Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Merry Christmas...

Some Lights at Coos Bay Shore acres....
not to be missed cause of cookies and hot cocoa

Wishing you nothing but Joy this Holiday!

Beth @ robin press

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Bind-o-Rama 2009

Persian rug pattern sewn in decorative stitch on spine of

recontextulized found materials (I pulled apart one book

and from it made this one with the box and everything but

thread). 13 x 9.5 x 10.2 cm (in box together).

I have been included in the
Bonefolder's annual Bind-O-Rama
challenge and online exhibition.
Initiated in 2004, this year they elected
to make it an open, i.e. un-themed event.
This year 48 entries were received, a record number,
with participants ranging from seasoned
professionals to first-time exhibitors.
Adding to the excitement this year
was a very wide range of structures.
Thank you for the opportunity.

Friday, October 30, 2009

On the Cutting Edge...


Medium: Mixed Media Collage

Size: 8” x 10” x 3”

On the Cutting Edge:
West Coast Artist using Collage & Assemblage
is a group show at the Coos Art Museum in Coos Bay, Oregon.

December 11, 2009 - February 13, 2010
Awards and opening reception on:
Friday, December 11, 2009 from 5-7 p.m.

235 Anderson Avenue,
Coos Bay, Oregon 97420

Little Things 9

Support Art for the Holidays!

Little Things 9 is a group show of artwork 7" & under.

Kim Murton

Ceramics, Julia Gardner

Resin/mixed media, Ingrid Hendrix

Ceramics, Sara Swink

Ceramics, Alisa Looney

Metal, Karen Swallow

Calligraphy/mixed media, Annette Lansing

Ceramics, Dan Pillers

Fabric/mixed media, Hsin-Yi Huang

Mixed media, Diane Archer

Mixed media, Cynthia Hipkiss

Ceramics, Steve Winkenwerder

Silkscreen, Mar Goman

Painted rocks, Jenn Rawling

Paintings, Tripper Dungan

Paintings, Peg Johnson

Raku, Denise Graham

Beads/mixed media, Jamee Linton

Paintings, Kim Hamblin

Paper/mixed media, Terresa White

Clay/mixed media, Jennifer Hennig

Ceramics, Robert Huff

Photography, Hilary Pfeifer

Carved wood/paint, Flora Bowley

Paintings, George Heath

Polymer Clay & mixed media, Chris Haberman

Paintings, Scot Cameron-Bell

Ceramics, Beth Robinson

Paper/mixed media, Jamin LondonTinsel

Ceramics, Brigette Sarabi

Mixed media/encaustic, Holly Whitney

Paper mache/paint, Marcia Hindman

Oil paintings, Emilio Berwick

Raku, Stephanie Brockway

Carved & painted wood, Kurumi Conley

Fused/slumped glass, Janet Julian


November 27th - December 27, 2009
Guardino Gallery
2939 NE Alberta, Pdx OR 97211

I will be showing about 20 piece all under a $100.
photo to come soon...

Night of the Dead

Shrine to those lost in 2009

Walking dead

Ghost Walkers

This is the night of the Day of the Dead 2009 in Pdx.

Friday, October 23, 2009

Self Portrait Exhibition -How I See Myself

Standing in the Shadowlands
Mixed Media Collage approx. 9"x 11"

November 6, 2009 - January 8, 2010
Juried by John Benjamin, Vinita Pappas, Greg Price, Elee Hadley,
J. Lynn Peterson and Renee Couture
Opening Reception Friday, November 6 - 5-7 pm
Music will be presented by RHS Choir
Umpqua Valley Arts Association
1624 W. Harvard Avenue,
Roseburg, Oregon 97471

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Lord of the Dance

Lord of the Dance
Mixed media/ Paper - 9 /2" x 5" x 3"

This piece will be included in the 3rd Annual Dios De los Muertos @ Guardino Gallery in Pdx, OR.
This is a memorial to my youngest brother, Jacob.
He was an amazing dancer.
In the summer of 2007 we lost him to juvenile diabetes.

2939 NE Alberta,
Portland, OR 97211
Please contact gallery for purchase.

Dia De Los Muertos Day of the Dead Show & Procession

The Guardino Gallery Presents:
A Feature & Window Gallery Group Show
Curated by Tabor Porter & Stephanie Brockway

3rd Annual Group Show
October 29 - November 20
Reception & Procession: Oct 29, 6-9

Month-long Public Altar. Come, Pay your respects...
More information about the street wide event:

September... lost in the leaves

First of all...
I just wanted to thank all of you
for taking the time to read these wanderings...

