Category Archives: Exhibitions

Portland Bead Society Traveling Library Show 2017

Portland Bead Society Traveling Show 2017 Tigard Libary

Portland Bead Society Traveling Show 2017 Tigard Libary

Each year the Portland Bead Society garners beautifully made beaded pieces from our members and these artworks can be seen in a variety of libraries around the area. This is a picture of the show mounted at Tigard library, Oregon. You can see a slideshow of the display on the PBS website.

Hedy Campbell – 2 ISLANDS – Life in Paradise Exhibition

Cheez Whiz

Cheez Whiz

More than 20 years ago I lived on an island in the Caribbean. Last weekend these islands were devastated by Hurricane Irma. Barbuda was where my now husband taught me to snorkel. We sprayed Cheez Whiz into the water. Yes, weird I know but it attracts fish.

I met and married David in Antigua. While we still lived there we went through several major Hurricanes and watched the destruction of property and the appalling looting which took place in the aftermath. Always makes me sad to think we harbour such revolting characteristics in our nature. Fortunately there are also those who don’t descend into depravity. There are people who put their best foot forward and help to re-built homes, infrastructure, and lives, and thank goodness they exist. David and I spent a very long 3 days in our neighbours house waiting for Hurricane Luis to move off the island. We married shortly after as we felt we needed a party! People were so generous, offering Harmony Hall for our wedding and reception.

Harmony Hall, Brown's Bay, Antigua, West Indies

Harmony Hall, Brown’s Bay, Antigua, West Indies

Hedy Campbell and I became friends while we lived there. She taught me much about art and life, though she may not know it. We both exhibited at Harmony Hall. They have an excellent Art Gallery. In fact, I had my very first solo exhibition there which is an incredible memory. I sold all but one of my paintings during my reception which was gratifying.

Textile artwork by Hedy Campbell

Textile artwork by Hedy Campbell

Hedy still vacations in Antigua every year. I haven’t been back since I married. However, Hedy and I keep in touch. We both continue our art careers and like to follow each other’s progress and change. Hedy’s work still reflects the warmth and Caribbean style she developed. Above is a picture of the sweetest textile piece incorporating a tiny Caribbean coloured sweater!

Dancing Rasta by Hedy Campbell

Dancing Rasta by Hedy Campbell

Recently Hedy sent me an Artscene article from the Prince Edward Arts Council. A terrific write up on her exhibition at the John M Parrott gallery in Belleville, Canada. I’m always charmed with images of her work and the picture they chose to represent her show doesn’t disappoint. A lovely Dancing Rasta floats across the canvas. Hedy tells me she intends wearing the same outfit when she gives her artist talk.

Love it.

Hedy works from her studio in Picton, Ontario – Rose Cottage Studio and Gifts. She has a delightful colouring book available – An Artist’s Garden.

An Artist's Garden, colouring book by Hedy Campbell

An Artist’s Garden, colouring book by Hedy Campbell

Exhibition of Quilts by Libby Lehman at the National Quilt Museum

When I began quilting erm……. many years ago, Libby Lehman was one of my heroes. I loved her ribbon quilts and even went so far as to experiment with her technique in my April Journal Page. Not nearly as clever as her artwork but an interesting concept I wanted to try.

As the Quilt Museum remarks – her quilts are based on spatial illusions which I am very fond of and am trying out in my Anamorphic quilts. Mine are more trick the eye illusions whereas Libby’s work is 3-dimensional. But we both love fooling the viewers perceptions.

Sadly, Libby suffered a devastating aneurysm and stroke which she is still recovering from and I am delighted the Quilt Museum are honouring her work with this lovely exhibition entitled ‘Joy’. The exhibition is on until October 17th, 2017.

Escapade by Libby Lehman

Escapade by Libby Lehman

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Quilt Museum TV

National Quilt Museum TV

National Quilt Museum TV

For those of you who enjoy watching quilt videos (in between quilting…..), then the National Quilt Museum now has a monthly video which covers exhibitions at the museum, and discussions about the work and the artists. It’s not a substitute for actually standing in the museum and looking at the work yourself but it does give you a better idea of how the shows look in each gallery.

