Yesterday I received a phone call from the Crooked Tree Art Center in Petoskey Michigan. One of my artworks accepted into the 30th juried Fine Arts show had been awarded Honorable Mention. What a thrill for me. It was the first time I had entered this show though I had displayed my artwork there in conjunction with SAQA‘s “Transformation” a few years ago. (Three local SAQA artists were featured in a small exhibition in the foyer.) I was planning on attending the opening so I didn’t ask which piece. I had entered a brand new piece from my weed series “Cats in the Milkweed”
and since I could enter two works for the price of one, I entered “Cycles”.
This piece was originally created in 2007 for an invitational show themed “Time”. The prospectus prohibited the use of timepieces, calendars and the usual ways of showing the passage of time. The artists were to “think outside the box.” It was shown again by the same group in a retrospective in 2008. Then it traveled to the Mascuso shows with “Fiber Force” curated by Lisa Chipentine and recently returned to me. I thought, “Why not?” Despite the trend at quilt shows to dismiss work made a few year ago as “old”, fine art shows don’t usually prescribe to these conventions. And it won the first of three “Honorable Mention” which is essentially 4th place behind two wonderful paintings and a very interesting mix-media assemblage. The next two “Honorable Mentions” were awarded to a painting and a ceramic grouping.
Out of 62 pieces in the exhibit there were four fiber pieces. The other two were wonderful weavings. Another very good mixed-media piece had fiber included but it was under glass and you wouldn’t take it for textile art. The visual arts director didn’t mention the total number of entries, only that it was large and because it is now digital that they had more out-of-area artists (it was a state-wide call).
My advice to textile artists–enter fine arts venues. People like fiber art.