Every New Year’s Eve, I do a little re-cap of the year. It's a nice way to take stock of the past 12 months and breathe a sigh of contentment before pressing on to new resolutions and goals. (If you're interested, you can take a look back at 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011 and 2010.)
My goal for 2018 was to step more fully into my career as a painter and playwright. So for my ‘Year in Review’, I’m focusing on my work in the Arts in 2018. In no particular order, here we go!
I am a founding member of a StateraArts, a national nonprofit that works for gender parity in the Arts. This year, we hosted our Statera National Conference in Milwaukee, WI. It was an honor to be with so many incredible artists and activists. Here’s a photo of me addressing the 200-plus attendees on opening day.
My husband and I singing at PineFest was a huge highlight this year.
Thanks to the help of my amazing Mama and and Step-dad, I created a new art studio in my backyard.
It was such fun to participate in the Little Big Show in Baker City. My first art show in Eastern Oregon!
My play LENI was produced at the Bridge Street Theatre in Catskill, NY this spring. This play has been getting a lot of action lately and I’m so grateful for the work and for the amazing support of the regional theaters that are producing my play.
I also had the distinct pleasure of showing artwork at an exhibit called The Wild is Calling at the National Oregon Trail Interpretive Center in Baker City, OR.
This past November, I began showing new work at The Carnegie Art Center in Baker City.
I had a 6 month exhibit at the US Bank in Baker City. The series was called Rivers & Waterways.
I loved creating this commission for a family in Dallas. Its called “The High Road”.
Thank you to Martha Richards for asking me to assist her in organizing International SWAN Day for WomenArts.
This year I became a featured artist at “Women Who Draw”, a wonderful directory of women artists.
I completed this commission for a fabulous couple in Atlanta, GA. It’s called “Willow Cabin”.
Thank you to Susannah Mars for inviting me for an interview with her at the Artslandia Podcast.
I completed 9 new house portraits this year. Here are 4 of my most recent pieces.
As Statera’s Director of Operations, I attended the U.S. Department of Arts & Culture Conference this year in Albuquerque. The conference was called CULTURE/SHIFT and focused on grassroots organizing.
I was happy to continue working with Choice Hotels this year. I created a bunch of new pieces for them. Here are six of my most recent ones.
Thank you to Teresa Thuman, Artistic Director of Sound Theatre Co. in Seattle for asking me to create the poster for their production of “Rules of Charity”. This was my first ever attempt at a theatre poster!
The thing I’m most proud of this year is my work with StateraArts. We are moving the dial on gender balance in the American Theatre, and the larger national Arts scene. I’m so proud of our good work and excited for the year ahead. This year we launched our national Mentorship program, built an incredible Resource Directory for artists, hosted a national conference, and just this week, we launched our Membership program. It’s been a good year, friends. Thank you!