Saturday, June 7, 2014

Coming Home & Revamping!

Hello!  If you are reading this, I know you love Art, Like Bread and for that I thank you! 

I am on the verge of something big here.  I have many ideas percolating and developing.
I can't wait to share them with all of you in's new iteration.

Unfortunately, I do have to wait because it's just me over here doing my thing.  I wanted to let everyone know that I have been blogging for Rachel over at

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D'ya ever just go on vacation and completely lose yourself in the bliss of it all?  I absolutely love doing that, and I just had arguably the best vacation anyone has ever taken ever!  (Okay, I might be a bit prone to hyperbole.)  Remember my last vacation?  Me neither.  Actually, here's a link to that post.  It was a good one.  
For this vacation, a single photo.

Appalachian Trail, Mt. Greylock, MA
The path is getting clearer.

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Holiday Happiness!

Hello!  I am just popping in to say how excited I am about the upcoming holidays!  Now that Thanksgiving and Haunukkah have passed, we can count down the days until Christmas on the Advent calendar.

I have been gathering presents and planning my holiday baking for the first time.  Fudge.  Yup.  My first batch was heavenly.  Maybe it was beginner's luck because my next two batches weren't so much.  They were okay, but not quite to the level of that first batch.  I will make my next batch in time for the holiday party this weekend.  Wish me luck!

Are you decorating for the season?  I have made a few preliminary attempts, especially because I now live in very sunny Florida where each season is pretty darned hot.  To my northern body it still feels like summer here!

So good to reconnect with you.  Please share your holiday prep plans!! More soon!

Saturday, June 29, 2013

I Would Fly There If I Could: Lift Ev'ry Voice Photography Show

Lift ev'ry voice and sing
'Til earth and heaven ring
Ring with the harmonies of liberty!

Rev. Louise Williamson
This is a little different from what I normally post here on the blog, but it is fully aligned with the blog's mission: to celebrate the beauty of the world and to share art with eveyone.  I am happy and thrilled to share this art with you today.  The following was written by Megan Whilden, the Director of Cultural Development for the City of Pittsfield, MA.  My hometown has got it going on!

Lift Ev'ry Voice Photography Show Features Portraits
of African-American Elders in the the Berkshires

Elaine and Clarence Gunn
Group Show at the Lichtenstein Center for the Arts 
Opens During First Fridays Artswalk 

Pittsfield, Mass. -- Two years ago, as part of the first Lift Ev'ry Voice Festival celebrating African-American culture and heritage in the Berkshires, a group of volunteer photographers began making portraits of African-American elders throughout Berkshire County, to visually document and celebrate those who have been through so much in their lives.  

Fanny Cooper
 Those photographs were featured at the Celebration of the Elders held in July 2011 at the Mahaiwe Theatre. Now, as part of the 2013 Lift Ev'ry Voice Festival, the Lichtenstein Center for the Arts will host a group photography show of these portraits, to open on July 5th, during the First Fridays Artswalk.  The show features photographs by Jane Feldman, Ken Green, Jennibeth Gomez, Julia Kaplan and Sue Geller, as well as brief personal histories by historian and MCLA professor Frances Jones-Sneed, Ph.D.

James "Smitty" Smith
 Megan Whilden, Director of Cultural Development for the City of Pittsfield and a member of the Lift Ev'ry Voice steering committee, said, "We are honored to host this exhibit and celebrate the rich African-American heritage here in the Berkshires. It's important to us to honor all of the many members of our community, young and old."
Kathleen Edwards
Jane Feldman, one of the featured photographers, noted "Working on the Lift Ev'ry Voice elders photography project has been a great honor. Much of my work as a photojournalist has focused on the telling of stories that historically have been kept from us. I am proud to help bring the faces and stories of the African-American community to light with our exhibit at the Lichtenstein in July."

Frances Duval
 An opening reception will be held during Pittsfield's monthly First Fridays Artswalk on Friday, July 5th, from 5pm to 8pm. The reception is free and open to the public. The gallery is open Wednesdays to Saturdays from 12pm to 5pm. The exhibit closes on Saturday, July 29th.

