Goose Droppings

Glen Donley

When I think back, I can’t remember a time when I wasn’t interested in art. It even came to mind that when I was in second grade, the teacher let me model with clay during rest time, so that everyone could guess the name of the dinosaur I was creating.” Glen Donley takes a break in his studio, which has been converted from a woodshop, to a place where I see a wide variety of artwork in production. There are photographs in various stages of matting and framing, there are paintings, printers, several rough sketches, a unfinished sculpture, and a large, framed, crayon drawing, Glen points to a dog sitting in a chair, “that’s my dog, Jigsaw”.

For the most part, Glen is a self-taught artist in the world of painting, save for a brief time when he was 11, or so, years old, he received two years of individualized art instruction from a teacher in Long Beach, CA.  Glen tells me, “I explained to Mrs. Hall, that I wanted to oil paint, but she determined that I was too young and would have to use pencil and crayon. I was insulted and my sentence was for two we years, and she had a very deliberate path for, the three or four, of us, to follow. We were taught how to mix and blend colors with wax crayons, and two years later, we cycled around and oil painted the same pictures.”

“My interest in treating crayon as a “fine art”, partially comes as a response to an innocent challenge issued by Mrs. Hall all those years ago. When I complained about having to use crayons. She would say, Glen, if you were good enough, you could make crayon look like oil paint”. So, that is just what I enjoy doing. I started developing this crayon technique about 10 years ago. Come to First Friday and I’ll show you how.”

In his late 20’s, Glen became increasingly interested in composition, and fine art photograph. He was so interested, in fact, that he wrote a letter to acclaimed photographer, Ansel Adams, explaining that he was stretching to become a fine art photographer. “I never expected an answer, and I was shocked to find a letter of reply from one of Mr. Adam’s dark room professionals, inviting me to spend two weeks with them, both in, and out, of the darkroom, in San Francisco, and Yosemite. This lead me to a 40-year, love of Photography. What I took away from this instruction was advice to make an image that many can enjoy, not just a snapshot.” So, with that, I am also excited to show everyone some amazing, detailed, images of the recent eclipse at the October First Friday.” 

Glen fights with a fragile piece of tissue that is floating away from him. The tissue has a picture on it, so I had to ask what he was working on. He says, “there are so may new mediums that I want to try, something unique, something that might appeal to others, or something that you haven’t seen. When I get this right, he points at the tissue, I’ll show it to everyone. Lately, I’ve been working in several mediums and I’m thinking, hard, on ways to show the Olsen Barn, in ways that it hasn’t been shown before. I have some new oil paintings for First Friday. I wanted to show the Barn at night, in the day, under the Milky Way, just in a different way.”

“I also want to tell you how amazing it is to be associated with the Blue Goose. Not only are our artists great, they are all growing, branching out and trying new mediums, me included. This Gallery inspires me and we love to discuss art with our fellow artists and customers. If you have not been to the Goose, please come by and see us. I promise, you will not regret it.”

Will you keep on painting with crayons too? “Of course; I enjoy the challenge of this medium, and so many seem to enjoy it. I’m working on a new one now.



Eva Havelik


Eva has been a member of the Blue Goose Gallery since  it opened it's door in the fall of 2011, when her one time workshop teacher, Deb Groesser, invited her to join.  She currently serves as a member of the board.  Eva lives in Reno and also has a home at Lake Almanor where she totally enjoys the feeling of being so close to nature.  After she retired from her job at United Airlines she set about realizing her dream of learning how to paint in watercolor.

"I enrolled in a watercolor class at the University of Reno taught by Bob Morrison and I also attended a series of workshops in California and the State of Washington.  It so happened that for one of the workshops I attended in those days I did not have to travel at all.  It was taught right here in Reno by none other than a lady by the name of Deb Groesser.  Little did I know then that our paths will cross again in the future.   And so for some years I happily applied all my new knowledge to judge the proper ratio of the amount of paint versus water and continued to be amazed at the miracles that would/could happen on the white paper surface.  Since I lived so close to Lake Tahoe and was completely in awe of it's beauty, I painted a lot of it's scenery of rocks and water.

And then something unexpected happened.  During my ongoing quest for downsizing and simplifying I came across  a box in my closet full of papers I have been collecting and saving for a rainy day.  I decided now was the time to do something with them.

So I started arranging and rearranging and cutting and gluing some of these papers to a flat surface.  Today I make most of these papers myself by painting sheets of high end tissue papers with layers of acrylic paint.  The acrylic gives the tissue paper strength and body.  I also continue to use cuttings from various magazines, newsprint, and some bought papers.  My inspiration comes mainly from nature, whether I am sitting on my deck at Lake Almoner surrounded by a variety of trees and vocal birds,  or being on my porch in Reno where I am busy tending to my flowers.  A lot of time my cat just happens to wander into one of my pictures.

My work is colorful and whimsical and it is meant to amuse the viewer.  My biggest compliment comes when people tell me my pictures make them smile.

I feel privileged to be a member of a group of wonderful artists who display their work at the Goose.  We tend to inspire and encourage each other to produce our best work."



