Recently I was invited to exhibit a hand full of my quilts at the local art center in Conneaut, Ohio. Now its always flattering to get asked to show your work, but this time I found it even more so. My work hung along side the pieces of 5 of the most talented quilters in the area. Let's just say I was in good company.
Now, I know its a little daunting to show your work, especially in your own backyard. Will your neighbors really get what your art is about?? I mean, even Jesus was rejected in his home synagogue. But I think its especially important for fiber artists to exhibit to the general public if only to get the word out that quilts aren't just for beds anymore. It literally took about 15 years for my friends and family to realize that I was doing original artwork and not just sitting around making log cabin quilts (not that there is anything wrong with traditional quilting - you all know I love making traditional quilts). Still, these days, I'm just artist that happens to use fabric as my medium.
So it was super nice for the Conneaut Art Center to give us such a nice venue. The room where they will be exhibited is not only a gallery, but a multipurpose room. So its the perfect place to reach
I picked 4 quilts to show - Fall I, Fall II, Ephesians 4: 3.4 (aka the birdhouses) and Lilies and Clapboards. I chose them because they seemed all sort of linked - whether through the color palette or the taste of rural life that inspired them.
Andddddd to top it all off, the artists were invited back for a Round table Discussion on our work that was taped for the Community Access Channel. How cool is that? It sorta freaked me out a bit, but then I had to put on my big girl pants and do it. Of course , it went fine and it was super fun!! I loved hearing the view points of the other artists.
Ohhh and here is a sneak peek of my latest project - inspired by Monet.
So What have you been up to Creatively?