All Mixed Up in Santa Cruz!

Metamorphic - 300 dpiI am very pleased to announce that I have an art quilt in the mixed media show at the Santa Cruz Art League (SCAL) in Santa Cruz, California. The show is called “All Mixed Up – A National Art Exhibit.” The reception is going to be this coming Saturday, July 19, from 3 – 5:00pm. I will definitely be there and hope that some of you can join us.

The SCAL is located at 526 Broadway Avenue. The exhibit runs from July 11 – August 10. The open hours are Wednesday – Saturday, 12:00pm – 5:00pm, Sunday, 12:00pm – 4:00pm, and first Friday, 12:00pm – 9:00pm. The show should be a very interesting exhibit.

Here is my piece in the exhibit. It is called “Metamorphic.”

Capitolizing on Fiber – SAQA Conference

Yvonne Porcella and Martha SielmanI decided to go to the Studio Art Quilt Associates Conference in Alexandria, Virginia this year. It was a wonderful event with lots to see and do, and people to meet. One of the highlights was seeing and hearing Yvonne Porcella talk. Yvonne was the founder of SAQA and was the first president. Here is a photo of her talking with Martha Sielman, the Executive Director.

Radical Elements -The Irony of It All Was Not Lost on HerAs part of the conference, a large group of us went to see the Radical Elements show in Maryland. It was a wonderful exhibit of quilts made with non-traditional materials. Each artist was assigned one of the elements and had to make that element the theme of her quilt. One of my favorite quilts in the exhibit was called “The Irony of It All Was Not Lost on Her” by Trisha Hassler of Oregon. I liked the name of the quilt, too.

Since it was the 25th Anniversary for SAQA, we had a wonderful dinner, which my husband Dean got to attend. The food was very good, and we got a preview of the entire collection of quilts made for the Silver Anniversary Trunk Show. The quilts will be split into various trunks and will travel across the US and possibly overseas. My quilt was also selected to be part of the permanent collection of the National Quilt Museum. What a wonderful honor!

In the Permanent Collection of the National Quilt Museum

Twenty-Five - reducedI feel so totally blessed and honored to have one of my quilts chosen to be in the permanent collection of the National Quilt Museum in Paducah, Kentucky. I had entered it in the 2014 Silver Anniversary Trunk Show for the Studio Art Quilt Associates (SAQA). Out of the 407 quilts in the trunk show, the jurors (BJ Adams and Trudi Van Dyke) selected 50 quilts to go into the Museum. Mine was one of the lucky ones.

The quilts are small and are mounted on a black mat board. The quality of our trunk shows continues to rise with this group. The quilts were all on display at the SAQA Conference in Alexandria, Virginia, and each one was like a little piece of “eye candy.” My quilt is called “Twenty-Five,” in honor of the silver anniversary of SAQA.

Recognition at Fresh Works Show

Heritage Moon - reducedI love to enter my art quilts into open art competitions to show my textile/mixed media work alongside paintings, sculptures and other art forms. One particular show I find interesting is the Fresh Works show at the Harrington Gallery in the Firehouse Art Center in Pleasanton, California. They have a different juror every year, so the shows are always unique. This year’s show was juried by Carrie Lederer.

She selected many mixed media pieces and photographs as well as other paintings. I was fortunate enough to have one of my mixed media pieces called “Heritage Moon” accepted into the show. The wall it is on has a wonderful selection of several of the mixed media pieces, making a real feast for the eyes. A special treat for me was an Honorable Mention ribbon for my work. The show continues through Saturday, June 7, 2014.

Silicon Valley Open Studios-Color on Knickerbocker

Milky Way - reducedJust a reminder that I will participating in the Silicon Valley Open Studios with two of my friends from Artists 7, Susan Helmer and Marge Barta Atkins. We will be at Susan’s Sunnyvale, California home at 1006 W. Knickerbocker Drive. The event is this weekend, Saturday and Sunday, from 10:00am to 5:00pm. Our show is called “Color on Knickerbocker.”

We will have some wonderful original art: art quilts, silk paintings, watercolors, mixed media, jewelry, silk scares and wraps, and gift items that would be perfect for Mother’s Day on Sunday. Come and bring your Mom!

