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Tuesday
Jan132015

"Expressions in Equality" at Visions Art Museum in San Diego 

Susan Shie, "ER: Page of Potholders (coins) in the Kitchen Tarot."

EXPRESSIONS IN EQUALITY
January 17—April 4, 2015

Opening Reception: January 17, 5-7pm.

"When I think of Martin Luther King, Jr., one thing comes to mind: equality. I'm not only referring to equality of humans based on their skin color, but the broad differences amongst us that people find challenging to accept and embrace," states Sheila Frampton-Cooper, curator for the exhibition, Expressions in Equality at Visions Art Museum: Contemporary Quilts + Textiles. The exhibition opens with a reception for the artists on January 17th from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Frampton-Cooper wants to bring attention to discrimination and the way society treats issues such as gender, age, sexual orientation, and economic inequality. 

The Artists:

Alice Beasley, 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, Sherry Davis Kleinman, Pauline Karasch Salzman, Patricia Kennedy-Zafred, Sandra Lauterbach, Judy Zoelzer Levine, Kathy Nida, Mary Pal, Pam Ru Bert, Susan Shie and Susan Wessels. 

Visions Art Museum: Contemporary Quilts + Textiles is located at 2825 Dewey Road in Liberty Station, San Diego, California. Museum hours are 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Tuesday through Sunday. Admission is $7. Children age 12 and under are free when accompanied by an adult. Visions Art Museum members enjoy free admission. www.visionsartmuseum.org, 619-546-4872.

In addition to the opening of EXPRESSIONS IN EQUALITY, my friend Margaret Fabrizio's exhibit opens:

INSPIRED BY THE SIDDIS: QUILTS BY MARGARET FABRIZIO
January 17—April 4, 2015
Opening Reception: January 17, 5-7pm

After a career as a concert harpsichordist on the international stage and as music faculty at Stanford University for 25 years, artist Margaret Fabrizio discovered the kawandi (quilts) made by the Siddi women of Karnataka on a visit to India. After spending two weeks with the Siddi women in their settlement she became fascinated with their style of hand sewing quilts using scraps and recycled clothing. Fabrizio returned to her home in San Francisco and created 20 such quilts the following year using primarily fabrics from India. The Siddi women were astonished when she returned last year with fabric. Fabrizio continues to create quilts in the style of the Siddis.

Wednesday
Oct292014

"Kelp" Won 3rd Place in Houston

Last night I attended the awards ceremony and I was blown away by the winning quilts and so honored to receive an award. This is a very special creation with a secret story, and I'm so excited that the energy I put into this piece was appreciated by the judges. Of course, I'm always grateful to be included in the show at all... 

Kelp 54" x 70"

 

This morning I had a wonderful visit with Libby Lehman, and she looks amazing! 

 

Michael James and his wife were also there for a visit, and it was great to finally meeting this legendary artist.

Wednesday
Oct222014

"Little Fantasy" and 1000 Quilt Inspirations

I received an email this morning notifying me that my work would be included in this awesome book 1000 Quilt Inspirations. It comes out in February, but it can be ordered now. To my surprise, "Little Fantasy" is on the cover, upper right hand corner.  :) 

Here's more info about the book and the author: 

As one of the core, traditional crafts, quilting is enjoyed by countless enthusiasts around the world - and its popularity is only growing. This collection of one thousand quilt DETAILS builds upon this interest, showcasing some of today's most innovative and beautiful WORK. See how others utilize color and design elements to craft creative pieces. Gain inspiration from their variations and intricate techniques. Maybe even CONSTRUCT your own original quilts. Whether YOU ARE a quilter or a collector, a craft-lover or an art enthusiast, 1000 Quilt Inspirations is sure to inspire your admiration and appreciation of the art of quilting. It's also likely to get you itching for some fabrics of your own!

Dr. Sandra Sider, a New York quilt artist and independent curator, has published articles and reviews concerning fiber art and other aspects of visual culture for three decades. Her graduate degrees include an M.A. in art history from the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University. She was President of Studio Art Quilt Associates (2010-2013), and is Consulting Curator for the Texas Quilt Museum.

Monday
Oct202014

Art Quilt Auction to Benefit Libby Lehman

This is my contribution to "Inspired by Libby", an auction to benefit Libby Lehman's Medical Fund. It will be on display in a special exhibit at the International Quilt Festival in Houston October 29 through November 2, 2014. It's 30" x 30", appli-pieced using my hand dyed fabric and free motion quilted.

