From Frame by Frame at the Dow Building

Big Neighborhoods Community Coloring Page

Community Coloring Page

Big Neighborhoods 2 is all about getting people, things and ideas to work together. Handing colleagues and roommates pens and markers to work together on a Community Coloring Page will support teamwork and create laughter. Thanks go to the very nice man who saw it during  Saint Paul Art Crawl and plans to buy one for his company’s break room.

What a great idea.

Hang your Community Coloring Page

Create community in:

  1. An office
  2. A dorm
  3. A sorority or fraternity house
  4. A retirement home
  5. A community center
  6. A waiting room
  7. A recreation center
  8. Your choice

The Big Neighborhoods 22×33 Coloring Page will be available at the Vine Arts Center Holiday Sale, December 3-4, 2016.   $48 plus tax.

Big Neighborhoods 2 Coloring Page by mail

Each is packed in a sturdy mailing tube. $48 plus $16 shipping plus tax. Click here.

Weekend plan: Do the Dow & Pop into Peggy’s Holiday Boutique


Two wonderful art events this weekend: Do the Dow (at the Dow Building at 2242 University Avenue W.) and Peggy’s Holiday Boutique, a 30+year tradition at the Roseville Oval. Each show has one of my favorite paintings.

Do the Dow

Artists with studios at the Dow Building and who are part of Khanh Tran’s Dow Gallery will be opening their doors and celebrating their art. Count on great food and music and lots of fun. Friday 6-10; Saturday 12-6.

3 Cats and 11 Flamingos Acapella
3 Cats and 11 Flamingos Acapella (original $125; prints $30)


Peggy’s Holiday Boutique

A 30+ year tradition with more than 100 artists’ work, the Roseville Oval hosts Peggy’s Holiday Boutique. It is a vortex of creative energy, and the artists’ work includes jewelry, painting, ceramics,glass, fudge (yes! fudge), wood work, leather, candles, and so much more. You will find some locally and nationally recognized artists. Friday: 10-8:30; Saturday 10-6; Sunday 10-4.


5 cave parrots
Lost Cave Paintings of Saint Paul: 5 Cave Parrots (original $250)

St. Paul Art Crawl: Help the Zebras Find Their Stripes


Help the Zebras Find Their Stripes

Come to the Dow Gallery (2242 University Avenue W) on Sunday, October 11 from 1-2 for a Saint Paul Art Crawl Make-and-Take workshop. Two of my old friends, Wall Street Zebra (below) and Xavier Camo Zebra (far below), invite you to Help the Zebras Find stripes or dots or anything else that you think might be fun for a Zebra. Camo Zebra? Incognito Zebra? Wherever your imagination takes you (and your zebra!)

50 wall street zebra

Help the Zebras Find Their Stripes

51 zavier camo zebra

Art Crawls: Dow Gallery-St. Paul & Savage-Scott Co.

Two in 1 weekend: I need a scheduler

Somewhere in the Minnesota Constitution it says that an artist must live on every block and that there must be at least on art event on every weekend. I am my building’s artist, and this weekend I will be in two art events: The Saint Paul Art Crawl at the Dow Gallery (I will be there Friday night and all day Sunday, and will teach “Help the Zebras Find Their Spots” on Sunday from 1-2); and the Scott County Art Crawl (10-4 on Saturday).

The Saint Paul Art Crawl At the Dow Gallery

The Dow Art Gallery (2242 University Avenue West) is in the iconic Dow Building, home to a large community of artists working across disciplines. The Gallery is a beautifully lit space on the Green Line and artists line up for space there because of the light and location.  Be prepared to have your jaw drop at the talent.

A true nanoscape

Having selfishly hung The Tall Silos of Iowa in my house for years, I finally realized that I don’t need to keep all of my favorite paintings forever. It was the first of my paintings ever to be juried into a show, and it is a true nanoscape: tiny spaces, tiny brushes, tiny designs.  Inspired by my first trip to Iowa, I decided that the silos needed some sprucing up. It is beautifully framed (9×22) in a bright orange metallic frame with a domed triple mat. $220 plus tax from Dow Gallery.


Tall Silo of Iowa
Tall Silo of Iowa


Top of the Silo
Top of the Silo
























Help the Zebras Find Their Stripes at the Dow on Sunday

For children of all ages: 1-2 pm at the Dow.


