30 April 2014

Current Work - Heidi Wulfraat, Lakeburn, New Brunswick

The Three Musicians Unbalanced

This little 15” x 15” piece was put together in response to a quilt challenge based on the theme, “balance”.
I decided I would have a bit of fun playing on the work of Picasso, no less!

The Three Musicians is a painting which delights me in a number of ways including its’ wonderful application of warm and cool colours. In this quilt I attempted to proportion warm and cool in the same manner.

The quilt was made in a very free-form style. I had so much fun putting it together all the while learning much about the painting that it is based on.


28 April 2014

“Daily Scratchings” at the Mym Gallery, Annapolis Royal, NS - Penny Berens, Granville Ferry, NS

My apologies for my tardiness to Penny, but you still have a few days to see her journals, “Daily Scratchings" at the Mym Gallery, ARCAC & ARTsPLACE, 396 St George Street (at the lights), Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia.

For a sneak peek, check out her post about hanging her show at Penny Berens

17 April 2014

Exhibiting in Edmonton, Alberta - Regina Marzlin, Antigonish, Nova Scotia

Regina Marzlin’s piece , Barn Boards has been accepted into the Focus on Fibre Art Association biannual exhibition, “Prairies”. 
"Barn Boards”, 32 x 18 
To read more about this piece, check out Regina’s blog entry.

Congratulations, Regina!

10 April 2014

Project Hope and Survival - Laurie Swim, Lunenburg, Nova Scotia

I am happy to announce that I have received a Creation Grant from Arts Nova Scotia to start Hope and Survival, The Halifax Explosion, 1917, my community art project for the next three years. The Maritime Museum of the Atlantic in Halifax has agreed to be my partner for the project. They will help me with research material, set up a social media component and circulate the banner portion throughout the provincial museums.  The museum will also exhibit the work when it is finished as part of the 2017 anniversary of the explosion. 

This past week, Ralph Getson, the curator of education at the Fisheries Museum agreed to let me start the banner here this summer in Lunenburg. This will allow me to keep a close eye on the initial stage. It is to be collaboratively stitched by the public with the names of the victims with Braille in beads.There will be a log kept of who puts in the knots and folks will be encouraged to send me accounts of their connection to the explosion if they have any. If anyone reading this have stories, please send them along. It is my inspiration. Ralph also gave me the name of a university pal Robert Ganong at the Halifax CNIB office and we had a successful meeting with him and a colleague to discuss how to translate nearly 1600 names into dots. Turns out is as easy as turning on the computer. Also, they were excited about the prospect of participating in the project, to what extent is to be determined. Bit by bit, it all comes together

Besides the banner, I will be working on panels that will become a major part of the work. I haven't decided how many yet. Atlantic Fabrics is a contributor to the project. Cathy Dean, the owner generously gave me a break on the purchase of The Sweet Sixteen Handi Quilter, the sit down long arm you can see on the back cover of the latest SAQA Journal. This is a big step up as it allows me to see the work on a flat surface as I work on it. She also has given me a much appreciated break on materials. Every little bit helps.

You shall hear more as the project progresses.

06 April 2014

SAQA Atlantic Trunk Show - An Update

Heather Loney was the caretaker of the SAQA Atlantic trunk show for the latter part of 2013. She provided us with this report:

The SAQA trunk show was seen by 5 quilt guilds (over 250 people): Mayflower QG [Halifax-Dartmouth], Mariners QG [Cole Harbour], Sackville QG [Sackville NS], Northumberland QG [Stellarton-New Glasgow] and Mahone Bay QG. All of the people who examined the art quilts loved what they saw, and several at each 'showing' asked for information about becoming possible future members. (I do hope they followed through!) Having the artist's statement on the back of each piece was great too -- people took the time to read the comments and would discuss the attributes of the pieces with their friends.

Susan Tilsley Manley also showed the trunk show during that time period and provided this report:

I took the trunk show to my kids' elementary school. There are five classes and six grade levels in Scotsburn Elementary. I expected to show each class, have a bit of discussion (fifteen minutes tops), and be home before noon. Not so much.

I began with a blanket, asking what it was and what it was for. Then a quilt.   Then I asked the difference. The children's answers were insightful and wise.

Then I showed them an Art Quilt. Again they were engaged. Then I showed each piece, and passed them around. The children were completely engaged. They appreciated knowing something about each artist and/or technique. They asked great questions, "What inspires you?"  "How do you decide what colours to use?"  "Can you use ANYTHING on an art quilt?” Each and every child was into it, and for a long time. Even the ones who normally check out all together were asking things like, "Are we going to get to do this?" and my favorite, "How much does it cost to do this?”

One of the liveliest discussions followed a teacher's question, "Which one would you buy if you could?” One girl who I have know all her ten years, and who is normally too shy to speak to me, said, "I just couldn't pick one to buy, they are all so beautiful. I wish I could take them all home.” 

The principal, secretary, custodian, lunch lady, education assistants, teachers and a few stray parents all managed a peek. I was there till the dismissal bell rang at the end of the day. I had no voice left at all, but my spirits were high. I thought it went quite well. Then in the next week, I was a bit amazed when parents started telling me that it was all their kids could talk about over the dinner table that night. Yipee.

Later that week, I hosted my bookclub. About 80% of whom have children at Scotsburn school. These ladies have been my "Soul Sisters" for ten years. We have been through all the usual child rearing stuff together.

As I showed them the pieces, telling stories about who does what or from whom I learned a technique, they started to move from simply appreciating the work, to really understanding what this group of creatives means to me. They began to comment on how at home I must feel in a such circle of colleagues. They understood that this group of women were also my sisters, and they really celebrated that for me. I suddenly went from being the arty one, to one of many in their eyes. And it felt really good.

I am grateful for the opportunity to have shown the trunk show, the work of my colleagues, in places that are not necessarily typical. It was so well received and so satisfying, I'll do it again the next time it is near.

Thank you,
Susan TM