Friday, September 23, 2011

New Member of Conspiracy of Venus

During my graduation night from Landmark Forum, Anne Kroeger heard me sing and invited me to audition for an all-Women's choir called Conspiracyof Venus in San Francisco. The Director, Joyce McBride is a joy to work with on Thursday nights. Composer, Arranger, Vocal Coach and Teacher, Anne delights her students with a large variety of music. Performances are scheduled for October 22 and December 15. A Group Camping trip on October -2, in NorthernCalifornia, has all the members salivating for a fun-filled week-end of camping, singing, and gourmet food prepared on the campfire.

Pure Passion

I made this video, after noticing a honeybee going into the slit of a passion flower in my garden and realizing that the flower was going to bloom.  No tricks!  This is real time.

Since I graduated from the Landmark Forum, my life is graced with Miracles.   They are all around me when I stop, look and listen!


Check out this video on YouTube:

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

More Land Art

Here are some more pictures from our excursion on Sunday.


Monday, September 12, 2011

Land Art

"Full Circle", september 11, 2011

Land Art

Yesterday, some of my friends from NCWCA got together on Irma
Velasquez's ranch in Pescadero to create Land Art, as a non-violent
tribute to 9/11. I made an installation piece called "Full Circle",
with flour, sieves of various sizes, an old garden hose and bucket.
With redtail hawks, vultures and ravens hovering in the warm wind
currents above, I imagined I was an aboriginal artist in the
beginnings of time as I printed patterns of lace, connecting me to my
own Belgian and Cherokee roots, and the flour from whence it came.


Friday, September 9, 2011

"Northwest Passage", on View at Hamilton Center, Novato, California

My latest kimono, made out of vinyl, eggshells and watercolor painting will be part of a large group show, "Collectives:Unique Artists Groups of Marin", from September 12 - January 3. On view at the Hamilton Center, Building #5, Novato, California. Opening Reception, October 26, 4-7 pm.

Hot Off My Press in "Alphabet Soup Show"

The Roundtable Discussion and Opening Reception at the O'Hanlon Center For the Arts on Tuesday was a lot of fun. There was a good turn out of artists who came to talk about their work.

Kathleen Burch, Juror, Book Artist, Letterpresser, Co-Founder of the San Francisco Center For the Book, talked about the literal and figurative use of words in the varied artworks including paintings, sculptures, prints and drawings, and mixed media collage. She loved how I used the printed plastic bags for visual texture, to describe a "lacy ruffled trim" on my heat-fused dress, "Hot Off My Press". Members from NCWCA, including Gretchen Blais and Kelly Hammergen, both had works selected by Kathleen, as you can see in attached photos.

One of my favorite pieces, "TRUTH", by fiber artist, Zona Sage, says it all about the nature of plastic and how it is impacting our environment and our health.

Mark your calendar for the next juried show at O'Hanlon Center For the Arts, called "What's the Big Idea?",, where artists will strut their stuff with entries about conceptual art. Catch my new works, made with heat-fused plastics, where I have something to say about the sunnier side of life, "On The Beach".

Monday, September 5, 2011

Things are Movin' Right Along

My Landmark Forum in Action Seminar series started last Wednesday. I volunteered to be Group Leader, not knowing what was instore for me. That was a HUGE breakthrough! In the past, I would want to step up to my fear, but then would shrink away into oblivion, watching somebody else have the opportunity to make something new happen. My commitment to myself and the members of our Group called "The A Team", is to have a productive and supportive experience for the next 3.5 months. Phew! I can only imagine the places we will go between now and December 7. On December 8, I will celebrate my Graduation and my 52nd birthday! Last year, on December 7, I had my first solo art show at O'Hanlon Center For the Arts in Mill Valley.

I am becoming a Landmark "junkie", as I am signed up for the Advanced Training, on September 30 to October 4. We will start at 10 am and go until midnight for 3 days, then have Monday off, and back for Graduation on Tuesday night from 7-10 pm! I hope you can join us!!!

Michael from Landmark called to ask me to volunteer for the Assistance Program. I will be part of a Production Team that supports the seminar series, "Living Passionately", starting October 10 and ending on Elvis' birthday on January 16.

