Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Call For Artist from the Midwest SDA Member Base

Edit 11/31/12 1:30am Some people were having problems connecting or finding the link on the left hand column so I am adding it here too.



Hi all,
You will notice a new picture/link on the left hand column looking like the one above. Click on this picture and it will take you to the prospectus for the new SDA-IL exhibit being held in 2013 titled "Always Something..." and is open to all members of the SDA living in the Midwest. This includes: Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin. To become a member of the SDA you can click on the SDA logo on the left hand column and it will take you to the Surface Design Association's website. Please take a gander at the prospectus at your leisure. There will be more information coming in the near future. Feel free to comment or email Jeanette Thompson (the Illinois SDA rep) or myself.

Thank you,
Frances Krueger-Jackson

Monday, November 19, 2012

Article in Quilting Arts magazine

I have an article on digital design and printing using an online printer in the December/January issue of Quilting Arts. Please check it out. Available online at QuiltingArts.com or on the newstands.

I am excited to see the cloth and the words in print! This is my 3rd article with Quilting Arts. They also published my DVD - Three Dimensional Fiber Art: Shape and Texture, Light and Shadow, which has been doing well.

Having spent so much of my previous career in publishing from the publisher end, it is fun to be an author.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Art Quilts at International Quilt Festival in Houston



Here are some photos from the SAQA Seasonal Palette exhibit that was at Houston a week ago. The show will be traveling to Cincinnati, Long Beach a a few other venues over the next 18 months, I hope to go see it in Cincinnati next April. My piece is the water reflection piece at the far right in the first photo. 38 artists were asked to make pieces for the show - each of us were given a particular season and color collection to work from. As well, we each created a notebook documenting our process and work along the way. There is a catalog ($20) available from the SAQA.com site. Photo credits: Gregory Case.






Another exhibit at Houston was A Sense of Scale. Very large pieces were interspersed with groupings of small pieces. This exhibit will also be traveling to other venues and also has a catalog available from SAQA.com. My piece in this exhibit was Mingled Waters - the very large piece shown in photo below.




Art Quilts at International Quilt Festival in Houston



Here are some photos from the SAQA Seasonal Palette exhibit that was at Houston a week ago. The show will be traveling to Cincinnati, Long Beach a a few other venues over the next 18 months, I hope to go see it in Cincinnati next April. My piece is the water reflection piece at the far right in the first photo. 38 artists were asked to make pieces for the show - each of us were given a particular season and color collection to work from. As well, we each created a notebook documenting our process and work along the way. There is a catalog ($20) available from the SAQA.com site. Photo credits: Gregory Case.






Another exhibit at Houston was A Sense of Scale. Very large pieces were interspersed with groupings of small pieces. This exhibit will also be traveling to other venues and also has a catalog available from SAQA.com. My piece in this exhibit was Mingled Waters - the very large piece shown in photo below.




Thursday, November 1, 2012



Hi all,
I just wanted to make you all aware of the wonderful show starting tonight at the Chicago Botanic Gardens, "The Fine Art of Fiber". This is a show put on by three guilds: the Illinois Quilter's Inc., the North Suburban NeedleArts Guild, and the Weavers Guild of the North Shore. Many of the members of these three guilds are also members of the SDA (including my mother Camilla Krueger). Please come out this weekend and check it out (not to mention get a jump start on your Christmas shopping...lol). More information on the show here .

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

LillStreet Art Center Student Member Show

Hi all,

Mom and I are in another sale going on this week through Sunday October 28th at the LillStreet Art Center located at 4401 N Ravenswood Chicago IL 60640. There will be many artist besides ourselves with works in many different mediums. Come check it out!
Thank you,
Frances Krueger-Jackson
& Camilla Krueger


Tuesday, October 16, 2012


Blind Eye Artists' Talk this Saturday

Artists' Talk: As part of Chicago Artists Month.
October 20th, Saturday, 2pm -4pm at Human Threads Gallery
Info here

The following artists will be sharing their work and process:

Clairan Ferrono
Frances Krueger Jackson
Ausrine Kerr
Marianne Biagi

If you are in the Chicago area (or if you are in the mood for a trip...lol) please come out and meet these artists.

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Blind Eye opening reception.

Greetings All,

Here's a slide show from "The Blind Eye: The Result of Doing Nothing" Opening Reception at the Human Thread Gallery and I hope that you enjoy.

video

Friday, October 5, 2012

"The Blind Eye: The Result of Doing Nothing" Opening Reception Tonight at the Human Thread Gallery

Passages by Marianne Biagi, freestyle hand beaded



Hi all!
I just wanted to give you all a reminder that the opening reception for "The Blind Eye: The Result of Doing Nothing" is tonight from 6pm to 9pm at the Human Thread Gallery in the Chicago neighborhood of Pilsen. Address Information can be found here .



