All of my work is a spiritual connection with my life, which has gone through many changes and looks like a patchwork.  It is always an attempt to combine imagery and abstraction, an ongoing striving to communicate while going deeper.  


My remaining oil paintings are now at the Stoplight Gallery, Anaconda, Montana, owned by my sister, Kathy Carlson.  They will remain there, as I can no longer use oil paint due to allergies to the paint.


 I am now working with water media and drawings, but also going back to some textile work. Stitchery is something I have always found to be healing.  Old Bangladeshi women believed that stitching, making something new and beautiful out of old useless things was a way of healing the soul of the world.


We now have a group called "Mending" which meets in my studio at 10am on Saturday mornings., as our own way of healing the world!  We bring whatever sewing or mending we have, and sit together to do it.  If you are interested please let me know.  All are welcome. 


January 11-February 22, 2018 I have a solo exhibition at the Bonifas Art Center in Escanaba of drawings, small paintings, and stitcheries, about Healing and Trees.


I have decided that one way I can share my work is to have giclee prints made.  Many of the images that are of interest could possibly be made into an archival print, about 15x17", for $150.  Please email me if you are interested.


My studio is in an old elementary school, 801 North Lincoln Drive in Hancock. I love visitors!  I am usually there but please call first: 906-370-3183.  My hours are erratic.



Resume : Selected Group Exhibitions

2016:  "Water for Flint." Iron Mountain, Michigan

           "Northern Exposure" Bonifas Art Center, Escanaba, 

                 FIRST PLACE award, purchase award

2015:  "Great Lakes Showcase," MTU,  Houghton, MI

2014:  "Art in Embassies" permanent collection, 4 paintings,  

                  American Embassy, Helsinki, Finland   

           "Water's Edge," Three person show with Amy Arntson and    

                   Bonnie Peterson,

                 Great Lakes Research Center, MTU

2013:  National Parks Exhibition, Wisconsin Lutheran College,         


            Ongoing exhibitions, Paige Wiard Gallery, Calumet

            Northern Exposure, Bonifas Art Center, Escanaba

2012:  Interpretations of Kalevala Imagery,  invitational 

                 exhibition, Community Arts Center, Hancock

             Great Lakes Showcase, AWARD, MTU, Houghton

             Two-person Show with Lisa Autio, Missoula, MT

2011:   "Paintings from the Spirit,"  2-Person show,

                 Grace Chosy Gallery, Madison, WI

            "Northern Lights," Detroit Artists Market   

            Group Show, Kuhlhaus Gallery,

                  Harbor Springs, MI        

            "Art from the Kalevala" invitational group show,

                Community Art Center, Hancock, MI

            "Contemporary Finnish-American Artists"(catalogue)

                 Finlandia University Gallery, Hancock

2010:   "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening," 

              The Crooked Tree Art Center, Petoskey, MI

             "North of the Bridge," The Crooked Tree Art

               Center, Petoskey, MI 

             National Juried Exhibition, Nicolet College, 

                Rhinelander, WI  AWARD

2009:   Two-Person Show, with Ritch Branstrom,

             Devos Gallery, Northern Michigan University

2008:  “Three Keweenaw Artists,” Oasis Gallery,

             Marquette, Michigan

            “Finnish-American Artists,” Duluth Institute

             of Art, Duluth, Minnesota

            Group Show, Waters of Superior Gallery,


            “Summer Skies, Summer Shores,” Vertin

             Gallery, Calumet, Michigan

2007:  “Negative Spaces, Positive Forces,” three-  

              person show, Center for the Visual

                     Arts, Wausau,, Wisconsin

            “Celebrating the Upper Peninsula as Home,”

