Consilience of Art & Science Reception

I attended the opening reception for the Consilience of Art & Science exhibit at the Pence Gallery in Davis on Friday, January 10. Davis is home to a large University of CA campus and a thriving art community, so openings during Art Walk are vibrant and fun.

This exhibit is a partnership between the gallery and the UC Davis Art/Science Fusion Program. The jurors are both artists: Chris Daubert is a sculptor/installation artist and Professor of Art at Sacramento City College; Anna Davidson teaches at UC Davis in the Art/Science Fusion Program and is a PhD candidate in Plant Science. Both were on hand to share their thoughts about the pieces selected for the exhibit.

Franki Kohler, Pence Gallery openingAll mediums were accepted for this art exhibit. The large installation below presents the text of Charles Darwin’s Origin of the Species printed by hand on what appeared to be hand-made paper, although I found it hard to confirm the actual words.

Franki Kohler, Pence Gallery 2

This is a single sheet of folded paper.

Franki Kohler, Pence Gallery, folded paperMy piece, Woodwardia Wonder, is the only piece constructed of fabric in the exhibit. A nice surprise! The Woodwardia fern is one example of the quasi-self-similar fractal as defined by mathematicians. Leaves repeat – though not exactly – in ever-smaller forms.

Franki Kohler, Pence Gallery, Woodwardia WonderThis piece is part of a series which focuses on native California plants.

The exhibit will be up through February 28, 2014. Additional exhibits at the gallery include Judy Neal: Rhythm of Color, through January 26, and Mad Housewife, paintings of Leslie DePratt through February 16. See more details in the right column or through link for Pence Gallery above.

Woodwardia Wonder accepted for The Consilience of Art & Science

I am happy to announce that Woodwardia Wonder has been accepted for The Consilience of Art & Science, a Pence Gallery and UC Davis Art/Science Fusion Juried Exhibition opening at the Pence Gallery January 10 and running through February 28, 2014. All mediums were considered for this exhibit. (Hover cursor over images for more details.)

Woodwardia Wonder, 60"x24", 2013, For SaleThe statement on the call to artists and scientists is:

The goals of the exhibition are to show creative work that explores the intersection between art and science; to foster communication between the arts and sciences; and to spark new ways of viewing the world and ourselves.

The woodwardia fern has captured my attention for some time now. The structure of the fern is one example of the quasi-self-similar fractal as defined by mathematicians. Leaves repeat — though not exactly — in ever-smaller forms. It is also a native California plant and the fourth art quilt of my series exploring such plants.

Franki Kohler, Woodwardia Wonder, DetailBased on past experience at the Pence Gallery, the art work selected will be of impeccable workmanship and the creativity expressed will push the boundaries of each artist’s medium. This is going to be an exciting exhibit!

The Artists Reception is Friday, January 10, 6 – 9 p.m. There will be a jurors’ talk from 5 – 6 p.m. and awards will be given at 8 p.m. The exhibit will be displayed in the Main Gallery space, measuring 100 sq. ft., with 12′ ceilings, lit by a dramatic glass tower.  I hope to see you there.

Arts Guild of Sonoma

I went to the Artist Reception at the Arts Guild of Sonoma but there were so many art lovers there that one could not get photographs of the work. A nice problem to have! And I must add that it was raining and parking is limited — even more reason to be impressed by the turnout.

My sister was in town for a few days, creating an opportunity to go to the wine country and visit the gallery.

Franki Kohler, Arts Guild of Sonoma entry We were there in the afternoon so the light was not ideal but I think you can still see how charming the entry is. I especially like the iron gate that closes across the front entry. The gallery is located on one of the four main streets that surround the city square — who could ask for more?

I like the fact that the gallery exhibits of all kinds of art work. Here is my work hanging above paintings and books.

Franki Kohler, Oakleaf Hydrangea at Arts Guild of SonomaMy friend Carol Larson is an artist member of the guild. She is the reason my work is exhibited at this invitational exhibit. Here are three of her fabric art pieces:

Franki Kohler, art quilts by Carol LarsonIf you are in the area, it’s worth a visit. See details for dates and location on the right column.

