The State Fair Honorable Mention !

by Deborah on August 15, 2015

sun follows rain

Earth’s Waters

I began this piece last January as a collection of interesting papers and fabrics I had created.

I had them laying together on my work table. I knew they belonged together but I just couldn’t find the composition on the table so I pinned them to the wall in various configurations and wrote the words Earth’s Waters.

Then I went off to find out how and why we have the gift of water on this planet.

I found Geology and Astronomy articles including: “Earth’s Water Older Than the Sun”.

The gist is this:the big bang brings matter into the universe, like asteroids with the makings of water. There is a lot more chemistry and physics in the article but basically the expanding universe has stars lighting up and asteroids being caught in their gravitational pull.

Eventually,  our star  Sol lights up & pulls planets into orbits. One is a molten volcanic rock that will be the Earth.

There is a period called” the heavy bombardment” where water laden rocks that are older than our Sun hit the volcanic earth.

The water in those rocks is vaporized and hangs in the mess of gasses that will become our atmosphere.

The earth calms & cools and it begins to rain.

Million upon million years of  rain.

But finally there is a day or days when the sun breaches the clouds and shows to no one the Earth of stone, and water, sunlight and wind waiting for the next thing to happen.

Great shallow seas ready to birth abundant life.

This piece is a combination of the rain, the sun, the water draining to make coasts and seeking the cracks that will move it under ground.

A moment of great possibility but beautiful just as it is: clouds, rain, stone, and moving water.

The gift of life comes later.

Oh and it can be seen at the Great Minnesota State Fair  in the  Fine Arts Building.

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Season of transformation and inspiration.

by Deborah on May 11, 2015

After 8 years in my studio I’ve done a major clean clear and reconfiguration

to suit my evolving use of materials and techniques.

Fiber gets the biggest portion. A painting station, composing walls and table and a new sewing table.

The Fiber painting and construction walls

The fiber painting and construction 1/3 of the studio making water roots and sky…

Then there is my new drawing station . Lots of natural light I am between my two windows.

Drawings in the studio

Drawing table and the birds that showed up on it this winter and spring.

The classroom tables let me have a constant flow of creative energy flowing through the studio.

Classroom table

The classroom space in the NE corner of the studio. An abundance of energy.


The Framing corner lets me share yet another piece of my experience,

& finish my work with a sense of style.

Framing corner

Matting table, glass cutter, a few hardwood and metal frames, plus the occasional just right “found” frame

The natural world is my inspiration. I look for materials and techniques that mimic the way I experience nature.  This winter I stood by a running river at Christmas (in Iowa)

Cedar River Charles City Ia

Sun Light In Water

and an ocean (Mexico) in February and I have been reading about the source of Earth’s water. I have found fascinating geological and astral stories that have absolutely sparked my work. I hope you will stop by the Studio during next weekends’ Art A Whirl Open Studio Event and let me show you what Ive been working on.


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The Birds

by Deborah on April 5, 2015

Sage Grouse

Sage Grouse












I began drawing Grassland Birds in the new year when I heard a report on the radio about a Grouse in the west that is in serious decline. The funding for it’s habitat restoration was removed in a one sentence move in a 1600 page budget passed by Congress… while I was saying to my self “they did what?” The speaker went on to say many grassland birds populations are in decline, like the Meadow Lark. Shock to me. This is a common bird. What are we doing?

So that’s where I am.  Spreading the news: Common Birds are leaving. What then should we do?

I know we can have a positive effect once we pay attention. When I was a child it was uncommon to see an Eagle. Earth Day came from those paying attention to the fact we live in the world that is a set of interlocking beautiful complicated systems that we effect. We changed some of our pesticide practices, looked at habitat degradation and decided we could act, and I see Eagles by the river in the city where I live.

I’m looking for  people who have been noticing the decline of grassland birds for a while and figuring out how I can be of use.

I draw these common birds of my Midwestern childhood and extraordinary fellows like the Sage Grouse above and look for partners who care. Please come have a look at my Meadow Lark Wall on Earth Day! For details for the Earth Day Show click the bird below.

Meadow Lark Deborah Foutch

Meadow Lark


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The Path

by Deborah on March 14, 2015

Cedar River Charles City Ia

Sun Light In Water

I have 2 bodies of work underway. It took a break from winter, my routine, & from thinking ahead, to see the connections present in the work I was producing. The fiber series began with the soil pieces I composed after my father’s death. I began just thinking about roots. That led to engaging the rich systems that are soil. Thinking about soil leads to water. In reading about earth’s waters the resonating chamber that lives somewhere between my heart and mind & tells me I am on the right art path is positively thrumming. Earth’s Waters are older than the Sun!! More about that in subsequent posts.

