Here are a few more photos from the “Stitched” Reception on Sunday, March 3rd, 2019. At The Ruth Wells Center for the Arts, 111 Main Street Southbridge MA. Gallery Hours Friday 2 – 6 p.m.; Sat. Sun. 12 -4 p.m.
It’s still on! Reception and Artists Gallery Talks, Sunday, March 3rd, 2 – 4p.m. “Stitched” Fiber Art by Joan Blade Johnson and Catherine Whall Smith. Show dates: March 1st – 31st. Ruth Wells Center for the Arts, 111 Main Street, Southbridge, MA.
A few weeks ago I took the photos shown above of buildings located in Southbridge, and incorporated them into some new pieces for this show. “Do Not Cross the Intersection”, and “On the phone at Raymon’s” are in various stages of completion. Come see!
Next Thursday (2/28/2019), I plan to be at the Art Corridor on the Saint Raphael Campus of the Yale New Haven Hospital for the “taking down” of the joint February 2019 show of fiber art created by me and paintings by Linda McCarthy. Below left is a photo of the “hanging up” last month with Jane Snaider and her assistant.
Shown above right “Are You Leaning to the Right” (12Hx12W) – hand stitched and mounted for easy hanging. My photo image in this piece was taken at the Joshua’s Trust @ Historic Atwood Farm, in Mansfield, Connecticut – joshuastrust.org . All my photos are digitally applied to treated cotton.
Not all the pieces were up at this point, but the final product looked great. This is the list of my pieces in this show;
No.# Title Size Price
#2 – “Twins With Matching Hats” – 25H x 29W – $250
#4 – “Hay For Sale” – 12H x 12W – $85
#6 – “Green Replaces Pink” – 12H x 12W – $85
#7 – “Chorus Line” – 12H x 12W – $85
#9 – “Are You Leaning to the Right!” – 12H x 12W – $85
#10 – “Transfusion #4” – 40H x 48W – $900
#13 – “Hay Leave Me Alone #1” – 24H x 24W – $125 (each) $200 both
#14 – “Hay Leave Me Alone #1” – 24H x 24W – $125 (each) $200 both
#17 – “Transfusion #5” – 15H x 24W – $175
#19 – “Black Takes Over” – 12H x 12W – $ 115 Frames – $85 Unframed
# ? – “So Many Reds” – 12H x 12W – $ 115 Frames – $85 Unframed
The day before the “Taking Down” next Thursday at Yale, Joan Blade Johnson and I will be busy on Wednesday, February 27th “Hanging” another dual artist show – “Stitched” Fiber Art by Joan Blade Johnson and Catherine Whall Smith. Located at the Ruth Wells Center for the Arts, 111 Main Street, Southbridge, MA. Reception and Artists Gallery Talks, Sunday, March 3rd, 2 – 4p.m. Once that “hanging” is complete I will post some images and the Title/Size/Price list.
Hope it doesn’t snow on any of those days!!!
On December 22, 2018, I posted the pending birth of “Transformation/ Blue Blood”. This piece has been somewhat of a struggle. Pictured below, I’ve started to cut the lines that will be machine stitched into the piece;Next comes the laying of the lines to start the visual. Below, the piece on the left is almost finished – it will inform the piece on the right;
Hope you had a Happy Valentine’s Day!
Since 2019 will be busy with several shows in the works. I decided to start thinking about which pieces I will be hanging for the month of February at the the Art Corridor on the Saint Raphael Campus of the Yale New Haven Hospital. The Art Corridor shows a wide variety of art and artists. The 2019 exhibits continue to exemplify how creative expression can make a powerful contribution to the healing process. Twenty-four local artists will have their work showcased in the Auxiliary’s Art Corridor during 2019. They were selected by the Art Corridor Committee, chaired by Jane Snaider, with involvement from Andrew Wolf, New Haven Director of Arts, Culture and Tourism. The Yale New Haven Hospital is located at 20 York Street, New Haven, CT .
I think the pieces in my “Transfusion” series will work nicely for my part of the month long February 2019 show. This series has large, medium, and small pieces. It is a tribute to my father who died suddenly almost 40 years ago of a massive heart attack. Though his physical body is gone his spirit has definitely passed on like a blood transfusion into his children, grand-children, and great grand-children. This photo below shows “Transfusion #4 (40H x 48W) hung on a wall in our home with two of the mounted 12 x 12 ‘s in the “PARTS” series. These “Parts” are duplicate sections of the larger piece. I’m thinking a lot of these 12 x 12’s hung together on a wall might be interesting. So far I have completed 8 parts – so I will need to complete a few more of these hand-stitched pieces for the most visual impact. Time to get busy as 2019 will be here before you know it! No Time to Waste!
Have a Healthy, Happy New Year 2019!!!
The color BLUE is working it’s way onto my studio design wall. Blue is obviously the theme for the Smith’s Christmas tree this year. Last year’s fake white tree has been taken out of the attic – a variety of BLUE Xmas balls were purchased and hung – some silver ornaments were added – DONE! So for some reason I started to get the urge to visit “the blue fabric stash” in my studio. Here are some of my choices; Like most artists I am always thinking of “the next piece”. – – the idea of “Transformation/Blue Bloods” has been forming. It won’t be a large piece like my present “Transfusion in TWO PARTS” – which is almost complete – but smaller maybe 36H x 24W. I plan to share some of my progress. But for now there is still some Christmas shopping to be done, so that there will actually be some more presents under our “Blue” tree.
How about you is that TREE UP YET!!! Merry Christmas!
