Friday, November 27, 2015

BOOK LAUNCH: Which includes my cover art

“Kept me on edge of my seat to the end.”

“Book has sweep, velocity, and power.”

“The writing is brilliant. It’s not just a story, it’s an experience.”

Last Stop Before Tomorrow, by Tim Hicks is available wherever you buy your books.
Published in paperback and as an eBook.

BOOK LAUNCH: Join the author for a reading and book signing on Nov. 28, 5:00 p.m. at
Tsunami Books, 2585 Willamette St., Eugene.

To find out about other events, email Tim at:

Congratulations Tim!

I hope you have a great reading!

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

The Beginning of Making Christmas: First Order

Studio day!

The Cosmos

I only make these small boxes close to fall for gifts.
Most will be at the Jacobs Small Pleasure's Show.

I hope to see you there.


Sunday, November 22, 2015

Small Pleasures Invitational 2015

Bittersweet showing at the Jacobs this season!
I hope to see you at the show!

From the Director Bev Soasey:

November 28, 2015 – January 16, 2016

Exhibit: Small Pleasures Invitational

There will be something for everyone!

Painting – Printmaking – Etching –  Jewelry – Fiber – Mixed Media – Fiber – Clay – Sculpture – Drawing – and more . . .

As most of you probably know by now, the Small Pleasures Invitational, will be the last for the Jacobs Gallery. I am happy to say however, that we have 49 artists in this years exhibit, mostly local. I know this exhibit will be the best ever. Please come and support these artists and the Jacobs Gallery!
The work in this exhibit will be 12 inches or smaller in any direction, with some exceptions. Unlike typical exhibits at the Jacobs Gallery, if a piece sells and the purchaser wants to take the piece, this will be allowed throughout the entire exhibit. If an artist has provided extra work, we will replace work that sells, or we will hang a gift tag at the spot indicating SOLD and taken.
Free events at the Jacobs Gallery:
• CLOSED: November 26 & 27 for Thanksgiving Holiday
• SPECIAL EXTENDED HOURS: First day of exhibit –Saturday, November 28, 11am – 5pm
• OPENING RECEPTION: Friday, December 4, 5:30 – 8pm
• FIRST FRIDAY ARTWALK: Friday, December 4 and January 8, 5:30 – 8pm
Lane Arts Council is changing the normal First Friday ArtWalk,  from Jan. 1st which is New Years Day, to Friday, Jan. 8, 5:30 – 8pm.
Gallery closed on Dec. 24th and 25th for Christmas holiday and also, on Dec. 31st and Jan. 1st for New Years.

These are some of the awesome artists involve:
Lillian Almeida
Janice LaVerne Barker
Germaine Bennett
Erika Beyer
Jonathan Blackburn
Mike Aono Boyd
Nancy Cheeseman
Dan Chen
Merri Sue Clark
Pat Condron
Ron Dobrowski
Patricia Donahue
Suma Elan
Theresita Eltz
Andrew Godard
Colette Gowan
Jenny Gray
Sarah Grossberg
Heather Halpern
Ann Bumb Hamilton
MarDee Hansen
John Holdway
Wes Hurd
Laura Jaszkowski
Liz Johnson
Jason Terry 
Margaret Leutzinger
Patti Lomant
Rebecca Mannheimer
Rachel McLain
Patti McNutt
Tylar Merrill
Satoko Motouji
Sandi O'Brien
Milla Oliveira
David & Melissa Parry
Lynn Ihsen Peterson
Suzanne Ponsioen
Chris Pontrelli
Beth Robinson
Julie Schaum
Sally Schwader
Sarah Sedwick
Gabriella Soraci
Majorie Taylor
Dennis Thompson
Caroline Viene
Terry Way
Micheal Whitenack

Eye-Center-LogoThis exhibit sponsored by:
The Eye Center, Dr. and Mrs. John Haines

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Communities West 2: 2015 Portfolio Exchange in four Sets

The Robert and Gennie DeWeese Gallery is proud to present:
Communities West 2: 2015 Portfolio Exchange in four Sets

This unique teaching gallery is located within the walls of Bozeman High School.
The Gallery is free and open to the public from 9 am - 3 pm Monday through Friday
Communities West 2: 2015 Portfolio is on display from October 26th through November 23rd.

Thank you for the opportunity to participate in this exchange!


The List of Amazing Artist included:

Gina Adams
Jill Annie Margaret
James Bailey
Madison Becker
Emily Browne
Erik Brunvand
Sandy Brunvand
Kellie Cannon
Christa Carleton
Todd Christensen
Jason Clark
Muriel Condon
Justin Diggle
Elizabeth Dove
Emily Dyer Barker
Stefanie Dykes
Jay Fox
Lorie Hoffman
Gesine Janzen
Tressa Jones
Hilary Lorenz
Abe Mcowan
Monika Meler
Kimiko Miyoshi
Adam Montoya
Conor Mullen
Stephanie Newman
Kit Osborn
Meghan Pohlod
Kathy Puzey
Andrew Rice
David Rice
Mark Ritchie
Beth Robinson 
Robert Royhl
Melissa Sculenberg
David Williams 
Sukha Worob
Melanie Yazzie
Qian (Chino) Zhao

Breathing just a little, and calling it a life...

