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My last post was about the joy and honor of the show at Sebastopol Center for the Arts, Gallery III: "The Continual Effect of Abuse: Using Photography for Healing" - The exhibition showcasing the work Gary Kaplan and I completed in 2014. This post is about the joy and honor of having a piece of my work in the accompanying juried Main Gallery show. During each show cycle, it is customary for Sebastopol Center for the Arts to try to integrate the themes of work shown in in the large, Main Gallery with work in the smaller Galleries II and... Continue reading
Posted Sep 4, 2016 at Visual Ovation
Tonight is a very important night. Tonight is the opening, at Sebastopol Center for the Arts, Gallery III, of a show of a collection of the portraits Gary created in our work together during 2014. The show is titled, The Continual Effect of Abuse: Using Photography for Healing. It consists of Gary's portraits and my narrative. I also created a small installation called, "Healing Hands" that has to with my process of becoming whole, integrating the two aspects of my experience, the events of the "Day World" and the "Night World." Gary and I applied to SCA in 2014 to... Continue reading
Posted Jul 29, 2016 at Visual Ovation
OK, So I'm a little late to the New Year's party, here. I have not posted anything in 2016. After last year, I wasn't sure what the New Year might hold. I wasn't sure that I would ever have the energy or inclination for creative work again. But earlier in 2016 I began to look at a body of work I created on our last trip to Venice in 2014. I hadn't looked at it when we returned - there was so much else going on. So it was an absolute surprise and delight to go to it and find... Continue reading
Posted May 11, 2016 at Visual Ovation
How on earth do we make sense of what happens when acts of terror occur? Not just in Paris, but all over the world. Because the sad reality is that even though we are focusing on Paris right now, acts of terror have happened in many other places, as well, in the last few days. How on earth do we make sense of it as adults? And, even more challenging, how do we help our children make sense of it? This poignant and powerful little video is about one little boy trying to understand what has happened in Paris, and... Continue reading
Posted Nov 18, 2015 at Visual Ovation
Our thoughts and hearts are in Paris after Friday's sad and shocking events. There is such suffering in so many places. The terrorist's action, in creating more suffering, solves nothing. It only serves to harden souls and fuel flames of rage. Perhaps the lessons are these: We cannot be broken by terrorism. We simply must keep on going. We must live fully, while we are living. We must understand and appreciate the beauty and fragility of this life. Continue reading
Posted Nov 15, 2015 at Visual Ovation
Tonight's the night! Tonight is the opening reception for "Artists and Artisans of Petaluma." It is going to be a great evening! Come and celebrate Gary's beautiful and inspiring photography and the creativity and skill of the artists and artisans he photographed. Come and meet Gary, meet the artists. And there will be artistry in the food and wine department, also. Enjoy wonderful treats by the following extremely generous Petaluma companies: Cowgirl Creamery Della Fattoria Divine Delights Petaluma Pie Company Preferred Sonoma Caterers Three Twins Ice Cream 101 North Brewing Company Frank and I will be there - hope to... Continue reading
Posted Nov 14, 2015 at Visual Ovation
In yesterday's post, I reflected about my own experience at last year's Surviving and Thriving benefit. In thinking more about it, I wondered what I might say directly to someone who was considering going, whether a survivor or a supporter. I would say this: Go. You will do something good for yourself, and you will do something good for others, and you will have a great time in the process. You will meet delightful people, you will have some delicious food, you will see lovely art, maybe you'll even dance. And, yes, there will also be some serious moments. You... Continue reading
Posted Nov 8, 2015 at Visual Ovation
It has been a while since I have written anything. Frank has been working so very hard to heal from the stroke, it has been and will continue to be a very long journey. But something very important is coming up and I just had to write about it. In one week the 6th Annual Surviving and Thriving benefit will be held. The name is a little different this year, this year it is the "Surviving and Thriving Launch and Fundraiser" - I will explain why in a little bit. But the big picture is that, once again, a really... Continue reading
Posted Nov 7, 2015 at Visual Ovation
Sometimes life is just complicated and it is hard to understand why it unfolds as it does. Frank and I have been reminded of this reality recently in the saddest possible way. Several weeks ago my dear Frank suffered a stroke. It was completely unexpected - he had been in good health, felt well. After 20 years of dealing with Leukemia, we did not expect this. He received excellent medical care in our local Kaiser facility ICU and the Stroke Unit, and is receiving marvelous rehabilitation treatment at a Kaiser Acute Rehabilitation Facility. Frank is a fighter, one of the... Continue reading
Posted Mar 21, 2015 at Visual Ovation
This weekend the Santa Rosa Press Democrat newspaper profiled the wonderful Becky Fein and the Powerful Voices Project. I was interviewed, as well. I was so happy to be able to speak about my experiences and honor Becky and the Project. I also was happy to be able to speak about and honor photographer, Gary Kaplan, and the images he created so beautifully to tell my story. It is important for me to speak out. And yet it is challenging, there is always some anxiety. I am not sure that will ever go away. But the journalist, Julie Johnson, wrote... Continue reading
Posted Feb 18, 2015 at Visual Ovation
All good things must come to an end. And so it is that this year's Carnival in Venice is over; the joy, the fantasy, the beauty, the playfulness of this marvelous time on La Serenissima's stage has finished. We are just left with memories, dreams and reflections from times past.... Continue reading
Posted Feb 18, 2015 at The Art of Carnivale in Venice
