It Isn’t Easy Being Green

I’m thrilled to announce that a new venue has been secured for the exhibit “It Isn’t Easy Being Green” which features my work Forget Me Not: Collaboration with Grandma. Click on image for larger view.

December 15, 2017 – February 11, 2018

Coos Art Museum
235 Anderson Avenue
Coos Bay, OR 97420
Artist Reception: December 15, 5-7 p.m.

This will be the final showing of this exhibit which has been traveling since September 2016. If you are in the area, I hope you stop by to see this exhibit. And if you’re on the fence about making the trip, here’s a bonus to entice you: A second exhibit of fiber art entitled “Heat Wave” will be on view at the same time. That’s called doubling your pleasure!

The Coos Art Museum advertises itself as “the cornerstone of visual arts on Oregon’s Southern Coast.” I am looking forward to visiting the museum.

Lovely Littles Exhibit

I am pleased to say that my work will be among a group of artists showing small works of art, all for sale, at Creative Framing & Gallery in Oakland, CA. All works will be 12″ or less on any side. All media will be represented.

My works will include 14  fabric postcards, each mounted on 8″ x 10″ archival, museum-quality matt, ready to frame. Here are a few of the postcards that will be there:

In addition, I will have several 12″ x 12″ art quilts there including 3 of my newest pieces — Sumac, Oakleaf Hydrangea and Maples — created using botanical prints.  Here is Maples

Here are the details:

Lovely Littles
Holiday Group Art Exhibit
November 1 – December 23, 2017

Creative Framing & Gallery
Art Receptions:
November 3rd, 6 – 9 pm
December 1st, 6 – 9 pm
2700 Park Blvd.
Oakland, CA 94606

Check the website (above) for regular gallery hours. If you are in the area, I hope that you will plan to stop by to see the wonderful art that will be there.

Accepted into Art Quilts

I am  thrilled to announce that two of my works have been accepted for Art Quilts, a juried exhibit of the  California and Nevada regions of Studio Art Quilt Associates. The call for this exhibit simply stated that “Art Quilts…seeks to display outstanding contemporary textiles created by SAQA regional members from both the Southern CA/Southern NV region and Northern CA/Northern NV region. There is no specific theme to interpret for this exhibit.” I don’t know how many art quilts were entered for the exhibit but 64 pieces by 49 artists were accepted. (Update: 296 pieces were entered for this exhibition.)

The two selected pieces for the exhibit are Broken Ginkgos IV

and Precious Metals II.

 

You may wonder how an Oregon resident is able to participate in such an exhibit. As a member of SAQA, I am able to align myself with two regions: the region I live in and a second region of my choice. I chose to retain my membership in the Northern California/Northern Nevada region.

The exhibit will be featured first at the

California Heritage Museum
December 8, 2017 – March 18, 2018
Opening Reception: December 9, 2017
2612 Main Street
Santa Monica, CA 90405

The California Heritage Museum  is committed to promoting the diversity and rich history of California’s heritage through exhibitions, lectures, publications and community events.

The second venue is the

Carnegie Arts Center
April 4 – May 27, 2018
Opening Reception: April 5, 2018 6 – 8 p.m.
250 North Broadway
Turlock, CA 95380

The Carnegie Arts Center in the city of Turlock is an arts center that is both local and regional in its perspective.  It operates according to core values and in keeping with its mission of bringing diverse community and regional audiences together to experience and celebrate art in all its forms. The Carnegie’s programs include exhibitions, education classes and programs, lectures, and activities in artistic genres as diverse as dance, music, theater and more.

I hope that you will be able to attend one of these exhibits.

Awards

I always feel that gaining entry to a judged and juried exhibit is a reward in itself. So I could not be more happy about having three entries accepted for Best of the Valley 2017 and having all three come home with a ribbon. BOTV 2017 was held in Lindsay, CA, April 7-9. Click on images for larger viewing.

Going in Circles received an Honorable Mention ribbon. My artist statement for this piece read:
I find myself seeking more opportunity to create design with hand stitching. This quilt’s background was constructed by arranging pieces of torn fabric onto a background fabric, topping that with tulle, then layering with batting and backing before machine quilting. All surface work on the quilt is done by hand using a variety of materials and techniques.

Broken Tulips received a Third Place ribbon. My artist statement for this piece read:

This quilt was inspired by a stunning bunch of tulips that brightened my home in the spring of 2016. The pattern was created using a photograph of the flowers.

Precious Metals II received a Third Place ribbon. My artist statement for this piece read:

The lure of the ginkgo leaf is still very strong for me. This piece is a riff on Precious Metals created in 2012. Again, the leaf sparkles with copper, silver and gold, the precious metals, and the circle is emphasized with beading.

