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  • S.Dot Gallery is pleased to present "You Don't Have to Eat the Whole Whale : works by Kate Menke and Mindy Staley"

  • Wow! Looks like a jam packed show! Lets meet our artists!

  • Our artists K. and M. hard at work collaborating. Lets hear a little more of their story.

  • "During the summer of 2014, long time friends, Kate Menke and Mindy Staley participated in a workshop for teachers held at C.C.A.D which transformed their friendship and artmaking forever. Both Kate and Mindy wore many hats in their daily lives including Art Educators and mothers but up until that moment they struggled with how find the time and energy to be artists too. The spark that would transform the pair of teachers into artists came from Cat Sheridan. She read a poem, Melinda Mae by Shel Silverstein, in which a young girl sets out to eat an entire whale and does it in spite of naysayers and the fact it took her till she was 89 years old to complete the task. Bit by bit Melinda Mae got it done. Cat also shared the idea of a Creative Habit, that a person must practice every day if they want to be great at something. During the week Mindy and Kate were asked to complete a small work of art every day and post it online. What had seemed out of reach, now with less than an hour of work a day,bit by bit, Kate and Mindy had found a way to become artists. Then they met Stephanie Rond, who put the icing on the cake. She reminded them that artists need to have rhinoceros tough skin to persevere through judgment, and shine with esteem. She said “if I’m not doing one thing that scares me every day I’m not living.” Her words helped the pair to understand that fear, rejection, vulnerability is the flip side of the magical, almost spiritual, experience of creating art. By the end of the week, Kate and Mindy decided to take the plunge and commit to their first gallery show at S.Dot Gallery. They came to the realization that they didn’t have to eat the whole whale. Toughing up, working bit by bit every day at their craft and supporting each other was the key. This exhibit is the result of a year long journey of a pair of friends learning how to be artists."

  • What a beautiful friendship K. and M. have, and Cat and Stephanie are completely honored to be apart of their journey. Now...Lets get to some art looking!

  • We are so excited we can hardly stand it!

  • K. and M. works looks amazing!

  • M.Staley Rhino with Black Bird acrylic on paper, 2015 $22

  • M.Staley Rhino with Gold Bird (middle) acrylic on paper, 2015 $22

  • M.Staley Rhino with Red Bird (bottom) acrylic on paper, 2015 $22

  • K.Menke Shot Through the Heart porcelain, stain, glaze, 2015 $30

  • M.Staley Hello Rhino acrylic on canvas, 2015 $28

  • M.Staley Solid Rhino ceramic, 2015 $55

  • Just like Rhinos and birds, these two artists work really sings together!

  • M.Staley Brick Wall Rhino acrylic on canvas, 2015 NFS - S.Dot Permanent Collection

  • M.Staley Up Close Rhino acrylic on canvas, 2015 $12

  • K. Menke After Woodrow #1 (left) acrylic on canvas, 2015 $25 K. Menke After Woodrow #2 (middle) acrylic on canvas, 2015 $25 K. Menke After Woodrow #3 (right) acrylic on canvas, 2015 $25

  • Oh Dot! Don't be scared!

  • A shout out to Lisa McLymont for the beautiful copper swing!

  • Let's see if the director is in today?

  • It appears she has turned into a little birdie?

  • Dorrie is good at working crowd control duty.

  • K.Menke The Flock porcelain, stain, 2015 $30 (for all 40)

  • Dot and Dorrie love having their picture painted teehee!

  • Dot, keeping it classy as always.

  • K.Menke Octupus porcelain, stain, glaze, 2015 $30

  • K.Menke 2 Cats acrylic on canvas, 2015 NFS- permanent collection S.Dot Gallery

  • K.Menke Through the Aspens porcelain, stain, glaze, 2015 NFS

  • M.Staley Rhino in the Clouds acrylic on canvas, 2015 $28

  • M.Staley South Beach Rhino acrylic on canvas, 2015 $35

  • Upstairs!

  • Very Nice! Birds, we see birds!