La Conner Quilt & Textile Museum

I had the opportunity to be at the La Conner Museum the day before the closing of Best of the Festival, the exhibit which featured my art quilt Nature’s Fractal. The museum occupies the historic Gaches Mansion which has been lovingly restored and maintained and is quite a treat to walk through. Sybil, the well-informed volunteer staff member on duty, contributed significantly to an enjoyable experience of the museum. Unfortunately, no photography was allowed of this exhibit with the one exception, my work, seen here:

Franki Kohler, Nature's Fractal at La Conner MuseumIn addition to the Best exhibit, the Abstracted exhibition featured work by Fibre Art Network of Western Canada which intrigued me. Pairs of fiber artists interpreted their subject – one in a representational fiber art piece and one in an abstract/non-representational fiber art piece. Photographs without flash were allowed for this exhibit. Here are a few of the works that grabbed my attention, starting with Barcelona Fruit Stand. The representational piece is by Judy Leslie, the abstract is by Robin Fischer.

Barcelona Fruit Stand, Judy Leslie and Robin FischerI thoroughly enjoyed the playful quilting and extravagant embellishments of Robin’s work.

Barcelona Fruit Stand, Robin Fischer, detailIchthyic Biosphere was thought-provoking with Save Our Oceans — Save Our Planet by Judith Parson and Dead Oceans — Dead Planet by Kathleen Buckoski.

Ichthyic Biosphere, Judith Parson and Kathleen BuckoskiBoth pieces of Milkweed were executed by Mariann Parsons because her artist partner was unable to complete her piece. I couldn’t decide which one I liked most!

Mariann Parsons, Milkweed, both piecesFifties Flair by Valerie Wilson and Brandy Maslowski was a very fun spin in the time machine!

Fifties Flair, Valerie Wilson and Brandy MaslowskiThis museum was well worth the visit. I’ll be watching for future exhibits.

Arts Guild of Sonoma

I’m delighted to share that I’ve been invited by Carol Larson to participate in the 2013 Arts Guild of Sonoma December Invitational. Carol is a member of the Arts Guild of Sonoma and was able to invite one guest artist for this annual exhibit.

Oakleaf Hydrangea II will have its first public viewing in a the beautiful wine country.

OakleafHydrangea-II_FullArts Guild of Sonoma

November 26 – December 30

140 East Napa Street, Sonoma, CA 94576

Artist Reception: Friday, December 6, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

I can’t wait to see this exhibit! If you’re in the area, I hope you’ll stop by.

Keep Calm and Carry On

I recently experienced another birthday and received a card which now holds a front-and-center place in my studio. The front of the card has a birthday cake at the top (replacing the Queen’s crown) followed by KEEP CALM AND CARRY ON in white lettering on red background. The greeting: “Relax. Make a wish! It’s just another birthday.” (See Persimmon Press and type in “Keep Calm”) I chortle every time I see the card.

The former WWII admonishment is often easier said than done. For instance, I’m off today to attend IQA’s annual Festival in Houston. I’ll be seeing many friends that I only see in Houston because we live many states apart. And I’ll be taking in the special exhibit Festival Awareness Project 2013: It’s Raining Cats and Dogs which features my art quilt Mendelssohn. How can one keep calm? Then there are hundreds of inspirational quilts, the vendors (once again I’ll be looking for beads and antique hankies), special functions for IQA and SAQA members and, in the course of all this, the new friends that I’ll make! How can one keep calm? It seems impossible.

I’ll simply have to do my best. I will share the fun right here next week.

Meanwhile, carve a pumpkin, celebrate the harvest of the season and don’t forget to change your clocks on Sunday.

Pumpkin word cloud


Studio Tour with PIQF

The annual Pacific International Quilt Festival at the Santa Clara Convention Center was held October 17-20. One of their events this year was to provide a tour of local artist studios. I was honored to be asked to participate this year along with fellow artist Alice Beasley.

I thoroughly enjoyed having 45 visitors in my studio. It was a great opportunity to explain how I actually create my art. So my primary focus during the studio tour was education. The more visitors understand the techniques and materials I use to create my art, the more they will appreciate my work.

