Keeping Busy

Certainly some unique times we are living in these days. I've been using this time to learn some ways to spread the pysanky joy. I have created a few YouTube videos, held a live Facebook event (rather than an in-person artist reception) and worked more on keeping this website updated. I also explored ways through the internet to keep in touch with local artists and show my support in various ways.

I was originally scheduled to have a one person art show - Pysanky and Paintings - in April and May of 2020. This has been rescheduled to January to March 2021. I create a lot of special pysanky for this event and I struggled with the decision of whether I should now place for sale or hold until the show. Yesterday I decided that I would place some of the items for sale and they can be found in the shop on my website -

Not only did I have pysanky ready for the show - I also had about 30 paintings ready. I've posted some of these as a slide show on the website. Check out the shop to see availability and pricing on the paintings. The paintings are a mixture of acrylic and other media. I'm having great fun trying new techniques!

In March (before the COVID-19 shutdown) I was honored to be part of an exhibit at the Peoria Public Library - Downtown. The art installation is still there and will be through at least June - so when the world begins to open up, stop by and view this fabulous art created by my friends Barbie Perry and Jaci Musec. This is hung from the center sky light. These ladies have inspired me to try something completely different with my art - so stay tuned to see what develops!

It's been a great blessing to have my art and my faith to get me through these days. Probably the biggest change is that I haven't been able to really visit with my parents. I help with grocery shopping and pharmacy runs, but I've been keeping a safe space from them - which means no hugs! But as my Mom always says - "This is only temporary". I hope I never again take for granted the blessing I have with my parents and the ability to see them on a regular basis.

I pray that you are being as safe as possible. Please be respectful of those who are serving the public in various capacities. They are under much of the same stress (and more) as everyone else. A little kindness will go a long way - and it is absolutely free!