About the Artists
Carolina Caples Stosius
A Wife—At Daybreak I Shall Be
Carolina Stosius was born in Guadalajara Mexico in 1971. She received a BA from the University of Arizona in
1992. She was the recipient of Arizona Regents and Samuel Latta Kingnan scholarships. She has exhibited solo
shows at Vaudeville Panel Gallery Tucson (2003), It’s Yoga Espanola Way Arts Center, Miami Beach Florida (2002),
Hotel Congress Gallery, Tucson (2000), and the 830 Gallery Tucson (1992). Her group shows include Dinnerware
Gallery Tucson (2009), and Cinematheque Exhibition, Miami Beach (2003).
Her work can be found in private art collections across the United States. She currently lives and works in Tucson,
Monoprint and watercolor
Clare Carpenter is a letterpress printer and book artist living in Portland, Oregon. She is the proprietor of Tiger
Food Press, which produces limited edition artist books, broadsides and ephemera that explore the personality
and mythology of place.
Consulting summer’s clock
Oil on board
My work is an ongoing exploration and translation of the beauty of the visual world. When I was about seven years
old my mother took me on a road trip throughout the US and Southern Canada. After visiting parts unknown for a
month and a half, we finally headed back towards Arizona. Looking out the window in New Mexico, I realized that
from the time we had left the desert up until that moment, I had not been able to see the sky. My work is about the
feeling I get when I step into the desert.
Beauty crowds me till I die
Clay & paint
Cathy Cullis is a mixed media artist and poet, born in London 1969. Currently lives with her two children just
outside London in Surrey, Southeast England. Her artwork has appeared in various UK and international
exhibitions, and is in private collections worldwide.
Nature is what we see
Oil on panel, mixed media
Natural History Exhibitry is the inspiration for Dannels’ series The Bird Paintings. The use of artificial plants
symbolizes the state of our world and our troubling direction. Nature is disappearing. Should we continue to be
unconscientious, all that will be left to us will be the simulation of nature. Dannels received her MFA from the San
Francisco Art Institute, she lives and works in San Francisco.
Bind me—I can still sing—
Kimi Eisele is a multidisciplinary artist. She writes, dances, choreographs, directs, and teaches. She started
cutting paper after an injury kept her from dancing for 8 months. Her injury has healed (hallelujah!), but her love
affair with the X–acto knife carries on.
Hope is the thing with feathers
Mixed media drawing on archival recycled paper
Catherine Eyde’s artwork is “about place” and how it reflects life, culture and signs of the time. Dense with
symbolism, the work is often personal, political, escapist and “sweet” with dark undertones of emotion and mood.
Current projects include ART 365, a yearlong project where Eyde has been creating a new drawing everyday in 2001
and a public art commission for a historic Tucson neighborhood.
Conjecturing a Climate
Encaustic & oil
Debra Gregerman studied at the Rhode Island School of Design (BFA /painting) and at the University of Arizona
(MFA /poetry) where she teaches with the English Department and the Honors College. Debra’s poems have been
widely published in journals including The American Poetry Review, The Massachusetts Review, and the Antioch
Review. Her only published book to date, “Jealousy and the Things You Are Not” was a finalist in the Yale Younger
Poets and National Poetry Series.
After all Birds have been investigated and laid aside
Oil & encaustic on board
Lara Hill was born in New York City. She received her BFA in painting from Parsons School of Design and her MFA
in painting from the University of the Arts. In 2005, she received a SURDNA artist fellowship. Her work has been
shown in galleries in NYC, Philadelphia and other cities in the United States. She lives, paints and teaches visual
art in Brooklyn, New York.
No ladder needs the bird but skies
Graphite on bristol board
Painting is simultaneously a form of meditation and prayer.
My recent work stems from one of my great loves, bird watching. I find birds to be endlessly fascinating. The
variety of species in the avian kingdom is vast, and the accompanying universe of specialized, unique behaviors
and visual beauty enchants me. My recent paintings are an exploration of the mysteries inherent in these
creatures, and through attention to beak, feather, and wing, I seek to understand and reveal them.
A loss of something ever felt I—
In my working method I immerse myself in the landscape, searching the liminal spaces for responses. Exploring
the geography of the land, I search for remains of human activity, which point to how a way of life has changed.
I look for a visual record of existence and invite these loose narratives to unfold through photographs, moving
image and immersive environments.