Small works using my favorite techniques — cyanotype and sunprints — opened the opportunity for discussion.

10-18-aSeveral examples of both types of printing were available for close inspection.

10-18-bThe possibility of creating fabric and using it as gift wrap intrigued visitors (see Furoshiki Fabric Wraps).

And the possibility of mailing fabric art in the form of postcards always creates a stir. Here they are displayed mounted on archival mat, ready to frame.

10-18-eVisitors had just 45 minutes to take in my studio. The conversation was lively and the time allotted sped by like a blink. Everyone seemed to learn something and share a laugh.


I always feel that having my work accepted for a juried and judged exhibit is reward enough. So I was excited when I learned that my two first-time entries for the La Conner Quilts & Textile Museum exhibit were accepted.

A few days ago I received emails informing me that both pieces were award winners! Award announcements were made at a banquet October 3rd. The list of winners was posted on the museum’s web site today.

Both quilts were entered into the Original Design Realistic Pictorial Wall Quilt category. Forget Me Not, Collaboration with Grandma received the 3rd Place award; (hover your cursor over images for more information)

Franki Kohler, Forget Me Not - Collaboration with Grandma, 54 1/2" x 20", 2012, Not For SaleNature’s Fractal received an Honorable Mention award.Franki Kohler, Nature's Fractal, 39" x 32 1/4", 2009, Not For SaleNature’s Fractal also received an Award of Excellence, the Judge’s Choice award, from Kathie Kerler.

The Festival exhibit ends October 6th, however, all First Place and Award of Excellence winners will remain at the museum for a special exhibit through November 24. I won’t be able to see the exhibit myself so I hope that if you are in the area you’ll stop in and then drop me a note sharing your impressions of the museum and the exhibit.


Two of my art quilts have been accepted for this year’s Quilt & Fiber Arts Festival at La Conner Quilt & Textile Museum in La Conner, Washington. This is the first time I’ve entered my work for consideration. The museum attracts an international audience and I’m thrilled to have Nature’s Fractal and Forget Me Not, Collaboration with Grandma selected for exhibit.

Franki Kohler, Nature's Fractal, 39" x 32 1/4", 2009, Not For Sale

Franki Kohler, Forget Me Not, Collaboration with Grandma, 54 1/2" x 20", 2012

I won’t be attending this exhibit so if you will be in the area, stop by and let me know what you thought. The exhibit takes place October 4 – 6 at La Conner Quilt & Textile Museum, 703 South 2nd Street, La Conner, WA. For addition information, click here.

Mendelssohn Goes to IQF

I’m thrilled to share the news that Mendelssohn has been selected for inclusion in the special exhibit Festival Awareness Project 2013: It’s Raining Cats and Dogs which opens October 31 in Houston and will be on view through November 3.

Franki Kohler, Mendelssohn, 36" x 48", 2010, Not For Sale

This is the second year of a three-year IQF project intended to throw the spot light on the plight of homeless cats and dogs. Last year a hand full of art quilts depicting animals was hung in Houston and fabric postcards were sold to raise money for local animal shelters. This year’s exhibit of 30 art quilts will travel through 2014 to various IQF-sponsored shows.

I’ll miss having this quilt in my home but the cause is worthy and I’m excited to help bring awareness to it. And, after all, the real Mendelssohn will be here to keep me company. He’s 13 now!

If you’d like to learn about the inspiration for and construction of this art quilt, click here.

Put Your Best Foot Forward a Success!

It doesn’t seem possible, but two months have flown by and the first exhibit for the Northern CA/Northern NV region of SAQA is over.

According to Heather Piazza, owner of Creative Framing & Gallery, this exhibit has enjoyed more viewers than any exhibit she’s had in the past 5 years. In the final week of the exhibit, 3 art quilts sold:

Untitled by Sandi Goldstein

Sandi Goldstein, 12" x 12", Untitled

Ode to Sacratomato by the Pixeladies

Pixeladies, 12" x 12", Ode To Sacratomato

Breezy by Pat Porter

Pat Porter, 12" x 12", Breezy

Thanks to all 26 artists who participated in this exhibit and helped to get the word out about art quilts!

