Marie Howell

Hi Elizabeth

I wanted to tell you that this morning I pulled out one of the cards I bought at the Beaded Lady workshop. It is the Priestess of Possibility card--I have been saving it for my best friend's birthday which is tomorrow. I already gave her another card from you as well which she totally LOVED. I'm excited to give that one to her--it is perfect. Thanks so much for sharing your incredidble light and gifts with the world. I have been viewing your new paintings on the constellation--they are beyond amazing. Your work is just inspiring and gorgeous. I love to just look at it--your use of color and design and EMBELISHMENT are fabulous. Thanks again for the workshop- I LOVE your work and would be honored to tell the world how incredible it is! I just checked out your shovel art--it is so fun! What a conversation starter. You have the most original idea

Hi Elizabeth,

Bill and I really enjoyed seeing you, Freddy, Tucker, your fabulous home, garden and art Saturday. You have created such an exciting environment - I think it is one of your best artworks, managing to be so many things to so many people, all at the same time. Transformative, magical, welcoming, warm, sparkling and timeless - reassuringly familiar and unexpectedly interesting - like the rest of your work, everything one could want it to be

Caroline Crystal and Bill Wilkins

Dear Elizabeth:

I can't tell you how much it meant to me to take your beaded lady workshop. It seems my spirit has awakened from some long sleep and it is because of you and Shiloh and your sharing hearts that I look forward to my creative journey inward where rainbow colors await and dreams are portals to wonder and delight."

Lynda Weir

Hi Elizabeth,

We are very pleased with ‘ Enchanted Garden’, witch Marja has send to us as a special gift from her. It arrived a couple off weeks ago. We placed the Enchanted Garden near our dinner table in the living. So, everyday we can enjoy when we have dinner. Through that we are some closer to our daughter Marja, she did make a really nice choice. Also it brings Marja closer to art, and that is a good thought. We think this is a wonderful peace off art. We wish you lots of success and inspiration to go on make people happy with your artworks.

Kind regards from Marja’s parents,
Pieter Bennenbroek Mariet Bennenbroek Gielen,

Alexander Calder,
Curator The Fine Art Center for East Africa, San Francisco

It was great to meet you last night and as I promised, I would share my thoughts on your art with you. My first reaction upon encountering your ornately decorated door today was immediate dismissal of it.

My first impression over no more than a second or two, recalled glitter-soaked, kitschy folk-art holding no appeal for me on those previous occasions I encountered them. I walked past it without a second thought, or shred of residual curiosity to see more.

However, because of its prominent, in-your-way placement within the gallery, I was forced to confront this work again later, and this time, something about it drew me in for a closer look. I am happy to say that my freshly stimulated curiosity was richly rewarded.

Upon my second viewing, it was obvious that whoever created this piece invested an extraordinary amount of time and creative energy in its making, and perhaps that alone justified a moment or two of my time, to see why. It wasn’t long before I realized I had been studying the door for many long minutes and at that point, I couldn’t pull my eyes from it. Wow – I remember remarking – there are myriad powerful things bursting forth from this work in the form of wisdom, struggle, triumph, acceptance, lasting personal vision, and discovery along an active and varied life path. I remember thinking: “whoever created this door has lived a life rich with wonder, pain, triumph, loss, separation, connection, insight, you-name-it – and they are demonstrating tremendous personal courage to share these things with complete strangers like me.” How fortunate, I realized, was I, to encounter and enjoy all of these precious, normally-secretive, “life jewels”, within a mere few minutes of seeing this work for the second, yet really the first, time.

Your work may have taken weeks or more to make, considering the extraordinary attention you have given to its details. However, it demonstrates that the sum-total of wisdom and experience from your entire life has been distilled and carefully placed into and upon this piece.

Despite my first impression of your “door”, I am happy to say – it was wrong. This work is unique: a stunning, profoundly rich, masterpiece – the work of a lifetime – literally. It stands in monumental testimony to a life filled with all the wonder, wisdom, pain, triumph and love one can have, and share. It represents art at its most powerful best, in my humble view.

Your other works proved no less rewarding to take in. As a sometimes-jaded seasoned art-viewer, I am happy to report that it was a thrill to see such sincere, powerful, original work. I commend your personal courage and talents and wish you well in your career. Our world becomes a greater place when measured by works as these.

I am honored and humbled to have experienced your art. It moved me, and that is a great thing for art to accomplish for anyone fortunate enough to view it.

With admiration and respect,
Alexander Calder,
Curator The Fine Art Center for East Africa, San Francisco