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.

Portland Art Museum – Native Fashion Now

I joined a nice crowd of local SAQA members this week for a docent-led tour of Portland Art Museum’s new exhibit Native Fashion Now. Organized by the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Mass., this is the first large-scale traveling exhibition of contemporary Native American fashion celebrating indigenous designers from the United States and Canada, from the 1950s to today.

Here are just a few of the extraordinary pieces I saw, beginning with (click on image for a larger view)

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a small group of the many umbrellas that hung from the ceiling of the first room of the exhibit.

This dress is on loan from the designer Sho Sho Esquiro (b. 1980), Kaska Dene and Cree, working in Vancouver, British Columbia, from her Day of the Dead Collection, 2013.

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The dress is constructed of seal fur, beaver tail, carp, beads, silk, rooster feathers, tulle and skull.

06-15-16 Sho Sho Esquiro, WWW dress

The dresses’ title, Wile Wile Wile, means “the sound of wings in flight” in the Kaska Dene language.  The dress honors Esquiro’s departed loved ones — she designed it for them to wear at an imagined joyful reunion.

Frankie Welch, Cherokee (b. 1924), worked in Alexandria, VA, designed this dress for Betty Ford in 1974.

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The First Lady wore this silk brocade dress to the White House Christmas party that year.

Laura Shepperd (b. 1957) works in Santa Fe, NM, designed this corset and skirt in 2010.

06-15-16 Laura Sheppherd, corset and skirt 2010

The corset is silk, cotton and steel.

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The skirt is silk shantung.

06-15-16 Laura Sheppherd, back

The look is a knock out!

Cody Sanderson (b. 1964), Diné (Navajo), Hopi, Tohono O’odham and Nambe Pueblo, works in Santa Fe, NM. He created this stunning bracelet in 2013.

06-15-16 Cody Sanderson Polished Wet Spider bracelet

He calls this sterling silver creation Polished Wet Spider.

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Bethany Yellowtail (b. 1988), Apsáalooke/Northern Cheyenne, works in Los Angeles, CA. Yellowtail shift was created in 2013-14 for Project 562.

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The dress is constructed with polyester, satin and polyester mesh printed with a photograph by Matika Wilbur (b. 1984, Swinomish and Tulalip). The cut of the fabric positions the horizon of one of Wilbur’s photographs along the hems of the skirt and the sleeves. The filmy black band at the bottom edge evokes the flutter of wings and the spirit of birds in flight.

Jamie Okuma, Luiseno/Shoshone-Bannock, works in Santa Fe and created these dramatically beaded Christin Lauboutin boots.

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The boots are constructed from mylar, vinyl and stainless steel, hand beaded by the artist who specializes is one of a kind art pieces.

Dustin Martin (b. 1989), Diné (Navajo), works in Albuquerque, NM, designed this cotton T-shirt using the same gun model that George A. Custer and his troops used at The Battle of the Little Bighorn in June 1876.

06-15-16 Dustin Martin, Peace

The words under the gun are “Ceci n’est pas un concilrateur” Translation: This is not a peacemaker

Jared Yazzie (b. 1989), Diné (Navajo), works in Chandler, AZ, designed this cotton T-shirt for OxDx in 2012. It needs no explanation.

06-15-16 Jared Yazzie, Columbus

Again, what I’ve shared here is just a small sample of the exhibit. Each and every piece is noteworthy. I’ll be returning to this exhibit for another viewing of the fashions and a closer look at the interactive displays which present the ideas and issues around Native and Native-inspired fashion. This exhibit will be on view through September 4, 2016.  Portland is one of only four museums to house this exhibit and the only west-coast venue. If you are in Portland, this is a must-see experience.



Concrete & Grassland Exhibit

I attended the opening artists’ reception for Concrete & Grassland June 3rd. This juried exhibit is a collaboration between Studio Art Quilt Associates and the Grants Pass Museum of Art and features 57 art quilts by 57 artists.  SAQA artists were asked to submit works that explored either the soft lines of nature or the hard lines of urban structures, or a combination of both. Almost 400 entries were submitted from around the world, including the United States, Israel, United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, Belgium and Lithuania.

Several of my friends from the Bay Area have work in this exhibit and attended the opening reception so I was eager to see their work and them. The exhibit had a nice splash of notice in the Grants Pass Daily Courier on June 3. Click on an image for a larger view.

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The date was also the First Friday Art Walk day for Grants Pass so attendance at the opening was very high. I heard one of the museum docents comment that well over 200 people had come in during the first hour.

Photography was limited — prior permission from the artist was required — so I have only a few images to share here.