Monday, September 24, 2012

Art Quilts of the Midwest Submission Guidelines

Hi everyone,
Here is a great opportunity to submit your work fo possible inclusion in an upcoming book.
Submission guidelines for Art Quilt of the Midwest book:

For a book with the working title “Art Quilts of the Midwest” under contract with the University of Iowa press, seeking submissions from Midwestern art quilters with an emphasis on quilts whose creation was inspired by life in the Midwest. Quilters are free to define the aspects of“Midwesterness,” be they physical, environmental, emotional, etc., which affect their work.

Eligibility:

Quilt artists must reside in the Midwest, defined for this book as Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin. Entrants must be over age 18. Work submitted must be original and completed after January 1, 2009. Submit digital (300 dpi, 5x7 jpgs) images. Approximately 15 to 20 quilters will be included in the book.

Submissions:

Entrants may submit images from up to three quilts representative of their Midwestern-inspired work. For each quilt submitted, include a high-resolution (at least 150 dpi, 4 inches x 6 inches) image of the entire quilt, as well as a high-resolution detail image (a maximum total of six images). A description of the way(s) the quilt and quilter are affected by“Midwesterness” must accompany each submitted quilt. Entry deadline is January 31, 2013. Estimated publication date is fall, 2013.

For more information and to submit quilts, go to the University of Iowa Press home page (http://www.uiowapress.org) and click on the Art Quilts of the Midwest: Call for Entries button on the left side of the page.

Selected quilts will be included in the book along with a profile of the artist that includes biographical information and explicates the way the Midwest affects her or his artistry. The book will be published in both print and digital editions. Rights to each quilt’s design and photographs will remain with the artist; the publisher will use the photographs, which will be fully credited, only to publicize the book. Each artist will receive a complimentary copy of the book and the right to purchase copies at a 40 percent discount.

Quilts will be juried by visual artists Emily Martin and Mary Merkel-Hess, and craft writer and the author of this book Linzee Kull McCray. The book will include a forward by fiber artist Astrid Hilger Bennett.

Questions may be sent to linzee.mccray@gmail.com.

Friday, September 21, 2012

Reminder: SDA-IL Meeting tomorrow September 22nd

Hi all,
I just wanted to give you a last reminder that our next meeting is tomorrow at Stephanie Nordlin's studio in Poplar Grove IL. Address and instructions should be in the email blast sent by Jeanette a couple of weeks ago. Please feel free to come. And, if you have any questions please email Jeanette or myself, or comment here. Also, this meeting is a chance to drop off your Blind Eye entry with me if you haven't mailed it yet.

Ravenswood ArtWalk 2012



Hi!
If you happen to be in Chicago next weekend (September 29th and 30th) you should come out and take a gander at the Ravenswood ArtWalk. There will be all kinds of artist to visit, some in their studios and some in the street fair in tents. There will be activities and lots to see. Check out the RAW website here for a full listing and to check out the artist profiles. It is being held along the Ravenswood Corridor (Both the East side and West side of Ravenswood and along some off shooting side streets) between Irving Park Rd and Lawrence Avenue (see map here ).

Mom and I are going to be selling at the Ravenswood ArtWalk again this year. We are listed on the map as "Krueger, Camilla & Frances". Come out and see us!

Thank you! :)

Monday, September 17, 2012

Reminder: Blind Eye Electronic Submission Due Tomorrow Monday September 17th


Hi all,
You should have all gotten an email from our Rep. Jeanette regarding "Blind Eye" submissions. Electronic submissions were extended to Monday Sept 17th; mailed or delivered on Sept 21 (or at 9/22 meeting). If you need more time you can email Jeanette and she will try to work something out with you if possible.

The next meeting is September 22nd at Stephanie Nordlin's beautiful lakefront house in Poplar Grove.
Workshop description: Transfer dyeing on silk scarves, $10 for a kit, OR BYOM: white silk scarf, muslin 2" wider than scarf and 4" longer, 8 silk ties (will get cut up), scissors, and curling ribbon any color.
Logistics: Potluck lunch at Noon, meeting, tour, and workshop at 1:30.

***RSVP by Monday September 17th to Jeanette, Workshop limited to 18. If you can't do the workshop, feel free to come for the meeting and tour.

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Blind Eye Exhibit

The receive by date for submissions has been extended. Watch this space for an update by Jeanette Thompson. Keep working on those fabulous pieces everyone!

Monday, September 3, 2012

Contemporary Fiber Arts @ Lindenwood University, St. Charles, MO

Erosion c2012
Patricia Vivod
Shibori Rust on silk dupioni
48" wide by 114" long

This is one of my new shibori silk pieces now on display in the Contemporary Fiber Arts show at the J. Scheidegger Arts Center at Lindenwood University. Jessica Forys-Cameron of Illinois, and Leandra Spangler and Carol Zeman of Missouri were also invited to exhibit. Jessica creates paintings and sculpture that involve fiber work. Leandra and Carol are both papermakers.  Each of us brought 10 pieces to the gallery.

