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.”
2018 – GALLERIES AND SHOWS TO VIEW MY ART
2018 – 7th Annual Artist Members Exhibition 2018 – Arts Center East, Vernon, Connecticut – Exhibition dates: November 10 – December 16, 2018. “Tying up the Hay #9” and “Are you Leaning to the Right” have been included in this all media show.
2018 – A SENSE OF PLACE: LAND, SEA AND SKY – All media show. Exhibit Dates: September 13 – 30, 2018. OPENING RECEPTION – Thursday, September 13, 2018 6:00 PM 8:00 PM. West Hartford Art League 37 Buena Vista Road, West Hartford, CT. “Get Me Out of Here . . Please!” was juried into this show. Juror: Shauna Shane.
2018 – EXPLORATIONS: JOURNEYS IN CREATIVITY: THE QUILT ARTIST’S STUDIO – contains masterfully creative artwork by 24 professional quilt artists who are members of the New England regions of Studio Art Quilt Associates, Inc. (SAQA). In each show, 12 of the artists will display their 30” x 50” art quilt showcasing the signature technique for which they have been selected. The New England Quilt Museum (NEQM) 18 Shattuck Street, Lowell, Massachusetts 01852 nequiltmuseum.org. This exhibit is presented in two parts: Show #1 October 2-December 30, 2018. Artist’s Reception: October 13, 2018, 1pm; Show #2 April 3-June 23, 2019 Artist’s Reception: April 7, 2019, 1pm. “Transfusion #6” by CWSmith will be included in Show #1.
2018 – Mystic Museum of Art 62nd Regional, Mystic, CT. – August 3 – September 22nd. Opening Reception, Thursday August 9th 5:30 – 7:30 pm. “Tying Up the Hay” was juried into this all media show. Juror: Don Woodford. The Alice Clark Hubbard Prize was awarded to my piece.
2018 – Connecticut Women Artists (CWA) – 89th Annual National Open Juried Exhibition – EXHIBITION DATES: Saturday, September 1- Friday, September 28, 2018. LOCATION: Barnes-Franklin Gallery, Building #600, at Tunxis Community College. Opening Reception on Saturday, September 8, 2018 from 2-4 pm. “Get Me Out of Here” was juried into this show.
2018 – Mystic Museum of Art Annual Members and Elected Artist Exhibition, Mystic CT. June 15th – July 28th. Opening Reception: Thursday, June 21, 6:30pm – 8pm. “Transfusion #5” can be seen is this all media show.
2018 – Arts Center East, – 7th Annual Juried Multimedia Exhibit. 709 Hartford Tpk. Vernon, CT www.artscentereast.org – OPENING RECEPTION – Sunday, June 10th, from 2:00 — 4:00pm. “Get Me Out of Here” has been included in this juried show.
2018 – “Stepping Inside the Outside” – regional MA/RI SAQA exhibit. Highland Hall & Gardens, Falmouth, MA. Show dates: September 8th- October 31st. Artist Reception Sunday, September 9, 1-3 pm. “Tying Up the Hay #2” was juried into this show. http://www.highfieldhallandgardens.org . This show will then travel to the Bristol Art Museum (BAM) in Bristol, Rhode Island – from February 1 to March 10, 2019.
2018 – Artist Cooperative Gallery of Westerly (ACGOW) – 25th Regional Art Exhibit at the Artists’ Cooperative Gallery of Westerly, R. I. – May 3rd – May 27, 2018. ACGOW is honored to have Michael Perry as juror. Mr. Peery is a professor at Rhode Island College, a professor of painting at the Rhode Island School of Design and teaches drawing at Woodstock School of Art. “Get Me out of Here” was juried into this all media show.
2018 – Art Quilt Elements 2018 (AQE) , Wayne Art Center, Wayne, Pennsylvania. Exhibition Dates: March 16-April 28, 2018. “Transfusion #3” (41H x 71W) shown below was juried into the 13th biennial international exhibition of contemporary fine quilts. To view go to; http://www.artquiltelements.org/about/art-quilt-elements-2018/ or their Home Page: www.artquiltelements.org
2018 – Connecticut Academy of Fine Arts (CAFA) – 107th Annual Exhibition – Mystic Museum of Art, 9 Water Street, Mystic, Connecticut. Show Dates: April 20th – June 2nd, 2018. Jurors; Eric Aho Website: http://ericaho.com, and Robert Reynolds Website: http://reynoldsfineart.com/gallery/robert-reynolds/. “Transfusion #5” was juried into this show. Opening Reception: Thursday, May 3rd 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
2018 – Gallery 53 -“ALL THINGS CONSIDERED” Reception and awards: Saturday April 14th, 12-2 pm. On Exhibit: April 14 – 27. “Hay for Sale” and “Spring Is Here” have been included in this textile show.