I just read a great article by  Tim Mc Kee called 
The Geography Of Sorrow Francis Weller On Navigating Our Losses
Here is an excerpt:
McKee: You’ve said that anesthesia and amnesia are the two primary “sins” of modern society. 
Weller: We go numb to try to cope with the fact that we have not been granted what we need to thrive. The levels of addiction in our society are off the charts, and I’m not just talking about alcohol and drugs; I’m talking about shopping, working, sex. Addictions are an attempt to cope with intolerable states. The meager lives we are asked to live, in which we are often reduced to “earning a living,” are themselves intolerable. We are meant to have a more sensuous, imaginative, and creative existence. As children we are enchanted with the world, yet as adults we end up, as poet Mary Oliver said, “breathing just a little, and calling it a life.” That’s the anesthesia. 
McKee: And the amnesia?
Weller: We are living in what writer and cultural critic Daniel Quinn calls the Great Forgetting. Many of us have forgotten that we’re a part of an ecosystem, a watershed. We’ve forgotten that we’re kin to all the other animals. We’ve forgotten that we need each other. We have forgotten what I call the “commons of the soul.”

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Spring, the Sweet Spring into Summer

I am beginning a Instagram account as 
I understand that has become the way for people to 
see your images...
until then here are some to enjoy...


Spring Sunrise

Walking along the river

The Home Owner Game #10 - Where is the septic lid?

The Home Owner Game #10 - Where is the septic lid?
Bonus Round

Tall Trees

In hopes of apples...

The Neighbor Kid...

Even the Loki Dog Loves the Neighbor Kid...

New Baby


Waiting for Eagles

Does this count as a selfie?

Willie Nelson!

Hear the cannons roar

Found and not forgotten

By the River...

Passion is persuading...

The 4th

Wish for green grass...

You can't find me...

The Fury

Rains voice returns

The Art of the Haiku

Book Studio and Gallery
1293 NE 3rd Street
Bend, Oregon 97701

My show in Bend has been received well and both my friend Linda, Piacentini Gallery and myself are really pleased. The show ends on September 30th, 2015, if you have a chance to make it to Bend, it has been reviewed as worth a look.

One of my hopes in my art practice is to inspire others to create something new, wether that is working through loss, learning to collage, studying how to make books or another of the many creative endeavors a person can take on. My current aspiration is tidying up

During the latest shows programing the Bend Haiku Poetry group came in and spent a lot of time looking at the work, then decided to write haiku poems to reflect their understanding of the art work. I have been very moved by their thoughts and humbled on the time in reflection of the artwork. The relationship between writers and artists is powerful while creating some of the most impressive social and art movements of our history such as Dada, and Surrealism.

The poetry group was kind enough to share them, I hope you will enjoy reading them as much as I have:

Crow’s Shadow

A splice of red
below a black
bird. Blue too
I’m a hoarder
announces the crow—
(an interior line)
Under the crow’s feet--
branches, metal or bone
no matter

-Marion Davidson

the May Queen
ancient, frail, and infinite
keeps heart ghost stilled
beneath blind bejewling, sees
through the thin skull of being

- Sandy Thompson -

Sandy also writes, "Beth, I love your focus on grief and recovery in your artwork." She also encourages the reading of a book of longer poems on similar theme/s called The Grace of Curves that will be published by years end. Sandy, I am looking forward to reading it and posting it here for others.

landscape of death
vacant eyes and empty ribs
crow finds her comfort zone


wedding day photo
imposing couple
birds of a feather

a child's dress blows
in the night wind
she is the moon

paper doll bustles
so satisfied
she carries her flame

anatomy opens
reaches beyond the page
blotches of hope

circles below
mountains above
ghost dance

the eyes have it
master of my fate

-Kay Yasutome

mimesis and mourning
a transition for all
the cage opens and soul ascends

-Kim Kimerling

I've been to the mountain
Left my tracks in the snow
    and all was icy and frozen air
    the black of mourning
    under Zodiac of Springtime
        Veiled, I am a black bolder
        Calm, I can never return

-Lorna Cahall

Chapter four-
Dappled in light
night owl

Tranquil setting
down by the old river-
shivering bones.

Sisyphean slaves cross oceans
Of pain

Beauty stands firm
Crow's flock at her feet
To devour her

Out to sea
carrots honeymoon towards
rough weather

-Linda Piacentini-Yaple

Thank you Bend Haiku Poetry group!
I can see these as being inspiration for some books
and write when you can...