Archive for December, 2018

Great news!

December 30, 2018

The poetry anthology from indieblu(e) press, We Will Not Be Silenced which contains my ArtRage performed poems “Chores” and “I Heard a Robin Sing” the latter being a part of my upcoming 2019 released memoir “Crazy Quilt & Other Family Heirlooms” (ClareSongbirdsPublishingHouse) has made #2 on Book Authority’s Top 100 new poetry books for 2019. I had tweeted a “thanks for standing up” to Dr Christina Blasey-Ford and heard back from her. This is all so exciting. Hope to be at the Womens March in a booth with this and other womens’ issues books and art for sale.

The book is available on Amazon. All proceeds go to women’s shelters and organizations related.

The Festival of Creative Arts at Case Mansion

December 16, 2018

What can I say to describe yesterday? The romance of the historic location reminiscent of my workshop in 2014 in Lismore Castle in Ireland for starters. Second, how appropriately our booths, Clare Songbirds Publishing and my arts booth were in the library. Imagine growing up there and doing your studies in a room with a secret passageway built into the bookcase?At times the parking was backed up down the street. There were musical performances, bands, a group of kazoo players, kids’ choir caroling to name a few and poetry readings going on all day. Artists and crafters came, some from far away and there was so much to see and enjoy. Woodworking gems, choclatier magical hedgehogs and other delights, beekeepers who gave out honey samples and were so informative to listen. The church women had a room filled with crocheted beanies and caps for all ages. Textile artists, handcrafted soaps, hot packs and paintings.

Of course there was the hot chocolate bar. The women of the Presbyterian church did a smashing job with bowls of toppings for the rich drink at only a buck and then the lunch menu for all artists gratis was hand made and delivered and better than Panera.

There were tours through the mansion during the show as well. I wish I’d had time to go on one. Its huge with slate tile roof and a carriage port cochere and a gorgeous blue and white tiled kitchen fireplace, massive fireplaces in all the rooms…I met so many wonderful people and spoke with so many, shared stories and sold more of my works and more variety than I ever have anywhere–candles, books, artwork, prints. I was really happy. I was also thrilled as an author and reader to see the reaction of folks who came into the library not necessarily to look at booths, but who gasped with visceral response to the books on the shelves. Books are not dead, oh no way 😊.

The show was organized by my fellow artist and pen woman friwnd Sandy Shutter. Kudos to her!

Our next gig, weather permitting, will be at the Women’s March in Seneca Falls in March (I think) where we will have booths in a huge tent filled with women artists and crafters, and I can already tell you I will be stocking the following books (among others) Just Two Girls, We Will Not Be Silenced, Before They Were Our Mothers,& Be the Change. The latter 3 are anthologies that include my work.

Anyway, great day for a gray CNY December Saturday. The weather gods cooperated and I don’t think anybody left without a smile on their face.