I just finished posting about the show at my blog Sentimental Pentimento. I've included links to the other artist's work/websites and have lots of pictures there.

The reception was Thursday, August 30.  The show runs through September 30.  Hope you can visit the gallery this month.




Phone (636) 949-4433 for gallery hours

J. Scheidegger Center for the Arts
Lindenwood University
2300 West Clay Street
Saint Charles, Missouri  63301

Map and directions are included on the arts center link.
 


Thursday, August 23, 2012

ATTENTION!!!!!! SDA-IL Meeting for this Saturday August 25th Postponed!!!!!

!!!!!ATTENTION!!!!!

Hi guys!

The meeting that was going to be held this Saturday (August 25th) at Stephanie Nordlin's studio has been rescheduled to Saturday September 22nd 2012. You should have received an email blast from our Rep. Jeanette earlier today. We are terribly sorry for any inconvenience. If you have any questions please feel free to leave a comment or contact Jeanette or myself. This will also be posted to the SDA_IL facebook page.

Thank you,
Frances

Opening of Contemporary Women Artists XVI


WCA St Louis' exhibit Contemporary Women Artists XVI opens tomorrow evening at the St. Louis Museum of Art. My piece "Reef" is included.

Kathy Anne White featured artist profile

Kathy Anne White has written an article about me on her blog. Please follow the link to read more and see what I worked on in her digital printing alternatives workshop at Hudson Valley this past July.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Members' Meeting/Workshop

Greetings All,
There will be an August 25th Members' Meeting & Workshop. Please join us August 25th for an exciting meeting, studio tour, and workshop at Stephanie Nordlin's beautiful lakefront house in Poplar Grove, IL.

Workshop description: We will work on transfer dyeing silk scarves. A kit is $10, OR bring your own materials: white silk scarf, muslin 2" wider than scarf and 4" longer, 8 silk ties (will get cut up), scissors, and curling ribbon any color.

Logistics: We will have potluck lunch at Noon, then a meeting, studio tour, and start the workshop at 1:30.

Please RSVP by August 20th to Barbara (BJSCO@comcast.net) , we need to let Stephanie know how many people will be attending the workshop. Workshop limited to 18.

Even if you can't do the workshop, feel free to come for the meeting and tour.

Driving Directions: From Chicago take I-90 to Genoa Rd exit at Belvidere. Turn right at light and go to Rt 76 (at the fairgrounds). Turn right and go to Candlewick Lake entrance on left. Stop at gate and give name and my address, 1672 Candlewick Dr. Go to next stop sign and turn left onto Candlewick Dr. Go 1.5 miles to blue house on lake. We have a STRICT 25mph SPEED LIMIT and FULL STOP at signs.

From the north exit I-90 at Rt 173 and go east to Rt 76, turn right and go to lake entrance on right. Follow above instructions to house.

Call Stephanie's cell 815-621-0641


SDA MEMBER'S EXHIBITION:
Blind Eye: The Result of Doing Nothing, the first ever Midwest SDA members' exhibition.Which will be anofficial part of Chicago Artist Month, including an artists talk on October 20th.

Exhibition Concept: Too often we see tragic situations that result from the lack of action. This exhibition hopes to explore the destructive results of ignoring a situation, including people's ignorance to thinking everything will be ok when they choose to not get involved in making the world a better place. This includes small everyday actions to the grand and global.
Pieces will be 15" x 15" and must be able to hang on a wall

Due in early September 2012

Check out IL SDA blog for full prospectus
Exhibition will be at The HumanThread Gallery in Pilsen in October

Open to all Midwest Surface Design Association members and Jeannette Thompson has asked that SAQA members be included in this exhibit. So let's work hard to get our peices done. It should be an interesting and thought provoking exhibit!



Wednesday, July 25, 2012

INNOVATORS AND LEGENDS: Generation in Textiles and Fibers, and, Workshops


Hi all,


I thought you might be interested in an early warning that the Muskegon Museum of Art is planning three terrific five-day workshops in conjunction with its exhibit INNOVATORS AND LEGENDS: Generation in Textiles and Fibers which opens December 13, 2012.


The workshops will take place the week of December 10. Famed art quilter Nancy Crow will be one of the instructors. Native American basket maker Dawn Nichols Walden will be teaching, as will tapestry artists Geary Jones and David Johnson, former head of fibers at the Oregon School of Arts and Crafts. Specific dates, prices and further details will be available soon, but I wanted to give you a heads up since the classes have to be filled by the end of August to be held.