I look forward to a very exciting and powerful New Year in 2012.


Thursday, August 25, 2011

I donated my hair!

Hi All,

I just completed my Landmark Education Forum in San Francisco.

I made a commitment to donate my hair to someone who has lost their hair to cancer.

On graduation night of the Landmark Education Forum, I faced my worst fear of public speaking and singing in front of other people. The experience was exhiliarating!!!


Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Catching UP!

WOW! It's been a whirlwind of activity since I became Board Member for NCWCA! Shortly after being elected on July 14, I was preparing for my trip to St. Louis for the Summer National Art and Social Justice Confence and Board Member Meeting. I could write a book about all the people I met, the things I learned and the FUN that I had, but then you would be bored to tears, so I'll control myself. At any rate, I played journalist and collected some great stories for my upcoming book, "Blind Faith". Plus, I made a lot of new aquaintenances, dare I say "friends" in this day and age, that I am looking forward to seeing again at the 40th Anniversary Gala Conference in LA in February, 22-27, just after my second SOLO Show on February 7, 2012. Whoo, hoo!!! My DREAMS are coming true.

Speaking of SHOWS, I just got news that Donna Seagar, juror for the Bay Area Women's Art Show, selected my plastic Hefty trash bag dress, "SLICK", (look in the upper right corner of this blog and you'll see me wearing it!) for the show at O'Hanlon Center For the Arts, up through August 27. In addition, yesterday, I got a phone call from Idell at Blackview Media, who saw me wearing "SLICK" at the Earth Day Festival, asking me to come to San Francisco on August 5 for a LIVE interview on Channel 76. She loves my creativity and wants to introduce me to her listeners!

August will be really busy for me because in addition to being on TV, I start the semester on August 15 at College of Marin and will be taking painting with Chester Arnold again, as well as a second semester of printmaking with Tron Bykle. He's really a Master Teacher and I want to study with him as long as I can before he retires.

A few days after the semester starts, I am off to San Francisco for the Landmark Education Forum, August 19, 20, 21 and Tuesday, 23 (graduation night). I'll probably be beat with the 3 consecutive 12 hour days and evening schedule (9 am to 10 pm), but the Leadership Skills I attain will be worth it. The last time I took a Leadership Course, my boss didn't recognize me when I came back to work after the week-end training. He sent me to the Advanced Training, and when I came back, I had the computer on my desk I was promised when I was hired a year and a half earlier, a promotion, a 10% raise and a few months later an assistant. So, the $1400 cost was worth it! I increased my salary $5000!

Well, that's my news! Enjoy the pix from St. Louis, and keep making art and growing your art career!!!


Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Mill Valley PATCH writes about my winning suit and contribution to my favorite non profit organization

