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damuse is in dahood: heller gallery visit

I’ve been in NYC for a few weeks, staying with my daughter and her family as I seek answers to a health issue that came about suddenly last July and never went away (see below).

susan taylor glasgow

Susan Taylor Glasgow (click to enlarge)

In between doctor appointments and medical tests, I felt well enough today for a short walk to the Heller Gallery to see Susan Taylor Glasgow’s solo show, Couture du Verre. Hard to pick a favorite piece in this exhibit. . .the sewn glass bras, corsets, shoes, hats and pocketbooks are all beautiful. Some are reminiscent of a time gone by, others feel lighthearted – almost whimsical, all are replete with lovely details (like “Shhhhhh” on the heel of the shoe below).

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Detail of the shoe above. Shhhhhhhh. . .

As if that wasn’t enough eye candy, the first thing that struck me as I walked into the gallery was a wall of Marc Petrovic’s birds – they are truly breathtaking. The back room didn’t disappoint either – that’s where I found three fabulous pieces by Christina Bothwell and Steffen Dam’s incredible Cabinet of Curiosities (WOW!). There was much more. . .too much for a post. You MUST visit.

christina bothwell

Christina Bothwell

marc petrovic

Marc Petrovic

marc petrovic wall of birds

 Marc Petrovic’s birds (click to enlarge)

steffen dam's cabinet of curiosity

 Steffen Dam’s Cabinet of Curiosities (click to enlarge)

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Steffen Dam, detail

I left the gallery smiling – it was delightful to see so much wonderful art in one place. The next time you are in NYC do go visit the Heller Gallery. For 4 decades they have been instrumental in showing stellar glass art – you won’t be disappointed. Many thanks to Bob Roberts, who kindly allowed me to take pictures of the art work. If you click on my photographs you can enlarge most of the images.

Heller Gallery – many more images of Susan Taylor Glasgow’s exhibit

Previous post about Marc Petrovic on DAM

Previous post about Susan Taylor Glasgow on DAM

Previous post about Christina Bothwell on DAM

Steffen Dam’s website – Wow, wow, WOW!

damuse is in dahood (nyc)

Yup. I’m here in NYC until further notice. Could be another week, could be another month. I thought it was time to let you know what’s going on, because for several years my posts on DAM were consistent – five days a week – usually at the same time each day, but that’s not what’s been happening for the last 8 months. And some of you are annoyed. Others are concerned. I thought is was time to let you know what’s going on with daMuse.

So what IS going on? The short story is that I either had food poisoning or a virus in early July (the doctors could not tell me which it was) and landed in the hospital. My body has been rejecting food ever since. Lots of food – most food – resulting in three more trips to the hospital, lots of tests and no answers. Months of one step forward and two steps back. I became quite ill again three weeks ago and realized it was time to find new doctors, so here I am. In NYC. Working with new doctors. Many things have now been ruled out, but we still don’t know what is going on.

Like anyone else, I have good days and bad days. I am thankful that this week there have been more good days than bad days – I’d like it to stay that way! I’m feisty. I smile more than I frown. I laugh more than I cry. I am positive more than I am negative. I am still daMuse. That hasn’t changed.

What has changed is that my priorities shifted over the last several months. It has been necessary for me to concentrate on restoring my health and continuing to build/maintain my business. I teach online classes and mentor private students in WordPress (my business). I post on DAM as often as I can (my labor of love) and work on new projects that recharge my muse (yes, I was sick the entire time I collected debris for the Peace by Piece project – I told you I was feisty!). Right now part of each day is also spent seeking answers to this mysterious illness. The silver lining? While I am in NYC I get to spend time with my sweet Sofia, who is now 10 weeks old and is surely the best medicine for me. The.Best.Medicine.

So that’s what’s going on. Thank you for your patience. I’m a big believer in the power of collective thoughts, energy and prayer. I am reaching out, asking you to send positive energy my way so that I can embrace it and be uplifted as I continue my journey back to health. I am, as always, deeply grateful for the gift each and every one of you are to me.

Many, many thanks.




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30 Responses to damuse is in dahood: heller gallery visit

  1. I found DAM sometime last year and I really enjoy checking in and spending some time looking at the work. I see you have already had some good wishes for your recovery from Ireland. There are even more of us here who will be thinking of you and wishing you well SOON.
    Tog go bog e!

