2010 — 2015 Drawing classes, Art Institute, Arizona-Sonoran Desert Museum, Tucson AZ
2005 — 2007 Ceramic classes Castle Hill Center for the Arts, Truro MA
1980 — 1981 School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston sculpture concentration
1965 — 1980 Classes at New England Craftsmanship Center, De Cordova Museum School, Mass. College of Art, Boston Weavers Guild and Castle Hill Center for the Arts
1968 Boston University Ed.M counseling and vocational rehabilitation
1962 Mount Holyoke College AB philosophy and creative writing


2018 Chip carving: Fuller Museum of Crafts; NHAA/Sheafe Warehouse, Portsmouth NH
Since 1986 private studio carving students, Tucson AZ, Truro MA and Wolfeboro NH
1996 — 2000 Provincetown Art Association & Museum School
1992 — 1994 Castle Hill Center for the Arts, Truro MA
1994 Contemporary Artifacts Gallery, Berea KY
1991 RI Museum of Natural History


2018 New Hampshire Art Association, Robert Lincoln Levy Gallery; six League of NH Craftsmen galleries; New England Sculptors Association
2005 — 2008 Addison Gallery, Orleans MA
Since 1985 represented by over 30 galleries in California, Tennessee, Kentucky, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Arizona (Sedona, Scottsdale, Tucson)


2007 Recovery Counseling and the Haven, Tucson
1996, 1997 Swansborough Gallery, Wellfleet MA
1993, 1995 Gallery Matrix, Provincetown MA
1988 Tennyson Gallery, Provincetown; Innuit Gallery of Eskimo and Indian Art, Newport RI
1987 Amara’s Restaurant & Gallery, Providence RI

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Major artistic influences: Jose De Creeft; Henry Moore; Kathe Kollwitz; Margaret Bourke-White; Dorothea Lange

COLLECTIONS • Cambridge and Providence Zen Centers • The President of Portugal • Desert Rose Press, Galisteo NM • Provincetown Art Association and Museum • Furnace Mountain Center, KY • Khmer Buddhist Society of New England • Temenos Retreat Center, Shutesbury MA •over 300 private collections


1994, 1989 WOMAN OF POWER Magazine


2015 Taking Flight, Tohono Chul Botanical Gardens, Tucson AZ; Castle Hill Art Center 2003 Faculty Show, Castle Hill Art Center
2002 Highland Center Invitational, Truro MA
2001 Ten Women Artists, Scotch Mist Gallery, Tucson AZ; Provincetown Art Association Museum School (PAAM) Teachers Exhibition
1994 — 2000 Outdoor Sculpture, PAAM
1997 Thirteen Outer Cape Artists, PAAM (co-curator)
1996 Sculpture in the Garden, Cape Museum of Fine Arts
1995 New England Carvers, Akus Gallery, Eastern Connecticut State University; Okresni Vlastivedne Museum, Czechoslovakia
1993 Search for the Shamanic Soul, Univ. of Massachusetts; Harbor Gallery; Boston Soft Edge; James Bakker Gallery, Provincetown RI
1992 Making War, Hera Educational Foundation, Women’s Coop Gallery, Wakefield RI
1991 Noah’s Art: Drawing and sculpture from nature by 14 RI artists, Museum of Natural History, Providence RI (co-curator); National ‘91 Small Works Exhibition; Schoharie Cty Arts Council, Cobleskill NY; 72nd National Exhibition, Springfield Art League, Springfield MA; Woman As Artist, Cape Museum of Fine Art, Dennis MA
1989 Homes/Homelessness, Hera Educational Foundation, Women’s Coop Gallery, Wakefield RI; Members Exhibit, Newport RI Art Museum
1988 NorthEast Open, Grove Street Gallery, Worcester MA; Warriors of the Beauty Way, Farmington Valley Arts Center, Avon CT; Feeling is Believing, traveling show for the visually impaired, Warwick RI Museum; Five Women Artists, Water Street Gallery, Mystic CT
1982 Zen Arts exhibit (curator), Zen Sword Center, Brighton MA
1981 De Cordova Museum student/faculty show; School of the Museum of Fine Arts Student Annual and City Hall Annual
1983 — 92 Fourteen group shows with New England Sculptors Association


Employment: newspaper reporter, editor, counselor, vineyardist, mother of two daughters, stone carver and teacher, literacy tutor/trainer

Since 2017 educational advisor and juror, New Hampshire Art Association
2009 created 17 tile mosaics on Wounded Warriors: The Inner War
2007 self-published The Broken Mask, A Metaphor For Recovery (based on 15 original tile mosaics)
2000 self-published “Ptown 20/20” poems & block prints
1987 edited and published A GATHERING OF SPIRIT: Women Teaching in American Buddhism
1986 cofounder /coeditor of PRIMARY POINT PRESS
1985 — 1992 founding teacher at The Meditation Place, Providence RI
1983 — 1993 ordained Dharma Teacher in Kwan Um School of Zen, Cumberland RI
1983 — 1988 cofounder and editor-in-chief of PRIMARY POINT, International Zen quarterly
1981 — 1985 resident at Providence Zen Center, Cumberland RI
1972 began meditation practice