International Sonoran Desert Alliance Street Art Festival

I was invited to paint in April at the Street Art Festival in Ajo, Arizona. Ajo is a cool place, just a small town that was built around a mine between 1912-1920, but is surrounded by federal BLM lands, Organ Pipe National Monument, Cabeza Prieta Wildlife refuge and the most bio-diverse desert in the world! Ajo is also located 40 miles from the U.S./Mexico border. This border is the deadliest stretch of land for migrants and refugees to cross. Lack of water and exposure claims almost 150 lives per year. I decided to go see for myself what kind of Samaritan work was being done on the border & paint a mural for the town to celebrate the effort to save lives.

Samaritans just do what is natural. They help those in need. They choose to NOT ignore their neighbors’ needs and do what they can every day to locate those suffering in the desert, bring water and food to them, and give them first aid. Seems very simple to me, but our government has actually charged Samaritans with felonies for doing this work. Scott Warren of Ajo, Arizona was facing 20 years in prison for aiding migrants who were dehydrated and lost. His trial resulted in a hung jury. Four of his jurors wanted to convict!

There are so many things we need to be doing about this situation. My skills are painting and caring about people. I also have a big mouth and haven’t stopped talking about Ajo since I returned. Maria Singleton (an Ajo homeowner and Samaritan who lives part time in Bellvue, Colorado) is the reason for my visit. She has a wonderful way of expressing the plight of the Migrants while also allowing us to find ways to get involved in our own ways.

We have prepared a talk about how art can open hearts to having conversation. It was well received at Artworks Loveland in June and many have gotten involved and requested that we do it again. We’d love to talk to your classroom, your church groups, or your organization. Art has a way of gently opening up the cracks where preconceived notions like to hide. There is no cost for this conversation, we just ask that you donate to Nomoredeaths.org.

Thank you!

Point Segment Angle Line

The Colorado Metalsmithing Association and Artworks Loveland would like to invite you to Point Segment Angle Line - a Metalsmithing Invitational curated by Melissa Laugen and Alexandria Forsythe. This show opens Friday, October 12th at 6PM and will be up until November 27th. We are pleased to showcase a handful of the finest of the Colorado Metalsmithing Association Member’s work.

There are many opportunities to visit the show including STUDIO TOUR Saturday:
October 13th and Sunday October 14th 11AM-5PM AND Saturday, October 20th, and Sunday, October 21st 11AM-5PM.

Artworks has 28 Studios, so plan to spend an hour or more to see it all.

Please also join us for the Artists’ Talk on October 25th from 6-9PM with John Sullivan (soldering demo) and Haley Bates (Colorado State University Metalsmithing Professor) and a short intro from The President of The Colorado Metalsmithing Association (that’s me!).

If your school group would like to tour the show, we’d like to put you on the calendar and prepare for your visit. Please email bre@ArtworksLoveland.org.

Colorado Metalsmithing Association

Artworks Loveland

Curfman Gallery - Five Locals

One of the beautiful things about public art is that it’s meant to live outside, or move around to many locations! The mural I painted in June at The Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities Insight On-Site will be moving to The Curfman Gallery September 25th. I am very proud to exhibit at Colorado State University where my husband and I graduated and my daughter is currently enrolled.

‘Drowning in Prescriptions’ is meant to be a mirror to the viewer. What is your relationship to Prescription Pain Medicine? Have you been ignored by the epidemic? How lucky you are. Or do you have your own story to tell. Tell it! Look at the person next to you and tell that story. Tell it again and again and again. Every time something gets out of our grasp or bigger than an elephant in a tiny home, it gets that way by our silence. Let it out.

Opening Reception: Thursday, September 25th 2018, Curfman Gallery, Lory Student Center, Colorado State University Campus, Fort Collins, Colorado. Five Locals will be on view from September 25th through November 2nd, 2018.