Ashland Gallery Guide 51
a mother Margie made clothes for dolls,
always trying to embellish. Redecorating
a past home, she wallpapered her
kitchen with Gourmet Magazine covers.
She wrote and directed plays for
children performed in Madison,
Wisconsin and toured throughout
Canada, with original music by
“The Dumptrucks.” There were new
versions of nursery rhymes in a play
Margie has four children and six
grandchildren whom she loves dearly!
Born in the Midwest, she lived in
Chicago where she worked at the
Lincoln Park Zoo, and Grant Park
Concerts, before moving to Portland
to open OSF Portland in their new
Performing Arts Center. Along the way,
she lived in Madison WI, Memphis TN,
Bellingham, WA, Berlin and Munich.
After retiring, she bought her five acres
sight unseen. It became her favorite
place for 20 years.
She planted fruit trees, flowers and
vegetable gardens. Margie is always
trying to make things better than they
were, and her little paradise shows it.
When Michael Bianca came into her
life, bigger things got better. He built
garden sheds with reused materials,
and Margie embellished them. He built
chicken coops, and Margie added steel
shapes like murals. Michael became
her welding partner and her life partner.
In welding they share decisions and
collaborate. They share the farm work,
and a new dog, too.
Margie has shown her work in group
shows at Hanson Howard Gallery,
Illahe Studios and Gallery, Rogue
Gallery in Medford, Maude Kerns
Gallery in Eugene, and Wineries,
Grizzley Peak and Paschal. Her newest
painting was shown at Houston’s
Custom Framing and Fine Art, where
she had a larger show during the 2017
“A Taste of Ashland.” In this painting
she uses a new technique with folding
paper to raise the surface out of 2D.
She used a lot of feathers from a redshafted
flicker killed by a hawk.
Margie pointed out a piece with a
coyote skull for a head and a spine
of steel in a long sweep with many
detailed embellishments. Its title
is “Wisdom Keeper.” She told us that
long ago, Native American women
would give birth only after five years
so they can teach each child all they
need to know about their world.
She loves collaborating with artist
friends, learning new techniques and
giving artistic voice to those ideas.
See her listing on page 34.
Margie Mee at
her easel, and
studio where her