At least a third of the artists plan to attend the opening and Gerhardt Knodel will facilitate a panel discussion that day. Here's a partial list of participants in the show: Arturo Sandoval, Sherri Smith, Warren Seelig, Cynthia Schira, Gyongy Laky, Jane Sauer, Jane Lackey, Gerhardt Knodel, Anne Wilson, Tom Lundberg, Nick Cave, Sandra Brownlee, Deborah Carlson, Joan Livingstone, Lindsey Ketterer Gates, Ted Hallman, Michael Olsewski, Laura Foster Nicholson, Kay Sekimachi, Katherine Westphal, Piper Sheppard, Lewis Knauss, Jason Pollen, Mark Newport. The exhibit will travel to the Schweinfurth Art Center, the University of Kentucky, and Colorado State University.

This show will be an amazing event to have here in West Michigan! Please pass this info on to anyone else who might be interested. The museum website is below but they don't have much info up yet (and the above info is subject to change). Curator Geary Jones is organizing the classes--you can contact him directly with questions. I'll send out updated info when it's available. Exhibit information here. Contact email for Geary Jones is here.

Love, peace & joy,
Jeanette

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Three Dimensional Fiber Art DVD released

Yeterday my new DVD, Three Dimensional Fiber Art: Shape and Texture, Light and Shadow was released. It is very exciitng to be an "author", especially after all the years I spent in educational publishing!

Here are links to the various versions of the DVD.

*Digital download available now! It’s available in both HD ($16.95) and standard ($14.95):


HD download link: http://www.interweavestore.com/Quilting/DVDs-Videos/Three-Dimensional-Fiber-Art-Download-in-HD.html


Standard video download link: http://www.interweavestore.com/Quilting/DVDs-Videos/Three-Dimensional-Fiber-Art-Download.html


*DVD available: 8/21/12 - $19.95. It’s available now as a pre-order:

http://www.interweavestore.com/Quilting/DVDs-Videos/Three-Dimensional-Fiber-Art-DVD.html

Interweave has been a great company ot work with on this. The experience was enjoyable and I learned a lot in the process.


Three Dimensional Fiber Art DVD released

Yeterday my new DVD, Three Dimensional Fiber Art: Shape and Texture, Light and Shadow was released. It is very exciitng to be an "author", especially after all the years I spent in educational publishing!

Here are links to the various versions of the DVD.

*Digital download available now! It’s available in both HD ($16.95) and standard ($14.95):


HD download link: http://www.interweavestore.com/Quilting/DVDs-Videos/Three-Dimensional-Fiber-Art-Download-in-HD.html


Standard video download link: http://www.interweavestore.com/Quilting/DVDs-Videos/Three-Dimensional-Fiber-Art-Download.html


*DVD available: 8/21/12 - $19.95. It’s available now as a pre-order:

http://www.interweavestore.com/Quilting/DVDs-Videos/Three-Dimensional-Fiber-Art-DVD.html

Interweave has been a great company ot work with on this. The experience was enjoyable and I learned a lot in the process.


Wednesday, July 4, 2012

"Blind Eye" Update and Happy 4th of July!

(Above Picture And Artwork By Frances Krueger-Jackson...Titled: Celebration)


I hope everyone is having a great July 4th holiday! I also hope all of you are managing to stay cool (particularly if you live in the Middle or Eastern sections of the U.S. where it is as hot as...well you guys know, just supply your own word...lol!) :)


Anyway, I just wanted to let you all know that there have been some changes to the prospectus so just hit the picture titled "Blind Eye..." on the right hand side of this blog to see and print the revised prospectus. Take care!

Friday, June 29, 2012

We Too Are Chicago Exhibit

Greetings All,
I would like to invite you to an exhibition at the "Human Thread Center Gallery". This is a two person show that features works by Ramona Dallum Lindsey and Trish Williams. The exhibit will run from July 9 - August3, 2012. This exhibit was inspired by FAC's Blackbirds and a poem written by Ramona Dallum Lindsey. We hope that you can attend.

Artists reception:
July 13, 2012
6pm to 10 pm
645 W. 18th Street
Chicago, IL 60616




(We Are Chicago 2 by Trish Williams)

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

New Badge/Link In Right Hand Column

Hi! Just wanted to leave a quick post letting you all know there is now a badge with a link in the right hand column, that looks like the picture above, that you can click on and it will take you to the SDA-IL "Blind Eye" prospectus. Now you don't have to hunt down the old post to get the link. Thank you!

Weaver’s World                                     
Robots: Drawings and Mixed Media                   
June 8- July 14, 2012                                                                   
Opening Friday, June 8, 6-9:30 PM


Weaver’s World/ Robots: Drawings and Mixed Media

Soft robots comment on hard questions about humans’ use of technology. Papier-mâché interactive robots, bronze robots in embroidered boxes, and larger than life two-dimensional airbrushed cyborgs combine lush fabrics and vivid airbrushed colors.
“Kathy Weaver makes palatable harsh social issues such as war, discrimination, ecology, and technological displacement,”commented Steve Jones, director of the Robert T. Wright Gallery, College of Lake County.

