Appearances -Found in Our Water

Past Appearances

Mighty Miss Main

10,000 Lakes and 1 Mighty Miss  2012

26″ W X 48″ T X 28″ D  Mixed Media, Rescued chair, drift wood, zebra mussel, taconite, Pual Bunyan plate, plaid fabric

In the artwork “10,000 Lakes and 1 Mighty Miss” I employed a methodology I call “recordari”, from the Latin “to remember, call to mind (re-restore and cor, genitive, cordis heart, understood by the ancients as the seat of judgment and memory” I would like to identify “10,000 Lakes and 1 Mighty Miss” and artworks like it, as representing our “lived experience” in visual form. I suggest we are practicing “recordari”, as “10,000 Lakes and 1 Mighty Miss” takes you on a journey which explores and records all the waterways I have visited in Minnesota. My adventuring was particularly soulful since I am a Maine native and a Franco-American. I have called Minnesota home for 17 years.  Maine claims Paul Bunyan as their native son. Imagine how curious I was to view the Paul Bunyan sculpture residing in Bemidji, where the university I have worked at for a decade is located!   Read More 
Minnesota State Fair 2014. Won Honorable mention


WARM (Women’s Art Resources of Minnesota) critique  2014
The Found In Our Water series was created to explore the water on our planet earth. Barbara lives in the Northeast Arts  District where over 1000 artists have studios and show their work.  She first presented her water quality installation  at a WARM (Women’s Art Resources of Minnesota) critique. Twenty-five mentors and proteges shared their reflections using the Liz Lerman critique model.    WARM Videos and pictures   Warm Critique Notes


Art-A Whirl  2015
The Northeast Minneapolis Arts District hosts a a spring event which hosts over 20,000 people.  The Found In Our Water series appeared at this event.

View authentic voices and pictures taken with cell phones, professional cameras and plus uncut videos from the NEMAA Art-A-Whirl Event. Please enjoy the dynamic experience and sounds of people at an art show looking, making and learning about our water.
NEMAA, Art-A-Whirl Minneapolis 2014
Art-A-Whirl Selfies
Chair Signing
Results of Survey


Borealis Dance Company  2016

A a W 2016 5 peeps

The Borealis Dance company dances for our future again at Art a Whirl 2016

The Borealis Dance Company is a wonderful example of changing the world by collaborating across art forms. I had the honor of partnering with them on a Recovery theme in 2015.




A a W 2016 3

FIOW Their interpretation of the physiological impact of addiction and detox was powerful and the poem created by one of the dancers made me weep.  Chair Recovery

Our 2016 collaboration focuses on water quality. Borealis will be presenting their dance inspired by several of my Found in Our Water pieces at two venues May 13/14  and May 21/22 Click Here for Details

My large work focused on Lake Superior -TOTUS 1 Treasures of the Inland Sea – will be on the stage with the dancers. Did you know it is not safe to eat fish from Lake Superior?

Click Here to see the May 14th, 2016  performance At Sabes JCC.

See More on Borealis collaborations.