Allie is acclaimed as a patient and inspiring instructor for beginners and experienced beaders alike. She teaches beading techniques to individuals and groups in both private homes and community-based settings. Her training and experience as an Occupational Therapist makes it possible for her to customize classes to the diverse abilities of her students.
Allie hopes someday to combine her skills as an artist and Occupational Therapist to help people with disabilities in developing countries participate in and contribute to their communities' development of local arts and crafts businesses. She has taken a course in "Cardboard Carpentry", which uses specialized techniques for producing affordable adaptive furniture and assistive devices for people with disabilities. Cardboard Carpentry extended Allie's long-term interest in recycling or re-purposing paper and other fibers for functional as well as decorative use.
Allie blogs about her art and other things related to creativity that catch her interest.
Galleries and exhibitions:
The ArtShoppe at Midtown Global Market
Prior Lake Art Crawl (now Scott County Art Crawl)
- Founding organizer
- Created the initial website for this community event, which debuted in the Fall of 2009.
APW Gallery (New York)
Art Center of Estes Park (Colorado)
CMG Art Gallery (Oklahoma)
KORE Art Gallery (Kentucky)
Lillian by Design (Illinois)
Pea Island Gallery (North Carolina)
Pleasant View Art Gallery (Nebraska)
Pump House Regional Arts Center (Wisconsin)
Xanadu Gallery (Arizona)
Associations and Activities
Frequent volunteer for promotional events at the Minnesota State Fair and Walker Art Center.
Global Alliance for Arts & Health (formerly The Society for the Arts in Healthcare)
Invited to present on using paper to make beads