Well, that’s THAT!

Last weekend was The Hunterdon Art Tour, otherwise known as THAT, the first county-wide artist tour of Hunterdon County, NJ. It's almost a week later now and I'm still exhausted, but in a good way.
The weekend kicked off with a celebration benefit party and exhibit hosted by the Hunterdon Art Museum in Clinton, NJ. I was having such a good time I forgot to take pictures but I can tell you it was a huge success attended by almost 200 art lovers. The exhibit comprised one piece of artwork by all the artists, roughly 40 artists, on the tour and all for sale with a 50/50 split going to the artist and funding for next year's THAT. Nine pieces sold! My piece Horizon IX wasn't among them and is still available. hint, hint
Some artists opened their studios to the tour while others like myself (with a big slobbery dog) found local businesses to play host. My good friend Dr. Nancy Erb, holistic therapist and owner of Wellness Rocks! and the Awaken Health Center in Clinton, welcomed me and fellow artist, photographer Berendina Buist.
One of the center's practitioners, Karen Schweiger, was there all weekend offering free hugs. And, what hugs they were! She's a certified cuddle therapist. I had never heard of a cuddle therapist but I can tell you, she's good. Everyone needs a hug. Have you had your hug today?
The center was a great space to display artwork, big rooms with lots of wall space for big art...
and small art...
And even smaller art...
Or long art...
Not to mention, wearable art...
This was an amazing start to our annual artist tour here in Hunterdon County, New Jersey. I must give a huge thank you to the organizers of the tour who worked so hard for over a year to pull this together, three cheers to Val Sivilli, Catherine Suttle, Kathleen Thompson and Jay Raymond. Hip-hip-hooray! Hip-hip-hooray! Hip-hip-hooray!
Posted in Exhibitions, Infinity series, New Work

Springtime at Morpeth

It was a beautiful spring day for the Meet the Artists reception at Morpeth Contemporary this past weekend. Viewers were greeted by soft palettes and soft textiles of the three featured artists, Mare McClellan, Jim Henry and myself.
   
 
New Hope, PA artist Mare McClellan discusses her love of gardening and how it informs her work. On display are her paintings as well as her fiber sculptures.

Mare McClellan

     

Ever Abiding #7 by Mare McClellan

The gallery is large and bright, a modern space warmed up with salvaged hand-hewn beams installed by gallery owner Ruth Morpeth.
 
Morpeth Contemporary at 43 West Broad Street in Hopewell, NJ. The exhibit will run through April 23.
Posted in Exhibitions

THAT – The Hunterdon Art Tour

I am very proud to be participating in The first annual Hunterdon County Art Tour -THAT! Over forty artists are on the tour, bringing an amazing diversity of media, disciplines and backgrounds to explore.

It will be held Saturday and Sunday, May 6 - 7. My artwork and I will be in Clinton at Wellness Rocks, 28 Center Street, just up the street from the museum. The weekend will kick off with a FREE benefit exhibition and party on Friday evening, May 5 at the Hunterdon Art Museum.

Please be sure to mark you calendar for the May 5th opening event where all the artists will be together to meet you and talk about their work. Maps will soon be available. For more information, please visit THAT's website - thehunterdonarttour.com 
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Abstract and Geometric

abstract-and-geometric-sielman Abstract and Geometric, another stunning book in Martha Sielman's series on quilt art, has just been released this month and I am extremely fortunate to be among the artists selected for inclusion. As she explains in her introduction, Martha received over 1300 images in answer to her call for entry from 461 artists, the best of the best in the field. Profiles of 29 major artists and three galleries featuring 97 more fill this full-color feast for the eyes. I found many of my favorite artists as well as some whose work was new and very inspiring to me. Even if I weren't in it, I would have to own this book! Yum. Abstract and Geometric is available at SAQA.com.
Posted in Published, SAQA

Small Wonders

For all you art lovers in the Easton, PA area, be sure to see my work at the Nurture Nature Center. This cash and carry salon-style exhibit is perfect for holiday shopping. Shop Small! Shop Local! Buy Art! small wonders
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Art Quilting Studio Magazine

Run, don't walk to your nearest Barnes and Noble to pick the latest issue of Art Quilting Studio magazine. It is chock full of beautiful textile artwork by many talented artists and my work and I are honored to be among them. elena stokes art-quilting-studio elena stokes art-quilting-studio-2 elena stokes art-quilting-studio-4 In my article Infinity and Beyond, I share the backstory of my inspiration for my first series, which found me leaving my comfort zone of landscapes and driving me to abstraction. I offer up a few tips and techniques, too. I must say, I'm very impressed with this magazine. It's hefty and feels more like a book with mostly photos and well-written articles, and very few ads. I enjoy reading about the processes and inspirations of other artists and here I found some of the best artists working in textiles today.
Posted in Published

