“Flower Power” art installation Continues to Bloom at Yolo Art Center, Woodland, CA

My “Flower Power” outdoor art installation with handmade paper and seeds for wildflowers was installed at Yolo Arts Center, outside the Barn Gallery, on March 5, 2020, and it is continuing to bloom. These photos were taken on June 9, 2020 by curator Janice Purnell. This artwork is part of the exhibition of environmental artwork by 16 selected WEAD artist members (http://weadartists.org) and also contains indoor works in the Barn Gallery. Here is a link for the online exhibition: https://yoloarts.org/online-galleries/
The outdoor works in the exhibition are available for viewing at any time. The exhibition is scheduled to close on August 22, 2020.

Living Quilt for Newnan and Red Poppies Blooming Now featured in Newnan, GA newspaper


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Red Poppies blooming in the installation in May 2020

My Living Quilt for Newnan art installation created in August 2017 when I was an artist in residence at Newnan Art Rez is featured in an article by reporter Laurel Huster in today’s edition of the Newnan Times-Herald.
Here is the link to the article:
It is great to see the red poppies blooming there in my Newnan art installation, and I hope it continues to live and bloom for many years.

the finished Living Quilt for Newton on Sept. 1, 2017

Living Quilt Blooming Again this Spring in Newnan, Georgia


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In this time of the Coronavirus quarantine, it is great to see that my “Living Quilt for Newnan” art installation is blooming again this Spring, for its third season.  This artwork was installed August 29, 2017 on the grounds of the children’s museum in Newnan, Georgia.  Earlier this week I received some amazing photos by email from people in Newnan, and this time the flowers blooming from the “living quilt” are brilliant red poppies. These beautiful red flowers are certainly a bright sign in these dark days of the virus. 

The red poppies in my Newnan art installation came from some pretty special vintage seeds!  The red poppy seeds that I included in the quilt were some that a distant relative of mine who lives in Newnan (Pick Parks) had stored in his freezer for over 20 years.  He gave me the seeds when I was in Newnan for my artist in residency project at Newnan Art Rez (www.newnanartists.org). Pick told me that his father had saved the poppy seeds over the years, and that his father was originally given the seeds by a Mr. Smith in Newnan.  Pick said that his father loved the red poppies and planted them all over their fields every year and saved the seeds.  Pick’s father passed on a few years ago, and Pick was happy to have these seeds used in my “Living Quilt for Newnan” art project.  When Pick gave me the envelope of red poppy seeds that he took from his freezer, none of us knew if the seeds would really germinate or not, but I put all of the seeds he gave me into the red parts of the Newnan “living quilt”.  It is wonderful to see them blooming there so profusely this Spring, and the people in Newnan plan to save the seeds from these poppies so that they can continue bringing joy. 

These photos of the red poppies were taken by Bette Hickman and Beth Neely in Newnan the first week in May 2020.


The photos below show how the Living Quilt for Newnan looked when it was installed on August 29, 2017.  I chose a house motif for the Newnan quilt design because Newnan is known as the “city of homes” and famous for many beautiful antebellum homes.  The quilt was made with handmade paper and had seeds for wildflowers in the pulp in the same colors and patterns.  In 2018 and 2019 other wildflowers in other colors appeared along with a few red poppies, but this year it is great to see such a profusion of red poppies. It shows us nature’s powers of rejuvenation, and that Nature just continues on in spite of what we do.    

the finished quilt installation Aug. 29, 2017 in Newnan, GA

“Flower Power” installation is Growing at Yolo Arts in Woodland, CA

My outdoor installation “Flower Power” for the Women Eco Artists Dialog (WEAD) exhibition at Yolo Arts (Gibson House) in Woodland, California, is changing and growing and should have some blooming wildflowers in a few more weeks. The installation consists of handmade paper “guns” with wildflower seeds in the pulp to sprout, grow and over time transform the “guns” into living blooming wildflowers. I used dyed abaca pulp and blue jean pulp with wildflower seeds for flowers in the same colors, and I formed the various gun shapes with stencils. Today, Janice Purnell, Creative Director at Yolo Arts, placed 4 more “guns” that I sent to her by mail on the ground in the installation, and she also took these photos today (April 26) to show the wildflowers growing from the initial installation that was done on March 5 just before the “shelter in place” directive for the Coronavirus.

