Friday, December 28, 2012

F.A.C. exhibit - Blue World/Green World

Greetings All,
  “BlueWorld/GreenWorld” an Fiber Artists Coalition exhibit at 
199 King Street La Crosse, WI 54601.
 608.785.1434 or www.thepumphouse.org
Exhibition: January 4, 2013 – February 23, 2013
Reception: January 12, 2013 from 5 – 7 p.m.
 

“BlueWorld/GreenWorld” reveals the beauties of field and meadow and sea and sky in work which moves from the representative, through impressionistic to abstract. Each piece is an art quilt created by a member of the Fiber Arts Coalition, an affiliation of textile artists from the upper Midwest who collaborate in securing opportunities for work to be exhibited in venues throughout the US. Members of FAC 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 lecturers.  

My piece "Soaring @ Twilight" (below) is one of the pieces that will be on exhibit and if you are in the area do stop by and check out the exhibit.
Happy New Year!


Saturday, November 24, 2012

Update

Greetings All,
Yesterday I shipped off to the Illinois State Museum in Springfield, IL three of my pieces to become a part of their permanent collection of African American Quilts.  I know these are not traditional quilts the type that most museums look for and yes I do created traditional quilts from time to time, but this type of quilting is my main passion.  Also this represents who I am at it's best and the pieces that I donated are pieces that I feel very strongly about because they are some of my favorites.

Below right " Kaleidoscope Treasure" was created out of some of my hand dyed cottons and African Wax printed cotton.  I love this piece because it was present to member of P.A.Q.A. as a challenge for the American Orchid Society exhibit in Florida in 2003 and I loved the whole process of creating this piece.
















"Winter Celebration" (below center) is a re-occurring theme of pieces that celebrate women because I do believe that "women hold up half the sky" and I love the contrast of black and white. I chose African Wax prints and traditional quilters cottons.  I also embellished with Cowrie shells and buttons because both were use as a type of currency in the history of Africa and United States.




"Through The Trees" (below left) was created because a group of trees that were in my front yard at time of this creation and I had a love/hate relationship with these trees.  The background sky was created during a play-date with my next door neighbors children that were curious about what I did, so I showed them and allowed them to create fabrics that I would later use in my work in honor of them and I do hope/pray that all is well with them wherever they are.  This piece is a joint donation with the support of Alexander (Sandy) Schweitzer artist/quilt appraiser and P.A.Q.A. member who befriended me from the beginning of joining that group.  Sandy is also an advocate to help increase the collection of African American quilts at the Illinois State Museum I am honored that she asked me to participate and that the museum accepted my donation.  Thank you so very much Sandy.



Monday, November 12, 2012

B/G World Opening Reception

Greetings All,
Here is the slide show from the opening of B/G World.  Enjoy

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Thursday, November 1, 2012

FAC - Blue/Green World Exhibitions

Greetings All,
Fiber Artists Coalition returns to the Schaumburg Prairie Center for the Arts with a new exhibit, BLUE WORLD/GREEN WORLD from November 2 through November 28, 2012.  The Prairie Center is located at 201 Schaumburg Court, Schaumburg, IL.
 
We will also start the new year at the Pump House Gallery in LaCrosse, WI.
 

 

Monday, October 29, 2012

CAM Update @ the Switching Station Artists Lofts.

Greetings All,
Here is the slide-show from CAM opening house at the "Switching Station Artists Lofts".  Enjoy:>)

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Monday, October 8, 2012

Greetings All,
More CAM events.  Next weekend, Oct 13th and 14th is open house/studio at the Switching Station Artists Lofts.  My live-work space will be open Saturday the 13th from 1 p.m. until 6 p.m. and Sunday the 14th from Noon until 6 p.m. I'm not sure how may of the spaces will be open, but last year was a blast and I will post photos.

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Greetings All,

This is Chicago Artists Month and the event have started with a bang.  Friday night was the opening of SDA regional exhibit at Human Thread titled "The Blind Eye: The Result of Doing Nothing"and it was a good started to this months happenings.  Enjoy:>)

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Sunday, July 29, 2012

The Wedding Dress Project - Piece Of The Week

Greetings All,
I am often given things, fabric, buttons, beads, etc. I was given some wedding garments and also given a challenge to create. I started with the bridal dress (left) and the first creation is a wedding ensemble for one of my "Darling Diva Dolls".

I took the dress apart and sorted out the components and below center is the full view and the detail of the top of the dress.