September has come and gone and with it my grandmother.
So, my studio time has been short and I find myself a little lost...
But working through it....

Be not afraid...

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Immediate Release

The Robin Press Main Web Page has a new look.
Please fill free to check it out
and let me know what you think.

Town Hall Meeting for Health Care

Peter Defazio
(the guy in the middle with the grey baseball hat:
Please forgive view, I am short)
talking about health care reform
@ Cottage Grove Town Hall Meeting

Thanks to Cottage Grove for being so courteous
and willing to listen to all members of the community.

I hope we will be able to find a solution.

Monday, August 17, 2009

A Return to the Studio - Lupus Journey

A new wolf journey begins.....

The wolf symbolizes free will,
the ability to escape, unity and toughness.
They also represent loyalty and friendship.
Often wolfs are leaders and run in packs.....
My own pack is again fighting.
Fighting to help my mom against a huge battle with Cancer.
Wish us your best....

This image will be shown in Groundwaters magazine's next edition.
Groundwaters is a non-profit quarterly literary journal
which showcases the writing and artistic talent of people throughout
Lane County, Oregon and beyond.
Their theme for the August edition is Journey.
Check out their web page at

Special thanks to
Jennifer Chambers and Pat Edwards for all their support.

Summer Adventure: Siletz Pow Wow

This is my friend, Frankie, dancing his heart out.

This is some of the folks he was dancing with.

At this Pow Wow gathering we were lucky to see and meet the
13 Indigenous Grandmothers...
Amazing ladies and people...
Thank you for letting me be a part of it...

Want to learn more about the grandmothers:
Carol Schaefer has written a book called
"Grandmothers Counsel the World:
Woman Elders Offer their Vision for our Planet"

A great tribute to my own grandmothers...

Summer Adventure: Bi-Plane Ride

What a great day for a Bi-Plane Ride...

Summer Adventure: Waiting on a Old Friend

This is Heather, an old high school friend, and myself...
We found each other again on Facebook and
were able to spend a lovely time in pdx..

Summer Adventures: the OCF experience

Hanging with my family at the Oregon Country Fair....
Always a treat...
My favorite family member is my nephew, Corbin...

Summer Adventure: Funny Sunset & Futurism

My favorite piece from futurism was the little dog running...
I couldn't help but try my own with this pink light from the sunset...

Summer Adventure: Experiments in Futurism

Lucy, a dear friend of mine, came back to Oregon for a great visit...
and spurred a little futurism experiment

Odessa is Here

Welcome to the world Odessa...
and Congratulations to Ben and Taylor!

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Birds of a Feather Flock Together Show

"Missing Bird"

Springfield Museum, Springfield Oregon will present a group exhibition called
"Birds of a Feather Flock Together"
from September 1- 30, 2009.
The artist talks and reception will be on
Friday,September 11th from 5:30 to 8:00 pm.
I will have two pieces included "Missing Bird" and "In a Dream."
Hope to see you there.
Guest Curator Shannon Weber.

Staying Cool at the River

Loki & Max Coolin off in the heat

Have you been wondering what has been happening @ Robin Press...

Well, to tell you the truth I have been enjoying summer. I thought it might be good to sit by the river and chill. But things are starting to heat up again...

Just a Big Thank You

Nick Working

I just wanted to say thank you to Nick and Ann for all their help and letting us take over SideShow for our show.

Friday, May 29, 2009

Artist Talk for Where Do We Go From Here?

I often create visual metaphors inspired from paging through books.  In creating these surreal images I have found myself moving toward a more photography feel.... this media supports a sense of reality while keeping a nod to the Mannerist. 

But the book arts is still my first love.

I have felt that many where disheartened by the actions of the pervious administration, causing a questioning of our personal and national culture and identity. The title "where do we go from here?" inspired me to create a small collection of realizations and tools for realignment.  As with any loss I have found it is good to take stock in the things around you.  Evaluate where you have been, what your doing right now and where to go from here... In the beginning of a body of work I like to pick a place on the planet to focus on either by visiting or learning all that I can about that place. 

Bali, for some reason came to me. 

