03 Jan

Another Exhibit!

I want to post all that good New Year stuff about what I did in the last year and what I hope to do in this new one, and I will. But first, I’ve got more artwork out in the world!

Zeitgeist and a selection of Rooted quilts and Impressions of Germany quilts are part of the McGuffey Art Center New Members Show. Now through February 3rd at McGuffey Art Center in Charlottesville, VA. If you’re anywhere nearby, please do come take a look.

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07 Sep

The Army Wife at McGuffey Art Center

Last night was the opening reception for my show at McGuffey Art Center. Also at the Art Center is the Charlottesville Watercolor Guild’s annual show, so there was a sizable turnout for the evening. I don’t think the evening could have gone any better. Well, it would have been fantastic to sell a piece, but I wasn’t really expecting to anyway. I did sell two “catalogs” and made a connection which could open a door or two, so I consider that a success!

The Other Woman

The Other Woman

Absence II, Unaccompanied, and Medallion for an Army Family

Absence II, Unaccompanied, and Medallion for an Army Family

Be Strong Always, Unraveling, Medallion, and Welcome Home

Be Strong Always, Unraveling, Medallion, and Welcome Home

Suck it Up, Connections, and Be Strong Always

Suck it Up, Connections, and Be Strong Always

Be Strong Always, Torn from the Roots, and Non-Entity

Be Strong Always, Torn from the Roots, and Non-Entity

These two are fairly recent pieces which I don’t think I’ve really shown. Welcome Home references the home made banners families tie to balconies and fences on post when soldiers return from deployments, and the cheap and cheerful dresses wives wear to the reunion.

Welcome Home

Welcome Home

Suck it Up and Drive on is a common saying in the military. Essentially it means stop whining because there’s nothing that’s going to change what you have to endure. It also dovetails nicely with the currently popular Keep Calm and Carry On posters from the UK which were originally meant to encourage a stiff upper lip in WWII in case of a German invasion. I love this quilt.

Suck it Up

Suck it Up

02 Sep

Hi September!

There’s lots of good stuff happening this month.

SAQA’s annual benefit auction is coming up soon, on Monday the 9th. I have a piece in it this year (on page 3b), as do many other member artists. There’s lots of beautiful pieces to look at, and maybe even purchase…

The Sketchbook Challenge theme is Houses and Hideaways and we’ll be doing a blog hop a little later in the month (stay tuned)…

Twelve Months, Sponsor's Social, Medallion for an Army Family, and Connections

And, we hung my show at McGuffey Art Center! I’ll take more photos soon, when all the lights are properly adjusted and the room is looking it’s best, and hopefully some “action” shots on Friday at the opening reception. Maybe I’ll get really tricky and do a video walk through. Speaking of walk-through, I’ll be giving an artist talk on Sunday the 15th, after which I invite any local SAQA members to come for a meet-up (I’m not sure exactly where yet, but I’ll find a local restaurant this week). In addition to my show, the Watercolor Guild is having it’s annual show in the hall galleries and there is some fabulous work.

Connections, Unraveling, Be Strong Always, Non-Entity, and Hanging by a Thread

20 Aug

The Army Wife at McGuffey Art Center

This is it — the big one! An entire gallery filled with my Army Wife series. I have been imagining this show for probably four years now. I am both nervous and excited to invite everyone who can to come see the show during the month of September. Opening night is First Friday, the 6th, which should be great fun as all of McGuffey celebrates the new art hung in all it’s spaces each month. I’m also giving an artist’s talk on Sunday the 15th in which I hope to offer some insights to my processes and inspirations. Come see the show!

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04 Jul

Arty Stuff

I’ve been blogging in my head again. I need to figure out how to plug my brain directly into my blog dashboard…

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On the social front, I went to the American Visionary Artist Museum in Baltimore last weekend with the best dates ever for this kind of thing, Deborah and Tonya. No photos allowed inside, and we were too caught up enjoying the art anyway, so I don’t have much to show. The current exhibit is The Art of Storytelling, which we thought was well presented and offered a good variety of narratives both in style and substance.

AVAM Tonya

My favorites were the paper cuts by Beatrice Coron. There was also wonderful stitched narratives by Esther Nisenthal Krinitz and Chris Roberts-Antieau (who is new to me but so wonderfully dry-humored I question why I had never heard of her before). The museum itself and the wacky gift shop were fun too. Lots of mirror mosaic, like this Cosmic Egg by Andrew Logan. Oh, and though a bit pricey, the on site restaurant is delicious, and I thought worth every penny.

AVAM D&K

On the local art scene front, guess whose work is just inside the front door at The McGuffey Art Center’s Summer Group Show?

MAC Summer Show

Yup, those are my summer fields, Raps and Am Rand des Omas Weizenfeld, waiting for the lighting to be adjusted, but looking good nonetheless. Come by before mid-August if you’re in the area. There’s a wonderful variety of work on display and a lot of bright, summery, color.

On the educational front, I’m still attending the life drawing group almost weekly. Today’s session was particularly good.

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Robert, who’s studio we use for the Thursday at Saturday morning sessions, has what he calls “The Cube,” which is actually a rectangular prism made of welded steel tubing covered with foam pipe insulation. It is also known as a “pose making machine” because the models can contort and balance and be supported in all sorts of ways not possible on the floor or in a chair. These are warm-up drawings, and drawings on top of drawings, but maybe the gist will come across. I love The Cube.

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So, hopefully that catches me up on most things and maybe next time I won’t wait so long between posts.