Parkinson’s disease has surfaced as the fastest-growing “movement disorder.” I am one of the nearly 1 million people in the United States who battle this disease. Among the many symptoms that I deal with is balance. Through medication and exercise, I can slightly reduce my balance problems, but they will stay with me until I die or a cure is found. More information can be found at the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research.
One of my art quilts, “My Battle with Parkinson: Balance 1,” is being featured in a publication and has been juried into a Surface Design Association (SDA) Washington regional exhibit. In addition, “Balance 1” will be featured in the seasonal mailing from the Northwest Parkinson’s Foundation beginning in December. When I was notified, the editor made the following comment: “This is such a striking pattern; the colors and fragmentation actually unite our message as an organization for people with Parkinson’s.” If you would like more information, contact the Northwest Parkinson’s Foundation.
“Balance 1” has also been juried into the “Surfacing” show. This online exhibition, which was open to all SDA members and the public, can be viewed on the SDA website.
Eight of us participating artists were joined by jurors Gail Harker and Francesca Piñol in a conversation recorded on November 15. You can watch the hourlong conversation here. I’m the first slightly nervous artist to speak.
“My Battle with Parkinson: Balance 1” Size: 22″w x 22″h Materials and techniques: Cotton fabrics hand-dyed by Liz Axford and the artist, polyester quilting thread; machine pieced and quilted
Statement: When I inherited beautiful hand-dyed circles by my friend the late Liz Axford, it gave me the opportunity to combine them with some of my fabrics to portray “Balance.” Losing balance is one of many Parkinson symptoms as the disease progresses.
“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” 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” 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.
Several pieces from my Parkinson Series, including the new ones I shared last month, have been included in the Northwest Parkinson’s Foundation April Artists Gallery. NW Parkinson’s has been raising awareness all month by showcasing the work of artists with Parkinson’s disease.
Tomorrow, April 30, the gallery is presenting a free, live exhibition event via Zoom that starts at 4 pm PDT. During the online exhibition, NW Parkinson’s staff and artists will discuss their work and answer questions from the community. You can register for the Zoom presentation here. I hope to see you online.