New Leaf is a celebration of the human spirit. At its core are the
generosity and cooperation of the people who help make this happen.
It is impossible to come up with a totally accurate list of all the
people who have assisted with New Leaf and the contributions they
have made. Hundreds of people have been involved in making New Leaf
happen. The more I work on this page, the more I realize I have forgotten.
Many of the volunteers on this page enlisted the help of friends and
family and I dont have all the names. I am happy to correct
People are listed in alphabetical order for convenience.
Carol Ann Newsome (That's me)
I'm a Cincinnati based artist. Prior to New Leaf I created a series
of murals of local children
in trees located at 13th & Vine here in Cincinnati. I have a Master's degree in Fine Arts. In 2001,Ileft my position as manager of the Talbert House Driver Intervention
Program to pursue art full time. My 11 years in the field of Substance Dependence have had a big influence on New Leaf, though New Leaf has its "roots" in many life experiences.
Tom Allison, Cincinnati photographer, in addition to planting, has
put much effort over the years into shooting the polished wood and
metalic surfaces of my paintings.
Aunt June was the one who insisted I do something artistic
with my cousin Rus,who lives near D.C.
Kathy Beck, former co-worker, assisted with the installation
of the Semantics exhibition and later helped me pack the Millennium
Project for shipping.
Amy Bogard,Cincinnati artist, became a Leaf-friend
after reading about New Leaf in the Cinncinnati Enquirer. in additon
to being an enthusiastic planter, Amy assisted with the tedious
hand-sanding of hundreds of panels. she and her husband Tony
dedicated many hours to the installation and take-down of the Semantics
Debbie Brod, Cincinnati artist and long-time friend, stayed
with me into the wee hours during the installation of the Semantics
exhibition, stapling Leafs to strips of interfacing for hanging.
She and her daughter, Naomi planted during the Millennium Project.
Debbie also planted the very first international Leaf in Sri Lanka
Gregory Chapman, a St Charles, IL art teacher, found a Leaf
in his classroom. Greg invited me to Saint Charles and coordinated
the Saint Charles project. Greg's 3 year old daughter assisted with
Katy Charles, arts administrater, organized planters
and coordinated press in Denver for the Millennium Project .
Betina Coetzee , a native of Cape Town, South Africa, is an
instructor at the SDA Language Institute in Seoul, South Korea.
Betina served as coordinator and sole planter for the Seoul project.
She and her sister Celeste also coordinated and planted the
Cape Town project.
Tyim Courts, creator of Goatee Comics, designed the web site
as well as the T-shirts and mugs. He continued to provide technical
assistance while I was learning HTML.
Brian Dempsey, long time, long suffering friend, has donated
countless hours cutting and drilling over 5,000 New Leaf panels,
as well as planting and providing moral support.
David Dillon is a friend from University of Cincinnati days.
Currently David prepares exhibitions for the Cincinnati Art Museum.
He is also the driving force behind Semantics Gallery, which exhibited
the Millennium Project in September of 2000. David hung 125 strips
of 16 Leafs for the exhibition. David also spent one very long day
with me out in the heat coating Leaf panels with sealant in preparation
for painting. David is a very good sport, especially since it was
obvious that he had no sleep the night before.
Karen Emenhiser, former art school partner in crime, provided
food, shelter and child rearing advice for the Niagara trip. Son
Joseph provided entertainment and warm fuzzies.
Anne Kinsman Fisher, author of 2 wonderful spiritual golf
fables, (The Legend of Tommy Morris and Masters
of the Spirit) provided much encouragement and advice early
in the process. She is also one of my international leaf planters.
Suzanne Fisher, Cincinnati artist, was the projects coordinator
for Art on the Square, venue for the prototype project, "Finders
Keepers". More recently, Suzanne has been accessing her vast
network of acquaintances to procure international planters for New
Leaf. Suzanne's husband, Sergio, travels for business and
has planted in South America
Lucy Holtzman, art therapist, enlisted her rehabilitation clients
at the Brooklyn IRPT program as planters for the Millennium Project.
Harrison Humes, FEMA staffer, opened his house to us in DC.
He also planted leaves.
