Save The Children, an international organization established in 1919, estimates  that 85,000 children under the age of 5 have died from starvation in Yemen due to the civil war. According to the United Nations, Yemen is now (April 2019) the worst humanitarian crisis in the world; 14 million mothers, fathers, and children are on the brink of starvation. On April 16, our President vetoed a bi-partisan bill to end US military support and the sale of arms to Saudi Arabians who ship them directly to Yemen, enabling this horrific war.  The Trump administration supports Saudi Arabia in these efforts despite their horrific record of violating human rights, the latest of which was the brutal murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

Reece Museum, Johnson City, TN

November, 2018


Grandmothers of young black men quake in fear when their grandsons are outside of the home.....will they return safely? All too often their worst fears come true.  Today is Mother's Day; I think of and honor all grief stricken grandmothers. 

ORANGES”, about the human carnage caused by AR-15’s, was awarded the

“Healthcare and The Arts” FL3TCH3R Exhibit award at the Reece Museum in TN last week by donor Dr. Eric Avery, psychiatrist and artist. Recently, 60 Minutes did a TV segment on this horrid topic; first responders now recommend we all carry “blood kits” to stem the blood flow of a mass murderer’s weapon designed for war, even in our children’s school backpacks. “Their wounds were the size of oranges.” #NEVERAGAIN  ​     


 Their exit wounds were the size of oranges”.
The size of oranges.

Emergency room doctors describe their horror and helplessness when addressing the immense damage done to our children by the bullets from an AR-15 semi-automatic weapon, damage that is impossible to treat successfully.  First responders are unable to stem the rivers of blood, doctors are unable to repair the massive tissue and organ disintegration. The shooter does not even have to make the effort to aim, once his target is hit it is a virtual death sentence. An ER physician says “They had no fighting chance at life”.
How does an artist convey her visceral reaction to this horrific imagery? And how does she plead with responsible gun owners to end this nightmare of private ownership of weapons designed for war, to end the death grip of the NRA?

I wish I knew.


Reece Museum. Johnson City, TN

"FL3TCH3R Exhibit: Socially and Politically Engaged Art, juried by Anita Kunz


3D Wall Hanging Diptych
36 x 42 x 15” Silks are tea-dyed and rusted by the artist using automotive brake pads. Crocheted border.  Guns and oranges are artist dyed and commercial fabrics, heavily beaded.  Mounted on painted toy guns.  

Rusted silk fabric using discarded automotive braked pads,  dozens of artist dyed small fibers meshed with free motion sewing to create the border and the bowl,  mounted  on painted toy guns.

Ringling Basch and Smith Galleries

Reception May 31, 5 to 7

FLAG exhibit  June 1 - 21, 2019

Art Center Sarasota, First Place

Reece Museum, FL3TCH3R Exhibit

"Healthcare and The Arts" Award

patricia turner art

 "Empty Bowls of Yemen"


"Of Victims and Violence" 

Silks are tea-dyed and rusted by the artist using automotive brake pads.   mounted on painted toy guns

"ORANGES" has been awarded FIRST PLACE

by Juror Nathan Beard at Art Center Sarasota.    

"This work contains all the elements of art, put together quite powerfully.  The composition comes out at you ; it is at first deceptively soft and passive and then becomes a powerful statement that is confrontational and active without being violent.  Two children look at each other .....but what is obviously missing is an adult."

We, the viewers, are the adults.