Category Archives: Mountain South

Old Blue and the Boo Hag

I am fortunate to belong to a group of a half-dozen volunteers who give tours of contemporary art exhibits at the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art at the College of Charleston.  In November and December 2013, the Halsey hosted “Tales … Continue reading

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Witches and Wild Things

Falling leaves, cooler weather and Halloween — This is one of my favorite times of year, when finally it starts to cool off in the Lowcountry.  Here I am as a dead hemlock tree in the mountains of North Carolina … Continue reading

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Swarthy Jean Finds Her Voice

Swarthy Jean came to be during an artist’s retreat in the Blue Ridge Mountains in 2011, and she continues to be an important character for me (You can read more in the first blog post).  Her anatomy is a little … Continue reading

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  Here you see the early stage of a cut-paper collage, one in a series on dramas involving  humans, animals, and others (like witches).  Since I often write stories before creating the collages, I’m starting to add little books to … Continue reading

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Reflections on Mountain heritage at The Owl’s Nest

Writing and Designing  “The Ballad of Swarthy Jean” I spent a beautiful week in September at the Wildacres Retreat in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina, the fortunate recipient of an artist’s residency.  I stayed in a cabin … Continue reading

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