Dolores Miller wrote this about Monument for Humanity in the catalog: “La Grande Arche de la Fraternite, the westernmost element of the Triumphal Way in Paris, was inaugurated in 1989. Rather than glorifying military victories (as does the Arc de Triomphe de l”Etoile), the hollow cubic structure with its grand staircase was designed to express humanitarian ideals and inspirations.”

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Jennifer Landau says this of her entry Root & Branch:  “Natural and human-made systems are positioned side-by-side, one grounded in the concrete grid and the other in topographic meandering.  Peel away the outer layer of urban structures and peek beneath the streets.  There is a branching infrastructure of pipe and wire that maintains human life, just as roots and branches sustain trees in the natural landscape.  Roots may curve as they delve into the soil and pipes may stretch straight beneath the pavement, but both allow water and energy to flow where needed.  Streams wind through the landscape, small branches joining into rivers, while neighborhood streets connect to cross-town arteries.  The relationship of the two worlds is not always benign, yet on good days we experience them seamlessly, two halves of our existence neatly zipped together.”

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Denise Oyama-Miller shared her joy in creating Grass Lake for this exhibit:  One of my favorite spots is a lovely rest area along Highway 97 at about 5000’ elevation, just outside of Weed, California.  At one point, it actually was a lake created by a lava flows that blocked a drainage path on the east side of the valley.  There was a hotel on the same site as the rest area.  In the early 20th century, a development project inadvertently broke through the seal of the porous lava rock, and the water drained out through what is called “The Glory Hole,” which is still visible today.  What is now left is a large, beautiful “wet” meadow just east of the southern Cascade Range.  It is a quiet, peaceful spot to watch the herds of cattle in the distance, nesting sand hill cranes, and the rare tiger salamander.”

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Geri Patterson-Kutra created Room With A View 2.  She says, “We create urban environments not only to provide shelter, but also to satisfy economic mandates, neglecting our natural world and limited resources.  Power lines march across the landscape delivering the electricity to light the cities and power industries.  Our homes are built shoulder to shoulder on concrete slabs, ignoring the fragility of the earth below.  My work explores the juxtaposition between grassland and urban demands.  Will the lines between the two continue to be blurred until our only memory of grassland becomes a screensaver on our computers?”

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The artists enjoyed lively conversations about their inspiration for the work.

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And there was catalog signing.

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And then just a bit of happy-moment posing. Here I am with Denise and Dolores — each of us is a former regional representative for the Northern CA SAQA Region.

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The exhibit continues through July 29, Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., at the Grants Pass Museum of Art which is located at 229 SW G Street. If you are near the area at all, stop by to take it in — it’s worth the effort.

Inspiration and Hand Work

I’m still getting things just so in our new condo in Portland. Just this week I brought out my collection of foot-square art quilts purchased through SAQA’s annual on-line benefit auction. (This year’s auction begins September 16th but you can view some of the art that will be available and read about how the auction works here.) I think they make a nice statement hung in the dining and living rooms. (Click on images for larger view.)

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This is not my entire collection; more will find homes elsewhere.

Spring has arrived in our neighborhood and I’m enjoying all that goes with that! Morning walks along the Willamette River are lively and filled with many surprises. For instance, here’s a foxglove in bloom on the edge of the river, probably planted by a bird.

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Dogwood trees of many varieties are everywhere in Portland and most of them are white, my favorite color for this tree. There are 10 of this variety planted just outside our condo buildings — all are in a riot of bloom right now.

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Honey bees and bumble bees are getting their fill of nectar on a variety of plants on the edge of the river.

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This Great Blue Heron seemed to be truly posing for this photo! He held this posture for quite a while, groomed a bit and then returned to it. Those are blackberry vines in full bloom — promising berries for June. Yum.

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I’m doing a bit of slow stitching on the last small notebook cover I have readied. This one will be for me since I am just about finished with the commercial notebook I purchased last year. This one uses stabilizer fabric that I’ve painted with acrylic paints and added a bit of machine stitching.

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The fast2fuse is a bit curled here but it will be in the right shape once I’ve completed the cover.

I’ve begun a new foot-square piece inspired by a photograph of some gorgeous tulips I had. I’ll share my progress on that next time.

International Quilt Festival Houston, 2013

The plane ride to Houston was a bit rocky and I had a 2-hour layover in Albuquerque so I was glad to have Linda Lee Peterson’s latest page turner, The Devil’s Interval as my companion. If you enjoy murder mysteries and smart women with real flaws, this book should make its way to your must-read list.

