Finishing up a piece of art today and looking through my discarded books for an odd page or two to “seal” the back with. Choose a page from Belford’s Chatterbox from the 1800’s for its nice stained and aged pages and as I pasted it to the back I noticed the passage, “She had a touching way of referring to her mother as if she were not dead, but still here with us, mixed among our comings and goings.” I often do that myself and it made me think of my mother (who was part Bulgarian) and just then The Bulgarian Choir came on my music mix in the studio!
I finished that piece and grabbed another page, completely at random, selected only for the symmetry of the print on the page and noticed just before I glued it down that it contained a poem by John Ruskin. I just spent the earlier morning reading all about the Ruskin Mill Educational Trust where my son Nicholas is working this summer in Nailsworth ,England.
Inspired by the ideals of William Morris, John Ruskin and Rudolf Steiner, the Trust has developed a unique and brilliantly successful approach to problems of social exclusion, economic decline and environmental degradation. The trust operates on three campuses that are simultaneously residential colleges for young people with learning disabilities, seedbeds for economic regeneration and centres for artistic renewal.
Excerpts from MitaBee ~ Art and Books newsletter: the Summer Buzzzzzzzz……
Summertime is entrenched in Twentynine Palms and the heat is on. (although, blessedly the temps were much gentler this last week) Visitors from out of state and out of the country seem to enjoy the triple digits on the thermometer and every so often when the door opens at MitaBee ~ Art and Books there is an unfamiliar face. Lured away from the comforts of a cool hotel and pool they have ventured out to explore our little city. What is missing this time of year is the steady flow of locals that once populated our streets and bolstered the local economy by spending their hard earned dollars at the various small locally owned businesses. Think Local when planning that next shopping trip.
The slow times do give me the perfect opportunity to work on my petite assemblage pieces in my onsite studio. Small rusty tins (often sardine cans with their vintage key attached) surrounded one of a kind collages. Pieced together with faded photographs, old maps and words clipped from discarded books then adorned with found objects and bits of forgotten memorabilia. Rarely measuring over 4″x 2″ and priced at 30.00 each these small moments in time are the perfect hostess gift or birthday present. Easy to mail and easy to hang. There is always room for one more MitaBee! I have finished 3 series since May, the first using a background of fabric from a dress I found wrapped around a creosote bush along a dirt road in Wonder Valley, the second series features a vintage playing card with an image of a Joshua tree and for the third series I used joss paper printed with a hand carved original image of a Joshua tree.
MitaBee Art and Books will be closed from August 16th – September 8th so I can replenish
my rusty bits, my used books and MYSELF!
In closing, if you haven’t been in to MitaBee ~ Art and Books, please drop by . If you have visited but it has been awhile, check back, we have new books and new art every week!
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And you can also find me on my new online gallery at ArtFire!
Over 25 artists have contributed stunning pieces to the 4th Gallery of Hope online auction to benefit the street children of Oaxaca, Mexico. I am honored to be included with these remarkable, talented and caring individuals this year. The website is now available for viewing and registration and the bidding lasts a short week so waste no time. Please read browser notes at bottom of this post if you have trouble accessing the link.
“Imagine a virtual gallery teaming with love, compassion, inspiration, kindness and joy. A gallery where each offering was created with the intention of making a bright difference in the lives of others. Please join our efforts and help us transform hope into reality for children in need”.
Rebecca Brooks, founder of the Gallery of Hope
The Gallery of Hope Shrine Auction is open for registration and viewing June 1-4 and for bidding June 5-12
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Normally by this time of the year we are hitting 100 degrees with some regularity. But not this year and I , for one, am ecstatic. I think, create, and function better when the mercury is lower. I just finished 4 pieces of art for Woods in the Desert Art Gallery . Andy is celebrating the one year anniversary of his gallery in Joshua Tree , California this month with new works by featured artists Robert Arnett, Scott Monteith, , Rik Livingston, Mike Smiley and Mike Fagan and me! My piece “Time Flies” is featured in the postcard advertising the event, thank you Andy!
The Artist Reception is this Saturday, May 14 starting at 5pm as part of Joshua Tree Second Saturday Gallery Crawl. Hope to see you there!
I have signed the lease and am hard at work on my new shop. I am moving my studio about one mile north to a sweet little building just 1/2 block from the epicenter of our small town. I will exhibit my work and some of my husband’s , Allen Robison Barter,. There will also be a small bookstore with new and gently used books. There is an outside area with a shady tree where dogs are welcome while their owners peruse the shelves. I hope guests will feel comfortable to stay awhile while I work in my on-site studio. The tentative opening is the end of February, beginning of March.
I am pleased to announce that Allen and I will once again welcome visitors to our studio during the 9th Annual HWY 62 ART TOURS. We are the first weekend October 23 and 24 from 9-5. I have begun work on several new series and am excited about where they are leading me. If you can’t wait until the tours, I have art at True World Gallery in Joshua Tree, CA, Woods in the Desert Art Gallery in Joshua Tree, CA, 29 Palms Creative Center in Twentynine Palms, CA and the Glass Outhouse Gallery in Wonder Valley, CA. If you are local you can pick up a program at any SunRunner distribution point, and/or the Morongo Basin Cultural Arts Council Office in Joshua Tree and if you are from out of the area you can order one online or our Limited Edition Collector Portfolio which includes a CD with tracks from all the favorite Hwy 62 Musicians at www.hwy62arttours.com