Artist's Statement


My pieces are essentially related to vessel making and containment.  They are also self-portraits or intimate portrayals of personalities I am contemplating and care deeply about.
I find myself exploring relationships, embodiment and containment, important aspects of the personal.

Often pieces are deliberately created to portray a veiling or a disguising.  Many layers are added.  Just as our personalities are multi-dimensional, and just as we need to peel away layers to discover the true essence of someone or something, these pieces reflect complexity.
However, while peeling away layers can be a wonderful process of discovery, in reality these layers also serve as protection, in an attempt to be allusive or to hide.  They cannot be peeled away very easily.

I tend to work in series that I return to: Cocoons; Thorns and Quills (responses to disturbing world events); Vestures (veiling and my interest in women and events of the middle east); Zip (family, embodiment and women’s roles); Nature (our positive or negative imprint) and Spirituality.

I also explore alternative materials.  Some are ancient, some contemporary. Some have served to create clothing and containers in ways that are totally respectful of nature and our world.  These alternative materials can be strong yet fragile in appearance.  They are ethereal and transparent, a contrast to the veiling and opaqueness of earlier materials. 

All pieces continue to explore the notions of vessel, embodiment and containment.



Exhibition Resume


2007 – 2010  Cascade Art Gallery, Grand Rapids, MI
2006 – 2008  “106,” Grand Rapids, MI
2002 – 2005  Gallery Arcadia, Grand Rapids, MI
2000  J. Ardizonne Gallery, Auburn, WA
2000  Montana Fur Company, Martin City, MT
1999  Gallery North, Edmonds, WA
1999  Little House on the Lake, Harrison Hot Springs, BC
1996  Smith & Company Gallery, Everett, WA
1994 – 1999  Arts Council of Snohomish County, Everett, WA
1997  Sandpiper Gallery - Frances Anderson Center, Edmonds, WA


Sandra Bowden, New York
Carla Wall, Seattle
Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, Tennessee
Brenda Bennett, Seattle



International Traveling Exhibition 2008-12
Charis: boundary crossings
Art, Religion & Contextualization
Nagel Institute

Invitational 2011
Arts Council of Greater Grand Rapids

Faculty Exhibition 2011
Calvin College

Invitational 2010
Faith as Art: Art as Faith
Brandenburg Gallery, Olivet Nazarene IL

Invitational 2010

Sabbatical Exhibition 2010
Calvin College, GR MI
(Grand Rapids Press, Jan 2010)

Solo Exhibition 2010
Forest Hills Fine Arts Center and Public Schools

Invitational Exhibition 2010
Conspiring With Nature
Gallery 930 KY

ArtPrize 2009
Grand Rapids, MI

inhand2 2009
3 person invitational
Design Quest, GR MI

Solo 2009
Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired

3 person exhibition 2009
in hand
Calvin College Center Art Gallery

Solo Exhibition 2008
Grand Rapids Christian High

Beyond Basketry 08 exhibition & traveling exhibition 2008 – 09
The Dairy Barn Arts Center OH
Juror’s Award

All Things Considered National Exhibition and traveling exhibition 2008 – 09
National Basketry Association (NBA)

The Body of Christ 2007/2008
Christians in the Visual Arts (CIVA)
Dadian Gallery, WA DC

The Fine Art Center 2007
Bascom-Louise Gallery Highlands, NC

David Lubbers/Jo-Ann Van Reeuwyk
2-person exhibition 2007
Cascade Art Gallery, Grand Rapids, MI

Art Faculty Exhibitions 2002, 2005, 2007, 2009
Calvin College, Grand Rapids, MI

Arts Council of Grand Rapids 2002, 2005, 2007
Juried Exhibition, Grand Rapids, MI

Visions X 2005, 2007
The Cathedral Foundation, Inc
Covington, KY

Inspirations 2003 2006 2008
Grand Rapids, MI

Solo Exhibition 2005
Gifts of Art
University of Michigan Medical Center

Washington Art Education Association 2005
Seattle, WA

Annual Presentation – Women’s Caucus
National Art Education Association 2003,2004, 2005

Franciscan Life Center 2004
Art Exhibition
Lowell, MI

Lowell Area Arts Council 2004
18th Annual Exhibition – West Michigan

Artes Sagrados 1997, 2004
Concordia University at Austin
Austin, TX

Sacred Art Show 1997, 1998, 2000, 2001
Golden Isles Arts & Humanities Association
Brunswick, GA

National Christian Fine Arts Exhibit 1994, 1995, 1996, 2001
San Juan College
Farmington, NM
(Juror's Choice Award: 1995)

Gifts of the Spirit 1999, 2000, 2001
First Presbyterian Church, Portland, OR

Puyallup State Fair 2000
Puyallup WA
(2nd place)

Edmonds Art Festival '96, '97, '98, '00
Juried Exhibition
Edmonds, WA

Absolutely Beads '97, '00
Beads & Beyond
Bellevue WA

A Time to Sew '97-'00
CIVA Traveling Exhibition
Minneapolis MN

Works of Faith '99, '00
First Presbyterian Church
Portland OR

Art of Basketry '00
Arts Council of Snohomish
Everett WA

Response to the Holy '00
Fourth Presbyterian Church
Chicago IL

Festival of the Arts '96, '97, '98, '99
Sophie Wrenchley Gallery
Seattle WA

Arts of the Terrace '96, '97, '98, '99
Mountlake Terrace, WA
(Honorable Mention: 1996 and 1999)
(Festival Judge: 2000)

Remembering, Responding, Renewing '99
Visions Gallery Invitational
Albany NY

The Art of Paper '98, '99
West Coast Paper Company
Kent WA

The Idea of the Sacred '99
Center for the Arts & Religion
Washington DC

The Uncommon Basket '99
ArtsWest Gallery
West Seattle, WA

Calvin College Alumni Juried Exhibition '94, '98
Grand Rapids, MI
(Third Prize: 1994)

Three Dimensions '98
Gallery North
Edmonds, WA

Hidden Concealed and Revealed '97
Jewish Community Center of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh PA

Vital Intersections '97
McGill University
Montreal Quebec

Shemer Art Center & Museum '97
Phoenix AZ

"Things to Think On" Exhibition '97
Merrick Free Art Gallery
New Brighton, PA
(Curator’s Choice Award)

Bellevue Art Museum '95
Group Exhibition
Bellevue, WA


Lisa DeBoer – Worship Institute ‘07

Psalm 64
Calvin College, Grand Rapids, MI  ’05


In The Grand Scheme: California Fibers at Convergence ‘06
Calvin College Center Art Gallery, Grand Rapids, MI
Space and Spirit ’05
Calvin College Center Art Gallery, Grand Rapids, MI


BOOK PROJECT – ’05-‘08
Multi-Media Collaboration with 12 national artists



Image Journal 2010


Mosaic 2010
Stoneworks International

500 Baskets Cover
500 Baskets  2006
Lark Books
Sterling Publishing

The Calvin Spark
Winter 2006

Sept 2005
Dec 2006
March 2007


Master’s of Art in Art Education
Simon Fraser University, Canada

B.A. in Education
Calvin College, Michigan


EXTENDED WORKSHOPS WITH:  Lissa Hunter, John Garrett, Jerry Bleem, Jill Nordfors Clark, Marilyn Moore, Jan Hopkins, Dorothy Gill Barnes, Mary Hettmansperger, Polly Adams Sutton, Catherine Nash, Jo Stealey


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