Monday, April 30, 2012

 Mark your calendars for this upcoming film!

Who Does She Think She Is? is a documentary about the challenges women artists face in
American society -- theyʼre more likely to be perceived as selfish for pursing their art,
and less likely to receive attention, money and success for their art.
If that strikes you as something youʼre dealing with in
your life, then youʼll love the questions raised in this film.

Sunday, June 3rd - 2:00 pm
at Flourish Studios, 3020 North Lincoln Avenue, Chicago
Join Dr. Julia Rahn and practicing artists from three Chicago area art groups –
the Chicago Metal Arts Guild, IL Surface Design Association, and Studio Art Quilts Association
to view and discuss the film.

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Greetings All,
Mosquito Hill Nature Center in New London, WI. will host Fiber Artists Coalition's exhibition,Conversations in Stitch: On Nature,  from Saturday, May 5 - Sunday, June 24, 2012. The Artists Reception is Saturday, May 5 from 1 - 3 p.m.



The Fiber Artists Coalition (FAC) is an affiliation of fiber and textile artists from the upper Midwestern United States who collaborate in securing opportunitiesfor member artists' work to be exhibited in venues throughout the United States. Members of the FAC employ a variety of innovative materials and techniques in the creation of fiber art with a contemporary edge.
Conversations in Stitch are works created from commercial fabric and some that are created by the artists. Some of the techniques FAC members use are: dyeing, painting, stamping, printing, batik, shibori, discharge, embellishment, collage, and assemblage. Many of their works are hand or machine stitched and/or quilted. Fiber is organic, and fiber art is vibrant, alive, warm and inviting.
All of the artists have achieved Professional Artist Member status within Studio Art Quilts Associates, Inc. (SAQA). Studio Art Quilt Associates, Inc. is a non-profit organization whose mission is to promote the art quilt through education, exhibitions, professional development and documentation. To view a profile of the artists that are featured in Conversations in Stitch, please click here.


Kathie Briggs

Gwyned Trefethen
Casey Puetz



Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Jean M. Judd

Greetings All,
Textile artist Jean M. Judd of Cushing, Wisconsin will have six of her textile artworks featured on an electronic bulletin board in Utica, Michigan which is a suburb of Detroit. The Billboard Art Project is a special project started in 2010 to feature artists’ work on electronic billboards in select cities across the USA.
Artworks by Ms. Judd to be featured on the billboard from May 28 to June 24, 2012 on the Detroit billboard include: Contaminated Water #1, Contaminated Water #2: Pond Scum, Contaminated Water #3: Sludge, Scribble #1: Dream Weaver, Sound Waves #1 and Sound Waves #2: White Noise.

The billboard is west facing and can be seen by traffic traveling east bound on Hall Rd (M-59). Viewers can sit and watch the show from the parking lot shared by Muldoon's Restaurant at 7636 Auburn Road and the Utica Fire and Police Department. The images will change on the billboard every 6 to 10 seconds depending on the local department of motor vehicle regulations. A few days before the exhibition starts on the electronic billboard, the names of the featured artists and their web sites will be available on line at this web site: http://billboardartproject.org/cities/detroit.html

The Billboard Art Project is a nonprofit organization that acquires digital billboards normally used for advertising and repurposes them as roadside galleries. Projects are held in cities all over the country and are open to all individuals and groups who are interested in participating.

It was in 2005 that David Morrison came up with the idea of displaying artwork on electronic bulletin boards. Lamar Advertising was testing the first LED billboard in Richmond, Virginia. Mr. Morrison’s first Billboard Art Project came to fruition in early October of 2010 with a 24 hour art display.

“The original idea was a bit of a lark – I was going to have them run several hundred random images and phrases having nothing to do with advertising as a sort of gift to all the drivers weary of the white noise that is advertising. The idea also had the added benefit of being a sort of social experiment. How would people respond? What would they think? The project became this great sort of internal conversation piece I would mull over to help me escape the mundane everyday tasks life sometimes requires,” Morrison explains.

