Rethinking Community

During this time, the fellowship of making art with other people is a big missing for me. Art making is how I stay balanced. It is how I release my stress after a long day at work. Making art with other people creates special affinities.

Under quarantine, things are a bit different. Telecommuting for a work-a-holic personality is all consuming. At the end of the day, I am exhausted from having been SWITCHED ON for hours. I just don’t have it in me to call anyone, organize or hop on a ZOOM to say in touch with my community.

Lately, the few calls I do make, i’m learning about the passing of a mutual friend or family member due to covid-19. I tense up when the phone rings now. And the sentimental TV spots are starting to annoy me. I’m tired.

The one thing I look forward to is the 7:00pm Cheer for Heathcare and Essential Workers. The clapping, banging on pots and hooting and hollering each night with my high rise neighbors is a welcome release.

This is my new community. I now find myself listening for a certain scream from a building on Morgan Street or a particular clanking of a pot from the high rise in front of my roof deck. Hello new friends, thank you for keeping me sane.

Flash Back to Art House Big Mouth Workshop

World Collage Day is 5/11

Join me for World Collage Day on Saturday, May 11, to honor this community of artists and to remind the world what a spirit of cooperation, mutual support, and creativity can look like when people come together as a community.

SAVE THE DATE: 5/11 @ 1-5pm

LOCATION: Garden Level Gallery 315 3rd Street, Jersey City NJ



Bring paper, magazines, found materials and your preferred substrate. I have paint, scissors and various glues…
$5 suggested donation to cover material costs.

Open Studio Events This Weekend

Please join me this weekend for two open studio events at my studio Garden Level Gallery

Art Supply Swap: 4/13

Marie Condo your art supplies. Bring a bag of art supplies you are not using and swap it for something else. Craft paper, paint, colored pencils, frames, yarn, fabric… you get the idea.

If you are saving recycled bottle caps for me this is the perfect time to visit my studio and see what i’m doing with your gifts

Save the Date: Saturday, April 13, 12:00-3:00pm, RSVP here

LOCATION: Garden Level Gallery, 315 3rd Street, Jersey City NJ

Yarn Wrapping Circle: 4/14

Imagine, hair. The elusive, coveted “good” hair. On some days and for some people, that is my hair. Or was. Or can be. But you should know by now – Don’t. Touch. My. Hair. That is unless you come help me make hair made from rope and yarn in this Yarn Wrapping Circle. No experience necessary, I will teach you the knots. Come for the fellowship or to try something new.

Date: April 14th 2019, 1:00-4:00pm

LOCATION: Garden Level Gallery, 315 3rd Street, Jersey City NJ

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RopeWork: Yarn Wrapping

I am working on several yarn wrapped ropes for an installation. Come for the fellowship, food & drink and to try something new.

No experience necessary. Kid friendly. All are welcome. RSVP…

DATES: Saturday and Sunday February 16th and 17th

TIME: 12:00pm – 3:00pm.

LOCATION: Garden Level Gallery: 315 3rd Street, Jersey City NJ between Cole and Monmouth Streets. Step down to the Garden Level.