Celebrate! for Parkinson’s

Collage, Nonseries Work

9th Annual Celebrate! Auction

Northwest Parkinson’s Foundation (online)
September 27–October 1, 2021

The Northwest Parkinson’s Foundation annual benefit auction has opened and includes my quilt “Lavender.” Bidding has already begun online. You can also sign up for the digital live event October 1 at 6 pm PDT. All funds raised directly serve Northwest Parkinson’s communities, including the one in which I’m active in Bellingham.

Lavender

Lavender
Size: 12″w x 12″h

I approach the design and construction of my quilts much as an artist approaches a canvas. Each quilt is made up of individual pieces and/or blocks but visualized it in its entirety. Although my work is rooted in traditional quilt making, I continually strive to create works that break the established mold.
I usually work in a series, with each quilt unique but building on a theme. I collage and piece improvisational cotton and silk fabrics that I have dyed myself. I quilt by machine, using lines that enhance the piecing or tell a story on their own.

SAQA Benefit Auction

Studio Art Quilt Associates (online)
September 10–October 3, 2021

Bidding on quilts, including my “Social Distancing” donation, in Section 3 of the SAQA’s annual benefit auction has opened and will continue through October 3. All proceeds help support SAQA’s exhibition programs, publications, and education outreach. You can find full details about how the auction works here.

Fiber Optix at the Cove

Penn Cove Pottery, Coupeville, WA
September–October 2021

The Fiber Optix show at Penn Cove Pottery on Whidbey Island continues through October includes two of my quilts. The gallery has done a beautiful job of hanging the exhibition.

Exhibit and Auctions

Collage, Nonseries Work

Several of my pieces will be out in the world over the next few weeks. I encourage you to check them out, along with the causes they support.

Fiber Optix at the Cove

Penn Cove Pottery, Coupeville, WA
September–October 2021

The Fiber Optix show at Penn Cove Pottery on Whidbey Island includes two of my quilts.

Janet and Me
Janet and Me

Janet and Me
Size: 17″w x 28″h
Materials and techniques: Hand-dyed cotton fabrics, polyester & silk quilting thread; machine pieced & quilted
$720

This piece is a tribute to my mentor, my friend, and former Whidbey Island resident Janet Steadman. When Janet moved more than 2500 miles away, I inherited two large bags of scraps from her studio with joy. This art piece combines some of Janet’s hand dyes as companions to mine.

Ferns
Ferns

Ferns
Size: 21″w x 31″h
Materials and techniques: Fabrics hand dyed by the artist; machine collaged, pieced & quilted
$640

This is one of my older pieces that has been well received in several exhibitions. It has been shown at Women Who Dream Art in Longview, WA; Fabricated Elements in Portland, OR; CQA – Zarzuela in Seattle; Burnt Offerings in Gresham, OR; and the QSDS Invitational 2003 in Columbus, OH.

SAQA Benefit Auction

Studio Art Quilt Associates (online)
September 10–October 3, 2021

The SAQA’s annual benefit auction has opened with any piece in the auction available for $1,000 to the first bidder through Sunday. After the opening, the auction will offer quilts in sections. If it is not sold during the opening, my donation will be up for bids in Section 3, September 27–October 3. All proceeds help support SAQA’s exhibition programs, publications, and education outreach. You can find full details about how the auction works here.

Social Distancing
Social Distancing

Social Distancing
Size: 12″w x 12″h

“Social distancing” of one kind or another has been around for centuries, including political, religious, economic, class, sexism and political distances. American writer Audre Lorde, who dedicated her life and her work to confronting and addressing these injustices, once said, “It is not our differences that divide us. It is our inability to recognize, accept and celebrate those differences.” My hope is that we can “recognize, accept and celebrate” our differences and live peacefully together in this society.

9th Annual Celebrate! Auction

Northwest Parkinson’s Foundation (online)
September 27–October 1, 2021

I will be donating a piece to the Northwest Parkinson’s Foundation annual benefit auction, which opens online September 27 with a live event October 1. All funds raised directly serve Northwest Parkinson’s communities, including the one in which I’m active in Bellingham. I’ll share more about my donation as the event gets closer.

When is an exhibit not an exhibit – or displaying art in the time of coronavirus

Nonseries Work

I find myself spending more time in my studio during this “odd time.” I’m working on several new pieces that I will show you soon. But now I’d like to brag about an exhibit that my art quilt group has in San Diego. It started last year when the Visions Art Museum contacted our Fiber Optix group to see if we would be interested in having an exhibit. Visions is a prestigious gallery that biennially hosts one of the top fiber international juried exhibitions. Our group was delighted to participate.

We submitted digital photos of our quilts. They were juried; I had two accepted. Then in February everything changed. The museum closed. The two quilts I shipped were held in a FedEx office and eventually returned to me; they now hang in our hall.

The museum didn’t give up and decided to have a virtual exhibit. I invite you to explore it.

Here’s how:

  1. Enter the Fiber Optix: Recent Works exhibition here.
  2. Scroll down, reading the information about our group.
  3. Under “Meet the Artists,” you’ll find me. Click on my name to see the “interview” the museum did with me. (Click on the mini version and you can actually read it.)
  4. Go back to the exhibit page and scroll down to the quilts. Mine are “Janet and Me” and “Influences.”
  5. Click on each quilt for details, plus my inspiration.
  6. Do the same for others from our talented group.

Thanks for coming to the opening. I’m sorry you missed out on the wine and nibbles… and that we missed out on a trip to San Diego. These ARE odd times. Keep safe and keep creating!