Earth's water's underway

Earth’s water’s underway



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Thank You for a good year.

by Deborah on December 20, 2014

fabric water

The Water Under Ground

The Water Underground
My gift to you.
Thank you to all of you who have encouraged and supported my work as an artist. Happy Solstice! Click on the image to get a printable size.

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Celebrate light in the restful dark of winter.

by Deborah on December 2, 2014

The green world has gone quiet or moved indoors in our northern home.

Sun hiding in the plants

Sun hiding in the plants

It felt like the green world left us really suddenly in early November this year. I feel like this calls for ART! Please let me show you what I know about the joys of the green, gold, dancing in the sunlight world. Maybe there is a bit of sunny day,  liquid water, and light dancing in the grasses you’d like to stand in front of …  If you stop by my studio you will find bits of it all over my walls.

Summer  Grass Dancing
Summer Grass Dancing

Come celebrate

light in the restful dark of winter.

Thurs. Dec 4 2014 5-9 pm

#303 Casket Arts Carriage House

mixed media fiber drawing 6 x 10 on paper embellished with fabrics





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by Deborah on November 3, 2014

This weekend I hope you will join me at the Autumn Open studio event at  the Casket Arts Carriage House called Caché  Nov. 7, 5-10 pm Nov.8 12-8pm,& Nov.9, 12-5pm

red grasses and rooted earth
Autumn Earth

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The gift of working with artists

by Deborah on October 22, 2014

Last Saturday we held the reception for the WARM Mentor Program 2013-14 session culminating exhibition: Beyond The Surface at the Bottling House 79 13th Ave NE Minneapolis MN. ( the work will continue at that venue until Oct. 31 please stop in and see this wonderful show.)

I have been a practicing artist for over 30 years and in this session I served as a mentor to 2 wonderful artists.  I was honored to be included in the exploration they took part in as they refined their goals and aspirations.  One of the bedrocks of my long art practice is the knowledge that the fear & excitement of new challenges is easier with encouragement and peers.

bedrock detail


I have been finding my peers through WARM since 1978, and in this session was privileged to work with Cara Sophia Tollefson and Danielle Edstrom.

As artists we know what we need. Sometimes we can get stuck on thinking we don’t know how to do something or we are afraid to act on a desire or a dream. I believe the way past that is to engage our curiosity, trust the creative process, take some small concrete actions that supports our larger dreams, and accept encouragement from our selves and trusted others. I have stood many times on the edge between wanting and doing. And the message I have for others in that place is, there is joy in taking the 1st steps, and there is also fear. Try and attach to the joy, and let yourself see what happens. Do beginners work and really pay attention to what you love in the process you are undertaking. That will keep you moving farther and longer in the action of committing to your creative urges. Practicing in your medium will deepen and hone your skills. You will find what you already have and acquire a language for expressing it.

So, my philosophy of mentoring is to engage these keystones: Trust the artist, and the creative urges we all have. Share the excitement of new challenges. Commit to the encouragement and praise we all need for the brave action of taking risks. Be honest about what you see working or not working and together look for why and where things fall short. Share knowledge of skills with an ear and eye open to the possibility of stretching them further with a fresh perspective. Stay open to new ideas.

Next session is coming up so,come Meet The Mentor.

“Meet the Mentor” events will take place at the NE Bank Bldg, 77 Broadway St. NE, in their Community Room on:
Thursday, Oct 23 from 6:30 to 9:00 pm w/the last 1/2 hr or so at the gallery to talk to prospective protegees
Saturday, Oct 25 from 9:30 am – 12:00 pm w/the last 1/2 hr or so at the gallery to talk to prospective protegees

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The Water Underground

by Deborah on October 7, 2014

fabric water

It was recently on the news that there are these vast shallow aquifers

buried deep under places in the earth that are desserts.

Ancient water that is not part of the ground water cycles

we learned about in our 6th grade earth science class.

This water sank deeper, it seeped slower through small ways

until it came to rest in stone and clay deep in the earth.

And if we find a way to drill down to it to use it…

we  will need to leave 6000 years or more for it to recharge.

Can we just know it’s there ?

The water deep under ground,

and listen for the lesson in time?

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State Fair

by Deborah on August 20, 2014

This is a detail of my fiber mixed media piece that was awarded 1st place for Fiber Art at he 2014 Mn State Fair! At the end of the show it will go to a new home!!

mixed media fiber art

Soil Horizon (detail)

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