Thursday, April 28, 2016

Threadworks Exhibition and Travelling Show

I just received word that two of my three art works on exhibit in Wellington County Museum and Archives have been chosen to travel around Ontario with Threadworks.   How exciting is that!   I have seen the catalogue of the beautiful array of work presently at the Wellington County show and am very happy to be joining some of these wonderful pieces in the travelling exhibition (my art gets to travel more than I do).
Blueberry Magic

Kitchen Party
 Here is a partial itinerary- so far.

Wellington County Museum and Archives
Fergus, On     April 16 - May 29, 2016

Museum of Northern History,
Kirkland Lake     June 6 - August 21, 2016

Bruce County Museum,
Southampton, ON         Sept 1 - Oct 22, 2016

Fort Frances Museum
Fort Frances     Nov 1 - Dec 14, 2016

Dryden and District Museum
Dryden     Jan 4 - Feb 22, 2017

Lake of the Woods Museum,
Kenora, ON      Mar 9 - April 27, 2017

Thunder Bay Museum
Thunder Bay, ON       May 8 - June 29, 2017

Temiskaming Art Gallery
Haileybury     July 4 - Aug 30 2017

 Arther Child Heritage Museum
Gananoque      Sept 12 - Oct 31, 2017

Scugog Shores Museum
Port Perry, ON              Nov 6 - Jan 6, 2018

more TBA

Now that I finally finished my taxes and mailed them off,  I am starting work in earnest on a piece that I will submit to Fibre Content in Burlington if I finish in time.  It started with a hand dye I purchased recently at our Fibre Fling which I am embroidering and adding applique.  More on this piece later.....

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Great Happenings!! Fibre Fling 5, Threadworks and My Heritage!

Last weekend was Out of the Box Fibre Artists' Fibre Fling 5.   It is our most successful show to date.   We had a great turnout and sales were high!  Of course, we are always so happy to hear the enthusiasm of visitors for Fibre Art.   What a diversity of work using every kind of fibre imaginable!   Many took part in the high tea served on Saturday as well.   The final numbers are not calculated yet but I am sure we raised many dollars for the Stephen Lewis Foundation. 

I sold 3 out of my 5 exhibition pieces and many of my small art pieces in our separate sales area.   All of the necklaces I brought were sold.  My apologies to customers who came looking for necklaces on Saturday to find them gone.   But please don't forget I have an Etsy shop (see sidebar)!   All in all a very good show for me as well:)   

After basking in the glow for two days during the show,  I came down to earth rather sharply when I looked around at all the chaos I left behind at home.   An added reality check came the following day when I found myself up to my elbows in (clean) water reaching into the toilet tank to replace a broken part.   Ah well, nothing lasts forever:)

More good news!  I am thrilled to report that the following three pieces will be part of this year's '.Threadworks  Exhibition at the Wellington County Museum and Archives.  As soon as I read that the theme was  'Flashback'  I knew I had to apply!    These three pieces each describe a different aspect of the theme, from coming of age in the sixties, to questions about a group of old weatherbeaten kitchen chairs in a field in PEI, to a piece taken from an old instamatic camera photo of my son and I as he discovered blueberries growing in the Gatineau Hills (he is now 42).

When I Was Twenty One

Kitchen Party

Blueberry Magic

As well, I just shipped two pieces to Edmonton for the Focus on Fibre Art Association show

' My Heritage' .  The show opens on May 5, 2016.

Protecting Our Wilderness: Canada's National Parks

Votes for Women: The Women's Mock Parliament

I am very excited to have had all five pieces juried into these two shows and it is heartening as well to hear positive feedback from visitors to our Spring show.   We spend a lot of our time alone in our studios with only our friends to critique our work (and they will always say nice things deserved or not:).   It means so much to have feedback from other artists, art lovers, buyers, and impartial judges.  It validates and inspires!!     I was thinking that I need to remember this the next time I get a rejection notice!

So back to work.   This is the time of year when I need to start applying for fall shows as well so - no time to rest.  I am pulling up applications, taking photos and dreaming about new work.....But first the dreaded taxes......