels incorporating repeating messages alongside stenciled glazed designs.


Sunday, October 2nd, 2011

To celebrate the 125th anniversary of the Laramie County Library they are hosting an invitational art exhibit entitled “Interpretations.” We were asked to interpret a piece of literature for the show! The artists will talk about their work during the reception on October 13 at 7 p.m.

Here is the press release for the show!!

Interpretations” Invitational Art Exhibition at Laramie County Library and Reception

In celebration of the 125th anniversary of Laramie County Library System, artists from Laramie County are exhibiting their work in the Cheyenne library inspired by literature. Staff members Jennifer Rife and Laurel Shelley-Reuss are coordinating the exhibition.

“The artists we’ve invited work in a variety of mediums and styles, which provides for a diverse exhibition,” explains Jennifer Rife. “Many of the artists have exhibited nationally and internationally and have had their work published in books and magazines.” Because the library is such a community place and sees a diverse population every day, it offers an excellent opportunity for local residents to view some exceptional art work, she said.

Go to to view the art online.

Public Reception

The public is invited to meet the artists at a reception on Thursday, October 13 at 7 p.m. in the Cottonwood Room at the library. Artists are Josh Eastman, Provina Gondalia, Brian Haberman, Don Hendrickson, Phillippa Lack, Ron Medina, Lynn Newman, Connie Norman, Do Palma, Win Ratz, Jennifer Rife, Laurel Shelley-Reuss, Georgia Rowswell, Beth Rulli and Curt Theobald.

For information call 307.634.3561 or e-mail

Title: Pope Joan; Literature interpreted: Poem by Carol Ann Duffy, “The World’s Wife”

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Artist: Curt Theobald; Title: The Narrow Gate; Literature interpreted: Bible passage Matthew 7:13-14

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Uncommon Ground:Imapct and Influence

Wednesday, September 21st, 2011

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Lindsay Pichaske

Casey Whittier

Jennifer Jeanelle

Jeffery Kochert

My Piece

I’m finally getting around to reporting on the reception of Uncommon Ground: Impact and Influence.   The show is amazing!  I was very grateful to be accepted to be in the show, but after seeing it in the flesh, I am very humbled and honored that I am included!!!

I always thought my vessels were kind of big, but after seeing the show, my piece was one of the smaller pieces in the show.

Here are a few of my favorite pieces from the show, and the last image is mine!

My piece from the Uncommon Ground Catalog.

If you click on the image you can acutally read it!!!

NCECA’s Uncommon Ground Impact and Influence

Tuesday, September 13th, 2011

I was accepted to exhibit a piece in the current NCECA show at the Arvada Center in Colorado, Uncommon Ground: Impact and Influence.  The show opens this Thursday, September 15, and closes on November 13.  This is the first show I’ve been in that has a catalog to go along with it, and a cell phone tour, to boot!  It was really weird to record my cell phone sound bite.  Hopefully I don’t sound too dim.  Well, I should qualify that… I know I will sound a bit dense, but I had my husband coach me, so with a bit of luck I kept it to a minimum!  If you happen to be interested in listening to my cell phone tour sound bite call 720-548-3422 and then enter #133!I feel a bit more confident with the catalog.  I’ve seen it on-line and it looks pretty nice.  If you don’t live in the area and want to see the show, click on the link.

The Arvada Center is also having two other shows that look pretty awesome.  

Edition to Clay Ceramic Artists as Printmakers

Oaxaca in Living Color