In these photos you can see the small green plants, especially the distinct foliage of California golden poppies. There are also other wildflowers in red, blue, yellow and white in the installation. It is great to see the flowers growing and hope to see blooms in a few more weeks, totally transforming these “guns” into flowers.  This exhibition will remain on view through August, and it is online only for now. Galleries are closed because of the Coronavirus, but neighbors can walk around the grounds of the Gibson House and see the outdoor installations keeping social distancing and wearing masks .

Here is a link to the online exhibition: https://yoloarts.org/online-galleries/

The exhibition at Yolo Arts Barn Gallery at the Gibson House in Woodland has artworks by selected WEAD (www.weadartists.org) members that focus on the environment. There are indoor pieces as well as several outdoor installations on the grounds. I also have an indoor installation (California Delta Rivers) in this exhibition.

Thank you to Janice and the groundskeeper at the Gibson House for taking good care of the outdoor installation and for taking photos to document the changes. We did have some trouble at the beginning of this installation I call “Flower Power” with critters digging in the flower box and maybe trying to eat the paper pulp, the tiny plants or the seeds! With theses outdoor installations meant to change over time with Nature as a partner, you never know exactly what will happen, and that is one of the exciting things that keeps it interesting.

Living Quilt for Santa Rosa blooming again!


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Today my husband Tim and I went by the site of my Living Quilt for Santa Rosa installation at Rincon Ridge Park in the Fountaingrove area of Santa Rosa, CA. This public artwork was supported by a grant from the City of Santa Rosa as part of a call to artists to respond to the devastating wildfires of October 2017. It was great to see this evidence of the regenerative powers of nature and rejoice in the bright golden poppies, white linen poppies and small blue forget-me-nots and white allysium blooms.

These photos taken by my husband Timothy S. Allen show the art installation on April 13, 2020.  It is great to see this artwork surviving and thriving in these difficult times.

Here is a link to a youtube slide show about the artwork: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6rfH104j92o
The video shows this artwork in all its phases as the handmade paper quilt with seeds for wildflowers in the pulp changes over time into a living bloom wildflower bed.

The headboard and footboard for the “bed” that was woven with trimmed tree branches, has blown over and been repaired and set back in place two different times after it blew down in storms with 70 mph+winds. Go out when you can to see the flowers in your neighborhood. 

“Flower Power” Installation at Yolo Arts, Woodland, CA, coming to life!


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The photo below shows my art installation”Flower Power” at Yolo Arts in Woodland, CA, on April 6, 2020,and the photo below shows the artwork as installed on March 5, 2020.  This installation is meant to change over time with the handmade paper “guns” having seeds for wildflowers in the pulp and transforming the guns into flowers.  It’s great to see the power of Nature and signs of Spring and hope in these difficult times.  This artwork was installed just before we all were quarantined with the Coronavirus pandemic in California.  My outdoor installation for this exhibition of eco-artworks by selected WEAD members is part of an exhibition at the Barn Gallery, Yolo Arts, Woodland, CA, and will be on view indefinitely.  There are also links online to see the show virtually.  It is great to get the photos and thanks to Janice Purnell, Curator and Creative Director at Yolo Arts.  Here is the link to see the show online: https://yoloarts.org/online-galleries/


Exhibition Opening at Yolo Arts, Woodland, CA on Thursday, March 12, 5:30-8PM


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Hope you can come to the opening of this group exhibition in Woodland, CA, where I will have two installations featured:
One is an indoor site specific installation of my “California Delta Rivers” first created in 2013 and re-configured to make a wall drawing installation for this exhibition focused on the water resources in northern CA. The work is made with handmade paper and cotton threads and pulp is dyed with fiber reactive dyes. Here is a photo of California Delta Rivers as installed at the Barn Gallery in Woodland.