Below left is the front full view of the robe, back full view of the robe, and a detail of the back of the robe. Enjoy:>)



Friday, July 27, 2012

Piece of the Week, FYI, and Updates

Greetings All,
People share all types of things with me and below are some of the latest gifts. "Following is an interview by Lydia Shepard, a writer from an organization called Sixty Inches from the Center, a non-for-profit group dedicated to archiving Chicago area artists. The files, digital and otherwise, are archived at The Harold Washington Library and are accessible to the public. I think all Chicago area artists should avail themselves of this service. The directions about how to do this are on their website. The people who head "Sixty Inches", Tempestt Hazel and Nicolette Caldwell are very professional and efficient. Check out their other activities on their website. There are so many great things happening in Chicago in the arts!"

http://sixtyinchesfromcenter.org/archive/?p=16644

I was gifted a box of buttons and was wondering what I could create with some of them and below is my "Piece of the Week" creation. I love the multi-color, sizes, and vintage of this piece and I've created three thus far and I working on others. I don't like turning down any gifts and want to show appreciation to the givers.



Below is a sideshow from our We Too Are Chicago opening at the Human Thread gallery. It was wonderful that so many came out and a good debut for our first time exhibiting artist Gerald Brown. Enjoy


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Friday, July 6, 2012

We Two Chicago - exhibit

Greetings All,
'We too are Chicago" July Art Exhibition Opening Reception, with Reverend Jesse Jackson, Monday, July 9th 6pm - 9pm @HumanThread
Open to the public; Free event.

Please join us, in support of our youth, our future!
No matter what the tragic statistics tell us, one thing is certain, we must Keep Hope Alive! and Take Action!

This also serves as a pre-conference reception of the 41st Annual Rainbow Push Conference July 11 - 14 @Chicago Hilton & Towers.

Friday, June 29, 2012

Human Thread/Play Date with the Henderson.

Greetings All,
I have finished all the pieces for the exhibit at Human Thread and I no longer have any of the fabrics that where created from my Play-Date with the Henderson from 2009. Below is that final piece (Collaboration-IX-Jamal) and the poem that has inspired the exhibition/journey. The exhibiton will run from:



July 9th - August3rd, 2012


HumanThread Center Gallery


645 W. 18th Street

Chicago, IL 60616




Artist's Reception


2nd Friday Gallery Night


Friday, July 13, 2012


6 pm - 10 pm

For more information visit. http://www.humanthread.net/






We Too Are Chicago!
By Ramona Dallum Lindsey

Your Gold Coast is not our stomping ground
Oprah rarely visits our 'hood.
We're called Kendra, David, Hector, and Maria
We share the block with Phat Daddy and Lil' Mama
We're regulars on the Green, Red, and Pink Line,
Our train stops at neighborhoods like
Englewood, Auburn-Gresham, Pilsen, and Little Village
We too are Chicago
We stare from bedroom windows at boarded up homes
And wonder about Travis, forced from the 'hood,
Because his people couldn't pay
We pass the teddy bear shrine dashing to catch the train
And wonder during our 60 minute ride to the better school
Who will be the next to die.
We gaze out the train window at homeys on the corner
And wonder how long Drop-outs will stand
Because no one cared enough to give them a chance.
We too are Chicago
Our parents work hard to give us the basics
It's no to the fancy dance lessons, art camps, & theater shows
Most of us leave school with nothing to do
We head home to empty houses
Where we lock ourselves in
But some of us take the dangerous detour
Straight to the pushers, bangers, and hustlers
We too are Chicago
We are more than you see
You see hopeless,
We see dreams!
You see lazy,
We see potential!
You see waste,
We see opportunity!
You see depressed,
We see achievers!
We too are Chicago
Copyright 2012

Monday, June 25, 2012

Human Thread Exhibit update.

Greetings All,
Here is another entry for the exhibit next month at Human Threads. This one was created with hand painted fabric form my Play-Date with the Henderson back in 2009 that was done by Jamal and the title is Collaboration-VII (Jamal). I also used some of my hand dyed cotton and some photos that I took around town. "We stare from bedroom windows at boarded up homes and wonder about Travis, forced from the 'hood because his people couldn't pay" - Ramona Lindsey. I chose this line because Jamal parents, another set of neighbors and myself all lost our homes during the same time. I never thought about how this makes a child feel until I read this line in Ramona's poem. I hope/pray wherever Jamal/family are that they are alright.


Sunday, June 24, 2012

Piece of the Week and coming exhibit.

