ARTIST STATEMENT

“A love of nature greatly inspires my life as an artist. In recent years, the process of collecting and directly incorporating into my work a variety of natural materials - grasses, leaves, and various plant elements - has allowed me to experience

how a simple object can be transformed through the creative process. My most recent  work explores change that is possible through experimentation, largely through the process of eco- dyeing with paper, fabric and a variety of plants

found in Australian and Vermont.”

BIOGRAPHY

      Barbara grew up in the Chicago metropolitan area and pursued a career in special education and social work before following what had been a long-term  interest in art. The Boston area was home for 30 years until she moved to Vermont in 2006. She now divides her time between studios in Vermont and Sydney, where she lives for four months every year.


      Barbara initially studied watercolor and acrylic painting, but soon became drawn to printmaking.  The aspects of layering and texturing it offered easily translated into mixed media, which is the current focus of her art.  While still continuing to create some two-dimensional work, in recent years she has become fascinated by the possibilities of working three dimensionally.  Employing found, re-cycled or re-purposed material as much as possible, she has created a large collection of pieces made from used tea bags, Chinese

joss paper seed pod, and organic materials found in the outdoors.

SOLO AND GROUP EXHIBITIONS

Solo Exhibitions

Alchemy, The Gallery at Unilu, Cambridge, MA., 2017

2015 Juried Show Winners, AVA Gallery, Lebanon, NH., 2016

Transitions: Paper and Pods, Norman Williams Library, Woodstock, VT. 2014

The Art of Tea II, Ava Gallery, Lebanon, N.H., 2012

The Art of Tea, Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center, Hanover, N.H., 2011

Intersections, Umpleby’s Café Gallery,  Hanover, N.H., 2009 

Improvisations, The Gallery at Unilu, Cambridge, MA., 2006

Circle Dancing, Main Gallery, Newton Free Library, Newton, MA., 2005

Journeys, The Gallery at Unilu, Cambridge, MA., 2003

Group Exhibitions

2019     AVA 2019 Summer Juried  Exhibition (*Juror’s Recognition Award), Lebanon, NH

             2019 National Prize Show, Cambridge Art Association, Cambridge, MA.

             Unbound IX,  ArtisTree Gallery, Woodstock, VT.

             PLACE, Wagga, Grenfell, and Orange, Australia

             Local Color, ArtisTree Gallery, Woodstock, VT

             DeCordova Museum Corporate Program Collections, Boston, MA

2018     RePlay, Chrissie Cotter Gallery, Sydney, Australia

             PLACE, University of Wollongong, Australia

             Unbound VIII, ArtisTree Gallery, Woodstock, VT.

             LandARTLab, Woodstock, VT.

             Local Color, ArtisTree Gallery, Woodstock, VT.

             DeCordova Museum Corporate Program Collections, Boston, MA.

2017     Manly Artist Book Award, Manly, NSW, Australia

             AVA Gallery Juried Exhibition, Lebanon, N. H.

             LandARTLab, Woodstock, VT.

             Unbound, ArtisTree Gallery, Woodstock, VT.

             Local Color, ArtisTree Gallery, Woodstock, VT.

             DeCordova Museum Corporate Program Collections, Boston, MA.

 2016     Unbound, Vol. VI, ArtisTree Gallery, Woodstock, VT.

              Local Color, ArtisTree Gallery, Woodstock, VT.

              DeCordova Museum Corporate Program Collections, Boston, MA.

2015     Personal Histories:  International Artist Book Exhibition, Queensland, Australia

             Alchemy of Tea,  KC Art Gallery, Lone Star College, Kingwood, TX.

             AVA Gallery Summer Juried Exhibition, (*Juror’s Recognition Award), Lebanon, N.H.

             DeCordova Museum Corporate Program Collections, Boston, MA.

             Unbound, Vol. V, ArtisTree Gallery, Woodstock, VT.

             Local Color, ArtisTree Gallery, Woodstock, VT.

 

2014     Alchemy of Tea,  Cornelius Arts Center, Cornelius, NC

             Sydney Book Artist Group Show, Art Est Art School and Gallery, Sydney, Australia

             Disbound, Gallery Red, Sydney, Australia

             Mud, ArtisTree Gallery, Woodstock, VT.

             DeCordova Museum Corporate Program Collections, Boston, MA.

