The Run of “Mystique” Has Been Extended!

I am grateful and happy to say that my “Mystique” show has been extended to June 13 (it was to have ended tomorrow). The Art Elements Gallery — like almost everything during this time in the coronavirus pandemic — remains physically closed, of course, so the main effect of this extension is that the artwork remains front-and-center on the gallery’s website. I certainly hope that someday you can see the work in person, but until then — stroll on over to Thanks as always for your interest and support.


Today, Easter Sunday at 12 noon, there will be an artist’s give-away at our home. All appropriate social distancing and safety measures will be observed!

I will set up a table at the foot of our driveway so that passersby can take home, for free, one of the 37 small works that I have made during this time of the pandemic. I myself will be posted up on the front steps of the house, to wave at my visitors.

Shelter-in-place means that I am spending even more time in the studio. The small, vividly colored abstract images you see in this photo are not literal depictions of the coronavirus, but they are my creative response to it.

Happy Easter. Stay safe, stay well. God bless us all.

Visit My “Mystique” Show Online at

Here is the announcement I received yesterday from the Art Elements Galley, which has wisely decided to close, we all hope temporarily, in the face of the coronavirus pandemic.  “Mystique”, the biggest show of my career, had opened 7 days earlier.  My show is a no-show!  Well, except for online at  C’est la vie.  Quoting Rick in Casablanca: “Ilsa, I’m no good at being noble, but it doesn’t take much to see that the problems of three little people don’t amount to a hill of beans in this crazy world.”

Hello Artists, You may have already heard that we are currently closed due to what seems to be the best approach through this virus for our entire community. We are encouraging social distancing and self-quarantine to help aid in “flattening the curve”. We are healthy, and will continue to work as we navigate. We are also aware of our responsibility to represent you in the best possible way.  During this, we plan on connecting with people by encouraging creativity.  Your work inspires us daily and we are grateful for the opportunity to share it with others, even if it is via social media platforms during this time.  Staying engaged with us on social media will help us all out (sharing posts you love and support).  We hope many of you will get to spend lots of time in your studios — and please SHARE imagery with us of your creative time and process so we may continue to connect with you and our audience.  Wishing you all well, and as always… Better Together…

The Show Is “Live” on the Website

Please go to to see my three-woman show, “Mystique”, which is happening in Newberg through April 25. (Scroll down for earlier posts on the event.)

Especially at this time of existential uncertainty, I am very grateful that art plays a large part in my life and that I can share my art, in whatever way, with you. Take good care.

Big Show Upcoming!

Mark the dates! “Mystique”, my three-woman show at Art Elements Gallery, takes place March 10-April 25. Located at 604 E. 1st Street in Newberg, Art Elements is pre-eminent in the Willamette Valley and a key gallery in the greater Portland Metro area. Details are below.

The gallery is open Tuesday-Saturday 10-5, so please come any time. But know that, during the run of the show, I will be present to talk about my work (28 pieces in watercolor, graphic pencil and natural Oregon chalk) every Tuesday 11-12:30 starting March 17 and every Saturday 2-3:30 ending April 18. The artists’ reception is Saturday March 21, 4-6. I’ll be so happy to see you.

In the Words of Adam Schiff …

“Here, right matters. The truth matters. If right doesn’t matter, if the truth doesn’t matter — we’re lost.”

(Taken from Congressman Schiff’s summation on 1/23/20, on Day 2 of the Senate impeachment trial, of the case against the President. Having been impeached by the House, the President now potentially faces a guilty verdict and removal from office.)

“Sketchbook Project”

This is not exactly new news, but the information is new to the website.

My participation in the Brooklyn Art Library’s Sketchbook Project dates back, oh, probably a dozen years or so ago. The Library maintains an ever-expanding collection of actual sketchbooks at its facility in Brooklyn NY, sketchbooks that have been digitized and are available for viewing on the internet. (The actual sketchbooks can be viewed on site and also go out on nationwide tours.) The sketchbooks were submitted by people (like me!) who agreed to work according to a set of themes and parameters assigned by the Library. I have 3 sketchbooks in the collection: “A Guide Book to San Francisco” (theme: The View from Up Here), “R.I.P” (theme: Ritual) and “Seeing Blind” (theme: Lines and Graphics). I created the San Francisco sketchbook (drawings done from high places (“up here”), a travelogue and a map) when I lived in that city; the other two are quite recent, after the deaths of my parents.

For MUCH more information on what I found to be a fascinating and demanding project, and to see the digitized versions of my sketchbooks, go to the Brooklyn Art Library’s website (below). Once there, plug in either my name or the sketchbook’s individual name. And be patient! The website often takes a little while to load.

Showing the Colors

Since 9/11, we have flown the American flag daily at our home, in San Francisco and now here in Aurora. The most recent flag had gotten mighty ragged and faded, but we put off replacing it while we waited for Donald Trump to be impeached. Now that has happened, and the Presidential election year of 2020 has arrived with hope. Our old Old Glory has retired with dignity. Our new Old Glory is fresh and bright. Happy New Year.