About

  • A lifelong Kansan, I balanced careers as an artisan and art educator until 2006, when I left teaching to devote full time to the creation of wood art. I have formal degrees in Craft Design and Education, but my technical woodworking skills are self-taught. I began selling work at art fairs while still a student in the ’70′s, and have traveled to art fairs from coast to coast. Currently, my work can be seen at 12 to 15 art fairs each year. My current schedule can be found on my Schedule page.

    RECENT AWARDS

    • 2016    Honorable Mention – Lakefront Festival of Art – Milwaukee
    • 2016    Second Place Award in Wood – Cincinnati Summerfair
    • 2015    Best of Crafts – Walnut Valley Festival
    • 2015    Award of Excellence – Webster Art Fair, Webster Groves, Mo.
    • 2015    Best of Show/1st Place in Wood – Cincinnati Summerfair
    • 2015   Best in Show – Main Street Fort Worth Art Fair
    • 2014   Best in Wood – Brookside Art Annual
    • 2014   Best in Show – Lenexa Art Festival
    • 2014   Best in Wood – Summerfair Cincinnati
    • 2013    Award of Excellence – Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival
    • 2012    1st Place in Wood – Naperville Riverwalk Art Fair (Naperville, Illinois
    • 2012    Best of Show/1st Place in Wood – Cincinnati Summerfair
    • 2011     1st Place Award – St. Louis Art Fair
    • 2010    Best of Show – Salem Art Festival (Salem, Oregon)
    • 2010    Best in Wood – Sun Valley Art Festival (Sun Valley, Idaho)
    • 2010    Best in Wood – Brookside Art Annual(kansas City, Missouri)
    • 2010    3rd Place (overall) – Old Capitol Art Fair (Springfield, Illinois)
    • 2009    2nd Place Award – St. Louis Art Fair
    • 2009    Carol Duke Award – Bellevue Art Museum Fair
    • 2008    Gold Award – Plaza Art Fair (Kansas City)
    • 2007    Best of Show – West Palm Beach Fine Craft Show
    • 2007    Best of Show – St. James Court Art Fair (Louisville, Kentucky)

    INVITATIONAL EXHIBITION

    • 2015     Audacious: Montalto Bohlen Collection – Peabody & Essex Museum – Salem, Ma.
    • 2014    FifTea – Anniversary Teapot Exhibition – Craft Alliance – St. Louis
    • 2010    Teapot Exhibition – Stohl Art Center – Chautauqua, New York
    • 2010    “teapots!” – Morgan Gallery – Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
    • 2009    Hot Tea! 2009 – Del Mano Gallery
    • 2008    National Teapot Show X – Cedar Creek Gallery – Creedmoor, North Carolina
    • 2006-08   Nature Transformed: Wood Art from the Bohlen Collection, touring:
      University of Michigan Museum of Art
      Mobile Museum of Art
      Museum of Arts and Design, New York
    • 2004    Out of the Woods, Lawrence Art Center, Lawrence, Kansas
    • 2001    Celebrating Boxes, Tullie House Museum, Carlisle, United Kingdom
    • 2000   The Fine Art of Wood: the Bohlen Collection, Detroit Institute of Art

    SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

    MUSEUM COLLECTIONS

    • Kamm Teapot Foundation
    • University of Michigan Museum of Art
    • Detroit Institute of Arts Museum
    • Mobile Museum of Art
    • Fuller Craft Museum, Brockton, Massachusetts
    • Forest Heritage Center and Museum, Broken Bow, Oklahoma

    PRIVATE COLLECTIONS

    • Robert M. and Lillian Montalto Bohlen
    • Moreno Gabay
    • Louise Cecil
    • Dr. and Mrs. Jerry Novotny
    • Nancy Maloney
    • Sam Panice
    • Peter Tillou
    • Nanette Laitman
    • Kimberly Oelze
    • Bernard and Margaret Cohen Voss
    • Ed Bass