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.

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.


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.