Weaver is interested in robotics and it’s influence on our medical and military communities. She draws prototype robots developed in the Robotics Department at The Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago and the patients who are pioneers in using them. Sandro Mussa-Invaldi, director of the lab states, Kathy Weaver came as a quiet guest and acute observer of our research laboratories. (Her) drawings are a positive reminder of the long way that is ahead of us…”.

About the artist:
Kathy Weaver was awarded an Illinois State Artists project grant for Weaver’s World. She has recently exhibited in Crossing Lines, World Financial Center, New York, and Stitched Together, Art and Science, at Fermilab, Batavia, Illinois. Her works are in the collection of The Museum of Art and Design in New York, College of Lake County and private collections. Zia Gallery, Winnetka, Illinois, represents her work.
Kathy Weaver currently lives and maintains a studio in Highland Park, Illinois.

Location: The Art Center                                         Hours: Mon-Sat., 9:00am-4:30pm.
1957 Sheridan Road                                                  p.(847) 432-1888
Highland Park, Illinois                                                  f. (847) 432-9106
info@theartcenterhp.org
http://www.theartcenterhp.org/

Best,
Kathy

kathy@kweaverarts.com
www.kweaverarts.com

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Maggie Weiss Thermofax Workshop

Greetings All,
Sunday afternoon on April 22nd I spent a wonderful time at Maggie Weiss's studio for a workshop on thermo-faxing.  There was great food, drinks, and lots of creativity flowing and I had a grand time.  Below is a small slide show of the group doing their thing and I hope that you enjoy it.

video

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

New Picture Heading Right Hand Column!

Announcing:

The picture of Clairan Ferrono's work titled "Blue Mountain: Saugerties" is the new headlining piece at the top of the right hand column and will be up for the next month. If you wish to see more of her work check out her website here.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Fabulous Art Auction in Edwardsville April 12

Confluence Over Ogallala Reservoir c2009 jacquard textile by Laura Strand

For all who live in the St. Louis metro area and Madison and St. Clair Counties and beyond in Illinois, the 33rd Annual Friends of Art auction will be held Thursday April 12 in Edwardsville.  Proceeds fund the visiting artist program at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville and benefit several other concerns for the art department.  All kinds of art will be auctioned from every department--paintings, drawings, prints, graphics, photography, sculpture, glass, ceramics and several fiber pieces.  Donations have come from current students, faculty, alumni and friends in the community. 

The fabulous weaving above was donated by Professor Laura Strand, head of textiles at SIUE.  The work was originally woven for her solo show at Jacoby Arts Center in Alton for the 2009 Innovations in Textiles event.  It is nearly 50 inches wide and absolutely gorgeous!

I have donated a length of shibori rusted silk in partnership with a friend who has pledged to make a custom garment for the lucky winner of the bid.  You can read about and see pictures of my donation as well as some of the other textile donations for the auction in my latest post at Sentimental Pentimento, my blog.

I got my MFA at SIUE in 2003 and have been involved with the auction for about 6 years.  For the last 2 years I've been in charge of photographing every item donated so that we can create a visual catalog for our website and facebook page.  That's turned into quite a lot of work this year as we've had over 270 works of art donated!  195 of them will be in the live auction, 75 in the silent auction.  Wow that's a lot of Photoshopping!

Consider yourself invited!
When:  Thursday, April 12--preview starts 6pm, live auction begins 7 pm
Where: satellite campus of Lewis and Clark Community College, 600 Troy Road, Edwardsville, IL
(This location has sentimental value for many alumni as it was the former home of the SIUE art department for over 25 years-known as the Wagner Complex.)
Admission:  $5
Cash bar, free snacks, tons of fun.

LIKE us on Facebook where you can see the entire catalog online
Visit our website (ditto for the catalog, filed by medium)

Hope you can make it!

Saturday, April 7, 2012

FAC Blue Workd/Green World exhibit

Greetings All,
Fiber Artists Coalition (FAC) proudly presents BlueWorld/GreenWorld opening in conjunction with Common Threads at the Riverfront Arts Center, 1200 Crosby Avenue, Stevens Point, WI 54481 Exhibit runs 20 April -27 May 2012 with opening reception 20 April 5-7:30.

Friday, April 6, 2012

Blind Eye: The Result of Doing Nothing - SDA-IL Exhibition Call for Artists



Hi all Illinois SDA members!

Exciting news! SDA-IL is going to be conducting an exhibition to showcase the artwork of Midwest SDA members this fall and we are formally sending out a "Call For Artists" right here and now. You should also be receiving an email blast from our representative Jeanette Thompson regarding this over the weekend. Here is a chance for Midwest SDA members to show their stuff.