 

 

Accepted for Best of the Valley

I’m pleased to say that my three entries for the Best of the Valley exhibit have been accepted. Broken Tulips (click on an image for a larger view)

Going in Circles

and Precious Metals II

will be on display

April 7 – 9, 2017

McDermont Field House

365 North Sweet Brier

Lindsay, CA 93247

See this link for more details about Best of the Valley.

I had work in this annual exhibit in 2012 and 2015.

 

Oregon Society of Artists

I have three pieces of art in 200 for under $200, the November juried exhibit at Oregon Society of Artists. All of the art in this exhibit will be on 12″ x 12″ pine cradle boards. I have mounted three of my fabric postcards, each already mounted on archival mat board, onto the cradle boards. One could hang these pieces as they are displayed at the exhibit or remove  the mat board and place it into a suitable frame for hanging. Here is a close up of the postcards (click on image for a larger view):

Maple, 4 x 6

Maple, 4 x 6

 

White Ginkgo, 4" x 6"

White Ginkgo, 4″ x 6″

 

Exotica II, 4" x 6"

Exotica II, 4″ x 6″

If you are thinking about holiday gift-giving, this is a good place to start. The art will be top quality in a variety of mediums.

200 for under $200
Oregon Society of Artists
2185 SW Park Place (corner of St. Claire)
Portland, OR 97205

November 4 – December 1, 2016
Gallery open Monday – Saturday, 1 pm – 4 pm
Artist’s Reception: Friday, November 4, 6 pm – 9 pm

I hope to see you there!

 

 

Accepted For It’s Not Easy Being Green

I recently learned that my work Forget Me Not: Collaboration with Grandma has been accepted into the High Fiber Diet exhibit It’s Not Easy Being Green.  Three jurors selected 31 fiber creations, each including at least 25% recycled, repurposed or organic materials while expressing a struggle, whether personal or universal. (Click on image for a larger view.)

Forget Me Not - Collaboration with Grandma, 54 1/2" x 20", 2012, Not For Sale

The 3 jurors, Pat Bognar, accomplished photographer and teacher, Trisha Hassler, a superb mixed media artist and Columbia FiberArts Guild member, and Bonnie Meltzer, a transformative mixed media artist, contemplated 44 submitted fiber artworks to select 31 dynamic fiber creations for the exhibition.

High Fiber Diet is a sub-group of the Columbia FiberArts Guild, and is comprised of a group of artists located in southwestern Washington and western Oregon who choose to work with fiber to express their interpretation of the world and themselves. The members are committed to understanding the academic principles of art, integrating them into their individual creative processes, and applying their understanding of composition and design. I am thrilled to belong to a group who is committed to high standards of artistry and professionalism and who has for over twenty years successfully produced juried exhibits of fiber art, both two-dimensional and three-dimensional, and wearable art.

Three confirmed venues for 2017 include: La Conner Quilt and Textile Museum in La Conner, Washington, February 1, – March 30, 2017; The World Forestry Center Gallery in Portland, May 12,  – July 23, 2017; and Latimer Quilt and Textile Center in Tillamook, Oregon, September 1  – October 30, 2017. Negotiations for more venues are underway now. Watch for details in the near future.

Read about the work of my grandmother Hilda Elizabeth Packer Preston, its inclusion in this piece and awards that it has already won here, here, here and here.

Acceptance at Art on Broadway Gallery

Two of my works have been juried into a guest show titled “minimal – just enough” at Art on Broadway Gallery. The gallery is located in the heart of historic downtown Beaverton and specializes in original fine art by award-winning local artists.

The call stated in part: “This show can apply to just about any art form. ‘Just enough’ could refer to a minimal number of colors, or to design, subject, or material.” The pieces accepted for this exhibit are Sunflower Scrap I (click on image for larger view)

Franki Kohler, Sunflower Scrap I, 12" x 12", 2012, For Sale

and Sunflower Scrap III.

Franki Kohler, Sunflower Scrap III, 12" x 12", 2012, For Sale

minimal — just enough

July 1 – 30, 2016

Art On Broadway Gallery

12570 SW Broadway

Beaverton, OR 97005

Artists Reception:  Saturday, July 9, 5 to 8 p.m.

If you are in the area, I hope you make a point of stopping in to see the exhibit.