  2. Dear Susan, I am chiming in with all the other healing energy that celebrates who you are and how much of yourself you have shared in so many ways thru DAM. I can’t put into words how much the discovery of your website has sparked hope and tremendous inspiration in my own artistic journey, and given me healing on some very deep levels. I am so grateful for all that you have already shared, and am thankful you had the courage to share this new part of your journey with your readers. The love and gratitude felt for you is palpable, and I hope it brings much calm, courage, energy, love, and healing to you in these difficult times. And I am so glad you are able to soak up your daughter and new beautiful Sophia. Many Hugs, Michell

  3. Many, many thanks to all of you for your kind words, healing energy, well-wishes and suggestions. I have received dozens of emails in addition to all of your comments here and on Facebook.


    My tribe has embraced me and it feels DAM good!

    I will post as often as I can given the circumstances. I am deeply grateful for your patience and understanding.


  4. You’ve spent years adding joy and beauty to the daily lives of uncountable people. I visualize a large mirror in the universe reflecting all of that positivity back into all that is you. May that energy heal you, and bring you abundance and joy.

    With gratitude, amen.

    PS: I love the Heller Gallery post. :^)

  5. Hi Susan,
    Sending you lots of green energy across the Atlantic from Ireland and best wishes for a speedy recovery from this very taxing ,and not nice at all health issue you’re grappling with.. Wear that feisty attitude like an armour,most especially inside the consultation rooms of the new Doc’s!
    Pauline xo

  6. Health is precious. We forget it when we are well. It’s still very important to take care of ourself. Do so with joy ! We can allways go look in the archives while you discover the mystery of your body.
    Take care!

  7. Dear Muse (as you are to so many of us!)

    I feel sure that the joy, excitement, and inspiration you have shared with so many of us will be returned to you 10-fold with all our own wishes for your speedy recovery.

    I hope you are out and about and enjoying good health very soon.

    Leslie Grigsby

  8. Dear Susan, I am so sorry to hear of your troubles. I know how frustrating having a non-diagnosed health issue can be. I am hoping for a quick resolution to this obstacle and am sending healing thoughts yours way. Sofia is a Godsend and I am sure she makes the bad days more tenable.

  9. Susan, I know so many of us hold you in deep gratitude and affection for all that your efforts in sharing beautiful inspiring art have brought into our lives. I also know that now that you have bravely shared with us your health challenges all that good will will be coming back to you in deep and healing ways. May you feel that every day and may it help carry you through this difficult time.

  10. I would have never known…

    You responded to my email so quickly today. You did a wonderful webinar Sunday. You really are a trooper!

    Thank you for all that you do.

    Kind thoughts and a speedy recovery.

    Bless you,

  11. Susan, thank you for introducing me to so much wonderful, inspirational art and artists. I look forward to your posts and they bring me great joy. Sending you healing thoughts and wishes for a speedy and uneventful recovery.

  12. hugs and a bundle of positivity to you from me, you have sent me so many beautiful images for inspiration and I am happy to be able to give you the smallest bit back with my best wishes for a speedy recovery.

  13. Dear, dear Susan,
    You have brought such joy into my life, objects of beauty and imagination, which I might never have discovered without you.

    Discovery is what you are about, what makes you the special person you are. You will find the answers. While I know there is much to see and enjoy in NYC, loving, smiling and holding Sofia is even better.

    Thank you for letting us know how you are.

  14. Susan, thank you for letting us know what you are struggling with so we can participate energetically in your healing process . I will be holding you in my thoughts and wishing the best outcome for you. As someone who has dealt with chronic illness for many years, with baffling unexplained symptoms, I have come to the conclusion that the most maddening thing is to not know. May you find answers and solutions….and soon!

  15. Susan, I send you much love and sunshine along with healing thoughts. This is a terrible situation to find yourself in and I hope it is all over with soon. In the meantime, enjoy Sophia and get better:O)

  16. Sending healing thoughts to you Susan. Have you been checked for H-Pylori? A bacteria that attacks the stomach lining. Is easily healed with a combination of antibiotics.

  17. Dear Susan,
    CATCH! I just threw you a big ball of love, energy and healing. I’m hoping you get an accurate diagnosis soon so that you’ll get effective treatment.
    I LOVE the daily art muse. You have exposed me to so many inspirational artists and their beautiful works. Craft/art, it’s all the same to me. I look at your page everyday to see the incredible things people create. I don’t even notice how long it is between posts since I find when I take a 2nd, 3rd, 4th, etc look at the post, I always find something new and interesting about the work.
    So, please take to heal yourself and enjoy your granddaughter. I wish you recovery.
    A big fan, Susan K.

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