The exhibition title is "Blind Eye: The Result of Doing Nothing".

The exhibition concept is as follows: "Too often today we see tragic situations that result from the lack of action. This exhibition hopes to explore the destructive results of ignoring a situation or people's ignorance to thinking everything will be ok when they choose to not get involved in making the world a better place."

Here is the link to the prospectus, application and more information link (this is a google doc, google users may have to sign in. Anonymous viewing is allowed). This exhibition will be juried and is to be held at The Human Thread Gallery in the Pilsen neighborhood of Chicago link. We have some real talent here in Illinois so please apply and show us what you've got!


(EDIT 7/4/12: Call to Artist is now open to all Midwest SDA members in the U.S.A.)

Monday, April 2, 2012

June Meeting Plan

Hi everyone,

Jeannette, Pat Kroth and I have been working on a great meeting idea for June16. Kathy Weaver will be having a solo show at the Art Center in Highland Park. We would like to meet at the Art Center, see Kathy's terrific show and then go to Kathy's studio for a meeting and lunch. We plan to have this be a combined meeting with SAQA/Illinois and Wisconsin so it should be a wonderful meeting.

Meeting time: 11:00 am
Meeting date: Saturday, June 16, 2012
Meeting location: The Art Center, 1957 Sheridan Road  Highland Park, IL 60035
(847) 432-1888


Kathy Weavers address:
2713 Port Clinton
HIghland Park, IL 60035 (about a mile or so from the Art Center).


We plan to order box lunches. More details to come as we get closer.

Here is more information about Kathy's exhibit. Note the Opening reception
information as well!

Kathy Weaver: The Robot’s World
Mixed Media and Drawings

Kathy Weaver, "Cyborg Female 5" (detail), 2004
Kathy Weaver, “Cyborg Female 5″ (detail), 2004

June 8th – July 14th, 2012
Opening Reception: Friday, June 8th from 6:30pm – 9:00pm
Kathy Weaver – artist, educator, and Highland Park resident – exhibits her version of the future. Robots and cyborgs in textiles, paint, papier mache and bronze portray Weaver’s fantastically imaginary world.

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Senior Artists Network

Larry Chait, Untitled (giclee)

Since 1988 Senior Artists Network (SAN) has provided exhibition opportunities, symposia, and networking to older Chicago area artists.  SAN hopes that fiber artists who are over 50 years old will answer its call for entries to the 2012 Members' Show. This is a non-juried, all-media exhibit which will be held this year at the Old Town Triangle Association headquarters. This venue can hold 60 pieces, and entry is on a first-come, first-served basis. Entries should be a maximum size of 32 x 32". There is no minimum size. All that is required is the $40. membership fee which is good for a year and allows entry into the Fall juried show and the summer symposium.

The call for entries is below. Scroll down to find the entry card, and print and return it. Please join us. And be our Facebook friend.

Beverly Alice Nash


Eligibility
Artists 50 years or older residing in the metropolitan Chicago area who are paid members of SAN for the year 2012 are eligible. (You are a paid member if you sent your membership check by May 1, 2012. Artists may exhibit in this show with payment of membership dues.) Each member may submit one piece which meets media requirements listed below.

Submittal Procedures
1. Complete entry form for your work.

2. Submissions should be postmarked no later than April 16, 2012.

3. Mail entry form to:
Senior Artists Network — MS 2012
c/o Patricia O’Malley, Renaissance Court
78 E Washington St, Chicago, IL 60602

4. For information, contact:
Phone: 312-206-1404
e-mail: seniorartnet@sbcglobal.net
or Patio31@sbcglobal.net

Media Requirements
Paintings, drawings, prints, mixed media, photography, wall-hung sculpture and fiber art will be accepted. Unfortunately this gallery does not accept free standing sculpture, but can hang low-profile relief artwork.

You can assume your work is accepted unless SAN notifies you that we have reached our limit.

1. Artwork must measure no more than 32” on any side, including the frame.

2. Work must have been completed after January 1, 2008.

3. Work may not have been exhibited in any previous SAN art show.

4. Work must meet professional framing standards and be ready to hang, with wire firmly attached. No saw-tooth hangers please.

5. A maximum of 60 pieces will be exhibited, with a limit of one piece per artist. Art will be accepted for the exhibition in the order the entry cards are received.

Other Information
A commission of 25% will be taken on artwork sold at the exhibition. (SAN asks for 15% and the Old Town Gallery – 10%) Please adjust your price accordingly.

