Thursday, November 17, 2011

Fabric Artist/Art Quilter Ramona Linsdey

Greetings All,
Fabric artist/art quilter Ramona Lindsey has been very busy with her new career as a fabric artist/art quilter. Getting laid-off from Chicago Public Schools as a teacher was the best thing to jump start her life as an artist. Since September of this year, she has hosted a solo exhibit, been a semi-finalist in a national fine art competition, been selected for the SAQA IL/WI Stitches in Science exhibit, lectured & presented at the Fine Art of Fiber, and been selected to participate in Columbia College's Teaching Artist Development Studio.

The competition was sponsored by the A.R.I.S.E. Entrepreneur Program. The program required each participant to attend 7 weekly classes and complete a detailed business plan with financials and marketing plan during the same 7 week period. At the end of the 7 weeks each business was required to set-up an exhibit at a business expo with approximately 3000 attendees. Their plans and exhibits were judged by a panel.

She was the only visual artist competing out of a group of about 65 small businesses. So you know she was also the only fabric artist. People in her class knew nothing about art quilting and very little about quilting in general. Well, she's proud to announce that she was the first place winner of the A.R.I.S.E. Entrepreneur Program. She received a prize valued at over $10,000 which included cash and professional services to support her fabric art business. One goal of her business is to continue her efforts to elevate fabric art into the realm of fine art. I believe this award is the first in many steps towards achieving that goal.
I'm so very proud to know her and look forward to her advancement. For more information you can check our her website at

Friday, November 11, 2011

Schaumburg Prairie Center for the Arts

Greetings All,
Here's a video interview of Shelley Brucar at the Schaumburg Prairie Center for the Arts about the exhibits of FAC members. Thank you Shelley for doing such a great job.

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