I send you a decrepit flower
Photograph /mixed media
I interpret quiet, intimate moments and the passing of time, exploring the fleeting glimpses that often go
unnoticed yet become our memories, our emotional yearning, our ephemeral lives. I also create quirky portraits
and curious worlds.
How Human Nature dotes
Mixed media collage
Kim Largey is an artist whose installations, textile work, paintings and drawings have been exhibited nationally
and internationally. She has participated in many emerging artist programs, including a stint as an artist–in–
residence with the Museum of Contemporary Art, Tucson. She grew up in New England and currently resides in
These are the days when Birds come back—
Maria Lee was born in Hawaii. She holds an MFA in Printmaking from the University of Arizona (UA), Tucson. In
her junior year, she attended an art program in the South of France. Studying abroad changed her life. She has
since returned to France five times, twice to paint “en plein air” in the orchards and vineyards of the Luberon
Valley. She currently teaches relief and intaglio printmaking at Pima Community College and at Artworks, a
program at the UA for adults with developmental disabilities. Her latest love is letterpress. She is saving her
nickels and dimes to return to Provence asap.
Escape is such a thankful word
Digital Archival Print
Kelly Leslie is a designer, artist and educator who lives and works in Southern Arizona. She received her MFA from
the University of Arizona in Visual Communications and her BFA from the Tyler School of Art, Temple University
in Philadelphia. She has held tenure track positions at the University of Hartford and Texas Tech and is currently
an Associate Professor of Visual Communications at the University of Arizona where she teaches typography,
web design, and professional practices in design. Kelly’s work has exhibited in China, Japan, and Australia. She
has recently finished the design of a collaborative book with artist Alice Briggs and author Charles Bowden,
“Dreamland: The way out of Juarez”, UT Press.
After all Birds have been investigated and laid aside
I am an artist and an architect. I explore the human connection to built and natural environments and offer a fresh
perspective on our relationship with place, history, and culture. Unlike most architects who practice building, my
inquiries are a commentary on it that engages the public, academic, and professional fields. Whether through
projects, graphics, presentations, or art production, I work with high school and college students, government
officials, city staff, professionals, and the public about raising public consciousness ofour societal infrastructures.
It is my desire to transform society, and to do so in ahumorous, non-dogmatic manner.
I heard, as if I had no Ear
Chika Matsuda works with sculpture, video and installation. Matsuda was born and raised in Japan. She received
her B.A in 2006 from Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology in New Zealand, and her MFA degree from the
University of Arizona in 2010. She is currently at the Border Art Residency in NM.
Between the form of Life and Life
Archival fine art print mounted on aluminum (#1 in edition of 5)
Ellen McMahon is a Fulbright Scholar and Professor in the School of Art at the University of Arizona. The piece
in this exhibition is part of the series, “Phenotypes: Observable Traits, Strange Strangers” recently shown at the
Bernal Gallery as part of the exhibition, “Coastal Issues: Art, Science & the Sea.”
Bee! I’m expecting you!
Reversed Glass Painting
There is nothing I love more than language.
I have been painting inside–out and backwards on glass for 19 years.
It still keeps surprising me.
Mama never forgets her birds
Giselle Potter graduated from Rhode Island School of Design in 1994 and spent her last year in Rome with RISD’s
European Honors Program. Chronicle books published “Lucy’s Eyes and Margaret’s Dragon” a book of saints she
made while in Rome. After moving to Brooklyn, she got her first freelance illustration job with the New Yorker. Her
New Yorker Illustrations inspired a lucky chain of work with many magazines and children’s books. She lives with
her husband, Kier, and two daughters, Pia and Isabel, in the Hudson Valley.
Lisa Jo Roden
I never told the buried gold
Archival Pigment Print
I am immersed in the world of photography. A typical week for me consists of going to work at the Digital
Photography Printing Lab at Pima Community College assisting students in making archival museum quality
digital prints, interning at Atlas Fine Art Services where I learn proper framing and gallery practice techniques
while creating images for promotional ads and announcements. I have a blast photographing for Powhaus
Productions, an organization that throws elaborate themed parties. I print and assist Ann Simmons–Myers, the
head of the photography department at Pima CC. I write tutorials for Photojojo, an awesome online–based photo
newsletter. I create jewelry with my photographs. I attend and participate in two active photography clubs.
All the while, snapping photos of moments for myself, both candid and created to provoke the feeling of whimsy.
My work takes many shapes, yet consistently strives to capture a beautiful slice of life before it rolls by.
