Exhibition

If you are in the area, please come to a wonderful exhibition in La Conner,Wa on the 9th and 10th.  This is an accumulation of 8 years of study but this show is focused on Art and Design. I will be receiving a diploma but have another two years to go for the over all certificate. It has been a incredible journey of growth and discovery.

Textile show at La Conner Quilt and Textile Museum

I went with friends in July to see a fantastic show at the La Conner Quilt and Textile Museum. Both artists really have pushed their mediums to exciting new heights!

First is Liz Whitney Quisgard who had the challenging space of the third floor with its angled ceilings, but she really made the space sing with her true understanding of color and hand stitch! Here are just a few pictures of some of her work.

And then, on the second floor, Regina V. Benson’s work was about shape and working with rust and dyeing her fabrics from the earth. They moved, and flowed through the rooms. Very inspiring! My apologies for the photos and not remembering the titles of their pieces.

 

If you are in the area, they are up until October.

 

 

Openings

Last night was the opening of the RE/ Recycling show at the Blowing Sands Gallery in Seattle. My piece “Shadow Play” was juried in. The night was well attended. I enjoyed watching people trying to name all the elements in my piece. Several friends make the trek down and  we went on to more openings for the “Ballard Art Walk.”  One gallery was “Building C.”  What a wonderful artist loft with over 30 spaces for working artists.  Thoroughly enjoyed getting to meet and chat with them!

Another opening with be at the Schack Art Center in Everett on Thursday night. It’s the “Creative World of Books” and my book “Seed to Decay” is in this show.

Photos by Ken Rowe

“Complex Threads”

Just a few images from the show.  It has been so exciting for us students to see our work gathered together for a very colorful and tactile experience.

These photos were taken a couple of days after the opening as the show was too crowded to even see the pieces.

The opening was a huge success! We had lots of students, board members of the Schack, patrons, family members and fiber lovers attending the event.

Cindy Morris took  care to showcase the pieces with great lighting and placements.

 

Everything from clothing to caterpillars..

“Complex Threads”

“Complex Threads” is a textile show I co-curated with Gail Harker of  some of her students. I also have been a student  for over seven years. It has been a life changer for me! Pushing me to new boundaries in art and finding more confidence along the way.  If you are in the area (Everett, WA at the Schack Art Center) make time to visit the exhibition. The opening is Jan. 10, 2013 from 5-8 pm. The show runs til Feb. 16th and features 40 artists with 60+ pieces including clothing, 2-D and 3-D.  We have selected a wide range of artworks that reflect the new direction stitch is heading. Hope to see you there!

On to Napa Valley

Instead of heading to San Francisco which was having horrible weather, we decided to head to Napa. We had always wanted to stop but never had time.

 

I was researching a new theme for art; the underground. So we thought we could look for some wine caves. Our first stop was Robert Mondavi Winery where we took the full tour and wine tasting. Very interesting.

 

On to Sutter’s and Pine Ridge where we even got a private tour of one of their caves. And wouldn’t you know we even found Chihuly pieces inside.

 

Then on to Francis Ford Coppola’s incredible vineyard.  

 

 

Beautiful French chateau style buildings with restaurants, gift shop and rooms of some of his collections from his movies including Oscars.

 

 

 

We stopped in Portland to do some shopping and in Vancouver to visit Bonnie Bucknam a fantastic fiber artist. It was our first visit to her beautiful and “arty” home.

We had a wonderful road trip! Hope you have enjoyed looking at a few pics of the trip!

Chris Sorensen’s Gallery

Kerby Smith also an artist in the Vision show came up to introduce himself to me at breakfast. We got to talking about rusty metals and he invited Kevin and I to come to a gallery in Fresno.  He told us about Chris Sorensen who has a gallery which includes himself, Chris and 30+ other artists. We hadn’t planned on going back home by way of Fresno again but couldn’t resist the invite!

The gallery is in the industrial part of town. A almost block long wall of graffitti is the first view of the gallery. Once inside the gate you see all kinds of metal and stone. I was in heaven!

Chris came peddling up to us on trike. He is 87 and has a wonderful twinkle in his eye. His art is fantastic! The  blue and red sculpture and the mobile  behind him are his. He even made a huge rabbit out of welded coat hangers. Both Kerby and Chris gave us a tour of the space. More than 20,000 sq. ft.  Chris rents out space to artists for a very reasonable rate and they put on shows there regularly. Show artists work in their space also.

 

 

Kerby’s great  mixed-media art.

 

 

And then, Chris demonstrated for Kevin how he uses the coat hangers for welding rods. As we were leaving, he even gave me a metal rose (from this bouquet) and a Jack O’Lantern made out of a tank.  Kevin decided a bird had to come home with us also.

Thank you Chris for your generousity and Kerby for the invitation. We had a great visit!