Adventures in COPING SKILLS

Three years ago I was the inaugural artist for a new and innovative gallery, SeedSpace.  Seed Space is a lab for site-specific installation, sculpture, and performance-based art in Nashville.  The work I exhibited was COPING SKILLS and A PAXIL A DAY.

The COPING SKILLS altar was created in 2007 for the TAKE CARE: Biomedical Ethics in the 21st Century traveling exhibition (2009-2013).  Art reviews about this work, reviews, and images of the show in its entirety can be viewed in the exhibition catalogue.  Basically, the altar was created to honor the medication which allows me to be a successful human, artist, wife, mother, sister, daughter, aunt, and friend.


The COPING SKILLS altarIn 2010, an additional benefit to my contacts at SeedSpace is when it began its own CSArt program. At the time, Nashville was only the 4th city to offer Community Supported Artist's shares.  I created 50 small-scale collector pieces of Coping Skills.  We eventually had an installation exhibit of all the CSArtist's work at Nashville International Airport, and they graciously purchased full crates for their permanent collection. One of the works included in the CSArt Crates

At the CSArt Party, where collectors personally interacted with the artists, I was approached by Lee Pepper, CMO at Foundations Recovery Network.  We had a lively conversation about therapy, pharmaceuticals, the stigma against those caring for their mental health issues, and much more.  He brought up an idea about exhibiting my work at a future FRN facility.  Fast forward 3 years and this seed sprouted into a solo exhibition/retrospective that took place April - May of 2013.  The works I exhibited at FRN's Nashville Facility included the following:  Coping Skills and its collector pieces, You Made Your Bed I & IIConstraint SeriesWhat I Really Mean To Say, Is . . . (created specifically for the exhibition), Eat Your Words (it had never been exhibited), and various works as examples of Art Therapy.

One of the best results, other than the amazing interaction with viewers at the opening, was the filming of a 20 minute Art Talk.  I don't have the professionally filmed version available yet , but here is a video shot by my 20 year old son during the talk.  It gives you an idea about my process and theories behind all of the work at the show and work that I am currently developing, such as the BRANDED series (see previous post for details)

So to all you discouraged artists out there, be patient!  The seeds you planted years ago just might grow into a great future opportunity. 




Short Resume





2006/Encaustic Workshop, Arrowmont School of Art, Gatlinburg, TN

2006/BFA: Painting/Minor: Sculpture & Art History.  Middle Tennessee State University; Summa Cum Laude

2003/AA: Okaloosa-Walton College, Cum Laude, Studio Art & Gallery Management

2001/University of West Florida, Advanced Drawing & Sculpture, Dean's List

2001/Collage Painting Workshop, Santa Fe College of Art

1998/Sculpture Workshop, Esther Wertheimer, Public Sculptor








2007     YOUR STORY BEGINS AT HOME, The Gallery at the Phoenix Theatre,

             Bowling Green, KY, Curator Andee Rudloff, April – May 2007. 

             Reception:  April 6, 2007

2003    SPIRITUAL MEMORY COLLAGES, Arts Center Galleries, Niceville, FL


1999     BOVINE SERIES, Arts Center Galleries and Sprint Theater Gallery,

            Niceville, FL










TAKE CARE, The Art, Science & Bioethics of Motherhood, Organizing Institution: Nashville Cultueral Arts Projects.  Traveling Exhibition.   Opening: October, 2009.

TAKE CARE: The Art, Science & Bioethics of Motherhood, Chestnut Street Studio Preview for Critical Review, January 2009   2008 10th ANNUAL REGIONAL RENAISSANCE ART EXHIBIT, Southeast Region, October - November.  Curator Christopher Tarpley.  The Renaissance Arts Center, TN.  Opening October 3, 6 - 8 p.m.  SOUTHEASTERN JURIED EXHIBITION - 2008, A Biennial Competition for Artists in a Twelve-State Region, July - Sept, 2008.  Mobile Museum of Art.  Curator: Ron Platt.  Opening July 13, 2-4 p.m.

