a little art news



Art Shows

April 20-May22, 2015

art on bascom gallery

1000 Bascom Mall






Art Shows

May August

Moroccan Montages: Merging Muses II
799 University Avenue


Moraccan Montages postcard


February July

Montages + Moments / Memories + Miscellany
Academic Staff Gallery, 270 Bascom Hall
University of Wisconsin, Madison


Montages & Moments



July 1213, 2014

Art Fair On the Square

Art Fail Off the Square
Saturday, 9 am–6 pm
Sunday, 10 am–5 pm



Absolutely Art

Ma Cha Teahouse and Gallery

Milward Ferrel



WIsconsin Arts Board

Portal Wisconsin


& misc. personal ramblings


QUOTES: Food for thought


Knowledge and Education
"And say, finally, whether peace is best preserved by giving energy to the government or information to the people. This last is the most certain and the most legitimate engine of government. Educate and inform the whole mass of the people. Enable them to see that it is their interest to preserve peace and order, and they will preserve them. And it requires no very high degree of education to convince them of this. They are the only sure reliance for the preservation of our liberty."
-Thomas Jefferson to James Madison, 1787. (Forrest version) ME 6:392


"Instead of an aristocracy of wealth, of more harm and danger than benefit to society, to make an opening for the aristocracy of virtue and talent, which nature has wisely provided for the direction of the interests of society and scattered with equal hand through all its conditions, was deemed essential to a well-ordered republic."

-Thomas Jefferson: Autobiography, 1821. MW 1:54


"If the children are untaught, their ignorance and vices will in future life cost us much dearer in their consequences than it would have done in their correction by a good education."
-Thomas Jefferson to Joseph C. Cabell, 1818. FE 10:99


"I feel... an ardent desire to see knowledge so disseminated through the mass of mankind that it may, at length, reach even the extremes of society: beggars and kings."
-Thomas Jefferson: Reply to American Philosophical Society, 1808.


"I was bold in the pursuit of knowledge, never fearing to follow truth and reason to whatever results they led, and bearding every authority which stood in their way."
-Thomas Jefferson to Thomas Cooper, 1814. ME 14:85




Personal Reflections from 2011-2012


Health care reform, social security, disease, Alzheimer's, the well-being of children, war, the depletion of wildlife and natural resources. Imagine, political parties collaborating in our best interest, everything out in the open, instead of party posturing and divisiveness. It makes art seem so frivolous. Still, it allows us a way to express something when words or reason fails us. An escape if you will. There has never been a better time to bring back social commentary through art. It makes us think. Art is full of emotion and self expression, especially in these times when we have so little control over our lives. Art generates common ground for us to tread together and when the ground shakes, an escape.


Rally in WIsconsin   Family at the rally


This has been a difficult year for Wisconsin. This is what I know for sure. We came together peacefully and hopefully. Intelligent and reasonable people who came together as extreme viewpoints threatened the heart of the middle class life. And we were vilified for it. Made out to be violent union thugs when it reality it was ordinary people from across Wisconsin. Mothers, fathers, children, police officers, firefighters, teachers, nurses librarians, colleagues and friends. Young and old alike. Not perfect but mostly polite and civilized. Despite what the media or politicians may have said, there were no thugs, just hardworking people who love this state and are fighting to keep it a special place to live.


No Violence.
Day After Day. Peaceful. Combined voices of ordinary people.

It wasn't about the unions.

It wasn't about willingness to compromise or paying more for healthcare.

It was, and is, about a better way of life for our future.


Collective bargaining gave us 5 day work weeks, 8 hour days, child labor laws.

Trickle down economics rarely works. It would be incredible if it did but history has proven it wrong time and again.. without the ability to even discuss your workplace you are left with few options and no security.


For all those private companies that appreciate their employees, kudos to you but the ugly side of capitalism is profit over people. Companies use up communities and resources and then leave to maximize profits. Families and communities are left behind, and I for one find that un-American. Capitalism isn't the problem. It's the survival of the fittest attitude, along with human greed and waste at work—except that the many of the "fittest" are there by circumstance alone necessarily hard work yet those who work two or three jobs to get by and never catch a break are considered "less than" or "lazy" because they cannot seem to provide for their families?


Teachers care about the quality of education, teaching to the student not the test, yet we begrudge them a decent wage when they hold the future of our children in their classrooms! Shame on us.


We only have one planet, one state that is Wisconsin. When we destroy our groundwater, strip our natural resources, destroy our wetlands when we have other options to create jobs...shame on us.


Many advances have come from public resources putting people to work in times of great economic distress. Hoover Dam, National Parks, overseas highways, bridges....roads, public transit, food safety, clean water—imagine how much we would have to pay in a privatized world for clean water if it were controlled by corporations?


In science, governmental research laboratories have given us computers (the space program), internet (DARPA), Teflon (the space program), GPS (the space program), cell phones (DARPA), microwave ovens (World War II radar), flat screen monitors (DARPA developed LCD’s), knowledge of earthquakes and volcanoes (USGS), solar panels (the space program), weather forecasting (Dept. of Agriculture), satellite television, and hand held video cameras (both from space).


Public works and public employees work for all of us. Shame on all of us for undervaluing their service.