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“Petals” at the Proverbs’ CoffeeHouse

Four of my art quilts are currently on display at a cute little coffee house run by a local Lutheran church.  The art show, entitled “Petals,” with a floral theme, is only open two weekends, which is a shame, because it is such a delightful venue.  Represented are watercolors, oil paintings, pottery, textile art and more.

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Upcoming show in Camarillo, California

In March I will be in a show called Petals at the Proverbs CoffeeHouse in Camarillo, California.  The show will run for four afternoons, March 22, 23, 29, and 30 from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm.  This will be a special show because it includes a number of media, not just art quilts.  It is open to the public and free of admission.  Please visit if you get the chance!!!

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Guest Artist

In September of this year, I was honored to be invited to be the Guest Artist at the local Conejo Valley Quilters annual quilt show, held at California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks, California.  Since my quilts are art quilts, not traditional in the true sense of the word, I had a blast describing how my pieces were made and what inspired them.  I decided my overall theme would be “techniques,” since each of my quilts was so different, yet connected to the rest because they were technique-driven.

I had fun reconnecting to people I hadn’t seen for as many as ten years.  It was an affirming experience, visiting with those with the same passion for quilting and explaining my detour away from traditional quilting into art quilting.  Thanks to everyone at CVQ.  You are the best!

Photo: Ready in my role as Featured Artist at the Conejo Valley Quilt Show today!

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Expo Veldhoven

This past weekend my Cosmic Gears art quilt was shown at the Expo Veldhoven quilt show in the Netherlands (http://www.expoveldhoven.eu/indexen.php?i=1) as part of the Rituals exhibit sponsored by Dinner at Eight Artists.  Unfortunately, I wasn’t in attendance, and my quilt can’t talk, but here is a quick video of our exhibit.  Pretty exciting to go international!

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International Quilt Festival/Houston 2012

Because I missed seeing my art quilt Cosmic Gears displayed at the International Quilt Festival/Long Beach, and because my older son lives in Houston, and because I had a free airline ticket, I decided it was time to revisit the Houston IQF.  I was there many years ago as a new quilter and don’t remember seeing the quilts; instead, it turned out to be a major shopping fest for me.  Apparently most of the women at the show this year were new quilters too, because the quilt display areas stayed sparsely populated most of the time.  I heard someone suggest they just forget the quilt displays and make it a vendor show!  This time I spent a long time looking at the quilts, buying very little (scissors and some Thai sheers), and taking very few photos.  Because I tend to take many many photos that I never revisit, I decided instead to focus on the quilts in person.

First let me say that the whole festival is overwhelming.  I took a class the first day and went to Preview Night.  Once I was able to find my classroom, and later stroll through the quilt displays, I started to feel the show was a bit less daunting.  After spending two days at the show, I can understand why it’s easy to stay the whole time, Tuesday through Saturday in order to see everything and experience a class or two.

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The witches were there in full force the first day (Halloween):

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Some with a sense of humor (those are Handi Quilter stickers):

As an aside, I was struck by the artistry of the Hyatt Hotel elevators where I attended a reception put on by Karey Bresenhan, founder of the show:

Here I am with my friend from home, Gayle Simpson, at the reception Friday night.  Gayle and I were able to hang out together all day Friday.  Fun!

Saturday my son Dave and I drove out to LaGrange to see the new Texas Quilt Museum.  On  the way we had to stop at Round Top for lunch:  a shrimp BLT and an ice-cream topped pecan pie.  YUM!

The Texas Quilt Museum is a gem in a small town.  The founders won an award for their restoration of the building, which has the most gorgeous pine floors you’d ever want to see.  There are about 40 bed-sized quilts dating mostly from 1835 to 1865 to 1930 on display.  It was such a beautiful setting and there was such craftsmanship in the quilts that I came away proud to call myself a quilter.

I understand visitors to HIQF book their hotels a year in advance.  But thanks to Dave and his Hotel Hunt, I have a permanent booking any time I want to return.  Maybe I’ll have to go more often than every 15 years. . .

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Quilting Arts Magazine

Yesterday was the big day when the October-November Quilting Arts Magazine arrived in the mail.  This month’s issue features Rituals, a special art quilt invitational exhibit curated by Jamie Fingal and Leslie Tucker Jenison.  This is their fourth annual exhibit, and I’ve been fortunate to have been selected to be in each one to date.

But the most exciting year to date is this one, because my quilt got a full page spread (page 43)!  Based on the theme of rituals,I was inspired by a quote from Robbie E. Davis-Floyd, Ph.D., who compared rituals to a set of “cosmic gears.”  I used a photo taken by my friend and travel companion, Paula Chung, when we visited the Eiffel Tower in 2011, of the gears that lift the Tower elevator.  I Photoshopped the photo, drawing out the hidden colors, and turned the photo on its side.  Then I had it professionally printed on cotton sateen as a wholecloth, which I then machine quilted.

If you are interested in a catalog of Rituals, here is a link to Blurb, where you can purchase a copy:
http://www.blurb.com/books/3380298

Jamie and Leslie do a wonderful job of curating and exhibiting their annual shows in addition to their teaching schedules and time spent making their own beautiful artwork.  Many thanks to them for a job well done every year!

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Klimt drawings at the Getty

Yesterday was one of those “Why Would You Choose to Live Anywhere Else??!!!” days in Southern California.  My DH Jim, the finder of all good exhibits and TV shows, happened to find out that there is an exhibit of Gustav Klimt drawings at the Getty Center, here in L.A.

So off we went yesterday on the most perfect weather day of the year.  Not only was the sun warm, but the air was cool AND clear!  Tuna fish sandwiches on the terrace never tasted better.

The Magic of Line exhibit consists of dozens of the 4,000 existing preliminary sketches done by Klimt as preludes to his now famous paintings.  Every day he sketched in his studio, primarily drawing nudes in pencil and charcoal.  What struck some of the other visitors and me was that many of these now-framed and admired sketches were found just piled in his studio after his death, left for his cats to play with!

Because Klimt had such a good understanding of body language, he was able to capture emotions without the viewers even being able to see the subjects’ faces.  Many of the sketches are drawn from the back or with the subject’s head tilted so as to portray a chosen theme or emotion.

It’s always fun to see the artist’s preliminary work and have an understanding of what he was trying to convey.  Klimt drew quickly, yet painted slowly.

The Getty was designed so that the guests can move from the inside to the outside as they visit the various rooms.  Yesterday was one of those glorious days that afforded us a view of downtown and L.A. with UCLA just in front of it.

On a clear day you can see the Pacific Ocean in the distance; in this photo, the haze hadn’t quite cleared enough yet for us to photograph it.  However, the gardens below were well worth the view.  This museum has to be one of the most photogenic combinations of man-made building and natural view.  Every snapshot is a work of art!

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