Wednesday, April 27, 2011

PAQA - Art & Science exhibit.

Greetings All,
PAQA "Art and Science" exhibit opens at Gallery 7, 116 N. Chicago Street, Ste. 102, Joliet, IL, 60432. Opening reception is April 30 - 3:00 pm until 7:00 pm. The exhibit runs April 30 - May 27, 2011. So if you are in the area or have friends/family in the area do stop by and see the exhibit.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Piece of the week.

Greetings All,
The piece of the week are some more of those wonderful "Bark Cloth" pillows for the queen of "Bark Cloth" Sylvia. I love the fabric and the opportunity to create them for someone who I know in her heart of hearts is helping me out big time by allowing me to create them. Plus she has some of the best fabrics and each time it takes me back down memory lane just by touching them. Sylvia thank you.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

13 Ways to View a Blackbird-update

Where Two Or More...

Greetings All,
13 Ways of Looking at a Blackbird, Art Quilts by the Fiber Artists Coalition opens Friday, April 22, 2011; 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM Iowa Artisans Gallery.

Iowa Artisans Gallery hosts "13 Ways of Looking at a Blackbird," based on a poem of the same name by Wallace Stevens. The exhibit includes thirteen art quilts by eleven members of the Fiber Artists Coalition and runs April 22 – May 29, 2011.

The Fiber Artists Coalition is made up of Professional Artist Members of Studio Art Quilt Associates (SAQA) from the upper Midwest. FAC curates traveling exhibits of its members' works. Members employ a variety of innovative materials and techniques in the creation of fiber art with a contemporary edge. Some members have published books about their artistic processes and are in demand as teachers and presenters. Many exhibit their work in juried group and solo exhibitions within and beyond the U.S.

The Studio Art Quilt Associates, Inc. (SAQA) is a non-profit organization whose mission is to promote the art quilt through education, exhibitions, professional development and documentation. Visit the Studio Art Quilt Associates’ website at: Learn more about the Fiber Artists Coalition at: and its blog at:

Iowa Artisans Gallery was established by artists in 1984. The gallery features work by American artists and focuses on Midwestern artists wherever possible. Daily hours are Monday-Wednesday 10-6pm; Thursday’s Downtown Shopping Night: 10-7pm; Friday 10-6pm; Saturday 10-5:30 and Sunday 12-4. For more information, please contact the Gallery at 319-351-8686.

List of Blackbirds participating artists plus state of residence:

Astrid Hilger Bennett, Iowa City, IA
Kathie Briggs, Charlevoix, MI
Shelley Brucar, Buffalo Grove, IL
Cheryl Dineen Ferrin, Mattawan, MI
Clairan Ferrono, Chicago, IL
Peg Keeney, Harbor Springs, MI
Pat Kroth, Verona, WI
Casey Puetz, Waukesha, WI
Joan Potter Thomas, Northville, MI
Laura Wasilowski, Elgin, IL
Trish Williams, Chicago, IL

Source Material:
Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird, by Wallace Stevens

Among twenty snowy mountains,
The only moving thing
Was the eye of the blackbird.

I was of three minds,
Like a tree
In which there are three blackbirds.

The blackbird whirled in the autumn winds.
It was a small part of the pantomime.

A man and a woman
Are one.
A man and a woman and a blackbird
Are one.

I do not know which to prefer,
The beauty of inflections
Or the beauty of innuendoes,
The blackbird whistling
Or just after.

Icicles filled the long window
With barbaric glass.
The shadow of the blackbird
Crossed it, to and fro.
The mood
Traced in the shadow
An indecipherable cause.

O thin men of Haddam,
Why do you imagine golden birds?
Do you not see how the blackbird
Walks around the feet
Of the women about you?

I know noble accents
And lucid, inescapable rhythms;
But I know, too,
That the blackbird is involved
In what I know.

When the blackbird flew out of sight,
It marked the edge
Of one of many circles.

At the sight of blackbirds
Flying in a green light,
Even the bawds of euphony
Would cry out sharply.

He rode over Connecticut
In a glass coach.
Once, a fear pierced him,
In that he mistook
The shadow of his equipage
For blackbirds.

The river is moving.
The blackbird must be flying.

It was evening all afternoon.
It was snowing
And it was going to snow.
The blackbird sat
In the cedar-limbs.

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Cover Story update.

Greetings All,I got a copy of the cover for the Yale Divinity School Reflections journal. I love the fact that the color at the top of the journal, reflexs the color of the sun in my piece. Thank you again Ray Waddle for asking.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011


Greetings All, Last night I was at the Highland Park High School in Highland Park, IL for their Art Night: Imagine the Possibilities. The whole school was a buzz with painters, potters, glass workers, carvers, etc. I had on display some art quilts, lap quilts, and some wearables and postcards. People were amazed at the fiber postcards most of all and they were allowed to create their own version with the use of fabrics and paper and they had a grand old time as seen below. Tonight the school will be filled with the art of dance.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

The Unspoken Truth About Color: A Dialogue in Art Quilts about Racism.

Greetings All, Please join in the opening reception for " The Unspoken Truth About Color: A Dialogue in Art Quilts About Racism" exhibit. This exhibit includes 29 pieces from 27 women fiber artists from around the country. Please join curator, Jeanette Thompson as they celebrate the opening of the exhibit in conjunction with the YWCA’s National Day of Commitment to Eliminate Racism. Friday, April 29 · 6:00pm - 9:00pm The ARC Gallery and Educational Foundation 832 W Superior St # 204 Chicago, IL Below are some images of pieces in this exhibit and do check it out if you are in the area. "Haiti Girl - But Where Were You Before" - Juno McClellan-Ryan (center) "It's Not All Back and White" - Jeanette Thompson (left)

"Sin Tones" - Diana Bracy (right)

"Friends" - Dr Susan Walen (below center)
"Billie's Tree" - Carol Beck (left)
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