Fibers and Wire of Defiance

My work with fabrics and buttons borrows the traditionally feminine art form of sewing and quilting, which has been historically classified as craft.  But I believe that quilting, depicted as ‘folk art’ associated with the activity of rural women, both black and white, has been underrated as the true art form that it is. 

The exhibit uses the “women’s work” of quilting and sewing to make statements about women; our images, our obstacles and our status. Each of my pieces tells a story or describes an experience, embellished with buttons, but always with fabrics that contribute to the depth of our connection to cloth.

"Fabrics of Defiance"  includes art meant to stimulate a conversation:  But most importantly, each piece has to project beauty first, and the statement, second.  

Upcoming exhibits and events

September 27, 28 and 29th in Shepherdstown, West Virginia

We're commemorating our non-profit organization, the United States Veterans Art Program, after a decade supporting art therapy within the VA by supplying resources directly to facilities to be used by the therapists and veterans, for music, art and recreation therapy.

We've gone to 40 facilities around the country and provided $100,000 of musical instruments, photography equipment, art supplies and writing materials;  we bought whatever the therapists asked for, purchasing thousands of items through grants, fundraisers and public donations.

This event will include my "Fibers of Defiance" exhibit and include music and  videos, with cookies available throughout the day!  

It will be held  Friday, Saturday and Sunday 11-5PM at the Shepherdstown Community Club,, otherwise known as the "War Memorial Building" at

 102 East German Street in the center of town.  

October 2019 in Hagerstown, Maryland

I host  a solo exhibit at the "Engine Room Art Space" located at 36 N. Potomac St. in downtown Hagerstown, all of October.  

An opening reception will be Friday October 4, 3-7PM  

Parking is easy, with a metered public lot nearby; the venue is nearly adjacent to the Hagerstown Visitor's Center. 

The hours of the gallery are;

Thursday 2-7 PM

Friday 3-7 PM  (I will be there every week)

Saturday 11-4 PM

Sunday 12-5 PM

It's a really beautiful space; you should visit the "Public Square Cafe" 

coffee shop just half a block away.

November 2-29 at Delaplaine Art Center in Frederick, MD

I'll be included in an exhibit for Veteran Artists in a display that runs through 

the month of November.

November, 2019 at the Blue Moon in Shepherdstown

This is the most popular restaurant in Shepherdstown for casual dining:  I'll be filling the walls with my posters and textile hangings.  The restaurant is at 200 East High Street, near the main campus of the University, and is open from 11-9PM every single day.  Parking is easy.

November, 2020 at the Blanche Ames Gallery in Frederick, MD

This gallery is located within the UUCF facility at 4880 Elmer Derr Road outside of Frederick, MD.  More details on hours will follow!