              (curator), traveling through

                     Michigan and Wisconsin

            “Paradise Lost? Climate Change in the North

             Woods.”  Traveling through Michigan,

             Minnesota, Illinois and Wisconsin 2007-9

2006:   Permanent Collection Exhibition, Northern

            Michigan University, Marquette

2005:   “Artists in Times of War,” (co-curator) ARC

             Gallery, Chicago, IL

“Forest, Rock, Wind and Water,” with Amy

  Arntson, Helen Klebesadel and Jennifer

 Williams,  Bonifas Art Center, Escanaba, MI

             "Five Finnish American Artists, Devos

              Gallery, Northern  Michigan University

            “Our Town” Juried Exhibition, Birmingham,


2004:  “Nature and Metaphor,” with Amy Arntson

              and Helen Klebesadel,  Grace Chosy

             Gallery, Madison, WI

 Governor’s Invitational Exhibition for  Michigan’s Leading Artists, Lansing

             Group Exhibition, Waters of Superior

             Gallery, Duluth, Minnesota

             Invitational Group Show,  Northern

             Michigan University, Marquette

            “Northern Exposure,” Juried regional

             exhibition, Bonifas Fine Arts Center,

             Escanaba, TWO PURCHASE AWARDS

            Faculty Art Exhibition, Finlandia University

2003:  “Northern Exposure,” Juried regional

             exhibition, Bonifas Fine Arts Center,

             Escanaba,  FIRST PLACE AWARD           

“Water and Metaphor,” with Amy Arntson,

  Jennifer Williams, Carol Bjerke,

           Finlandia University

            “Sticks,”  with Kayo Miwa, Pine Tree Gallery,

             Ironwood, Michigan

             Juried National Exhibition, Nicollet College,

             Rhinelander, Wisconsin

            “Finnish American Artists” exhibition

             travelling throughout Finland

            Juried Midwest Biennial, Marshfield Clinic,

            Marshfield, Wisconsin

2002:   Juried Regional Exhibition, Michigan

             Technological University, Marquette

             Invitational Group Show, Nicollet College,

             Rhinelander, Wisconsin

            “Finnish American Artists,” Finlandia                                        University, Hancock, Michigan

2001:  STARTS (Social Transformation through the

            Arts) Exhibition, Madison, WI

            Invitational Group Show, University of

           Wisconsin/River Falls

            Invitational Group Show, Northern Michigan

            University, Marquette

            Invitational Group Show, University of


            Juried Regional Exhibition, Michigan

            Technological University, AWARD

            Juried National Drawing Exhibition,

            Rochester, Michigan

            Faculty Art Exhibition, Finlandia University,

            Hancock, Michigan

            Traveling Exhibition, Isle Royale Artists

2000:  "Northern Exposure", Juried Upper Peninsula

            Exhibition, Escanaba,   AWARD            

            Regional Juried Exhibition, Michigan

            Technological University, AWARD

Northern National Juried Art Exhibition,

Nicollet College, Rhinelander, WI

1999:  "Isle Royale Remembered", with Jennifer

                Williams, Omphale Gallery, Calumet, MI                               Juried Chicago Women's Caucus for Art

                Exhibition, Chicago, Illinois

1996:  "Global Focus" travelling exhibition, National Gallery of     Women's Art, Washington, D.C.

            WARM Juried Exhibit, Minneapolis College

                of Art and Design,   Minnesota

1995:   "From Celestial to Earthly", The Open Center, New York     City and Paterson Museum, Paterson, N.J.

            National Women's Caucus for Art  Juried

                Show, San Antonio, Texas

National Women's Caucus for Art Exhibition,

    International Women's Conference, Beijing,

    China (co-curator)       

1994: "Koskenmaki and Klebesadel,”  University of        Wisconsin/Platteville

          International Rock Art Exhibition, Northern

              Arizona University, Flagstaff

1993:  "Beauty and the Beast, and other Myths and

              Fairy Tales,” Milwaukee, WI

          Juror Exhibition,  All-Michigan Juried Show, Northern                 Michigan University

1991 and 1992:  National Affiliate Exhibitions, A.I.R.

             Gallery, New York City

1990:  National Women's Caucus for Art Juried

              Exhibition, Washington, D.C.




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