It’s that time of year again, when SAQA members start donating 12×12 work for the annual benefit auction. It is great fun to see the variety of work from fellow members. Some years i donate artwork, some years I just donate money. This year I’m donating artwork as part of my quest to get my work out from under my bed and into the open where it can be enjoyed. My donation this year is Americana V, part of my series created from an older quilt that wasn’t working and is now transformed into smaller, more attractive, and easier to incorporate into one’s decor, pieces.
First, sorry for the long absence. My website and blog have been temperamental lately, and going straight to the blog (musings) still doesn’t work. We’re still fiddling around, but hopefully it will only get better from here.
More importantly, I am pleased to say that I was invited to take part in this year’s Craft-Tastic exhibit at Pelham Art Center in Pelham, NY! Check out all the info below, and if you’re in the area, or know someone who is, plan stop by. I’ve sent pieces from my Americana, Rooted, and Feisty Femmes series and I really hope that they all find new homes.
An Exhibition and Sale of the Handmade
November 13, 2015 – January 2, 2016
Pelham Art Center
155 Fifth Ave
Pelham, NY 10803
Free opening reception and all-age hands-on craft workshop:
Friday, November 13, 6:30-8:00PM
15% Member Discount Sale:
December 1 – December 5, 2015
A dynamic collection of quality handmade work will be on display and for sale, at the Pelham Art Center’s annual exhibition, Craft-Tastic, from Friday, November 13, 2015 to Saturday, January 2, 2016. Blown glass, woodwork, and dyed leather creations will be included among the many skilled craft disciplines. Craft-Tastic will feature 22 local and national artists who represent a range of traditional and modified craft techniques, creating all one-of-a-kind items. Supporting both local economy and artisans alike, the exhibition is a positive alternative to commercial holiday shopping. A hand-cut paper collage print, a wood and stone necklace or a naturally dyed silk scarf could be a unique and perfect gift for someone special.
The opening reception will include a free all-ages hands-on craft workshop on Friday, November 13 from 6:30-8:00pm. Pelham Art Center members will receive a 15% discount on all Craft-Tastic gallery sales during a special Members’ Holiday Sale, December 1-5. Anyone can become a member of Pelham Art Center at any time.
Craft-Tastic is curated by Kate Amato, the Gallery and Public Program Manager at Pelham Art Center and Gail Heidel.
Mindy Ackerman (NY) , Shea Bartel (NY), Mayuko Fujino (NY), Lisa Giobbi (NY), MaryLouise Gladstone, MLV Designs (NY), Sarah Grange (NY), Heather Gray (MA), Jim Gubernic (MN), Amos Paul Kennedy (MI), Kristin LaFlamme (OR), David Licata (NY), Loop of the Loom (NY), Juliet Martin (NY), Maureen McCourt (CA), Virginia Piazza (NY), Jennifer Priebe, Park & Young (NY), Risa’s Pieces Jewelry (NY), Elena Rosenberg (NY), Pamela Sabroso & Alison Siegal (NY), Avery Syrig (NY), Kim Tinsley(NY)
Last weekend I drove up to New York to hang my exhibit Home Fires at Etui Fiber Arts. We had a reception on Sunday which was unfortunately quiet — probably because of the impending storm and the Superbowl. The show looks fantastic though. The space is light and bright and shows off my work so well. The great news is that the show has been extended and will be on view at Etui until March 14th! We will have an artist talk on the 14th as well as a workshop by my friend Natalya Aikens, and an opportunity to just hang out and work on stitched or knitted projects. So, if you missed the opening reception, please join us for a closing party in March! And, of course, one can see the show any time between now and then.
