Summer Aartz 2015

July 23rd, 2015
Summer Aartz 2015

It has been my pleasure every summer for the past 12 years, to share creative processes with students ages 7 to 17 in my Summer Aartz Camps. It works wonderfully well to have a wide range of ages in the group. The older kids forge ahead with their own interpretation of the projects but usually […]

Damn the torpedos! (or how the arts can change a community.)

August 8th, 2014
Damn the torpedos!                                    (or how the arts can change a community.)

A few years ago I was invited (as a community leader?) to give a presentation to a regional group of several hundred women. It was quite an honor to be asked. I just re-read my presentation, and thought I would share it here. What I wrote is about life and art and moving forward against […]

Intensity at the easel

March 9th, 2011

  “The excellency of every art is its intensity, capable of making all disagreeable evaporate.” John Keats What does he mean by “all disagreeable?” I think that he is referring to that state of oblivion when you’re immersed in the creation of your art. When it’s most intense you don’t feel pain, hunger or weariness. […]

Intensity at the easel

March 9th, 2011
Intensity at the easel

  “The excellency of every art is its intensity, capable of making all disagreeable evaporate.” John Keats What does he mean by “all disagreeable?” I think that he is referring to that state of oblivion when you’re immersed in the creation of your art. When it’s most intense you don’t feel pain, hunger or weariness. […]

Honeymoon with Color

February 23rd, 2011
Honeymoon with Color

Spontaneity takes practise. -Robert Hammer I love the beginning… It’s nothing but fun… A honeymoon of discovery. It’s quite spontaneous but only works because I have been doing it carefully for so long. Well, the actual beginning is layer after layer of clean white gesso drying slowly. That takes time.  Sanding each layer creates very […]

Winter Transformation

February 3rd, 2011
Winter Transformation

In wilderness is the preservation of the world. Henry David Thoreau I live at the northernmost end of the Taconic Mountains, a long meandering mountain wilderness which rises out of the Atlantic near New York City and ends in my backyard. More or less. Actually they vanish northward, slowly sinking into the Lake Champlain, but […]

Natures Wiles- Exhibition by Joan Curtis

January 22nd, 2011
Natures Wiles- Exhibition by Joan Curtis

I recently had the good fortune to visit the Feick Art Center on the campus of Green Mountain College in Poultney, Vermont to see the exhibit of paintings and sculpture by a wonderful artist (and wonderful friend) Joan Curtis. The show is INCREDIBLY rich with color, texture and form. I wrote the following review and […]

Open Studios!

May 28th, 2010

“We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things because we’re curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.” Walt Disney It’s time for OPENINGS! Last night, this night blooming cereus opened it’s 10″ blossom in our living room. Quite an exciting moment! Clearly, openings are IN! If you’re curious, as Walt […]

Open Studios!

May 28th, 2010
Open Studios!

“We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things because we’re curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.” Walt Disney It’s time for OPENINGS! Last night, this night blooming cereus opened it’s 10″ blossom in our living room. Quite an exciting moment! Clearly, openings are IN! If you’re curious, as Walt […]

Through My Eyes, Photographs of Vermont

May 24th, 2010
Through My Eyes, Photographs of Vermont

Those who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night.   -Edgar Allan Poe Louis Pattis dreams by day. He envisions his dreams through the lens of a camera, recording moments of great beauty and unique light. Louis’ camera writes an unusual visual poetry. We have been […]