Kinetic Text up in Silo Room!

If your out and about this weekendSilo Room display stop by the Silo Room at Track One for a two day event curated by Courtney Adair Johnson  at 4th and Chestnut, Nashville. 3 of my Kinetic Text pieces are on display including – She could never keep her thoughts to herself She Could Never Keep Her Thoughts To Herself – 2015 The show is a Scene critics pick and part of Nashville’s June Art Crawl.

“Fabulous! These are so the natural and logical progression of  your art! They are a combination of a superb idea, great craftsmanship and a deep sense of  humor. Mazel tov! ”  – Shelley Paine – sculpture conservator, SRPC and Chicago’s Field  Museum


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Paper, Thread and Trash

I hope you made it to the lovely opening reception by Liz and the Library Foundation for the new show. Curator Courtney Adair Johnson has done a masterful job of combining so many points of view into a show that says “ART” before it slips in the message of sustainable possibilities. Go and I promise you will be amazed, delighted (Lesley Patterson Marx’s paint box piece delights and amazes me every time!) and hopefully inspired to reconsider what “studio waste” can become. Let me know. – Nashville Downtown Library through March 2015 –  Go to   for more info on each artist.

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New Show

Paper, Thread, and Trash show is up at Nashville Main Library. Opening reception this Saturday Dec 6, 2014, from 2-4. 14 artists are exhibiting with pieces that explore waste, consumption and reuse through different book and text forms.  I will have 5 pieces in the show including a large assemblage made entirely of cardboard, foam core and mat board. Each piece had to be constructed of materials that were gathered from salvage and refuse and could contain only 10%  purchased materials. I owe a large thank you to Lithographics and Plaza Art Supply for saving board scrapes and for allowing me to cart off what I needed from their recycling bins.  The show will be up through March 29, 2015, with an Artist Talk Jan 10, 2015, at 3:00. There will be different workshops supporting the exhibit.  My workshop will be the 14th of March, with more info posted in January. Interdependence The library’s first floor gallery is open during normal library hours. The downtown branch is located at 615 Church Street. Stop in before it closes and join me at the Combining the Found and the Accidental workshop in March  if you can!

“This piece by Nance Cooley struck me straight away…and the witty quote from Neil Gaiman, the articulated details in the cardboard figures and the row of teabags arranged in a line underneath are perfect examples of the careful, playful peculiarities of the exhibit.” – Laura Hutson – Nashville Scene Arts & Culture Blog – December 03, 2014

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MAAP Program Complete!

Courtney Adair Johnson and I have finished the Master Artist/Apprentice program. Tennessee Craft and the Tennessee Arts Commission offer this wonderful program that benefits the artists of our state. Our prints will be shown along with the glass and pottery pieces that were produced by the two other groups that were awarded apprenticeships.  The Show will be up from September 25th through November 14th 2014. We have become good friends through our 6 months of crazy printing and would like you to join us if you can on Oct 2, 3-4, at the Arts Commission Gallery to show off what we have produced and to share in our fun.  I will eventually post some examples (I know, you’ve heard it before.) nance graymatter (1)nance aaron (1) Look here and in the works-on-paper section for some examples of what we produced on the little POCO (my press, a  1904 cast-iron-thing-of-beauty!)nance destiny (1)

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Courage Unmasked

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“Courage is on display everyday, and only the courageous wring the most out of life.”                                                                                                                        –  Zig Ziegler –

Finished my piece for the Vanderbilt Charity ” Courage Unmasked” Gala, benefitting head & neck cancer patients. Thought I’d share my photos of the  finished mask. It hangs on the wall and will be up for silent auction along with 59 others during the event to be held at the Oz Event Center in Nashville on September 27, 2014. There will be multiple showings. Dates and locations will be posted as I know about them.



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Automata and Cardboard Animations

I am thrilled! Everyone walked out of this workshop with a working machine! It’s a first and I credit the diligence of my participants and a reworking of the from-here-to-there knowledge gained from the first automata workshop. This group will never know how indebted they are to June’s participants! Will post their pictures as they come in (they promised!) Want to thank Liz Coleman and the Library Foundation for making it possible.

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Summer Workshops

Two down and one to go! Debuscope workshop was so much fun! I had a fabulous group who finished their scopes in record time and were hunting for possibilities for use before class was over. The automata and cardboard animations went really well for what a difficult “first-machine-construction” effort this class is. A LOT OF PARTS but big rewards when you manage to get it to work. This same class will be offered at the Goodlettesville TN library the last week in July. You can call to sign up directly at that library’s number. I will post it and pictures from the other workshops soon.

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New workshops

Debuscope workshop May 24th 10-2 at Nashville’s Main Library. We will be building small working scopes and producing the designs and strips that accompany them. Contact Liz Coleman for availability.  Courtney and I have been busy printing for  the TACA Master Apprentice program and I am starting the 4 Sentence Story Book with Pam Markman this summer!  The type was bought from the Skyline Type Foundry and I am in love with it.  Yes you skeptics, you can love a type face ( Della Robbia is a font of beauty.) I will begin illustrating and book set up when Courtney and I have completed her internship and have a handle on our print  production  for the master/apprentice show scheduled for September in the Tennessee Arts Commission Gallery. I am grateful for all the opportunities coming my way this summer and will hope to catch up with all of you at the various events.  Heads up – I will be giving a workshop on Automata and Cardboard Animations at both the Edmonson (June) and Goodlettesville (July) Libraries, so check at those sites for sign ups if interested.

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Happy New Year

courtney 1courtney 2Hi to all, so much has happened at the end of this year, the Holidays of course, and then Courtney Adair Johnson and I were picked to participate in TACA’s Master and Apprentice program. We are both pretty thrilled to be chosen. Courtney will be learning various letterpress techniques for the next six months culminating with an exhibit at the Arts Commission Gallery in September. I was thrilled to be asked and really happy to have a partner-in-crime wearing out the press! Here are some photos of Courtney in action. You can also find her at & Remake Art on facebook.


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photo class 1class 4I had a lovely group desperately trying to turn their books into machines within the four hour time frame. I cant thank them enough for playing along! As always, I learn so much from every workshop and really appreciate all the enthusiasm and concentration of my participants. A big shout-out to the Library for the lovely facility, the Library Foundation for the program and for Liz Coleman, who is a marvel! Scheduled for another workshop there in the Spring on making Debuscopes, so check back for a post in April.



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