If you’d like to learn more about the NorCA/NorNV region of SAQA, click here. To learn more about the international organization, click here.

Opening Artist Reception: Put Your Best Foot Forward

The opening artist reception for Put Your Best Foot Forward, Foot-Square Works from the Northern CA-Northern NV Region of SAQA was last night at Creative Framing & Gallery in Oakland, CA. The gallery was filled with quite a lovely and lively buzz the whole evening.

Franki Kohler, Gallery entry

The gallery is small, making cooperation among viewers necessary. This proved to be a good ice breaker for everyone to chat and move about.

The main wall of the gallery was hung with 44 quilts created by 26 artists. Viewed individually, each is a stunning piece of art — collectively they are a powerful statement.

Franki Kohler, Main gallery wall

Several artists had come and gone before I arrived. Eight of the artists were there during my visit. They are (L to R) Jean Jurgenson, Eva Cooper, Kris Sazaki, Deb Cashatt, Denise Miller, Franki Kohler, Aileyn Ecob and Jenny Lyon.

Franki Kohler, Artists

Two smaller exhibits of art coordinate beautifully with our regional exhibit. Three acid paintings on copper, each 12″ x 12″, by Stephen Bruce were mounted far left on the main wall.

Franki Kohler, acid paintings on copper by Stephen Bruce

And Useless Emotions by Win Dell’Ario was mounted on the wall behind the counter.

Franki Kohler, Useless Emotions by Win Dell'Ario

Useless Emotions premiered at the Art Stroll in Half Moon Bay in 2012. Dell’Ario interprets frustration, envy, regret, guilt, rage, shame, worry and fear in fabric. Which quilt do you think reveals which emotion? When you have settled on your answer, check here to see if your list matches Win’s intent.

All of this art will be on exhibit through May 31, 2013. The closing reception for this exhibit will be Saturday, May 25, 6 – 9 p.m. Check gallery hours on the column to the right then make a date with a fellow art lover to appreciate the work of these California artists.

Put Your Best Foot Forward Open!

The first Nor CA/Nor NV regional exhibit featuring art quilts of SAQA artists opened earlier this week. Creative Framing & Gallery is hosting this exciting event. See more details about the artist receptions and location under “Exhibitions of My Work” to the right.

Read the nice article that Sumiko Saulson published in the San Francisco Examiner Art Scene this week.

44 art quilts — 26 artists! Two of mine were juried in:

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

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

I hope you’ll stop by to see the exhibit. This post is now linked to Off The Wall Friday.

Pence Gallery: Opening of By Hand Exhibit

I attended the opening of By Hand, Extraordinary Fine Craft in California in Davis last Friday. The whole of downtown Davis was buzzing with activity. The restaurants were full, parking lots were packed and so was the gallery. A very refreshing scene in these times.

The large flags, well-lit sign and peek at the crowd inside created a very warm welcome.


And before you step inside there is art to savor.


The china table and small chest made of acrylic by Jeff Snell walked away with the Juror’s Award.

I thoroughly enjoyed being part of this exhibit which featured works of oil, photography, ceramic, metal, wood, acrylic and textile.

Here is the Juror’s statement from the catalogue (click on image for larger view).

Juror Statement

The exhibit filled the two gallery spaces on the ground floor. The two smaller gallery spaces upstairs had additional exhibits and a place for children to get creative while the adults were enjoying the exhibits.




The exhibit will be up through April 4th. If you are in the area, it’s well worth the effort to stop by. For more information see Pence Gallery.

Pence Gallery Exhibit: By Hand

When I dropped off my quilt Forget Me Not, Collaboration with Grandma at the Pence Gallery last week I was given postcards to promote the exhibit. It was a very nice surprise to see that the gallery chose a detail photo of my piece for the postcard (bottom right).

Franki Kohler, By Hand Postcard

The Pence presents its first juried exhibit of fine craft by artists and craftspeople residing in California, as selected by Julie M. Muñiz, Associate Curator, Design and Decorative Arts, Oakland Museum of California.

