Rainbow Body Exhibition

Since the first time I saw Millie Brown perform I’ve felt a familiar yet rare electricity run through me – she is quite simply one of most fiercely original, talented, and authentic artists to come along in decades. Best known for her non-traditional performance based method… Keep Reading »

Born Again Art, Friends, & Food

We’d all had dinner at our usual fav, Mr. Chow in New York. “…Then all the wives – Julie Anne (Rhodes) and Teresa (Scharf) – got up and went to Nell’s in one car, knowing the husbands would have to follow, they wanted to kick… Keep Reading »

Modernism Week

Mom and Dad have been wintering in Palm Springs again, so we decided to check out the week celebrating Mid Century Modern architecture. What I didn’t bargain for was the traffic during what turned out to be a
Mid Century Modern week in Palm Springs
record breaking number… Keep Reading »

New York, New York

Mom and I couldn’t have chosen better timing for our mother-daughter trip to New York. Being a Southern California gal, I miss the autumn turning of the leaves and we hit that perfectly along with unusually mild temperatures the first few days. Then when the… Keep Reading »

Friday Food Tips: Cooking With Herbs

I like to think of cooking as painting with flavor. Herbs and spices are part of those hues (that if used properly), can accentuate and elevate a simple recipe from ordinary to sublime. Here are a few of my tips on how to use them… Keep Reading »

Pssst, It’s Mother’s Day Soon

I’ve already waffled on about how much I love being a mother, but I also lucked out when parents were being handed out. Now I’ve been spoiled with easy access to mom and dad in Palm Springs all winter, I find myself missing them more… Keep Reading »

Des Moines: There’s No Place Like Home

Is it me, or has Des Moines changed? It’s funny how our perception of the ideal place to live evolves in time. I couldn’t wait to get out as a teen, and I’ve tolerated many ribbings about it over the years (city folk can be such… Keep Reading »

Brit Week Bliss, Even in High Heels

I received an invitation to OPFASHART, which at first glance I read as a less than ladylike bodily function, but then the image of my friend Amanda Eliasch emblazoned across the front caught my eye – it looked remarkably as though my old pal, artist Duggie… Keep Reading »

Millie Brown & Julie Anne Rhodes

Pushing Artistic Boundaries & Celestial Bodies

Some of you may remember my references to “guinea pig number one,” my dearly missed collaborator, who served as both a cheerleader and brave taste tester of my first vegetarian and vegan creations. She was my chief advisor on all the ingredients (agave nectar, Braggs… Keep Reading »

Des Moines Art Center classroom wing

Atoms of Gratitude: Why Art Makes Me Happy

As a restless teenager I could not wait to leave Des Moines to see the world. I never once entertained the idea of moving back, snubbing my nose at the idea every time my parents pleaded with me, but you know what? Sometimes it takes… Keep Reading »

Amanda Eliasch

The Seven Deadly Sins or Just Peccadilloes

My clever friend Amanda Eliasch is at it again! This time she enlisted help from equally, creative, and wickedly fun art patron, Kay Saatchi.

Gallerist, Jonathan Brown will present “Peccadilloes””, showcasing Amanda’s new neon works based on Kay’s cartoon drawings of her.  Amanda has humorously lent herself as… Keep Reading »