Monday, August 4, 2014

Art on the Commons in Kettering, Sunday, Aug. 10

Left, clockwise: Pam Geisel (fibers), Lincoln Park Civic Commons, Paula Britton (jewelry), JBird Cremeans (graphic design), raku firing

Recognize the photo on the left? It's my art quilt "Sunflowers at Whitehall Farm" and it must have caught the eye of someone on the Rosewood Arts Centre's staff because they've used it several times to promote their event Art on the Commons. The image above, along with the other artists, was used in the e-mail blast about the event, it appeared in the Dayton Daily New's article about the event in the Aug. 3, 2014 issue, and it was used when I was one of the featured artists on the Rosewood Arts Centre's Facebook page

Too bad that particular quilt is in the "Wild Lands, Wild Life" art quilt exhibit at Aullwood Audubon Center through Aug. 24. Luckily I have plenty of note cards of "Sunflowers at Whitehall Farm."

Art on the Commons is this Sun, Aug. 10 from 11 am-5 pm at the Kettering Civic Commons, 675 Lincoln Park Blvd. in booth #59.

Sunday, June 22, 2014

"Sunflowers at Whitehall Farm" in "Wild Lands, Wild Life" exhibit at Aullwood Audubon Center

"Sunflowers at Whitehall Farm," 17.5" x 28"

My art quilt "Sunflowers at Whitehall Farm" is included in the "Wild Lands, Wild Life," the 22nd annual art quilt exhibit at Aullwood Audubon Center, located at 1000 Aullwood Rd. in Dayton, Ohio. The show runs from June 28-Aug. 24 and there will be an artist reception on Su, July 13 from 2-4p. The center is open M-Sa from 9a-5p and Su from 1-5p. There is a $5 admission fee that allows access to the center and also to the farm.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Bird Art Auction and Art Stroll this Friday, June 20 in Yellow Springs

"Feathering the Nest" quilted birdhouse, 8.75" x 10.5

This lovely little quilted birdhouse has been donated to the "Bird Art Auction" that will take place this Friday, June 20, at the Yellow Springs Art Council's gallery in conjunction with the opening reception of Talitha Greene's photo exhibit  “Gone To The Birds: Featuring Glen Helen Raptor Center Birds.”

The Bird Art Auction will feature 2D and 3D bird artwork made by local artists. Fifty percent of the proceeds from each sale will go to support the birds and fifty percent will go to each donating artist.

The reception will also feature a blues band on the outdoor stage, refreshments from the Meadowlark Restaurant (of course!) and Dino's Cappuccinos. The art auction starts at 7:30 pm.

This all happens during the Yellow Springs Art Stroll, when the downtown galleries stay open late. Other galleries that will be open are include the Village Artisan Gallery, the new Peeps in the Park art panels that are on the outside of the Village Artisans building, Would You Could You in a Frame, the John Bryan Community Pottery (which will also feature some quilts as well as pottery) and more.

Monday, June 16, 2014

"Early Morning Nine Patch" in "Art We Use" exhibit

"Early Morning Nine Patch," 40.5" x 18"

My art quilt "Early Morning Nine Patch" is included in the "Art We Use" exhibit at the Dairy Barn Arts Center in Athens, Oh. This is a national exhibition of objects both everyday and special with 70 pieces from all over the country, including one from Alaska.

The Dairy Barn is located at 800 Dairy Lane in Athens, Ohio. The show runs from June 20-Sept 1 and there will be an artist reception on Fri., June 20. The gallery is open T-Sa from noon-5p and is open until 8p on Thursdays.

Monday, June 9, 2014

Yellow Springs Street Fair this Saturday

The Yellow Springs Street Fair is this Saturday, June 14. We'll be in booth #177 (if you're facing the Little Art Theatre, were to the right). Along with my artwork, we'll have homemade strawberry-rhubarb pie, both large and the adorable individual size, and copies of "Cinderbox Road," a collection of short stories written by Scott Geisel.

The Street Fair goes from 9a-5p. If you're coming from out of town, there are two shuttles available with parking: at the Yellow Springs High School if you're coming from I-675 and at Young's Jersey Dairy if you're coming from the north.

Monday, June 2, 2014

"Take Me Out to the Ball Game" in The View exhibit

"Take Me Out to the Ball Game," 11.25" x 18"

My art quilt "Take Me Out to the Ball Game" which features the interior and exterior views of 5/3rd Field, where the Dayton Dragons play, is included in the 20th Annual Juried Landscape Competition The View at the Rosewood Arts Centre Gallery, located at 2655 Olson Dr. in Kettering. The show runs from June 8-July 11. The gallery is open M-Th from 8a-9p, F from 8a-6p, and Sa from 9a-3p. There will be an artist reception this Su, June 8 from 2-4p.

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Quilt exhibits in Ohio & Kentucky

Me with my quilt “Kings Yard Farmers Market” at the Artist as Quiltmaker XVI exhibit in Oberlin, OH. See the little red dot just below the left corner? That’s right, it’s sold!