Gayle Bower


"I think I have been an artist since before I was born. I know I am probably stretching credulity, however, my mother was very artistic. She decorated using an Asian theme, and collected Asian artifacts. She must have passed this to me, through amniotic fluid,as I have always been interested in expressing myself in an artistic way. One of them, Asian. One of the many ways of expressing myself was to sew. Again, my mother’s teaching.  When I was about 15, I made a dress, a straight shift. This sounds like a classic pattern. It would have been had I not added the loose panels that hung from the back of the shoulders. When I walked  in downtown Sacramento I looked like the dress had wings and I was taking off to fly. People were staring at me. I thought it was because I looked fabulous. I didn’t realize until many years later that they were staring because the dress was bizarre. 
Inspirations from my art come from everywhere. The natural world, and the imaginary world. I love to see  different colors side by side or blended together. Colors and textures that one would not think could be  combined give me a particular pleasure. Trying to replicate a specific color is detective work that has it’s own joy attached to it. Much of my art is trial and error. Getting the lamps to be straight, making sure the electric is connected properly, trying different kinds of paper that won’t rip or are light enough that the light will shine through, but not so light that the bulb can be seen. I have learned how to use basic machinery without accidents, although one time I picked up a skill saw to cut a board for my husband, and instead, cut all the way up the front of my sweatshirt. This without cutting myself. A miracle. It took several years for my husband to let me use the tools without his supervision. Had to throw the sweatshirt away though. 
I have always been interested in trying out  different forms of art: knitting, weaving, bonsai, stained glass, mosaic tiling, building, decorating, drawing, and presently papier mache and lamp building, and rope bowls. 
When I began showing at the gallery I was creating papier mache objects. I loved that this art was often very hold things, to tell time, and to decorate walls, and boxes to hold special trinkets. 
My passion currently is making lamps using  paper and wood, rope bowls, and  my papier mache.  It is a joy to create the lamps  and see the way the light glows through the different papers. Some of the papers are embossed, some “lace” like and some colored using pressed flowers. Building these allows me to  use basic woodworkers machinery; drill press, chop saw, table saw, and other  tools. I feel like a big kid when I get to use these tools. The rope bowls utilize a lot of patience, and precision which I enjoy. The papier mache utilizes my wild side. Colors and shapes that are fun and interesting along with bowls that can be used for a variety of things.
I became involved in the Blue Goose at its inception. This was in 2011. What drew me to the Goose was the idea it would be a co-op, we would have different types of art, and we would work together in a family like atmosphere.  People would have a choice; how many pieces they wished to show, how many days they wished to work in the gallery.  Deb Groesser was our leader and inspiration. She helped us define our goals, and has been the driving force for the success of the gallery. The artists in the gallery continue, after 6 years, to support and encourage each other. We are a tight knit group that share in the joys of new art in the gallery and personal experiences we have created. We welcome new artists and continue to seek out people who have different ways of expressing themselves artistically. 
Part of being involved with the gallery is the joy that when asked by people if we show our work, we can say yes, and tell them about the Blue Goose. This is both exciting and confidence building. People coming into the gallery from out of town are often both stunned and delighted at the artwork in the gallery. They often remark at the incredible talent we have in the area. Those of us who are on duty in the gallery just nod and smile.


Jerri Lee Nielsen


Jerri Lee Nielsen has been a member of the Blue Goose family for just over a year now, and is loving every minute of it! She says it has been wonderful getting to know the other incredibly gifted artists, and she gains new inspiration every time she sets foot in the gallery.

Jerri Lee is primarily a landscape and wildlife photographer, though she's also called upon to  photograph people's special occasions and local events. Recently she was honored when one of her landscape photographs titled "Bride's Veil" was accepted into the General Collection of Professional Photographers of America's 2017 International Photographic Competition, alongside her wildlife photograph titled "American White Pelican" that was accepted in 2016. 

She started offering photography workshops this summer at the gallery, and enjoyed the experience so much that she plans to continue offering them next year. 

Jerri Lee also leads a local photowalk annually as part of Scott Kelby's WorldWide Photowalk. As this goes to press, there were over 10,000 people signed up to participate this year on Saturday, October 7 in over 800 locations worldwide. This event is free - for more information, visit

Jerri Lee is grateful to her family, friends, and countless people in the community who continually encourage and support her artistic journey. She hopes many of you are able to make it down to the Blue Goose Gallery for the final - and fabulous - "First Friday" event of 2017!



Terri Withrow

Terri was instrumental in getting the co-op off to a solid foundation, serving as volunteer manager, bookkeeper, and many other jobs for the first three years.  Many thanks to Terri for her dedication to the Blue Goose Co-operative!

 Here is Terri with her scarf creation in the spring scarf class.  Come to the show and see her jewelry creations and other surprises!

"Creativity has always surrounded me. As a very young child, I recall the materials and works of my Grandparents and extended family members. Wherever we happened to be, we used the natural materials around us to make things, both decorative and useful, always with an artistic flair.

I grew up having multiple “craft” projects always in process and eventually began making jewelry. When time allowed, I began taking watercolor classes from our local artist, Deb Groesser and some of her guest artists. I will never forget a comment (paraphrased) she made to her students in my very first class. Once you begin to “see” as an artist, you will have to be careful driving, because you will ‘see’ the world come alive in colors, light and shadows, shapes and textures. You will be so fascinated seeing this way that you will become easily distracted by it. No truer words were ever spoken. That evening driving home I realized what that meant…what an epiphany!......and I have never looked back! 

Every spare moment is dedicated to study and experimentation. Creating is a meditative and spiritual experience for me….I am lost to the world and time….There are so many mediums and materials with which to work that I have difficulty narrowing down my focus to ‘just a few’. So….I am a mixed-media, multi-media artist. I love the textural, layered work that can be accomplished using mixed-media. It can show a depth and meaning beyond a first glance. I am drawn to the spiritual, healing nature of art and study each day to find ways to imbue my work with those aspects.

I am very blessed and grateful to have so many dear friends in the art world, including those who are drawn to art for its own sake. I am one of those as well."

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