I also have an outdoor installation in this exhibition. My “Flower Power” installation consists of many handmade paper “guns” with seeds for wildflowers in the pulp that will transform the “guns” over time into living blooming wildflowers. This installation is place in a prepared raised bed just outside the Barn Gallery, and focuses on using nature as a partner and the regenerative power of nature. The handmade paper will dissolve as mulch to nourish the earth and the seeds sprout and grow into blooming wildflowers. Here is a photo of “Flower Power” when it was first installed outside the Barn Gallery in Woodland.

My works are part of the group exhibition Women Eco Artists Dialog: The Legacy of Jo Hanson, at Yolo Arts, the Barn Gallery 512 Gibson Rd., Woodland, CA. The exhibition will be on view through June 18, 2020 and features works about environmental issues by selected WEAD artists:  Jane Ingram Allen, Krista Anandakuttan, Angela Gonzalez, Maria Paz Gutierrez, Cynthia Jensen, Elizabeth Kenneday-Corathers, Judith Selby Lang, Isabella La Rocca, Linda MacDonald, Carol Newborg, Lisa Reindorf, Lorna Stevens, Michelle Waters, Melissa West, Tammy West, and Mary Bayard White.  See the Yolo Arts website at http://www.yoloarts.org for more information and gallery hours.

Participating in Exhibition of EcoArt Installations at Yolo Arts in Woodland, CA, March 12 – June 18, 2020


California Delta Rivers, Jane Ingram Allen

Flower Power (outdoor installation), Jane Ingram Allen

An exhibition of environmental art curated from the WEAD directory in celebration of 100 years of women’s right to vote in the United States.

March 12, 2020
5:30 PM – 8:00 PM
YoloArts, Woodland CA

YoloArts and Women Eco Artists Dialog (WEAD) present this exhibition of eco art created by sixteen artists from Northern California and across the country. These featured works are curated from WEAD’s member artists and address significant environmental issues of our time from the impact of climate change, to stewardship of the land, and the preservation of biodiversity.

Exhibiting Artists:
Jane Ingram Allen, Krista Anandakuttan, Angela Gonzalez, Maria Paz Gutierrez, Cynthia Jensen, Elizabeth Kenneday-Corathers, Judith Selby Lang, Isabella La Rocca, Linda MacDonald, Carol Newborg, Lisa Reindorf, Lorna Stevens, Michelle Waters, Melissa West, Tammy West, and Mary Bayard White

The Barn Gallery
512 Gibson Road
Woodland, CA 95695

Gallery Hours: Wed, Thurs 1-4pm | every other Sat 1-4pm
(visit http://www.yoloarts.org for more information)


I am happy to announce that I have been selected for the City of Sacramento’s new Artist-in-Residence Program in Spring 2020. I will be working with community participants to create an outdoor public art installation at Sojourner Truth Community Garden in the Green Haven Pocket area of Sacramento. My project will begin in March, 2020, and the schedule of activities and other information and continuing photos of the project will be posted on this Blog.

Sacramento AIR, the City’s new Artists-in-Residence pilot program, is a collaboration between Sacramento Metro Arts and the Department of Youth, Parks & Community Enrichment. Nine artists have been chosen to work together with City staff and communities to co-design a residency that will culminate in at least eight distinct projects, one in each city council district. Sacramento AIR is designed for artists and communities to collaborate at the intersection of community building and art, exploring and reframing the ways in which we use our public space and the interactions that take place there. Artists will be in residence for five to six months, activating community centers, community gardens, and the 28th and B Skate Park. Residencies will include drumming, spoken word, visual arts, hip hop, technology, environmental art, music and theater, and be tailored to children, youth adults, and/or seniors, depending on the interests and needs of the community center. Each residency will conclude with an onsite celebratory event, which can take the form of a performance, exhibition, project unveiling or community festival.

The Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission website at http://www.sacmetroarts.org/Programs/Sacramento-AIR will also have additional information about the AIR program and my work in the Sojourner Truth Community Garden.