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Puttin' On The Glitz

Art Made from CD's
 "Seeing The World Through New Eyes"
This piece has been in the making for a little more than 2 years.  When I was in the throes of depression caused by a sense of helplessness after reading in the paper too many times that Antartica was melting and Australia was burning from Global Warming, I decided to distract myself with a trip to Monterey Bay Aquarium on Easter in 2009.  Surrounded by children, I peered through the glass and witnessed for the first time, a creature known as a "Sea Dragon".  Eventhough I had always dreamt of being a marine biologist, somehow, in my 50 years, I missed this amazing animal, with kelp-like appendages growing out of its body!  The perfect camoflage for an animal native to Western Australia.  With my point and shoot camera,  I took photos through the glass.  On my way home, I announced to my husband that I was not depressed anymore and that I was going to crochet a Sea Dragon out of audiocassette tape.  Well, it's been a little more than 2 years, and my "Sea Dragon" is almost finished!  In the meantime, I have expanded my repertoire to include other music media including CD's that I collected from the College of Marin, when the Music Department was Spring Cleaning, in 2005.  As materials go, I covet them and it's not easy for me to use such a precious commodity that now goes for $1.99 at the Goodwill.  However, when the Call For Entry for the show, "Puttin' On The Glitz", came across my email from the O'Hanlon Center For the Arts, for the "Puttin' On The Glitz" show, juried by Emily DeVorin, I knew it was time to haul 300+ of them out of the closet, now buried deep by the other materials I have been collecting since I declared myself to be a fiber artist.  
In keeping with my "Upcycle Runway" theme, I wanted to make a wearable piece with the CD's.  However, I hit a roadblock with creating the contours of the body with the rigidity of the CD's, and rather than revert to heating them, I stretched my creative forces and settled for a flat piece.  Having seen kimonos and flat patterns displayed at the Pulp Fashion Show at the Legion of Honor on June 12, I decided to use the icon to express my concern for the oceans and the need to recycle non-biodegradable wastes.  Using vinyl as a base,  I attached the CD's by tacking with thread and adhered photos embellished with Golden's Gel Bead Gloss Medium and gold leafing, using my favorite Golden's Heavy Gel Medium.  Upon seeing the embellished Sea Dragons transform into the planet Earth, I discovered the title "Seeing The World Through New Eyes" and considered how far I had come in 2 years since my trip to Monterey.  Finally, hanging the piece was also a challenge for this piece.  With a background in quilting, I used an age-old technique of creating a "sleeve" by folding over the top of the piece, reinforcing it with the cableties that the juror Emily DeVorin uses as her "signature" material and passed a solid plexiglass rod, purchased at Tap Plastic,  through the top.  Weighing just over 8 pounds, I hung the piece with 40# test monofilament line on both ends.
For the Show, I wore the perfect gllitzy frock and ear rings I wear when I perform on stage. 

Monday, July 4, 2011

New artwork on view through July 28

Hi Art Lover,

Please come to see my newest artwork - a Japanese kimono constructed with hundreds of CD's and photographs I took at Monterey Bay Aquarium when I was in the throes of depression over world conditions.    "Seeing the World Through New Eyes", is a testament to my total transformation.   On view at the O'Hanlon Center For the Arts show, "Puttin' On The Glitz", 616 Throckmorton Avenue, Mill Valley, July 5 through July 28.

I hope to see you at the Opening, tomorrow, Tuesday, July 5, 6-8 pm.   Hear the artists talk about their work, which will be filmed and televised on Marin TV, from 4-5 pm.

Thank you,

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Opening at the Falkirk Cultural Center in San Rafael

We had a great showing of guests at the Re:Value show at the Falkirk Cultural Center in San Rafael last Friday night.

In the making of the artworks, 13 women and one man, met regularly over a year for critiques and lively conversation about values. They reflected on a series of questions including, "Who and what do we value?; "Who and what do we cast off?"; "What is disposable?"; and "What is worth preserving?" The show presents a variety of more than 50 artworks with personal opinions about family, the environment and the social and political issues of the day expressed by a dynamic group of contemporary artists specializing in fiber arts.

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Guests were welcomed with Julie Garner's expletives, "Sign of the Times", which she sculpted with New York Times and hazardous waste plastic bags.

"The Sign of the Times", by Julie Garner

The New York Times plastic newspaper bags are a favorite recycle material of Plexus, and my piece, "Hot Off My Press", generated a smile from my friend Karin Mortensen.

"Hot Off My Press", by Elise Cheval

As the photographer at the Opening, I had the opportunity to capture some poignant moments of our guests with the artists. This picture of a little boy playing with the toy soldiers in Susan Doyle's (front and center), "In the Name of God", makes one step back and consider our future.

"In the Name of God", by Susan Doyle

Jennifer Kim-Sohn's passion for oil painting, comes through in her portraits which depict the new social media platform, facebook. Noting that children have as many as 250 friends on facebook, Jennifer questions the immediacy of how quickly users can like and unlike people. She ponders how new social media have changed the concept of friendship by presenting her paintings with a small leather wallet which holds a few cherished photos of her loved ones.

"217 Friends", by Jennifer Kim-Sohn

As the evening progressed, the light shining through the Bay windows at the historical Falkirk Cultural Center in San Rafael was perfect for some dramatic shots!

