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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.

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.

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.

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.

Put Your Best Foot Forward – A must-see exhibit!

Put Your Best Foot Forward will open April 1 featuring foot-square works from 26 artists of the Northern CA-Northern NV Region of SAQA. This is not just ‘another exhibit’ my friends. This is the first exhibit for the SAQA region I have been a member of since 2005!  And it will feature some of the best art this region has to offer in an 12″-square format. I’m quite excited to see the 44 works that will be on display from April 1 – May 30 at Creative Framing & Gallery in Oakland.

Here are a few of the art quilts that you will have to see in person to fully appreciate:

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Escence by Leslie Carabas

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Global Warming by Lin Schiffner

Miller_Denise_Study in BlueSmStudy in Blue by Denise Oyama Miller

Opening Reception:  April 13, 6 – 9 p.m.

Closing Reception:    May 25, 6 – 9 p.m.

Mark your calendar now so you don’t miss seeing this wonderful exhibit.

SAQA is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to promote the art quilt through education, exhibitions, professional development, documentation, and publications.

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.

Broken Ginkgos V

Here is the latest in my Broken Ginkgo series.

For now, at least, this will be the last. I have two other pieces that need to be completed before my solo show which opens October 1 at Creative Framing & Gallery (check the side bar for more details).

To read about the first 4 in this series, click here, here, here and here.

Borrowed From Nature – Artist Reception

The reception for my solo exhibit Borrowed From Nature, was held on Saturday, October 22, from 6 – 8 p.m. One of the nice things about the artist receptions at Creative Framing & Gallery is that they are held several weeks after the exhibit opens — it acts more as a closing reception. Some of the people who come for the reception have already seen the exhibit and they’ve had a chance to think about what they liked or didn’t like.

I especially like the paper tree that Heather created to frame the left side of the wall. She tucked many of my fabric postcards — all with leaves or nests on them — into the tree. It is quite charming.

People arrived in a very staggered way, almost like someone had scheduled it. Because of that, I had a chance to actually visit with just about everyone who came.

It was relaxed, intimate and fun. Here’s a glimpse of Woodwardia Ferns, the piece I completed in September, just in time for the exhibit.

And several of my pieces sold. Nice. After the reception a group of us went out to dinner.

Woodwardia Ferns Done

Ahh, there’s nothing quite like the satisfaction of a completed project and since this one is done before deadline I’m feeling an extra measure of satisfaction.

“Woodwardia Ferns” measures 49″ x 65 1/4″ and is the largest art quilt I’ve made to date. The three heliographic prints were begun in the early summer. These fabulous fronds come from a plant growing in the backyard of my friend Jennifer, a green-thumb pal who, like most avid gardeners, is very generous with her plants.

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Back in July I was Riffing on 3. You know, 3 ferns, 3 rows of checks — my third riff isn’t quite as obvious. It’s the quilting design: the surface is divided into 3 sections. The first section is five 45-degree-angle areas, each 5″ wide, defined by 1/4″ lines of unquilted space. The 5 sections span the width of the quilt, starting at the bottom left side and ending at the top right side. The remaining 2 sections of the surface are divided into the same 5″-wide sections, but these are marked at 60-degree angles off of the 45-degree lines of the middle section.  This subtle layer of design is not apparent until you are close to the quilt. Several of the detail photos in the slideshow reveal it. Sunset gold Lumiere paint  accents the 3 stems and helps to unify the piece.

“Woodwardia Ferns” will be the centerpiece of my solo exhibit Borrowed From Nature at Creative Framing & Gallery in Oakland beginning this Saturday, October 1 and running through the end of the month. If you’re in the area, I hope you’ll make a point of stopping by. The artist reception is Saturday, October 22, 6 – 8 pm.

Collaboration Complete

It doesn’t get better than this: The quilt it done and we have a day to spare. Both Heather and I enjoyed the process enormously, learned a lot from each other and will enjoy showing this shared vision at the “Collaborative Exhibit” at Creative Framing & Gallery during September.  (See “Exhibitions of my work” in the right column.)

Here is Heather putting the final dabs of paint on.

And here’s Kollaborative Klimt-esque Landscape completed. It measures 51″ x 39 1/4″.

A couple detail shots are in order so you can see some of the paint, beading and crystals.

It may not be clear here, but that’s a yellow crystal for the bird’s eye; more tiny clear crystals are centered on bronze-painted squares in the hill below.

I’ll attach the label on the back tonight. Tomorrow I return to the large fern piece that needs quilting.