Please join me at The Madeline Island School of the Arts June 16-20, 2014 La Pointe, Wisconsin. More info: MadelineArtSchool.com
Saturday
Mar222014

I'm on the Cover of American Quilter Magazine! 

"The Lair of the Amethyst Deva" 

The experience of working with the wonderful Michele Duffy, Editor in Chief and the lovely Marjie Russell, who wrote a great story about me, was enjoyable to say the least. Michele possesses a sensitivity and intuitive nature that makes interacting with her a total joy. 

I've also written a "process piece" about how I approach my work. 

I don't think it's hit the newsstands yet, but it's available via digital download. CLICK HERE

This is a HUGE honor - what more could an artist hope for. 

Wednesday
Mar192014

Equality Exhibit at Visions Art Museum in San Diego 

I'm thrilled to announce that I am curating an invitational exhibit that will premier at Visions Art Museum in San Diego, California, January 17, 2015. (I actually turn 50 on that day!)

The title is Expressions in Equality and it opens in honor of Martin Luther King Day.

The artists have been asked to make a piece specifically for this exhibit, and each piece will be the same size, in keeping with the theme of equality.


Summary of the exhibit:

Expressions in Equality

What drives people to undermine whole populations that they deem different and therefore unacceptable? From racial, gender and sexual inequality to ageism and classism, progress has been made, yet discrimination still abounds. This show begs the questions: What are the issues we’re challenged with, and what would a perfect society look like that’s sustained by pure, unconditional love?
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I'm super thrilled with the artists who will be making a piece for this special exhibit:  

Alice Beasley

Carol Beck

Jenny Bowker

Dawn Williams Boyd

Blake Chamberlain

Hollis Chatelain

Shin-Hee Chin

Marion Coleman

Randall Cook

Ife Felix

Sheila Frampton-Cooper

Laura Gadson

Valerie Goodwin

Jerry Granata

Deborah Grayson

Sandra Hankins

Pam Holland

Sherry Davis Kleinman

Pauline Karasch Salzman

Patricia Kennedy-Zafred

Judy Zoelzer Levine

Kathy Nida

Mary Pal

Pam RuBert

Susan Shie

Susan Wessels

 

There will be an opening reception and I will provide more info at a later date.  

 

Thursday
Feb272014

One day workshops in Los Angeles and Santa Barbara

Recently I taught one day workshops at the Westside Quilters in Los Angeles, and the Coastal Quilters in Santa Barbara. I'm always amazed at what students do in just one day. Many of them have never done improv work, but they dive in and just do it! 

I'm really looking forward to my next workshop, which is 5 days at Empty Spools in Asilomar. It's very exciting to see what flows out of each student. 

I was so honored to have Maureen in my class. As some of you may know, I started quilting in January 2009 when I discoved Project Linus on the first MLK Day of Service. Maureen also discoved PL on that day and we'd see each other at Blanket Days. This was the very first workshop she'd ever taken! It was very special for me and she was getting off to an amazing start. 

Everyone was having fun! We had a full house of 20 students.

Brenda was really going to town...

The next day I gave my lecture and during the show and tell, before I went on, Brenda shared her finished top! She had gone home that night and completed it! Several of the students in my class showed what they had done the prior day in class. Brenda was not the only one who went home and continued working her piece. It put a big smile on my face, that's for sure. 

 

After my lecture, some of the guild members took me to lunch, and little did they know, it was my favorite restaurant, The Westside Tavern. 

 

Now on to Santa Barbara...

Before my Thursday evening lecture, some of the guild members took me to a lovely restaurant with a great view. 

The next day was the workshop, and it was full. We had 23 students and they produced some great work.

Lou Ann is in a art group called Abstraked and all of the members were in the workshop. They do wonderful work and have an exhibit at Sisters in Oregon every year. 

Maren, also in Abstrakted, hosted me in her beautiful home. She's a gourmet cook and she prepared a delicious breakfast and an amazing dinner me! She's a wonderful artist and she has a super cool husband!

I loved the palette Suzy was using. 

Each person was doing something unique. I was really loving the direction this one was headed.

It turns out that I absolutely love teaching. It's fun and the students are having fun! I could ask for nothing more...  :)

 

 

Thursday
Feb272014

Soul of the Quilter Cruise

Well, it looks like I'm back to my delayed blogging. What can I say, I'm working so hard that it takes a lot for me to take the time out and do this. So many fun and exciting things have happened in the past few months that I'm excited to share with you. 

As some of you may know, I was asked to teach on The Soul of a Quilter Cruise to benefit Libby Lehman's Medical Fund. We were on the Royal Caribbean Independence of the Seas, and good grief, was that fun!!!!! I've never cruised before and to be honest, I now know why people do this. When you set sail, you leave all of your troubles behind and you are just floating around in a blissful state. At least that was the case for me.   :)

We raised over 12,000 dollars for Libby's fund, and had a great time doing it. 

I can't say enough about the other artists who were teaching - Dana Lynch, Pam Holland and Carol Moellers. It was so much fun to hang out with them.

I had a spacious, comfortable room...

...with a balcony. Each night when I returned to my room, I'd sit out here and gaze at the stars, smell the warm Caribbean air and enjoy every moment. 

What can I say about the students... they were wonderful! 

Considering I only had 3 hours with each group, I was amazed at what they did!

Lorraine traveled from New Zealand to go on the cruise...  

I really challenged myself and signed up for a bunch of excursions the first day. One of them was zip lining. This is my view as I'm about to take off in Labadee Haiti, which was absolutely beautiful. I should mention that I have a terrrible fear of heights, but I found this experience life changing. I look forward to doing it again

Carol and her husband John (in the red hat) were waiting for me and shot some video, as I glided in.

In Jamaica, which I LOVED by the way, I swam with the dolphins...

I enjoyed interacting with nature...

And goodness knows, I love reptiles!

The 7 mile beach in Grand Cayman was wonderful.

I also went on a submarine ride in Grand Cayman.

Labadee, Haiti... 

I was following the reggae band around the ship, they were awesome...

Each night I had dinner with Carol Moellers and her wonderul husband John. We had a great time together we spent the day together in Jamaica. 

Honestly, I can't say enough about Jim West and what a super guy he is in so many ways. If you've ever thought on going on one of his trips, I HIGHLY reccomend it. On the last night, he threw a wonderful cocktail party and we had this large cozy space to ourselves. 

Wednesday
Jan082014

I'm a happy camper right now!

This is a historical event. I'm actually doing a blog post right when something happens, and not one or two months later! 

Anyway, I can't show the whole quilt (because we were asked not to), but I've been working on my piece to celebrate SAQA's 25th Anniversary, and I just finished the quilting a little while ago. The exhibit is called "Celebrate Silver" and it will debut in Houston this November. Now I'm in the process of blocking it and that will go on for a few days. It is due at the end of this month, but since I'm leaving for the "Soul of the Quilter Cruise" on the 24th, the pressure was on. 

I have one or two more small pieces to quilt by the 16th so wish me luck...  :)

Another big piece of news is that I'm having a gallery show in the South of France in May. That's the main reason I've been putting in so many hours. I've literally been working 12-14 hour days in the studio for a while now. All of my creative (tops) is done, and now I'll be quilting until late April. 

The show will be in a small village in Provence and I'm very excited to have a reason go there. Seriously. 

For more info click here