Bio

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Ms Dignity’s Red Shoes at the Lakewood Library 54th annual artists’ show

Lately there’s been some interest about my past as a songwriter, singer, guitar player back in the late 1960’s.   In high school I formed a girl’s “jug band” and taught simple chording to a few of my besties.  Which attracted the attention of a couple guys and we formed a Dallas garage band and named it  WordD and cut a demo in the summer of 1966 but wasn’t formerly released; however some insiders in the biz heard it…. Subsequently a promoter included these songs on an album featuring members from The Penthouse 5 of which I was only a part of for a small time.   An exciting and bittersweet experience.

I didn’t really allow myself to be a “real artist” until 2010, despite the fact that I really did have a long art history.  It’s just that I had to work in the corporate world in order to support myself, and while he was growing up, my son Eric Keathley.
Lots of life-changing events caused me to skid into a sort of unfruitful holding pattern for many years.  I bet you can identify!  We could say I had a very large creative block.

in 2010 I enjoyed a job and employer that left me some free time to delve into unlocking my creativity.  Thank you Kevin and Kurt!  I devoured self-help books on the subject and actually worked all the lesson exercises therein, and holy crap! they worked, prompting me to bust free with sketchbook journaling, blogging, painting, experimenting with a variety of media, and making art dolls again.

I’m not happy if I’m not making art; somehow I am not really me.  Artmaking is my only God-given gift and must be expressed.   Simple as that.  There is nothing like the joy of creating something which thrills, excites, and pleases someone so much they Have To Have It!

Exhibits, Sales & Shows:

*Lakewood Branch Library, Dallas 2018

*Juliette Fowler Art Group Show & Sale Dallas, 2018

*The Small Gallery, Dallas 2015

*White Rock Bath House Cultural Center, Dallas 2014

*Bath House “Winter Art Mart Underground”, Dallas, 2013

*Art House Coop, Brooklyn Library, New York, “The 2012 Touring Sketchbook Project”

*Flying Phoebes cloth doll club annual show in Hayward, CA, 1996

*Dallas Quilt Show-Ditzy Doll Tarts 1996

*”Fiber Icons: Hoffman Fabric Challenge”, Dallas, 1994

*Maggie’s Front Porch Gallery, Schnecksville, PA, 1980’s

* Arts & Crafts instructor for Allentown Boy’s Club summer camp, Schnecksville, PA 1985

* Featured in newsletters, book, or Press by:
*elinor peace bailey. “Costuming with Lined Rectangle” APWPWD. Hayward, CA 2000.
*Shuford, Tom. “Cut from the Same Cloth” The Dallas Morning News 10 July 1998: Metropolitan 33A+.
*Oroyan, Susanna. “Introduction: Costume and the Elements of Design” Lafayette: C&T Publishing, 2001.

 

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