  • K.Menke Flying Red Bird acrylic on canvas, 2015 $25

  • K.Menke Momma acrylic on canvas, 2015 $25

  • K.Menke Egg acrylic on canvas, 2015 $25

  • K.Menke Me! Me! Me porcelain, stain, glaze, 2015 $30

  • K.Menke Watch Me acrylic on canvas, 2015 $25

  • Dot is particularly fond of the sculpture!

  • K.Menke Reaching for the Sun porcelain, stain, glaze, 2015 $30

  • K.Menke Love Skull acrylic on canvas, 2015 $25

  • K.Menke Red Flower acrylic on canvas, 2015 $25

  • K.Menke Tooth 1 (left) acrylic on canvas, 2015 $12 K.Menke Tooth 2 (right) acrylic on canvas, 2015 $12

  • K.Menke You Don't Have to Eat the Whole Whale acrylic on wood, 2015 $28

  • OH! WOW!

  • M.Staley Rhino in the Mist #1 acrylic on canvas, 2015 $38

  • M.Staley Rhino in the Mist #2 acrylic on canvas, 2015 $38

  • K.Menke The Murder porcelain, glaze, acrylic, 2015 $45

  • This room has waves of emotion!

  • Get it...waves...ocean scenes...heehee

  • M. Staley Fish Lips (left) acrylic on canvas, 2015 $28 M.Staley The Bridge (right) acrylic on canvas, 2015 $28

  • M.Staley You Don't Have to Eat the Whole Whale acrylic on wood, 2015 $28

  • M.Staley The Circle Wave acrylic on wood, 2015 $28

  • K.Menke Growth porcelain, underglaze, stain, acrylic, 2015 $30

  • hashtag winning!

  • M.Staley Gold Rhino acrylic on burlap, 2015 $35

  • M.Staley Silver Rhino acrylic on burlap, 2015 $35

  • M.Staley Bronze Rhino acrylic on ceramic, 2015 $35

  • M.Staley Tough Rhino acrylic on canvas 2015 $45

  • M.Staley Front Face Rhino (I got this) acrylic on canvas, 2015 $28

  • Thanks so much to K.Menke and M.Staley for sharing your artwork with us, we are all better for knowing you both. XO

  • S.Dot Gallery is pleased to present "You Don't Have to Eat the Whole Whale : works by Kate Menke and Mindy Staley"

  • Wow! Looks like a jam packed show! Lets meet our artists!

  • Our artists K. and M. hard at work collaborating. Lets hear a little more of their story.

  • "During the summer of 2014, long time friends, Kate Menke and Mindy Staley participated in a workshop for teachers held at C.C.A.D which transformed their friendship and artmaking forever. Both Kate and Mindy wore many hats in their daily lives including Art Educators and mothers but up until that moment they struggled with how find the time and energy to be artists too. The spark that would transform the pair of teachers into artists came from Cat Sheridan. She read a poem, Melinda Mae by Shel Silverstein, in which a young girl sets out to eat an entire whale and does it in spite of naysayers and the fact it took her till she was 89 years old to complete the task. Bit by bit Melinda Mae got it done. Cat also shared the idea of a Creative Habit, that a person must practice every day if they want to be great at something. During the week Mindy and Kate were asked to complete a small work of art every day and post it online. What had seemed out of reach, now with less than an hour of work a day,bit by bit, Kate and Mindy had found a way to become artists. Then they met Stephanie Rond, who put the icing on the cake. She reminded them that artists need to have rhinoceros tough skin to persevere through judgment, and shine with esteem. She said “if I’m not doing one thing that scares me every day I’m not living.” Her words helped the pair to understand that fear, rejection, vulnerability is the flip side of the magical, almost spiritual, experience of creating art. By the end of the week, Kate and Mindy decided to take the plunge and commit to their first gallery show at S.Dot Gallery. They came to the realization that they didn’t have to eat the whole whale. Toughing up, working bit by bit every day at their craft and supporting each other was the key. This exhibit is the result of a year long journey of a pair of friends learning how to be artists."

  • What a beautiful friendship K. and M. have, and Cat and Stephanie are completely honored to be apart of their journey. Now...Lets get to some art looking!

  • We are so excited we can hardly stand it!

  • K. and M. works looks amazing!

