Wednesday, August 24, 2016

ASWR update

Greetings All,
Here is the new information about the opening of "And Still We Rise" coming to the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

AACC 25th Anniversary Celebration

Greetings All,
I will be one of many artists participating in the 25th Anniversary Celebration of the African American Cultural Center at UIC.  My "Hot Jazz" series will be a part of this exhibit.

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Ubuntutu: Life Legacies of Love and Action.

Greetings All,
Here is the latest self promotion.  I have the honor to be include in an exhibit titled Ubuntutu: Life Legacies of Love and Action Quilt Tributes to Desmond and Leah Tutu by South African and American Artists. The exhibition will open Thursday, September 29, 2016 in Cape Town, SA and is one of the events leading up to the Desmond Tutu International Peace Lecture.  Below is the piece that I entered into this exhibition and this was not my 1st choice, but my choice nevertheless.

This piece was created to pay homage to an extraordinary world class couple who have been in the fight for equality for their homeland and for global causes.  I count it a great privilege to be included in this historical exhibition and hope/pray that my simple piece wills convey my gratitude. The verbiage that has been applied state just a few facts about what their foundation was build on.
I used my hand dyed cotton as the sky, the land cotton was a gift from a good friend and I over painted it so that she could be included in the piece.  The button that I chose for embellishment came from another friend mother’s stash of buttons and I wanted at her was also from a friend and the cross was a found object that I could not step across when I saw it.  By adding all of these gifts and found objects give the piece to me a since of community.
I chose the color purple for the church and the African print to compliment the purple because I see them as a unit that fights the good fight of faith.  I joined their hand together in the center of the piece as a symbol of a heart and to me that represents love that these two champions in their personal life and the causes of the foundation.   This was machine pieced and quilted as a labor of love and gratitude.

The piece below is the 1st creation that I vetoed and now I wish I had gone on with, but nevertheless it is available.

Friday, August 12, 2016

ASWR update

Greetings All,
Here's information about the next leg of the journey of ASWR, the exhibition will be on view in the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley Changing Exhibitions Gallery from September 9 through December 31, 2016, And Still We Rise is curated by artist, historian, and director of the Women of Color Quilter’s Network Carolyn Mazloomi, PhD, and organized by Cincinnati Museum Center, the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, and the Women of Color Quilters Network. The exhibition’s display in the MSV is sponsored by BB&T and  Shenandoah Country Q102 and presented in collaboration with the Winchester Area NAACP.

My piece shown about is a part of this national historical exhibit and I am so very honored to be in this number one more time.  If you can attend the exhibit you can get a copy of the catalog for your viewing delight. 

Saturday, July 30, 2016

C.T. Gabbert Art Park.

Greetings All,
I drive past the place often to look and see what new images the have on display because I love public art and today I got an offer to be included  in the "C.T. Gabbert Art Park" thanks to Eileen/Doug Leunig and a special thanks to Chuck Gabbert.

"What started as a vacant gas station on the corner of MacArthur Highway and SW Adams is now an artistic oasis, thanks to C.T. Gabbert Remodeling and Construction Inc. The firm is bringing beauty to the south end of the Warehouse District with its art park, featuring a rotating art exhibit, unique and colorful flower planters, a recycled tire and birdhouse hanging display and a “Little Free Library”—a cabinet of books for community exchange. The idea is to take a book and leave a book if you can.

By collaborating with local artists, community members and area schools, mastermind Chuck Gabbert has high hopes for the mural spaces in particular. “These murals can be anything, really. We take an image, photograph or drawing… and turn it into a vinyl piece similar to modern billboard technology.”

Saturday, July 9, 2016

Prairie Center of the Arts workshop

Greetings All,
I took a linocut print mini-workshop at the Prairie Center of the Arts and loved it.  I have not done a linocut in ages and it brought back the good and the bad, but I loved every cut.  I even pulled out my Dremel to see if that would make thing move along faster, but haste dose make waste.  However here is the end results and I love it.

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