Day 60: Something Beautiful—Handmade and Doing Beautiful Work

Something Beautiful is a 2013 self-imposed initiative to find a visual feast for each day of the year.

Something beautiful is happening in Verona, Wisconsin. A group of mature women artists are steeping themselves in new art techniques, exploring new methods of creating, finding fresh artistic voices. They are led by dear friend, Bea Neal at Dog-in-the-Hole Studios. An enchanted place that my own artistic muse adores. A place where I have created beautiful work I hadn’t envisioned.

The image I share today is one of Bea’s creations. A beautiful sculpted bowl, it carries on my Fashion Week peacock theme. All the glorious greens and blues in a handmade bowl. Bea and her fellow artists have been working for a year to complete an art show  that has become and annual group event.  I’ve included her posting about the sculpted bowls and the silent auction event they will be part of to raise money for the Dane County Food Bank.    ( See the other show  bowls.)


Feb 27, 2013
by B. Neal
Small and medium size silk, rice paper, commercial cottons and embellishments. These are beautiful handmade art bowls. They can not carry water but are beautiful to behold. Created by eight different Mixed Media & Fiber Artists. Created for a SILENT AUCTION to raise money for the Second Harvest Food Pantry of Dane County. Bidding on small bowls begins at $25.00 and large bowls at $45.00. SILENT AUCTION ENDS MARCH 31st

They are much more than beautiful pieces of art. They are beautiful examples of how beauty can help us see differently, appreciate that which we have not seen, and use art as a way to help and heal.


About vbassoc

Donna Van Bogaert is a researcher and consultant in the field of cognitive styles, health communication, and organizational communication and behavior. Her business, Van Bogaert & Associates, Inc., specializes in cognitive-based coaching, management consulting, and leadership development. When the winds are blowing her way, she travels and talks about workplace potential and creative problem solving. In another life, Donna sings jazz. For a very long time, she fronted two 18-piece big bands —All That Jazz (Madison, WI) and The Gardenia Big Band (Rockford, IL). She currently resides in Cincinnati, Ohio where, in a third parallel universe, she leads a media branch of a national research institute. Mostly she has returned to painting, poetry, and plotting the next chapter of her life.
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One Response to Day 60: Something Beautiful—Handmade and Doing Beautiful Work

  1. Bea Neal says:

    Thank you so much. So many are hungry, these days. Our local food pantry is filled with the elderly, the single parent families, the foster young adults, no longer part of the system. The FOOD PANTRY struggles to keep up with the need. These art bowls, made with love and a great deal of talent will perhaps raise a tidy sum that can help an agency that helps fill a desperate need.

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