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MLK Holiday Art Contest

Today I went to the MSU Art Lab to view the Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Art Contest, sponsored by Delta Dental. The exhibition is inspired by Dr. King’s “I Have A Dream” speech: “Out of the mountain of despair, a stone of hope.” The artworks vary in style and materials and there is a wonderful video playing in the room too. The visual statements provide much thought and reflection. The show ends on April 25th.

Allen Neighborhood Center Farewell

With the pandemic I miss meeting up with the Senior Discovery group at the Allen Neighborhood Center in Lansing, Michigan. This month two of the lovely and lively members passed away and they will be sorely missed. I enjoyed their participation in my goofy art projects many times pre-pandemic. So long Georgia and Judy.

Book

I made a small book about my childhood cat, Precious. She was all white, wonderful, and the source of happy memories. I used recycled plastic pieces (3 1/2 x 5″) to make the pages, crocheted together with hand dyed wool and silk yarns. Thanks to a generous friend for the cool sewing threads to attach the recycled buttons and fabric notes.

A Good Day for Painting

This morning I played with adding color to select doilies (cotton) to see what would happen. I used fabric paints and fully enjoyed painting! Just hoping the colors retain their intensity after heat setting and rinsing. When I took these photos the doilies were wet or damp, which makes the colors brighter and more saturated. I do not know where these doilies will end up eventually…..

Artistic Vision Free Workshop

I have loved the past five days with Eric Scott (https://ericscottart.com/online-workshops) and his Artistic Vision Workshop. He has guided us through, via Facebook Live, developing ideas while focusing on what is meaningful to you as an artist. It has been a fruitful experience—and it has been wonderful to see what all my fellow students have come up with! In only 5 days! I recommend Eric’s workshops if you are searching for something deeper as a creative person. It is beneficial work, for sure.

Fun Online Class

I participated in a Zoom class yesterday taught by Margarita Korioth–it was great! http://margascrafts.blogspot.com/ She taught us how to create a stitchable paper cloth by layering fusible interfacing with tissue paper and cheesecloth–WOW! Thanks to the Greater Ann Arbor Quilt Guild https://www.gaaqg.com/ for providing this learning opportunity.

I added color on the tissue paper with watercolor paint and crayon—and by adding tiny pieces of colorful tulle
It is so exciting to see how the layers interact with each other (I used some hand stitching too)

ARTpath 2021?????

I just applied for ARTpath and I am hoping my proposal is accepted for this summer. It is an annual event sponsored by the Lansing Art Gallery & Education Center along with the City of Lansing, Parks and Recreation, http://lansingartgallery.org/artpath/. I want to entangle rope around a fence railing on the River Trail…who knows what will happen? Wish me the best and keep on truckin’!

This is rope pupa