I arrived in Houston in just enough time to empty my suit case and dash to the convention center for the Preview Night opening at 5:00 p.m. — one can manage a lot in the 2 hours before the exhibit is open to the public. My first stop was at the Studio Art Quilt Associates table to eye the foot-square quilts that were still available at their auction. To my amazement and delight, Meta Heemskerk’s Rembrandt to Mondrian was still available. I snatched it up. Meta is a mixed media artist who is completely driven and highly productive. She joined Postmark’d Art a couple of years ago so I can boast a growing collection of her fine work.

Meta Heemskerk, Rembrandt to MondrianI love the crisp, clean lines of this piece: the bold black lines that define shapes, the straight-line quilting that covers the entire work and the ‘license’ she took with the image (downloaded from NGA Images at the National Gallery for Art). I especially like the fact that she has combined a Dutch and American artist in the work and the maker and owner are Dutch and American. I think there was some Kismet working in my favor!

I dallied in the ‘Art: Whimsical’ area of the exhibit next. Four pieces stood out for me. According to artist Pauline Salzman, man’s best friend transcends all political parties. I think her Mt. Ruffmore supports that statement.

Pauline Salzman, Mt. RuffmoreI wish IQA would include the size of the pieces, but they don’t.

I laughed out loud when I stopped at David Charity’s Bit Map, inspired by his knowledge that Basenji dogs have a fetish for paper. Oh my!

David Charity, Bit Map Nemesis III: Elton is Cindy Henneke’s reflection on her garden and the havoc that local armadillos do to it. She shared that during construction, the floral fabric she used reminded her of you-know-who, hence the name.

Cindy Henneke, Nemisis III: Elton Kristen Bryson’s title simply says it all: Does He Make My Butt Look Big?

Kristen Bryson, Does it Make My Butt Look Big?And a detail. . .

Kristen Bryson, detailI will be sharing more wonderful art quilts, new friends and more this week. There’s bound to be something for everyone so stay tuned.

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


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.

International Quilt Festival Houston

I’m still a’flutter from my trip to IQF in Houston. Jenny Lyon was my travel partner and we were a perfect combo — she is high energy and kept me on my toes. She started posting about the show before we left Houston. You can see what she had to say about it here.

When was the last time you saw a quilted Yurt? Well here’s the one I saw in Houston.

Inside the Yurt there was a comfortable chair next to the table with lamp completing the cozy ambiance of this fabric art structure. It is no surprise that this incredible structure was juried into the Tactile Architecture exhibit. I think special thanks are due to Norma Klimpke, Board President of the Wisconsin Museum of Quilts and Fiber Arts for the heroic effort it took to transport it to Houston and to Karey Bresenhan, Founder and Director Emeritus of International Quilt Festival, who made sure it had just the right spot at the exhibit. And, in her own words, here is Linzi Upton’s story behind the Yurt.

The Yurt from the back.

I was a bit dazed after seeing this installation but there was so much more to see. I have long admired Sue Reno‘s artistry and she had two pieces on view. Here is Watt & Shand #9, also part of the Tactile Architecture exhibit:

Sue used Thermofax and digital printing methods alongside traditional patchwork to record the transformation of a historic building in Lancaster, PA. Her art always begs you to come closer and I’m never disappointed.

Columbine is Sue’s entry for In Full Bloom, a juried exhibit celebrating the tradition of floral quiltmaking in memory of Helen Pearce O’Bryant.

Those are cyanotype prints on silk using flowers from Sue’s garden. Every inch of the quilt is heavily stitched. Her work is beautiful and always lays flat.

Columbine was perfectly hung with Noriko Endo’s Cherry Blossoms #8.

Heather Lair‘s Silk Road Treasures was part of the special exhibit O Canada. I loved the colors and the mix of a very modern look with a serene landscape.

A detail.

There were several opportunities to come away with small textile art treasures. I was the lucky bidder on three creations. Frieda Anderson’s Pulpit Ferns was part of the silent auction which benefited IQA.

Lisa Flowers Ross donated Starry Forest for the SAQA auction. Lisa hand dyed her fabrics and used fused applique, hand embroidery and machine quilting to finish this little stunner.

Karen Schulz donated S.P.P. 10 for the SAQA auction. She used hand-dyed fabric to machine piece and quilt this treasure.

I’ll share more of what I saw next time.


I went to opening day of the Pacific International Quilt Festival at the Santa Clara Convention Center yesterday. So much eye candy! So much fun!

Here are a few of the art quilts that stopped me in my tracks. I’m sorry I cut off the top edge of this charming quilt by Jenny Lyon. Love the stripes. Love the setting. And lest you think this is just a little trifle,

look closer for the ‘wow factor.’

