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Brookside Gardens Public Art

Montgomery County Department of Parks & Recreation runs this gorgeous botanical garden in Wheaton, MD. A great place to visit! http://www.montgomeryparks.org/brookside/

They commissioned 4 works from me - a gate, a canopy, a bench and an entrance piece. The gate and canopy are what is shown here and were funded through the Montgomery County Parks Foundation. The entrance is waiting for a donor!!!

Particle Portal - Automatic Gate plus fabrication photos

Gate for Maryland Public Health Lab:
Protein diagrams, molecular structures and cell geometry refer to scientific analysis conducted by the Maryland Public Health Lab dedicated to the well being of the citizens of the state. When closed a DNA helix ties the two sides of the gate together. Interplay between solid and open shapes in the gate indicates a vital lively site reflecting community activity and many processes pursued within the building.
The gate automatically opens and closes.

  • Particle Portal - angle view

    Automatic gate located at the Maryland Public Health Laboratories, Baltimore 2014, aluminum & steel 10’-4” x 22' x 4” Maryland Economic Development Commission
  • Particle Portal - front view

    Gate for Maryland Public Health Lab: Protein diagrams, molecular structures and cell geometry refer to scientific analysis conducted by the Maryland Public Health Lab dedicated to the well being of the citizens of the state. 2014, aluminum & steel 10’-4” x 22' x 4” Maryland Economic Development Commission
  • Particle Portal - Detail

    When the gate is closed a DNA helix ties the two sides of the gate together visually. Interplay between solid and open shapes in the gate indicates a vital lively site reflecting community activity and many processes pursued within the building. 2014, aluminum & steel Maryland Economic Development Commission
  • Particle Portal - Location

    Gate is on Rutland Street located at Maryland Public Health Laboratories, Ashland & Rutland Streets (behind Hopkins Hospital on Orleans Street) 2014, aluminum & steel 10’-4” x 22' x 4” Maryland Economic Development Commission
  • Particle Portal opens and closes

    Particle Portal automatic gate opens and closes at Maryland Public Health Lab. One of the workers says, "Good drawing you did."
  • Installation Day

    The amazing crew who installed the gate. Another crew installed the automatic gate openers.

Front Stoop / Back Yard

Co-Laboration: Front Stoop / Back Yard is a joint project installed at School 33 Art Center by Kelly Bell, Melissa Webb and me. It was funded through BOPA by the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation.

Press release: "Using local front stoop and backyard neighborhood culture as a starting point, “Front Stoop/Back Yard” aims to be a quirky and delightful new meeting place for the community and a little sanctuary for urban birds. Artists Bell, DePalma, and Webb have constructed highly detailed birdhouses that are scale replicas of iconic Baltimore buildings – Penn Station, the Patterson Park Pagoda, the “Painted Ladies” of Charles Village and formstone row homes. Marble step and canvas awning constructions provide a shady spot to start a conversation. Painted screens installed in School 33’s windows overlook the garden. Collaborating as a group for the first time, the artists have used Baltimore’s architectural vernacular as an inspiration point to create a garden environment that connects with the senses and invites the community to interact with the surroundings."

Painted screens by Jessie Unterhalter & Katey Truhen

Site Specific Public Art

Site specific sculpture - entrances, railings, gates and other amenities for urban streetscapes

  • Flow

    detail, War Memorial Plaza fountain grates, in front of City Hall, Baltimore, Painted aluminum, water, 1.5â? x 6â?? x 6', 2005
  • Flow

    North View, War Memorial Plaza fountain grate, Baltimore, Painted aluminum, water, 1.5â? x 22â?? x 6â??, 2005, Department of Parks & Recreation Commission; Landscape Architects: Mahan Rykiel
  • Passage

    detail, Jesup Blair Park entrance, Silver Spring, MD, 2005, Painted aluminum, 11â??-4â? x 57â?? x 10â??D, Montgomery Co Public Arts Trust Commission
  • Double Gamut

    Franklin Street Parking Garage, Baltimore, MD, two wall reliefs on facade of parking facility, collaboration with artist Paul Daniel 1991, Aluminum, bronze, copper, 14' x 11' x 3.5' Baltimore City 1% for Art Program; Architect: Ayers Saint Gross, Baltimore, MD
  • Watermark, gate

    entrance gate, Alexander House, Silver Spring, MD, mixed income housing project, 1992, Painted aluminum, 12' x 20' x 3', Housing Opportunities Commission; Landscape Architect: Oehme, van Sweden, Washington, DC
  • Watermark, screen & railing

    garden screen and pool railing, Alexander House, Silver Spring, MD, mixed income housing project, 1992, Painted aluminum, railing: 3' x 158' x 3", screen: 7' x 130' x 6"

Woven drawings

These pieces are investigations into the process of cutting and weaving mylar and paper together.

