Accomplishments

Accomplishments

ACCOMPLISHMENTS
(Exhibiting, teaching, writing, performing, presenting, judging, publications, interviews, awards, media, etc.)

  • Published “My Mother’s Garden” adult coloring book. Oct., 2015
  • Facilitated monthly “Drum and Dance” (improv bellydance w/doumbek drumming), 2015.
  • Plays percussion and Native flute for meditations at Danville Yoga Center. 2014 – ongoing.
  • Studio visited by ArtSpace (art-centered community revitalization group, Roy Close, Anna Growcott) and Danville Regional Foundation (Ina Dixon, Elyse Jardine), for input regarding art spaces for artists. ’15
  • Published “Treasures from the Kukui Lagoon” (tiki drink/food recipes w/brief history of tiki lounges and exotica music), 2013
    Dawn's tiki drink and recipe book. Bellydance performance. Ready to teach drum class.
  • First bellydance instructor at Front Porch Fest, Stuart, VA. Sept. 2013
  • Taught “Fun, Not Fear” improv bellydance workshops (dance games for improv expression). 2013 – 14
  • “Oasis Elements” dance performance at Darbukastan Independence Days. 2013
  • Teaches bellydance at private studio and Yoga Center (2012 – ongoing)
  • Teaches Middle Eastern Rhythm Exploration (MEREkats) beginner doumbek classes. (2012 – ongoing)
  • Published “Madlenda’s Raqs al Sharqi Card Deck”, a practical tool for bellydancers. 2012 (sold out)
  • Member, Danville Fashion Team for “In Frame Visual Arts” mag. I6: bellydance; I7: steampunk, ’12
  • Presented “The Mural Process and Business”, Danville Art League at Museum of Fine Arts & History, ’11.
  • Honorary Member of the Danville Art League in exchange for presentations given to League.
  • heart2Hosted “Heart of the Arts” weekly live television program, 2011. Guests included Danville Symphony, Lee Sandstead of the Travel Channel’s “Art Attack”, Melissa Charles of Union Street Theatre (shown), Averett Theatre Department, tattooist Harry Aron, and other local artists and performers. The pilot episode aired on 5/11 and featured local artist, Deb Graham. Some episodes are viewable on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/eclecticdawn
  • Judged “Festivus” art show at Dan River Art Works, along with Kenneth Bond (Averett University) and BethAnn James (TV personality). 2011
  • Exhibiting member of Dan River Art Works (gallery). 2011
  • Returned to Madison, WI, to paint an additional ten murals at Little Explorers Pre-School (she painted 2000+ sq ft in 2007 —EDIT: also returned in 2015!). 7/2011 https://youtu.be/pdJtEyALx50
  • work11   At Little Explorers in Madison WI
  • Judged music entries of the Rockingham Co. Arts Festival, NC. 6/2011
  • Live TV interview (one hour): WMDV Southside Central/Bruce Hedrick. Interview was so well-received, she was asked to host her own weekly arts program. 5/18/11
    Dawn sharing silks during interview.   Airbrush presentation to the Art League   Second place winner!
  • Airbrush portrait of Rita Hayworth selected for cover of Danville Register Bee’s special issue, “It’s All About Her”. 5/2011
  • Interviewed by StarNews (tv) and WAKG (radio) for Art on Main. 5/2011
  • Exhibited at Festival in the Park, Danville, VA. 2011
  • Exhibited at Art on Main, Danville, VA. 2010, 2011
  • Hosted yearly Danville bellydance hafla (party) for local dancers. 2011 – 2013
  • Presented “How to Airbrush Portaits on T-shirts” to Danville Art League. 12/2010
  • Taught “How to Paint” class for teens, 2010.
  • Guest co-host of The Pace podcast with a discussion about women and motorcycle riding. 2010
  • Dawn’s airbrushed customized Honda ACE Tourer wins 1st Place at Two Rivers Rally.
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Airbrush prep work.
  • Her airbrush art on a CB750 motorcycle wins trophy at Tobacco Alley Bike Rally, 5/2010
  • Guest of “The Pace” podcast, discussing bikes and art. 2009/2010
  • Her airbrushed customized 1998 Honda 1100 ACE Tourer wins Best Bike Overall, Bogie Burgers, 9/2009.
  • CB750 airbrush art wins Best Paint, Bogie Burgers Bike Night. 8/2009
  • Dawn’s Honda Shadow 1100 Tourer appears in “Hot Bikes Bagger” magazine. 12/2008
  • Exhibited Buddha and Nature works at Danville Yoga Center, 11/2008.
  • Her Honda Shadow ACE 11oo wins 2nd Place at Crane Tire Bike and Car Show, 5/2008
  • Honda CB750 airbrush work appears in 12/2007 issue of “The Horse” motorcycle mag.
  • Invited to display motorcycle airbrush work in Rick Doss’ custom shop. 11/2007
  • Artist and murals at Little Explorer’s Preschool featured in Madison, WI, News 3/UPN 14 story by Teri Barr. 9/2007. Completes over 2000 sq ft of murals at Little Explorers in 19 days. 9/2007 (Video of the project: https://youtu.be/yp0iY17LnpE )
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  • Exhibited at Art on the Lawn, Danville Museum of Fine Arts and History. 5/2007
  • Member of Danville Art League, 2007.
  • Honda Shadow VLX600 project: https://youtu.be/pdJtEyALx50
  • "Mermie", the ocean bike.   intimatenatur_med
  • “Mermie”, a Honda 600 custom “ocean” bike wins “Best of Show: Honda” at Biff Burger’s Bike of the Year Show, St. Petersburg, FL, out of over 100 bikes. 3/2006. “Mermie” wins 2nd place, Best Bike, Sneaky’s Bike Night (2 for 2), Largo, FL. 2006. “Mermie” is Top Runner Up, Biff Burger’s 9th Annual Toys for Tots Bike Show. 12/2005
  • Nebraska Archaeology Society commissions artwork depicting Clovis culture mammoth hunt for prints for their auction. 2005
  • Published “Intimate Nature – Musings and Memories Celebrating Life’s Circular Nature”, photos and essays, 2005
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  • Airbrushed high performance race boats (including OSS’s T. Werner’s 40′ Super Cat) at Performance Plus Marine, Largo, FL. 2004
  • Featured full page artist in ArtWanted’s “Creative Minds” book. Selected to jury art from several hundred artist’s portfolios. 2004
  • Consistently a “Top Ten” artist on ArtWanted.com, among 10,000+ members, ’03 – ’05.
  • “Our Florida Home” design chosen for ’04 Tallahassee Door Project.
    can14 Dawn on the radio with Madame Ani
  • “Naptime” painting shown @Kelsey Keller & Associates Fine Art Dist., Tampa, 2004
  • Exhibit: Indian Stuff, St. Petersburg, FL. 2003/2004
  • Exhibit: The Rack, St. Petersburg, FL. Large canvas works on display (nudes). 2003/2004
  • Exhibit: Art Arbor, Boyd Hill, St. Petersburg, FL, 2003.
  • Exhibit: “Artists at Work” Native American Exhibit, Hillsborough Community College, Tampa. One of only two non-Native Americans invited to show. Nov.-Dec. ’03.
  • Featured guest on Madame Ani’s radio show, “Ask The Blonde”. 8/2003, discussing art, spirituality, life.
  • EDA store featured in: Watermark Magazine (Central FL Arts/Entertainment) ’02, St. Pete News various times 2002 – 03, Northeast Neighborhood News (multiple features 2002 – 03), downtownpete.com (02-03), Sterling Powell’s “Art of Living” website, 2002.
  • Tampa news CH 10: 2002 (henna art).
  • Bayside News: 2002, 2003 (EDA store).
  • Sold two paintings to the first customer!  Eclectic Dawn Arts store in St. Petersburg, FL
  • Exhibit: Circus McGurkis, The People’s Fair, St. Petersburg, 2002, 2003
  • Henna art presentation at Herb’n Yoga, St. Petersburg, 2002; Viva La Frieda, Tampa, 2002, 2004; Bellydance Winter Hafla, St. Pete, 2002.
  • Exhibit: Java Jane’s, Gulfport, FL, w/The Tribe, 2003 (tribal accessories)
  • Store opened: Eclectic Dawn Arts import store/gallery in St. Petersburg, FL, w/Michelle Gagnon, ’01.
  • Published: “Sparrows on my Porch”, Wisconsin Poet’s Calendar, 1995.
  • The Sentiment Shop, Manawa: “New Business of the Year” 1991, “Service Award” 1992, member of Waupaca County Chamber of Commerce. (in-home antiques/gallery in Manawa, WI)
  • Published articles on various topics in WI newspapers, ’90 – ’96.
  • Owned/operated The Sentiment Shop (antiques and hand-crafted goods) in Manawa, WI, 1990 – 1996.
  • Exhibited/sold antiques and hand-crafted items at shows throughout WI, ’90-’96
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Performing as a teen.

