A BOLO has been put out for Wanda “Jo Friday”
Rottenfusser. She has been charged with
spreading falsehoods - tinkering with the facts to protect the guilty. The truth might surprise you! Here is the story.
It is early in the morning and cold in Calgary. I am alone in my studio watching the sun turn
the Rockies to rose. My alias is
Josephine Friday – my friends call me Jo, Jo Friday and I carry a paintbrush. My assignment the last five months – infiltrate
the Hilton Head group, gain their trust and expose their secrets to the
world. It was a tough job but someone
had to do it.
Who are this sisterhood of felons? Circumstantial evidence shows a large, loosely
organized group centered in the United States but with connections in several
other countries. They appear to gather
in different locations quite frequently to learn new skills from highly trained
leaders, often returning again and again if the leader is particularly talented
(e.g. Karin “Quickdraw” Jurick). They
are well versed in the digital age and are good at networking online as well as
in person. Their alleged crime is
shooting individuals, animals, landscapes, flowers, etc. without warning and
immortalizing them in paint. They use
knives, brushes and a wide variety of mediums.
Some do this for their own enjoyment and some extort money from the
unsuspecting public in return for these “masterpieces”. They exhibit a wide range of interests and
skill levels but they all have one thing in common – PASSION! It’s what separates champions from also-rans,
the great from the merely good and this group has it in spades. Happy painting everyone!
Just finished doing an internet search on Maria “The
Enforcer” Bennett Hock and I am exhausted.
It appears this woman has done everything leading me to believe this is
an extremely deep cover for a seriously nefarious felon. She has stated “my days are filled with
conceptualizing, defining and realizing concepts”. This sounds more like a ringleader than an
We know she spearheaded the original mug challenge of the
2011 Hilton Head Gang and instigated a similar exercise among the 2012 Hilton
Head felons. She is a member of the
splinter group Hilton Head Four, The Sisterhood of the Travelling Paintbrush,
and numerous art societies and organizations.
She often participates in challenges (30 in 30, 6 at 60, etc.) and
workshops in North America and Europe.
She has published at least 2 books and has been heard on several
episodes of blog talk radio. We suspect
that it is during these activities that she exchanges information with other
felons, learning and developing more refined techniques for creating
“The Enforcer” can often be seen skulking in art galleries
dressed like a private eye (as camouflage this is not terribly successful), in
the streets or on the beaches – shooting apparatus at the ready. She is armed and dangerous and we believe her
goal is to immortalize the world “in portraits that convey emotion”. Please help put this woman in bars where she
belongs [sorry, that should read behind bars].
Just when we thought the Hilton Head sisterhood couldn’t get
any more diverse, a Far Eastern connection has been uncovered. Sandhya “Zentangle” Manne has connections in
the East (India) and the West (Dallas, Texas).
[Note – Last week we had Kat and Dogs, this week Indian and Cowboys –
this group is definitely multi-dimensional.]
“Zentangle” is, as you would expect, a certified Zentangle
teacher. This means she teaches the
making of ‘beautiful images by drawing structured patterns … which are elegant
metaphors for deliberate artistry in life’.
This sounds very harmless but do not be fooled – this woman is a marketing
guru. She has put her M. Comm. to good
use in exploiting the online marketing universe. A quick internet search shows she has a
website, blog, facebook page, a presence on pinterest, linkedin, etsy, twitter,
meetup, as well as Daily Paint Works, and Fine Art America. One can only speculate at what would turn up
with an in-depth search.
Circumstantial evidence shows that this approach is
working. She seems to be adept at
extracting funds from the unsuspecting public in return for zen-like images
that “evoke calm, peaceful, spiritual and happy emotions”. She must be stopped before we become too
relaxed to care.
The Hilton Head felons have just gotten more dangerous with
the discovery of an accredited public relations professional in its ranks. One wonders what kind of spin has been put on
this group to make them seem more politically correct and socially
Bettsie “The Communicator” Miller has a long and varied
career in higher education, public relations consulting, environmental causes
and her very own non-profit Family Foundation.
However, her disguise as mild mannered artist is not convincing. Nowhere in the cyber world is there a single
work of art by “The Communicator” (at least none were discovered). We did find a reference to the Studio dei
Leoni where the mission statement claims to “expose the student … while also
catering to a student’s individual needs, desires and goals”. The accompanying photo shows a large number
of people eating, drinking and “communicating”.
As well, her personal goals seem to be “Dance – play – write – live like
a happy adult child”.
These are extremely dangerous activities. If the public catches wind of this they will
all want to join in and then where would the world be. Please put brush to canvas (or board) and
help apprehend this notorious felon.
Beware the Ides of March!
They have come but not yet gone so all things are possible.
Kathleen (Kat) “Dogs” Coy is a felon with a mission. On Day 230 of a year long vendetta to render
all things in paint, “Dogs” has shown a clear preference for, well, dogs. Her website and blog is littered with
canines immortalized in paint. Until her momentous meeting with “Quickdraw”
Jurick last fall very few humans were victims.
That has changed dramatically.
She has since been depicting her fellow felons as well as vintage
mugshots of women we can only assume are role models for all things nefarious.
“Dogs” has been gaining notoriety on the art scene by
garnering the top prize at the Edward Hopper House exhibition in New York last
year and has ventured into videos (check out UTube). Is nothing beyond the reach of the
“Dogs” is often seen hiking and biking in the hills and
cornfields of Iowa so keep your brushes at the ready and your dogs on a leash
(we are not in Kansas any more, Toto).