The Song of the Lark

From the Willa Cather Foundation Website:

"Fragments of Desire: Cather and the Arts" The 60th annual Willa Cather Spring Conference Red Cloud, Nebraska

Join us in Red Cloud, June 5-7, 2015, for the 60th annual Willa Cather Spring Conference. This year's conference is taking place in conjunction with the 15th International Willa Cather Seminar, themed "Fragments of Desire: Cather and the Arts." Highlights will include informative papers and panel discussions; guided town and country tours; an evening picnic on the prairie; a screening of the NET Television documentary, Yours, Willa Cather; ceremonial groundbreaking for the National Willa Cather Center; and the premiere of Larksong, a theatrical retelling of The Song of the Lark.

This is a special year for the Spring Conference, so mark your calendars and make travel plans soon! Our keynote speaker will be Richard Norton Smith, a nationally recognized author and historian. He is a familiar face to viewers of C-SPAN and PBS’ NewsHour; Mr. Smith has been director of the Herbert Hoover, Dwight D. Eisenhower, Ronald Reagan, and Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museums, as well as founding director of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum. His past appearance in Red Cloud was for C-SPAN’s live broadcast of American Writers in 2001.

An Evening of Arts and Entertainment

From the Willa Cather Foundation Website:

The Willa Cather Foundation is celebrating the 100th anniversary of Willa Cather's O Pioneers! with a special evening in Omaha featuring an art auction and O Pioneers! entertainment.

The Willa Cather Foundation Art Auction will take place Saturday, October 12th at 5:30 p.m. at the historic Omaha Building, 1650 Farnam Street. The silent auction includes visual art in many medium and a selection of work from artists who live in Red Cloud, Nebraska, Cather's hometown, and from across the state and elsewhere. Two limited-edition prints from the late John Bergers, who recreated many scenes from Cather's novels on canvas, will also be available.

Participating artists include Bart Vargas, Steve Joy, Craig Roper, Tim Guthrie, Scott Blake, Mads Anderson, Daniel Boylan, Colin Conces, Corey Broman, Bill Hoover, Shea Wilkinson, Mary Ann Strandell, Ying Zhu, Mary Zicafoose, Deb Kubik, Jeremy Daniels, Amy Springer, Travis Hencey, Gesine Janzen, Barb Kudrna, David McCleery, Jorn Olsen, Betty Kort, Linda Stych, Antoinette Turnquist and Dustin Witte, among others.

Also in the auction will be three framed, limited edition O Pioneers! posters and a number of Cather-themed gift baskets. Fans of the novelist can also purchase a 2014 Cather calendar, Cather cookbooks, and posters. The auction is open to the public.

Omaha slam poets, Rebecca Lowry and Andrew Ek--who is also the Education Director for the Nebraska Writers' Collective--will perform pieces inspired by the book.

Tickets for the Art Auction are $35 for guests younger than 35 and $75 for all others. Patron tickets are $250 and include a one year Willa Cather Foundation membership. Purchase tickets by contacting Ashley Olson at or at 402.746.2653 by October 4th. All event proceeds will benefit the educational programs of the Willa Cather Foundation.


"No thought, no action, no movement, total stillness:
only thus can one manifest the true nature and law of things from within and unconsciously,
and at last become one with heaven and earth." 
Lao Tzu 

September 14 - November 3
Opening Reception
Saturday, September 14, 2013  7:00-8:30 pm

Sheridan County First Quaker Church

Last week, Sheridan County's First Quaker Church burned down. Established in 1886 in Beaver Valley, the church has been in ruins for many decades, but it remained a beautiful building, full of spirit. I had planned on using the space for an art installation and as subject for some drawings, but I was too late.


Welcome to my new website,! Please take a look around and view my artwork. Also, feel free to contact me for questions or comments.