A blog post from The Bone Creek Museum of Agrarian Art – David City, NE

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Corn – an exhibition at Bone Creek Museum of Agrarian Art, opened yesterday September 24th, 2016. Margaret Berry of Lincoln, NE and I will are exhibiting work centered around a shared passion; a shared obsession; a shared appreciation of all things corn. Encaustic, ceramic, mixed media, iron, soil, stitches upon stitches… you will find it all in this exhibit. Too, an homage to Andy Warhol that I couldn’t resist.  The show, up through January 8, 2017 is a melding of work that sometimes is indistinguishable from each other.  That is really something for me to take in on my drive back to Chicago – the first leg of the trip I will be taking shortly.


Corn (Everything has come to this moment)  (floor)

***Corn (Everything has come to this moment), my latest work above, is dedicated to my mother, Helen Schwalbe – 85. She has been my collaborator. She has been a mentor. She has always been a creative. Of course, as an Iowa girl, she is the corn, too. I thank her for so much.***

Also, yesterday, at District 10 Schoolhouse, Linwood, NE, a community gathering place, was a shared corn centric meal on dinner plates that I have made.  50 kindred spirits shared a lovely meal from the chef of Rail Car of Omaha. This show is two plus years in the imagining and planning, and indeed, everything has come to this moment.


Stoneware Corn Fossil plates with Shino glaze.   A lovely table set by Amanda Mobley Guenther – Curator,  Carey Potter – Community Relations, and Gabrielle Elizabeth Comte – Collections Manager at the museum.  Many thanks to those three amazing women!

50 stoneware Corn Fossil plates, generously purchased from Bone Creek Museum of Agrarian Art, for a lovely dinner on the prairie.  An unforgettable evening.  An unforgettable group of people intent on a relationship of art, culture, and agriculture.  I was honored to be a part of it.

I want to thank the curator, Amanda Mobley Guenther for believing in my work, and ours together, and for the organization that is Bone Creek. This jewel of a museum, founded by like-minded artists/collectors, and now led by the Executive Director Anna Nolan, believes in artists that center their work around the agrarian imagery and experience. I am honored to be exhibiting here. The show runs through January 8, 2017.

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Watch for more images and details to come.