Category Archives: Exhibits

Portals Become a Series

Having the first “Portal” hanging on the design wall must have influenced the two pieces I started this summer. I meant to post weekly about my progress but got sidetracked as I worked toward a deadline for a Fiber Artists Coalition exhibit entitled “Wabi Sabi: Appreciation of the Imperfect.” which reflects the Japanese aesthetic centered on the acceptance of transience and imperfection. I felt the “portal” was transient since it appears to float and this piece would be a good candidate to enter.  I set about working on additional pieces for the show.

I continue to gravitate toward greens, grays and browns.  Probably because that’s what I see living in the woods.  At some point I noticed doors and windows in the constructs. I didn’t consciously plan them; they just happened.  Thus, Portals became a series:

Portal #2 Through the Forest

Portal #2 Through the Forest 32″ x 25″

The next piece was more deliberate.  Two memories influenced the doorway and the branches obstructing entry: an abandon temple in a Balinese forest that has been taken over by monkeys, and the steps leading to a Mayan temple ruin.  I didn’t attempt to find my photographs since I was aiming for the feeling rather than a pictorial likeness.

Portal #3 Enigma  20" x 25"

Portal #3 Enigma 20″ x 25″

So now the first piece is renamed and also photographed with proper lighting.  All three will be exhibited together in Wabi Sabi.

Portal #1 Transition 21.5" x 22"

Portal #1 Transition 21.5″ x 22″

And now I will turn my attention to the Blue Door.  Another Portal.



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A short update

I am taking a hiatus from art.  Right now my life is in turmoil.  I will share two things.  The first is art related, a nice article from the Petoskey News-Review about a piece of my artwork that is on display as part of a regional SAQA exhibit at Michigan State University.

The second is my dear husband’s obituary.

We were planning a move to North Carolina and had even purchased a house in Weaverville.  My intent is to follow through with our plan as best I can alone once the house in Michigan is sold.


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SAQA Benefit Auction

The Dance 12 x 12

The Dance 12 x 12


The online SAQA 2013 Benefit Auction began on Monday, September 9th   and concludes on Sunday, September 29 at 2:00 PM Eastern.


SAQA’s Benefit Auction supports SAQA’s exhibition program – during 2013 ten exhibitions of SAQA member work traveled to Australia, Canada, England, France, Gabon, Italy, South Africa, and seventeen states across the U.S.  They were displayed in 8 museums and 19 major quilt festivals and were seen by several hundred thousand visitors, many of whom had never seen an art quilt before.

How the Online Auction works:

The Auction is run in three sections (Section 1 – Pages 1a and 1b; Section 2 – Pages 2a and 2b; Section 3 – Pages 3a and 3b).

On the first day of each section’s auction, the price for each piece in that section is $750. The next day (at 2:00 Eastern), the price drops to $550. The third day, it drops to $350, then $250, then $150, and finally $75.

Help support the art quilt movement by bidding on your favorite great piece of art in SAQA’s Benefit Auction!

Some of the pieces, including “The Dance” will be auctioned at the International Quilt Festival in Houston with on-line and in-person bidding.

Bidding on Monday and Tuesday will be online beginning at the usual times.  Bidding on Wednesday through Sunday will be in person following the opening times for Festival.

Online Bidding
Monday,  October 28 at 2:00 pm Eastern – $750
Tuesday, October 29 at 2:00 pm Eastern – $550

In-Person Bidding
Wednesday, October 30  5:00 pm – 10:00 pm Central – $350
Thursday, October 31    10:00 am –   7:00 pm Central – $250
Friday, November 1       10:00 am –   7:00 pm Central – $150
Saturday, November 2   10:00 am –   7:00 pm Central – $100
Sunday, November 3     10:00 am –   4:00 pm Central – $75

Help Support SAQA

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More Beneath the Surface, a second Tall Story

I finished the second tall, narrow tree for Loose Thread’s forest.   I found a great hand-dyed piece for a winter sky.  I had originally planned for the ground beneath the surface to go from brown to purple then red and finally orange but when I pinned it up it didn’t look right so I reversed it and liked it better with the purple on the bottom to balance the purple/gray of the sky.

background pieced

background pieced

I drew a sort of a tree and the root system in Photoshop.  I liked the lime green roots but decided that the brown tree was not enough contrast and the tree was just too big.

Photoshop version

Photoshop version

Final version:  The tree is black and simple.

Winter tree crop for web

And I decided that the roots are still working their way down.  If you click on the image the whole length should appear on your screen.

More beneath the surface

More beneath the surface
70″ x 14″


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Artist Day at the Lavender Farm

It was a perfectly gorgeous summer day for the artist day at the farm.  Most of the artists painted in the gardens.  I worked on hemming the facing on the “tall story” tree.  fencePeople came by and visited with us.  At 2:30 we gathered under the maple trees at beautifully set tables for a “Devonshire Tea” that featured scones, Devonshire cream, strawberry jam and lemon custard served with a delicious tea.  After tea the artists were invited to introduce themselves and talk about their art.

set up

I was thrilled that the owner of the farm purchased the piece with the blue chair.  She told me why the chair and the arbor have a special meaning for her.

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Realism to Abstraction and Beyond

jrac pageThrilled to have my pieces chosen for the Jordan River Art Center’s website.  The show opened yesterday and it is very interesting.  Most artists wrote about their process and/or inspiration, something we are used to seeing at quilt/fiber shows but less often in all media fine arts.


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Storm Warnings

Storm Warnings 18 x 24

Last year I was invited by Machine Quilting Unlimited to participate in their Seasons Challenge.  Twelve artists were selected to create 18″ x 24″ pieces to depict their assigned season.  Other than the uniform size, the only requirement was the use of machine stitching.   I was thrilled to be invited so of course I accepted the invitation.  When we were assigned our seasons and I saw the list of  participants I felt very honored to be included in this group of exceptional artists:

Spring:  Sue Reno, Heidi Zielinski and Patty Hawkins

Summer: Patricia Anderson Turner, Eileen Doughty, and Roxane Lessa

Fall: Judy Momenzadeh, Carol Ann Sinnreich, and Lea McComas

Winter Patt Blair, Kate Themel and me.

My winter piece depicts the Charlevoix lighthouse in one of our frequent wind storms.  I had wanted to interpret winter without using snow as an element.  That might seem odd since we usually have long, snowy winters here but I wanted to see if I could convey the feel of the season without that convention.

My dog, Annie, and I often walk along the shore of Lake Michigan and the lake really does take on a different aspect in winter.  I used a combination of my own hand-dyes and commercial batiks for the composition.  The water in the foreground is the last scraps of my favorite-ever piece of hand-dyed fabric.  I dyed it for  On November Winds, one of my Blackbird pieces, and to me it looked as much like the winter lake as a winter sky.  The crashing waves were cut from a not very successful attempt at shibori and I was glad I hung onto that piece.

We haven’t been able to show our pieces until this week when we received our copies of the May/June issue.  I was so excited to see the other artist’s pieces.  They are gorgeous!  The photos of Storm Warnings in the magazine are far better than my snapshot here on the blog.  The stitching lines really show up with professional photography.And the issue, as usual, is full of great articles including one by Kate Themel, Eileen Doughty, Caryl Bryer Fallert and Ellen Ann Eddy.

May/June 2012 Issue

May/June 2012 Issue

Machine Quilting Unlimited is available at Joann Fabrics and Barnes & Noble.   Issue are also available online.


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