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Side by Side Show


Creating two new photography-based digital abstracts for a Side by Side Show June 18-July 11 at Gaslight Art Colony in Marshall, Illinois was an exciting challenge and rewarding experience!

The prospectus for this show encouraged a photographer and another artist to share two points of view on the same subject. The two mediums are then displayed side by side in the gallery.

Until this show, I have only used my original photographic images to design my abstracts.

For this unique theme, I collaborated with artist friend Todd Stokes who provided his original photos of a rotary phone dial and a yellow flower classified by a Google search as Coreopsis, similar in appearance to daisies.

A close look at “Conversation Piece” hints to its origin, but no one could ever guess the original image used to create “Clowning Around.” Both are perfect examples of the abstract in nature designs I love to create!

The entire show is a unique viewing experience for gallery patrons!

‘Crow Court’ juried into Crow Show


I am honored to announce that my photography-based abstract was selected for the 2022 Crow Show in Arts Illiana Gallery in Terre Haute, Indiana. I created this graphic in nature piece I titled Crow Court during the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic shutdown.

My entry is an 8×10 dye sublimation print on HD metal, floated off an acrylic backdrop. I created the abstraction by manipulating my photograph of a patch of Crown Vetch, another invasive species. (Coincidence: Crow vs. Crown, Covid vs. Corvid, what a difference one letter makes!)

By definition, crow court is judge, jury and executioner. The crows circle and punish another crow that has committed a crime, such as stealing food from younger crows.

Arts Illiana’s fourth biennial Crow Show opened Jan. 21 with a reception in the gallery at 23 N. Sixth St. in downtown Terre Haute. The exhibit can be viewed during the gallery’s regular hours — 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays — through March 18. Admission is free.

Sixty-five art pieces were selected for this year’s Crow Show by guest curators and Indiana State University alums Haley Burton and Marquise Gibbs. The 44 featured artists hail from Indiana, Illinois, California, Colorado, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts and Canada.

A closing reception is set for March 18.