Updated Spring 2016

I stayed in Mexico from November 2015 to April 2016 working on the garden and in my large studio. I completed a number of new Botanica images. Click here to go to Botanica and here for some related images in Garden Collections. I am currently completing a multi-panel plaster wall piece inspired by my February trip to see the paradise murals in Malinalco Mexico. Look for images of this new work soon as well as a companion work incorporating Canadian plants. Click here to see travel photos of my trip to Mexico City and Malinalco.

Gibson Girls Pelee Island and Point Pelee May 2016

My annual canoe trip with the Gibson Girls morphed into a Pelee Island and Point Pelee road trip this year during the spring bird migration. We had a wonderful time hiking through forests just coming into leaf, seeing the Carolinian understory in bloom, exploring shorelines, learning to identify warblers and of course talking about art and life.

More Gibson Girls 2016 here

Crossing Borders II

April 22nd – May 28th 2016
“Crossing Borders II” An international art exchange between BluSeed Studios, in Saranac Lake NY and VAC Clarington, Ontario

This spring BluSeed Studios in Saranac Lake, New York hosted an exhibition and short residency of seven artists from the Visual Arts Centre (VAC) Clarington, Ontario. Saranac Lake artists exhibited at the VAC in 2015. This international exchange was curated by Margaret Rodgers with assistance from Carol Vossler of Bluseed and James Campbell of the VAC. Each artist explored the natural world within a contemporary context. Catalogue Available.

Canadian Artists Sally Thurlow, Todd Tremeer, Margaret Rodgers, Liz Parkinson

Installation view Bluseed Gallery: Foreground sculpture by Sally Thurlow; left-Popular Nature group Liz Parkinson; right-Jan Prebble


After 25 years teaching one semester at Alternative Scarborough Education 1, I retired in June. I will miss my engagement with the students, but am very happy to focus all my attention, all year long, to my artwork.

The intrepid Gibson Girls battled cold and rain as well as clouds of mosquitos and black flies in early July on our annual canoe trip. We had a wonderful time being outdoors together again, catching-up, reading, drawing, thinking and talking about art--and sharing bug dope! This year we also surprised each other with small environmental interventions which we later discussed, photographed and which were subsequently included in the exhibition Lost in the Woods – Ephemeral Creations at HIVE Gallery on Gabriola Island. (July 23 – August 3)
Many Thanks to our Western GG Karen for facilitating this project!
Here is a link to the Gibson Girls 2015 photos.

Lost in the Woods. Karen Curry and Gibson Girls, 2015.

Chai Duncan and I co-curated Opening the Vault: Reframing the Collection for the Art Gallery of Northumberland in Cobourg which opened September 24 and runs until November 5.

New Work Botanica is a collection of historical-looking nature prints on handmade Japanese paper (Mura Koban). Seen as part of a larger herbarium, these fragile imprints are seemingly illuminated and preserved in solid, but arcane ‘books of study’ in the accompanying Botanica Folio. 2015 images reference familar/exotic trees identified near my studio in Mexico. I plan to continue this collection with plants identified at specific residencies in Canada and elsewhere.
Here is a link to the Botanica section

New Popular Nature images here

November through March(?!) We will be heading to Mexico at the beginning of November. I look forward to the sunshine, warm weather, walks on the beach, cultivating my tropical garden and working in my large airy studio. Here is a link to images of the studio and work begun in 2014-15.


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