News from the Studio

Here in Utah we have hit what I hope is the height of the summer temperatures.  While not humid, temperatures in the Wasatch mountains reaching nearly 100 degrees with no storms in sight is disturbing, and certainly leads my crew to scramble for the shade of the aspens and cool waters of the Jordanelle Reservoir. Despite the beastly heat, the studio and garden still call.  Anyone need zucchini? Maybe some squash?

In studio news, the Pop- Up was a great success.  Because so many of you bought so many Lego Mini-Portraits, we raised $100 for the Utah Food Bank. There are a few left and if you visit the website and can’t find one you love, you can always commission one. In short, it was a great day, raising funds for the Utah food Bank and catching up with so many friends and fellow local artists!

In the coming month, there will be another opportunity to meet in person, masked and socially distanced.  The Opening Reception for Ogden’s Eccles Art Center’s 46th State Competition is August 7, 5 to 8 pm.  Come with your mask and let’s support Utah’s artists. Hopefully, there will be a piece or two of mine to see as well!

And then in October, I will have original work in a virtual show and sale with the Candy Colored Collective. Follow “#candycoloredcollective” on Instagram, to see the beautiful work as it is created by the talented artists included in this show. 

In closing, as we march through the final month of summer, I encourage you to be inspired by the final public words of the late John Lewis, “Democracy is not a state.  It is an act, and each generation must do its part to help build what we called the Beloved Community, a nation and world society at peace with itself...The vote is the most powerful nonviolent change agent you have in a democratic society. You must use it because it is not guaranteed. You can lose it.” Now is the time to register, verify polling locations, take November 3 off, so you are certain your power is felt. Then, reach out to all you know and love, and encourage them to exercise their power too, regardless of their political affiliation.  These are the acts of being a good ancestor. These are the acts of defending democracy.

Many bows to each of you.  Be well all.


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