Friday, April 27, 2012

Art Squared

I'm a member of a fabulous art group called Fiber Art Northeast and we're hosting our opening reception this weekend on Sunday, April 29th from 2-4 PM for our exhibition called Art Squared.  Join us at the Mahopac Library Gallery to view artwork by members of our group including Natalya Aikens, Jane Davila, and Norma Schlager.  The exhibition will be hanging through the month of May and I'm proud "Whimsy" will be a part of it.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Almost Wordless Wednesday

The lilacs are started to bust....

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Almost Wordless Wednesday

A little piece of art featuring Stella, a dog we once fostered who had a scratched cornea.

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Something New

As a result on an on-line class I'm taking with Lisa Call, I've decided to try working in a series.  It's something I've never done consciously, meaning I've never deliberately focused on one subject matter over the course of several pieces.  Hands, for example, have certainly made their way into more than one piece of my artwork, but I haven't ever said, "I wonder what I can do with hands" and just studied that.

In any event, I had so much fun creating my Whimsy piece that I've chosen to use the same chair shape as the focus of my new series.   This whole experience is such a complete departure for me and it's making my studio time lots of fun.  I don't have any expectations.  I'm hoping I'll be more process-driven, as opposed to product-driven.  Don't get me wrong: I do still want to create pieces that are good.  But perhaps I'll be better at understanding that everything can't be brilliant; that even a lackluster piece is still valuable as a lesson learned.  (Having that mindset was one of my goals for 2011, but I don't think I achieved it....maybe now I will.)

ANYWAY, here's a new addition to my Chair Series.  I worked with chiffon for the first time in my life and survived!

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Monday, April 9, 2012

Thought-Provoking Art at Fiber Philadelphia

There was a great deal of art that I immediately fell in love with during my Fiber Philadelphia gallery hopping.  But there were also pieces that left me, well, wondering what was going on.   So I asked an expert .....

Thankfully, Frank (whose last name I forgot to ask) at the Snyderman-Works Gallery was very generous with his time.  One work that challenged me at Snyderman-Works was a piece by Sonya Clark called, "Black Cross Worn Thin II" made of combs.

Detail, "Black Cross Worn Thin II"
Sonya Clark at the Snyderman-Works Gallery
I asked Frank why this piece was hanging in the gallery during a fiber exhibition.  To me, it didn't seem to fit.  Frank gave me a very thought provoking answer as to why it DID.  To paraphrase, he noted that Ms. Clark had made her start in fibers and that they'd been working with her for many years.  The evolution in her work referenced back to the waft and weave of cloth.  No doubt about it;  the way the artist had arranged the combs and cut out some of the teeth gave her composition the look of something woven.  

When I challenged him on the use of plastic -- I mean, come on, the combs are plastic --  he patiently reminded me that Tyvek was as well and that both Tyvek and combs were made from strands of plastic fibers bound together.  If one material was acceptable, then so was the other.  


He then asked me why I was so ready to accept the metal pieces by Lanny Bergner as part of the show.

Detail, "Canister of Filtered Air"
Lanny Bergner at Snyderman-Works Gallery

I replied that the way Mr. Bergner had woven the metal had the look of cloth and appeared pliant.  Well, from a distance, Frank responded, didn't the composition with the combs look woven and possibly pliant, too?   And if so, doesn't it reference textiles and have a very secure place in this display of fiber art?

I conceded the point and, thanks for Frank, I think I'm a bit more open-minded about what may be considered fiber art.  At the end of the weekend I was very happy to hear Bruce Hoffman say in his closing remarks of the conference that Warren Seelig "weaves shadows".  Thank God there were people way smarter than me available to help me understand.  I absolutely loved "Shadow Field/Granite Path", but would never have been able to explain its place in the weekend's exhibitions so elegantly.  

Side view "Shadow Field/Granite Path"
Warren Seelig, courtesy 10 High Street Gallery

Sunday, April 8, 2012


I hope you all are having a wonderful holiday with family, friends, and loved ones. I wish you peace.

Friday, April 6, 2012

People and Places in Philly

Philadelphia is rife with art and inspiration everywhere you look.  Walls are covered with murals and mosaics; ironwork abounds on the windows.  Even buildings plagued by the times were interesting to see.  Here are a few of my favorite "on location" pictures, with a few of the fun, fun, fun people that made the trip so special.

An oft-photographed building around the corner from the
Snyderman-Works Gallery

One of the exterior mosaic walls of the Painted Bride Gallery

L to R: Me, Deborah Boschert, Rayna Gillman, and Natalya Aikens
taken at the Outside/Inside the Box exhibition

Deborah looking down from the many flights of stairs
we climbed in search of Dianne Koppisch Hricko's studio.  The joke was on us:
the studio was on the second floor.

Natalya in front of the Highwire Gallery.  Three of her pieces
are on display in the wonderful exhibition here called, "Synchronicity".

This little fellow climbed into my lap the moment I sat down. It was very sweet.
This chair at the Crane made me giggle, despite my tired brain and feet.

Gorgeous metalwork on the doors at the Fleisher Art Center

A beautiful patina on the door at Bahdeebahdu Gallery

Flowers add to the charm of an already beautiful doorway

I don't know what to say about this place except that it
stopped me in my tracks....

I wish I could have taken a few more days just to walk about town and take pictures.  Maybe another time...

Thursday, April 5, 2012

I think I'm the Last One to Post About....

the SAQA/SDA Conference that was held in Philly this past weekend.  Natalya and I met up with Deborah on Friday afternoon and had a great time together.  We met lots of friends, listened to some very interesting panel discussions and lectures, and attended breathtaking and intellectually challenging exhibitions around town.  I finally saw a piece by Dorothy Caldwell and another by Jeanne Williamson -- so, so cool! I left invigorated and a bit jittery from all I'd absorbed over 48 hours.

Here's are photos of some my favorite artwork from the weekend.  There will definitely be more to come.

Detail of "More Than Just the Sum: Northern Red Oak"
Christine Hager-Braun at Art Quilt Elements

Detail of "Now Do We Know It's Night?"
Dorothy Caldwell at Snyderman-Works Gallery

Detail of "The Fence As Lace VI"
Jeanne Williamson at Snyderman-Works Gallery

Detail of "Advance and Retreat"
Karin Birch at Snyderman-Works Gallery

Close-up of "Shadow" (the red thread hangs down a bit)
Diem Chau at the Wexler Gallery

Detail of "So bitter were my feelings"
Magali Rizzo at Outside/Inside the Box

Detail of "Orange Grove"
Atticus Adams at Outside/Inside the Box