Category Archives: Boulder

Boulder Open Studios Oct 2014

Tour my studio and gallery at Boulder Open Studios, October 4th-5th and 11th-12th.

Please join me for my premiere Open Studios exhibit on October 4th-5th and 11th-12th (Saturdays and Sundays). This juried, fine art exhibition showcases some of Boulder County’s most talented artists right in their studios so you can see their workflow and ask questions about their techniques in person. Admission is free. My doors will be open from 12:00 – 6:00 pm each day. Please feel free to contact me for directions, or support the OpenArts community by purchasing a map to over 125 artists’ studios for just $12. This is a great way to spend an art-filled weekend in one of the most beautiful cities in the country! More information is available at www.openstudios.org.

OPENING RECEPTION: One of Boulder’s biggest nights for the arts is the Opening Reception for Open Studios. Each artist will have one piece on display so that visitors can select which studios they want to visit, and maps will be available for purchase. Join me and over a thousand art enthusiasts as we kick it off on Friday, October 3rd from 5:00 – 8:00 pm at 2525 Arapahoe Avenue, #E34, in Boulder (in the Village Shopping Center, on the west side, next to the Pedestrian Shop). Refreshments will be served, dress is casual. If you’ve attended the Opening Reception in the past, please note the venue change for this year.

Oh Be Joyful Journeys

DSC00672 Welcome to Oh Be Joyful Journeys. OBJoyful provides customized contemplative healing art journeys in nature. We host classes in Boulder, Crested Butte and someday Beyond! Our motto is: Disconnect to Reconnect. It is our goal to help people reconnect to their center place, to reconnect to their biology, to reconnect to their heart and to reconnect with what matters most. We teach people how to drop into themselves, how to quiet the mind and how to fully awaken to the wondrous world around. We use nature as our metaphor and healer. Our curriculum of activities are specifically designed to fully integrate nature within our cells and to discover a deep appreciation for ourselves and for nature. We are interdependent,  co-creators and codependent energy beings. We need each other to thrive and fully engage our senses. Life on earth is meant to be a sensual, pleasurable experience — if we know how! Oh Be Joyful Journeys helps facilitate the awakening of our precious gifts both within ourselves and on this earth.

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Oh Be Joyful Journeys is a collaborative community of people who are learning how to create beauty from darkness, learning to befriend demons, adapt to change and grow love from life experiences and traumas. Oh Be Joyful teaches and customizes journeys through a variety of creative modalities; photography,collage, journaling, meditation, music, breath exercise, hiking, nature bathing (shinrin-yoku and ishnaan). We schedule dates to honor the sunrise, to acknowledge the changing of the season and to embrace the abundance and gifts of the earth. We explore the mythologies of the evening skies. We nurture our body, mind and spirit with healthy foods and habits. We are a growing, expanding community learning to be vulnerable enough to discuss our personal challenges. To acknowledge that we aren’t alone, we are not perfect but we are unique and beautiful in our own way. No one person is the same like no one snowflake is the same. We all have special gifts and with Oh Be Joyful as our guide, nature as our healer, and a personal willingness to follow the practices, transformation can happen.

Oh Be Joyful can also help you disconnect from mental agendas, relax into a sense of place and fully embrace life in Crested Butte – a Rocky Mountain paradise!

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Oh Be Joyful provides 2-hr, 1/2 day, full day and longer retreats for individuals, groups, families and adventuresome friends. All activities are catered and customized to our clients needs. Just ask and it will be given…. First rule of the universe!

Black and White Photography

In 8th grade, I took a black and white darkroom photography class and was hooked! I like black and white photography because it is simple, rich in details and highlights the aesthetics of composition, textures, lines, light and shadows.  My current work is all digitally produced, captured in color and converted to monochrome in post-processing.  I like this workflow because more of my time is spent outdoors  than in.

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Fall Aspens

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Interurban – Sense of Place and Time

I live in a vibrant neighborhood nestled against the mountains in Boulder, Colorado. Thirteen years ago, my family moved into a predominate 1950‘s era neighborhood. We were the new kids on the block, buying an old house and renovated it to today’s standards. Since that time, all the elders on our block have died and almost all the homes have either been demolished/restored/renovated and modernized. We have a completely new history evolving as the whole neighborhood undergoes a rapid change. Thus I began thinking of all the house/family/individual histories that linger as only faded memories; children playing hide and go seek in the magic garden; dad’s old tool shed/man cave; lawn care, home maintenance and June Cleaver hanging the laundry. This project is about a sense of place and time in the Interurban/Floral Park neighborhood. In this series only times stands still on the Rittenhouse Clock.

Boulder, Colorado – Sense of Place Series

The Republic of Boulder is an affluent, mid-sized city and home of the CU Buffs!  It is nestled at the junction of the Rocky Mountains and Great Plains.  40,000 plus acres of open space land graces the city perimeter while red sandstone rocks (the flatirons) jut skyward along its western edge.  The human population is characterized by forward thinking, entrpreneural, athletic, health-consious, university-educated people.