There is an arid Pleasure—
Oil on ragcoat paper on panel
Barbara Rogers has exhibited widely both nationally and internationally. She writes in her artist statement,
entitled “Transcending the Ordinary”: Every day, as we try to stay informed, we read or watch the news.
Occasionally there are reports of the contributions, achievements, and courageous acts by people that make us
feel pride in being human. More often though, we are bombarded with images of misery, cruelty, devastation,
deception, and greed. These presentations of moderated truth are ubiquitous reminders of the ugliness that can
be created by humans. I make paintings to transcend daily life and the six o’clock news, to evoke the sublime, to
reaffirm the existence of beauty and the critical importance of cherishing the earth.
A slash of Blue
Mixed on paper
Julie Sasse received a BA from Southern Illinois University and MFA from Arizona State University. Sasse has
exhibited at the Phoenix Art Museum; the Tucson Museum of Art; the University of Arizona Museum of Art;
the Barrington Art Center; The Scottsdale Center for the Arts; Sun Cities Art Museum; Western New Mexico
University; Pacific Lutheran University; and New Mexico State University.
A House upon the Height
Oil on Duralar
Gwyneth Scally was born and raised in Washington, D.C. Her work is deeply informed by an early immersion
in the worlds of politics and journalism; the malleable natures of truth and information are important themes
in her paintings, as are the underlying psychological forces that shape the public worlds of mass culture and
communication. After receiving degrees in both Art and Literature, Scally moved to Arizona, where she received
her MFA from the University of Arizona. She has worked as an artist in Arizona for the last decade, interspersing
her work with travel and exhibitions.
We dream—it is good we are dreaming—
Shannon Smith As I sit here attempting to work, I find myself quite distracted watching Lucy and Dillinger. They
have taken pillows from around the house and lined them up perfectly in a row from biggest to smallest, (a sure
sign that Lucy had full control over the operation). As they run from pillow to pillow, back and forth, I turn my
attention once again to my work. Oh how I should know better than this, for when I look up to check on them,
Dillinger is running around wearing nothing but his shirt. This type of daily occurrence is one that a viewer may
find in an ongoing body of work I began to create after the birth of my first child. The colorful display of my family
started out as a portrayal of my inner feelings on becoming a mother and trying to maintain some small piece of
who I was before motherhood. The work has grown along with my children and emerged into my personal view and
recreations of the daily explorations of our little family.
A Sparrow took a Slice of Twig
Margaret Suchland is an award-winning painter and book artist. She began her studies at the University of
Beirut, Lebanon and after years of living abroad she completed her B.F.A. from the University of Wisconsin
in 1992. She has been a collector of the found object and other of life’s artifacts for many years. The effects of
time seen on these objects reveal evidence of the human presence—the worn edges, smudges and random marks
are an inspiration for her in her continued interest in mark making. A sense of time, place, memory and the
emotional connections within them are a recurring theme found in her work. She has exhibited both nationally
and internationally. She lives and works in Tucson, Arizona where her work is represented by the Conrad Wilde
A Death blow is a Life blow to Some
Mixed media drawing on handmade Amate paper
$550 (comes with black frame that it floats in)
Mauricio Toussaint was born in Guadalajara, Mexico. He is of French and Mexican descent. As a painter he has
found that the experimentation and expansion of his work was limited during his life in Mexico, the stigma, self–
censorship and a society made it difficult for him to evolve. Immigration to the United States helped him to open
new avenues of communication with himself, with his work and the viewer. He uses symbols: such as printed text,
images, writing, language, human figure to create a story that exists out of any boundaries. His art represents a
multicultural, global vision of the world. A documentary of a particular moment in history: The New Millennium.
I can wade Grief—
I am bound by the compulsion to fabricate: thinking, solving, fixing, failing, adapting, these are the crux of my
compulsion. Mistakes and devising their solutions are often the most rewarding part of this process. I continue
to follow this path because it is the one that gives me a sense of worth and completeness. Often incorporating the
juxtaposition of dimensional objects with what have traditionally been two dimensional works; paintings, prints,
and drawings, my work merges and presents these elements within three dimensional formats and structures.
We grow accustomed to the Dark—
Your thoughts don’t have words everyday
Beata Wehr (born in Warsaw, Poland, lives in Tucson, AZ) earned MA degree in art history from Warsaw University
and MFA from the University of Arizona. She creates paintings and artist’s books, examining in her work the ideas
of home, place, time, transience and multicultural experiences.