Saturday, October 2, 2021

Art/Mixed Media Making Class Coming Soon


A new and exciting class is coming! Explore, play, open your unique creativity!

Hand dyed fabrics, stitching, making prayer flags.

Bookmaking, painting, playing, fun!

Be inspired with nature.


Join us, Tuesday evenings, in October, 5 -26, 6:30 - 8:00pm,  at Winona Senior High School!

Learn more &

Register here: Art and Mixed Media Making

Look forward to creativity exploding!

Tuesday, September 14, 2021

Art in the Time of Covid

 A new show is on exhibit at the Winona Arts Center, 228 E. 5th St, Winona, Minnesota,

Art in the Time of COVID











Hand quilted

Notice the tiny blanket stitch on the binding of this beautiful quilt.










These beautiful artworks grace the front wall by Janice Crabb, Julie Johnston, Rev. Jim Riley, Seho Parks, Carol Slade and Wade Britzius and books on pedestal by Margaret Kiihne.













This is a full photo of Janice Crabb's Bathroom Curtain of knitted cotton.











Dick Brown, "The Struggle"

wood, nails, acorn caps 

Joan McNeil

Sherman Rescued and Adopted during COVID

pen, colored pencil

 Joan told me the story of how her daughter and husband had lost their dear dog at the beginning of COVID.  They searched and searched until they found Sherman.  A true love story.










Mary Farrell got of picture of Jamie Washburn, Dawn Washburn and MaryLee looking at Margaret Kiihne's amazing books of her art journey during COVID. 













Margarita Baumann

Farbenfreude (Color Joy)

sock yarn remnants

66" x 43" (368 - 2.5" squares)  

Jean Lauer

Questioning Everything

acrylic painting

Ian Hanesworth

Water is Sacred


Kay Everson



Steve Schild

Ekphrasis: From the News


This is only a portion of the art in the thought provoking show. There are 74 works including 2-dimensional, 3-dimensional works and poems.  

Come take a look:

Gallery hours  Wednesdays 4-7pm, Saturdays and Sundays 1-4pm.

Masks are required.  The Winona Arts Center, WAC has updated its Covid-19 protocol. Masks will be required, as well as proof of vaccination or a negative test result within 72 hours for anyone attending films, concerts, exhibit openings, or special events. Please see the attached press release for further details and information.




Tuesday, September 7, 2021

Bricolage Cirkus


Bricolage Cirkus explores circus through various forms of expression including aerial arts, dance, and acrobatics. Entertaining and inspiring, Bricolage Cirkus is run by Francia from Viroqua, Wisconsin.

They preformed at the Great River Folk Festival, Saturday, August 28, 2021 on the banks of the Mississippi River in La Crosse, Wisconsin.













Photo credit: Bob Stuber

The strength, grace, pose and beauty of these athletes in motion was breath taking.






Tuesday, August 31, 2021

Friend Close to Our Heart














Our dear friend, Karen Patricia Smaby died on August 24, 2020.  We celebrated her vibrant spirit with a trip to her evergreen trees on the anniversary of her passing into peacefulness. We gathered wildflowers in the area and decorated a tree.

Inge hanging flowers

Lyn searching for flowers

Mary Lee 

The tree, we filled with soft colored wildflowers.  Afterward we had a picnic also in Karen's honor.  I favorite activity that we shared together with her.

To learn more about Karen and her life read Celebration of Life published last September 2020 on Breeze on my Skin.  Karen Smaby and her husband, Dan Kupietz owned and managed Devils Track Cabins.  The new owner has some wonderful things to share about Karen.

If you didn't have the opportunity to meet Karen, her energy lives on in her friends on the North Shore, at the North House Folk School, the fiber guild, the Elementary and High Schools where she taught book binding and penny rug making to students.  Her energy and vibrancy lives on.  We are so grateful.

Tuesday, August 10, 2021

Kinstone in Summer


The purple coneflowers are in full bloom at Kinstone.  This butterfly is having some nectar.

Kristen holding a kitty, now named Poppy that was dropped off at Kinstone.

We decided to walk the labyrinth 

A slow meditative walk to the center and then out.

Looking at all the amazing huge stones.

My friend, Carolyn.

When the stones make one look small. Photo credit: Carolyn O' Grady.

Animals at Kinston too.  See Kinstone in the Autumn. Hope you can visit soon.

Tuesday, August 3, 2021

Color and Words to Inspire


Painting with acrylic paints started for me this past winter.  I'm having fun with swirls and colors and adding poems. "The heart that lives is always young." Greek Proverb

This Rumi poem resonates with me as huge and amazing:

"You are not a drop of water in the ocean, you are the entire ocean in a drop."

"Help me always speak the truth quietly,

To listen with an open mind when others speak

And to remember the peace that may be found in silence."

                                                        Cherokee Prayer

"Be brave enough to live at the center of your world."

                                                        Depok Chopra

"It's all about loving,

Day to Day

there is so much to enjoy and be grateful for."

                                            Melanie Circle

The art above is painted on 8" x 10" canvases.

I've been writing some poems and short pieces; I hope that they will be part of my art one day soon.  Stay tuned!  


Friday, July 30, 2021

Saturdays in Winona


Farmer's Market located at Levee Park is a vibrant way to start off your Saturday morning with coffee or chai, bakery, vegies, flowers, meats, and more.  Meet up with friends and family for lots of smiles.

This woman is sporting a very fun bag.  Earlier this spring, masks were worn at Farmer's Market.  Now that the CDC has lifted some of the restrictions for mask wearing for those who have been fully vaccinated, masks are not required.

Tove, a friendly person who answers your questions.  She is one of the Farmer's Market coordinators.

A bit of picnic and frocking before Jamie heads to work.

A wonderful cafe restaurant in downtown Winona

Delicious coffee, gelato, pastries, sandwiches and pasta.  Join us for the fun at Cafe Sapori de Sicilia


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