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Receptions, True West Gallery, Santa Fe NM, July 27 and August 17, 2017

I loved sharing my passion with friends Kat, Art and Laura Ellerby. But it was poodle Pecos who stole the show.
Thanks for all your support.

National Award Winning bead work artist, Karen Beaver of the Yupik and Mandan tribes.
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Paper Cutting Demonstration, True West Gallery, Santa Fe NM, July 29- 30, 2017

It was a wonderful blessing to have my sister Susan Hudson drive 8 hours to support me, sharing beautiful words about life and dreams. An accomplished quilt ledger artist, she has won many national awards, article

Colter Bay Exhibit, Grand Teton National Park, July 2017

An artist herself, Melissa was drawn to the landscape of New Mexico. She and her family are enjoying this piece in their home in Iowa

What a surprise, to finally meet Roni of Tauk Touring Company from CT. We developed a partnership with her three years ago when Monte was hired to share his culture and tell stories to their guests touring the park.

Nelson County Art Show, Pekin ND June 22-25 2017

AWARD WINNING: 3rd Place, Mixed Media
Flowers and birds were the theme of the first show of the summer.
Centripetal Satire series

Divine Exhibit, Cottonwood Center for the Arts, April- May 2017

Part of my new "Mountain Moon" series, oil on canvas, these pieces were juried into the Divine Exhibit.


The mountains are a comfort to me, a presence of strength and truth.  These ancient ones look on as life continues. They were here long before us and they will be here long after we leave.  As a child, deep in the woods enveloped by the smell of wet moss, leaves and trees, my Border Collie and I had many adventures.  I experienced much wonder in those mysterious mountains, exploring and contemplating life.  The grandfather stones, a quiet, strong, trusting teacher and guide. They are the DIVINE.

49th Annual Art Auction, Yellowstone Art Museum, Billings MT, March 2017

Come one, come all, to the Midnight Montana Merry-Go-Round. 
Find your gold ticket and hand your cotton candy to mom and dad. Step out upon the platform of stars.  Choose your favorite mammal and hold on tight. Round and around the stars circle the heavens.  Up and down the mountains move on forever.

Midnight Montana Merry-Go-Round was auctioned off during an evening of live and silent auctions accompanied by cocktails and hors d overs.


The animals of Montana that were painted in Montana found a home in Montana and I couldn't be happier.


Artist in Residence, Upper Dauphin Area School, December 2016

Do not give up when you feel defeated - there is something greater on the other side of the struggle.

My motivational assembly is titled, "Messes Lead to Successes". Failures and obstacles are part of life. If we are open to learning from them, they become teachers which help us reach our goals-persistence & belief in ourselves is key.

My Dreamin' programs began with a motivational school-wide assembly,
grades 5-8. Throughout the week I worked with the middle school art students & 4th grade elementary. We water colored sunsets and cut our dreams out of black paper.

Commission, Loyalton PA, December 2016


Dream Home, oil on canvas

I was the first to get on the bus and the last to get off, bouncing over the country roads all the way home.  This gave me time to visit with my bus driver.  I showed him examples of my art and when I finished my first oil painting, he bought it for $50. Dennis believed in me as a child and continues today.  He commissioned me another oil painting. This time, it was a personalized piece.
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The Joy of Family, 22" x 30", oil on canvas