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UNC Solo Exhibit Through October 31st

October 6, 2015

UNC image

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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As much as things change . . .

August 30, 2012

. . . they remain the same.

A decade later, I’m still following the same love of winter blues.  Several years ago, I made Scituate Light (on the left) for a dear friend.  This year, I created Solace for ARTQUILTSrivers, a collaborative exhibit with Professional Art Quilters – South and Taiwan Art Quilters Society.  I can’t get over the similarity of color and theme.

Be sure to visit ARTQUILTSrivers in Taiwan or Cary, NC .  Also showing with the exhibit in Cary, NC is PAQA-South’s 10th International Juried Exhibit:  ARTQUILTSwater.  Entry and exhibit information, as well as information about PAQA-South, can be found at:  www.artquiltersouth.org.

ARTQUILTSrivers
A collaborative exhibition of Professional Art Quilters Alliance – South and the Taiwan Art Quilt Society.
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 coinciding with Cary Art Loop at Cary Arts Center, Cary, North Carolina
ARTQUILTSwater
Paqa-South’s 10th Annual Juried Exhibit of Innovative Quilts
January 4 – March 24, 2013:  Page – Walker Arts & History Center, Cary, North Carolina
January 25, 2013:  Artist Reception coinciding with Cary Art Loop at Page – Walker Arts & History Center, Cary, North Carolina
Deadline for Entry:  October 5, 2012

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Coffee & Crepes & Art

September 22, 2010

Aah . . . the ideal venue:  Great coffee . . . to die for crepes . . . and bright colorful art!  What’s not to like!

Join me as I share my art work at  Coffee & Crepes at Crossroads Plaza in Cary, NC on Friday, September 24th from 6 -9.  Rhythmicity will play on the patio, while the good food will be cooking up inside.

And to my Gluten Free friends, almost all the crepes are available Gluten Free!!! I think I’ve found Heaven!

The works I’ve chosen to show at Coffee & Crepes cover a variety of techniques:  photo-transfer, distressed, story telling, thread painting, embellished, and more.   Got questions on how I did that?  Come on out on Friday and I’ll be happy to answer them.  Or you can leave a question in the comment section below.

If you can’t make it on Friday, my work will display at Coffee & Crepes through October 26th.  Stop by and take a look!

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I’m Lichen It

August 23, 2010

Here’s a couple of postcards (well, almost I haven’t added the card stock backing and stitched the edges). I painted, stitched and heat distressed synthetic papers on fabric.  They remind me of lichen.  I’d love to hear your thoughts.  Please leave comments.  Click the images to enlarge in a new window.

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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