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26 November 2012

Solo Show is Up! See it at the Funky Monkey

Dec2012

This morning I hung the “New Light” exhibition at the Funky Monkey Café & Gallery in Cheshire, CT.  The final collection includes 12 pieces, including NYE in NYC (shown on postcard) and Blood Iris, which ended up coordinating perfectly with the café’s purple couch and lime green chairs.

Please stop by and see the show if you are in the Cheshire area from now until the end of December. 

The Funky Monkey Café & Gallery is located at:
130 Elm Street
Watch Factory Shoppes
Cheshire, CT 06410
www.thefunkymonkeycafe.com

Hours:
Monday 10am – 4pm
Tues, Wed, Thurs 10am – 8pm
Friday 10am – 10pm
Saturday 9am – 10pm
Closed on Sundays

19 November 2012

“New Light” Solo Exhibition Opens Next Week (Cheshire, CT)

Next week I’ll hang all the work for my solo show at the Funky Monkey Café & Gallery, located in the Watch Factory Shoppes of Cheshire. 

Please stop by, have some fair trade coffee and enjoy the artwork.  There will be a few never-before-exhibited pieces, such as NYE in NYC (featured on the postcard) and two of my Viewpoints9 challenge pieces, Nomad in the Desert and Copper Lily.

Happy Holidays!

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The “New Light” exhibition runs November 27 – December 30, 2012

The Funky Monkey Café & Gallery
130 Elm Street
Watch Factory Shoppes
Cheshire, CT 06410
www.thefunkymonkeycafe.com

Hours:
Monday 10am – 4pm
Tues, Wed, Thurs 10am – 8pm
Friday 10am – 10pm
Saturday 9am – 10pm
Closed on Sundays

14 November 2012

VP9 Challenge 5: Behind the Mask

“Man is least himself when he talks in his own person. Give him a mask and he will tell you the truth.” ~Oscar Wilde

 

As long as human beings have lived together, we have worn masks.  They allow us to step outside our ordinary life, tell a story, be the person we wish we could be.  They can also be used to deceive, manipulate or frighten our fellow man.  Ceremonial masks and theater make up are put on over the face, and are usually easy to recognize.  Others are more subtle; we might mask our true feelings when a friend asks for an opinion, or put on “a brave face” when we’re scared.  We may write provocative comments on line using a false name.  But like a plastic Batman face with eye holes cut out, wearing a mask can also obscure or limit our own vision of the world.

This month’s challenge is to explore the masks we use in our lives, the literal and/or figurative.  Does the mask protect you, hide you or allow you to be your true self?

You can follow along with the members of Viewpoints9 here:
http://viewpoints9.blogspot.com/ 
Each week a different artist shares photos and thoughts about the current challenge.

The “Behind the Mask” Gallery opens December 26.  Stay tuned!

10 November 2012

New Year’s Eve in NYC - DONE!

It was down to the wire, but I finished “NYC” in time for my first self-imposed deadline.  Here’s the proof:
Themel_NYCfinished_SM
I’m so happy to have it done on time, but more importantly I feel good that it meets my criteria for a major work.  If I had this in September I would have entered it into QN.  Who knows, maybe this will be a good candidate for next year’s Art Quilt Elements!

For now I don’t have any specific show I plan to enter it, other than my solo show at the Funky Monkey.  Stop by and see it in person next month!

The Funky Monkey Café & Gallery
130 Elm Street
Watch Factory Shoppes
Cheshire, CT 06410
www.thefunkymonkeycafe.com


Themel_NYCdetail_SM

The next major work will be a Connecticut-themed piece, which I hope to enter into SAQA CT's regional exhibition "Local Color".  Stay tuned for updates
:-)

05 November 2012

Last Progress Report for “NYC”

It's down to the wire!  My self-imposed deadline of November 10th is right around the corner, and the very REAL deadline of November 26 (to hang my solo show) is only a slight safety net.

Luckily, with some helpful advice from the SAQA Visioning team, I was able to build a quick-and-easy design board.  This made it SO much easier to see my work from far away, and to really get a sense of perspective.  It allowed me to see that one of the street lights was tipping way over.  In real life they do lean a little bit, but not that much. 

So I ripped out a bunch of stitches and made the necessary changes.  I also decided I wanted to darken the outer edges.  There were a couple fabrics that looked darker when viewed close up but from farther away they were too light. It was distracting, and kind of took away from the street "glow" I'm trying to achieve.  So again, ripped out some fabrics and covered others.

Now finally on to the quilting!

I've been furiously stitching away, adding details and small reflections.  While I fill in the background, I'm also using some batik scraps that might have been thrown in the trash.  I cut them into tiny squares or rectangles and put them onto the quilt as I'm at the sewing machine, and quilt right over them.  (See detail)

For NYC I'm not concerned with making it exactly accurate, just believable.  I'm trying to capture the energy and movement of the place at New Years Eve.
So here's where I am at this point.  5 days until the deadline.  I'm feeling cautiously confident.

The next time you see “NYE in NYC” it will be done!

Thanks again for the advice on the design board, fellow SAQA members!.  I'll include a photo of it below.  It's made from a piece of 2 1/2" thick insulation board, 4 ft by 6 1/2 ft.  Then covered with a big canvas drop cloth, duct taped in the back.  It took about an hour to make it.  For now it's just leaned up against my book case.  It makes taking photos of my work a breeze too.