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

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

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

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.


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.

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.

January 1 to December 31, 2012

(return address)
MS Spring, 2012
c/o Renaissance Court
Chicago Cultural Center
78 East Washington Street
Chicago, IL 60602
On-line at

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.

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

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


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 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:

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 I really need to take more pictures of my artwork too.