Hope Village Mural – Olympia, WA

April 2022

During an online meeting with residents of Hope Village, one of the ministries of Westminster Presbyterian Church in Olympia, Washington, a design was developed that would be:

welcoming, bright, and inclusive,
to encourage all new residents with the successes of former residents.

In April, with the help of numerous volunteers of all ages from WPC, Hope Village and the greater Olympia community, these scenes on the Hope Village Office and Community Center were painted!

Art Resources during COVID-19 Pandemic:


For kids of all ages, it’s hard to beat Mo Willems’ three-week series of Lunch Doodles with Mo Willems. As Artist-in-Residence at the Kennedy Center this year, little did he know he would be working from HIS residence. Developed especially to help kids cope with social distancing, it offers precious and insightful glimpses into the world of a kids’ book author and illustrator.

Another resource for practicing (or those who want to be practicing) artists:

During social distancing Nicholas Wilton is offering weekly time to make art and hear from artist-friends of his near and far. It’s low-key, interesting, and inspiring to see what other folks are doing. https://workshop.art2life.com/kitchen-table-art-project-2020/

And now…Masks For Humanity

Thanks to Jayna Zweiman, the Welcome Blanket project is ongoing: https://www.welcomeblanket.org/. During the corona virus pandemic, Welcome Blanket has spawned Masks For Humanity: https://www.welcomeblanket.org/blog/2020/3/25/masks-for-humanity-we-need-your-help-to-help-others – an opportunity to make masks and get them to people requesting them. I sent a batch to a midwifery center in Lynden, WA and immediately heard back from them. Thanks for requesting them, Moonbelly Midwifery! Others went to assorted folks in Seattle, Tacoma, and Prescott, AZ.

Welcome blankets for asylum seekers

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Welcome Blankets connects art institutions with refugee resettlement groups. Many times, refugee resettlement agencies don’t have the ability to process hundreds of individual gifts, and Welcome Blankets’ deliberate process of collecting, cataloging, packing, confirming, and shipping helps these great organizations prepare and gift these potential heirlooms.

This week, International Rescue Committee (IRC),  reached out to Welcome Blankets and asked for 1,000 blankets of welcome to give as soon as possible to incoming recently-released asylum seekers.



Truth and Beauty … and social realism

This is from the most recent newsletter sent from the Executive Director of Gage Academy of Art in Seattle, Stefano Catalani.  He recently met with painter Max Ginsburg in New York.

“At 86, Ginsburg, who was raised in the ebullient milieu of the New York Jewish Left of the 1920s and 1930s, is a living monument to social realism. Mind you, I am not referring to the hollow social realism of the Soviet experience—mere propaganda in service of ideology. I am talking about the empathetic gaze, painting as act of resistance and revelation, and the agency of art for change. For nearly 50 years, Ginsburg’s realist paintings have explored the human experience, captured the beauty of everyday life, and offered warmhearted and passionate commentary on class, gender, and race.”

“In the artist’s words: “With regard to these themes, I have been inspired by Old Masters such as Caravaggio, Goya, Kollwitz, and Picasso. I choose to paint realistically because I believe realism is truth and truth is beauty. I derive an aesthetic pleasure in skillfully done realistic drawings and paintings. I believe that realism can communicate ideas strongly and it is this communication that is extremely important to me.” “

Shoreline Arts Festival 2018

Thanks to Shoreline Arts Festival, June 23rd and 24th!  This year 25% of my profits from the Shoreline Arts Festival will be donated to ROOTS Young Adult Shelter in the University District. http://www.rootsinfo.org/.  It was a good two days and inspiring to meet other artists, see longtime friends and all the folks who appreciate art.


A special call-out to two fabulous festival neighbors:

Angelica Sta. Teresa – see: https://shop.angelst.net/   She’ll be at the Renegade Craft Fair July 21st and 22nd in Magnuson Park. Angelica creates exquisite hand-dyed scarves, leggings, and tops.

Brian from Fairview Lake Studio. See: https://www.fairviewlakestudios.com/find-us.html for a list of upcoming shows and festivals. Beautiful, useable ceramic pieces.