Saturday, August 27, 2016

In the Show

I have some art pieces that are out and about and thought I'd let you know where you might see them (should you choose to do so). I just got a

two of your pieces (Remembrance and Metamorphosis I) have been juried into the annual LAFTA (Louisville Fiber and Textile Artists) show at the Actors Theatre in Louisville. The show will take place from September 1 - October 31, 2016.

This is "Remembrance"--the piece that did not get chosen for the Marie Webster exhibition in Indianapolis. I still love the piece and knew it would find its place. I'm hoping to get it into other shows as well. I have to get a sleeve on it yet. I haven't done that, because I always dread that part of the finishing.

Thankfully, "Metamorphosis I" has been fairly successful getting into exhibitions. I really think part of that has to do with the fact that it is framed--galleries and museums seem to be more familiar with that format rather than dealing with hanging a "quilt."

"Then We Pray" was juried into the Jasper Community Arts 23rd Annual Juried Art Exhibition at Krempp Gallery, 951 College Avenue, Jasper, Indiana. The exhibition will be held from September 2nd through September 30th, 2016. The reception will be held Thursday, September 8th from 5-7 pm. That is a free event with refreshments and a cash bar. The gallery is open Monday-Friday-8:30 am-5:00 pm, Thursday's- 8:30 am-7:00 pm, and Sunday's-Noon-3:00 pm.

This piece is hand quilted, has a handwritten background, and has lots of extreme embroidery (the caskets in front). I'm always excited when I get juried into ANY exhibit, but I am particularly excited when a piece is juried into a show that isn't totally a fiber arts show. Sometimes quilt artists struggle to have our work recognized as "fine art" and not utilitarian craft. In this exhibit, my fiber piece will be shown with paintings, sculpture, woodwork, photography, and other mixed media.

The piece I did about my Mom and my struggle with her Alzheimer's is still touring with the traveling Sacred Threads exhibit. It will be out until sometime next year. You can take a look at the traveling exhibit flip book here. You will see my quilt and the story of my quilt by flipping six pages into the "book." You can take a "gallery walk" through the full 2015 Sacred Threads exhibit here.

This quilt, along with the others in the traveling exhibit, will be displayed at these locations.

  • November - December 2016--The Rectory, 17 College Street, Norcross GA 30072, Cultural Arts Center 678.421.2025,
  • January-March 2017--Texas Quilt Museum, 140 W. Colorado Street, La Grange TX, 979.968.3104,
  • April 2017--Best of the Valley Quilt Show, McDermont Field House, 365 N. Sweet Brier Street, Lindsay CA, , 559.625.5430,

If you get a chance to see this traveling exhibit, (or other fiber art exhibits) let me know.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

What's In a Name?

I have made some progress on my new piece. The applique is done, the stitching is done on the top, and the piece has been appliqu├ęd to the background. All that has gone (albeit slowly) fairly smoothly. Here's the latest photo; it is what I envisioned.

It is the largest art piece I have ever made coming in at approximately 75" wide and 25" high. That made it a REAL pain to baste (and I'm sure the quilting won't be any more fun since I'll have to deal with all that bulk in my machine). I started (and finished) the basting yesterday.

Here is the real tricky part for me. I have to give it a name. I can't just keep calling it "my new piece." I'm just terrible at coming up with names for my pieces. I think it sort of looks like a dry creek bed or the bottom of a canyon. As I was working on it, I kept thinking of dry ground and the swirling fires that result from the lack of water--drought, parched, canyon, arid, etc. What would you name it? I'd LOVE to hear any and ALL suggestions.