Artist in Residence for Fredericton Arts Alliance

I was very pleased to learn that I had been chosen for a Fredericton Arts Alliance 1 week residency in the Casemates at the Garrison District in downtown Fredericton New Brunswick.  My week will be July 2-8 with the Casemates being open 10 am to 5 pm daily.  The theme for this year’s residencies is the Saint John river.  Beginning with  my own photograph I will make the drawing, transfer it to fabric, paint the fabric and then stitch using my sewing machine and  free motion embroidery to add texture and dimension  to betray this National Historic site which means ” good and beautiful ” river. I hope many will visit during the week to see the progress.

Teaching in Ontario

I will be teaching and delivering three  slide/trunk presentations for the Oxford Quilt Guild and the London Friendship Quilter’s Guild for the first two weeks in April.  Hopefully spring will have reached Ontario.

Soon after I return to NB I will be attending the SAQA retreat May 4-6 in Debert NS.

Entries accepted into SAQA Atlantic show Transitions

I was very pleased to hear that both my entries Transitions I and Transitions II have been accepted into the SAQA Atlantic show Transitions. The exhibition opens March 28, 2018 at the Craig Gallery in Dartmouth  Nova Scotia  Canada and will travel to Yarmouth Art Gallery Aug 2- Sept.28, 2018,  Inverness Centre for Arts Oct 5- Oct 30, 2018 and Saint John Art Centre Jan 11-March 9, 2019.

Transitions I- 8 inches by 10 inches

Transitions II – 34 by 21 1/2 inches

National Juried Show

Raining Cats and Dogs was shown at the Canadian Quilters’ Association/Association canadienne de la courtepointe National Juried Show in Toronto Ontario June 14-17, 2017.

 

 

 

Exhibitions

My Peaceful Oasis hangs at the Grand National Juried Quilt Show at Josef Schneider Haus in Kitchener Ontario from May 7 to September 3, 2017.

Busy winter

My sewing room has not been busy this winter. We went to Antigua for 11 days in late January and early February. We were home for less then two weeks and we went to Kitchener Ontario for 5 days to celebrate the wedding of our son.  Below is a picture of my son and his bride, my  husband, daughter and myself. Then we were home for only 4 days before heading off to Nova Scotia where I was teaching and delivering a slide/trunk presentation for the Mahone Bay Quilters Guild and the Town and Country Quilt guild.

However my efforts of last year have been rewarded with my accepted entries( see previous post).

 

Juried exhibitions

On Feb. 12 I was notified that I had two pieces chosen for the Contemporary Canadian Art Quilts video and one quilt chosen for the ” real show”. This show is being held April 8-May 30 at the Kitchener City Hall Berlin Tower Artspace  Kitchener Ontario. My great white egret in my piece entitled Majestica was chosen for the video portion and my Raining Cats and Dogs was chosen for both the video portion and the real quilt portion.

I had more good news when on Feb.28 I learned that I had a piece accepted into the Canadian Quilters’ Association National Juried Show which is being held during Quilt Canada in Toronto June 14-17 and on March 7 I learned that I had a piece accepted into the Grand National Quilt Show.

majestica-2

 

 

Commissioned Gift

I recently completed this cow portrait which will be given to a granddaughter on her graduation from vet school where she is specializing in large animals.

It is a combination of appliqué and free motion stitching on my painted background. It will be framed under glass.

 

Commissioned Christmas Piece

My 50th wedding anniversary present ( appliqué of our family home) to my sister and brother-in-law must have made an impression on my great nephew, Brandon, because he approached me about making a matching one of my brother-in-law’s (his grandfather) homestead as a Christmas present. See post Oct. 26, 2015 for anniversary present.

I was hesitant because Brandon had only a tinted black and white sketch of the house and general store. He wanted it as a surprise so I couldn’t ask for better photographs. I was worried my brother-in-law would say the details weren’t correct.

Working in similar style to the anniversary present, I painted a background (using some artistic license) and appliquéd the house, gas pumps and telephone booth. I had it framed in an oval to complement the original piece.

My worrying apparently was not necessary. Brandon said he was super happy with how it turned out and knew his grandparents would be too. He reported that their initial reaction upon opening it was awesome.