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Live Nativity At Cristo Rey Ranch

Cristo Rey Ranch hosts a live nativity each December. 2019 marks its 20th year.  Countless individuals volunteer their time and talent each year.  Many were part of this live nativity in 1999, when it took over the barn for the first time.  It truly takes a community to organize and perform this live nativity each Christmas…

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Collaborating With Juliane Troicki

Juliane Troicki asked if I’d be interested in collaborating on an exhibition. After hearing her ideas, I knew this was the perfect opportunity for me.  Photographing inspiring women with MY vision in mind.  What could be more fitting?  As a society, we need to learn how to support each other.  It’s important to recognize our…

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Fine Art Photography Degree Is Not A Waste

Negative comments about my useless fine art photography degree come reeling in. Why would you be interested in learning about film photography when it’s on the brink of extinction?  Just another dreaded question I  hear and contemplate day in and day out. Here I am, 16 years later, still photographing film and still loving it.…

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Abandoned Arizona Photography

I pull out the map from the glove box and open it with excitement. We’re off to Supai, Arizona. On the open road of Route 66, traveling from Kingman headed east.  “Take a left, we’ll reach Supai in 64 miles,” I say. We drive for miles, thinking our final destination for the evening is Supai,…

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Illuminating Women Exhibition

Illuminating Women exhibition coming soon to Thelma We’re working diligently on our upcoming exhibition, Illuminating Women.  This exhibition will shine a spotlight on inspiring women in our community. It’s been over a year in the making.  Therefore, we’re excited about the progress we’ve made thus far.  Seeing Illuminating Women come into fruition is a dream come true.  For this reason,…

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Wisconsin Artist Makes Confession

I’m a small-town Wisconsin artist. “You can’t just be an artist!” They stated. I’ve heard this statement all my life.  AND actually believed it.  Now I find myself asking, “Why Not?”  As a Wisconsin artist, I know I can build the business of my dreams.   3 Questions I’m pondering as an artist: Why can’t…

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Artist’s Journey Through The Fog

Fog comes in many forms. Therefore, it can be found anywhere from our brains to the environment.  After living in this fog for nearly two decades, I refuse to remain in the midst of it.  An artist’s journey through the fog is long, complex and unclear. Fog is beautiful. Although, it may not seem like…

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Find Happiness When Life Is Messy

“Happier than a pig in shit,” I said. I said that out loud after touring the Leinenkugel’s Brewery in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin.  As my husband and I were sampling our beer, the words slipped out before my tiny filter could catch them.  Laughter rose from my inner most being and it felt so good. Learning…

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Finding Community Is Possible

Finding community is hard, but it’s possible. I’m so very proud of the community I live in.  I decided to hold a FREE rummage sale this past weekend.  Everything was free, although I accepted donations for the American Legion and the Humane Society.  It’s the least I can do with the items I no longer…

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Screen Time Maxed Out

Go ahead and judge me for allowing my preschooler to watch more than the recommended screen time. Trying to rid the head lice on a strong-willed three-year-old isn’t easy.  As a result, I allow her to watch shows on my iPad.  Let’s face it, sitting still for hours as I wash, rinse, rewash, rinse and…

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