Come We to the Summer

Earlier this year I worked on a piece especially for the Kentucky Folk Art Center’s summer exhibition entitled Come We to the Summer.  I was honored to have my piece selected for the exhibit. The show is scheduled to be displayed until August 29th. So there is still time to view this wonderful exhibit if you have a chance. I have a few pictures from the opening reception, including some photos of my humbled little gal, Mariposa, who was just happy to spread her wings amongst such fantastic artwork.

(This was my first gallery exhibition in Kentucky and the very first opening reception I’ve been able to attend. Last year I was honored to have work included in a group exhibit at Hawk Galleries in Columbus, Ohio featuring Minnie Adkins and many of the area Kentucky folk artists.)


Come We to the Summer — Kentucky Folk Art Center, Morehead, Kentucky
















I wish I had taken more photos of the fantastic evening and of all the great art work that was presented in this show, including the Best in Show winning piece by Jo Ann Butts. Unfortunately, this was one of the evenings I forgot my camera but made due with the iPhone. The show is still up for a few more weeks if you would like to swing by and see it.



Elliott County’s 2nd annual Minnie Adkins Day


This should be a ton of fun! Visit Little Sandy Lodge on July 18th. Over 60 vendors will be present with a variety of work including folk art, fine art and crafts. Some of the vendors include:

Minnie Adkins

Bonita Skaggs-Parsons

Pam Oldfield Meade

Rebecca Miller Campbell

Ron Gevedon

and many, many others.

In addition, some gallery collectors will be present with past works available for sale. This should be a fantastic event for folk and fine art enthusiasts!

Father Pine – A Primitive Santa in Shades of Blue & Green

This little fellow doles out Christmas trees as well as gifts. This is Father Pine. He’s a 15.5″ original, one of a kind muslin & fiberfill creation. He’s been hand-painted top to bottom and has been sanded & aged, giving him such a lovely, vintage patina. Father Pine has been sealed so that he may be lightly dusted after display. He has an embroidery loop thread attached, making him suitable for hanging–or he may sit with assistance. His ‘knees’ are sewn through.



Santa’s face has been been carefully painted with a variety of media. His nose & bottom lip has been needle-sculpted by hand, giving him a cute pout underneath that beard & mustache. His hands are needle-sculpted as well. Father Pine wears painted brown boots with white buttons.

Santa’s shirt has been made of cream muslin. His pants are chocolate corduroy with embroidery thread ties at the hemline. Santa’s suspenders & hat is made of 100% cotton fabric. I love the ric-rac print used for Santa’s hat! It is finished off with a silver jingle bell & large folky embroidery thread stitches.


Santa’s bag is hand-painted muslin. It has been sanded & aged for a vintage look. Mismatched brown buttons adorn the front. Inside are three hand-painted muslin Christmas trees. The bag is attached to Father Pine with an embroidery thread strap & is not removable.

Father Pine is now available on Ebay. He ends Sunday, Nov. 7th at 9:15 PM EST. Click here to view or bid on this dumpling.