             Unbound, Vol. IV, ArtisTree Gallery, Woodstock, VT.

             Local Color, ArtisTree Gallery, Woodstock, VT.

 

2013     Unbound, Vol. III, ArtisTree Gallery, Woodstock, VT.

             Life Cycle, Sydney Writers Festival, Sydney, Australia

             Pompanoosuc Mills Celebration of Upper Valley Artists, Thetford, VT.

             DeCordova Museum Corporate Program Collections, Boston, MA.           

             Local Color, ArtistTree Gallery, Woodstock, VT.

 

2012     Print, Stitch, Staple, Gallery Lane Cove, Sydney, Australia

             Local Color, ArtisTree Gallery, Woodstock, VT.

             Unbound Vol. II, ArtisTree Gallery, (Honorable Mention), Woodstock, VT. 

             AVA Gallery Summer Show, Lebanon, N.H.

             DeCordova Museum Corporate Program Collections, Boston, MA.

             Fine Works in Miniature, ArtisTree Gallery, Woodstock, VT.

2011     Unbound, ArtisTree Gallery, Woodstock, VT.

            Local Color, ArtisTree Gallery, Woodstock, VT.

            AVA Gallery Summer Show, (Honorable Mention), Lebanon, N.H.

            Fine Works in Miniature, ArtisTree Gallery, Woodstock, VT.

            DeCordova Museum Corporate Program Collections, Boston, MA.

2010     AVA Gallery Summer Show, Lebanon, N.H.

             Sculpture Fest 2010, Woodstock, VT.

             DeCordova Museum Corporate Program Collections, Boston, MA.

             Local Color, ArtisTree Gallery, Woodstock, VT.

             Fine Works in Miniature, ArtisTree Gallery, Woodstock, VT.


 

2009     AVA Gallery Summer Juried Exhibition, Lebanon, N.H.

              DeCordova Museum Corporate Program Collections, Boston, MA.

2008     AVA Gallery Summer Juried Exhibition, Lebanon, N.H.

              DeCordova Museum Corporate Program Collections,  Boston MA.

2007     DeCordova Museum Corporate Program Collections, Boston, MA.

 

2006     Transitions, Arlington Center for the Arts, Arlington, MA.

              Harris Courtin Gallery, Paddington, Sydney, Australia

              DeCordova Museum Corporate Program Collections, Boston, MA.


 

2005     Harris Courtin Gallery, Paddington, Sydney, Australia.

              DeCordova Museum Corporate Program Collections, Boston, MA.

              National View at Grandview, Atlanta Artists Center, Atlanta, GA.

              Decisive Moments, Cambridge Art Association, Cambridge, MA.

 

2004     47th Annual International Exhibition, San Diego Art Institute, CA.

              9th Annual National Art Exhibition, St. John’s University, Queens, N.Y.

              Bold Expressions, Northern California Arts 49th Annual International Open 

                         Exhibition, Carmichael, CA.

              National View at Grandview, Atlanta Artists Center, Atlanta, GA.

              Autumn in America, State of the Art Gallery, Ithaca, N.Y.

              A Sense of Place, Gertrude Herbert Institute of Art, Augusta, GA.

              Francis R. Roddy Open Competition, Concord Art Association, Concord, MA.

 

2003     Pushing the Envelope, Cambridge Art Association, Cambridge, MA.

              Annual Student Printmaking Show, DeCordova Museum, Lincoln, MA        

              Francis R. Roddy Open Competition, Concord Art Association, Concord, MA. 

 

2002     Printemps, MetroLex Artists Network  Show, Monroe Gallery, Lexington, MA.

              Annual Student Printmaking Show, DeCordova Museum, Lincoln, MA.

 

2001     Member’s Prize Show, Cambridge Art Association, Cambridge, M

             Annual Student Show, DeCordova Museum, Lincoln, MA.

             Light Show, Cambridge Art Association, Cambridge, MA.

 

2000     Annual Student Show, DeCordova Museum, Lincoln, MA.                                                           State House Exhibition, Massachusetts State House, Boston, MA.

              Member’s Show, Concord Art Association, Concord, MA.

              Distinguished Artist Show, Concord Art Association, Concord, MA.

 

1999     Dover Lane Atelier, Depot Square Gallery, Lexington, MA.

             State House Exhibition, Massachusetts State House, Boston, MA.