This second quilt by Jenny received a ribbon as runner-up to Best of Show.

And a detail.

From the SAQA exhibit I’m Not Crazy, two quilts in particular had me lingering. The horizontal design using yellow and blue is wonderful.

And the strips of pieced fabric include silk from men’s ties.

Her simple statement about this quilt was perfect.

Karen Musgrave’s entry was in a corner which was dark, a bit of irony for this lovely piece.

I have long admired Linda Cline’s work. Her fabric, thread and paint layering create a unique, sophisticated look that I never tire of.

Here is another artist who approaches her work in layers. A simple design element, repeated in dye and fabric with a riveting result.

Oh boy! I wanna know Linda.

The color choices for this quilt were spot on and the workmanship is impeccable.  I love the way the umbrella nudges the boundary of the quilt reminding the viewer of the tight boundary that these three children have under its protection.

I’m not usually tempted by ‘cute’ quilts, however, this one charmed me. I like the balance and whimsy of the design and the words drew me in. Using words can be a very tricky thing. I think that Joyce used them well here.

Here are two of the truths that Joyce shares with us.

After the work of walking, navigating the crowd and doing my best to get good photographs, I needed a little retail therapy reward. Mama Shaman had a booth and these shoes had my name all over them.

Naturally, a photograph will not give you all the information there is to an art quilt. If you’re able, get on over to the show. It is open through this Sunday and it is well worth the effort.

SAQA Auction

The annual SAQA on-line auction sold 267 art quilts, raising $54,200 for the organization. If you would like to see all the quilts that were available click here.

Different View III by Mayann Weinberg came home to me yesterday.

I am completely charmed by it. I love the way the muted colors swirl into one another and the care she took to create the detailed thread and bead work. This photograph doesn’t reveal the wonderful surprise I found when I unwrapped it. From the back you can see that four of the circles are cut away so that you actually see through the center portion of the bead and thread work.

And those four cut-away circles are surrounded by beads that are 3-D, actually lifting from the surface of the quilt. You can see the small knots at the end of each row — versus the three circles that have beads securely stitched to the surface.

I feel so lucky to have this wonder piece of art.

Broken Ginkgos Headed to Houston

Studio Art Quilt Associates (SAQA) just announced some exciting news to members:

In 2012, we have received 394 donated art quilts.  Most will be sold through SAQA’s online Benefit Auction.  A special group of 106 will be sold in the SAQA booth at International Quilt Festival – Houston. Warren and Nancy Brakensiek selected the works for the SAQA Houston Auction Sale.

My Broken Ginkgos art quilt is one of the 106 selected for the Houston Auction Sale in November 2012.  To see all of the quilts headed for Houston click here.

To learn all the details on how the on-line auction works and view the 288 foot-square quilts that be a part of that auction beginning September 10, click here.

Mark your calendar now so you don’t miss this great opportunity to own some incredible art at very affordable prices.

184 Art Quilts

That’s how many 12-inch square beauties are already available for viewing on the Studio Art Quilt Associates auction page. Be sure to click on the What You Can’t See on the Computer link to get more information about the quilts. The auction begins Monday, September 10 at 2 p.m. Eastern time and at this pace I’m betting that we see more than the 309 quilts that last year’s auction sold. This year, a special group of quilts will be selected for sale at the International Quilt Festival — Houston rather than on-line. Contemporary quilt collectors Warren and Nancy Brakensiek will be selecting the quilts for the Houston sale.

I wrote about the quilt that I donated (page 1b of the auction) here and here.

Review how the auction works here and then mark your calendar. I’m sure marking mine!

The competition for these little collectible jewels is pretty intense. So good luck!

SAQA Donation Quilt

I learned a technique that Denise Miller calls broken color (after a water-color technique) earlier this month and I shared progress on a small art quilt. I’ve completed the quilt now and have decided to call it Broken Ginkgos. This quilt will be donated to Studio Art Quilts Associates (SAQA) for their 2012 fund-raiser.

SAQA’s Benefit Auction is their largest fundraiser and SAQA’s biggest income source after membership dues. For the 2011 auction, 309 artworks were donated and they raised $52,925. To see all the quilts donated in 2011, click on the NEWS & EVENTS tab on the site, then click on SAQA BENEFIT AUCTION. The 2012 donations will be on the site starting in July 2012. I’ll give you plenty of notice!

