Monday Morning Mail Art Call: Feed the Fish

This week’s Monday Morning Mail Art Call is as special as the couple hosting it. Moan Lisa, the mail art legend and digital artist known to many of us as Mark Rossmiller, of Iowa and his lovely counterpart, Renata Solimini, of Rome have been working on a collaboration of grand proportions. Their Feed The Fish exhibition is upcoming at Five Monkeys, Inc., Des Moines, Iowa from April 1-7, 2016.

To coordinate with the exhibition, they have issued a mail art call whose theme is FISH. The pieces they receive will be on display at the exhibition. Use the following link to check out the details:

You may recall that I was carving rubber stamps of fish last week… They were for use in creating mail art pieces for this particular call. This is what transpired…

School of FISH

School of FISH

School of FISH Bones

School of FISH Bones

FISH in the Round

FISH in the Round

On Saturday, February 27th, I was honored to have been able to spend some time with Moan (Mark) and be there to support him as he had his first one man show, Signs of Nonexistence, at the Christine Frechard Gallery in Pittsburgh, PA.

With Moan Lisa (Mark Rossmiller) at the Christine Frechard Gallery 2/27/2016

His digital artwork is even more impressive on a larger scale. I was taken in by the movement of the pieces and their magical, ethereal quality.

A glimpse of Moan's Gallery Opening

Books of Moan’s poetry were offered for sale at the gallery. Many folks were very interested in the poetry and taken in by the artwork on the books’ covers. Christine, the gallery owner was able to persuade Moan to read for a few of us at the end of the evening.

Moan's Poetry Reading

As I am a huge fan of Mark’s poetry, it was a special treat to hear them read aloud by him. I am used to trying to find quiet moments alone where I can read them aloud to myself, as I find they are more alive and vivid in their imagery that way. You can find the current editions available and other bits of Moan’s work for sale here:

Do think about sending something for the Feed The Fish mail art call. And if you are in the Pittsburgh area between now and April 1st, do stop into the Christine Frechard Gallery to view Moan’s offerings. You won’t be disappointed, I assure you.

Happy Trash to you, until we meet again!




On My Desk: Carving Fish Stamps

If you’ve been following me for some time, you know that I don’t DO people and I don’t DO animals. My style is fun, colorful and often abstract. I love to collage bits of this and that together. I love creating colorful mixed-media backgrounds. Assemblage is my balm. But you won’t find me painting a portrait, or drawing animals. I leave that to the folks with the talent to do them justice.

So what does a girl do when she’s inspired to answer a mail art call for FISH? I’ll tell you what she does! She panics! She procrastinates and she practices all manner of avoidance techniques.

And then… she takes a deep breath and gets out her stamp carving supplies! Because she’s not going to let this little problem stand in her way. She’s simply going to approach it from another angle.

That, dear readers is what creativity is all about: finding alternative ways to do a thing.

So here goes nothin’!

My husband and I recently had lunch at The Bonefish Grill. It was delicious and the Urban Chic vibe was awesome. I was inspired by their logo and had to try my hand at creating something similar.

Fish Bone Rubber Stamp

A few more came down the pike…

Three Handcarved Fish Stamps

Not sure if I’ve gotten this out of my system or not, but I’m heading back into the studio to let it stew while I work on finishing up some other projects.

Happy Trash to you, until we meet again!