• Save Brightwood Park

    Save Brightwood Park

    Letter to Editor and Drawing of Birds Nest in the Park
    Save Brightwood Park, Westfield, NJ

  • Autumn Gestures

    Autumn Gestures

    Facebook Friends Exhibit, Gallery Space, Rahway, NJ January 2021

  • Making a Way, Salem State University, Salem Mass

    Making a Way, Salem State University, Salem Mass

    Making a Way, a virtual exhibition curated by Mark Rospenda is now on exhibit at the Winfisky Gallery at Salem State University

  • Virtual Exhibition South Bend Museum of Art

    Virtual Exhibition South Bend Museum of Art

    Making A Way | Adaptation
    Artists: Andranik Aroutiounian, Pat Brentano, Rachel Burgess, Jennifer Celio, Joe Karlovec, Ken Reker, Shawn Rowe, Amy Schissel

    Pat Brentano: On her work and how the Coronavirus has affected her practice
    We have lost our connection to the natural world. We have destroyed suburban ecosystems by planting large areas of sterile, chemically treated grass, ornamental bushes and trees cut into balls and trimmed like lollipops. Nature is not neat. We fail to see its authenticity. Birds, bees, butterflies and their habitat are disappearing from the suburban landscape. According to Doug Tallamay in his book Nature’s Best Hope, “whether we like nature or not none of us will be able to live for long in a world without it.”

    Seven years ago, I transformed my yard into a native habitat to benefit migratory birds and pollinators. During this pandemic we have been forced to slow down, stay at home, sit in our yards and walk our neighborhoods. This quarantine in place has forced me to look deeper into what I previously generalized and introduced new and endless possibilities. If one good thing comes of this terrible situation nature has had a chance to cleanse, and we will have had more time to observe, even if it is only in our yards or through our windows.

  • Congruence


    Congruence, I like Your Work Summer Exhibition 2020
    juror Bridgette Mayer Bridgette Mayer Gallery

  • Native Habitat

    Native Habitat

    Native Habitat, Monmouth Museum,Lincroft, NJ, 2020

  • Execution


    Art Fair14c, Hyatt Regency, Jersey City and
    Arts Annual, Morris Museum, Morristown, NJ, 2020

  • Using Nature to make art about Nature

    Using Nature to make art about Nature

    Artist Talk, Coffee Club in Manhattan, October 23, 2019

  • Endangered Bird Panel

    Endangered Bird Panel

    Endangered Bird Panel purchased from Founders Exhibition, Naples Art Association, Naples, Florida, 2018