Winter Classes at Highlands Art Garage


Three new classes that are designed to chase away winter blues!

Winter Classes begin in January…

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Introductory Silkscreen Printing Grade 5 & Up

In this introductory silkscreen printing class, kids explore a variety of basic printmaking techniques, and learn how to make a silkscreen print. In this 4-week session, we create a simple design and turn it into a stencil for a 2-color silkscreen project. Using water-based inks, a screen, and squeegee you will print on paper and fabric! Some of the items we will make include cards, giftwrap, placemats or hand towels, and T-shirts. Keep your projects, frame them, turn them into pillows or give them away as gifts!This class is for beginners, kids grade 5 and up.

$85.00 – All supplies provided.

Monday 4PM-6PM

Jan 5th-26th (4 week class)


Register on the Highlands Art Garage Website:
2003 W. 17th St.
Wilmington, DE


Introductory Silkscreen Printing   for Adults

In this adult introductory silkscreen printing class, we will warm up by exploring a variety of basic printmaking techniques, and throughout the four-week session, learn how to print with silkscreens. You’ll create a simple design and turn it into a stencil for your first 2-color silkscreen project. Using water-based inks, a screen, and squeegee you will print on paper and fabric. Try your hand at making a variety of items such as greeting cards, giftwrap, placemats, hand towels, or T-shirts. You can turn your prints into pillows, or frame them and give them away as gifts! This class is for beginners, teens and adults.

$85.00 – All supplies provided.

Wednesday 6:30PM-9PM

7th – 28th (4 week class)

Register on the Highlands Art Garage Website:
2003 W. 17th St.
Wilmington, DE


Sculpted Animals, Insects, & Plants

Assembling Bfly   Painting Blue Beetle Insect Play



Research and design your own animal, insect, or plant. Begin the process by researching the subject in great detail by accumulating images from magazines, books, and the internet. These references will inform your sketches, and help you come to know your subject well!  Begin the process of realizing your subject in 3-D by building the “skeleton” of wire hangers, found and recycled objects, masking tape, and paper. Next, apply paper mache to create the outer layer or “skin”, and lastly,  capture the likeness of your subject in as much detail as you desire with acrylic paint. This class is for kids grade 5 and up.

$75.00 – All supplies provided.


 Register on the Highlands Art Garage Website:
2003 W. 17th St.
Wilmington, DE


Where Has the Summer Gone?

How did it get to be the 1st of November?

I feel like I was just planting dahlia tubers, now it’s time to get them out of the soil so they don’t freeze! Everything went fast forward after Memorial day. Today I unearthed and jiggled the dirt off the dahlia tubers, they’ve doubled in size since late May, how is that possible? Water, sunlight… nature is an amazing thing, but I already knew that. My studio work is all about the magic of nature, and this summer, I finally worked magic in my own garden. It was a great way to transition into our new surroundings. I figured I’d feel unplugged in the studio for a few months after the move, so  creating a garden might distract me from feeling lost in the studio.


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We grew beets, dahlias, carrots, arugula, dahlias, tomatoes, sunflowers, herbs, a butterfly garden, and filled several containers with annuals. The squirrels thoroughly enjoyed the sunflowers, they climbed the stalks in search of seeds….rrrrrg.  We needed some help, so we adopted a squirrel chaser, she’s awfully cute and loves the garden, she loves to sleep as well.

Mid summer, we were inundated with tomatoes and dahlias! Carrots and potatoes not so much, maybe next year. It was obviously time to start canning, so I made salsa, tomato sauce, and crushed tomatoes. We ate more heirloom tomatoes, basil and burrata cheese then any two persons should. The dahlias went to weddings and parties all summer long!


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Prickly, Tender & Steamy Artists in the Hothouse


Prickly, Tender & Steamy Artists in the Hothouse

Lyda, Andy, Roman and I  are headed up to the Bronx today for the opening of “Prickly, Tender & Steamy – Artists in the Hothouse” an exhibition at Wave Hill. I have six photographs in the exhibition.

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“Prickly, Tender & Steamy – Artists in the Hothouse” was curated from artists who took part in the Winter Residency Program, I was one of the very first residents! Exhibitions and programming at Wave Hill are always stellar, and this exhibition ties together the arts and horticulture programs at Wave Hill in a very engaging way. Visit their website to see what’s happening now:



. Here is a link to the Facebook event, which was posted today:

Highlands Art Garage Art Classes

New Art Classes in Wilmington, DE

A new and exciting art education venue is opening in September; Highlands Art Garage. Named for the neighborhood, the Highlands Art Garage is located at 2003 West 17th St. Wilmington, DE 19801. Some will remember the lot as the 17th St. Garage, but it’s now the hottest new place to be creative! The teaching artists here have amazing backgrounds, and will offer classes and workshops for all ages in drawing, painting, sewing, woodworking, printmaking, glass, sculpture, eco-arts and loads of DIY adventures! New classes are being added all the time, check the website so you can design your fall schedules to include us! You can register on line at:

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Kids After School Art Class:

Who wants to try something new?  Using  inspiration found in the natural world, you will create 4 projects including; an ink drawing based on a natural pattern like the bark on a tree or a spider web, a wood cut print inspired by a natural form, like a  flower or tree branch, and a 3-D sculpture based on an insect or seedpod.