Greetings All,
I'm preparing for an exhibit next month at the Human Thread with Ramona Dallum Lindsey. The exhibit it titled "We Too Are Chicago" and inspired by a poem that was written by Ramona. The focus is on youth and because of that I chose to exhibit pieces that I collaborated with youth. Below is a piece from my series "The Collaboration Project" that started in 2009 the Jamal Henderson and sisters. Jamal painted the background and I appliqued and quilted the whole cloth piece.
"We gaze out the train window at homeys on the corner and wonder how long Drop-outs will stand because no one cared enough to give them a chance. We too are Chicago!" - Ramona Dallum Lindsey.


I have wondered why I chose certin lines from Ramona's poem and when I look at the piece/poem I ask myself. This line was choosen because I would see young men/women standing on corners as I would drive throughout the ciy just standing and I ask why? They have other choices, but why don't they choose them? Do they not see a future? Do they not have any hope?

Monday, June 18, 2012

Updates/Piece of the Week.

Greetings All,
I've updated stage-IV and add two other figures, I've assemble, bound, labeled and embellish. It's completed, packed and will be shipped tomorrow. I will post more later on this upcoming exhibit, but for now just enjoy the bits/pieces:>)

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Road Trip

Greetings All,
This coming weekend I shall be at the 8th Annual Lake Meadows Art Fair, June 16th & 17th from 11 am until 8 pm. So if you are in the area stop by and say hello.

Below is the 5th stage in the piece that I've been working on for the past month. This is the final section and now I will assemble, bind, and embellish. I will post more later.


Sunday, June 10, 2012

Pieces Of The Week.

Greetings All,

I have been busy this weekend completing tasks that were all over the place, but they are now finished. Below is the second piece in the series " The Shadow of a Man". I was gifted the background fabric that was hand painted and the sun was some fabric that I dyed in the microwave in a zip lock bag and no I do not cook in that microwave. I love the feeling of this piece/series and the feeling that less was more.






I also completed a pantsuit(below) for a friend's granddaughter. The friend gave me the Kente print and I matched fabrics from my stash to come up with this very colorful 2 pcs. I love it and so dose grandma. Now I'm off to finish a skyscape for my son and you do know that I will post when I'm finish. Enjoy my eye-candy;>)


Friday, June 8, 2012

We Two Chicago - exhibit

Greetings All,
Next month I will participate in a group show with Ramona Dallum Lindsey at the Human Thread Gallery in Chicago. The focus of the exhibit will be on youth and my pieces were inspired by a poem written by Ramona. Below is the first in a series of three that I plan to exhibit in "We Two Chicago".

The line in the poem reads as; "We're regulars on the Green, Red and Pink Line, our train stops at neighborhoods like Englewood, Auburn-Gresham, Pilsen, and Little Village. We too are Chicago". The background fabric was created by creating a collage of photos that were taken by Patric McCoy of Diasporal Rhythms and myself. The photos were changed into a sepia tone to represent the black, brown, and tan youth that I see throughout these communities mention in the poem. The collage was printed onto June Tailor photo transfer color-fast fabric and pieced once a map of the Chicago Transit Authority was imposed over it.

I shall embellish this piece with buttons that were given to me from Patric's mother stash of sewing supplies and the buttons are yellow in color which represent enlightenment and the wheels on the trains. The black/white stripes represent the tracks of the trains and this is a collaboration of love because it involves on of my dearest friends/mentor and treasures from his beloved mother.

HumanThread Center for Peace, Arts & Education is a 501(c)(3) NPO that engages individuals in conversation about peace, non-violence and human dignity through art, education and discussion. The Center /Gallery offers public space and programs to the general community. A major part of our efforts also target the south and west side area Chicago youth, a population that faces poverty, violence and low educational attainment due to diachronic neglect.


Monday, June 4, 2012

Piece of the Week

Greetings All,
Here is my latest "Piece of the Week" (stage-IV) and I'm still not sure if I'm finish. I feel that I have too much blank space. We shall see and you know that I will post more later. The porter is rocking/rolling, but he's still holding on to the tray.

Thursday, May 31, 2012

FAC Blue/Green World Exhibit.

Greetings All,
I found out on yesterday that my piece (PAQA-Water below) found a new home while on exhibit at Common Threads at the Riverfront Art Center in Stevens Point, WI. It's a small lovely piece with lots of texture and I am so very honored that someone loved it as much as I did in creating it. I miss not being able to attend PAQA for now, but hank you FAC of the opportunity to be a part of this exhibit and this group.


Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Pieces of the Week.

