Thursday, February 28, 2013

spotting the show

Fiber artists and friends, Pat Owoc, Jackie Weatherly, Jennifer Wax and I met on a recent Sunday afternoon with gallery director, Robert Friedman, at the Davis Art Gallery on the Stephens College campus in Columbia, MO.  

Our purpose was to deliver the silk paintings, stitchings, art quilts, bojagi and sculptural vessels for the BIENNIAL FIBER ARTS & QUILT SHOW.  

After unpacking, unrolling and unwrapping we arranged, moved, squinted and imagined how everything would look up off the floor.

Satisfied and trusting Robert's vision, we left him to hang the show.

fantastic fibers

UNFOLDING was juried into Fantastic Fibers 2013 at the Yeiser Art Center in Paducah, KY.  I'm thrilled. 
The Yeiser Art Center received more than 700 entries from around the world for the 2013 Fantastic Fibers competition and exhibition.  Of those 700, juror Rusty Freeman, Director of Visual Arts at Cedarhurst Center for the Arts in Mt. Vernon, Ill., selected 54 works for this year’s exhibition. Artists were accepted from Canada, Egypt, France, Israel, South Korea, Taiwan, The Netherlands, the United Kingdom and 20 states from the United States.
When I first became interested in entering juried exhibitions, over twenty years ago, Fantastic Fibers at the Yeiser Art Center was one of the few fiber specific exhibitions.  I entered a number of times and was rejected.  

Last year, SERENI_T was accepted for exhibition in Fantastic Fibers 2012.

This sculptural form brings to mind the moment of release, unfurling or bursting open.  The twined reed and wire armature is covered with highly textured paper and many layers of paint.

Fantastic Fibers 2013
April 6 - May 4, 2013
Yeiser Art Center
Paducah, KY 

Sunday, February 10, 2013

tire trouble, theisen's and thanks

My car has a "low tire pressure indicator light" and it works!  I aired the tire up, but the BIG ssssssssssing sound indicated I wouldn't get far.  Not many businesses are open on Sundays in Pella, Iowa.  I called several tire shops (listed on my GPS) with no luck.  A good guy, John R, put on the spare/donut on and suggested I go to Theisen's Home-Farm-Auto to have it repaired as they were open on Sunday.  He had me follow him, but before going 100 yards my donut went flat and John R and his daughter hauled the tire (and me) store.  A cheerful, young mechanic, Jos (I think), quickly found the puncture and repaired it.  Before long, I was back on the road with heartfelt gratitude.  My thanks to Molly who spotted me having a problem and her dad John for tugging at the lug nuts and getting the donut on, taking me to have the tire repaired and replacing the repaired tire AND to Theisen's for being open on Sunday and repairing the tire quickly.

I count my blessings.

If you are in or near Pella, IA, stop in.  It's quite a store.

Theisen's Home-Farm-Auto  

Pella, IA 50219‎ (641) 620-8223