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The 2022 Amber The Cat Calendar is NOW ready to order!

September 28, 2021 - The calendar is here! The 2022 Amber The Cat calendar is here! (note: some images in this post are for promotion only...
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Schacktoberfest 2021

September 22, 2021 - The Schack Art Center in Everett is hosting a FALL-tastic group art show. Two of my bird pieces were juried into this be...
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NEW at Brazen Shop and Studio Fall 2021

September 08, 2021 - we have updated two original collages into the 11x14 frames. these are now for sale. gosh, i love how they look frame...
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Process - Crazy Quilting Style

August 11, 2021 - I thought I might share a bit of collage process with you. The first two are in true what I call crazy quilting style fo...
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Christmas In July 2021

July 17, 2021 - I love holiday cards. Do you? (perhaps I love holiday mail. actually I love mail anytime ha!!) I love gifting a holiday...
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Lets Collage About Retro Travel In Japan

June 16, 2021 - I was gifted a super great stack of books to tear apart, many of them retro. gotta love how my amber gets in on the acti...
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Essence Of Bellingham 2021

April 08, 2021 - These two were given 2021 honorable mention. my portfolio of local images from this last year was definitely sufferin...
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Kids Art Walk 2021 - Machines at MakeShift Gallery

April 07, 2021 - This years annual kids art walk will be virtual. I was paired with a Montessori student named Sophie The group exhibit...
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Updated Framed Work At Brazen

March 03, 2021 - It is time to switch out my collage art graciously hosted by BRAZEN. Brazen just celebrated their 3rd year in business.
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Birdland 2021

February 03, 2021 - BIRDLAND February 5-28, 2021 SOLD - crow "Flock through Skagit Valley and visit Smith and Vallee Gallery for our An...
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Pandemic Image Essay 2020

January 13, 2021 - Each year end I review my image library for themes. I do this as a way to separate certain images for future use. To sub...
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Vibrational Collage

January 02, 2021 - I co-taught a year long course in 2020 with one of my very favorite humans and Tarot card reader Sara Galactica. The co...
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2020 Graffiti

December 11, 2020 - I am a huge fan of many of the local street artists here. In 2015 when I arrived in WA I loved the experience of the "f...
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Birds Of 2020

November 28, 2020 - Labor Day weekend I set aside an afternoon and pulled out a variety of magazine sources looking for birds. I was thinkin...
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2021 Amber The Cat Calendar Is Ready To Order!

September 12, 2020 - The calendar is here! The 2021 Amber the Cat calendar is here! (some images in this post are for promotion only, they a...
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LOSS A Virtual Group Exhibit At Woman Made Gallery

August 12, 2020 - During Covid times Woman Made Gallery in Chicago began hosting group virtual openings in a different way. They reduced t...
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My 4x6 Notecard Process

June 24, 2020 - Here is the process for my 4x6 Notecards This work falls into the collage, stitched collage, crazy quilt style with pap...
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The Loss Of May 2020

April 29, 2020 - Normally in May, the community here focuses on kids art. The celebration, now in it's 20th year takes over many of the l...
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How To Bind With Paper

April 15, 2020 - I am binding most edges of my collage work these days. I wanted a way to take my odd sized collage art to a more finishe...
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APRIL #virtualbhamartwalk

April 03, 2020 - In times of things now pandemic our downtown business organization has taken on trying out a virtual art walk. YAY!!!...
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My Art Life In The Time Of A Pandemic

March 25, 2020 - IF I was having my normal life as an artist. On this day, Wednesday 03/25/2020, I'd be posting exciting new art happenin...
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Mini 4x6 Stitched Collage Series

March 25, 2020 - Pricing information coming soon. Introducing the Mini 4x6 Stitched Collage Series.
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MY CITY STUDIO

January 26, 2020 - It's almost the end of January 2020. I signed my lease in December for what will be my 3rd year here at my city studio....
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Making Journals The Creative Subconscious Way

January 26, 2020 - Making journals the creative subconscious way all started when I found myself down a youtube rabbit hole. i had been exp...
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Coming Soon :: Birds Eye View At Smith And Vallee Gallery

January 23, 2020 - 12/13/2017 --- my number was called for low-income housing. I had applied 25 months prior. Took 2 years to be approved....
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"Singularity" Begins It's Tour!