"In Bali this locating on the planet is very imperative into the geography of their culture. The whole idea of Bali is a matrix, a massive and invisible grid of spirits, guides, path and customs. The Balinese know were everyone belongs on this great, intangible map. They are human GPS. 

The Balinese don’t let their newborn children touch the ground for the first six months, newborns are gods sent straight from heaven.... and it wouldn’t be acceptable for a god to crawl around.... So, for the first six months  the babies are carried and revered as minor deities... if it dies before the end of the six months it is  given a special cremation ceremony celebrating its god status... 

But if the baby lives a big ceremony is held...

 Family and friends watch as they lightly dip the baby’s feet in a bowl full of holy water, placed above a magic drawing encompassing the whole universe, and they touch her soles to the earth for the first time... when they lift her back up into the air, damp footprints remain. This orients the child at last onto the great Balinese grid, establishing who she is by establishing where she is.  and she is now one of us... a human being with all the risk and thrills that are involved. And for the rest of her life she will answer"

where are you coming from? 

and where are you going from here...

I’m going to weave in and out of these images... 

pulling some of the symbols to your attention...

quoted from "eat love pray"

History: Only in a dream...

3.5" x 4" book board, tin type like process on glass, feather

The first image is looking back on history.
There is a widespread and ancient belief after death, 

the soul leaves the body in the form of a bird. 

Many religions have heavenly beings or spirits with wings: 

angels, cherubs or seraphim for example. 

Consequently the bird is a symbol of the spirit. 

Birds can be mediators between gods and men, 

and even act as vehicles for the gods. 

Birds are seen in myths involving a Tree of Life, 

and are sometimes depicted fighting 

with or carrying a serpent, symbolizing the uneasy

 balance between the sun (as bird) and the waters (as serpent).

 And of course this comes from our own agricultural beginnings. 

In most religious art the subject boils down to 

the struggle between good and evil.  

This piece symbolis how history handled good and evil 

by the use of the mediator.

 I think in the last sereval years the 

appreciation of the mediator was lost. 

Realization: Once there was a way home...

4"x 6"mixed media digital image on blank old photo album 

I return to this issue again again... 

it is something I really struggle with in my own practice... 

This really embodies the idea that you can never really ever return to way it was or that moment... 

this is loss and grief but depending on how you choose to move forward with it or not...  

And this being the only photo of an empty photo book... 

a reminder you cannot go back in history and live there 

aka.. you can never go home again...

(pick up photo and read the back...) 

 You are mourning when there is no cause to lament, 

and yet you speak words that seem to be wise. 

The truly wise lament neither for the living nor the dead....

 don’t lament but live in the present.. 

Present: Self Portrait

But before moving forward

it is best to stop at this moment and 

evaluate how things are running... 

have a 1,000 mile check up of sorts... 

Future: Standing in the Shadowlands

8" x 10" heavy weight paper, hand colored digital mixed media image

From this present state comes a link to the future... 

but again to not get lost in the thinking of 

the future but just an judicatory....  

Tools 1: Luck

3"x4" digital image some hand coloring, beads, dice

Then I began to make tools... 

to reaffirm the skills acquired in the evaluation.

 Buddhist and hindus often wear strings of beads called japa malas. 

This is used to stay focused during prayerful meditation. 

The beads are held in one hand and fingered in a circle... 

one bead for each mantra. 

The Crusaders admired this technique then created the rosary... 

I have transfered it to luck... 

Malcolm Gadwell just wrote a book on the secret to success.... 

He feels talent had little to do with

 it but boil down to hard work and luck... 

& everyone could use a little luck...

Tools 2 : Seeing by Skull Light

7" x 9.5" cut to image boards, stands, digital image some hand coloring

When you see things by deaths light you see the world in its truest form.... 

This is based on a folk tale about a girl named Vasalisa 

and her journey back from the dark forest 

where she was sent to die by her step mother and sisters. 

This image is the moment on the journey she almost

 throws the skull away but it reassures her.

"Don't throw me away. Keep me. You'll see."

Seeing things by skull light is not forgiving: 

the old are elderly; the beautiful, lush; 

the silly, foolish; the unfaithful are infidels... 

yet things that are amazing become miracles. 

She is thinking of the pain it causes 

to know about self, 

others and 

the nature of the world.

see also posting from 1/20/09