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International Artist Collaboration Flows

September 2, 2012

ARTQUILTSrivers at TIQE 12
photo by Jan-Ru Wan

A few years back, I had the pleasure of getting to know Hsin-Chen Lin while returning her work from a PAQA-South exhibit.  We talked about organizing an exhibit with both members of Professional Art Quilters Alliance – South in the US and Taiwan Art Quilt Society in Taiwan, ROC.  ARTQUILTSrivers is the result of that conversation.

Comprised of twelve panels with a river visually flowing from one panel the next, ARTQUILTSrivers illustrates the natural flow of artful communication that takes place in all societies.  Each artist is celebrated for their unique point of view, yet they all show harmoniously together.

Congratulations to all the artists of ARTQUILTSrivers

Well done!

PAQA– South Members                                           TAQS Members

Mary Beth Bellah                                                        Lin Hsin-Chen

Christine Hager – Braun                                             Wang Li-Chun

Denny Webster                                                           Lin Mei-Hui

Eileen Williams                                                           Chuang Huei-Lan

Ann Flaherty                                                               Huang Ming-Mei

Christine Zoller                                                           Chen Yen-Chiu

Solace by Ann Flaherty
photo taken by Jan-Ru Wan

ARTQUILTSwater will show in conjunction with ARTQUILTSrivers January 4 – March 24, 2013 at Page Walker Arts & History Center, in Cary, North Carolina, USA.  Deadline to enter ARTQUILTSwater is October 5, 2012.  Please visit PAQA-South for prospectus and entry information.  Questions about both exhibits may be directed to artquiltswater@gmail.com.

ARTQUILTSrivers exhibit schedule

August 11, 2012-September 7, 2012:  National Tainan Living Art Center, Tainan, Taiwan

September 22-October 29, 2012:  Taichung County Culture Center, Taichung, Taiwan

January 4-March 24, 2013:   Cary Arts Center, Cary, North Carolina

January 25, 2013:  Artist reception at Cary Arts Center, 6-8 pm, Public Welcome

Additional photos for ARTQUILTSrivers taken by Jan-Ru Wan are available on my Facebook page

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Crystal Coast Quilters Guild Show

May 16, 2010

E Pluribus Unum II: Cultures in Cloth

It was wonderful to visit the Crystal Coast Quilters Guild 28th Annual Quilt Show this past weekend.  Not only were they hosting my ‘baby’, E Pluribus Unum II, but the guild showed the results of the Cultural Cloth workshop I taught in March, 2010.  The icing on the cake…some of my work was also appearing at the show!

E Pluribus Unum II: Cultures in Cloth, a Quiltart.com challenge, highlights the many ways we all came to be American through art quilting. With criteria of 14 inch square, and the inclusion of some form of photo-transfer, the participating artists rose to the challenge in flying colors!  Enjoy the many subjects, stories and techniques utilized in these quilts through images at the Cultural Cloth Blog, or Cultural Cloth on Facebook photo albums.  E Pluribus Unum II: Cultures in Cloth and the workshop, Cultural Cloth:  Exploring and Expressing Our Cultural Histories are available for venue near you.  Please visit www.culturalcloth.wordpress.com or email culturalcloth@gmail.com for information.

Patron viewing some of my work

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White Heron Gallery, Dunn, NC now open

May 10, 2010

White Heron Gallery is now open! 

Along with magnificent art by more than thirty artists, the hard work of Ginger and Joe Gehres, and Adelaide ‘Nicky’ Page has paid off in a wonderful setting for the art.

I had the great pleasure of attending the opening, sharing my beading techniques with visitors.  The parlor is a wonderful spot to sit and chat.

If you are interested in fiber art, there are four or five of us represented at  White Heron Gallery alongside the talents of oil and watercolor artists, potters, jewelers, and more.

Please take a few moments to visit the artist pages of the gallery.  You will be amazed and impressed.  I’m sure you will find something of interest there.

If you make a visit to White Heron Gallery, let me know when.  If possible, I’d love to meet up with you.

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Check out these books

March 11, 2010

So, I was in Barnes & Noble of McAllen, TX waiting for our P.F. Chang’s order, and started browsing the quilting isle.  Check it out…on the shelf, right next to each other, are two books that my work is included in.  How cool is that!

art + quilt:  Design Principles and Creativity Exercises by Lyric Kinard is a wonderful book filled with inspiration.  Essays from fiber artists such as Hollis Chatelain and Janine LeBlanc motivate and impress on the reader the value of trusting the process of making art.  Lyric, who writes just as she speaks with a relaxed and no-nonsense approach, guides the artist through the necessary principles of design through fun, short exercises.  I love this book!  It is one I will refer back to again and again!  And see pages 90 and 93 for photos of sample exercises I made for the book.

Quilting for Peace by Katherine Bell (to the right of Lyric’s book) is filled with essays and projects that support communities across America.  Learn how to recycle materials to make sleeping bags for the homeless, or about Ami Simms’ Priority Alzheimer Quilts, or how to support Newborns in Need, or any of the other great projects highlighted in this book.

On pages 5-59 of Bell’s book, you will find a wonderful essay about Operation Kid Comfort, the Armed Services YMCA program I founded six years ago.  Since then, thousands of ‘America’s Littlest Heroes”, the children of our deployed service men and women have received FREE Operation Kid Comfort photo-transfer quilts to hang on to while their parents serve overseas.

Another great book that uses profits to fund programs that support military personnel and their families is Thanking Our Troops:  God Bless America Touring Quilts by Judy Howard.  Not only is this a great book with wonderful stories, quilts and projects, but the exhibit is available to communities and quilt shows.  See the website for the touring schedule.

I was honored to write the essay From One Act of Love (pg 14) for the book.  Additionally, I created a quilt that is included in the tour.  Both tell the story of Operation Kid Comfort, from that first quilt I made for my grandson to the many supporters and volunteers who understand there is no better way to support our troops than to care for their families while they are away.

Whatever your taste, traditional, contemporary or no-fear surface design, these books provide something for each of you.  Enjoy!

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Sometimes Art is Just Fun!

March 9, 2010

Actually, most of the time art is just fun.  I love making art.  I love looking at art.  I ALWAYS  love receiving art.  The last few months, I received three new works to adorn my walls.

Color Combo

Back in December, I won Color Combo by the young artist, Chirag Vedullapalli who uses his art to address community issues.  I love the color and the contrast.  Doesn’t it look wonderful on my wall?  Hard to believe this is the work of a nine-year-old!  I can only imagine what he will be making in the future.

I also grabbed the opportunity to buy a print of “The World Turns” by Robin MariaPedrero. Robin’s work is full of vibrant colors  and so interesting. Look how

The World Turns

the view is as if you are watching the world whirl by behind the trees.  Look closely at all her work for interesting aspects.

The last is “Oriole”  from Marne Law of Laguna Vista, TX .  To learn how booth sales work, I assisted Marne with a show where her work was clearly in demand.  You’d never know there was a recession judging by the crowd in her booth.  She gave me this lovely print (my choice) to thank me for helping out.  It is mewho should be thanking Marne…I learned so much that day.

Oriole

Now…look at all three works.  The colors are similar in shade and value.  The themes: Chirag’s birds flying on the orange horizon, Pedrero’s sun setting through the trees, and Law’s bright reds, golds and blue bring it all together.  They will make a nice grouping on my wall.

What fun!  Now … off to find frames!