Tuesday, January 20, 2009



This is the wonderful, providential beginnings of Rusted Wings...and our first blog entry!!

A few months ago as I was strolling my 1st grand~baby Sofia around the side-streets of our little mountain town of Whitefish, I stopped directly in front of a small red barn, which used to be an antique store. Now it was empty, and on the door was a sign that read "for rent". Immediately, out of my mouth, OUT LOUD, I said..."what a perfect art studio and gallery!" At the time, I had my art desk in the only space available in my recently purchased and renovated 1300 sq.ft. cottage-home, where I live with 3 of my 6 daughters, and little Sofia. I so needed my own work space, and a new job, as I've been illustrator for the alternative toy catalog Magic Cabin since it's inception almost 20 yrs. ago, and now, under new ownership, I am getting very little work anymore with 4 other artists working as well!

Two days after this experience, and with continued prayers and thoughts, I got a phone call from one of my favorite artist-friends, Kage Harp. She told me that she had finally found a house to move to, and behind the house there was this cute little red barn....for rent! Then she said the exact words to me that I spoke aloud 2 days before when I stood outside that vacant barn..."what a perfect art studio and gallery it would be"....and did I want to rent it with her!!?? I immediately, without hesitation said, YES!!! What a powerful, affirming moment of the manifestation of a dream, and clearly, a higher plan...God's will!!!

So the dream is now becoming a reality, and we will be opening the door of Rusted Wings Gallery at the end of this month. It will show-case the works of some other great artists in the valley and beyond, as well as our own art. Many of these pieces will be listed on our etsy site, so check it out too!

We want this blog to journal the unfolding of events and beautiful art that develops over the weeks and months of our journey. We hope to connect with many other visionaries and artists out there in blog land, and get to know more of our extended family, and to inspire each other!



Tammie Lee said...

My dear friend,
I feel so excited for you in this new venture! A gallery to show-case artists as well as a gallery for your own stunning art is perfect for how I envision your gifts! I wish you the best with this venture! May Rusted Wings be blessed and full of abundance, beautiful connections and grace!
my love to you and Kage,

Anonymous said...

How exciting :) Sounds like just the kind of place I'd like to spend half a day looking through. Best Wishes in your endeavor. ~Heidi

Vie Chaotique said...

I love your work. I wanted to mention to you that on your oneworld giveaway there is not place to leave a comment. Distressting since I must have the Queen of Hearts in my life. Please also visit my blog. I am having a little giveaway too.

Ottilias Veranda said...

What a wonderful Story! I say the same as the previous commenter: there isn´t any space to leave a comment on the post OWOH! I would love the queen of hearts tooooo!!!!
Very nice to meet You and feel free to visit me and my giveaway (#014) in Sweden!!

Marilyn said...

A dream becomes reality--what a beautiful story! Wishing you the very best of everything in your little red barn!

Summer Gypsy said...

Thanks for visiting my OWOH giveaway. It's so nice to meet you. Don't you just love God's grace and goodness at the very moment we need it? I love your new blog...I love your new "gallery." I will be following your blog. Can't wait to see your adventure unfold!

~*~Patty Szymkowicz said...

Wishing that Virginia were a lot closer to Montana :) What a perfectly lovely unfolding of events....your giveaway pieces are so gorgeous, I am excited to be in the running!
Brightest of Blessings to you and yours * Enjoy your new magical space!

Tammy said...

What a wonderful story! I love that your dreams are comng true. What a momma you are having your girls at home and your little Sofia. I bet it is a fun household. A bit of chaos but fun.
Congratulations on the New place and I hope that it will bring you both lots of happiness and the income you need.

MORNA said...

Looking forward to your blogging. I have enjoyed your artwork for about 20 years in the magic Cain catalogs. Please enter me in your give-away. And come enter mine!

Jann said...

How wonderful! I love your new blog--good luck with your exciting venture! I'll stop by again soon! ~Jann

Great-Granny Grandma said...

That is so cool. Isn't God awesome? Blog looks really nice. I'll be back to visit again. And thanks for stopping by to visit and entering my giveaway. I wish you well in your new venture.

Belinda Manning & David Bowman said...

Thanks for coming by to see my blog. We sure enjoyed having you. I feel like i'm in a time warp because i thought that i had been here/commented here before. it's such a lovely place and a lovely story. Yes God is truly God and TRUELY AWESOME!!

Sarah said...

Love your work!!! Really touched me!! We adore Whitefish - we are over in Coeur d Alene, ID!! I look forward to seeing what you post next!!! Sarah

Melissa Merrill said...

Such a lovely story. It's just great how these things come together. Good Luck in your new journey.
I had taken Amtrak from Portland to Chicago several years ago and it stopped in Whitefish. From what I saw it is a quaint little town.
Blessed be.

catieann said...

welcome to blogland girls!! I can 'sense' this will be a very spiritual and beautiful blog!(TO SAY NOTHING ABOUT THE YOUR JOURNEY AHEAD)
Thank you for visiting my blog and entering my owoh giveaway.
I will definitely be visiting often
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