It’s 2018 and this is my 9th yearly Thanksgiving post. Here is our dining room table almost ready for our family and friends. Those of you who host the yearly Thanksgiving feast know that it takes several trips to the grocery store and a few days to get all the food prepped, cooked, and ready to serve. Along with these tasks I have also been hand quilting my latest Transfusion piece. Titled “Transfusion in TWO PARTS” – each section is roughly 30 x 72 with several 6 inch strips that randomly connect the sections. The size of this piece continues my reflective journey in my Art “Does Size Matter?”. My hope is that the size of this piece will matter – as I plan to find a show with size specifications large enough that I will be able to enter this piece. I will keep you posted on that idea.
My Thanksgiving turkeys this year will also be in two parts; One Whole Turkey and One Whole Turkey Breast. Thursday morning I will put the whole turkey in my “Hand=Me=Down=Family=Heirloom=Turkey=Roasting=Pan” that was a gift to me many years ago. It cooks a perfect turkey with very little to do but just uncover the turkey towards the end of the process to bake the skin to a golden brown. I haven’t seen anything like it in the stores so I just decided to do a google search and there it was on EBay. WEAR-EVER 5P LARGE ALUMINUM THANKSGIVING HAM TURKEY ROAST ROASTING PAN US $85.50 and here is what it looks like in the EBAY ad. It looks in very good condition. You may want to consider it for your next Turkey dinner. A Happy Thanksgiving to You, Your Family, and Your Friends! Stay warm it’s suppose to be the coldest Thanksgiving on record. Brrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr!!!!!!
On Saturday, we headed up to the New England Quilt Museum in Lowell, MA to view for the first time “Explorations, Journeys in Creativity – The Quilt Artist’s Studio”. This art exhibit is being presented in two parts: In each show 12 of the 24 artists will display a 30″ x 50″ art quilt showcasing the signature technique for which they have been selected.
Show #1 October 2 – December 30, 2018: and Show #2 (this is the corrected date from one of my earlier posts) April 3 – June 23, 2019 – Artist reception: April 7th, 2019 @ 1 p.m. Over 100 people attended the opening in a room that contained the art of 12 fiber artists that were juried into this show. Each piece was accompanied by a 50 x 30 inch banner that was in the artists words and contained pictures of their studio and their process. Note: A book that includes a six page spread on each of the 24 artists is for sale in the Museum store.
Pamela Weeks, Binney Family Curator of the NE Quilt Museum states about this show: “I’m excited to exhibit art quilts with companion panels prepared by the artists explaining the techniques. It was my idea with this exhibit to not just explain the work of artists, but perhaps to make the art more accessible and encourage more quilters to “work outside the box”. Nancy Turbitt, and Allison Wilbur members of SAQA MA/RI should be congratulated for their curatorial efforts in the coordination of this exciting show. Participants include: Agusta Agustsson, Sue Bleiweiss, Ann Brauer, Diane Cadrain, Sue Colossi, Judy Dales, Janis Doucette, Diane English, Janice Jones, Mary-Ellen Latino, Marya Lowe, Jeanne Marklin, Valerie Maser-Flanagan, Sharon McCartney, Suzanne Munroe, Madalene Murphy, Sue Polansky, Wen Redmond, Cheryl Rezendes, Diane Sheckells, Catherine Whall Smith, Sarah Ann Smith, Timna Tarr, and Nancy Turbitt.
Along with “Explorations 1: Inside the Quilt Artist’s Studio”; On-going exhibits include: The Fabric Collage of Susan Carlson, thru – December 30; and, Liberty and Justice: The Satirical Art of Salley Mavor, thru – December 30.
Check out nequiltmuseum.org. to obtain more information on several events including some Brown Bag Lunches; a Gallery Talk and a 2-Day Workshop. The museum is open Tuesday to Sunday, 10 – 4. Maybe it’s time for that Autumn Foliage Drive, Massachusetts is almost peak at this time of year!
UP-DATE: My last post on August 23rd, 2018 included this statement; Done! Always a good feeling, because now I can start thinking about where I might enter “Get Me Out of Here . . Please!”. Well I did enter this piece and it was juried into the all media show at the West Hartford Art League in West Hartford, CT. The A SENSE OF PLACE: LAND, SEA AND SKY show runs from September 13th – 30th. There is still time to see this show – so call (860) 231-8019 for the gallery hours.
REMINDER: Explorations: Journeys in Creativity: The Quilt Artist’s Studio – at the New England Quilt Museum (NEQM) 18 Shattuck Street, Lowell, Massachusetts. This show contains masterfully creative artwork by 24 professional quilt artists who are members of the New England regions of Studio Art Quilt Associates, Inc. (SAQA). This exhibit is presented in two parts: Show #1 October 2-December 30, 2018. Artist’s Reception and Artist Lightning Talks will take place on Saturday, October 13th at 1pm. “Transfusion #6” and a Lightning Talk by Catherine Smith will be included in Show #1. For more information; http://nequiltmuseum.org/index.html
Done! Always a good feeling, because now I can start thinking about where I might enter “Get Me Out of Here . . Please!”. Below is a picture of my studio as I start to get the lights ready to photograph the piece. And below is the finished piece. All cotton materials (24H x 36W) – hand quilted. The photo that I used for this piece was taken at a local farm. I enlarged sections of the jpeg. image and applied it to treated cotton with a laser jet printer. So if you are done with the “Back to School “ shopping and just want to “Get out of wherever you are” Our Chaplin Street Multi-Family Tag Sale is this Saturday, August 25th from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. – Check out 44 Chaplin Street where I will be offering something for everyone including; antique chairs, a kayak, household items, lots and lots of Baby Car Seats, and some of my smaller Fiber Art pieces. I’m looking forward to seeing what my neighbors come up with!