Category Archives: Exhibitions

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!
Also posted in 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.

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 - 

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

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.
Also posted in 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.

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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.

SAQA Celebrating Silver Artist Talk

Here's a video of me talking about my piece Moonshine in SAQA's Celebrating Silver exhibit at the 2014 Houston Quilt Festival. At the time, I had no idea I was being recorded or that it was posted on You Tube. Surprise! And, a delightful surprise it was. I wish my talk had not been accompanied by Monsieur Le Frog de la Throat, though I managed to croak it out pretty well in spite of it... ribbit!

Celebrating Silver is a beautiful collection of quilt art, all of which you can see or purchase on the SAQA website. The catalog, a gorgeous hard-cover book, is available as well. I must thank juror Yvonne Porcella who selected an amazingly talented group of artists. I am so honored to be among them. And another big thank you to Nancy Bavor, the managing curator, for that unexpected and very sweet introduction (that's her wearing the silvery hair - it was Halloween!) and all her hard work in bringing this wonderful exhibition to life.

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Quilt National, SAQA and a little Moonshine

It has been a while since I last posted and a lot has happened, good and not so good. But ultimately very good.

First, some good. The Houston Quilt Market/Festival is underway where SAQA's latest exhibit Celebrating Silver is premiering. SAQA, Studio Art Quilt Associates, is celebrating their 25th anniversary and invited a select number of artists to create a work of art in honor of this landmark. I was lucky enough to be one of the artists selected. We artists had to keep images of our work under wraps until the premiere but I can now share my piece, Moonshine.


It is made with a luscious cobalt blue dupioni silk, silver lamé and a woven blue and silver textile. I will be attending the festival next week and can't wait to see the entire collection hanging together. For those who can't attend the opening, you can see the all the quilts on the SAQA website and where they can be purchased. The catalog is also available (it's gorgeous!) on the SAQA website. And, today I found out a UK publication, British Patchwork & Quilting magazine, has a beautiful write up on SAQA and the Celebrating Silver exhibit, and my Moonshine is one of the featured quilts. What a nice surprise.

More good...this summer my main project was creating a piece for Quilt National, which I've never had the privilege of being in mostly due to not entering. Over ten years ago I entered something that I knew would not get in, I wasn't ready but I wanted to give it go to understand the process, and of course, it didn't get in. This year, while recuperating from three herniated discs, I thought long and hard about where I wanted to go with my art. I knew I wanted to move away from impressionistic landscapes into abstract work. I knew I wanted to work large and minimal and I knew I wanted to continue using the salvaged silk sari remnants I'd fallen in love with. Most importantly, I knew I wanted to start working in a series. This summer I made and entered the first piece in this series in Quilt National. It was accepted.

This is insane. This almost never happens. Most first time artists submitting to QN try for years to get in. Well, I'm going to take this as a sign that I have found the direction I've been digging down into my soul searching for. This feels good.

Which makes up for all the physical difficulties I had over the summer while making it and preventing me from making a second piece. Without getting too graphic, my back issues were exacerbated by, if not in fact caused by, a very large fibroid pressing against my spine. Ultimately, it was surgically removed (the fibroid, not my spine), along with some female odds and ends I had no need of. Compared to the back pain and sciatica, the surgery was a cake-walk. It's been a difficult year and, at the same time, one of my very best years.

Feeling so much better now, I'm headed to Houston to walk my assets off looking at quilts!

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New Legacies Contemporary Art Quilts

Today, I shipped off three pieces to Fort Collins, Colorado for the New Legacies Contemporary Art Quilts exhibition at the Lincoln Center. I must say I was thrilled when I got the acceptance notice that all three pieces I submitted were accepted. Well, more like stunned. Now I'm thrilled. When I got home after shipping my artwork, I found the flyer for the opening reception in my inbox. My eyeballs almost popped out of my head. My Tracking Passion is the featured artwork on the flyer! And here it is....

New Legacies

Cool beans. Unfortunately, I won't be able to attend the opening but if you are in the area and you make it, tell me all about! It should be a fabulous exhibit.

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