Sunday, March 21, 2010


...A Functional Trash Exhibition. I am participating in this exhibit that runs May 1 to June 30 at the Boulder Public Library Canyon Art Gallery, 1000 Canyon Blvd, Boulder, CO. Off on vacation in a week so my contribution is being packaged and sent to Boulder early. Here is a preview with my accompanying statement.

Blue History Sustained (front view)

Blue History Sustained (back view)

Blue History Sustained (close-up)

I have a history of patching, recycling, and reinventing almost everything around me, crockery, art.
My first inspiration was a Japanese farmer's coat patched with indigo fragments,
photographed in Japan.
An old kimono-style robe was the beginning.
Worn-out jeans, from Colorado cowboys and California beach boys,
...memory fabrics and antique fragments all come together.
A recycle, a resurrection, a non-disposable,
...tea bags with stories and secrets.
A meditation on the experience of thrift and survival,
...a message to save it all.
Who knows when you will need it.

Sunday, March 14, 2010


If you are going through the Denver International Airport this spring, don't miss this exhibit. Opening March 15 and continuing until June 13, Colorado Art Ranch has installed the exhibit "33 Ideas" in a grouping of 33 cases in the Airport.

My case entitled "Mapping: Knowing the Land" is an exploration into nature's process in both an ecological and historical sense with the location being the forest in the San Juan Mountains adjacent to Durango, Colorado. The book art shown deals with narratives of time and place, the many elements within the forest, and seasonal change.

The exhibit is located on the walkway bridge from the Terminal to Concourse A, just before the Security area.

For more information about the exhibit and the other artists please see

Mapping: Knowing the Land (bottom shelf)

Mapping: Knowing the Land (top shelf)

Sunday, March 7, 2010


Tres Pinos

I have been fortunate to have a number of my artists' books purchased over the years for the Erika and Fred Torri Artists' Books Collection at the Athenaeum Music and Arts Library in La Jolla, California. A Selections exhibit in the North Reading Room Gallery opened February 26 and ends April 3. "Tres Pinos" is one of the book works on exhibit. This wire-wrapped book was altered by nature during its one year stay in the forest (shown in the photograph). It is part of a series done in the San Juan Mountains of Colorado where I live.


Shrines, Prayers, Offerings

This small book (approximately 3" x 6") is currently being exhibited at the Japanese Friendship Garden in Balboa Park, San Diego. The book belongs to a series of many books with Japanese bindings from my Japan Journal Journey Box. The exhibit "Edge to Edge: Books with a Japanese Theme" has been organized by San Diego Book Arts, of which I am a member. The exhibit runs from March 1-31. Regular Garden hours are Tuesday - Sunday: 10AM - 4PM (last admission at 3:30PM). There is an admission charge.



A collage of book fragments from my studio collection - I originally envisioned book remains pinned to the wall in a large installation. The framed version is currently being exhibited at the Durango Arts Center and sports a red dot!

Saturday, March 6, 2010


Cork Curtain

Here is my contribution to this annual fundraising event for KDUR (Durango's college radio station) to be held at the Durango Arts Center March 18. This cork project was quite a challenge (approximately 680 corks were punched and threaded). It currently hangs at The Wine Merchant located in the Nature's Oasis health food store in Durango until the day of the Auction. Check out for more images of artists' work that will be available for bidding.