Finding Wonderland


Mission:
To establish an immersive art library, artist retreat, and museum that honors myth, fairy tale and folklore. This place is called Wonderland.

Purpose: To preserve and celebrate wonder in children of all ages through the use of fairy tale and folklore. We encourage original contributions through writing, sculpting, painting, music and other forms of artistic expression.

History: In the summer of 2020, Angi, her husband Silas and their brother Lee journeyed to the UK seeking residency. Because of Silas’s status as a member of European Union, he qualified to apply for residency status prior to the Brexit deadline in December 2020. Though no one wanted to travel amidst Covid, all ventured forth in hopes of securing a magical property to house the Wonderland collection in the land that gave us Camelot, the 100 Acre Wood and Hogwarts.

This blog begins with the first day of that journey and continues all around the UK, following our adventures as the FINDING WONDERLAND path unfolds.

  • 1987

    While Angi lies paralyzed from the neck down in a hospital, Wendy Froud gifts her a healing faerie, which also gives her hope. Angi decides the best way to share this hope is to create a place where people can meet these kinds of creatures and have magical interactions of their own. It will be a place called Wonderland.
  • 1999

    Angi opens Duirwaigh Gallery, the first gallery to exclusively exhibit myth and fairy tale artwork to an international audience online. Sales from the gallery are used to raise funds for Wonderland
  • 2003

    Duirwaigh Publishing opens, publishing mythic prints and greeting cards.
  • 2004

    Angi creates “A Knock at the Door”, featuring the artists of Duirwaigh Gallery. The film is seen by millions of viewers —passed from email to email—before the era of YouTube.
  • 2006

    “A Knock at the Door” sells out its first book printing. Angi and Silas move to Taos, New Mexico to create the first version of Wonderland
  • 2009

    Wonderland opens as a part of Angi and Silas’s home
  • 2010

    Angi writes and publishes “Doorways and Dreamfields: A True Fairy Tale” which charts the evolution of Duirwaigh Gallery and its mission to create a non profit museum and artist retreat
  • 2011

    Wonderland hosts its first workshops and retreats in Taos, New Mexico
  • 2014

    Angi launches Muse Juice Tours which takes wonder seekers around the globe to find myth and magic
  • 2020

    Trip to England to look for Wonderland’s permanent home. FINDING WONDERLAND, the journey of establishing a place for fairy tale— begins! The latest articles and videos appear on this page below. To watch from the beginning, you’ll have to go all the way back to page one.
December 1, 2020

Which Way?

This way? That way? FINDING WONDERLAND demands that we follow the WOOSH wherever it leads. And sing. Don’t forget to sing!
November 30, 2020

Journeys…

We know there is a journey we should be undertaking. We cannot rest; we cannot sleep. Something in us knows that there is somewhere we should be going. And in the end, whether or not we think we can, we go because we must. We go, on a wing and a prayer, because to stay is to die.” – Sharon Blackie DONT GIVE UP ON YOUR DREAM. (Pass it on.)
November 28, 2020

A Place in You….

There is a place in you,a part of your making, that was etched into your bones.It cannot be taken, abused or stolen.It is held in your heart, your soul.A beating, wild ensouled place that can never be damaged.Be still, be silent and let yourself listen to the language older than words, held deep within.Waiting to rewild, restrengthen and support you, waiting to introduce you once more, to your shine, your tender and fierce medicine. ~ Brigit Anna McNeill

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