We’re recently visited several quilt exhibits in Ohio and Kentucky, so I thought I’d share it with you so you can take a virtual tour. Most of these exhibits are still happening, with the last ones closing at the end of July, so if you want to take an actual trip, you can do that.


From left: “T-Formations” by Sara Bearup-Neal, “Sedona #2” by Margaret Anderson, “Granite Series: Portal” by Lura Schwarz Smith, “Echoes of Important Things” by Christy Gray, and “Wilted 3” by Georgie Cline.

We went to Oberlin because I had a piece in the Artist as Quiltmaker XVI show. I was excited because it’s the first exhibit I’ve been in that has produced a catalog! We went for the two receptions where I was able to meet several of the other quilters.

41 pieces artists from 19 states were selected from over 400 entries, and Ohio artists were well represented.

The exhibit goes through July 27 and is presented by The Firelands Association for the Visual Arts, located in the New Union Center for the Arts, 39 South Main St. in Oberlin. The gallery is open Tue–Sat, 11a–5p; Sun 1–5p.

Also in the New Union Center for the Arts in the south gallery is the FAVA Folding Festival, featuring origami including some origami quilts by Christiane Betten. The show runs also goes through July 10 and has the same hours.

The yard in front of the New Union Center for the Arts has been quilt bombed. Volunteers created and then hung a few hundred quilt squares on the large oak tree, along the railings, and on the fence in front of the building.

The knitters also got in the act. All of the pointy parts of the fence were covered with knitted cozies.

Just down the street at the Oberlin Public Library there are four display cases with small quilts in them. Their Twisted Logic: Two-Color Miniature Quilts by The Twisted Stitchers feature several intricate miniature quilts with traditional patterns and piecing. This show goes through June 8.

Quilted Narratives by Marty Young, who is an AQM XVI exhibitor, is a collection of small art quilts that tell their own stories. The show goes through July 27.

The Oberlin Public Library is located at 65 S. Main St. in Oberlin. It is open M-Th 10a-8:30p, F-Sa 10a-6p, and Su 1-5p. If you go, be sure to check out the enclosed patio area with a lovely wall mosaic.

Down the street the other direction you can see Text, Line, and Traces by Tina Cassara, the juror for the AQM XVI show. Her art is in the Ginko Gallery & Studio through July 27. The gallery is located at 19 S. Main St. in Oberlin and is open T-Sa 10a-6p and Su noon-5p.

A few blocks away in first floor display the Oberlin Science case of the Oberlin College Science Center is Marking Nature: from the dye studio of Sue Copeland Jones who is also a AQM XVI exhibitor. The exhibit will be up through July 27. The building is located at W. Lorain and Woodland St. in Oberlin.


New Quilts from an Old Favorite is an annual exhibit and contest held by the National Quilt Museum (in Paducah, KY). The block selected for 2013 was “Jacob’s Ladder.” Part of the travelling exhibit is at the Troy-Hayner Cultural Center through June 15.

The Troy-Hayner Cultural Center is located at 301 West Main Street in Troy. It is open T-Sa 9a-5p, M-Th evenings 7-9p, and Su from 1-5p. Admission is free.


Paducah, KY, is so far west that it’s almost in Missouri. It’s also known as Quilt City, USA because it is home to the National Quilt Museum and it is where the American Quilters Society started. AQS still holds one of their several annual quilt shows in Paducah. During the second to the last week in April, the town doubles in size. I hear you have to make motel reservations a year in advance.

Me with my quilt “Inside of a Dog” at the Fantastic Fibers exhibit in Paducah, KY.

As well as being a pilgrimage for me, we went to Paducah because I had a piece in the Fantastic Fibers exhibit at the Yeiser Art Center, just a few blocks away from the National Quilt Museum.

We were blown away by the fantastic fiber pieces in the show. Unfortunately the show has closed, but you can see all of the 59 entries online on their website. I felt Ohio was well represented in this show, also.

The Yeiser Art Center is located at 200 Broadway in the historic Market House, which also house a history museum and a theater. There are art galleries and restaurants on either side of the brick-lined streets. It is open T-Sa from 10a-5p when they have a show. Admission is $5.

Of course we also went to the National Quilt Museum. They own over 320 quilts and usually only have 50-60 of them on display at a time. These really are some of the best examples of quilting in the country, and they own several of the award winning quilts entered in the annual American Quilter Society shows. Quilts that probably take years to produce. Most of them are more traditional in style, and many are quilted by hand. We were in awe of the miniature quilts, and we also enjoyed the travelling show from the European Patchwork Meeting.

The National Quilt Museum is located at 215 Jefferson St. in Paducah. They are open M-Sa from 10a-5p. Admission is $11.

Paducah is also home to many fabric stores including Hancock’s of Paducah which has over 30,000 square feet of almost every fabric imaginable.