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In my second installment on the opening weekend of Quilts=Art=Quilts I will share some pieces in the show. I apologize in advance for the quality of the images, some are a little blurry. In fact, while I tried to get pictures of most the quilts, some turned out so blurry they're unusable.
I'll start with a few pieces inspired by water...
Below the Surface by Marianne Williamson is a beautiful example of her fascination with light and water.
Clapotis, another lovely watery piece, by Elisabeth Nacenta de la Croix.
Refresh III by Erika Carter captures the feel of water with hand painted silk. Detail below.
Out Beyond by Wen Redmond, her work is inspired by nature as she is drawn to water and trees. And, more trees...
Winter Woods by Kathy Ford.
Black Crows Blues by Helena Scheffer.
A little more water... Water, Earth 5 by Pat Pauly.
Mirage by Diane Melms.
Mourning After by Karen Hinkle is a photograph she took the morning after a fire burned down thirteen businesses in Garrettsville, OH. Another angle is below.
The Triangle Fire: Flightless Birds 1 and 2 by Helen Geglio based on the 1911 fire at the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory in New York.
This Land Was Our Land by Patty Zafred- Kennedy.
Looking for the Pattern That Connects by Paula Kovarik. Check out the detail of the front and from the back.
The Language of Color 9: The Color of Dissonance by The Pixeladies, Deb Cashatt and Kris Sazaki.
Compaction and Drift by Shea Wilkinson.
Strange Attractor 18 by Niraja Lorenz.
Terra Mundi by Ellen Wong. Apologies to Ellen for this blurry photo, the camera in my phone isn't very good.
As you can see, it's a very strong show and I haven't even gotten to the award winners yet. I'm saving that for next time...
This past weekend I went to the Schweinfurth Art Center in Auburn, NY for the first time for the opening reception of Quilts=Art=Quilts. It was the first time my work was accepted into this prestigious exhibit and I was eager to see it. Out of 300 entries, 75 works by 65 artists were accepted and these are some exceptionally talented artists. So, I was deeply honored.
In this post, I will share some pictures of the overall exhibit so you can get a feel of the scope and scale of the venue. It's a lovely venue, too, large and spacious. Donna Lamb and her staff did a beautiful job hanging the show.
I hope these give you a feeling of being there, especially if you aren't able to go to the exhibit. But, I highly recommend going if you can. The exhibit runs through January 7, 2018.
I apologize for not giving attribution to the artists, there's just too many in this post (though if you ask me in the comments about a particular piece, I would be happy to provide info). Later this week, I will post more pictures, individual shots and some detail shots with attribution. And, for the finale, I will post the award winners! So, stay tuned...
As a member of the Studio Art Quilt Associates, I'm happy to support their annual and ever popular Benefit Auction fundraiser which begins on September 15 and goes until October 8. Once again, I'm proud to be able to give back to this organization that has given so much support to artists like me and continues to work hard to promote quilt art. 368 members donated a small piece of art, 12 x 12 inches, which will be auctioned off in a reverse auction - bids start high and then drop each day. This year, I've donated a piece from my Horizon series again.
To find out more about how the auction works, visit click here. Check out each group to see the wonderful array of artworks available. My piece is in the third group which starts bidding on October 2. Don't miss the Dream Collections curated by member artists. It's a fun way to see the artwork through the lens of fantasy collections.
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!
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.
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.
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
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.
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!
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. 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.
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