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Coos Art Museum Opening Reception

I recently made a trip to Coos Bay to attend the artist reception for the opening of two High Fiber Diet exhibits at the Coos Art Museum. My piece, Forget Me Not, Collaboration with Grandma, was part of the It Isn’t Easy Being Green show which hung next to the Heat Wave exhibit in the main gallery. Click on image for larger view.

The gallery is very open and warm feeling and the exhibit was professionally hung, as expected.

The opening reception was very well attended. I heard murmurings of 200+ in attendance. The turn out was impressive and it made taking good straight-on photographs rather difficult so I will apologize now for the low quality of my images.

Here are a few of the images that were passable and some of my favorites in the exhibit. This is Toni Smith’s Heart In Motion. She used one of my favorite colors of green. Our pieces were hung side by side and complemented each other.

I chuckle out loud seeing Anita Kaplan’s Retail Therapy, the Pearl. I’ve been in many of those shops myself and have enjoyed their sturdy bags to take my treasures home. I love this nod to everyday life as it is simultaneously turned upscale into art.

Jo Noble (pictured here) and Pat Fifer created this gem, Baksimba, named after a fiery African dance. It rightly was the center of several discussions.

And here is another entry of Jo Noble’s, Memory Shield.

Sherri Culver (hot side) and Mary McLaughlin (cool side) collaborated in creating Hot Flash!

Here is Karen Miller’s Waiting for the Sun Worshipers, created out of a memory of a trip to Italy.

Another exhibit that opened the same evening featured many very small birds, all hand created by local artists. Here are just a couple of those charming birds.  Rufous Hummingbird was created by Victoria Most and Aspen Farer using needle-felted wool, wire and silk.

Jess Bronk created Peregrine Falcon using needle-felted wool, felt sheet, wool suiting and pastel.

I enjoyed my visit to CAM, meeting several of the artists and having an opportunity to chat with several of the museum staff, all of whom were very complimentary regarding the double exhibit of fiber art in the main gallery. The Coos Art Museum is the final venue for It Isn’t Easy Being Green — the exhibit will be up through February 11th, 2018 . My piece has been traveling with this exhibit since September 2016 and I have been very grateful for the opportunity to share my art with the public. I hope you have an opportunity to get to CAM.

IQA: Old, New and Wanna-be Friends

Thousands gathered in Houston for the 39th annual IQA Festival, most with the goal of seeing all 1300+ quilts, 1000+ vendors and taking in as many of the 380 classes as is practical.

My goal was quilts first, selected vendors (I always have a short list) second, then 2 lectures. It’s always fun to find friends and share their excitement of work hung in the exhibit.

Jeanne Marklin wasn’t there but I thoroughly enjoyed seeing Traditions

Jeanne Marklin, Traditionsand a detail

Jeanne Marklin, detailand Going in Circles.

Jeanne Marklin, Going in CirclesIt was fun to catch a few minutes with Sarah Ann Smith. She was teaching and trying to see the exhibit — not an easy task! Here she is with Listen to the Song in the Night, her entry for An Exquisite Moment.

Sarah Ann Smith, Listen to the Song in the NightI was fortunate to meet and enjoy the company of two art quilters from the Northwest. Here is Sherri Culver’s much-deserved 3rd place winner, Emmy Tovo:

Sherri Culver, Emmy Tovoand Emily Stevens’ entry for West Coast Wonders, Into the Woods:

Emily Stevens, Into the WoodsThen there are those artists who I wanna be friends with, like Ruth Powers. I’ve seen her work for several years, in many venues. Her work is always worth lingering over. I found myself in front of In the Bleak Midwinter many times.

Ruth Powers, In the Bleak MidwinterAnother very moving piece I went back to again and again was A Leap to Freedom by Esther de Visser of the Netherlands.

Esther de Visser, A Leap to FreedomAnd a detail

Esther de Visser, detailStaying in the Netherlands, here is Deanna Shafer’s tribute to van Gogh:

Deanna Shafer, Vincent: Haunted GeniusA detail of Vincent: Haunted Genius:

Deanna Shafer, detailI stopped by to visit Mendelssohn, of course.

Franki Kohler, Mugging with MendelssohnI’ve come to think of him as Ambassador Mendelssohn since he’ll be on the road for the coming year. You can read more about that here.

And you can see installment number one about Houston here. More quilts and retail therapy are up next. I hope you’ll join me.