Liz Humes, my cousin Rus Estep's wife, provided the venue
for the first New Leaf project. The exhibition at her shop, Sundog
Framemakers and Art, Inc., (now in Highland, Maryland) inspired
me to future projects. Liz put on the nicest reception I've ever
had and toted Leafs all over DC. Rus and Liz developed the hanging
technique for that exhibition, which I later used for the Millennium
Harold Koons outrageous sensibilities kept me going as
he helped plant during Spoleto. Harold died of a heart attack shortly
after assisting with the Charleston project. His generous involvement
in many civic activites lead to the creation of a Harold Koons award
for civic leadership in Charleston. I expect that even now he is
tweaking God's funny bone while organizing a beautification project
in his new neighborhood.
Susan Lachman is host and producer of "Women On Air",
WETS fm, NPR member station 89.5 in Johnson City, TN. Susan became
a staunch Leaf-friend after her friend, Pat Minor, found
a Leaf at Spoleto and showed it to her. Susan brought New Leaf to
the Tennessee-Virginia-North Carolina Tri-state area for the Good
Goddess Festival and has beat the drum for New Leaf on several radio
Bunny Madeiros, a massage therapist, provided complimentary
services during my visit to the Good Goddess Festival. This was
much appreciated after my 8 hour bus ride.
Geporgia Nold, farmer and long time friend, made the trip
to DC with me and drove the entire way. She helped tear down the
exhibition and popped over 1,000 staples off the backs of leaves.
She planted over 150 Leafs herself, holding the record for most
Leafs planted by a volunteer. Georgia also survived that gosh awful
monsoon that hit DC our second day out.
Ann Pappalardo and her one year old daughter Rachael
accompanied me on the Niagara Falls trip. Ann drove and Rachael
did her part by sleeping almost the whole trip, both ways and otherwise
acting like an absolute ange. Rachael and her stroller provided
excellent cover for Leaf planting in the Niagara Falls crowds.
Ann Ream, Art in Public Places Chairperson for the San Luis
Obispo County Arts Council, organized planters in the San Luis Obispo
area and coordinated a major media event in her area around the
Starr Redgrave hosted New Leaf: Kalamazoo
Maria Richarson, Associate Director of the Governor's School
of South Carolina at the College of Charleston, sought me out after
reading an article in the Washington Post in order to bring New
Leaf to Charleston. I was her guest during my stay. She also rounded
up a troop of volunteer planters.
Karen Schaffer is a woman of remarkable courage who co-coordinated
the Good Goddess Festival with Susan Lachman while recovering
from a life changing spinal injury. She also assisted me in finding
international planters for the MIllennium Project and has continued
to plant ever since.
Carl Solway and family of Solway Gallery donated the
use of the gallery workshop for the cutting and drilling of Leaf
Rudy Thomas is a chemist with the University of Cincinnati.
He is my long-time landlord and very graciously allows me to spend
dawn to dusk running my delta sander in the shade on his porch during
the summer months. Aside from being a good sport about unrelenting
noise and mountains of sawdust, he always drops what he is doing
to assist with major bench sanding emergencies. He also feeds me
when I have been lost in Leaf-Land and too busy to seek sustenance.
Charles Vess is Karen Schaffers husband.
In addition to being an all around nice guy and supportive husband,
Charles is a fabulous fantasy artist. He provided taxi service during
my visit to the tri-state area and leant his humor and aesthetic
eye to leaf planting during Good Goddess. Charles continues
to plant during his travels.
Ulrico and Marcella Agnati
Dianna Affonso Carvalho
Kevin and Daria Dunn
Ahmed Galal Helmy
Midhat and Feriha Galijatovic
Maryruth Ginn, Illinois
Anne and Mathew Goodstein
Mary Ann Harris
Ann and David Harlan
Sarah Beth Johnson
Dr. Debbie Kling
Rosa de LaRosa
Donna, Matt and Erin Lawson
Julian and Olivia Lewis
Charles de Lint
Sharon and Tiim Miller
Dick and Connie Newsome
Richard Newsome Jr.
Dr. David Olarsch
Dieter and Nectaria Pfoser
Mary Beth Radcliffe
Sister Montiel Rosenthal
Shelley and Kyra Shea
Martine Stirling and family
Barbara Sue Swift
Lexli H White
Judy and Tom Worthington
Marylou and Warren Wright
and over 175 Saint Charles High School students and teachers.