“When it was all said and done, the Richmond, Virginia Billboard Art Project had over thirty participants who submitted images covering such a diverse range of things. Some were serious and some were outright comical. There were sketches, illustrations, photographs, clipart. The sequential submissions engaged viewers like flash cards. One of the artists even put up the sayings and lucky numbers from fortune cookies she had collected over the years,” relates Morrison of that first billboard art project.
Types of work that may be displayed include images created specifically for the billboard as well as images of previously made art adapted to the format. No two Billboard Art Project shows are alike; each city features new work. The artwork featured come from national and international artists so is really a showing of artwork from across the globe.

The slate of cities so far for 2012 include: Richmond, VA; Salem, OR; Detroit Metro; Albany, NY; Quincy, IL; and Atlanta, GA. The first full year of the Billboard Art Project (2011) was in the following cities: Nashville, TN; Savannah, GA; Duluth, MN; Reading, PA; Chicago, IL; Baton Rouge, LA; New Orleans, LA; and San Bernardino, CA. These displays of art ranged from 24 hours to almost a month long in duration.

Saturday, April 7, 2012

FAC Blue Workd/Green World exhibit.

Greetings All,
Fiber Artists Coalition (FAC) proudly presents BlueWorld/GreenWorld opening in conjunction with Common Threads at the Riverfront Arts Center, 1200 Crosby Avenue, Stevens Point, WI 54481 Exhibit runs 20 April -27 May 2012 with opening reception 20 April 5-7:30.


Best Clairan

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Jean M. Judd - Gateway to Imagination Exhibition

Greetings All,



Textile artist Jean M. Judd of Cushing, Wisconsin has been juried into the 2012 Gateway to Imagination National Juried Art Competition to be held at the Farmington Museum at Gateway Park in Farmington, New Mexico. Her artwork, Diamond #3: Block on a Rock, is one of the artworks selected for the exhibit. The exhibition will feature 98 artworks selected from 334 submissions.



The juror for this exhibition is figurative painter Hugh Wilson. Mr. Wilson lives and paints in communities worldwide for several months at a time, developing intimate relationships with his subjects. More about him and his artwork can be seen on his web site: http://www.hugh-wilson.com/ .



The exhibition opens on May 12, 2012. An artist reception, juror talk, and awards presentation is on May 19, 2012 from 6 to 9 pm. The exhibition closes on July 14, 2012. The address of the facility is the Farmington Museum at Gateway Park, 3041 East Main Street, Farmington, New Mexico 87402. Visit the Farmington Museum web site http://www.farmingtonmuseum.org/ for more information about the exhibition or call 505-599-1169.

Monday, April 2, 2012

June Meeting Plan

Hi everyone,
Pat and I have been working on a great meeting idea for June16. Kathy Weaver will be having a solo show at the Art Center in Highland Park. We would like to meet at the Art Center, see Kathy's terrific show and then go to Kathy's studio for a meeting and lunch. We plan to have this be a combined meeting with SDA/Illionis and Jeannette Thompson (SDA rep) will be promoting this with the SDA group as well so it should be a wonderful meeting.

Meeting time: 11:00 am
Meeting date: Saturday, June 16, 2012
Meeting location: The Art Center, 1957 Sheridan Road  Highland Park, IL 60035
(847) 432-1888


Kathy Weavers address:
2713 Port Clinton
HIghland Park, IL 60035 (about a mile or so from the Art Center).


We plan to order box lunches. More details to come as we get closer.

Here is more information about Kathy's exhibit. Note the Opening reception information as well!

Kathy Weaver: The Robot’s World
Mixed Media and Drawings

Kathy Weaver, "Cyborg Female 5" (detail), 2004
Kathy Weaver, “Cyborg Female 5″ (detail), 2004

June 8th – July 14th, 2012
Opening Reception: Friday, June 8th from 6:30pm – 9:00pm
Kathy Weaver – artist, educator, and Highland Park resident – exhibits her version of the future. Robots and cyborgs in textiles, paint, papier mache and bronze portray Weaver’s fantastically imaginary world.