Greetings All,
The below piece is the 3rd stage in the larger composition that I've been blogging about for this past month.
Below are my completed pieces from Maggie Weiss thermofax workshop and they are called the " The Watcher". I have one more that I would like to add to this series and I will post more later.
The Watcher-I (above)

The Watcher - II (above)

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Pieces of the Week

Greetings All,
Here is my Piece of the Week and this is stage-II in a larger piece that I'm working on. I love the colors that are coming forth as a work on this creation and I'm loving the process thus far. More to come and do enjoy:>)

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Happy Mother's Day/Piece of the Week.

Greetings All,
Happy Mother's Day to one and all.  I hope/pray that you have a great/safe day.  Below is the first part of a piece that I'm working on and I love its simplicity and colors.  The color combination was inspired by one of my students and I'm driven by color 1st and composition 2nd in most cases, but with this piece it is theme driven and I shall share more later.   Enjoy your day and be safe.


Saturday, May 5, 2012

South Side Community Art Center

Greetings All,
Today I spent 3 hours at a very informative panel discussion at the South-side Community Arts Center and today's panel was titled "Preserving a Legacy: A " How To" on African American Art Collecting.  Panelist included Kimberly M. Harmon, Archie Listenbee, and Patric McCoy.


Next week May 12th panel is titled, Look Within - Collective Origins and Inspirations: Women and African Art.   Panelist are Dr. Robert Starks (Chicago/Mississippi),  Dayo Layoe (Nigeria), Diabby Diarra (Mali), and Patrick Woodtor (Liberia).  In Conjunction with SSCAC's current show of African artifacts, Shona sculpture and other works, join a distinguish panel of artists, educator and cultural leaders to discuss the presence of feminine ideas and imagery in art from Africa and by African artists.  Below is a preview of some of the wonderful art that will be on display.  Enjoy:>)



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May 19th, Look Back" The Chicago Art Renaissances.  Nigel Freeman, director and founder of the African-American Fine art Department at Swann Auction Galleries in New Your City.

May 26th, Look Around: American Jazz in Europe and Asia.  Guitarist and composer Donovan Mixon shares his personal stories of an American jazz musician and educator's travels and musical work in Turkey, Italy and other parts of Europe.

If you are in the Chicago-land area this month do stop by the SSCAC on the above mention dates from 2 pm until 5 pm for a most informative afternoon.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Piece of the Week.

Greetings All,
The piece of the week is one that was created from fabric that I created and use in Maggie Weiss thermofax workshop.  This is also a recurrent theme of my that deals with praise/worship.  It is simple in it's construction, but it's what I do.  Enjoy:>)



Saturday, April 28, 2012

Journey of Hope: Quilts Inspired by President Barack Obama

Greetings All,
Last night I had a wonderful time at the DuSable Museum view the exhibition of a Journey Of Hope:Quilts Inspired by President Barack Obama.  The exhibt is running until May 6th and last night Dr Carolyn L. Mazloomi, who currated this exhibit was in town for the gallery talk and book signing.  I hope that you enjoy my slide-show.


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Monday, April 23, 2012

Maggie Weiss Thermofax Workshop.

Greetings All,
Sunday afternoon on April 22nd I spent a wonderful time at Maggie Weiss's studio for a workshop on thermo-faxing.  There was great food, drinks, and lots of creativity flowing and I had a grand time.

Below are the three pieces that I worked on and if the background fabrics look like you've seen them before, well you have.  I used some fabrics that I created during  play-dates with the "Sew What Art Quilters". 




Left is a soy wax batik I created using kitchen utensils and children rubber stamp.  The fish is thermo-faxed and I'm not sure where I will go from here.








The fabric below center was created by me using my hand dyed cotton and Setacolor paints.  The face is a drawing that I had created long ago and that's the thermo-faxed image.





The piece to the right was created on some of Lois Jarvis "Rust-Tex" fat 8th fabric.  Again I use my thermo-faxed image and I've started to enhance the image with fabrics paint pens and will post more later. 







Below is a small slide show of the group doing their thing and I hope that you enjoy it.

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Sunday, April 22, 2012

Piece of the Week.

Greetings All,
The Piece of the Week is not one of my own, but one of my students.  She like the piece that I had created, but I had done my tree freestyle and I had to find one for her first class.  She choose my hand dyed cotton for her sky and black Kona cotton and quilted it with variegated thread.  I think that she did a good job for her first and I'm very proud of her.  We look forward to her next project.


