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December 12, 2012
My husband and I moved back to Rochester from Los Angeles, 4 1/2 years ago. We were both born here but left when we married, 45 years ago. We have lived all over the country in the meantime, and I’ve been fortunate enough to have had many wonderful jobs. At the moment he is semi-retired and I’m completely foot-loose and fancy free. We have 2 daughters, 2 dogs, 2 birds and a cat as well as 4 grandchildren.
I am an artist, have been since I was 25, (never liked art before that!) got my bachelor’s degree in 1984 at the age of 36, and my master’s degree in fine arts from RIT in 1986. I went junior year abroad from Elmira Collage to Italy, and was the first art student to create an honor’s project at the college-a 100 piece art exhibit. I’m mostly a painter and photographer, but do drawing, printmaking, textile work, interior design, garden design and murals.
I have a strong art history background and gallery management experience. One of my jobs was for the Arnot Art Museum, as the Education Curator and then Public Programming Coordinator. Another time I was the Director for the Artists League of the Sandhills, in North Carolina. I’ve also been the Education Director for a Boys and Girls Club, Director of Program Development for a YWCA as well as the Activity Coordinator for a day care program for dementia patients.
My studio is in my home, near the St. Paul address that will probably be our new gathering place! I think Rochester Makerspace is a tremendous idea that this community could really use. I hope to be a part of the creation of this great new space and I’m looking forward to meeting everyone who also wants to be involved!
February 7, 2012
I’ve seen Jodie’s resume and she’s being modest. She is very accomplished and obviously has strong organizational and leadership skills. When she was executive director of the Artist League she grew it from about 25 members to more than 200 in about two years. She also helped them obtain space for an art gallery, for classes, and for artists to work in. In other words, she did something very similar to what we’re trying to accomplish.
One of her latest accomplishments was to help organize the Maplewood Park Festival of Lanterns, which was held for the first time this year. She told me a little about it and I’d really like to hear some more details.
Jodie hasn’t been involved long but she’s already been a big help and has given us some good advice. I just asked her to help us to start offering instructional classes as soon as possible. So please let her know if you’re interested in teaching any kind of a class, either for pay or for free.
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