Monday, June 26, 2017

The Keeper of the Cloth-I

Greetings All,
I have been working on a new series of pieces titled the "Keeper of the Cloth".  This is a mixed media of wire, tin,  recycle blue jeans, plastic beads, and wood.  This is the 1st piece in this series and it has been a great learning experience.

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Peoria's 2nd Annual Jazz & Art Festival

Greetings All,
Today we will be celebrating the Peoria's 2nd Annual Jazz & Art Festival will feature five Illinois jazz groups and a variety of local artists. This festival was made possible by the Peoria Park District and Central Illinois Jazz Society.

Entertainment Schedule:
3:00: Change-Up4:30: JC & the Redemption6:00 Mardra & Reggie Thomas7:30: The Brazilionaires9:00: Soul Message (Greg Ward)
Kagan Masters
Joshua Hawkins
Adrienne Risby
Abby Collins
Jennifer Short
Scott Sternberg
Johnny M. Hunter
Ellen Monteith 
Daniel Buchanan
Noah Christopher Otten
W. Joe Hudson
Natalie Jackson O'Neal
Mary Hildebrand
Jeff D. Selke
Chelsie Tamms
Jeremy Berkley
Jessica Peterson
Amy Williams
Ava Kamm
Trish Williams
Kristina Bohan
Rachel Newell
Arts Partners

Admission: $8 before 4:30pm, $10 after. Children 12 and under are FREE with a paid adult.
For more information, visit the festival's website at :
Participating 2017 artists:Marina Wirtz

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Wabi Sabi - update

Greetings All,
Here is a link to an article by Leslie Renken of the Peoria Journal Start regarding FAC latest exhibit that's coming to town.  Also here is the postcard for the exhibit.  We are thankful to the Foster Gallery of Christianity and Fine Arts for the opportunity.  I am grateful to share it here in Peoria, IL.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Missed Moment.

Greetings All,
You know how sometimes you think that you've read all the instructions to meet a deadline and at the last moment realized that you got it all wrong?  Well I waited until the last minuet to complete this piece and on the day I was going to ship it I re-read the qualification and realized that the size was wrong.  This is what happens when you procrastinate, "Triennial Gathering".

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Wearable update.

Greetings All,
Here is the latest series of aprons and I am loving creating them for sure.  A simple, sweet wearable and that's the truth.


Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Major donation via Dr Carolyn L. Mazloomi

Greetings All,
Here's a quote from , Dr. Aleia Brown "While the work in the Carolyn L. MazloomiWomen of Color Quilters Networkis invaluable for its contributions to women's studies and Black history and culture, it is still important that we have documentation that the collection has been appraised at over $500,000. Thank you Dr.Mazloomi for your generous donation to the Michigan State University Museum!
My dissertation and book project is largely based on the work and the women who contributed their work to this collection. Thank you Ed Johnetta Miller, Peggie Hartwell, April AnueDindga McCannonDorothy BurgeTrish WilliamsMarion ColemanCarole StaplesBisa ButlerDeborah FellPeggy LucasLatifah ShakirLauren AustinSylvia HernandezSheila A WhiteDeborah Fell. Please share widely, and especially with other Network members".   For more info check out the link here:

Dizzy - 2003 by Dr Carolyn Mazloomi

Monday, May 1, 2017

Wabi Sabi reminder.

Greetings All,
Here's a reminder that coming June 11th at the Foster Gallery for Christianity and Fine Arts.

Wabi-Sabi:  Finding Beauty in the Imperfect
(Curator’s Statement)

In these days of a throwaway society, it’s good to make do with what we have cherishing the memories they hold.  Wabi-sabi is the Japanese term for finding beauty in the imperfect.  There is beauty in the worn out bench by the garage where you sit on a hot summer day and listen to the grasshoppers chant.  That old tree in the back yard isn’t pretty, but conveys beauty in its strength and character, from making it through the thunderstorm and only losing a limb or starting to rot with moss and lichens growing on its trunk while the woodpeckers search for insects. Look to the natural aging of leaves from bright chartreuse to crumbled brown skeletal remains to understand the meaning of Wabi-Sabi.

The focus of the artists work for this exhibit, “Wabi-Sabi:  Finding Beauty in the Imperfect” gives representation to what satisfies their soul in simple ways.  We engage viewers and invite them to reflect and see in their own lives the imperfect yet simple pleasures of present and past, and the ever-changing life cycle of the natural world around us. 
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