  -For kids age 8 and up.


Adult Workshop Series “EcoFusion”:

Think outside the box in a two-session workshop with eco-artist and sculptor Susan Benarcik in a “Make & Take” workshop where you design and fabricate your own small scale 3-D sculpture. Learn to incorporate harvested and found materials from your garden and green spaces with curious items from your drawers, tool sheds, and recycle bins.  Some materials are provided, however you are strongly encouraged to bring your own box of “found” or natural materials, wire clippers, scissors, garden shears, and materials that lend themselves to re-purposing and sharing.   You will leave with a shifted  perspective on art and the environment. Visit my blog for more information and recent workshop photos.

 -For the artist and the curious, all levels are welcome. 


Sculpture in Harbor Park, Philadelphia

Follow Spruce Street to the waterfront, and you’ll land in a beautiful, new  pop up park; the “Spruce Street Harbor Park” .

Dates: From June 27-August 31, 2014

Hours: The park is open from 11 AM – 1 AM

Overview: Movies, live music, working artists, who could ask for more?

The Delaware River Waterfront Corporation transforms the Penn’s Landing Marina at Columbus Boulevard and Spruce Street into a pop-up summertime village with a hammock garden, boardwalk, urban beach, fountains and a series of floating barges with lily pad water gardens, a beer garden, restaurant, and grab-and-go food available from a cargo containers— and will be free and open to the public every day from 11 a.m. to 1 a.m.

Insect Hotels

I spend a lot of time in the natural world, watching closely as plants and organisms are motivated by the elements and rhythmic cycles of the planet. I’m intrigued by the efficiency of the eco system, the methods organisms use to design, build, innovate, communicate, and thrive without imposing on humans. I wonder why humans aren’t able to do the same without imposing on our ecosystem. The work I do explores relationships, natural inclinations, balance, growth, manipulation, and most importantly, our relationship with the natural world. The question that drives my work is, could we be more efficient and innovative thinkers, consumers, designers, and communicators if we were more closely in tune with the rhythm of the natural world?

The purpose of my work is to create awareness. I use natural and man-made materials, principals of alchemy, and ecology to build sculpture, sculptural installations, garden structures, vegetable, and pleasure gardens which aim to increase our awareness of the many patterns, systems, forms, and functions existing outside of our insular lifestyles. Currently, I’m working on a series of suspended, illuminated sculpture that shed light on the habitats of insects and small animals. This series is inspired by the current plight of our pollinators. It is of great importance to me to communicate the alarming decline of thousands of diminutive pollinator populations which keep our ecosystem in proper working order.

That said, I’m thinking about developing a design | build workshop where we can design and build “Insect Hotels” to attract pollinators to our green spaces.  A story by Natureserve provides some cold hard facts:

Confronting the Plight of Pollinators

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Sweat bees are one of the more obscure pollinator species that NatureServe believes need more scientific scrutiny. Photo by Patty O'Hearn Kickham
Sweat bees are one of the more obscure pollinator species that NatureServe believes need more scientific scrutiny. Photo by Patty O’Hearn Kickham

The thousands of diminutive creatures—bees, birds, butterflies, bats, and the like—that keep our ecosystems in proper working order will soon be seeing the federal support that could help stem the nation’s mounting pollinator crisis.

The alarming decline in native pollinator populations—most notably, honey bees and monarch butterflies—spurred President Barack Obama to launch a wide-ranging initiative requiring more than a dozen federal agencies to go further to protect and restore these crucial species.

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Concepto Hudson Exhibition

Concepto Hudson

741 Warren St.

Hudson, New York  12534

Opening reception Saturday, July 19, 2014, 6-9 P.M.

Exhibition Dates July 19 – August 17

Besides the day job, I feel like I’m on a permanent summer residency. After 20 years of working in a studio in an urban setting (no regrets!), I’m finally able to relish working outdoors in our new surroundings … pretty awesome.
I started a new series of illuminated sculpture. Currently, one is on exhibit in a room designed by Jen Going in a Design House in Westhampton, NY. Yesterday I sent a second piece to Concepto Hudson, a new gallery in Hudson, NY. If anyone frequents Hudson, NY you know it is an amazing place, if you haven’t … you must make it a destination.



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