Feb 12-July 3, 2016 Focus: Fiber 2016. A juried exhibition by The Textile Alliance at the Cleveland Museum of Art in the Stager Blum galleries.
Dec. 2015 Received S.O.S. grant from Community Arts Partnership, Ithaca, NY
2007-present: Wool felt and dye artist.
1999-present: Creative director, product developer, founder and partner in 17th Century Suds, manufacturer of Ithaca Soap Organic Body Care
1973-present: knitter and crochet craftsperson, creating one of a kind original knitwear.
2001-2011: Marketing and advertising committee member for the Ithaca Farmers’ Market
2006-2011: Managed cooperative artisan seasonal store, with 18 members, The Holiday Store, On The Ithaca Commons, in Ithaca NY
1997-2002: Production artist making one of a kind evening bags. They were sold at craft shows in the Northeast. I won 2 awards: Best display cash prize at Three Rivers Art Festival Pittsburgh, PA 2000. Best in Show Excellence Art Show Greenwich Village, NY 2001.
1990-2000: Advertising salesperson for the FingerLakes GrassRoots Festival. Generated seed money.
1993-1998: Volunteer coordinator for hospitality at the FingerlLakes GrassRoots Festival. Managed 50 volunteers and managed hospitality kitchen for performers and festival staff for 7 days, providing 3 meals a day for 1500 people. Shopped and bartered as much as possible with local farmers and food producers.
1990-1993 Festival Merchandise Sales Volunteer Coordinator at the FingerLakes GrassRoots Festival. Managed sales volunteer staff of 20, ordered merchandise, kept track of inventory.
1988-1998: Owned and operated small artisanal food catering business. Weddings, private parties, corporate parties.
1987-1988: Sold advertising and did cut and paste graphic design for the Adirondack Daily Enterprise, Saranac Lake, NY
1982-1986 Attended SUNY Fredonia. Graduated with BA in English, NYS Teacher Certification.
1980-1991: Beaded jewelry artist, showing in art and craft shows and galleries. Won cash award at the Memorial Art Gallery Finger Lakes Regional Art Show 1989 and sold my winning earrings and necklace set in the gallery.
1975-1980: Studied mechanical drawing and print handwriting with my father, evenings. I learned how to draft schematics, with proper printing.
1967-present: Studied art with my mother, Ruth Schwartz, a working abstract painter and art teacher. Every day after school from 1967-1982, I would get an art lesson in her studio discussing her work, learning how to analyze paintings, because she asked me what was it about each piece that I liked. I was between the ages of 3 -18 yrs. She made me put my thoughts into words. She taught me the ability to give critical opinions in her studio, at art shows and museums, and to have a critical eye. I learned who past great artists were and how to recognize one. Many weekends were spent selling paintings at outdoor art shows on Long Island, New York City, Connecticut, New Jersey and Pennsylvania, and in art galleries on Long Island, NYC and Connecticut. I hung and helped host many art shows as a child. I sat in on her group classes and private lessons that she taught, between the ages of 5-12. I also went with her when she studied with Leo Manso, Harry Sternberg, and Jerry Okimoto. As a teenager, I modeled for her life drawing classes, continuing to do that in college. Weekends not at a show were spent in art museums, solidifying my analytical skills.