Help the zebra find her stripes




















Scott County Art Crawl: Savage MN Saturday October 10

I will be at the Savage City Hall Community Room, 6000 McColl Drive. Come to meet the Clowder of Cats! Here are two of them.

Abstract Connections work-in-progress

Connections April 19
Connections #7 Work-in-progress April 19


Artists waste no time. While putting in my Vine Arts Center gallery hours yesterday, I took out my General Pencil (6H) and made the pencil drawing. BONUS: see how General Pencils are made.

Late last night, while binging on Death in Paradise (thank you Netflix), I pulled out my double zero brush and began to fill in the boxes.

See this piece (finished or not)

Connections #7 is part of a series of paintings which began as a doodle during conference calls where a group of us strategized about how our dear friend and wonderful judge might be connected to the decision-maker who might appoint her to a difference judgeship. Her constituents are lucky to have her. I am lucky to have made an image that shows everyone and everything is connected.


Connections #7 will be with me during the Saint Paul Art Crawl at the Dow Gallery at 2242 University Avenue West, Let me know if you are interested in having a work like this made specially for you (in your colors, in the size of your choice).

St. Paul Art Crawl — up next!


Multi-task: Explore Saint Paul’s Art Community, Visit the Dow Gallery, & Ride the Green Line for Free

Saint Paul Art Crawl
Saint Paul Art Crawl


Dow Art Gallery: a bright-light & art-filled gallery at 2242 University Avenue West

Up up and away!  Come to the Gallery at the Dow Building for the St. Paul Art Crawl. See the work of 40 Gallery Artists, and then, as a bonus, visit the artists in the Dow Building itself.  One stop for lots of great art!

Where is the Gallery?

It faces directly on University Avenue, and gives you access to the rest of the Dow Building

What will I bring?

Originals, prints and cards of Roosters, LLLamas, Cats, Flying Penguins, Pigs, Frogs & Pandas, a never-before seen Giant Panda Portrait, Cave Paintings, Friendship (all sizes), and Flying Crystals. I will also have signed copies of The Backyard Roosters of Saint Paul and Meet the LLLamas.  And one of the snacks that draws both creatures and humans to my studio, Judith Olney’s Joy of Chocolate Pound Cake

Events (so far) in the Gallery

Free Performance Showing by SoulPlay/CathyAnn Beaty
Show time on Saturday @ 11am and 2pm

Free Green Line Bus passes!

Live Rooster showing by Collette Sakschek

Live Music, Food, and Beverages!

Fundraising for Cancer Kids. Selling Pints of the famous “Tiger Jack” created by Barb Pinc. Proceeds go to the Cancer Kids foundation.




Free rides on the Green Line

Download at The Green Line comes right to the front door of the Dow Gallery.

Free Rides to the Art Crawl
Free Rides to the Art Crawl

Whimsical Wildlife & more at the Dow Building Gallery


Whimsical Wildlife & more at Frame by Frame, the Dow Building Gallery
Whimsical Wildlife & more at Frame by Frame, the Dow Building Gallery

What’s inside the Dow Building? Lots of artists and a great gallery.

What’s inside the Dow Building on University Avenue? Khanh Tran of  Frame by Frame opened a huge light-filled gallery for Dow Building Artists (and others), and the Whimsical Wildlife and Geometric Abstractions have a new home.

Saint Paul Art Crawl Spring 2015

I’ll be there for the 2015 Saint Paul Art Crawl, April 24-26. Friday 6-10 pm. Saturday 12-8 pm. Sunday 12-5 pm.

The Dow Building and gallery address is 2242 University Avenue, Saint Paul, MN 55414. Check out the map and put it on your calendar.

Waiting for you…

The Cave Seal #2: The Lost Cave Paintings of Saint Paul
The Cave Cat: The Lost Cave Paintings of Saint Paul
Two 3-D Backyard Roosters (From The Backyard Roosters of Saint Paul)
Sam the Snowy Owl Who Went to Mardi Gras and Never Came Back (From The Small Friends’ Chronicles)
The French Roosters (From The Backyard Roosters of Saint Paul)
3 Cats & 11 Flamingos Sing Acapella
The Great Leafy Bunny of New Hampshire (From The Small Friends’ Chronicles)
Friendship #5: Messy. Sometimes Complicated. Beautiful if you’re lucky.
Flying Red Crystals