Here is the blurb from the Sacramento Metro Arts website about my artwork

Jane makes art that is in harmony with nature and encourages public awareness of environmental and social issues by involving people as participants and partners in the process. She uses all natural and biodegradable materials such as handmade paper she makes from local plant waste materials and local seeds to produce continually evolving artworks. Over time the handmade paper dissolves as compost to nourish the earth, and the seeds sprout and grow to produce food and habitat for wildlife. The sculptural structures last for years until they too disappear as compost. She sets up a working papermaking studio and works with people in the community to design an art installation that suits the place and time and with suggestions and sketches from the community participants. She will work with the gardeners at Sojourner Truth Community Garden to choose the flower seeds to use in the art project according to the colors and type of wildflowers that will be easy to grow in this place and get advice from the local gardeners about growing conditions and requirements.

This photo shows my sculpture installation “Living Quilt for Santa Rosa” installed at Rincon Ridge Park in Santa Rosa in November 2018 with a grant from the City of Santa Rosa.

2020 Upcoming Exhibitions and News


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Happy New Year and Happy New Decade to all of you! I am happy to be in a new house in Santa Rosa and to have a new studio space in our garage at 5017 Maiden Lane, Santa Rosa, CA 95409. Look for announcements in a few weeks about workshops and classes in hand papermaking at my new studio.

I am also happy to announce the following upcoming exhibitions in 2020:

Exhibition Title: Assemblage, 20 Years of Environmental Art at the Schuylkill Center, an invitational exhibition of works by former Artists-in-Residence and artists who have exhibited at Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education, Philadelphia, PA, curated by Christina Catanese, Director of Environmental Art. I was the first artist-in-residence at the Schuylkill Center in 2001 with a grant from the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, and I will exhibit “Schuylkill Center Trail Map” made with handmade paper from plants of Schuylkill during the residency and also documentation of my recent work “Living Quilt for Santa Rosa” 2018 that was influenced by the work I did at Schuylkill using paper pulp with seeds for wildlfowers in the pulp to change and grow over time. Check these sites for more information about the exhibition: http://www.schuylkillcenter.org/art?ha_exhibit=assemblage and http://www.schuylkillcenter.org/blog/event/20-years-of-environmental-art-at-the-schuylkill-center-opening-reception/

Dates: January 30 – March 21, 2020, Opening Reception Jan. 30, 7-9 pm

Where: Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education, 8480 Hagy’s Mill Rd., Philadelphia, PA 19120

Exhibition Title: Women’s Eco Artist Dialog: The Legacy of Jo Hanson, an invitational group exhibition of environmental artworks by members of WEAD (www.weadartists.org), curated by Janice Purnell, Creative Director, Yolo Arts. I will exhibit a new site-specific configuration of my installation “California Delta Rivers” made of handmade paper, seeds and string that highlights the importance of Northern California’s water resources.

Dates: March 12 – June 18, 2020

Where: Yolo Arts, The Barn Gallery, Woodland CA (https://yoloarts.org/the-barn-gallery/)

Exhibition Title: A Conversation with Paper, an invitational exhibition of handmade paper artworks by 18 selected members of IAPMA, international association of hand papermaking artists, curated by Jacqueline Mallegni and Deborah Fritz. I will exhibit a selection of my mixed media suspended two-sided handmade paper “site maps” created at various residencies in the US and other countries and made from materials collected in that place and time.

Dates: April 24-May 29, 2020

Where: GalleryFRITZ, Santa Fe, NM (https://www.galleryfritz.com)

Exhibition title: Labor-Natur (Laboratory of Nature), an invitational 3-person exhibition of artworks reflecting an artistic approach to scientific methods and examining questions about nature and the confrontation with our planet Earth at Haus zur Glocke, Steckborn, Switzerland, curated by Judit Villager, Curator, Haus zur Glocke (https://www.hauszurglocke.ch/home/). I will exhibit a selection of my handmade paper “site maps” created with handmade paper from plants of each place and reflecting my experimentation with over 200 plants for hand papermaking in projects around the world.

Dates: Nov. 21 – Dec. 12, 2020. Opening Reception Nov. 21, 5-8pm. Jane will attend the opening and give a talk about her work. Jane will be in Steckborn, Switzerland, from Nov 15 – 22, 2020, to install her works and to plan for an artist in residency project with Haus zur Glocke and a public art installation in Spring 2021.

Where: Haus zur Glocke, Steckborn, Switzerland