Friday, April 20, 2012

Quilts on Review-Chicago Schooling of Fusing

Greetings All,
I am so very honored to be a part of “Quilts on Review”: Cheddar Quilts, A Nancy Zieman Retrospective and Works from The Chicago School of Fusing! The exhibt is at the Wisconsin Museum of Quilts & Fiber Arts, N50.W5050Portland Road, Cedarburg, WI. The exhibit runs April 18 thru July 8, 2012. The gallery reception is May 6, 2012 from noon until 4pm. So if you are in the area do stop by. Below are three of my pieces that are in this exhibit (left-Easy Riders-II, center-Sky Light, and right-Going To Meet A Man). Other artists include: Anne Lullie, Lake In The Hills, Illinois - Laura Wasilowski, Elgin, Illinois – Frieda Anderson, Elgin, Illinois – Emily Parson, St. Charles, Illinois – Robbi Joy Eklow, Third Lake, Illinois – Ann Fahl, Racine, Wisconsin.





















Sunday, April 8, 2012

Piece of the Week.

Greetings All,


This is my piece of the week and the inspiration came from the photo below. I was asked last month if I could make a birthday gift for one of the associate pastors at church who's from Sierra Leona. I look at photos and love the one below with the dancing women. I don't try an focus on realism, but on gut feeling, color and texture. I had a great time making selections for the "Bundu Women on Dama Road".

Saturday, April 7, 2012

FAC Blue Workd/Green World exhibit.

Greetings All,
Fiber Artists Coalition (FAC) proudly presents BlueWorld/GreenWorld opening in conjunction with Common Threads at the Riverfront Arts Center, 1200 Crosby Avenue, Stevens Point, WI 54481. Exhibit runs 20 April -27 May 2012 with opening reception 20 April 5-7:30.

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Piece of the Week.

Greetings All,
The piece of the week is "Soaring @ Twilight". This is the latest in my "Blackbirds" series and you ask how many pieces are in this series? Well I'm not sure, but for now I must have them in my life. I hope that you enjoy them as much as I have in creating them.

This piece is simple in its construction because it's all about the color and the birds. I hand dyed the sky and the flowers were given to my by Clairan Ferrono who had wrapped one of my pieces in it to return to me. The flower print made me think of midnight and magnolias for some reason. I'm not sure what type of flowers they are, but I love them.

I've never seen birds fly at midnight, but I have seen them get their flight on at twilight or the Blue Hour. They are either starting or finishing their day and their silhouettes look so lovely and graceful against the skylight.

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Romain's Studio-Exhibit

Greetings All,


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INVITES YOU TO
JOIN US FOR A WINE AND CHEESE RECEPTION

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Trish Williams


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WINE AND CHEESE RECEPTIONFRIDAY, APRIL 6TH FROM 6-9 PM


OPEN HOUSE AND ARTIST TALK

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Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Incoming Blackbirds

Greetings All,
Incoming "Blackbirds. I've updated another one of my pieces with those daring blackbirds. I have become consumed with them lately. I've been thinking about them constantly. Where can I add them in my older works and new. I don't know how long this is going to last, but I'm enjoying it and I hope that you do too.
"Big Sky-V" (below) has two playful mate soaring/enjoying. I love the look of them against my hand dyed fabrics and I have a thing for silhouettes.

Monday, March 19, 2012

Dispatch from the Future by Kathy Weaver

Greetings All,
On Sunday afternoon I went to the artist reception and gallery talk of Kathy Weaver, "Dispatch from the Future" at the Kreztmann Art Gallery, Concordia University, River Forest, IL. Kathy is one of my favorite artists, plus love gallery director BettyAnn Mocek. Kathy work is not a subject matter that I’m drawn to normally, but maybe it’s because I one of those boomers that was grew up on “Lost In Space, Start Trek and Flash Gordon” and if find that I'm a fan.


Any who, and I do like “Dr Who” also; I love Kathy’s work and her technique which is mostly air-brushed and somewhere in my mind I would like to try that. Kathy also incorporates hand stitching and hand embroidery which are traditional in her very futurist work. She grew up in Lancaster, PA and that's very much quilt country and traditional. Enjoy the slidshow ;>)






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Sunday, March 18, 2012

13 Ways of Looking at a Blackbirds - update.

Greetings All,
"13 Ways of Looking at a Blackbirds" has been included in a publication by Martha Sielman, "Art Quilt Portfolio: The Natural World: Profiles of Major Artists, Galleries of Inspiring Works" This book is due out April 3, 2012 and for more info check the link at http://www.amazon.com/Art-Quilt-Portfolio-Galleries-Inspiring/dp/1600599281/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1331992601&sr=8-1



I have fallen in love with the sitings of blackbirds around the city lately and now this exhibit by FAC will be publish for all those that can make it to the exhibitions can enjoy thanks to Martha, the executive director of the world's largest art quilt organization SAQA. "Each entry celebrates one of the themes that quilters love best" and in FAC case it's the poem by Wallace Stevens. What an honor.



