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Densaburo Oku

Glass sculptor 
Born: Kagoshima, Japan. 
Lives: Bucks County, Pennsylvania, U.S.A. 

I make art to capture and express feeling...not looking back,
but reflecting forward.


Daisuke Shintani

Born: Hiroshima, Japan. 
Lives: Pennsylvania, U.S.A.

When I open the furnace to gather glass, I feel with my whole body. 
I am watching a whole different world through that little hole of the furnace.

Nikolai Melnikov

Born: Moldova, Russia
Lives: New York & New Jersey, U.S.A.

I want to tell everybody by my art, ‘Touch me, please. I am your friend.’

Ruth Radin 

Composer, children’s book author, poet. 
Lives:  Center Valley, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.

So many ideas can come from so few words, so few notes.  My first book was only two hundred and two words.


Salma Arastu

Visual artist. 
Born: India.
Lives: Pennsylvania, U.S.A.

… I have explored and expanded the accent on the continuous line in my work, to express whole thought and form with a continuous, single broad stroke...I am trying to integrate Eastern spirituality and Western art form.


Karel Mikolas

Born: Prague, Czechoslovakia.
Lives: Eastern Pennsylvania, U.S.A.

... the profession (artist) is strictly a vehicle for self discovery, so all the things that I make are basically crutches to figure out where my leg grows from.....

 Steve Tobin


...I would like my work to function independent of my time period, so that when my work is seen 500 years from now ....that the images are archetypal and universal enough to be reintegrated into society in another form....

Rodger Kamenetz

New Orleans, Louisianna, U.S.A. 

.... as a poet, I am much more of a listener than I am a writer......


Glenis Gail Redmond

Asheville, North Carolina, U.S.A.  

...Poetry saved my life with words, and it made me closer to my community and to nature and to myself......


Thomas Nozkowski

Hudson Valley New York, U.S.A. 

...a painting can be made about anything,  Any experience, I think, can be fit somehow in the visual continuum.....

Amy Hempel

New York City, New York, U.S.A. 

.... I like to focus on moment by moment....

Bill Wheelock

Visual artist
New England, U.S.A. 

.... what’s important is that the ideas and the experiences (of my work) are put into circulation rather than any particular individuality I may or may not have....


Heide Fasnacht

New York City, New York, U.S.A.  

  (... six. months before the World Trade Center’s destruction) I  started doing work that was oddly celebratory and soothing.  Drops of water, exploding champagne bottles, and ticker tape ....


Shirley Cannon

Visual artist
Born: West Virginia, U.S.A.  Lives:  Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.

...I feel very connected to the earth.  I think it’s inevitable whenever you are raised in an area where people earn their living two miles underground and where the hills sometimes catch on fire.

Dinkies Gladstone Sithole

Sculptor, painter, dancer, musician. 
South Africa. is a universal language.... Nature provides us with possibilities of expressing ourselves and finding a way of finding peace within ourselves.

Yoan Capote

Sculptor, painter. 
Havana, Cuba. 

.... When I began to do sculpture, I was interested in the materials and the possibilities of the interaction with (of) the public with the objects...


Fred Holland

Visual artist
New York City, New York, U.S.A.

Most of my work has to do with, I would say, memory and narrative.....I like the work to be proponents that will outlive me, that has a sense of collective history of man and mankind....

Narumi Tsumeo

Wood and stone sculptor

...In this (Sensor Cell) work I am thinking wood and stick and stone....The Tool Discovery Time ....This is what resonates with me....the first man had surprise and happiness and it is this memory that returns....


Armando Melendez

Guadalahara, Mexico.   

.... I became an abstract painter, because I believe painting is an act of freedom, an act of bravery, an act of daring issues that you   have to identify....

Catherine “Catchi” Childs

Manhasset, Long Island, U.S.A.  

...I have been painting for seventy years ..I’ve never been a good reader or a speller, but thank goodness I was able to paint because that filled up my life.


Marjorie Portnow

New York City, New York, U.S.A.

