Guns, Guns, and more Guns

One morning, while driving to visit my husband at the nursing home, I noticed a huge crowd at the Civic Center.  Cars had filled both parking lots and spilled over into adjacent fields and on to the streets.  I looked at the marquee which read:  “GUN SHOW.”  I slowed down and noticed a man withContinue reading “Guns, Guns, and more Guns”

The Gulf War

Hidden away in the corner of my studio is a large Plexiglas cube with a gas mask inside. To explain about this artwork, one has to look back to the first President Bush and the first Gulf War, called “Operation Desert Storm”. After Iraq invaded Kuwait, a coalition of countries and the United States, invadedContinue reading “The Gulf War”

Remembering President Obama

There is a magnet on my refrigerator, with President Obama’s image, that says I am a member of his honorary kitchen cabinet.  I remember the impression he made on me when he spoke at the Democratic National Convention in 2004.  I told my son then that this man was going to be our next president. Continue reading “Remembering President Obama”

Cigar Box Assemblages

There’s something about a box.  My grandmother from Mississippi loved to send packages.  It was so exciting to open it and see what she had sewn for me and my sister.  I remember matching outfits in yellow for Easter.  She even made hats for us from the parachute her son had used in World WarContinue reading “Cigar Box Assemblages”

The Wednesday Group

The Wednesday Group began informally in the early 80’s when Donne Bitner and Loretta Schnitzius invited other artists to have lunch together.   The group grew over time to become a very informal organization of roughly 20 women artists. In the beginning we called ourselves The Beach Girls. It was an opportunity to discuss one’s art,Continue reading “The Wednesday Group”

Thurgood Marshall and the Rule of Law

I am extremely hesitant to post this piece because, as an artwork, it is so inadequate.  Because it is symbolic of a black man I admire, and because he is on a pedestal, it seems strangely appropriate for our times. There are protests in the streets and slave-owner statues are coming down, as they should. Continue reading “Thurgood Marshall and the Rule of Law”

House of Memories

For those of us who do assemblage, going to estate sales always brings a sense of anticipation.  Seeing the past through another’s eyes and memories, when viewing old photo albums, mysterious messages on faded postcards, vintage clothing, crystal goblets, hand embroidered cloths, antique trunks and numerous expected and unexpected things.  Everything held memories for thatContinue reading “House of Memories”

Fibromyalgia

This artwork called “Still-life at 3 AM” was a result of being in pain.  When I was in my late 30’s, I began to have more and more pain, especially at night in my legs.  That made getting a good night’s sleep almost impossible.  I have always been a “sensitive” type, cutting labels out ofContinue reading “Fibromyalgia”

His Name was Woodrow

His name was Woodrow (named for the President, Woodrow Wilson).  He was a city boy from Meridian, Mississippi, and came to Alabama as a part of the Civilian Conservation Corps, which was part of Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal, founded as a relief to unemployment during the Great Depression.  Later, our father would tell usContinue reading “His Name was Woodrow”