I've titled it "Metamorphosis" which is a biological process by which a being undergoes an abrupt change in body structure through cell growth and differentiation.
I was inspired by the colors of Libby's piece "Skyview II: Crop Circles", and I chose to use the color she used the least of to be most prominent, sky blue.

Inspired By Libby Auction and Exhibit

A collection of 34 quilts created by 33 award winning artists and teachers Inspired By Libby Lehman to raise money to aide her in medical expenses.
Go to www.InspiredByLibby.com from October 22 through November 5 and join in on the auction. Simple registration is required and you are ready to bid! If you are at the International Quilt Show Market or Festival in Houston this October, please come by and check out the exhibit in person. There will be a single silent auction quilt available to bid on during Festival, October 29 through November 2, 2014.

Here is a video of Libby viewing some of the quilts: 

 

 

Monday
Jul072014

Madeline Island School of Art - Wisconsin 

In June I taught a workshop at MISA, and it was really an awesome venue in every way! The attention to detail was amazing - the staff, the facility, the cookies, the wine, and the food were all top notch... Jenna and Charles were the most gracious hosts. I was really really impressed...  :)

If you have ever considered taking a workshop at MISA, I would highly recommend it.

When I landed in Duluth, I had been up over 24 hours, and the weather was pretty lousy. After an hour of driving, and being hipnotized by the windshield wipers, I had to pull into a roadside cafe for some coffee. 

When I arrived at the ferry, all of my stress and exhaustion melted away... I was on my way to a new adventure.  

This is the farmhouse I shared with the lovely and talented artist Elin Noble and her artist husband Lasse. Anyone that knows me well is aware that I'm usually not fond of having a roommate(s). However, they were wonderful! I so enjoyed my time with them. I would walk in throughout the day and Lasse would be working. On the table was a collection of stones he'd picked up on his walks. I laughed because as the days went on, the amount of stones increased and were filling up the table! Very Zen...  :)

We each had a bottle of wine and a note waiting for us. Jenna made me a lovely fruit bowl.  

I spent a lot of time here... :)

My classroom was in this building, along with Elin's.

Student accomodations...

The classroom was stocked with refreshments that were replenished on a daily basis.

The delicious cookies were replenished every day as well! 

I had a small group of students, and wow, that was really nice! We bonded, laughed, worked hard and a blast! 

Diane shared a piece she made after watching my episode on The Quilt Show. I was pretty blown away...

This was a very funny "inside joke" that we all shared... ;)

And then it turned into a moose in the grass! The students surprised me with this creation, it was a group effort!  :) 

There was a lot of laughing, but also, a lot of hard work... I was amazed, as usual, by the work the students produced. It can be a daunting process, to go into the unknown with no plan, and quite uncomfortable at times, but it's so exciting to see what emerges.

Jane's piece (PLEASE DO NOT PIN THIS TO PINTEREST, THANK YOU)

Rene's piece (PLEASE DO NOT PIN THIS TO PINTEREST, THANK YOU)

The two pieces above were a result of our first exercise. 


I was so happy to have Carol in my class. We've known each other for a few years and met in Lake Tahoe.  

Jane was sharing a very personal and touching piece she made to honor her father. 

MOTHRA!!!

Breakfast and lunch were served in the lovely barn. I appreciated that the refrigerator was totally stocked, and if you got the late night munchies, you could go in and make a cheese and fruit plate, or get more cookies! And you know the cheese was good... 

There were two other classes going on, Elin's natural dyes workshop, and the other a photography workshop. We all went together on an eveing excursion to see the sea caves. There was a daredevel showing off his skills in a Ultralight plane.  

And wow, the sea caves! Amazing, and the light was perfect!

 

It was a wonderful evening! 

On my way back to the mainland...

Once I got to the other side, I went for breakfast...

...and I met this little sweetheart, Ish. Turns out, he's from Los Angeles, and doesn't live too far from me. He's 16 and was visited his grandparents. 

The drive back to the airport was quite scenic. Everything is green...  

 

The icing on the cake for me was on my flight from Chicago to LA, Stevie Wonder was sitting in the row just in front of me. I had the opportunity to tell him how much I love his work, and I had actually been listening to his music on the plane. He is one of my musical heros and what a magical man he is...

I always love night landings in Los Angeles...