Explorations: Journeys In Creativity-Inside the Quilt Artist’s Studio

Explorations: Journeys In Creativity-Inside the Quilt Artist’s Studio

The exhibition that we all worked so hard on for months is coming up soon! The first part was held in December and now, the second part, that I am part of, is almost here! Part 1 was fabulous and you can expect the same of this one, It was exceptionally well attended and people who came were very receptive to the concept of this exhibit and the presentations. The Lightening Talks were a hit!

Saturday, April 6th, New England Quilt Museum in Lowell, Artist Reception begins 1PM
Explorations II: Inside the Quilt Artist’s Studio
​April 2 – June 23, 2019
“Have you have ever viewed an art quilt and wondered, “How did she do that?” From improvisational piecing to traditional embroidery, from digital design to eco-printing, today’s fiber artists draw on a wide range of materials and tools to add depth, complexity and texture to their work. This exhibition invites you inside the artist’s studio to learn about the extensive variety of techniques used by New England based members of Studio Art Quilt Associates (SAQA). Presented in two parts, each of the 24 artists is represented by an original 30” x 50” art quilt that showcases her signature technique. Co-Curators: Allison Wilbur and Nancy Turbitt”       -NEQM
Ann Brauer
Sue Colozzi
Janis Doucette
Janice Jones
Mary-Ellen Latino
Marya Lowe
Jeanne Marklin
Valerie Maser-Flanagan
Sharon McCartney
Suzanne Munroe
Wen Redmond
Sarah Ann Smith

Saturday, April 6 · 1 – 2 pm

Five Artists Included in ​Explorations II: Inside the Quilt Artist’s Studio Present “Lighting Talks”

​Wen Redmond
​”Expanding The Surface: Printing On Created Substrate of Molding Paste
“Sue Colozzi
“Landscape Experiments Or… How I Play With Fabric”
Janis Doucette
“Best Practices for Eco Printers”
Mary-Ellen Latino
“21st Century Mixed Media Fiber Art”

Suzanne Munroe
​”Fiber Portraits”

​Here’s My work: “Surrender:”

Essex Art Center Exhibition of Outside the Ordinary

Essex Art Center Exhibition of Outside the Ordinary

The Essex Art Center is a great Gallery to visit! The daytime light coming in is a welcome pleasure. The layout of the gallery is conducive to strolling through with ease. We had such a good time there at the Artists Reception on Saturday night! 

March 22 – May 31, 2019
Opening reception: Friday, March 22, 5-7 pm
In the Chester F. Sidell Gallery 
Outside the Ordinary
Fabric art by members of Joined by Stitch
Betsy Abbott, Agusta Agustsson, Tarja Cockell, Sue Colozzi, Janis Doucette, Anne Kimball, Madalene Murphy, and Alanna Nelson
Outside the Ordinary focuses on the work of 8 regional artists who begin with everyday materials, fabric and thread, and create works well beyond
the ordinary through innovative piecing, fusing, felting, and stitching, as well as printing, painting, and dyeing. The common thread binding the
separate works together is the outside world that surrounds all of us.
Each piece focuses attention in a way that gives new insights into both the ordinary and extraordinary things in nature, whether they are intricately
stitched or ethereal landscapes; works featuring creatures from the land, sea, and air; eco prints or digital photography prints using local leaves and
flowers to create exuberant compositions; or abstract pieces whose patterns echo tree bark, rock layers, and even the cosmos itself. And the show
encompasses all of the colors of the world outside, from muted tans and grays to strong reds, blues, and greens.
Each artist hopes that together their works will excite viewers to expand their own perception of the natural world outside to include a renewed
awareness of its beauty, its particularity, and its fragility requiring our care and protection.
Image credit: Sue Colozzi, Coleus Up Close, Fiber, 29”w x 23”h, 2012

It was an additional treat to interact with the artists and guests in the adjacent gallery!  

In the Elizabeth A Beland Gallery
El Taller at Essex Art Center
Curated by Roberta Delilo
Henry Carpio, Jimmy Nguyen, Josh Pichardo, Keyla Rodriguez, Carter Agvent, Elizabeth Rennie, 
Kate Delaney, Jonathan Henriquez, Yessica Galva, Castro Yves, Bernard Long, Jason Sencion, and Celeste Cruz
If you’re in the area and looking for a fantastic way to spend some time, check out the Essex Art Center. Our exhibit will be up until May 31st!
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The Invisible Woman – My Story in Our Story

The Invisible Woman – My Story in Our Story

Finally, just got word that we can post our pics of Our Story!

Currently showing at the 2018 International Quilt Festival at the George R. Brown Convention Center, Houston, TX.

My Artist Statement for “The Invisible Woman”:

The first thing most of us think of when we hear about the phenomenon of women and invisibility after a certain age is as men relate to us. Although that’s, perhaps, the first or most noticeable aspect of this un-empowerment of the ageing woman, it isn’t the first thing I experienced with a fair amount of certitude. It is, however, what you most read about if you Google “women and invisibility.” It’s the foremost topic, running closely aligned with many articles written by women dismissing the notion of today’s women feeling or being powerless.
Many women who have lost their jobs in their fifties were never hired again. I decided to recreate myself as a self-employed artist rather than fight a losing battle. Although I am happier, I am considerably less wealthy! Older women in the workforce are becoming increasingly invisible in the workplace.
As Tira Harpaz writes, “Scientists at Duke University’s Center for Metamaterials and Integrated Plasmonics are close to perfecting an “invisibility cloak,” a breakthrough they have been working on since 2006. While I appreciate their efforts, I want to give them a tip: If you want to make a person invisible, just put them in the shoes of an over-fifty woman and abracadabra, watch them disappear.”
What IS visible are youthful feminine good looks and taut bodies often photoshopped to an unnatural degree, dyed heads, fewer wrinkles and sagging chins. Only those who are more privileged than most can uncloak themselves; abracadabra for the rest of us!

Available Now!

OURstory Quilts: Human Rights Stories in Fabric

Susanne Miller Jones , Foreword by Tom Berlin