Selected artists: Marlene Bloomberg, Susan Brady, Beverly Crist, Dede deGraffenried, Alex Friedman, Tricia Goldberg, Mark Goudy, Bill Heiderich, Franki Kohler, Barbetta Lockart, Emma Luna, Chris Motley, Kathy Pallie, Liza Riddle, Jan Schachter, Louise Schiele, Jeff Snell, Matt Trethric, Melissa Woodburn, and Carolyn Zeitler.

The exhibit opens February 8 and ends April 4, 2013. Artist reception:  Friday, February 8, 6 – 9 p.m.

There are several nice restaurants and shops near the gallery. I’ll be meeting friends for dinner before the opening reception.  I can’t wait to see the exhibit!


I’m thrilled to share that Forget Me Not: Collaboration with Grandma has been juried into By Hand: Extraordinary Craft in California which will open at the Pence Gallery in Davis, CA, on February 8, 2013.

This is the first juried exhibit of fine craft that the Pence will host. Their definition of the term ‘fine craft’ is “…work that is cutting-edge and has the highest standard of workmanship; and work that is innovative in its use of materials and aesthetic vision.” Media for this exhibit may include metal, wood,clay, textiles, paper, stone or mixed media.

Juror Julie M. Muñiz is the Imogene Gieling Curator of Decorative Arts at the Oakland Museum of California where she oversees the collection of historical and contemporary craft and design objects.

The opening reception is Friday, February 8 from 6 – 9 p.m. If you are in the area, I hope you’ll stop by to see the exhibit and say hello.

Read about the creation of this piece here.

Art Reception

The reception for my solo show at Creative Framing & Gallery was Saturday, October 20 from 6 – 9 pm. People came and went almost as if they had a time-stamped ticket which meant that the gallery was never over crowded and I had an opportunity to talk with everyone who came — a real treat.

The back wall here shows Ginkgo Dust Up with 8 journal page quilts.

Nature’s Fractal came home in late September after two years of travel with the SAQA Art Meets Science exhibit — just in time to be included in the show!

The Sunflower Scrap series was a hit.

And there were plenty of questions about how the broken ginkgo series was created.

The blackbirds always create a stir.

Here I am with gallery owner Heather Piazza.

The exhibit is up through October 31. If you stop by, be sure to sign the guest book and let me know what you thought.

Back to the O’Hanlon Exhibit

Fellow artist and on-line friend Sharon Benton has temporarily moved from the Seattle area to San Jose for a few months and we are getting to know each other in person — so fun! Sharon was a charter member of Postmark’d Art so we have been chatting on-line and swapping art since 2004. Last week we finally met in person at the San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles and took in the Second International TECHstyle Art Biennial (ITAB). Photography is not permitted so you’ll just have to make the trip. The exhibit will be up through October 14, 2012, so you still have time to see this worthwhile exhibit.

Sharon drove up to Oakland yesterday and we went to the Bay Area Women Artists exhibit at the O’Hanlon Gallery in Mill Valley. I was there earlier this month and shared some of the art with you then, but I was happy for an excuse for a second visit. This time I took a few images of pieces that I particularly liked. Here is Barbara Crow’s acrylic Skara Brae.

Sharon and I agreed that we could each welcome Christine Boone’s Lines #1 into our home. The energy and light of this mixed media work really drew us in and made us want to linger.

Mitsuko Baum created an utterly charming fold-up map of Paris based on a trip taken there in 2002.

And here is the box that Paris is kept safe in.

I shared a full view of Marie Bergstedt‘s Summer here but you couldn’t really appreciate her fully. Here’s a close up of Summer’s face.

Marie stitched layer upon layer of buttons to create depth, contour and color. We couldn’t resist learning about the base that she used.

Here’s Sharon standing with Marie’s salty character Mikey of Mallory.

Susan Press had a unique way of reminiscing with her mixed media piece called Slices of the Past.

Black and white photographs have been sliced apart to create the skirt of this doll which is suspended by thread from the top of a simple glass enclosure.

This exhibit closes August 29, 2012 — today! — so time is running out.