MUSIC CAREER
music11Dawn taught herself to play guitar at 11 years of age, a couple years after she started lessons on keyboards and clarinet. She has performed solo and in various bands (guitar, keyboards, vocals), and toured throughout the Midwest and Eastern U.S. since the early ’70’s.
Her bands have backed up such groups as Survivor, UFO, Pat Travers, Danny Johnson and the Bandits, B*tch, Kenny Loggins, and even the Mommas and the Papas. Dawn has done jingles and voice-overs for commercials in Green Bay and the Fox Valley, and in 2011, voice-overs for a local Danville, VA, TV station.
She performed a solo tribute show in the mid-90’s, appearing as Marilyn Monroe, Cher, Stevie Nicks, and Janis Joplin. Dawn has a solo CD (“The Keeper of the Flame”, 1998), and plays guitar, ukulele, clarinet, piano, Native American flute, doumbek, and has dabbled with a lap harp, didgeridoo, and violin. She has taught guitar, piano, ukulele, and doumbek.
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BANDS
Dawn is the only female rocker to win the WAPL Battle of the Bands. Her band Hijinx headlined the first Memorial Fest in Appleton, WI, performing in front of an estimated crowd of 12,000.
Couzins (teens: Dawn, her brother, Rich, and cousin, Jim, mid-1970’s)
Sweet Ash (high school friends)
David Christopher and Night Scream (recorded one 45, touring band based in Appleton, WI)

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White Witch (five women from Fox Valley).
Uptown (lounge, Minneapolis-based touring group)
Paradise (rock/semi-lounge, Minneapolis-based touring group)
Sister Max (show band, Minneapolis-based touring group)
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Non-touring bands based in Green Bay, WI:
Roadhouse (classic rock/lounge/events)
Deb-on-Air (funk/r&b/Minneapolis sound)
Hijinx (recorded one 45)
Sister Sweetly (northern WI ski lodge rock band)

 

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