If you are looking for something to do with your family this beautiful fall weekend, please come to Eden UCC in Edwardsville as your first stop on the ARTEAST tour through Madison County, IL. More than 150 artists will participate this year by opening their studios or exhibiting at a wide variety of locations. I will be one of nine artists at Eden Church exhibiting my latest artwork. All venues are free and many sites will not only have a large variety of art on display, but many of the artists will be demonstrating thoughout the weekend. For more information, pick up a tour map at Eden UCC or at Jacoby Art Center in Alton, IL.
Having been an illustrator, art educator, and an avid gardener for many years, I have always been drawn to aerial views of land, maps, rivers, soil, and organic systems. Experimenting with handmade plant fiber paper is a culmination of that attraction to texture and natural materials. By combining my papers with ephemera collected along the way, my work layers history, meaning, and place into objects that are no longer lost or mis-placed, but reconstructed and transformed.