We will have booklets for the rest of the Silicon Valley Open Studios, so start at our site on your tour of the open studios. Light refreshments will be served. Admission is free. Hope to see you there!

Northern California Inspirations

I am privileged to be part of a new exhibit at the San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles. It is called Northern California Inspirations and is a group of quilts from the Northern California/Northern Nevada region of the Studio Art Quilt Associates (SAQA). The show runs from May 3 – July 20, 2014. There are some other events happening at the Museum during the run of this show. Check out the link. Here’s my quilt in the show. It is called “Bamboo – Hakone Gardens,” which is one of my favorite little spots in the Bay Area.
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Through Artist’s Eyes – Kyoto Textiles and Arts

Scarf - full size - reducedMy friend, Kay (P. Kay Hille-Hatten), and I just did a joint presentation for the Olive Hyde Art Guild here in Fremont, California. The presentation was titled “Through Artist’s Eyes – Kyoto Textiles and Arts.” It was about our trip to Kyoto, Japan in May of 2013. My sister, Judy Oyama Olson, also was on the trip, but couldn’t make it to the presentation as she lives in Oregon. I have included several blogs on the trip, which are in the Art Travels section of my blog. I was very pleased with how our presentation went and delighted that we had a full house, in spite of a significant rainfall. (I am not complaining about the rain, as we are in desperate need of rain in California!) Our trip was truly extraordinary. It was packed full of activities and new experiences and was extremely well planned. We met many outstanding artists in their studios and traveled with other people who were interested in the textile arts and other media as well. Above is an image of a silk scarf that I dyed in a mini-workshop that we had at Ohara Kobo Dye Studio.

Redirecting the Ordinary

Shear DelightI am so excited that my quilt “Shear Delight” was accepted into a Studio Art Quilt Associates Show called “Redirecting the Ordinary.” This show is about taking something that is part of everyday life and making it into something unexpected, unusual, or extraordinary. I choose my favorite tool in my studio, my scissors. Using various mixed media techniques, I created multiple layers of scissors with fabric, paper, and paint. My top layer uses sheer fabric to make the final set of scissors transparent. Here’s my quilt.

My quilt will travel for 3 years as part of this show. This first year, it will be in the International Quilt Festivals starting with Houston (October 30 – November 2, 2014), then Cincinnati (April 2015), and followed by Chicago (June 2015). Additional venues will be determined later.

46th Annual Textile Exhibition at Olive Hyde Art Gallery

Sunshine and Shadows - 300dpiI am very honored to again be included in the 46th Annual Textile Exhibition at the Olive Hyde Art Gallery in Fremont, California. There will be only 7 participants, but each will be showing multiple pieces of their work to enable the public to better understand what they are trying to do. The show will be open from March 28 – April 26, 2014 and is located at 123 Washington Boulevard, Fremont, California, across from Mission San Jose. It is open Tuesday – Sunday, 12:00pm – 5:00pm, and the opening reception is Friday, March 28, 2014 from 7:00pm – 9:00pm. This is one of my pieces in the show called Sunshine and Shadows.

2014 Yosemite Renaissance XXIX Art Show

Rim Fire RemainsMy husband and I decided to go Yosemite Valley this weekend with some friends. We always enjoy going to Yosemite at any time of the year. It is always an amazing place to see. There was a catastrophic fire this year called the Rim Fire, which devastated a large part of the park and the surrounding areas. Here is a photo from the car of this devastation. It went on for about 20 miles on our way to the park, and I know there were as many more miles within the confines of the park that were also burned.

Juanita Hagberg and Geologic IIIWe actually went there to see the annual Yosemite Renaissance XXIX art show at the Yosemite Museum Gallery in Yosemite Valley. This show will be on display from March 1 to May 11, 2014 and will then be at the Carnegie Arts Center in Turlock, August to September 2014. They had over 750 entries in all mediums and took only 49 pieces for the show, so the competition was tough. I think it is always very challenging to hang a show where there are many mediums, but the quality of the work was high and the organizers did a masterful job. I think the variety of mediums makes the show more interesting. My friend Juanita Hagberg had a wonderful piece in the show called Geologic III. Here she is with her piece, which is a watercolor.