Sunday, December 11, 2011

Museum School Art Sale - Last chance today!

December 8–11, 2011
10 am–8 pm daily

Sunday, last chance brunch 10 am–12pm: First 50 buyers receive one free pass to "Degas and the Nude" at the MFA.

I have one 24' x x24' piece in this show and several works in the shrink-wrap bins. Stop by and take a look.

"Pipe Dreams 3", Encaustic, graphite, conte on canvas on panel, 24" x 24"   
This piece is in its third incarnation (its best yet). If a piece stays inthe studio where I can see it, it often runs the risk of being revised!

"Secretive Sounds IV", Oil over monotype, 20" x 20"

"Secretive Sounds III", Oil over monotype, 20" x 20"

"Mandolin View", Oil, charcoal, 20" x 20"

"Caning Form", Oil on Rives BFK paper, 20" x 20"
 These four are part of a still-life series in which I was using musical instruments, vases, mugs, and foliage from the plants in my studio to make almost abstracted compositions.

Thursday, October 27, 2011


National Exhibition juried by Brian T. Allen, Director, Addison Gallery of Art
Nov 4–Dec 21, 2011 
Opening Reception: November 4, 6–8 pm
119 Ripley Road
Cohasset, MA 02025
781 383 2787
"Leaving:, Encaustic, oil, pigment stick on canvas on panel, 20" x 20"

NH Institute of Art's Biennial 2011

I've had two paintings from last winter accepted into The New Hampshire Institute of Art's Biennial 2011, a regional juried exhibition for New England artists. The exhibit will be open from Friday, Nov. 4 through Monday, Dec. 5.

I will be at the Opening Reception and Awards Ceremony on Wednesday, Nov. 9, 5 – 7 pm, in the Institute's French Building Gallery, 148 Concord Street, Manchester, NH. Stop by and say hello.

This exhibition includes 56 works of painting, drawing, printmaking, photography, and illustration by nearly 40 regional artists and will be on display in both the French Building Gallery and Amherst Gallery.

Biennial 2011 is juried this year by Anthony Apesos, an American painter and professor of Fine Arts at the Art Institute of Boston at Lesley University where he founded and served as the first director of the low-residence Masters in Fine Art program there.

"Arterial", encaustic, pigment stick, collaged monotype and dried leaves on panel, 24" x 24"

"Interstice", encaustic, graphite, pigment stick, and ink on venetian plaster on panel, 24" x 24"

You're Invited!

NH Open Doors
November 5 - 6, 2011
10 am - 4 pm for details and directions. Search for me in Crafts - Fine art.

I've cleaned up the studio in anticipation of a weekend open studio. I'll have paintings in oil, encaustic, and mixed media. Lots to see and talk about. Stop by!

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Supported in part by a grant from the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts!

I was able to attend the Fifth International Encaustic Conference this June in Provincetown, Mass. with a Artists Entrepreneurial Grant from the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts. This professional development opportunity helped me with marketing and networking as well as learning new developments in working with encaustic. It would not have been possible to attend without this gift, so I just want to say Thank You! and let it be known how much it is appreciated. It made a difference!  Support your State Council on the Arts!
Keynote speaker Jackie Battenfield, photo by Joanne Mattera
"Mastering Media" panel, photo by Joanne Mattera

Saturday, May 14, 2011


This exhibition brings together a group of New England artists who have incorporated salvaged metal into their work with the ancient medium of encaustic.

I hope you can stop by to see the show. And come to the reception May 19 from 5 - 8 pm!

May 16 - July 9 31 (extended!)
Art at 12 Gallery
12 Farnsworth Street, Boston, MA 02210
Gallery hours: Monday through Friday, 11am - 6pm
Saturday 11am - 4pm

Juried by Zola Solamente, director of Boston’s Arden Gallery
Artists participating: Kathleen Austin, Jeanne Borofsky, Debra Claffey, Barbara Cone, Pamala Crabb-Burnham, Pamela DuJong, Jane Deutsch, Ken Eason, Patricia Gerkin, Jeanne Griffin, Sue Katz, Dorothy Simpson Krause, Munira Naqui, Beverly Rippel, Lelia Stokes Wienstein, Donna Talman, Julie Vohs, Charyl Weissbach.

I don't usually work with metal so this was a bit outside my comfort zone, but exciting! I chose a wire tree planting basket recycled from a recent landscape planting. I always love opportunities to meld the disparate parts of my life together.

I used the flattened tree basket as a line drawing and created a shadow drawing in black wax underneath. Then I cast leaves shapes in wax, incising the leaf veining and placed them around the wire 'lines' as if they were falling from the sky in a summer storm. The final step of painting in translucent leaves completed the work.

It's both related to my current work with abstracted foliage and still-life objects, but also a stretch into three dimensions. It's a direction full of potential that I might not have found without this group's challenge to use unfamiliar materials.

Monday, January 24, 2011

At McGowan Fine Art...

January 25 - February 12, 2011
Reception January 28, 5-7 PM (snow date Feb. 4)
"A low fat alternative for your sweetheart just in time for Valentine's Day- with over 60 artists showing works that are 11" x 8" or smaller!"

Calla Dance, encaustic on paper

Calla Dance 2, encaustic on vellum

Calla Dance 3, encaustic on paper

Calla Dance 4, encaustic on vellum

Calla Pair, encaustic on paper

Calla Pair, encaustic on vellum
McGowan Fine Art 10 Hills Avenue, Concord, NH 03301

Friday, January 7, 2011


“What We Ask, #4”, encaustic and mixed media on panel
"Now Showing!" 
Red River Theatre's 
Community Art Gallery 
January 2011

Stop by to see works by the nine women artists who form the Board of Directors for the Women's Caucus for Art/New Hampshire (WCA/NH). We volunteer time and talent to promote the advancement of women in the visual arts through exhibitions, networking, education and scholarship opportunities. Red River Theatres is located at 11 S. Main St., Suite L1-1 in Concord. The gallery is open during regular business hours.

Participating in the show are Melissa McCarthy of Laconia (president); Suzanne Whittaker of Bedford (vice president); Linda Basha Brookshire of Mont Vernon (second vice president); Aline Lotter of Manchester (treasurer); Marcia Santore of Plymouth (exhibitions chair); Phyllis Hofman of Canterbury (outreach); members-at-large Cilla Sheehan of Bristol, and Laura Morrison of Concord and me (webmaster)

“What We Ask, #5”, encaustic and mixed media on panel

The mission of the Women's Caucus for Art is to create community through art, education, and social activism. We are committed to:
  • recognizing the contributions of women in the arts
  • providing women with leadership opportunities and professional development
  • expanding networking and exhibition opportunities for women
  • supporting local, national, and global art activism
  • advocating for equity in the arts for all 
Founded in 1995, The New Hampshire Chapter just celebrated their 15th year. Additional information about WCA/NH can be found at
For more information about Red River Theatres and the Community Art Gallery, call (603) 224-4600 or visit