January 02, 2020 - My preparation work is finally complete! Singularity opens at Brazen Shop+ Studio for January's First Friday. What a g...
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Registration is NOW OPEN for Vision 2020 Workshop

December 03, 2019 - Registration is now open for Vision 2020. "Illuminating The Wisdom Within" and I am pretty darn happy about it! My ver...
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Coming Soon A Collaborative Workshop :: Vision 2020

November 21, 2019 - I am up to something rather exciting. limited registration for it opens 11/28 but i thought i'd give some of you a heads...
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An Ode Collage Project

November 18, 2019 - I used to be a wellness blogger. I began researching blogs as early as 2005. By 2007 I was writing my own posts and thro...
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Make.Shift Gallery Juror

November 03, 2019 - I was invited to juror for the 2020 line up for Make.Shift Gallery. I am honored to have just completed that task over...
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November 2019 Art Walk

November 03, 2019 - Nothing like an Art Walk on the 1st of the month to get your creative inspirations going. All that art work is up for t...
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Artists Collaborate To Design Holiday Card

November 03, 2019 - This commissioned collaborative art project was rather profound. I was paid to combine our two creative efforts and mak...
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We Use Pine Pellets For Cat Litter

September 22, 2019 - Meet Amber. My feline companion and friend. She came into my life early 2019. She's a quirky, nervous, petite cali/tabby...
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What's Next For 2020

September 18, 2019 - I have been in an internal space lately. 9 months into 2019. The year has been a flurry! A good flurry. Despite good, I...
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Amber The Cat 2020 Calendar

September 05, 2019 - The calendar is ready! The calendar is ready!! The "Amber The Cat " 2020 Calendar is READY! I have secured a print on...
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Singularity

July 21, 2019 - Welcome to my next touring solo exhibit. Singularity The opening will be in January 2020. Stay tuned. Creative Sub...
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Revisiting Creative Subconscious Collage

July 16, 2019 - I started teaching my creative subconscious collage workshop in 2000. Goodness, that's 19 years ago now. I developed t...
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Coming July 2019

June 26, 2019 - I wonder if a single post like this listing a blast of current things happening is a good idea? July Openings - ART W...
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Group Show :: Regeneration :: Making Sense Of It All At MakeShift

June 26, 2019 - Regeneration:: Making Sense Of it All Do you ever feel like you want to tear it all down and start over? This July at...
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Second Phase Of Making For The Inspirit-Form Quilt

June 26, 2019 - This spring I perfected the bind with a backing technique so often used in quilting, but with paper. i had to put all o...
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Paper Crazy Quilt Style Squares Now At Brazen Shop + Studio

June 26, 2019 - This is a super example of some of my newest work. I am combining collage, photographs, and crazy quilt format into thes...
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Christmas In July At The Lucky Dumpster

June 26, 2019 - I am a new vendor, one of over 200 actually, at this charming dive of a place in Edison called The Lucky Dumpster. I dr...
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Collage Circle

June 21, 2019 - Graduates of my Creative Subconscious Collage Workshop have the opportunity to circle each month and collage together. C...
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Now Included At The Lucky Dumpster In Edison

May 27, 2019 - Edison is a gem of a Washington state small town. it's a real find. and it's very small. a moment/small actually. on...
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Quilt Exhibit At Lightcatcher

May 27, 2019 - An exciting new exhibit is coming to Lightcatcher (June 1st through August 25th) Modern Quilts: Designs Of New Century...
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You Can Take It With You

May 21, 2019 - I entered a juried call for art. I am excited to share that 5 of my mixed media pieces were accepted. It will be a grou...
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Life On Mars And KIds Art Walk At MakeShift

April 17, 2019 - Every year, Make.Shift Gallery celebrates Kid's Art Walk in May. This year, we've partnered with Cedar Tree and o Woods...
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2019 Essence Of Bellingham

April 11, 2019 - Below are the 10 images I selected for this years Essence Of Bellingham Contest. This will by my fourth year submitting.
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Food Photography 101 At The Local

April 10, 2019 - A Bellingham YELP event hosted a collaborative with Dwayne Rogge, and PhotoTree House to teach a Food Photography 101 Cl...
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Inspirit Form Installation Becomes A Paper Quilt

March 03, 2019 - I dismantled my touring collage installation known as Inspirit Form. It had about a 15 month run in a variety of locatio...
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Pets On Parade Exhibit At Schack Art Center

March 02, 2019 - I am experimenting with archival art prints of my photography on watercolor paper. I was juried into the group show PET...
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Brazen Shop + Studio Turns One

March 02, 2019 - A group show titled "We're Hare" at Brazen Shop + Studio celebrates their one year anniversary. I love the theme. I ma...
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Mannequin Photograph Used For Branding At Social Fabric

