carving, sculpting, printmaking, paper decorating, needle arts, graphic design, puppetry (both constructing and performing,) and written prose and poetry. Since the 1980's, she's put it all under the heading of “Letter Arts.” In 1981 or 2, Ann helped start the Dayton “Guild of theGolden Quill.” Many “Traveling Teachers, came and taught at the guild. “That was really my education in calligraphy. If you are really serious about Calligraphy you have to practice.” And all those workshops provided much fuel for Ann's love of writing.
of her ideas for her art come from literature, Ann smiles and says“I have a wide ranging mind.” Corrine and I had the pleasure to see some of the places that her mind ranges. She showed us a very large, very beautiful book that she had made about Leonard Bernstein's “Mass.” Her book followed the play, it is like being at the theater and seeing the piece. The curtains slowly open, the scenes play out on each page, with color and words and paper art, envelopes and letters, even a paper celebrant that you can remove from the book. It came through her. She made it in an intense 3 weeks.
Ann was commissioned by the Marian Library, to do all the words of Mary. It's now a traveling exhibit called “Our Lady Calligraphed.” Ann felt that “It came through me. I didn't generate it, I just executed it.”
every time she wants to find a quote for something she must go through them all. As she reads, it gives her time to muse and let new thoughts come together.