HAPPILY EVER AFTER, Cheekwood Museum of Art Summer Outdoor Installations, 8 Fairytales Installations by Artists/Designers.  Individual Design: Rapunzel's Tower.  May - September.





ENCAUSTIC XPRESSION with Sher Fick, Maria LaTour & Lisa Manheim, West Chester University, McKinney Gallery at Mitchell Hall, Curator: John Baker

ONCE UPON A GARDEN, Cheekwood Museum of Art Summer Outdoor Installations, Children's Books Instations: Art Team of Adrienne Outlaw, Alicia Beach and Sher Fick.   Mr. McGregor's Garden.  May - September.


SHOW ME WHERE IT HURTS, Untitled Artists Group, Nashville TN






EARTHWORKS INVITATIONAL EXHIBITION, Crystalwood Gallery, Nashville, TN, Curator/Artist: Sher Fick.  Oct 2006

FLUX, Todd Gallery, Middle Tennessee State University, April '06


BLOOM, Crystalwood Gallery, Nashville, TN





PUBLIC ACCESS I & II, Cope Administration Building, Middle Tennessee

State University

REINVENTION, Marathon Village, Nashville, TN

HOW TO START A REVOLUTION, Untitled Artists Group, Nashville TN




2004 DRAWINGS FROM WOMEN, New Language Art, Hermitage, TN

2003 IN THE DETAILS, Artel Gallery, Pensacola, FL

        ANNUAL JURIED EXHIBITIONS, Arts Center Galleries, Niceville FL


        Pensacola, FL

2001      IT'S ALL JUST BAROQUE TO ME, Right Angles Gallery, Pensacola, FL

             ANNUAL JURIED EXHIBITION, Arts Center Galleries, Niceville, FL

2000      REFLECTIONS OF THE SPIRITUAL, Fort Walton Beach Art Museum

             WOMEN'S PREROGATIVE, Fort Walton Beach Art Museum

            HOPE OF OUR WORLD, Fort Walton Beach Art Museum







Fort Walton Beach Art Museum, T.J. McClure, Dr. Dirk Dunbar, Nanette Folliott, Professor D. Ann Waters, Arnold Icisiano, Rev. Lloyd & Mrs. Curry, Tim & Lisa Frazeur, Professor Lisa Rollins, Gibson-Gardner Offices, Josh & Jessica Stelzer, Matthew & Liddiya Coburn, Maureen Bartlett, Author Haven Kimmel, Musician/Artist John Svara, Dr. Delonda Hartmann



Linda Weintraub, "Critical Essay" Private Interview and Preview, January 2009.  TAKE CARE Exhibition Catalogue and Essay.

Veronica Kavass, "Critical Essay" TAKE CARE Exhibition Brochure/Catalogue, 2008-2009


Jill Cecil Wiersma, The Journal, "Artist Creates Hands-on Fairy Tale for Cheekwood," (with images, May 28, 2008


Sarah B. Gilliam, The Tennessean, "Cheekwood Hopes for a Fairy Tale Ending at Summer Exhibition," (with image), April 2008


Barbara Greenberg, Commercial News, "Ancient Art Fork Revisited: Artist's Hard

    Work Pays Off", (with 4 images), Nov 2007




Jonathan Marx, The Tennessean, "Children's Fairy Tales Come to Life at Cheekwood", April 2007



"Common Ground", a film by Greg Butler, Documentary, Interview, Nov 2006



Jonathan Marx, The Tennessean, "Environment Explored at EARTHworks Art 

     Exhibit", Oct 2006



David Maddox, "Our Critics Pick", Nashville Scene, Oct 2006



Nashville Arts Magazine, "EARTHworks Explored Environment", pg. 45, Oct 2006



David Maddox, "Perambulating the Bounds", Art Review, April 2006



Joe Nolan, "Our Critics Pick", Nashville Scene, April 2006



The Record, "Public Access Art", Murfreesboro, TN, Oct 2005



"Local Artist Nominated - Cox/Bravo Channel's Champion for the Arts, WEARTV,

     Gulf Coast Panhandle Florida, Feature, Oct 2001



Bill Campbell, Columnist, Daily News, Fort Walton Beach, FL, Feb 2001


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