A Very Warm Reception

elena-stokes-connect-by-stitch-reception7 This past weekend I spent a lovely time with friends and fellow artists at the opening reception of Connected by Stitch at the Gallery at Penn College in Williamsport, PA. This is the first exhibit mounted by the SAQA Pennsylvania region and what a beautiful exhibit it is in both the caliber of artwork and the spacious venue. Two pieces from my Infinity series are in the show. elena-stokes-connect-by-stitch-reception elena-stokes-connect-by-stitch-reception1 elena-stokes-connect-by-stitch-reception3 elena-stokes-connect-by-stitch-reception4 elena-stokes-connect-by-stitch-reception5 elena-stokes-connect-by-stitch-reception6 Many thanks to Meredith Armstrong, our SAQA PA regional rep and curator, and Penny Lutz, director of the gallery, for the long hours they put in to mount this exhibit, and to New Mexico mixed media artist Joshua Willis who was the juror. This is a very special exhibit not to be missed.
Posted in Exhibitions, Infinity series, SAQA

Welcome Back

After a long break from social media and even my own blog, I'm back. With lots of news. Just over five years ago, I joined SAQA (Studio Art Quilt Associates) and answered a call for entry for an exhibition called Seasonal Palette and exactly five years ago this week that I found out I was one of the lucky thirty-seven artists to be included. We were charged with creating a 32 x 78 inch long art quilt inspired by one of the seasons, mine was spring and that is how I came to make Tranquil Marsh - Wild Iris. And now, five years later, it's back. It went on a long sojourn around the globe, from Houston, Texas to Tainan City, Taiwan. The last time I saw it was four years ago during the Seasonal Palette premiere at the International Quilt Festival in Houston but after that, I wish I could have been rolled up with it and gone along for the ride. Here are a just few pictures of the many ports of call over the years.
quilt art, IQF, Elena Stokes

At the Houston Premiere

Elena Stokes, quilt art

IQF, Houston, TX

Gerald R Ford Museum, Grand Rapids, MI
Elena Stokes, quilt art

Texas Quilt Museum, La Grange, TX

Elena Stokes, quilt art

National Quilt Museum, Padukah, KY

Elena Stokes, quilt art

Tainan, City , Taiwan

Elena Stokes, quilt art

Gerald R Ford Museum, Grand Rapids, MI

And, so it's back! And, I am, too.

Posted in Exhibitions, SAQA

And, The Paint Goes On…

La-di-da-di-dee, la-di-da-di-dah...my painting class goes on and I finally put my Fish Houses painting to bed. I say put to bed because, while it's not perfect and it could use a lot more work, I'm done with it. I needed to move on, so I did. The following pictures are of my third pass (I really wanted it to be my last), a revisit of the original inspiration painting and then, finally, my final pass on Fish Houses.
Fish Houses 3

Fish Houses 3

Fish Houses, Monhegan by Bernhard Gutmann

Fish Houses, Monhegan by Bernhard Gutmann

Fish Houses final

Fish Houses final

You can see the progress in some areas but other areas really didn't get a lot of attention. I did learn that acrylic paint dries darker and that's why the building on the left got a bit of blue green that was a lot more intense than I wanted. I like how I resolved it in the final version along with the sky, which I feel is clearly the most successful part of the painting. Considering I felt clumsy, frustrated and completely out of my depth while painting this one, I guess it's not too bad for my second painting. I was happy to move on to a new canvas and a new inspiration painting by Christine Lafuente, Old Spruce on Somes Sound.
Old Spruce on Somes Sound by Christine Lafuente

Old Spruce on Somes Sound by Christine Lafuente

I love Christine's work and this painting is gorgeous, the palette, the looseness, the mood. Yum. And, here is my first pass, just a quick 30 minute under painting. It will develop in next few weeks.
Somes Sound under painting

Somes Sound under painting

I don't know how close I'll stay to the original painting, it may go off in a different direction, for instance, I may or may not add the old spruce. We will just have to see where this one goes. But I'm so happy doing this painting. I love these colors and the loose, sloppy brushstrokes. It's fun and freeing! La-di-da-di-dee, la-di-da-di-dah...
Posted in The Learning Curve

Artsbridge Members Show

One of my resolutions for 2016 was to become more active in the local art scene. Last week, I joined Artsbridge in time for their annual members show which opened last weekend and runs through the end of the month. The show is housed in the beautiful and historic Prallsville Mills in Stockton, NJ, located picturesquely on the Delaware River. Layout 1   2016 Artsbridge Members show 2016 Artsbridge show The reception was a wonderful event with food, wine and music. As you can see, the joint was jumpin'. I knew this was a talented group, but I was very pleasantly surprised and delighted to learn it was so large and diverse. Members were only allowed one piece in the show and there were almost 225 pieces in the exhibition ranging from paintings, mixed media, photography, sculpture and fiber. I was very pleased to see at least five textile pieces in the show. Artsbridge is a group of artists of many disciplines - painters, sculptors, photographers, writers, actors, musicians and filmmakers - who have gathered together on a volunteer basis to foster and promote local artists and to make the arts available to all segments of the community through education, exhibition and performance. And, I'm happy to be in such good company.
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