I hope everyone is not tired of seeing these pieces. But everyone wanted to see them framed and I got them back from the framer and I’m really happy with them. They will be in an exhibition in September at The Purple Pomegranate in Whitefish, Montana, USA. The name of the exhibition is Directions and features four other artists. If you’re in the area, the opening will be September 6th from 6-9 pm in conjunction with Whitefish Gallery Nights.
Flathead Sunset – 11″ x 14″
Up the Northfork – 11.5″ x 14″
Autumn Mountain – 13″ x 18″
Morning Aspen – 13″ x 21″
Stormy Beargrass – 13″ x 22″ (I have shown you two photos because the first one on the left has a bee photo bomb)
Fireweed – 15.5″ x 33″
Also, I wanted to remind everyone that Teri Berry’s Felted Concertina Hat online class is open for registration. You can register here.
I attended the opening reception of Uncommon Threads at the Bigfork Art and Cultural Center in Bigfork, Montana last evening. A couple of weeks ago, I framed or remounted 14 pieces of artwork and entered them into the exhibition. I also included my felt tree at the last moment. The exhibition lasts through September 22nd so if you’re in the area, do stop in to see all the great work. I didn’t get photos of all the artwork as there was quite a crowd there and it was hard to get photos of everything.
These pieces are by Juliane Ketcher. She uses a variety of techniques in her work including felting.
These three are by my friend Louise Barker. By the end of the evening the one in the middle had sold.
I didn’t get this artist’s name but her company is Rocky Mountain Clothing and Textile Company. The weaving on this is really cool.
This is a large felted piece by Diana Lasa-Blair. Not sure who made the hat, scarf and jacket though.
These are by my friend Sally Glutting. The little red dot on the fly fishing piece means that it sold too!
These felted and beaded pieces are by Debra Pollard.
The needle felted birds and animals are by Ann Keenan.
And then there was my work. If you have followed this blog for a while, I think you will recognize most of the pieces. And if you look closely, there is a little red dot by one of my pieces too! How exciting that all three people in our little fiber art group sold a piece on the first night of the exhibition.
The other portion of the exhibition was an installation which involved many members of the community. I couldn’t get a photo of the entire installation and there was a painting at the top that I didn’t seem to get at all. But the installation was made up of knitting, crochet, felt and other fiber materials. It was really fun because peeking out from various areas were little animals. I contributed a felt rock and a few other pieces which were included in the installation. Thanks to the artists that put this together as it is a really interesting installation and it’s fun to see all the details included.
We, Marilyn (Pandagirl) and I (Luvswool), had never attended a “fiber fair,” so there were expectations and then the reality of the Fair. We had planned for many months to attend the annual Fair and met there early Friday morning with great anticipation. The advance program showed photos of sheep, fiber, workshops, art exhibits, bags of fleece, etc., and the Fair delivered all of that except for the sheep. One of the organizers explained to me that August is too hot for sheep, and I guess that makes sense. So, the only live animals were a lonely llama and a couple of angora rabbits. Still, it was an enjoyable experience.
The Fair has been held for 8 years in Grayslake, IL, a far northwestern town in the extended Chicago metro area, and it’s a Fair that celebrates the work of many hands. We saw spinners, felters, and knitters demonstrating their crafts, and there were many workshops offered during the 3-day fair. There were a couple of folk singers and a few food vendors outdoors, but everything else was contained in an air-conditioned building. The majority of the indoor vendors were geared towards knitters, with many beautiful displays of hand-dyed, hand-spun yarns and goods. Neither Marilyn nor I are knitters, so we headed first for a walk around to scope out the lot.
First stop was the Art Exhibit, which displayed fine fiber art–among them, my own display of five fiber wall-hangings. There were other fiber wall hangings, sculptures and “vintage” handbags (crafted from vintage patterns but otherwise entirely new).
(Cathy had a very prominent display! It was the first thing to see on our way in. Very exciting! — Marilyn)
Next up were the vendors, which included some crazy rag rugs, lots of beautiful yarn and bags of alpaca fleece. There were also felted hats and you’ll notice I didn’t snap pics of the roving, since I was busy buying it. Marilyn and I purchased some fibers we have not previously felted with–including Navajo churro, 100% Organic Polwarth, white Falkland and I bought some black Blue Faced Leicester with silk. Since there was so much yarn, I did pick up some white wool boucle for embellishment, as well as silk hankies, which I have never used.
As we neared the end, we were able to view the judging of alpaca and llama fleece. Two judges followed a quality control checklist and had to concur on all points.
Then it was goodbye to Princess Athena, the lonely llama, and our day at the Fair came to an end. We would love to attend another fair, but next time would like to see sheep–sheep-shearing, sheep-judging, sheep fleeces, border collies herding sheep, etc. Maybe there’s a trip to New Zealand in our future!
My fiber arts group, Tangled, A Montana Arts Collective, is sponsoring a fiber arts exhibition at my store The Purple Pomegranate in Whitefish, Montana during October. The theme for the exhibition is Shelter and I cordially invite you to apply for the exhibition. I know that lots of our readers do not reside in the US but you are also invited to apply. You would be responsible for the shipping to and from the exhibition so it probably isn’t that practical but I don’t want to exclude international entries.
The information about the exhibition is below and if you have any questions just let me know. You can download the information and an application form here.
Artists are invited to submit applications and jpg photos for a Fall Presentation Exhibit at The Purple Pomegranate Gallery in Whitefish, Montana.
Submission Deadline: August 15, 2013, for October 1, 2013 Exhibit opening.
Theme of Exhibit: Shelter. Shelter is one of the basic needs for all living creatures. What constitutes shelter? Is it an actual structure or metaphysical? From the lowliest tent to a mansion, shelter exists in many forms and has many different meanings. What does shelter mean to you?
Guidelines for Artist’s submission:
Size: Each piece of work must fit within 36” long, and 24” wide exhibit space. It may be 3-D in form. Art must fit through a standard size door.
All art must be an original piece of work, not shown prior to this show and created in the last two years. Artists may submit from 1 to 3 fiber works for the one time, non-refundable application fee of $20.00.
Each piece should be priced for retail sale, with 40% commission being retained from sale of work.
Art must be stable and be easily displayed on a wall or pedestal that supports a maximum of 20 pounds. No perishable organic material. Art must be structurally sound. Each submission should be able to be hung from one point of reference on the wall, portable or permanent or placed on a pedestal. Included with submission should be instructions for hanging or display.
Artist must submit an artist statement, with the application. Statement must be in context with the theme, Shelter.
Artist will need to submit proof of insurance coverage OR release the Purple Pomegranate from any liability related to harm of the art. Artist is responsible for shipping or delivering the work to the Purple Pomegranate and for sending a prepaid return label FedEx/UPS for pieces to be shipped back to artist.
Jurying: The jury process will include a panel of judges reviewing jpg photos sent by e-mail. Submissions that do not follow rules of entry will not be submitted to jurors. Only entries received by August 15, 2013 will be considered. Works selected for exhibition that are not accurately depicted by jpgs may be removed from the exhibit at juror’s discretion. Works selected are to be available for the entire exhibit. E-mail notification of acceptance will occur by September 15, 2013. Delivery of work September 25-27, 2013. Pick up work November 1-3, 2013.
As a side note, the piece of green nuno felt that I showed you last week is for my entry for this exhibition. I still have a long way to go on the piece but I have begun and I’m excited about the possibilities 🙂