  • M.Staley Rhino with Black Bird acrylic on paper, 2015 $22

  • M.Staley Rhino with Gold Bird (middle) acrylic on paper, 2015 $22

  • M.Staley Rhino with Red Bird (bottom) acrylic on paper, 2015 $22

  • K.Menke Shot Through the Heart porcelain, stain, glaze, 2015 $30

  • M.Staley Hello Rhino acrylic on canvas, 2015 $28

  • M.Staley Solid Rhino ceramic, 2015 $55

  • Just like Rhinos and birds, these two artists work really sings together!

  • M.Staley Brick Wall Rhino acrylic on canvas, 2015 NFS - S.Dot Permanent Collection

  • M.Staley Up Close Rhino acrylic on canvas, 2015 $12

  • K. Menke After Woodrow #1 (left) acrylic on canvas, 2015 $25 K. Menke After Woodrow #2 (middle) acrylic on canvas, 2015 $25 K. Menke After Woodrow #3 (right) acrylic on canvas, 2015 $25

  • Oh Dot! Don't be scared!

  • A shout out to Lisa McLymont for the beautiful copper swing!

  • Let's see if the director is in today?

  • It appears she has turned into a little birdie?

  • Dorrie is good at working crowd control duty.

  • K.Menke The Flock porcelain, stain, 2015 $30 (for all 40)

  • Dot and Dorrie love having their picture painted teehee!

  • Dot, keeping it classy as always.

  • K.Menke Octupus porcelain, stain, glaze, 2015 $30

  • K.Menke 2 Cats acrylic on canvas, 2015 NFS- permanent collection S.Dot Gallery

  • K.Menke Through the Aspens porcelain, stain, glaze, 2015 NFS

  • M.Staley Rhino in the Clouds acrylic on canvas, 2015 $28

  • M.Staley South Beach Rhino acrylic on canvas, 2015 $35

  • Upstairs!

  • Very Nice! Birds, we see birds!

  • K.Menke Flying Red Bird acrylic on canvas, 2015 $25

  • K.Menke Momma acrylic on canvas, 2015 $25

  • K.Menke Egg acrylic on canvas, 2015 $25

  • K.Menke Me! Me! Me porcelain, stain, glaze, 2015 $30

  • K.Menke Watch Me acrylic on canvas, 2015 $25

  • Dot is particularly fond of the sculpture!

  • K.Menke Reaching for the Sun porcelain, stain, glaze, 2015 $30

  • K.Menke Love Skull acrylic on canvas, 2015 $25

  • K.Menke Red Flower acrylic on canvas, 2015 $25

  • K.Menke Tooth 1 (left) acrylic on canvas, 2015 $12 K.Menke Tooth 2 (right) acrylic on canvas, 2015 $12

  • K.Menke You Don't Have to Eat the Whole Whale acrylic on wood, 2015 $28

  • OH! WOW!

  • M.Staley Rhino in the Mist #1 acrylic on canvas, 2015 $38

  • M.Staley Rhino in the Mist #2 acrylic on canvas, 2015 $38

  • K.Menke The Murder porcelain, glaze, acrylic, 2015 $45

  • This room has waves of emotion!

  • Get it...waves...ocean scenes...heehee

  • M. Staley Fish Lips (left) acrylic on canvas, 2015 $28 M.Staley The Bridge (right) acrylic on canvas, 2015 $28

  • M.Staley You Don't Have to Eat the Whole Whale acrylic on wood, 2015 $28

  • M.Staley The Circle Wave acrylic on wood, 2015 $28

  • K.Menke Growth porcelain, underglaze, stain, acrylic, 2015 $30

  • hashtag winning!

  • M.Staley Gold Rhino acrylic on burlap, 2015 $35

  • M.Staley Silver Rhino acrylic on burlap, 2015 $35

  • M.Staley Bronze Rhino acrylic on ceramic, 2015 $35

  • M.Staley Tough Rhino acrylic on canvas 2015 $45

  • M.Staley Front Face Rhino (I got this) acrylic on canvas, 2015 $28

  • Thanks so much to K.Menke and M.Staley for sharing your artwork with us, we are all better for knowing you both. XO