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UNC Solo Exhibit Through October 31st

October 6, 2015

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Please stop by the UNC Women’s Health Information Center to view my artwork throughout October.

UNC Women’s Hospital

101 Manning Drive, Chapel Hill, NC 27514

October 1 – 31, 2015

M-F 9-5

 

 

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An Artful Weekend

November 15, 2010

Tunde and Ann at ART of the CAROLINAS

Its been an artful weekend! In the company of fellow artists creativity has been flowing.

Saturday was a great day at Art of the Carolinas! As a volunteer, I manned the Visual Art Exchange (VAE) table for four hours along with Tunde Afolayan Famous and Victoria Carpenter. Both talented artists whose work explodes with color, I enjoyed learning about their work and Raleigh’s art scene. I am inspired!

It was a pleasure to share information about VAE.  A great organization, VAE’s mission is to support emerging artists.  Located in downtown Raleigh, VAE is perfectly placed to show your work to the public.  Monthly group exhibits in the main gallery, along with four new feature artists in the front gallery, keep fresh work available to patrons.  Regular events, lectures and workshops provide business knowledge, skills and support to artists.  VAE is the one group that every artist should belong to.

We met so many nice people at the event.  The table next to us was staffed by my old friends from Carolina Mixed Media Artist Guild.  A few years ago, members of the group comprised a test group for my workshop Cultural Cloth.   Their work continues to inspire other students at the workshop blog. It was so nice to see Roberta, Michelle and the other talented mixed media artists again, and to talk about the fabulous art they are making.

The show also provided a great opportunity to share my work and publicize Cultural Cloth and the upcoming Creative Cruisin’ with Cultural Cloth cruise to the Southern Caribbean.  It was a lot of fun discussing technique and process with the variety of people attending Art of the Carolinas.

Josie Girl

 

During the event, I demonstrated stitching and beading this small art quilt:  Josie Girl.  Recently, I took this photo of my granddaughter that begged to become art.  She needs a bit more stitching and beading, but I couldn’t wait to share.  I think I’ll make a larger piece from the same image.   Josie has infinite possibilities.  What do you think?

As always, please leave your comments below.

To learn more about Cultural Cloth or Creative Cruisin’ with Cultural Cloth, please email culturalcloth@gmail.com.

Thanks for visiting,

Ann Flaherty

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Sharing and Showing

July 18, 2010

Through VAE Window

Getting the work out there and getting noticed…that’s the challenge of being an artist in the current economy.  

If people don’t see your work, then how will they recognize your talent?  What can you do to bring more attention to your work? Invest in membership with active arts organizations, highlight current community concerns and combine your charitable passions with showing your work. Utilizing these three points, I had two great opportunities to share my work this month, and a lot of fun showing it.  

As a Feature Artist at the Visual Art Exchange Gallery (VAE) in Raleigh, NC, three new works are now showing in the front gallery, viewable through the window.  And with two new exhibits opening at the gallery, on First Friday, hundreds attended the reception.  The work will show at the gallery through July 29, 2010. 

In my conversations with patrons, I highlighted that these works use re-purposed light weight synthetic papers.  With a bit of paint, lots of stitching, and my trusty heat gun, I created these scroll-like works using materials that would be thrown out otherwise.  

2nd Saturday at Brunswick Town Historic Site was also a lot of fun.  This month, the site highlighted textile arts.  I really enjoyed explaining my process of creating fiber art, or should I say processes.  

Along with re-purposing materials, I’ve used a variety of techniques, from photo-transfer to mixed media in my work.  It is hard to limit the description to fiber art.  

I also demonstrated how easy it is to make an Operation Kid Comfort quilt, completing the quilt top for a little American hero during the four-hour event.  Operation Kid Comfort can always use volunteers, and with so many deployments now, we are in need of cotton fabrics suitable for juvenile quilts.  Brightly colored solids and cute prints for boys and girls would be wonderful!  Sending fabric in 4 1/2″ strips would be even better! 

Operation Kid Comfort
Armed Services YMCA
208 Thorncliff Drive
Fayetteville, NC  28303

Here’s the quilt top that I later finished at home after the show.  An experienced quilter can put together an Operation Kid Comfort quilt in 4-6 hours, and all by machine! 

Think about joining and volunteering at a local arts organization, incorporating social concerns into your work, and  including a charitable organization when showing your work.  It’s a win-win on for all!

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Finding Focus

May 19, 2010

Maria 2 (after cut)

 

 The results of Maria 2 have never sat quite right with me.  The subject of the art quilt, my great-grandmother Maria, is a favorite of mine.  In this old family photo she is standing on a hill,  maybe collecting dandelions with her granddaughters.  She just seems to have all the answers.  But in the quilt, something just seemed off.     

Since receiving Lyric Kinard’s,  Art + Quilt: Principles and Creativity Exercises,  my inner ‘critical’ eye has been on alert for proactive ways to improve my work.  Focus is something I’ve had to work on.   

 The  other day, while looking for work to send to a show, I came across Maria 2 again.  With my new perspective, I began folding back sections and realized its the ‘space’ that bothers me.  Maria was not the focus…there was too much going on around her.    

 A daring person (it runs in the family!), I took a deep breath and grabbed the rotary cutter.  I cut a good 6 inches off the top and right side and took a step back.  I liked the difference.       

Maria 2 (before cut)

 

Click on the images of Maria 2 before and after to open in a new window and larger format.  Zoom in and look at the details if you like.       

What do you think?  Do the changes work for you?  Do I need to do more?  Should I have left it alone?  Leave your suggestions below.     

For more art quilts of a cultural nature, please visit Cultural Cloth.

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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!