Archive for the ‘Art community’ Category

A busy art filled summer ahead

April 8, 2011

I finally sat down with a calendar to plot out all the upcoming shows and events that my art will be a part of. It was feeling overwhelming and too much for my small brain to keep tabs on but now it all seems doable and exciting.

Fundamental Change IV

Fundamental Change IV

Here are some of the highlights:

Gallery in the Woods-I’m part of a 3 person show at this unique Brattleboro, Vermont gallery. Happening now!

got art?-Have you heard of the annual Strolling of the Heifers parade, an event to celebrate Vermont’s dairy tradition? Well it’s grown into a huge all day pun-filled affair with tens of thousands of visitors descending on Brattleboro. My fellow artists at Brattleboro West Arts will present a 3 day only exhibit at a downtown gallery space. Lots of luscious art. All dairy-free!      June 3-5

Vermont Quilt Festival-Look for my work as part of a special show of contemporary fiber artists.       June 24-26

Brattleboro Museum & Art Center-My solo show!! Ten never before displayed pieces!           July-October

So there will be lots of shipping and hanging and de-cathairing and postering and schmoozing with folks in my future! Life’s good.

I’m November’s Featured Artist

November 2, 2010

…on the Studio Art Quilt Associates (SAQA) website! Well, actually I’m joined by my fellow featured artist, Hsin-Chen Lin which is an honor itself.  She was the main organizer of the wonderfully successful Taiwan International Quilt Exhibition in 2009 and makes beautiful fiber art. I was invited to send a piece to that show and was happy to be a part of it.

The Spaces Between V

The Spaces Between V

I’ve been a member of SAQA for at least 5 years and it has over 2400 members worldwide. It’s been an ongoing rich source for answers to the many questions that come up for me about art business, career and techniques.

Open Studio Tour!

September 13, 2010

Less than two weeks away- the upcoming Brattleboro West Arts Open Studio Tour! Twenty innovative artists at 16 locations within 6  miles amid beautiful early autumn Vermont hills.
I’ll have many of my larger pieces up as well as many brand new small mounted (affordable!) pieces on display. There will be yards of hand dyed silk and cotton in saturated luscious colors. All will be for sale! I’ll be showing examples of my process and be available to answer your questions.

Brattleboro West Arts Open Studio Tour

Brattleboro West Arts Open Studio Tour

If you will be anywhere near southern Vermont the weekend of September 25th-26th please come by.  Maps can be picked up at C.X.Silver Gallery, 814 Western Ave., West Brattleboro, VT.

Brattleboro West Arts

March 23, 2010

I seem to be on a roll writing about why I love the community I live in and specifically how that influences my art.

A little over a year ago a neighbor had the idea of  creating a group of artists from my area of West Brattleboro, VT. My first reaction was skepticism that there were enough local artists to sustain a group. Boy was I wrong. All kinds of creative folks were living within a few miles of me and came crawling (figuratively) out of the woods!

Brattleboro West Arts has evolved into a cohesive largish group of artists working in numerous media; paint, glass, sculpture, fiber, ceramics and more. Our monthly potluck/meetings are opportunities to share our work, our struggles as artists, marketing ideas and lots of great food! I’ve come to really value getting to know these neighbors and learning from them. This fall we will have our second Studio Tour (more on that later) and the caliber of talent is amazing. Ideas for future joint ventures are percolating. There’s a real feeling of possibility. I find this all feeds me as an artist and helps keep me charged up about my own work.

I wonder how unusual this is for artists working in various disciplines to join together based on sharing the same neighborhood. Has anyone else had this experience?

A local fiber artist’s dream store

March 16, 2010

I feel blessed to be part of the amazingly rich-in-the-arts creative community of Brattleboro, Vermont. I sometimes, of course, fall into bopping through my days, taking it for granted.

Then something happens- I attend a local concert or see lots of friends at Gallery Walk for example- and I’m reminded anew how lucky I am. I had just such a moment yesterday. I couldn’t find just the right fabric in my dyed stash to use to stretch on stretcher bars to create a background mount for my latest piece. I wandered into Delectable Mountain Cloth, piece in hand.  Jan, the owner, began to pile bolts and bundles of  silk possibilities on the counter for me to spread out and consider. I left happy with a few gorgeous yards in several colors. Here’s another detail shot of this piece with more stitching:

new-spaces-between-detail 2

This store is like no other fabric store I’ve found. Hundreds of lusciously colored vibrant silks to fondle and drool (figuratively) over. Eye candy abounds. Since most of the fabric I use in my art I dye and paint myself, I haven’t found a reason to buy much though I do get all my thread here and always feel inspired and my color juices flowing after a visit.

If you’re not near Brattleboro, they have an extensive online store at their website.

Fiber: Twentyten

March 9, 2010

Yay! I was very happy to find out yesterday that my piece, Cellular Dance II, was accepted into the juried show, Fiber:Twentyten, sponsored by the Missouri Fiber Arts Assoc.- April 2nd-May 14th at The Foundry Arts Centre in St. Charles, Missouri.

Cellular Dance II

This is especially wonderful because the show is very close to where my mom lives. I’m planning to visit her and make a day of going to the show together. She’s one of my biggest fans!

I’m also pleased to be  a part of a wider “fiber” show (as opposed to an “art quilt” show).  I’m finding that those are feeling kind of insular and often repetitive with few pieces that break new ground. So I’m looking forward to seeing close up some other cutting edge fiber creations.