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 Now for something different! This past year I have been working on a series of encaustic monotype prints that I will showcase at the annual Local Ink Printmakers Sale. These will be matted, one of a kind, abstract prints that will make excellent gifts for the holidays. Or get one for yourself! Stop by and check it out.

NKY Bourbon Barrel Project: October 4, 2019- September 2020.  My artwork  will be on display at Pike St. & Madison Avenue, Covington, KY, as NKY celebrates being the Gateway to the  Kentucky Bourbon Trail. 100 artists have painted bourbon barrels and they are placed in the business districts. Special thanks to Orleans Development for sponsoring the barrel.  This event coincided with the Blink Cincinnati Festival, which made it extra special!

Special Exhibit: I am honored to be the guest artist for a special exhibit at Vent Haven Museum in Ft. Mitchell, KY.! Paintings will be shown from July 17-mid October, 2019. Call museum to set up a tour. Thank you, Vent Haven!

Artist Statement

“Attic Archives: Works Inspired by the Vent Haven Museum Collection” evolved after a conversation with the curator of the Vent Haven Museum in Ft. Mitchell, Kentucky. This museum is the only ventriloquist museum in the world. I was thrilled to collaborate with Vent Haven, which gave me access to their wide collection of vintage photographs that are not on display to the public.

The goal of the exhibition is to highlight how the performing arts intertwine with the visual arts. I aim to engage the audience in the history and comedic performance that accompanies ventriloquism, as well as, the artistic perspective of the vent figures themselves. The performance aspect of ventriloquism often overshadows the fact that the dummy is a sculptural work of art. The dummies are hand carved from wood, painted, and fit with mechanical capabilities that transforms them into kinetic art. This exhibit also includes portraits of other types of performing actors, such as vaudeville and circus performers, Coney Island side show workers, along with a magician from the museum’s vast collection.