One-Oh-One Gallery

Today marked the official opening reception of the Take Five Artists exhibit at Gallery One-Oh-One in Mesa, AZ.

Take Five is comprised of six artists; Liz Nicklus, Susan H. Paige, Sharon Peterson, Nancy Nowak Utech, Rosalie Trulli Vaccaro, and of course myself.

We all have differing styles and different strengths. I am the late-comer to the group. All of the artists have an extensive portfolio.

This exhibit will be up until the end of January 2021. We will be open every weekend.

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A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words

Take Five Artists Exhibition

I am one of six artist in Take Five Artists (math is not our strong point). During the month of December 2020 we will have an exhibit at One-oh-One Gallery in Mesa Arizona.

The Gallery is located at 101 Main Street, Mesa, AZ.

Desert Detritus Clock

Desert Detritus Clock

Who says art cannot be functional? My Desert Detritus clocks are crafted from debris collected from the Sonora Desert

The back is driftwood found on the shores of Canyon Lake. My guess is that it is a chunk of ironwood. Hand rubbed with a finish of linseed oil.

The jawbone is likely from a coyote. I cleaned the jawbone with a mild detergent, being careful to retain the toning created by the Arizona desert sun. A precision clock work ensures accurate time.


I am fortunate to be a member of Take Five, a group of artists in the East Valley that are self-taught, not the product of an art school.

We are all artists not because of an education, but despite. Art is life, we cannot but create art.

I would suppose I am more noted for my American Bar Series, my paintings of bars from east coast to west. Bars, I would remind you, that I have imbibed in. Continue reading “Assemblage”

University Club

Jake’s o’ Mine at University Club, Phoenix, AZ

“I would never join a club that would have me as a member. ” Groucho Marx

The University Club would probably have me as a member. I gained entrance without joining. The Take Five artists are on display in the University Club. I have five paintings on display, and available for purchase.

All of my paintings are of bars, some local, some famous. Submitting these paintings for this exhibit – on display until January 2021 – placed me in a quandary. Continue reading “University Club”

Desert Rain

Desert rain - found object sculptureDesert Rain
Found Object Sculpture (driftwood, rebar, mahogany, dead scorpion)
Approx. 45″ tall

Arizona is hot. 2020 was a record year, boasting more days with a temperature above 115°F since the temperatures in the Sonoran Desert have been recorded. There is no rain in sight for this monsoon season.

What is in sight for 2020 is an exhibition for Take 5, a group of local artists – I am one of the five. The show will run the month of December in the gallery at OneOhOne in Mesa Arizona. Continue reading “Desert Rain”



There are a few things I am enjoying about this so-called “new normal”. Social distancing does work. It may be one of the few truths. Of course I hate people for the most part, so it only goes to say that I have a very close personal space. I don’t like crowds and I don’t appreciate people crowding my personal space, unless they are large breasted blondes pressing against me.

I hate doctors’ offices and waiting rooms with vinyl chairs covered with god knows how many germs.  I always maintained the best place to get sick was at a doctors’ office or a hospital. Now they are forced to clean the furniture many times daily instead of maybe once a week.  They should have been doing this decades ago, knowing full well that their patients were spreading sickness like wildfire. Continue reading “Unmasked”


bark scorpionWe have been in this house for going on eight years. This is only the second scorpion we have seen here.

He is about an inch and a half long. The males can grow to over three inches in length.

Unlike the scorpions you have seen in TV shows and movies, these fellows are much smaller, but also quite venomous. Continue reading “Scorpio”

100 Bottles of Beer in the Wall

Bottle WallSince I have some free time on my hands I decided to tackle the bottle wall I started about 6 years ago.

There is so much maintenance around the house, I mean necessary things like faucets and leaking roofs and keeping the palo verde tree next to the driveway in check that my pet projects have to wait.

The wall doubled in size today.  Tuesday I plan to work on the mosaic wall, which too has been in a holding pattern for far too long.


God does not live in buildings made by the hands of man

Winter in Apache Junction is a bust time of year.  Lost Dutchman Days, the Rodeo, the Renaissance Festival, hiking while the weather is amenable…

I am still painting, getting ready for my exhibit in May at Gallery 50 in Bridgeton, NJ.  Today I ordered frames for the newest paintings, almost finished.

And locally, there is an exhibit of Found Object art.  I entered four found object sculptures to be juried in.  Hopefully they accept one of them. Continue reading “Exhibitionism”