Yesterday I retired my trusty art apron after years of heavy use–it was hard and stiff with dried paint and glue. Sad to say farewell!
Guns: Loaded Conversations
Today we find ourselves living in a society in which gun violence feels commonplace. Yet an enormous divide exists between people who cherish their heritage of gun ownership and others who are concerned about the rising tide of gun violence.
Artists have been a catalyst for difficult societal conversations throughout history. Guns: Loaded Conversations seeks to engage viewers of differing opinions to listen to each other and to encourage community initiatives that may inspire action in seeking solutions.
Organized by SAQA, Studio Art Quilt Associates this exhibition features 33 art quilts by both national and international artists. The exhibition was juried by Dr. Vicky A. Clark, an independent curator and writer. She has assisted with Fiberart International exhibitions in cooperation with the Fiberarts Guild of Pittsburgh, and has been a visiting curator and lecturer in the Textile Department at Goldsmiths, University of London.
She is also a professor of art history at the University of Pittsburgh, Carnegie Mellon University, Chatham University, West Virginia University, and Clarion University.
January 15 – February 8, 2020 University Art Gallery, Central Michigan University, Mt. Pleasant, MI https://www.cmich.edu/colleges/cam/uag/Pages/calendar.aspx
Reception– Wednesday, January 15, 2020 / 4-6 pm
Super fabulous art! http://www.cherylsorg.com/Home.html
I had fun this afternoon at “Make Simple Jewelry” at the Maker Studio, East Lansing Public Library, East Lansing. A totally enthusiastic group of students (all ages) created necklaces, bracelets, earrings, and pins from a variety of beads and cords. Many thanks to Cathy Blatnik and her All Faith Ministry for disABILITIES! (https://www.facebook.com/All-Faith-Ministry-for-disABILITIES-1542074422739471/)
I enjoy stitching (slowly) on my piece of random embroidery! Lots of color makes it a pleasant process.
Things are growing…..
I enjoyed a productive weekend of creativity, making flap books with upcycled papers, fabrics and buttons. What a blast! I will be selling these this fall — through Lansing Art Gallery & Education Center’s holiday exhibition and sale.
I enjoyed a fabulous 2-day workshop with Susan this past weekend, “Squiggle & Dot.” The class was sponsored by the Greater Ann Arbor Quilt Guild at Washtenaw Community College as part of Quilt University, their 3-day event. We made marks on paper and fabric with India ink, fabric paint, acrylic paint, ink pens, “Derwent” inktense pencils, Gelatos, paintbrushes, and more. It was a stupendous creative weekend–Susan is a delightful teacher (https://www.susanpm.com/) and shared millions of ideas and possibilities with us. I highly recommend Susan as an instructor!
July 26th I participated in a super fun workshop, “Fiber Gems” with fiber artist Michelle Dobrin (https://www.michelledobrinart.com/) at Washtenaw Community College. The class was hosted by the Greater Ann Arbor Quilt Guild and their bi-annual event, Quilt University. What a blast!! We stitched colorful pieces all day, which were then turned into tiny works of art! The stitched pieces were cut into pendants–WOW! I highly recommend Michelle as a teacher–what a wonderful way to spend a Friday.
I am teaching 3 sessions at Washtenaw Community College this month (http://www.wccnet.edu/community-enrichment/) and I love it! With an enthusiastic group of students we are delving into Zentangle® as a meditative drawing practice. I am so proud of these students–they inspire me! The class is doing a wonderful job–what terrific students–thank you to WCC for hosting us.