Gallery Visit and Quilt Critiques with Sandra Sider

I’m a member of Studio Art Quilt Associates (SAQA) and I share the role of Representative for the Northern California/Nevada region with Sandy Wagner. I had the pleasure of hosting Sandra Sider, President of SAQA, at my home earlier this month. She was in town for other business and graciously offered to conduct a session of critiques for members in our region during her visit.  Sandra is also Consulting Curator for the Texas Quilt Museum, currently teaches undergraduate courses online in art history for the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs, has been published extensively and is a working quilt artist. I was thrilled to coordinate this opportunity!

The day of the critique session Sandra and I met five more SAQA members at a nearby restaurant for lunch, then we went to Creative Framing & Gallery to see my solo show. Pictured are (from left to right):  Kris Sazaki (SAQA VP), Deb Cashatt (SAQA Exhibits Coordinator), Paula Chung , Jenny Lyon, me, Sandra Sider and Sandy Wagner.

I was pleasantly surprised when Sandra began speaking about the pricing of my work and her assessment of the saleability of individual pieces. She felt that Fall Ginkgos would be the most saleable quilt because of its size (the viewer could easily see it hanging their home), use of color and perceived complexity.

Leaves II, which entailed much more work and variety of techniques, she felt would be perceived as less complex.

The few minutes we spent at the gallery were fun and educational! We all thanked Heather Piazza, herself an artist and strong supporter of the arts, who opened her gallery especially for our visit.

The critique session was next. In addition to those who had quilts to be critiqued, 15 observers were there. Sandra led each critique touching on history,  principles of art and how saleable each piece was. Viewers were encouraged to share their thoughts as well. She did a thorough job with 11 quilts in just 2 hours. We were in awe of her knowledge and the depth that she shared with us. I was in awe of her stamina!

Here is Sandy Wagner sharing details of the work in progress she brought. Sandy creates a lot of her own fabric with dye and applique work. She creates wearable art regularly so she is completely fearless. The section she is pointing to was created by hand appliqueing the red-orange fabric strips over the mottled yellow. There was much discussion about the central orange feature. Whatever she does, this will be gorgeous when it’s done.

This is the second time that Robin Cowley has hosted the same event at her home. She and her husband are uber gracious hosts and their home and garden are simply incredible works of art. Here are just two of the fabulous art installations in their back yard:

This is what I wanted to do when I got home from such an exciting day!

SAQA Auction a Success

309 art quilts were donated for the 2011 SAQA Auction, raising $52,100! I’d call that a raging success actually.  The funds raised through the Auction are critical to supporting SAQA’s exhibitions, catalogs and outreach programs. And I was lucky enough to be high bidder on Elemental Surprise by Janice McKeehan of Houston, Texas.

I hope the photograph does it justice. I love the detailed quilting that changes in each area of the quilt. She used two yarns to outline the feature on the left, then punched it up with fabulous beading. I’m charmed by the three pairs of beads that allow a peek under the fabric flap.

There are still a few of these small treasure available, but not for much longer. Check them out here.

Textiles and Tastings 2011

I was invited to join eight other artists for the Textiles and Tastings 2011 exhibit opening September 1 at the Shenandoah Gallery in Plymouth, CA. This will be the first time my work has been exhibited at a winery and I’m quite excited about the potential. I will have 4 pieces in the exhibit.

One-Color Landscape is the smallest, just 4″ x 6″ it is a fabric postcard mounted on 8-ply archival rag mat and professionally framed with the perfect frame. I sell my postcards matted without frame, however, I felt that this venue called for framing.

Orange was completed as a challenge by a group I belong to called Fiber on the Wall. It measures 37 1/4″ x 20″, includes photographs I took of fuyu persimmons and is densely quilted.

Blackbirds, 17 1/4″ x 21 1/4″, was inspired by another challenge, this time through SAQA, the professional quilt organization I belong to.  Based upon the children’s game of “Telephone,” in this challenge the first person makes a quilt based on a photograph and sends the quilt to the next person in line. That person makes a quilt based on the quilt they received, and so on. Only the first person in the group sees the original photograph, while the other participants see only the quilt they receive. The idea is not to duplicate the quilt you receive but to be inspired by it and then create your own.  The August/September 2009 issue of Quilting Arts Magazine published “The Whisper Challenge: A New Take on an Old Game” and featured the original photograph and the 6 quilts created, including mine.

Sweet 100, 22″ x 17″, started with a sun print of Sweet 100 tomato leaves.

The Artist Reception will be September 10 from 1 – 4 p.m. If you are able, please stop by and say hello. The exhibit will be open to the public through January 5, 2012. I know there will be some wonderful art based on the artists exhibiting.