She appears, out of the morning cold, the breeze giving life to her lovely wings, a blue angel. Why would she be visiting La Serenissima during this time of winter celebrations? Perhaps she is here to remind us that we must revel in the delights of Carnival in Venice -... Continue reading
Posted Nov 12, 2014 at The Art of Carnivale in Venice
If you have been reading the past several posts, you will know that I have been in a process of change, breaking silence about very painful experiences in my past. Part of this process has involved working with the wonderful Becky Fein, Founder and Director of The Powerful Voices Project. I will let Becky describe the project in her own words: "The Powerful Voices Project creates short films illuminating the strength and resiliency of sexual assault survivors. Our website showcases our films and is a place for everyone to find life-changing inspiration. The project is about... -Empowering survivors who focus... Continue reading
Posted Nov 10, 2014 at Visual Ovation
The last two posts have been about the simply phenomenal event on October 3rd 2014, the 5th Anniversary Surviving and Thriving celebration and benefit. As you know if you have read the posts, this experience will always remain very close to my heart, for so many reasons. But memories only go so far. It is really wonderful to have images to go with those memories. And so we were very lucky that a very generous and lovely photographer, Mariana Mara, volunteered to document the event. Here, with her permission, are some of her collections of images from the night. Yes,... Continue reading
Posted Nov 1, 2014 at Visual Ovation
Sometimes you just see someone, you engage their gaze, and you are touched. I have photographed this gentleman over several years, and I feel the same way each time I meet him. I don't really know what it is. His face, his eyes, just seems to hold a sweet and... Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2014 at The Art of Carnivale in Venice
It has been a couple of weeks since the amazing Surviving and Thriving 2014 benefit event at the beautiful Lot 21 Gallery and Studio in San Francisco. It has taken a while for me to collect my thoughts about it, and, in truth, I am still completely amazed by the evening. This was a marvelous event to support two important San Francisco organizations: San Francisco Women Against Rape and WOMEN, Inc. The event was just beautiful - wonderfully attended, lovely silent auction items, fabulous food, great music. There was laughter, joy, dancing. But it was so much more than that.... Continue reading
Posted Oct 29, 2014 at Visual Ovation
We just returned from a marvelous celebration of Venetian Carnival in Ludwigsburg, Germany. Why would there be a celebration of Venetian Carnival in September in Germany, you ask? Well, it is a long story, but Duke Carl Eugen apparently fell in love with Venice and with Carnival centuries ago, and... Continue reading
Posted Sep 29, 2014 at The Art of Carnivale in Venice
After a long break, we are back. And for the first post in a long time, we are delighted to highlight a very special event in San Francisco on October 3rd, "The 5th Annual Surviving and Thriving Celebration and Fundraiser" at Lot 21 Studio. This event honors survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault and celebrates their journeys of surviving and thriving. The best part is that all proceeds benefit two San Francisco organizations: San Francisco Women Against Rape and Women Organized to Make Abuse Nonexistent. Here is the invitation: You and your guests are invited to an inspired evening... Continue reading
Posted Sep 24, 2014 at Visual Ovation
An old photograph, warn at the edges, perhaps tucked away in an old album, or perhaps a dusty box or book. A portrait of a timeless character - the Jester - ready to make us smile and to remind us about joy and play. Of course, you know this is... Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2014 at The Art of Carnivale in Venice
Yes, it's been a long time since the last post. But we are back in the game - it is good to be back and thinking about life events that are joyful. And that brings us to Harry Cat. He just makes us smile. We found Harry at the bottom of a heavily painted and tagged doorway in Berlin. We were thrilled to find him, as we are always on the lookout for work by one of our favorite street artists, C215. But Harry illustrates an important aspect of street art: That is, once the piece is up, the artist... Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2014 at Visual Ovation
It has been a long time since I last posted. It is easy to become preoccupied with one's struggles. Life can be complicated. And then, if you are lucky, there are events that are so lovely that you are happily propelled back into the world of living. And that's what happened, unexpectedly, this week. So, the thing about babies is that they will arrive when they are ready. And so this week we were surprised but thrilled to welcome a little boy who just couldn't wait to come into the world to meet his loving parents and family. So this... Continue reading
Posted Nov 10, 2013 at Visual Ovation
OK, so we admit that we are paying homage to the clever humor of the mad men and mad women of the advertising world here. Yes, this is the Energizer Bunny. You may not remember the Energizer Bunny - he was first introduced to the world about 20 years ago. But you probably have not met this particular Energizer Bunny. This is the Bavarian Energizer Bunny (yep, the eagle-eyed will see that he carries a Bavarian flag). For nineteen years our Bavarian Energizer Bunny has symbolized resilience in the face of medical ups and downs. He was in retirement for... Continue reading
Posted Aug 19, 2013 at Visual Ovation
Recently we were lucky enough to spend time together in Paris. It was a magical week. We found a lot of marvelous images. On the last evening of the last day this was the very last image that I shot; it is the one that touches me the most. It was amazing, really. I had passed that spot almost every day, but I had never noticed it. Not until that final walk back to the hotel. Yet, here we were, on the cusp of ending a very special trip and returning to more complicated realities at home, and this message... Continue reading
Posted Jul 23, 2013 at Visual Ovation