Karen Balos' sculpted human forms, "Transparent Selves", made out of clear packing tape speaks to our transparency with each other and tweaks the viewer to consider how we judge others by body-type, gender, size, etc...and asks, "How much can we see?" Moreover, seeing her piece in front of the beautiful landscape of the Marin hills is worth a drive to the gallery to see the show, up through August 20.

"Transparent Selves", by Karen Balos

I dressed for the occassion in a pop Art sort of way, with a bright shiny hot pink top that turned heads. Standing next to "Elvis", one wonders who gets more attention? The King standing in the light or me in the shadows?

"White Trash", by Elise Cheval

Seeing my piece, "In the Beginning", made with hundreds of cassette tapes collected from family, friends and neighbors over a 2 year period, in the context of the people who contributed to the Project, was a real treat!

"In the Beginning", by Elise Cheval

Monday, June 20, 2011

Wake-Up Call

Wake-Up Call at Marin County Fair

Hi All,

My Whole Foods Market winning suit made out of vinyl banners will be on view in the Fine Arts/Crafts Competition and Show at the Marin County Fair on July 4.

I hope to catch you there.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

New External Communications Board Member at NCWCA

I am bubbling with excitement to share with you that the space capsule I'm in has separated from the power boosters that got me to the "moon" I was headed for 6 weeks ago.   It was a difficult journey, with various obstacles along the way,  but I stayed with it and now I am in a new orbit.   The VIEW is magnificent!   

As the new External Communications Board Member for the Northern California Women's Caucus for the Art (,  I will be heading up our social media networking program through various Cyber sites, including Facebook and Twitter; keeping Members abreast of venues where they can show their artwork; eventually writing the Newsletter, and working intimately with the Professional Development Chair and President Chair, both who welcomed my ideas on how to grow Membership.   If you can imagine what it feels like for a Go-Getter like me who has always wanted to contribute in such a fashion, but never having the "credentials" to do the BIG things that I have always espoused to do -  well, then you will understand my elatedness with such an opportunity as this one to serve an organization, 85 Members strong.

Our Board Meeting is in July, in St. Louis, where my sister Tamra lives, 15 minutes away from the hotel where I will be staying.

For those of you who are interested in social media networking and its relationship to artists, check out Priscilla Otani's (our new National WCA President), husband Michael Yokum's talk tomorrow at ARC Gallery, 7 pm, (on Folsom and in between 9th and 10th street).  


Monday, June 13, 2011

Roni in Crocheted Hat "Roni 1"

I have a passion for crochet. I designed this hat for Roni in order for her to walk out of the hair salon (where she had her hair cut off) with dignity! I made the hat out of natural bamboo yarn, the softest available at Blue Bird, my favorite knitting store in Sausalito, and embellished it with the corkscrew curls to put a smile on Roni's face. Mission accomplished!

Threadlace Embroidery Hat

In this shot, I am wearing the threadlace hat I made for Roni.

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Plexus Hats on View at Marin Arts Council

Hats Made by Plexus Art Group, Now on Permanent Display at Zero Breast Cancer in Marin

Hats Off For Roni,
When It Rains, It Pours...

As part of the Plexus Art Group, I had the opportunity to make hats to support one of the members in our group who had a 3rd bout of breast cancer. Those hats were purchased by a donor for $10,000 and are permanently on display at Zero Breast Cancer in Marin ( After they made their way back from New York, where 2 out of the 4 hats I made, are featured in an HBO documentary on breast cancer, the Marin Arts Council in collaboration with Zero Breast Cancer created an adjunct show, to be run concurrently with the Pop Art Show in San Rafael. My hat made with recycled fabrics, held together with threadlace embroidery, is full of life and bursting with color. This cloche breathes hope and possibility for a woman who has lost her hair to this devestating disease.

Some Like It Hot

Diamonds Are A Girl's Best Friend

White Trash

White Trash on Exhibit at Marin Arts Council Through July 15

Hi Contemporary Textile Art Lovers,

I am happy to announce that "White Trash", a costume made out of fused white Glad trash bags, machine embroidered with a dragon, was requested by Argo and Colleen at Marin Arts Council to be part of the Pop Art Show last Friday night. I heard from folks that the costume looked embodied by the King himself, standing in the front door of the gallery exhibit. In addition, "Maryln" was there too, all decked out in her red bubblewrap dress, "Some Like It Hot", and her pink bubblewrap dress, "Diamond's Are A Girl's Best Friend". After the show, "Elvis" was moved to the Falkirk Cultural Center in San Rafael, where he will be on view through August 20. I hope to see you there on Opening Night, June 17 from 5-7 pm.