 

Three Accepted for Fabrications

I’ve just learned that three of my entries for the Columbia FiberArts Guild exhibit Fabrications have been accepted. The jurors had 70 submissions to consider and 37 were selected. This is the first exhibit I’ve entered since my move to Portland last summer. The call for this exhibit stated simply:

We are looking for creative, bold work displaying a solid command of design principles and appropriate technique.

The accepted pieces are Broken Ginkgos II (click on image for larger view)

Franki Kohler, Broken Ginkgos II, 12" x 12", 2012

 

Broken Ginkgos III

Franki Kohler, Broken Ginkgos III, 12" x 12", 2012, For Sale

and Broken Ginkgos V

Franki Kohler, Broken Ginkgos V, 12" x 12", 2012, For Sale

 

Fabrications will be on view

August 1st – September 30th, 2016

ArtReach Gallery

1st Congregational United Church of Christ

1126 SW Park Avenue

Portland, OR 97205

Opening Art Reception
August 4th, from 5-8 p.m.

 

Broken Color Exhibit

I have the good fortune to have my work hung with two other artists, a ceramicist and a painter, for a group show entitled Broken Color.

Black Oak II, 12" x 12", 2014, Private Collection

Black Oak II, 12″ x 12″, 2014, Private Collection

You’ll be treated to ceramics by Bobbie Altman and paintings by Heather Robinson.

 

Broken Color Group Show will be on view

September 1st – October 31st, 2015

Creative Framing & Gallery
2700 Park Blvd.
Oakland, CA 94606

Opening Art Reception, First Friday:
September 4th, 2015 from 6-9pm

First Friday, Artist Reception:
October 2nd, 2015 from 6-9pm

Franki Kohler, Broken Ginkgos IV, 12"x12", 2012, For sale

 I hope you’ll be able to stop by during this extended exhibit period. If you do, please let me know what you thought about it.

Harrington Gallery Acceptance

I’m very happy to say that Broken Ginkgos III has been accepted for Fresh Works V at the Harrington Gallery. The juror for this exhibit was Philip Linhares, former Chief Curator at the Oakland Museum of California and Director of the Mills College Art Gallery (my alma mater).

 

Franki Kohler, Broken Ginkgos III, 12" x 12", 2012, For Sale

Entries from all forms of art were accepted so there will be a nice variety on display. Harrington Gallery is part of the Firehouse Arts Center — read more about the Center and view some photos here.

Mark your calendar now for

Fresh Works V
May 2 – June 6, 2015
Artist Reception: Saturday, May 2, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Harrington Gallery
4444 Railroad Avenue, Pleasanton

This arts center is impressive. I hope to see you there.

Three Accepted for Best of the Valley

The three entries I submitted have been accepted for the Best of the Valley exhibit April 10-12 in Lindsay, California. Two of the pieces are recently completed art quilts — Ginkgos in the Round  (click on image for larger view)

Ginkgos in the Round, 12" x 12", 2014, For Sale

and Hand of the Artist

Hand of the Artist_Full

The third art quilt accepted is Oakleaf Hydrangea II

Oakleaf Hydrangea II, 28 1/4" x 26 1/4", 2013, For Sale

Oakleaf Hydrangea II, 28 1/4″ x 26 1/4″, 2013, For Sale

The exhibit will be held at the
McDermont Field House
365 N. Sweet Brier
Lindsay, CA

Here’s the link for more information about Best of the Valley.

Artist Reception at Firehouse Arts Center

I attended the artist reception at the Firehouse Arts Center in Pleasanton last night. It was the opening day for exhibits including the California Watercolor Association  — 75 artists had work hung — photo montage and collage artist, Deborah Griffin, and me. Click on image for larger view.

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Yes, the center is a former firehouse, ca. 1888. Today, this state-of-the-art building is a 20,000 sq. ft. cultural arts center featuring a 227-seat theater, a 2,000 sq. ft. fine arts gallery, an 1,800 sq. ft. classroom space, and an hourglass shaped grand lobby that links downtown Pleasanton to the center’s Parkside patio and an adjacent park.

I was thrilled to have my work featured in the grand lobby with 5 art quilts

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and an alcove upstairs with another 5 art quilts. A bridge walkway is the final entrance to this alcove (note the pole).

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The evening was buzzing with energy. There were many questions about my fiber art.

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And I was happy to answer every one of them.

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I was glad to receive a copy of a newspaper article about the exhibit from the gallery curator.

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The arts are alive and well in Pleasanton.

