Monday, December 21, 2015

Portland: a Mediators & Artists weekend

Since graduating I have begun to combine my artist and mediation skills...

Lucky, in November I was able to attend both the


The First Night:

I celebrated my 46th birthday with some of my dearest friends.

Thank you to Brianna, Taylor, Katie & Cyan

Who knew so many candles could fit on one cake

The Invitational:

What a gala evening with my dear friend Marilyn Joyce!

The Sitka Center's mission is to expand the 
relationships between art, nature and humanity.

This spectacular exhibit and sale brings together more than 140 artists.
It was a great way to celebrate so many amazing artist.

Very much like my own mission I am trying to expand the 
relationships between art, conflict resolution and peace building.

While in Portland I hung out with one of my 
favorite fellas, Little Jack.

The keynote speaker was, Maria R. Volpe, Ph.D., Professor of Sociology, Director of the Dispute Resolution Program at John Jay College of Criminal Justice - City University of New York, and Director of the CUNY Dispute Resolution Center, a university-wide center focusing on dispute resolution research and innovative program development.

This year's conference also had an incredible panel of national, state and local leaders facilitated by 

Dr. Maria R. Volpe, Ph.D

The panel included:

Ronault (Polo) LS Catalani - Attorney & Consultant, NWCommunities Counsel, Program Coordinator of New Portlander Program, the City of Portland' Immigrant and Refugee program.

Mdme. Therese Lugano - aka "Mamma Therese" works as a Community Organizer and Community health Worker, with refugees and immigrants from Central Africa at IRCO/Africa House in Pdx.

John Inglish - Education Program Specialist with the Oregon Department of Education.  John also served as a research associate and director of Technical Assistance and Consulting Services -- an outreach unit housed in the University of Oregon' College of Education.

Carol Zamora- Russo, serves as the Regional Director for the Northwest Region (Oregon, Washington, Idaho & Alaska) of the Community Relations Service (CRD), USDOJ. The Community Relations Service, a component of the U.S. Department of Justice, is the federal government's "peacemaker" for community conflicts and tensions arising from differences of race, color, national origin, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or disability.

Their conversation and thoughts on mediation, facilitation, dispute resolution and the direction for conflict specialist was hopeful, thoughtful and empowering.

My friends Dulce and Wesley 

My mentor Louise Neilson honored with an award

OU Duck Cres Cohort mates new and old

On my way out of Portland I stopped at one of my favorite ephemera stops:

Thanks again for stopping by!


Monday, December 7, 2015

Artist by Weekend, Facilitator by Weekday

Recently, I was asked to be a facilitator at the 

I wanted to say I was honored to participate in creating 
safe spaces for dialogue surrounding these issues.
 Many of the participants including the 
UO President Schill 

Thursday, December 3, 2015

YOU'RE INVITED to the Exhibit Opening for the Small Pleasures Invitational

OPENING RECEPTION: Friday, December 4th from 5:30 - 8 pm

Jacobs Gallery
Hult Center for the performing Arts,
One Eugene Center, Eugene, OR 97401

The work in this exhibit is 12 inches or smaller in any direction.
Special note: In this holiday show, if a piece sells and the purchaser want to take the
piece it will be replaced with more work from that artist or a SOLD gift tag.

I am looking forward to seeing you all!

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