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!