Sunday, March 24, 2013

Blind Date Show

My piece for the Blind Date show is very close to being finished. It needs the binding done, a rod and a label. I am very pleased with this piece.
I was not sure how working in collaboration with another artist was going to work with my thinking and working process but an hour after reading the poem I was given I had a concrete idea. The serendipity is that the poem has a lot to do with the aging process, something I have dealt with and used in my work for the past five years. (I signed up for Medicare this week, so it is really close to home now!)
It will be interesting to meet the writer and get their reaction. Since this is a blind date, neither of us have met. The show opens to the public Friday May 4 from 6 -10 at Translations Gallery in Canton, OH. It will be part of the Friday night Art Walk.

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Show and more shows!

Here is  detail of my brother Mickey as shown in a previous blog post Mixed Media and Textile Too: Mickey. This piece will be in the Ohio Designer Craftsman Best of 2013 show which opens May 5 at the Ohio Crafts Museum in Columbus. It then travels to the Southern Ohio Museum and the Springfield Museum of Art. It's a great show of all kinds of crafts: ceramics, glass, jewelry, wood, quilts and mixed media. This is the seventh time I have been in it. The Ohio Craft Museum is celebrating a big anniversary this year so I would definitely look into shows there. This show runs May 5 through June 23.

If you are going to Quilt National, the Ohio Craft Museum is worth a visit, as is the Zanesville Museum of Art. It's a bit out of the way but the scenery of rolling hills and farms is worth it. The museum has a great collection of ceramics and a very eclectic collection of art. The show Superlatives II opens June 1. I have two pieces there. Outstanding in His Field featuring my horse Spatagus (or Spat), he is long gone but fondly remembered. And Men of Clay a photo of two ceramic manufacturers I took at the museum. It is an exploration of kantha stitch.
This should be a fun summer!

Saturday, March 2, 2013

A Grandma called Mom

This is another photo I took while in art school or shortly there after. This is my grandmother, Barbara A. Gilgenbach. She only had schooling through the eighth grade. Her mother died at that time. She had wonderful penmanship, made all kinds of crocheted things and quilted. She was a kind, wonderful grandmother. She raised 9 kids on a dairy farm with chickens and a large garden and orchard. We lived across the street from her 100 acre farm. I used to drive over and bring her to our house for dinner every night. I didn't have a license as I was 15 at the time. It was a different time.
I have been invited to participate in a group show at Translations Gallery in Canton, OH. I submitted 3 images of work. The owner picked a piece and gave that to a writer who wrote a poem about the art work, which was then sent to me. This is the piece I am making in response. The artists and writers will meet each other for the first time at dinner the end of April. The show is called Blind Date and runs through May. More details to follow.
I love this photo and can't wait to start stitching but I am going to get a few things out of the way while I contemplate what I am going to do to it. This is fresh out of the Spoonflower bag. It's 42 inches across by 32" high.
Next week I have 2 garden committee meetings, a TAA programming meeting and an accession meeting at CMA. That's Monday. Wednesday is our TAA board meeting. Then the deck is clear for some art. YAY!!!!