Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Holiday Market this weekend!

Come see me at the Capitol Hill Holiday Market Friday and Saturday. I'll have nesting bowls and little birdies as well as some paintings. A fund-raiser for the PTA, lots of artists and crafters will be there so come and get in some last minute shopping!

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Mt. Adams Serenity

Early fall backpacking trip before the weather turns.
Lots of huckleberries, bears and mystical night skies.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Art and Writing Camp for Girls

I spent part of a week in August at the Art and Writing Camp for Girls in Cove, Oregon. It is sponsored by the Cove Ascension School and E.S.T.E.A.M. Many girls don't have an opportunity to work in clay at their schools so I was really happy to show them some techniques.
We made art in this beautiful old building that was actually rolled to Cove from La Grande on wooden logs many many moons ago.
It's filled with old wooden benches and an assortment of colorful supplies.
This is my 2nd summer teaching art in Cove and I'm already looking forward to next year. I hope to make it to the cherry festival!

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Art Camp 2011

This year 19 young artists joined me for all or part of a sunny week in August making amazing creations in my studio garage. Art Camp is a fundraiser for the Togo Well Project, an effort started in 2005 to help bring clean drinking water to rural villages in Togo, West Africa. This year's camp raised just over $400 and plans for a well in the village of Tomegbe will begin this fall!
We would start each day with drawing in our sketchbooks,
or making fantastical creations out of recycled materials.
Mornings were also spent in the clay studio making pots, birds and masks.

We had fabulous lunchtime sing-alongs with Tristan who makes us new songbooks each year!
The afternoons were spent at the park or learning how to stilt walk...
and to double dutch! A HUGE thank you to Natalie and Kelsey, my amazing student volunteers!
We had some new campers this year,
and some very special out of town guests...
Lots of smiles, lots of new friends and lots of fun. Thanks everyone for such a great week!

Thursday, July 28, 2011

beets & raspberries in raspberry vinaigrette

I just found this dee-lish recipe and had to share it. It is adapted from The Vegetarian Compass by Karen Hubert Allison. It's perfect for your summer bounty and has such a nice mixture of both sweet and tart.
Try it out!

1/4 c. raspberry vinegar or other fruit/white vinegar
1/2 t. sugar (optional)
1 small clove garlic, minced
salt & pepper to taste
2 T olive oil
2 T canola oil
1-2 medium beets, peeled & sliced as thin as possible (1.5 cups)
2 T Walla Walla onions, minced
1 1/2 -2 cups raspberries
salad greens

Begin by making the vinaigarette: Combine the vinegar, sugar, garlic, salt & pepper in a large mixing bowl. Add the oils and whisk with a fork until slightly thickened. Taste and adjust seasoning. Set aside.

Steam the sliced beets in a vegetable steamer basket over boiling water, covering tightly with lid. Steam beets until tender. Immediately place beets in the vinaigarette, stir and allow to cool.

Sprinkle the cooled beets with the minced onion and toss to combine. Gently fold in the raspberries. Cover and place in the fridge for an hour or until cooled. Spoon mixture onto plates lined with greens. YUM!

Monday, July 11, 2011

summer bounty!

I picked these raspberries out of my garden today and had to hide them from my cat Diego, who is bonkers for them. His little raspberry lips are always a give away that he's been underneath the bushes carefully picking berries.