Where Two or More... by Trish Williams



13 Ways is currently on exhibit at the American craft Council office in Minneapolis, MN until April 30,2012.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Piece of the week/13 Blackbirds

Greetings All,
I keep running across "Blackbirds" since I've been a part of the FAC exhibit of Blackbirds. I see them everywhere and I hear them calling to one another. I've even read about them in bible class in Genesis "6 So it came to pass, at the end of forty days, that Noah opened the window of the ark which he had made. 7 Then he sent out a raven, which kept going to and fro until the waters had dried up from the earth." Genesis 8:6-7 NKJV

After reading about Noah and posting the current info about the exhibit of FAC/Blackbirds I had to add a blackbird to another one of my pieces "Meditation-II". I know now that I needed to do or more too thirteen pieces.


Crows are seen by some Native Americans as the left-handed guardian and keeper of the sacred law. I like this definition and that is my focus with my pieces. I hope that you enjoy my update:>)

Thursday, January 26, 2012

100 Artists Living In The Midwest

Greeting All,



Here is the description of a new book that will be coming out later mid-year and I'm one of the 100. "This expansive book takes a fresh look at 100 living artists from the Midwest, their personal stories and inspirations, along with several examples of their works. A wealth of urban settings, wide plains, flourishing cities, rushing rivers, and placid lakes are source material and inspiration for the artists. These works show how each artist interprets life. They explore the richness of the homegrown imagery of Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin – their culture, society, and environment. They are delineating our stories for future generations in oil, pastels, sculpture, and other media. Their works are displayed in over 600 full color images. This book is essential for all who appreciate or practice art today".












This book will be available by May 2010 and you can check Schiffer Books website for more info or check out Amazon to pre-order at: http://www.amazon.com/100-Artists-Midwest-Minnesota-Wisconsin/dp/0764341057/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1327850147&sr=1-1

Friday, January 20, 2012

Journey of Hope in America: Quilts Inspired by President Barack Obama

Greetings All,
I don't know how I let this one get by me and it's in my hometown.
Journey of Hope in America: Quilts Inspired by President Barack Obama dissects the milestone historic and momentous occasion in American history- the election of an African American man as commander in chief of the most powerful nation on earth. The Journey of Hope will bring to broad audiences a collection of power quilts from a wide range of quilting styles. Art quilts, folk art quilts and traditional quilts are included in this exhibit. Each of the works serves to educate the viewing public about the historic significance of the presidential election of 2008. No other art form is so closely identified with the American culture as quilt making. The exhibition of 90 quilts from some of America’s best-known fiber artists such as Adrienne Cruz, Peggie Hartwell, Sandra German, Sylvia Hernandez, Deborah Lacativa, Viola Burley Leak, Susan Shie, Penny Sisto, Jim Smoote and Adrienne Yorinks.

Article in WGNRadio…

“The exhibit is a tremendous achievement and was so well-received by a very (racially) diverse audience. Most people saw it as we saw it: not about politics, but history.”

Organized by the National Afro-American Museum and Cultural Center, Curated by Carolyn Mazloomi.

January 16 thru May 9th
DuSable Museum
740 East 56th Place
Chicago, Illinois 60637

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Lynch Quilt Project/Samuel DeWitt Proctor Conference

Greetings All,



My friend LaShawnda Crowe Strom of the Lynch Quilt Project asked me to past this information on. Her Name was Laura Nelson, the first quilt in The Lynch Quilts Project will be on exhibition in Chicago February 7-8, 2012 at the Samuel DeWitt Proctor Conference (http://prophet.sdpconference.info/)


The Conference this year will be held at the Drake Hotel located at
140 E Walton St
Chicago, Illinois 60611
(312) 787-2200

The quilt will be on display on Tuesday, February 7th from 10 AM - 6 PM and again from 8-10 PM (possible) and Wednesday, February from 9 AM - 6 PM.

Also, feel free to spread the word among others to stop by and see the quilt. I'll send out a formal announcement in the next day or so.



LaShawnda




The piece below (Miss Laura Fruit Tree) I created in honor of Laura Nelson once LaShawnda had introduce me to her and her family.



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