Weaving images together creates a fusion of energy and concept. Some parts are pre-determined; others come into play purely by chance. The process becomes a balance between forethought and the unexpected. Realities merge into something new, both literally and figuratively

  • Heartwood.jpg

    Heartwood, 2015, paper Mylar, ink, acrylic 28.5" x 20.75"
  • Corniche.jpg

    Corniche, 2015, paper, Mylar, acrylic 28.5" x 20.75"
  • Life Lines 2

    2012 brass, paper, mylar, netting, acrylic, thread 19.5" x 21.25" x 1.25" unframed
  • One, Two, Three

    2011 brass, paper, mylar, acrylic, thread 15" x 12" x 1.5"
  • Hot Spot

    2010 brass, paper, mylar, acrylic, thread 13.25" x 13" x 3.5"
  • Stung

    2009 paper, mylar, acrylic, ink 20.25" x 21.75" x 2"
  • Kal-aramalama

    2015 paper, mylar, ink, brass, thread 11" x 14"
  • Royal Jelly

    2009 paper, mylar, acrylic, ink 33.5 x 39 x 2"
  • Mirror, Mirror...Ghost

    2009 paper, mylar, acrylic, ink 16.25" x 15.25" x 1.75"
  • Curly 1

    2009 paper, mylar, acrylic, ink 10.25" x 7.75" x 1.25"

Woven Drawings - Stripes, Brass and Cut-Outs

Woven drawings - drawings on paper and mylar cut up and woven together. Some pieces have an added element - brass sewn on.

I create woven dimensional drawings using images of leaves, seedpods, insects and sea creatures. These images are then altered and rebuilt by the weaving process itself. I cut, paint and sew paper, mylar and metal together--- weaving pattern into image, layering color, line and texture. Often a drawing on mylar is cut into strips, woven into a painted paper form, and a brass silhouette is stitched over it. These drawings reflect the natural world's cycle of transformation and yet acknowledge its timeless longevity.

I got a little tool that makes stripes when filled with acrylic paint- it's really fun. The quick physical process of drawing lines with it offsets the more studied process of weaving cut-out patterns - knots and matrix imagery -into one another.

  • Volta

    2011 brass, paper, mylar, acrylic, thread 19" x 15.5" x 3" D
  • Parasite

    2010 paper, mylar, acrylic, ink, brass, thread 36.25" x 22.75" x 2"
  • Undertoad

    2010 paper, mylar, acrylic, ink, brass, thread 42.25" x 35.25" x 2.25"
  • Sidetracked

    2009 paper, mylar, acrylic, ink, brass, thread 40" x 28.5" x 2"
  • Martensia of the Thumb

    2011 brass, paper, acrylic, thread 29.5" x 36.5" x 2.25"
  • Away from Me

    Detail - paper, mylar, paint, brass, thread
  • Away from Me

    paper, mylar, acrylic, brass, thread 24" x 14.25" x 1.25" unframed 2013
  • Raven Goes East

    2013 mylar, paper, acrylic 15-1/2”H x 19-1/8” w Exchange Exhibition - Namaste /Embracing Culture, Nepal Academy of Fine Arts, Kathmandu, Nepal
  • Eleonora

    2012 paper, mylar, acrylic 36" x 17.5" unframed 2012
  • Violin Mnemonic

    2012 painted paper, mylar, acrylic 38" x 31.5" x 1/2" unframed

More Woven Drawings-mylar, paper / drawn on, painted on, cut up and woven together

Earlier woven drawing work

  • Swish

    2008 paper, mylar, acrylic, ink 41" x 27.5" x 2"
  • Swish

    Detail, 2008 paper, mylar, acrylic, ink
  • Big Doll

    2008 paper, mylar, acrylic, ink 39" x 32" x 2"
  • At The Hop

    2007 paper, mylar, acrylic over monoprint 39.25" x 39.25" x 2" Private Collection
  • Regardless of the Facts

    2007 handmade paper, paper mache, acrylic 36" x 23.5" x 2.5"
  • Scarlet Snack

    2007, paper, mylar, acrylic, pencil, 26.5" 19.75" x 1.75"
  • No Bed of Roses

    2007, paper, mylar, acrylic, ink, 41.5" x 34" x 1"
  • No Bed of Roses

    detail, 2007, paper, mylar, acrylic, ink
  • Looped

    2006, paper, mylar, pencil, acrylic, 29.5" x 28.25" x 3.5"
  • Message Board

    2007 Oxford, England

Public art models plus concepts for future projects

The model and preliminary drawings for Particle Portal, the gate at Maryland Public Health Lab are included.