2018 – Connecticut Women Artists (CWA) Two of my “PARTS” pieces from “Transfusion #4” were juried into this all media show. Art League of New Britain, 30 Cedar St. New Britain, CT http://www.alnb.org. Show Opening and talk: At Home Abroad: American Women Artists in Late Nineteenth-Centtury Italy, Sunday, April 8th, 2 – 4 pm. Free and open to the public. Presenter: Jacqueline Marie Musacchio, Professor of Italian Renaissance and Baroque Art at Wellesley College.
2018 – LOCAL COLOR: INSPIRED BY SCIENCE – Studio Art Quilt Associates Regional Exhibition. Show Concept: Whether it’s the ubiquitous smartphone, the breakthrough in cancer research or the discovery of new planets, science has an undeniable effect on and in our everyday lives. Juror: Katherine Blossom, Arts Director at Connecticut Hospice. Where the Exhibition will be: – Zahn Gallery, 250 Flat Rock Place, Westbrook, CT January 11th to March 14, 2018; – Windham Textile and History Museum, Williamantic, CT May 5th – July 8th, 2018; – Windsor Art Center, Windsor, CT September-October 2018; – Connecticut Hospice Gallery, Branford, CT November – December 2018. “Leaves Turning Brown” has been included in this traveling show.
2018 – Windham Textile & History Museum (WTHM) – 411 Main St, Willimantic, CT 06226. Local Color #3: “Inspired by Science”. Fine Art Quilts and Trunk Show by members of the Studio Art Quilt Associates Connecticut Region Dates: Saturday, May 5th, 2018 – July 8th, 2018. SPECIAL ONE DAY EVENT Textile Fiber Day – Saturday, May 5th, 2018 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Two of the Rhode Island “Mother’s Against GUN Violence” quilts will be on display along with the “Local Color#3” show. Textile Vendors, Speakers, Panel Discussion, and Demonstrations.
BOOK RELEASES – which include my Art
2017 – Artistry in Fiber, Vol. 1: Wall Art, by Anne Lee , E. Ashley Rooney, Foreword by Marcia Young, Introduction by Meredith Re’ Grimsley. This book is available at Barnes & Noble stores and its website, and through Amazon.
Wall Art – connecting us to the wide variety of contemporary fiber art in wall-mounted format, this resource combines more than 600 photos with personal comments from 100 of today’s established and emerging artists.
2017 – Create your Own Improv Quilts by Rayna Gillman. Modern Quilting with No Rules & No Rulers. C & T Publishing. Inspiration and Improvisation: A Gallery see page 69 for information on my technique and image of Gold Hay #1.
GALLERIES AND SHOWS TO VIEW MY ART
2017 – “Global Murmurs” – This juried show explores the subtle and ever present concerns, joys, and curiosities of mankind so often influenced by cultural and national boundaries. Exhibition Dates: October 1st – 31st. Opening Reception: October 7th 2PM-4PM at the Wilder Building Gallery, 1 East Main St. Rochester, New York. “Here’s Hillary . . the three debates” was juried into this show.
2017 – Artist Cooperative Gallery of Westerly (ACGOW) – “CELEBRATING OUR LEGACY” 25 years of Art ” 7 Canal Street, Westerly, R. I. August 30 – October 1. On view in this all media show “Hay . . . Leave Me Alone #2”. Opening Reception: Friday, September 1, 5-8 PM.
2017 – Connecticut Women Artists (CWA) National Open Juried Show – Friday, September 1-29, 2017. “Hay . . . Leave Me Alone #1” was juried into this all media show. The Arts Center East, Vernon, CT. Juror Nancy Stula, Executive Director, The Benton, Connecticut State Art Museum.
2017 – The 61st Regional Show – Mystic Museum of Art. August 4th – September 16th – Opening Reception; August 10th 5:30pm – 7:30pm. “Transfusion #2” was juried into this all media show, and was awarded The Joseph Gaultieri Prize. Juror: Nancy Grinnell.