… if anyone can look at these little landscapes that I do and look at the world in a more loving or, or a way that makes them filled with awe, I will have felt very honored to be able to do that.

C. D. Wright

Arksansas, U.S.A.

..Important, I believe, to resist closure in one’s own work while assiduously working toward its completeness.... 

from Ars Poetica


Sara Amos

Artist/Image maker
Born: Australia
Lives:  Johnson, Vermont

...I like the idea that I am creating daily maps or testaments to a life being lived and that in the mark making is where I am laying the history of my life...

Arif Embing

Kuala Langat, Malaysia

..I am improving my sculpture and also my handcraft carving.  I sculpture will go to global or international exhibition.


Husin Pion

Carey Island, Malaysia

...Wood sculpture is so good for our life, because it is the culture of our people...


Tomas Hlavina

Installation, objects. 
Prague, Czech Republic 

...(my work) is a visual is important to be at my work for a longer time, because it is not so easy to understand quickly...

Anne Rochette

Paris, France

...For me, it is important that art remains a place where all choices are possible, all opinions are possible, all gestures are possible...

Li Young Lee

Born:  Jakarta,Indonesia Lives:  Chicago, Illinois

 ...I know/ it’s only me, reminding myself/a flower is one station between/ earth’s wish and earth’s rapture... 

from Have You Prayed?


Naomi Shihab Nye

San Antonio, Texas, U.S.A.

...I love how, when you’ve been with somebody for so many years, they’ll just come up with some little detail that you’ve never heard anything about before...

J.C. Todd

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.A. (the poem Pissing) draws off my deep interest and belief in the body as really the source of poetry, but also as the element through which humans transform...


Herman Sigg

Oberhasli, Switzerland

..I am not a city man.  I need nature...I believe that in silence, in the meditation, there lies energy, a radiant power...

Dominick Antonelli

New York City, New York, U.S.A. 

...Painting is a form of self expression ...But when you work, to be expressive means to be intuitive, involuntary...

D. Ellsworth
W. Ellsworth

Wolf Kahn

New York City, New York, U.S.A

... reciting Emily Dickinson, ‘Tell all the Truth, but tell it slant...’

David Ellsworth

Studio Woodturner Quakertown, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.

... As I continue to explore the vessels that I make, I continue to learn more about the ultimate vessel, which is myself.


Wendy Ellsworth

Seed Bead Artist
Quakertown, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.

...I use beads as tiny molecules of light, and as I work, I feel that I am catching the light... 

Joanne Isaac

Quakertown, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.  

...I try never to work on my art unless I am somewhat peaceful, so I can convey what I think art is supposed to say...


Christopher Bursk

Langhorne Manor, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.  

This is a poem called Root Darkness, ‘ cause I would love the idea of my mother being somewhere in Lithuania and part of that world and part of that earth.


Julius Vitali

Visual  artist, Author, Composer. 
Coopersburg, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.

 … the idea behind that (“erronique”) is to perfect the art of errors.

Sally Keehn

Allentown, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.

..It’s amazing the stories you’ll come upon when you are exploring.  It’s amazing how those stories will stalk you.

Mary Bonkemeyer

Santa Fe, New Mexico, U.S.A. 

I’d like to think of myself as having intentions that arise from the heart, rather than the head.


Martha Collins

Poet, translator
Ohio and Connecticut, U.S.A. 

Language can deceive us if we believe in its absolutes ...but it can also open doors for us.

Mindaugas Snipas

Sculptor,  Lithuania

What I do comes rather subconsciously to me  ... Sometimes it starts with a pencil on paper.  Sometimes directly with an ax in my hands...

Liudvikas Jakimavicius

Poet, playwright, scriptwriter.  Lithuania

Now I am a poet, not in society, but more in nature.  And I feel the changes in nature, and I must testify.


Patricia Goodrich

Visual artist, poet. 
Pennsylvania and Michigan, U.S.A. 

I celebrate the imperfect, the broken off, missing pieces...I believe everything and everyone is connected.


Accompanying music composed & performed by Steve Tobin.

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an Earthwork by Patricia Goodrich