Thank you for the opportunity to share my art with you!
My passions for physical movement, intuitive spontaneous expression, spirituality, nature, a need to connect and find beauty in the world all inspire me to create. I am blessed to have a loving family & friends, adventurous travel (2 of my 3 children live in Israel), varied creative work and life experiences, which have all influenced my creations.
I have always been involved in some form of the arts: Dance, musical theater, improv, writing, photography, film, drawing, painting, collage, ceramics, crocheting, drumming, singing, and as an arts educator with various populations. I have interviewed Holocaust survivors for the Shoah Foundation, worked as an educator with Poetry Pals/Olive Tree Arts Network interfaith youth arts organization, Mummies and Masterpieces and the Jewish Federation of Metro Chicago. I’ve been a teen outreach worker, produced, stage managed and acted in shows, danced in an Israeli dance troupe and worked in the funeral profession. I received a B.F.A. in Theater Management from the University of Illinois and an M.A. in Interdisciplinary Arts from Columbia College Chicago, which included dance therapy courses and a thesis show consisting of my hand-colored photographs combining images of birth and death.
Most of these collages and paintings were produced partially or entirely at Open Studio Project (OSP) in Evanston, an art and social service organization for all ages, which promotes creative expression, personal exploration and growth. I have recently become a facilitator at OSP, after participating in classes on and off for 17 years! OSP provides therapeutic and stimulating programming combining the visual arts and writing. My art is created from tempera paints, oil pastels, paper and glass. I am grateful for the OSP community, where we create intentional art, witness writingand strong bonds in our music-filled, comment and judgement-free environment.
I hope you enjoy viewing my recent works while relaxing and nourishing yourself at Kafein! Thank you Karissa, Brandon and Thomas.
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