March 02, 2019 - Last early summer there was an event downtown, it was a trunk corset show at Social Fabric. forgive me - I am not sure...
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NEW YEAR NEW COLLAGE ART PRINTS

January 30, 2019 - Its a brand new year and I have new ideas for getting my art into the homes of art lovers who appreciate my work!! In c...
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Landscapes At Whatcom Museum

January 30, 2019 - Whatcom Museum's next exhibit revolves around the theme: Water's Edge: Landscapes For Today This is part of the museums...
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2018 In Review

January 18, 2019 - The intensity of 2018 expressed itself in many different ways. my holiday greeting shared: In 2018 I was in a total of...
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Art Access Magazine

January 06, 2019 - A year ago some friends and I attended a bird themed exhibit titled "flight of fancy" at Smith and Vallee Gallery in Edi...
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Warp And Woof Group Show At MakeShift

January 06, 2019 - The art call mentioned the word stitch. I felt especially pleased to submit my latest collage work. What a GREAT way to...
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Project 2017 Themes Update

November 28, 2018 - I had good intentions this past February in taking apart my collage work from the year 2017. I had no idea how much of a...
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The Pitch Dark Of Dawn

November 12, 2018 - In the pitch dark of dawn, a man who loved to hike, someone I had never met before, his friend and his beloved dog picke...
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My 2019 Photographs Calendar Is Here

November 12, 2018 - I am VERY excited to post images for the upcoming year's calendar!! Folks use my select images for their personal calen...
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Artists Influence Artists

October 17, 2018 - it was hard to choose between touring fellow artists who annually open their studio's at this time of year, vs chasing t...
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Language Of The Voiceless: A Group Exhibit At Woman Made Gallery

September 16, 2018 - Submitting art to a juried show is subjective to the opinion of a juror. Add a layer of friendly competition, and the pe...
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On The Road Again With Jackson Junge Gallery

September 07, 2018 - I answered a call for art around the theme "On The Road Again" at Jackson Junge Gallery. What an awesome theme! My journ...
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Endangered Species: Artists On The Frontline of Biodiversity

September 05, 2018 - Recently, and to my delight, I found myself courted by Bellingham's Lightcatcher Museum Gift Shop! Lightcatcher is gear...
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Inspirit-Form Continues Tour Now Hanging At The Downtown Coop

September 05, 2018 - I am super excited to share that Inspirit-Form, touring now for an entire year, is at its newest location at Bellingham'...
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Launch :: Simply A Photograph

September 05, 2018 - Over the last year I tucked away a variety of black and white photographs with the intent of submitting them for publica...
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Project 2017 :: One Eye Series

August 18, 2018 - While collaging daily in 2017, I began to observe art work that had just a single eye in them. I am not sure the meaning...
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Narrative :: A Living Statue

August 18, 2018 - once upon a time i authored an article and in the process of it all took way too many photographs. she, this beautiful l...
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FORCE :: A Group Show About Nature

August 07, 2018 - Force:: A Group Show About Nature For the month of September, Make.Shift Gallery will feature several local artists who...
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Prospective Parts :: Tops And Bottoms

July 15, 2018 - i want to earmark an opportunity i had to show some nude work with this blog post. if you are offended by nudity, two o...
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Bird Series :: On Consignment

July 07, 2018 - VERY excited to announce that I will be releasing a select bird themed group of collages. It's been awhile since I've s...
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Prospective Parts - Group Show At MakeShift In July

June 11, 2018 - MAKE.SHIFT JULY ART WALK: “PROSPECTIVE PARTS” WORKS BY FRANCIA OROZCO, KAREN HANRAHAN, KATIE HOWARD, & CYDNI CARTER...
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Inspirit Form Continues Tour at Brazen Shop and Studio

June 06, 2018 - In it's third installation, Inspirit-Form - a 22 piece collage show, now hangs through June and July at Brazen Shop + St...
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Group Photography Show At Lucky Monkey

June 06, 2018 - Three rather random framed photographs of mine are now hanging in a group show at a lovely eclectic gift shop known as T...
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Collages Now Hanging At Joy of Pilates Studio

May 23, 2018 - My touring black and white collage trio is now hanging at Joy Of Pilates In Bellingham. Super fun, airy, warehouse style...
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Essence Of Bellingham 2018

May 23, 2018 - Each year the City Of Bellingham hosts a photography contest called the Essence Of Bellingham. I entered it in the sprin...
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Eighteen By Twenty Four

May 11, 2018 - To challenge myself in 2018 I decided to make one large 18x24 collage per week. i have always collaged in an 8.5x11 form...
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Visqueen Dancing

May 05, 2018 - A cable appeared in my window. and then a rope. and then, at the bottom of the building there was a lift. We were bei...
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Our Imaginary Friend Griselia

April 24, 2018 - I answered a call for art from Make.Shift Gallery. Every year, Make.Shift Gallery celebrates Kid's Art Walk in May. Thi...
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Inspirit-Form On Tour!