2017 – Arts Center East – People and Places Exhibit Dates: July 27th – August 19th. Opening Reception: Sunday, July 23rd, 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm Awards @ 3:00 pm. Gallery Hours: Thursday – Sunday, 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm. 709 Hartford Turnpike, Vernon, CT 06066 – (860) 871-8222. firstname.lastname@example.org “Hip-Hop Follow the Dotted Line”; “Hay for Sale”; and, “Grab and Go #2” have been juried into this show. “Hip-Hop Follow the Dotted Line” received the Second Place award.
2017 – “Local Color: Stories of Our Members” @ The Slater Memorial Museum in Norwich, CT. June 11th through August 4th. A dual exhibition presented by Studio Art Quilt Associates members from the Connecticut region and the Northern California/Nevada region. Two of my pieces “Lyme Disease” and “Storm Coming” have been juried into this traveling exhibition. Note: This show will travel to The Gallery at 48 Natoma, 48 Natoma, Folsom, CA. Dates: Jan 25-Mar 8 2018.
2017 – “Chrysalis” Invitational Show – 3 Women Show includes art by Lori Bradley, Alicia Blaze Hunsicker, and Catherine Whall Smith. June 1st – 30th, 2017 Whitney Center for the Arts, Pittsfield, Mass. www.galleryw.org
2017 – CAFA 106th Annual Exhibition 2017, June 16 – July 29, 2017. Jurors Emilia Dubicki and Deborah Quinn-Munson. “Tying Up the Hay #9” was juried into this show. Host Gallery Mystic Museum of Art George G. King, Executive Director. Opening Reception will take place on Thursday, June 29th from 5:30 – 7:30pm.
2017 – Windham Textile & History Museum (WTHM) –Invitational Fiber Art/Quilt Show– “Locally Inspired” – includes work by 20 Fiber Artists. June 1st – June 30th, 2017. 411 Main Street and 159 Union Street; Willimantic, CT 06226 http://www.millmuseum.org . Also a one-day event celebrating Quilting and the Fiber Arts on June 10th.
2017 – Artist Cooperative Gallery of Westerly, R. I. Regional Art Exhibit May 3rd – 28th. Opening May 5th, 5:00- 8:00 p.m. Three of my pieces have been juried into this show: “Hay For Sale”, “Tying Up the Hay #7”, and “Tying Up the Hay #12” . “Tying Up the Hay #7” received the Alice Clark Hubbard Fine Crafts Award.
2017 – New Britain Museum of American Art 17th annual Spring Gala and the Art Party of the Year – Saturday, May 6th. My donation #17 – “Tying Up the Hay #10″. Media: Fiber. Size: 24″ x 24”. 2016. To preview, pre-bid, or set your maximum bid, visit http://www.artpartyoftheyear.org
2017 – Mystic Museum of Art Center (MMAC), Mystic Connecticut – Members & Elected Artists, March 31st – June 3rd. Opening – Thursday, April 20th, 6:30pm – 8pm. On view “Tying Up the Hay #8″.
2017 – Monson Arts Council – “Show Us Your Colors” all media show – April 8th – 23rd. House of Art, 200 Main Street, Monson, MA. Opening Reception April 8th 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. “Grab and Go” has been juried into this show. (Contact: email@example.com 413-267-0343 or 413-267-3042)
2017 – Connecticut Women Artists Member’s Juried Show – Art League of New Britain, New Britain, CT. April 1 – 28, Opening Reception and Award Ceremony: April 1, 2:00 – 4:00 pm Closing Reception: April 28, 6:00 – 8:00 pm. “Tying Up the Hay #5” was juried into this show. Juror – Roxanne Stachelek is Executive Director of the West Hartford Art League. Exhibition Details The Connecticut Women Artists organization was founded 88 years ago in 1929 when thirteen women artists exhibited at the Wadsworth Atheneum in Hartford, CT. One of this country’s oldest continuing art organizations for women, CWA now has over 200 elected members. NOTE: Two senior high school award winners of Scholastic ART CWA Portfolio Award will be invited to show their work in this exhibit.
2017 – “Go Red for Women ® “ luncheon to be held on February 24, 10:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. at the Park Plaza Hotel 50 Park Plaza, Boston, MA. “Transfusion” and “Spring Is Here . . . Love is in the Air” will be on display at this event.
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.
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