Exhibition Curators
Patricia O’Malley and Beverly Alice Nash


Awards
Grace Lai Memorial Award (Best of Show) (1) $150
Award of Excellence (3) $50
Honorable Mention (3)

Delivery & Retrieval of Exhibited Work
Location: Old Town Triangle Gallery
1763 N. North Park Ave., Chicago, IL 60614
(312) 337-1938

Deliveries must be made on Thursday, May 3
Between 3:00 – 6:00 p.m.

Pick-up of work is on Friday, June 1, 2012
9:30 a.m.– Noon

Deliveries by car can pull up and leave blinkers on while delivering work.

Exhibition Calendar & Schedule

Exhibition Dates & Location:
May 6 – 31, 2012
Old Town Triangle Gallery
1763 N. North Park Ave., Chicago, IL 60614
(312) 337-1938

Entry Card Deadline
Postmarked by Monday, April 16, 2012 and received by April 19, 2012

Drop-off Artwork
Thursday, May 3, 3:00 – 6:00 p.m.

Opening Reception and Award Ceremony
Sunday, May 6, 2012, 2:00 – 5:00 p.m.

De-installation/Retrieval of Exhibited Work
Friday, June 1, 9:30 am - 12 noon.




ENTRY CARD

Artist Name____________________________________________________________

Address _____________________________________________  Apt #_______________

City ___________________________  State ______   Zip _______________

Phone _________________________ E-Mail ____________________________________

Title of Work ______________________________________________________________

Dimensions _________________________ (max. 32” x 32” framed) Price*/ Value $ ________  

Medium_____________________________ Date of Completion ____________________


Membership: _ Renewal   _ New Member

___ Enclosed is a $40 check (payable to Senior Artists Network) for my SAN 2012 Membership dues.
Entry Card
* A commission on sale of artwork – 25% (SAN = 15% + Gallery = 10%) Please adjust prices accordingly.

Exhibition Dates and Location
May 6 – 31, 2012
Old Town Triangle Gallery
1763 N. North Park Ave., Chicago, IL 60614

Entry Card Deadline
Postmarked by Monday, April 16, 2012

Opening Reception
and Award Ceremony
Sunday, Sunday, May 6, 2012, 2:00 – 5:00 p.m.




Non-Liability
Reasonable precautions will be taken to safeguard artists’ work from damage; however, neither SAN, nor its supporters, volunteers, subcontractors, nor any of the participating agencies or businesses, will be responsible for the loss or damage of artwork for any reason. Senior Artists Network is partially supported by grants from the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs, City Arts Program, and the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency.

The Senior Artists Network is a not-for-profit organization committed to addressing the needs and
concerns of artists age 50 and older. In addition to the Members’ Show, SAN sponsors workshops, maintains a website, and promotes opportunities for artists to show and sell their work.

Membership
$40.00
January 1 to December 31, 2012


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(SAN LOGO)
MS Spring, 2012
c/o Renaissance Court
Chicago Cultural Center
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On-line at  www.seniorartistsnetwork.org

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Joanne's Textility

Stephen Maine, Mesh painting #11-011

If you haven't seen the Joanne Mattera Art Blog, click the links in this post and get on over there. Joanne is a New York based artist who works in encaustic and digital media, and she has a special fondness for textile art. She and Mary Birmingham have co-curated an exhibit at the Visual Art Center of New Jersey called Textiliy. The works in this exhibit, to quote from the catalog, "draw from a textile tradition, or ... exhibit a material presence or conceptual quality related to textiles." So the works selected either use textiles as a medium or reference textiles in their concept and presentation. Here is a link to the exhibit catalog which Joanne reprints on her blog. There are all kinds of wonderful pictures of the art.

Here is a link to Joanne's most recent blog post where she talks about artists' ghettoizing themselves according to the media they work in. I think this is relevant to many of us who think of ourselves of artists first and textile artists second, but who tend to get boxed in by our medium. I follow Joanne's blog faithfully. You should too.

Beverly Alice Nash









Monday, March 19, 2012

Dispatch from the Future-Kathy Weaver

Greetings All,
On Sunday afternoon I went to the artist reception and gallery talk of Kathy Weaver, "Dispatch from the Future" at the Kreztmann Art Gallery, Concordia University, River Forest, IL. Enjoy.






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Sunday, March 18, 2012

13 Ways of Looking at a Blackbirds-update

Greetings All,




"13 Ways of Looking at a Blackbirds" has been included in a publication by Martha Sielman, "Art Quilt Portfolio: The Natural World: Profiles of Major Artists, Galleries of Inspiring Works" This book is due out April 3, 2012 and for more info check the link at http://www.amazon.com/Art-Quilt-Portfolio-Galleries-Inspiring/dp/1600599281/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1331992601&sr=8-1







I have fallen in love with the sitings of blackbirds around the city lately and now this exhibit by FAC will be publish for all those that can make it to the exhibitions can enjoy thanks to Martha, the executive director of the world's largest art quilt organization SAQA. "Each entry celebrates one of the themes that quilters love best" and in FAC case it's the poem by Wallace Stevens. What an honor.