March 29, 2018 - I am very excited to share that my solo installation "Inspirit-Form" is going on tour. First stop was installed yesterd...
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Photography Exhibit At Sumas Historical Society And Museum

March 29, 2018 - I am super honored that the Sumas Historical Society And Museum, a true gem of a place in the small border town of Sumas...
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Project 2017 :: Birds

March 16, 2018 - I am enjoying tearing apart my collage journals and organizing them into visual themes and stories. If you recall I made...
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Images Sold To The City Of Sumas

March 07, 2018 - I captured an image narrative of the US/Canada border town Sumas, WA during the 6 months that I lived there. I fell for...
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Group Photography Show :: Seeing Bellingham

February 28, 2018 - I am very excited to participate in a group photography show that will highlight 40 photographs of the Bellingham area -...
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Project 2017 :: The Neighbor

February 18, 2018 - My Project 2017 continues. To remind you, I am deconstructing a YEAR of daily collage making and sharing the stories and...
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Project 2017 :: Cry For Help

February 11, 2018 - Welcome to my latest project. In 2017 I took on making a collage each and every day. Come November I entered a call for...
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Shelf-Conscious Collage Journals at Make.Shift

February 10, 2018 - A local call for art requested the journals of artists for a group show at Make.Shift In Bellingham. I had been playing...
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Freelance Articles For Whatcom Talk

February 06, 2018 - Whatcom Talk is an online whatcom county community news digest. I write for them once a month. Here are my articles all...
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Integrating Typography Into Collage

January 10, 2018 - Soon, at Jansen Art Center, I will be teaching a class that has a specific technique and creative focus. The class I've...
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ART Inventory Sale

December 06, 2017 - Two years ago I had the opportunity for the first time to vend, show and teach my art in WA. I showed, shared and facili...
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The Loft

November 23, 2017 - I would say that this living space, my loft, is the oddest space I have ever lived in. It's the third place I have live...
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Holiday Showings!

November 23, 2017 - I am very excited to share that my black and white touring collage trio will be joining the window and door collage seri...
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In Praise Of Inspirit-Form

November 15, 2017 - The Inspirit-Form Collage Collection is down. A piece sold another is in inquiry to sell a donation was made to the f...
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Twin Sisters Farmers Market

November 01, 2017 - FINALLY finally, after a year and a half, I found a balanced and efficient rhythm that combines my snap/ebt benefits, m...
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Self Portrait In Chalk On Velvet

October 19, 2017 - Behold - a drawing I rendered in the early 90's. The class assignment was to replicate a famous artist in our own liken...
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Window And Door Collage Series

October 04, 2017 - i recently created a collage series using black and white images. The magazine photographs captured windows and doors in...
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Make YOUR 2018 Calendar Using MY Photographs

October 03, 2017 - This make your own calendar thing using my photographs idea started casually a few years ago and has since become rather...
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Artist Talk And Raffle To Win A Collage

September 26, 2017 - Collage Artist Karen Hanrahan gives Artist Talk Friday October 27th at 4:30 - 6 PM Deming Library - 5044 Mt Baker High...
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At Make.Shift through September

September 20, 2017 - my collage, as it turns out, was selected for the making history exhibit at make.shift in conjunction with whatcom count...
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Photography Show At Sumas Library - Why I Love My Community

September 19, 2017 - Hanging At Sumas Library through October or so Hours M-W-Sa 10 - 5 except W 10-7 Thank you Friends Of The Sumas Librar...
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Inspirit - Form At Deming Library

September 11, 2017 - Thank you friends of Deming Library for hosting my solo collage installation Inspirit-Form. I thought i'd author a post...
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Make.Shift Call For Art :: Making History

August 14, 2017 - I am submitting a collage to this call for art - super great art making prompt from Make.Shift Making Space I had to go...
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Honored

August 14, 2017 - i belong to a FB group where folks post what they "see" in our community. the group is large, sharing, positive and kind...
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Why Make Art

