Thank you to everyone who made the Studio Sale & Swaparoo a joyous & successful event! Sitting in the studio talking with people who followed my sparkly pink cardboard signs up the hill, or saw the ad in the paper, or are loyal friends bent on keeping the art of barter alive in the world made me really happy. It's like that thing Ajahn Chah said about the still forest pool & the animals coming out of hiding, to drink there. Hello, world. Thank you for letting me meet you in such simple, surprising ways.
A few pieces are still available for sale, here.
Who ever knows what will come next? While I was in Scotland last Fall, I made a series of lithographs of the mudras of the directional Buddhas at Edinburgh Printmakers. Originally, the images grew out of my meditation practice & interest in bringing traditional Buddhist visual forms to life. These five images have become a starting point for 108 Names of Now, a collaboration I am working on with my brilliant friend Elana Langer.
I am co-teaching a meditation course on the Buddha's First Teaching through Valley Insight Meditation Society in Hanover, NH in March through June. This is the second course I teach with Peg Meyer. It is truly a blessing.
On the studio front, I've got new encaustic paintings going in to the League of New Hampshire Craftsmen's Craft Center Gallery in Concord in April, as part of the Continuing the Tradition exhibition. Five of my Postcard Myths are in the Fables of the Eco-Future Fellows' exhibition at the Hambidge Center in Rabun Gap, GA. In other exciting news, National Geographic Traveler India published an article last summer about my time studying thangka painting at the Thangde Gatsal School in Himachal Pradesh. You can read it here.
This Spring & Summer, I'll be teaching book arts, mural painting, drawing, and encaustic classes for adults and teens at AVA (Lebanon, NH), CraftStudies at the League of NH Craftsmen (Hanover, NH), the League of NH Craftsmen's Craft Center (Concord, NH), and the Sharon Arts Center (Sharon, NH). I also offer private lessons for adults, teens, and children on an ongoing basis. Please check venue websites for class details, or contact me for information about private lessons. Upcoming class and workshop dates are as follows:
The Buddha's First Teaching with Valley Insight Mediation Society at Friends Meeting House (Hanover, NH): March 28th-June 13th. 12 week meditation course on the Discourse on Setting the Wheel of the Dhamma in Motion. Session include chanting, meditation instruction, and discussion. Meets Thursdays 5:30-7.
Beginning Drawing at AVA (Lebanon, NH): April 30th - June 18th. Meets Tuesdays 6:30-9.
Portable Shrines at League of NH Craftsmen Craft Studies (Hanover, NH): May 8th - June 12th. Meets Wednesdays 6-8:30.
Encaustic Workshop at AVA (Lebanon, NH): May 10, 11, and 12, Intensive course meets 9:30-5 each day.
Encaustic Painting: An Introductory Workshop at League of NH Craftsmen Craft Center (Concord, NH): June 7-8. Intensive course meets 9:30-5 each day.
Finding Your Encaustic Idiom: An Intermediate/Advanced Workshop at League of NH Craftsmen Craft Center (Concord, NH): June 14-15. Intensive course meets 9:30-5 each day.
Food and Art Mural Camp for Teens at AVA (Lebanon, NH): July 8-12 and 15-19. Two-week summer art camp. Participants will explore local and global food issues through discussions and field trips, and then develop large-scale mural paintings exploring their ideas about food, farming, hunger, and the environment. Finished mural paintings will be displayed on the Lebanon Green for one month, in conjunction with the Lebanon Farmers Market.