Other models for public art sculpture are an entrance for Brookside Gardens in Wheaton, MD and digital plans for sculpture at The Rawlings Conservatory in Baltimore, MD. Concept drawings for the Redline Art-in-Transit project - fences for two light rail stations - are included. These are yet to be realized.

  • Palms

    digital interpretation of entrance project for the Howard Peters Rawlings Conservatory & Botanic Gardens, 2006 thanks to R. Lipscher for computer help
  • Palms

    digital interpretation of entrance project for the Howard Peters Rawlings Conservatory & Botanic Gardens, 2006 thanks to R. Lipscher for computer help
  • Palms

    digital interpretation of entrance project for the Howard Peters Rawlings Conservatory & Botanic Gardens, 2006 thanks to R. Lipscher for computer help
  • Redline proposal for Allendale Station

    One section of a 200' fence at Allendale Light rail station - Art-in-Transit - Redline.
  • Redline proposal for Allendale Station

    One section of a 200' fence at Allendale Light rail station - Art-in-Transit - Redline.
  • Redline proposal for Edmondson Station

    One section of a 200' fence flanking the Edmondson Village Light rail station - Art-in-Transit - Redline.
  • Ginkgo Canopy at Brookside Gardens

    As part of the Brookside Gardens, Wheaton, MD renovation, this sculpture will be fabricated and installed in 2015.
  • Magnolia Entry for Brookside Gardens

    Renovation of Brookside Gardens, Wheaton, MD included a few art projects. One was this sculpture at the entrance. Not yet funded.
  • Preliminary drawing for Gate

    Gate Drawing for Maryland Public Health Laboratory 2011
  • MDPHL Gate Model

    Gate Model for Maryland Public Health Laboratory 2011

It's Complicated Series - more

At the end of 2013 I left my position as Education Director for Youth Education at Creative Alliance - after 13 years. It was bittersweet, I have enjoyed working with the incredible staff and with wonderful partners. I have had the honor and opportunity to open doors to reading, stories and artwork skills for our community youth - over the years serving many young people who would not have the chance to experience the joy of making art if it weren't for the existence of Creative Alliance. As an appreciation I made drawings for my colleagues - these are the drawings.

  • Terry

    2013 9"x9" altered litho with spray paint and acrylic
  • Green Band

    2013 9"x9" altered litho with spray paint and acrylic
  • Gina S

    2013 8"x10" altered litho with spray paint and acrylic
  • Jason - turned

    2013 8"x11" altered litho with spray paint and acrylic
  • Adam

    2013 8"x10" altered litho with spray paint and acrylic
  • Jessie

    2013 8"x10" altered litho with spray paint and acrylic
  • Maria

    2013 8"x10" altered litho with spray paint and acrylic
  • Charlene

    2013 8"x10" altered litho with spray paint and acrylic
  • Christie

    2013 9"x9" altered litho with spray paint and acrylic
  • Party

    2013 9"x9" altered litho with spray paint and acrylic

It's Complicated Series

At the end of 2013 I left my position as Education Director for Youth Education at Creative Alliance - after 13 years. It was bittersweet, I have enjoyed working with the incredible staff and with wonderful partners. I have had the honor and opportunity to open doors to reading, stories and artwork skills for our community youth - over the years serving many young people who would not have the chance to experience the joy of making art if it weren't for the existence of Creative Alliance. As an appreciation I made drawings for my colleagues - these are the drawings.

  • Jeremy

    2013 9"x9" altered litho with spray paint and acrylic
  • Rachel

    2013 8"x10" altered litho with spray paint and acrylic
  • Megan

    2013 8"x11" altered litho with spray paint and acrylic
  • Karen

    2013 8"x11" altered litho with spray paint and acrylic
  • Margaret

    2013 8"x11" altered litho with spray paint and acrylic
  • Heather

    2013 9"x9" altered litho with spray paint and acrylic
  • Gina C

    2013 8"x10" altered litho with spray paint and acrylic
  • Britt

    2013 8"x10" altered litho with spray paint and acrylic
  • Candace

    2013 9"x9" altered litho with spray paint and acrylic
  • Andre

    2013 8"x10" altered litho with spray paint and acrylic

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My work explores the complexities of the natural world through dimensional mixed media drawings and public sculpture. I am fascinated by the intricate structures of the natural world, using botanical forms and biological systems to create mixed media drawings that are both drawing and sculpture. My... more

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