Evelyn Halle
The Lichtenstein Center for the Arts is a city-owned community arts center located in Pittsfield's Upstreet Cultural District at 28 Renne Avenue.  The Lichtenstein Center for the Arts is home to changing art exhibits in its gallery space, nine working artist studios, a ceramics studio and community room, and a range of performances, classes, workshops and other events serving the Pittsfield community and beyond.

Sylvia Davis

Lift Ev'ry Voice: Celebrating African-American Culture & Heritage in the Berkshires is a countywide biennial festival first held in 2011, celebrating the rich traditions of African-American community, arts and culture, history and heritage found within Berkshire County and across the nation. 

Issac Crawford, Jr.
The 2013 Lift Ev'ry Voice Festival events include popup youth poetry and a concert by Bettye LaVette at Mass MoCA in North Adams on Saturday, July 6th and "Struttin' With Some Barbeque," a free outdoor jazz concert with Craig Harris on the grounds of Edith Wharton's the Mount on Thursday, July 11th. For more information visit

Press Contact: Megan Whilden, Director of Cultural Development,

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Meet Me in Fort Lauderdale!

Since last week was so much fun, I can't wait to dive in again for another wonderful class!

Crochet Two Fabulous Flowers (and Start a Bonus Scarf) with Caissa!

With crochet, the possibilities are endless!
We will learn to crochet a basic flower in one color,
and then in two colors!
Use these cute flowers to embellish your knitted items,
or to add to a basic crocheted scarf.

Come by to observe, and if you like, you can buy the pattern and crochet the flowers
(and begin the bonus scarf) for yourself!

Even if you don’t have any materials, you can complete at least two flowers on Saturday, but bring your favorite yarns in floral colors!  If you'd like, you can start the scarf as well!  :)

Please join me on Saturday, June 22, 2013 
from 11:00 A.M. until 1:00 P.M. 
at Yarns and Arts in Fort Lauderdale, FL 
3330 NE 32 ST 
(one block north of Oakland Park Blvd)

Cost (Special Price): just $5.00 includes personalized instruction and printed pattern with illustrations. 
Come for both hours or just stop by. 
No experience necessary! 
Basic crochet help will be provided.

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Crochet a Cute Cell Phone Cover with Me at Yarns and Arts!

I am thrilled to announce a major milestone in my crafty career:
After many years of helping and teaching people crochet informally,
I am teaching my first professional crochet class!

Please join me on Saturday, June 15, 2013
from 11:00 A.M. until 2:00 P.M.
at Yarns and Arts in Fort Lauderdale, FL  
to crochet this adorable cell phone cozy!  

Cost: $5.00 includes personalized instruction
and printed pattern.
Come for all three hours or just stop by.
No experience necessary!
Basic crochet help will be provided.

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Unprecedented Access and Lifelong Learning through MOOCs

To learn more about MOOCs visit

I am thrilled to have this opportunity to reflect upon my love of learning, my beliefs about education, and how Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) are revolutionizing the way that information is dispersed. 

Read my article about MOOCs by clicking the picture.
Through MIT's free online courses, the institution is providing unprecedented access to some of the most elite information.  This opportunity is an affirmation of a belief that I've held deeply for as long as I can remember:  Education and access are basic human rights.  Education is imperative.  Access to knowledge is essential.  Skillful application of knowledge needs to be fostered, and creating something, anything new, is a transformation. This knowledge cycle could never even begin without education and access.  That is why I feel so passionately about MOOCs and MIT's involvement in them.

While MOOCs may not be able to take the place of traditional higher learning, I encourage students, self learners, and educators to give open learning a try.  In my article, I offer advice to my students on how to choose a free online course.  I loved recounting my first awareness of MOOCs, which were introduced to me by one of my dear students, Alex.

For more information about MOOCs, please visit I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective, and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

Saturday, May 25, 2013

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