Monday, August 22, 2016

Our "Fibers Unlimited" Art Exhibit 2016!

Our opening reception yesterday at Foxdale Village was a huge success. Foxdale outdid itself with the food preparations - photo below! And we were delighted with how many people came to the opening! Lots of questions were asked - particularly "how did you DO that?" and "what did you use to make that?" It was a great party.

Here are the photos of the exhibit following the hanging last Thursday. I'll do my best to identify the artist for each piece. The members of our group are: Tina Aumiller (fine embroidery as well as quilting); Irmgard Lee (color artist extraordinaire); Janet Lindsay (batik & quilt artist); Polly Miller (applique genius); MaryLou Pepe (award-winning quilt artist); Nancy Silverman (creativity specialist); and myself.

By Polly Miller

By Irmgard Lee

Large quilt: Polly Miller; ? (top); Pat Dolan (bottom); Pat Dolan (far right)

Left to Right: Irmgard Lee; Irmgard Lee; Pat Dolan; Pat Dolan

By Pat Dolan

Close-up of Tina Aumiller's embroideries

The embroideries on the left are by Tina Aumiller as is the top one on the long wall, the bottom piece by Pat Dolan; the piece on the right: MaryLou Pepe

Quilt by Tina Aumiller

L to R: Nancy Silverman, Pat Dolan (top); ? (bottom); Irmgard Lee

Left to Right: Pat Dolan & Janet Lindsay

By Pat Dolan

I think this one is by Nancy Silverman, but I'm not sure...

By Janet Lindsay

Challenge Quilts: (L>R) Polly Miller; Janet Lindsay; Pat Dolan; Nancy Silverman (top); MaryLou Pepe (below)

Looking down the hallway...

Both art-quilts are by MaryLou Pepe

Pat Dolan

L > R: Irmgard Lee; Nancy Silverman; Pat Dolan (top); Nancy Silverman (below)

Left: Standing piece by Nancy Silverman; Art quilt by MaryLou Pepe

L > R: MaryLou Pepe (one of two First Night quilts); Applique quilt by Polly Miller; MaryLou Pepe (2nd First Night quilt)

Art quilt by Janet Lindsay; painting by Pat Dolan

Art quilt by Irmgard Lee; Book and Standing piece: Nancy Silverman

Irmgard Lee

Janet Lindsay

Far L: Irmgard Lee; Janet Lindsay; Pat Dolan

Large quilt by Polly Miller; Nancy Silverman (top); Pat Dolan below and on right

Close-up: Janet Lindsay; small embroidery by Tina Aumiller; Pat Dolan

Delightfully arranged platters supplied by the Foxdale Village kitchen staff. Thank you!

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Upcoming Art Exhibit!!!

Our local newspaper, the Centre Daily Times (in Centre County, Pennsylvania) today published an article about our Fiber Unlimited's upcoming art exhibit at Foxdale Village in State College, PA. Unfortunately, the link will not post here.

It's a fairly good article, although it fails to mention the names of all seven of our members. So here we all are:

Polly Miller; Tina Aumiller; MaryLou Pepe; Pat Dolan; Irmgard Lee; Nancy Silverman; and Janet Lindsay.

So this week we all are busy with our preparations - hanging will be on Thursday and an open house sponsored by Foxdale Village is next Sunday, August 21 from 3:30-5:00pm. See here for details.

Stay tuned for updates!

Tuesday, August 02, 2016

The Crazy Person I've Always Been...

Some days when I wake up, I just KNOW it will be a good day! Today is one of those days. Strange thing about these kind of days, however... I always get involved in WAY too many projects and never complete a single one of them in all that enthusiasm and good feelings.

I suppose most creative types bump into this aspect of themselves on a regular basis. This summer has been one week after another of me bumping into my craziness and getting too interested in doing too many things. One mark in my favor is that I chose to take the summer off from volunteering at Centre Peace, Inc. I love the group of women with whom I volunteer and I totally enjoy the tasks I'm given. Centre Peace, Inc. Our group is given the task of cleaning donated household items and pricing them for resale in our store. It's a fun job and we see all sorts of things from items that remind us of our grandparent's homes to things we have no clue of how to identify them, let alone price them. You know, those new-fangled things on the market that have little or no discernible purpose!

The reason I took the summer off is to prepare for our Fibers Unlimited art exhibit at Foxdale Village, a lovely, Quaker-established, retirement community in State College, PA. Since I volunteered a few years ago to initiate this venture, I'm now in charge of seeing to the completion of this task! Thankfully, most of the prep and advertising work is now done. We hang the exhibit on August 18th, have a grand opening on Sunday, August 21st, and take the exhibit down on October 11th. So only the grunt work of hanging and removing is yet to come - plus the celebration party hosted by Foxdale Village.

Back to craziness. Besides spearheading the above art show, I also am supposed to be doing more in my acrylic bird portrait series for our local frame shop, The State College Framing Company and Gallery. All nine of the bird portraits I submitted last spring were sold, and John McQueary II requests more. I've begun painting two of the 7 I have drawn up on canvas... and they are going to the Foxdale exhibit! So I clearly need to do some painting and SOON!

Then, to make matters more interesting, I decided to take Melody Johnson's on-line free Focus on Fusing class when she mentioned on her blog she is offering such a class... That involves buying more fabric, of which I have more than enough - but precious few solids live in my closet. I have enough batiks to make 17 quilts, but I have next to no solids, let alone finely woven solids, which she requires for her fusing methods. So I've been shopping on-line and in the stores to build up my little supply. I only intend to make small pieces, but one needs a LOT of different colors, doesn't one??? And bolts of Wonder Under... Hmmmmm. And time, energy, space, and storage containers!

And there are six old bananas on the kitchen counter-top awaiting my hands to mash, stir, and bake into wonderful loaves of banana bread...

And Frank is out grocery shopping, so that will require some putting away of goods. Not to mention the load of laundry in the dryer that will soon need folding, or the fabric I bought yesterday that needs to be fused, then cut into leaf shapes, etc.

So, in all my craziness, I really had to sit down and think about it all. Why do I do this to myself? Why do I find a zillion things so interesting that I must work on them TODAY? Why is it I see the dirty laundry and decide today is the day? Why do I remember I wanted to put up some photographs with my art quilts at the Foxdale show and TODAY is the day I want to get the photography taken, edited, printed, and mounted on display board? Oh, and I took a few photos last night of the humming birds - I want to put them up on Facebook...

So what did I do to think about it all? I sat down right here and wrote about it. Just why I did that, I probably couldn't tell you, but here I am. Then again, maybe I do know why. When I write, I have to slow down my thoughts and concentrate on what it is that I want to say with the words that are being written. What has been learned by this exercise? That if I accept my crazy self and celebrate her, I will enjoy myself. If I judge myself and believe that I ought to be doing something else for whatever reason,I will be unhappy, dissatisfied, and depressed...

The bananas are waiting, as are the clothes in the dryer. Frank came home, we put away the groceries and had a nice lunch. Now it's time to finish up what I started - with this blog, anyway! I may as well find a few photos to add to this post to make it more interesting to anyone finding it on computer land.

I hope you have as much fun today as I am having, all scattered and crazy and fun!