Saturday, June 4, 2011

New Summer Classes at Marin Arts Council

Hi Art Lover,
Check out my summer classes at Marin Arts Council, where you can make a stylish bag or hat out of repurposed materials donated by Whole Foods Market.   Showcase your artwork in the Spring Student Exhibition at the O'Hanlon Center For the Arts.

"Some Like It Hot" in Pop Art Show in Marin through July 10

My obsession with bubblewrap has turned into a sizzling FLAMEnco dress for the POP Art Show in Marin, showing from June 10 to July 10. I'll be wearing a HOT pink bubblewrap dress, hat and shoes, to carry on the "Marilyn Monroe" theme, during Opening Night, this Friday in Marin. Maybe they will ask me to sing!!!


More Artwork on View in Marin

Dear Art Lover,

I've been as busy as a bee, designing and constructing garments out of plastic trash bags called "Haute Trash", with the intention to educate the public and raise awareness about the impact of plastic on our health and natural world. My show schedule is quite full. For an Invited Member Show at Marin Arts Council, I created a sizzling wearable dress, made in the tradition of FLAMEnco with a lot of ruffles, out of red bubblewrap called "Some Like It Hot". Carrying on the theme of Pop Art and Marilyn Monroe, I'll be wearing a dress, hat and shoes, made from HOT pink bubblewrap on Friday, June 10, at Opening Night. Hats made to support breast cancer research and purchased for Zero Breast Cancer, by the 14 member strong artist group, including me, called Plexus,, will show along with the Pop Art Show, from June 10 to July 15. Plexus will also be showing over 50 pieces of art, including my latest pieces, "White Trash", "Hot Off My Press" and the famous cassette tape sculpture, "In The Beginning", featured in Marin IJ, Plus Section on March 10, in our new show, Re:Value, at the Falkirk Cultural Center from June 17 to August 20. Opening Night is June 17 from 5:00 to 7:00 pm. The two dresses, "Slick" and "Aim High", seen on my new blog,, were well-recieved last Friday night at MOCA in Novato. Check out the photo (including my Target dress) on their website www.Marin used for promotion of their Current Exhibition.

I hope to catch up with you soon

Friday, May 27, 2011

Re:Value Show at the Falkirk Cultural Center, June 17 through August 20

Dear Art Lover,
Please find attached the Evite for the Plexus Art Group Re:Value show, featuring the art of 14 fantastic contemporary artists. I hope my artwork, a 7 foot steel tower filled with audiocassette tapes, will take you on a nostalgic journey and my newest passion - wearable art made out of sewn and fused trash bags - will leave you in stitches!

I look forward to seeing you at the Opening, June 17, 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm.


Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Fwd: Upcoming Exhibition - Artfully Reclaimed and Spectrum

Hi All,

My artwork has really taken off with my Hot Off The Press series of wearable art made out of recycled plastic bags.   I hope to see you at the Opening this Saturday, May 28,  5-7 pm.


Begin forwarded message:

From: Marin Museum of Contemporary Art <>
Date: May 25, 2011 3:55:35 PM PDT
Subject: Upcoming Exhibition - Artfully Reclaimed and Spectrum


Opening Saturday May 28, 2011

Reception: 5 - 7 pm

Exhibition Dates: May 28 through July 10, 2011

 artfully reclaimed image

Artists from across the country transform the appearance of materials once meant for discard, creating art from recycled and repurposed materials 


Juror: Jack Fischer of the Jack Fischer Gallery


Running concurrently in the Hamilton Gallery


Spectrum: Color as Expression and Form

spectrum image

Artists Lar Landa and Joseph Slusky

employ color as an important expressive element, creating works that are both celebratory and seductive.


Co- curator: William Torphy 



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