Where Two or More... by Trish Williams



13 Ways is currently on exhibit at the American craft Council office in Minneapolis, MN until April 30,2012.

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Reminder



I just wanted to remind everybody about our meeting tomorrow March 18th at 12 noon at Akemi Cohn's studio. Akemi will fix a simple lunch. Please feel free to bring something to accent the meal as well as a piece or two of your work for show and tell.

Akemi will discuss a bit about her work and her use of colored rice paste resist technique (Nassen Katazome) using natural dyes, various Shibori techniques, indigo dye, Sashiko stitch, felting, nuno felting, and also explain how to cut traditional Japanese stencil for Katazome.

Information about our upcoming spring exhibition, Blind Eye: The Result of Doing Nothing in Pilsen at The HumanThread gallery will also be discussed.

Save the date, Sunday April 22 we will be meeting at Maggie Weiss' studio. You can see her work on her website. She will be offering a Thermofax mini-class. Check her site out Here .

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

New Picture Heading Right Hand Column!

I have gotten two responses so far with photos. Pat Vivod's work titled "Pond Ripples" will head the blog on the right hand column form March 15th to April 14th, 2012. Clairan Ferrono's work titled "Blue Mountain: Saugerties" will be put up on April 15th and head the blog till May 14th, 2012. Again, if you are interested in having a photo of your work at the top of the blog for a month email me at the email address listed in the post just previous to this one.

Here is the full description for Pat Vivod's amazing fabric work (I can only imagine the time and the planning that went into the making of this fabulous piece...love it!):

Title: Pond Ripples
Medium: Fiber / Shibori Rusted Silk Dupioni with elderberries, turmeric
Dimensions: 14.5 feet long by 55" wide

Photo by Andrew Dobson taken in the gallery at Jacoby Arts Center in Alton, IL
(Pieces in the background on far wall are by Erin Vigneau Dimick (L) and Laura
Strand (R)

Check out Pat's blog at:
http://patvivod.blogspot.com

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Call for images of SDA-IL member's artwork!



Do you have an image of your artwork that you would like to see on the top right of this blog for a month? Then send me an email with your name and image (you might want to watermark it discreetly if you are worried about copyright) to my email at "frannies felts and fancies at g mail dot com" (make sure you take out the spaces and change the 'at' to the at symbol, I am trying to keep spiders from picking up my email address). I would like to change the top right image at least once a month to display works from Illinois members of the Surface Design Association.

P.S. The above image is tossed in for your inspiration since spring appears to be right around the corner in much of Illinois. That, and I hate to do a post w/o pictures...lol. I really need to take more pictures of my artwork too.

Sunday, January 29, 2012

100 Artists Living In The Midwest

Greeting All,
Here is the description of a new book that will be coming out later mid-year and Clairan Ferrono and Trish Williams are two of the 100. "This expansive book takes a fresh look at 100 living artists from the Midwest, their personal stories and inspirations, along with several examples of their works. A wealth of urban settings, wide plains, flourishing cities, rushing rivers, and placid lakes are source material and inspiration for the artists. These works show how each artist interprets life. They explore the richness of the homegrown imagery of Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin – their culture, society, and environment. They are delineating our stories for future generations in oil, pastels, sculpture, and other media. Their works are displayed in over 600 full color images. This book is essential for all who appreciate or practice art today".
This book will be available by May 2010 and you can check Schiffer Books website for more info.

Friday, January 27, 2012

Monday, January 23, 2012

FAC - 13 Ways - Update

Greetings All,
Here is a look at 13 Ways Of Looking At Blackbirds current exhibit at Waukesha Civic Theater Gallery. I love the color of the walls with the display of the work. Waukesha Civic TheatrePerforming in the Margaret Brate Bryant Civic Theatre Building 264 West Main Street, Waukesha, WI 53186 - John Cramer, Managing Artistic Director Business Office: 262.547.4911 - Box Office: 262.547.0708 - Fax: 262-547-8454






The Fiber Artists Coalition is made up of Professional Artist Members of Studio Art Quilt Associates (SAQA) from the upper Midwest. FAC curates traveling exhibits of its members' works. Members employ a variety of innovative materials and techniques in the creation of fiber art with a contemporary edge. Some members have published books about their artistic processes and are in demand as teachers and presenters. Many exhibit their work in juried group and solo exhibitions within and beyond the U.S. The thirteen members whose works are included in this show are Astrid Hilger Bennett, Pat Bishop, Kathie Briggs, Shelley Brucar, Cheryl Dineen Ferrin, Clairan Ferrono, Kasia, Peg Keeney, Pat Kroth, Casey Puetz, Joan Potter Thomas, Laura Wasilowski, and Trish Williams.