Being in the moment:
“In our highly complex information sharing society, I feel the pressure to participate so that is why at this stage in my life, my art is about being in and sharing a “moment in time.” It only exists for that moment–and I attempt to capture that moment with my digital images. Enlarged hay images show fragmented lines, each one the stimulus for a quilt that explores how simple lines create visual space. My final connection with each piece is hand stitching repetitive lines across the quilts surface. Thousands of tiny stitches allow me to once again be “in the moment” as three layers merge into one and my art transforms from a flat surface to one with texture, drape, and dimension.
My goal is to continue narrating the stories of my rural environment while developing the language of the line. I invite the viewer of my art to consider and continue this dialogue.”
GALLERIES AND SHOWS TO VIEW MY ART
2017 – The 73rd Annual Connecticut Artists Exhibition at The Slater Memorial Museum, Norwich, CT – all media show. January 22 – March 17, 2017. Juror – Patricia Hickson, the Emily Hall Tremaine Curator of Contemporary Art at the Wadsworth Antheneum, Hartford, CT. “Tying Up the Hay #7” was juried into this show. OPENING: Sunday, January 22nd, 2017 from 1-3pm. http://www.slatermuseum.org
2017 – “MixMaster” – Juried Members Exhibition at the Mattatuck Museum, Waterbury, CT. January 29, 2017 – March 19, 2017. OPENING RECEPTION:Sunday, January 29, 1:00-3:00 p.m. – “Tying Up the Hay #8” was juried into this show. MIXMASTER seeks to discover and recognize the talents of artists in the New England and tri-state region. Created to encourage contemporary art, this exhibition provides an opportunity for established and emerging artists to debut their latest work. Works were selected by Juror Meg White, Director, Gallery NAGA, Boston, MA. Related Programming – Salon Talks with the Artists – Sunday, February 12, 2:00 p.m.; Tuesday, February 28, 5:00 p.m.; Thursday, March 9, 1:00 p.m.
2016 – The West Hartford Art League – Members Juried Exhibition 2016 – November 23 – December 22nd. Club House and Salt Box Galleries. Juror Susan Powell, Susan Powell Fine Art. “Tying Up the Hay #7” was juried into this show. Opening: Sunday, November 20th 2:00-4:00 p.m.
2016 – ACGOW, Westerly, Rhode Island – members show – “DIVERSITY” – October 5 – October 30, 2016. “Grab and Go #1” and “Grab and Go #2” on display in this show.
2016 -“Artistic Wanderings 2016” all mediums- Norwich Art Center Galleries, 60-64 Broadway, Norwich CT. August 3 – August 27th, 2016. Opening/Reception @ First Friday, August 5th from 6-9pm. Awards at 7:30 p.m. Juror: David Madacsi, Artist and Co-Founder Alexey vonSchlippe Gallery of Art. “Hay . . Leave Me Alone #2” and “In The Hay Field/Night” were juried into this show. “In the Hay Field/Night” was awarded the Alice Clark Hubbard Prize.
2016 – CWA – Connecticut Women Artists 86th Annual National Open Juried Show at the Slater Memorial Museum in Norwich, CT, 108 Crescent Street, Norwich, Connecticut 06360. Hours: M-Fri. 9-4 pm, Sat and Sun. 1-4 pm. Opening Reception is Saturday, August 20, 1:00 – 3:00 pm. Juror Min Jung Kim, Director of the New Britain Museum of American Art. “Final Resting Place” was juried into this show, and it received a Third Place prize. EXHIBITION DATES: Saturday, August 20 – Friday, September 23, 2016
2016 – Windham Textile & History Museum, 411 Main Street, Willimantic, CT http://www.millmuseum.org/ Textile Trio Event: Quilting 6/11, Knitting 6/18, Weaving/Spinning 6/25 – 10:00 am.- 4:00 pm. Saturday, June 11th will focus on Quilting & Fiber Arts. Vendors, Demonstrations, Hands-On events as well as a daily schedule of speakers. Many of my quilts will be included in this event.
2016 – 16th Annual gala “The ART Party of the Year: @ The New Britain Museum of American Art – 56 Lexington St, New Britain, CT 06052 When: May 7, 2016 6p.m. to midnight. Attire: Black Tie. My piece Grab and Go #2 (26Hx24W) will be for sale at the Live Auction. For Tickets; Contact Gala Coordinator Marina Luri-Clark at (860) 229-0257, ext. 223 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
2016 – Artists’ Cooperative Gallery in Westerly, R. I. (ACGOW) “Spring Is Here” and “Black, Blue, and Bruised” were accepted into the 2016 Regional Art Show. Juried by Timothy McDowell, Professor of Studio Art at Connecticut College in New London, CT, this all media Art Show runs from May 4th to May 29th, 2016. The opening reception will be Friday, May 6th, 5 – 8 p.m. (“Spring Is Here” was awarded a Katherine Forest Craft Foundation prize.)
2016 – Arts of Tolland -Tolland, CT– 13th Annual Open Juried Art Show April 10th – May 1st, 2016. – Opening Reception – Sunday, April 10th 1- 3pm. “Tying Up the Hay #2”, and “Tying Up the Hay #3” were juried into this show.
2016 – House of Art – 200 Main Street Monson, Mass. “DEEP” Week-ends April 16th – May 1st, 2016. Opening: Saturday, April 16th 1:00 – 4:00. “Final Resting Place”, and “In the Hay Field/Night” were juried into this show. (“In the Hay Field Night” won an Honorable Mention prize)
2016 – Mystic Museum of Art Center (MMAC), Mystic Connecticut – Members & Elected Artists, April 15th – June 4th: Opening-Thursday, April 21, 5:30pm – 8pm. “Grab and Go” was included in this show.
2016 – “Storm Coming” and “Lyme Disease” by CWSmith can be seen in “Local Color: Connecticut Stories”, a juried, traveling exhibition of fiber art created by members of Studio Art Quilt Associates (SAQA) in the Connecticut Region. The exhibit celebrates the concept of narrative as construed by Connecticut artists. The exhibit will be on view February 5 -21, 2016 at Guilford Art Center, Guilford, CT. The opening reception is Friday, February 5, 5-7pm; it is free and open to the public. Admissions free. Gallery hours are Monday through Saturday 10am-4pm, Sunday 12-4pm.
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