Finding Wonderland

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.

  • 1997

    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.
November 6, 2020

Scotland Update –

Currently residing in the woods in a cabin with no WiFi. Silas is feeling under the weather. Not sure what it is yet so we are laying low. Woke to two flat tires this morning and Lee has been a hero and managed to get them replaced—in the middle of nowhere! We have to drive down the road to get a WiFi signal that I’m using to broadcast to the world. But I only get it 5 minutes at a time. Send some mojo our way…we are holding you all in thoughts and love as the country finds its future […]
October 30, 2020

“To the Men Who Burned Witches”

There is witchcraft in our blood,in our bones we carry the magic that you could not burn away.You see, fire does not eat fire. Your mother would have taught you that if the world hadn’t convinced her that despite her body being able to bring life into this world,she is not a magical thing. Maybe the witches you burned were the daughters of something more holy than you could ever handle. So you set them alight for being different, forgetting that even the son of your God was once condemned for being too pure, too beautiful, too different for this […]
October 29, 2020

On the Isles of Lewis and Harris –

FINDING WONDERLAND – a Mini Muse Juice tour by yours truly. Taking you along cuz let’s face it: you miss traveling, and I miss guiding. Come frolic with me on Lewis and Harris. I’ll be taking you guys here for a picnic next time we can all get together physically. It’s a secret spot hidden by green pastures and rushing rivers. Not in any of the guide books…a perfect little spot for a selkie story hour.
October 29, 2020

Car Karaoke

ELTON JOHN and KIKI DEE waiting on an island ferry. This is what happens when you show up an hour early before your scheduled ferry crossing, realize you have free sporadic WiFi access, a karaoke YouTube channel, and then realize your Wi-Fi signal wasn’t as strong as you thought it was. Instead of editing this one imma just let it all unfold so you know what it’s REALLY LIKE in the car with us. Let the ridiculous begin..