I would be remiss if I didn’t also say that Natalya was instrumental in helping me hang this show. She’s awesome. Plus, I got to hang out with her all week-end which is great. We went to the Katonah Museum of Art to see their current exhibit Line Describing a Cone, which was quite fascinating. It’s great to go to an exhibit with a friend and be able to discuss what we’re experiencing. We both really liked a very organic piece made with zip ties, and I liked a sculpture defined by light, while she was entranced by an installation with mirrors. For most of the weekend (and bonus snow day) we talked and talked and talked, and, as happens every time we’re together, I came away with an inspired list of things to work on and new enthusiasm for my work. Artist play dates are great and I am so thankful that I have a group of wonderful artist girlfriends who all inspire me every day. I look forward to returning in March.
February is shaping up to be a big month for my art. I’ll have work in at least one, but maybe two group shows at my local art center, McGuffey. I’m participating in Virginia Spiegel’s Fiber Art for a Cause 100 fundraiser. And… I’m having a solo show at Etui Fiber Arts in Larchmont, NY. It’s a lovely gallery in a charming neighborhood, and they have luxurious yarns too! The show will include pieces from my Army Wife series and my Americana series. I’ll be there to set up the show and for a festive Sunday afternoon reception. I would love it if anyone within a stone’s throw of New York would come join me and see my work in the cloth. It’s so much better than photos! Seriously, this Flag is awesome.
November is shaping up to be a big month for my art. I’ll be in Houston at the very beginning for the debut of the annual Dinner@8 exhibit premier (and a whole lot of quilt show fun and inspiration too). My pixelated portrait, Selfie is part of the show.
But as soon as I return, there’s two more local exhibits I’m part of.
The first is McGuffey Art center’s art fundraiser. I’ve donated one 12×12 piece for the incredibly affordable $150 collection, plus my crazy quilted Flag from which 50% of the proceeds benefit the art center. There will be a preview and meet the artists on Wednesday November 5th. Plans have changed a bit and the art WILL be on sale at the preview. The usual First Friday opening will also be happening on the 7th. I hope to be there both nights. Come early for the best selection! I hope to see lots of red dots.
Art Fundraiser at McGuffey Art Center
Wait, there’s more. I also have three of my favorite figure drawings at Charlottesville’s brand new jewel box of a gallery, Yellow Cardinal. They will also be having a First Friday opening on the 7th, so I’ll split my time between there and MAC. I am very excited about both of these shows because I know many of the artists involved and admire all of their work. I’m also looking forward to having many of their loyal followers see my work as well, since I have not been in town and showing long enough to gain much in the way of an audience for my work.
Life Drawing at Yellow Cardinal Gallery
I’ve been working on a few more pieces in my Americana series. McGuffey Art Center is holding a benefit show in November to raise funds to replace all their hall lights with LEDs so as to save money on electricity and to keep the building cooler in the summer months. MAC artists were given 12×12 wooden boards, nicely mounted, on which to create the artwork of their choice or to advertise a service such as dance class or music instruction. All the 12×12 boards will be offered at $150 each with all the proceeds going to MAC. Any artist who donates a board can then also hang a piece of their choice in the main gallery and 50% of any of those sales will benefit MAC (the artist gets the other half).
I figured my Americana pieces would be perfect for this, so I picked up my board and got to work. I decided to glue my piece to the board and paint the edges with textured paint. While I was putting my 12×12 piece together, I had some scrap strips which made me think of the stripes in a flag. I was immediately inspired and pretty much dropped everything to work on these two pieces. I don;t know if it was the embroidery I had done on my submission to Quilt National (sorry, no peeks) or my chat with Allison Aller at Quilt!Knit!Stitch! in Portland, but I decided to connect each strip with crazy quilt embroidery.
It’s not easy to sew through painted fabric, but the effect was exactly what I had imagined. I also liked the way the painted and embellished 12×12 quilt portion looked glued to the board, so I assembled a similar board in flag proportions from hardware store supplies.
I love the completed flag!
The Service Flag quilt exists no more. It has been transformed. I am calling the series quilted art on canvas, and I see it as decor more than anything else. I made a variety of sizes, and I still have some bits left over if I want to keep going!
Americana V, 12″x12″ Donated to the 2016 SAQA Benefit Auction