Windsor Public Library show and sewing event

A panoramic shot of the show at Windsor Public Library, main branch

You can see the show through the end of July at the Windsor Public Library, 323 Broad Street Windsor, CT

Then join me at the Wilson Branch of the Windsor Library 365 Windsor Ave, Windsor, CT on Saturday, July 23rd from 10:00 – noon for a sewing event

Tomorrow! Sewing at Holy Trinity

Thanks to The Church of Holy Trinity Church in Middletown, CT and Ekklesia Contemporary Ballet Company, I’ll be holding a sewing event tomorrow, June 28th from 10AM-2PM on Main Street– we will be sewing on the 20 foot long Great White Shark on the lawn at 381 Main Street– it will be a low-key opportunity to take part in the Entangled and Ingested project.

Hoping to see you there!

This Thursday: Meet your Greens

I’m excited to be joining the Rockfall Foundation this Thursday at the Wadsworth Mansion for their Meet Your Greens event.

Meet Your Greens
With Dr. Katharine OwensThursday, June 16 | 5:30pm – 7:30pm
Dr. Katharine Owens
Join us on Thursday, June 16 at 5:30pm at the Wadsworth Mansion outside patio**This event is weather permitting, rain cancels**Dr. Katharine Owens will share how she uses the arts to communicate about the pervasive problem of plastic pollution. A researcher and artist, Dr. Owens has spent the last year creating a series of forty-six life-sized portraits of animals harmed by marine debris. She creates most of the pieces herself by hand sewing film plastic onto canvas, but the largest pieces (including three life-sized whales) are being co-created with the public.

Dr. Katharine Owens is a Professor in the Department of Politics, Economics, and International Studies and Director of the University Interdisciplinary Studies program at the University of Hartford. Her work has been supported by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the National Geographic Society, the Fulbright Nehru program, and the Connecticut Office of the Arts. She is an interdisciplinary scholar who seeks to merge science, policy, and the arts.Bring your own food & drink. Free to participate.
We will meet at the outside Patio at The Wadsworth Mansion,
421 Wadsworth Street, Middletown, CT
Plan to arrive around 5:30 with the speaker beginning at 5:45.

Registration is not required, but helpful to inform you of changes or cancelations due to weather. It would also help us determine event set-up and other supplies to bring.
Register Here

Sperm Whale

So happy to share this photo of the completed sperm whale, 20 feet tall and 60 feet long, co-created with members of the public in the winter of 2021-2022.

Photograph by the amazing Dan Nocera

So many people really went the extra mile– Eleanor and Art, Ziye and Fiona were some of my most frequent contributors.

I was also assisted by the kids in Kate Case’s class at Tolland High School, students from Christy Corey’s Creativity classes at the University of Hartford, the kids at Macdonough School, the kids from Our House Meriden, folks who dropped in on Main Street, lots of friends from the North End, and Christiana Zenner’s class from Fordham.

Coginchaug Valley Education Foundation

I’m so happy to share the link from the April 2nd Coginchaug Valley Education Foundation event. This annual event invites four speakers to share on a topic of interest to the community. It’s a sign of a good event when you get as much as you give– and I found in addition to sharing, I learned a great deal from the other speakers. Each shared a fascinating perspective on their topic of interest– and the group was so open and welcoming. It was a delight! You can watch video presentations of the speakers (including me), linked on their website. Check it out!

May 6th, 7th and 8th

I am happy to report that I’m now testing negative for COVID. I managed it relatively well but am glad to say I’m feeling better.

It’s a busy weekend– the studio on 428 Main Street will be hopping on Friday for the downtown First Fridays event! Join in from 5-8PM to check out the show and sew along.

Five of my other pieces will be shown this weekend at the Haddam Neck Congregational Church Quilt Show. The event is a wonderful opportunity to see a wide range of beautiful handmade quilts and they’re nice enough to include me! The event takes place at the historic Haddam Neck Congregational Church at 408 Quarry Hill Road, Haddam Neck CT

May 7th from 10AM-5PM and May 8th from 12PM to 5PM

There’s also a bake and plant sale!

My hours at the studio will be early this weekend– 8AM-12PM on Saturday and Sunday so that I can also help cover the kids’ sports and other events throughout the weekend. I’ll be diving in headfirst on the 53 foot long bowhead whale.

Weekend of April 29th: Progress and a setback

I’m happy to report that we finished the 60 foot long sperm whale this past weekend– here you can see a photo with three teenagers standing on it(!)

I hope to get an aerial photo with Dan’s drone soon, but we’ve had a setback as I tested positive for Covid on Tuesday of this week. My symptoms have been moderate– just a lot of brain fogginess, congestion, aches, and tiredness. I’ve been resting and ingesting a ton of fluids.

But sadly this means no open hours on the whale this weekend, as I will not be able to hold them again until I’ve had a negative test.

The 53 foot long bowhead whale is already installed on Main Street in Middletown, and will be there throughout the month of May.

Here’s a photo of it on the Uhart campus two weeks ago, with some amazing Uhart students helping me start it!