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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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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!