Tuesday, March 29, 2016

The Best of the Biennial

Best of the Biennial

April 8 - 29, 2016

Reception: April 8, 2016; 6 - 9pm 

A selection of the best works from the Biennial, including 
The People's Choice and Artists' Choice. 

Subdivisions #9

Every two years, the Fort Worth Community Arts Center (FWCAC) invites North Texas artists to submit art, any media, to a large community exhibition.  There are no jurors, and each artist can show only one piece.  275 pieces were hung in what turned out to be a very exciting show.  It ended last night, and I fully intended to pick up my piece tomorrow morning.

I just received a phone calling informing me that Sub #9 is one of a small number of pieces chosen to hang in a new exhibit, "The Best of the Biennial."  Pieces were selected from the Biennial exhibit by viewers, by artists and by members of the FWCAC.  I am so honored!

Dallas Annual Fiber ARTists Annual Show

Green Flash (Tuning Fork #26) and Subdivisions #12 have been chosen to hang in the Dallas Annual Fiber ARTists (DAFA) annual show!
TF 26: Green Flash

Subdivisions #12

The show can be seen from April 6-26, 2016 at The Point, Center for Arts and Education, C.C. Young Retirement Community, 4847 W. Lawther Dr., Dallas, 75214.  It's going to be a great show!

Monday, March 14, 2016

The Palette of the Month for February was (drum roll please....):

White.  With a few primary colors.  Whoa, don't let the excitement get out of hand!

I was inspired by a piece by Piet Mondrian hanging in the Kimbell Art Museum here in Fort Worth.  You can see it by clicking here.  The painting was chosen as our monthly challenge piece for studioQ, in which we were to be inspired (not too literally) by a more or less famous piece of art.  Mondrian is very distinctive, both in palette and in style, and it was interesting to see how people handled the challenge.  You can see the results (minus mine -- I didn't get to go to the meeting) on Jay's blog.

This is my piece.  A friend named it "T" with Piet (Tuning Fork #30):
"T" with Piet, approximately 20" x 30"
I rather liked the palette.  So I decided to adopt it as my Official Palette for February (the FebPal).

I've primarily spent the month of February working on a large piece based on a picture of Helsinki Harbor.  But I've managed to make two more small FebPal pieces.

The first is a small tuning fork, #31.  After quilting it will be 12" x 12".  It is my donation to the SAQA Benefit Auction, held in September.
Tuning Fork #32, 12" x 12"
I also made a small piece.  It's rather aggressively vertical.
No title yet, and it is approximately 14" wide by 29" long.

One last piece is in progress.  No pictures yet.  And then it's time to move on to the Official Palette for March (the MarPal).  Which of course must include green....

Sunday, March 13, 2016

Happy Day!

It's March!  And an unusually nice March here in Northern Texas.  The weather has been mild, we've had abundant rainfall, and the garden looks fabulous.  

Our Mexican Plum is covered with fragrant flowers (and lots of honeybees!).  The scent is strong and sweet.   
Mexican Plum
We've been spending our weekends working on yard cleanup, cutting things back, raking the old mulch up, spreading new mulch.  Last Saturday we uncovered this really odd flower.  At first we thought it was some sort of fungus, but on closer examination, it turned out to be the flower of the Asarum spenders, or Showy Wild Ginger.  I grow it for it's silver-spotted leaves, and had never seen it flower.  Bizarre!
Showy Wild Ginger
In the studio, I freely admit that not much work has been going on.  I've been on a "binding" binge, sewing facings on a pile of accumulated pieces.  I don't like to sew facings, so I often let the pile of quilts grow tall before tackling them.  You would think I'd learn from my past mistakes.  But I'm missing out on an "event" in my studio -- two of my orchids are blooming!

But the happiest thing of all happened this morning.  After 4 months of hibernation, two of the backyard turtles have emerged!  They were very hungry, and had a lovely post-hibernation breakfast of canned turtle food and fresh vegetables.
Shelley the turtle
Vinnie the turtle
The two males were the first to emerge last year, too.  Lizzie seems to be a late sleeper. But I hope to see her soon!

Monday, March 7, 2016

Come see my work at the Dallas Quilt Show!

Dallas Market Hall, March 11 - 13, 2016 
Friday & Saturday, 10 - 5 PM and Sunday, 12 - 5 PM
The Dallas Quilt Show starts Friday.  I have four pieces in the show -- The Marsh Near First Encounter Beach (Tuning Fork 29), Metaperidotite #2, The Tear and Subdivisions 12.  It's always a great show -- hope to see you there! You can click on the show logo for more information about the location and parking.

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