August 14, 2017 - I have been thinking lately about the compulsion to create. For those of us who are artists - we get it, but does someon...
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Great Hanging Gig At Mallards Ice Cream

August 02, 2017 - Had a 6 week hanging at Downtown Bellingham's infamous Mallard Ice Cream Parlor. Heard of the opportunity through a fri...
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Once Upon A Time There Was A Bully

July 06, 2017 - i have a bully in my past and he recently emailed me. my collage for that day was going in one direction. randomly, i tu...
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Art Happenings This Summer

July 06, 2017 - just a quick update: 7 days ago, and quite the blur. I moved my life and my art studio. it happened rather quickly, my...
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Honorable Mention

June 14, 2017 - Three of my photographs were given honorable mention in the Essence Of Bellingham Photography Contest. See the many oth...
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Collage With Karen Every Second Saturday At MakeShift Art Space

May 31, 2017 - i am quite pleased to announce that beginning June 10th and every second saturday from 11 - 1, following that - at leas...
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Essence Of Bellingham 2017

May 10, 2017 - There is this local photgraphy contest that I participated in last year. it's called the Essence Of Bellingham Photo Com...
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Collages On Tour At Lenny's Bike Shop

May 10, 2017 - Excited to share that Lenny's Bike Shop in Ferndale, WA has a gallery wall that is now hosting these three collages!! Si...
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Cabbage Rolls

April 20, 2017 - suffice to say that this was one of those first spring evenings where the temperature and the stretch of brightness into...
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Paired Image Collage Technique

April 20, 2017 - i have been collaging for a long time. recent years collage has taken on a larger role in my day to day. as well as a gr...
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Our Creative Freedom To Observe

April 05, 2017 - A photography contest prompted our creative work and how it relates to our freedom. What drives international and contem...
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Easy To Step To Manzata

April 05, 2017 - Over the weekend I had the opportunity to collage prompted by a short story. Local author Alma Alexander is working on...
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Grounded

March 22, 2017 - Going through a bit of a challenge in my life right now. Sometimes a challenge can stop you in your tracks. I feel lik...
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Winter In Washington

March 09, 2017 - I am told this is one of the worst winters in washington in some time. having lived in the midwest my whole life winte...
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One Camera Verses Another Brunch

February 07, 2017 - when nature brings you a good dose of winter Why not make brunch and take photos! I have been playing with the light...
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Josh The Woodsman

January 11, 2017 - i originally met josh through a buy nothing group on fb i needed a seam sewn on a dress i had he agreed to do that for...
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Collage A Calendar In 13 Days

December 06, 2016 - Collage A Calendar In 13 Days An Online Workshop taught by Karen Hanrahan WITH TAROT INSIGHT FROM SARA GALACTICA As the...
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New Skills

December 04, 2016 - recently a woman told me i needed to learn a new skill. she said i already had an artistic aesthetic and that all i need...
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Holiday Vintage Reindeer At The Bureau

December 01, 2016 - One of the things I have just loved about my affiliation with The Bureau Of Historical Investigation this past year has...
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Art Installation :: Women's Work

October 26, 2016 - I am tremendously honored to have participated in a collaborative art installation titled Women's Work. As someone who i...
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Summer In Washington

August 24, 2016 - on a recent errand i got lost, i told the woman helping me that i was from the midwest. she asked me if i still audibly...
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The Loose Pages Series

June 26, 2016 - a small collection of collages were created separate from my journal. i am releasing a few of these pieces. they are k...
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My Neighbor Brings Me Eggs

May 11, 2016 - my new neighbor showed up wearing knee high rubber boots toting just laid eggs in a purple knit cap. i was beside myself...
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Spring In Washingon

April 01, 2016 - I just HAD to post a gesture of the spring gorgeousness here.
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Tutorial :: How To Collage An Envelope

March 12, 2016 - How To Collage An Envelope. Thank you for your enthusiasm re: my Lost Art Project. Below is the tutorial I promised....
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And Then There Is The B Side Series

January 27, 2016 - when Sara - owner of The Bureau Of Historical Investigation, and I curated the collage pieces that were to be part of Th...
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Window Winter White

January 27, 2016 - I remember the first time I heard the phrase winter white. Practical as I am, I thought well that might be good for some...
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Announcing :: The 200 Series

January 23, 2016 - It is with great pride and delight that I announce my very first print series. The 200 Series. Behold! These select jo...
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Acclimating

January 06, 2016 - Since moving to Washington I have described my arrival as feeling like a stranger in a strange land. Many factors contri...
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