 

Might be worth checking out….?

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Fine Art Quilt Masters 2017 – The Festival of Quilts 2017

After a few years of NOT having a specialised art quilt competition (I think there was a lot of grumbling at the first competition) The Festival of Quilts in the UK has another art quilt competition. Have a look at the finalists.

I particularly enjoy the story telling in this piece by Laura Kemshall – In and Out of Love.

In and Out of Love by Laura Kemshall

In and Out of Love by Laura Kemshall

It’s weird – I’m known for not liking realistic or photo transfer quilts but this absolutely draws me in. I think the content is so meaningful, the imagery so beautifully presented and somehow one feels the push, pull of a relationship in the way the portraits are layered, they are looking forward, away and towards each other. This image will probably stay with me for a long time.

H20h! by SAQA – exhibition at the National Quilt Museum

Fishing by Barbara Watler

Fishing by Barbara Watler

Isn’t this lovely. I could definitely have it in my house. And seriously folks, this IS a quilt.

Have a look at the rest of the pieces on the Studio Art Quilt Associates webpage.

The exhibition is all about water – duh. Can’t imagine why an exhibition called H20h! would have anything to do with water….

Past is Present by Linda Colsh

Past is Present by Linda Colsh

Another lovely piece.

Poisoning Flint by Mary Vaneecke

Poisoning Flint by Mary Vaneecke

Even I find this extraordinary – this is a quilt?

New Quilts from an Old Favorite 2017 winners

Ever since I got involved in the quilt world I’ve been fascinated at how modern quilters interpret old block designs. Each year a classic block is put out there by the National Quilt Museum and each year I am amazed at how they are interpreted.

Flying Geese block from Craftsy - designed by Rebecca at QuiltingSupport.com

Flying Geese block from Craftsy – designed by Rebecca at QuiltingSupport.com

This year is Flying Geese.

Migration Patterns by Susan Mogan

Migration Patterns by Susan Mogan

At first I looked at the winning quilt by Susan Morgan and didn’t really get it. But somehow the colours and design stuck in my mind, and when I saw the title it made sense. Very clever.

I used to think I would make one of these quilts one day but I think I’ll leave it to the experts! Go see some of the other winners.

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Kaffe Fassett Exhibition at the National Quilt Museum

Citrus Zig Zag by Kaffe Fassett

Citrus Zig Zag by Kaffe Fassett

Last chance to see this quilt exhibition at the National Quilt Museum. Kaffe Fassett was inspired by traditional quilts from the Quilter’s Guild of the British Isles.

Many years ago I used to knit. (I still can, I just don’t any more due to time and other interests etc…….). A small group of us would gather at Bob Kelly’s shop, which in those days was in Middleburg, Virginia and is now at Hunt Country Yarns in the Plains, Virginia. Kaffe Fassett was originally known for his incredible knitting patterns and Bob worked as his assistant. There were a few fun anecdotes about Kaffe – none of which I will repeat!

I still have a couple of Kaffe’s knitting pattern books which I keep thinking – one day I will make something – at least a knitted vest maybe….

Anyhow – as you can see, colour is very important to Kaffe – and this exhibition highlights his design senses.

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Turmoil and Tranquility – 2016 SAQA Exhibition

The Weather in Her Head by Linda Colsh

The Weather in Her Head by Linda Colsh

This caught my eye – The Weather in Her Head by Linda Colsh. The piece was selected for the Turmoil exhibiton.

The Sentinel by Linda Colsh

The Sentinel by Linda Colsh

And here is the flip side, The Sentinel by Linda Colsh, selected for the Tranquility exhibition.

The show debuted at the International Quilt Show in Houston.

To hear the accompanying artist statment click on the titles above.

To see more of Linda Colsh’s work go to her website – Linda Colsh.

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