 

If Ginkgos Could Talk for The 100

If Ginkgos Could Talk, 8" x 8" matted 12" x 12"

If Ginkgos Could Talk is ready to go to its new home. Click on image for a larger view. This is my contribution to Virginia Spiegel’s ACS Fundraiser The 100. This one-day event happens on February 4th. It’s not too early to mark your calendar because the first 100 patrons to sign up and contribute $100 will receive a randomly selected original artwork, made and donated by an invited artist.  When they’re gone, they’re gone. The money raised from this one day will push the total for Fiberart for a Cause to a cool quarter million dollars.  For a preview of the outstanding work made to date, check the Pinterest page being curated by Deborah Boschert here.

If Ginkgos Could Talk is 8″ x 8″ matted to 12″ x 12″, ready to be framed. (Pictures enlarge when clicked.) A description of the piece is attached to the back. The ginkgo is thread painted and surrounded by dense quilting. A simple line of beads and bold outline stitching at the corners frame and finish this piece.

If Ginkgos Could Talk, detail

I have long been enthralled with the ginkgo leaf. Every time I use this simple leaf as a design element in a quilt, I fall more deeply in love with it. The order to which the ginkgo belongs first appeared 250 million years ago. The rate of evolution within the genus has been slow, and almost all its species had become extinct by the end of the Pliocene (5.3-2.5 million years ago); the exception is the sole living species, Ginkgo biloba, which is only found in the wild in China, but is cultivated across the world. Imagine the stories the ginkgo could tell!

FFAC2015logoGreat art donated for a great cause — another win/win situation you could be a part of. Mark your calendar now so you can add to your art collection.

This posting is linked to Off the Wall Friday.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ginkgos in the Round Accepted for VAM Exhibit

I am thrilled to share the news that Ginkgos in the Round will be part of Visions Art Museum’s website exhibit Stories.

Ginkgos in the Round, 12" x 12", 2014, For Sale

Ginkgos in the Round, 12″ x 12″, 2014, For Sale

VAM invited its artist-level members to submit their work for on-line exhibits this year. See the first two exhibits — Wild Thing! and Up/Down — here. I applaud their continuing and creative ways of getting the word out about the relevance of contemporary fiber art.

Stories is scheduled to be live January 1, 2015. Be sure to check it out — I’m bound to be in great company!

Ginkgo Dust Up Headed to Dili, Timor Leste

I am thrilled to announce that as part of the U. S. Department of State Art in Embassies program, Ginkgo Dust Up will be on exhibit in the U.S. Embassy residence in Dili, Timor Leste, beginning this spring.

Ginkgo Dust Up, 27 1/2" x 54 3/4", 2009, For SaleThe curator for this exhibit explained that the theme for the new exhibition is fiber art.

Fiber plays an important role in the culture of East Timor; their Tais cloth is a form of traditional weaving created by women and used for a variety of purposes. We think that the people of East Timor will be interested in seeing and learning about American textiles.

The Art in Embassies program was founded in 1963 with the mission of creating exhibitions of original art for display in the public rooms of the U. S. diplomatic residences worldwide. The residences serve as centers for official state functions, and the exhibitions provide tangible focal points around which to build public outreach. Each exhibition becomes a part of the ambassador’s cultural mission.

I applaud the new ambassador’s focus on Tais cloth and Fiber art, both  significant contributions of the women of East Timor and the United States, to their cultural heritages. I am honored to be a part of an exhibit whose purpose is outreach and education between cultures.

“The 100” Fundraiser is coming!

FFAC2015logoI am honored to be an invited artist for “The 100” to be held on Wednesday, February 4, 2015. The goal for this fiber fundraiser for the American Cancer Society is to raise $10,000 in one day.

How? Yes, once again Virginia Spiegel is at it!  Fiberart For A Cause has already raised $240,000 through the generosity of fiber artists and patrons. In 2015, her goal is to bump that amount up to a quarter of a million dollars.

I’m sure you will want to be one of the very exclusive 100 patrons who will be randomly assigned artwork from an extraordinary line-up of international fiber artists.

All the details are here: http://www.virginiaspiegel.com/FFACThe100Fundraiser.html

 

 

Arts Guild of Sonoma 2014 Invitational

I’m the lucky recipient of an opportunity to hang a piece of my art work at the 2014 Arts Guild of Sonoma December Invitational! This will be the second year I’ve received such an invitation thanks to Carol Larson, my friend and member of the Guild. You can see a portion of last years’ exhibit here.

Sunflower Scrap I will be part of a Salon-style installation in the front gallery.

Franki Kohler, Sunflower Scrap I, 12" x 12", 2012, For SaleArts Guild of Sonoma

140 E. Napa St, Sonoma, CA 95476

Open Wed-Mon, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

Artist Reception: Friday, December 5th, 6 – 8 p.m.

I hope to see you there!