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.”
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
2018 – Art Quilt Elements 2018 (AQE) , Wayne Art Center, Wayne, Pennsylvania. Exhibition Dates: March 16-April 28, 2018 http://www.artquiltelements.org . “Transfusion #3” was juried into this show.
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.
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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