Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Spring 2018

We all know what the calendar says and we all know what the weather should be. I hope Mother Nature starts spring soon!

In the meantime, here is some news from my studio:

Life in Patterns
Leu Art Gallery at Belmont University in Nashville, TN, presents a solo exhibit of my recent works using salvaged materials from the Gatlinburg, TN fires and other natural disasters. Exhibit dates are May 21 – September 07, 2018 with an opening reception on Monday, July 9, from 4:30 – 6:30PM.

The Fuller Craft Museum, located in Brockton, MA, recently acquired Cornered, 2017, for its permanent collection. Corneredmeasures 36” x 36” and is made from salvaged wood from Hurricane Sandy and the 2015 Gatlinburg Tennessee fires. 

Material and Memory
The International Quilt Study Center & Museum presents a solo exhibit of my work this fall. IQSCM is located on the University of Nebraska-Lincoln the museum has the world's largest publicly held quilt collection. Exhibit dates are August 29-December 15, 2018.

I am featured Quilts and Health book was published by the Indiana University Press in December 2017 by Marsha MacDowell, Clare Luz, and Beth Donaldson 

I was featured in an article written by Janai Velez for the March 2018 Homespun magazine, an Australian and international textile and fiber magazine

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Hello 2018

Hello 2018. I will be pretty busy traveling south, north, to the center of the country and northwest this year. Follow my journey:

Galleries at the Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce 
Group Show, Center for Emerging Visual Artist 
November 28, 2017- Nov. 28, 2019

Spartanburg Art Museum, Spartanburg, South Carolina
Unnatural History,  Group Show
Dec. 21, 2017 – March 4, 2018

Chadron State College, Chadron, Nebraska
“Stitched in Wood,” Solo Exhibit
Feb. 12-March 16, 2018

Belmont University, Nashville, Tennessee
“Life in Patterns” Solo Exhibit
May 21-Sept. 7, 2018

San Juan Island Art Museum, San Juan Island, Washington State
Conversations with Gee’s Bend Quilt, Group Show
Memorial Day – Labor Day, 2018

International Quilt Study Center & Museum, Quilt House, University of Nebraska Lincoln
“Memory and Material,”  Solo Exhibit

August 29 – December 15, 2018

Sunday, August 6, 2017

2017 New Jersey State Council on the Arts Fellowship, Sculpture

Art New England Reviews the What Remains, Solo Exhibit at the Fuller Craft Museum, MA

Read about my latest commission and colloboration with Sprague Elementary School in Wellesley MA: http://wellesley.wickedlocal.com/news/20170418/sprague-students-work-with-artist-in-residence

Featured in the June/July issue of Quilting Arts Magazine
Solo Exhibit
Fuller Craft Museum
455 Oak Street, Brockton, MA 02301
October 22, 2016 - November 12, 2017
Memory Quilt Project
July 24-Aug 19, 2017
William E. Powers Administration Building
One Capitol Hill, Providence, RI 02908
Closing Reception and Artist Talk: Thursday, Aug. 17 from 5:00-8:00 PM

UPCOMING EXHIBITSBeyond the Bedcoversgroup show with Faith Ringgold, Oct 12-Nov 12, 2017
AIR Gallery
155 Plymouth St
Brooklyn, NY
Solo Exhibit, Chadron State College, Chadron, NE February 12- March 16, 2018

Solo Exhibit, The International Quilt Study Center & Museum, Lincoln, NE  Aug- Dec. 2018

Solo Exhibit, Spartanburg Art Museum, Spartanburg, NC Spring/Summer 2018

Solo Exhibit, Berea College, Berea Kentucky January 2019

The Artists Loop - 2017 Art Exhibit & Memory Quilt-Collage Project 
Rhode Island State Council on the Arts (RISCA)
Atrium Gallery
William E. Powers Administration Building
Providence, RI 02908
July 15 - August 19, 2017
Reception & Artist Panel: Thursday, August 17, 2017 from 5:00 - 8:30pm

AIR Gallery
155 Plymouth St
Brooklyn, NY
Oct. 12- Nov 12, 2017

Domestic Matters: The Uncommon Apron
Curated, Gail M. Brown
Curator of Contemporary Craft
Santa Fe, NM 87501
August 31- November 2, 2019

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Left Behind : The Sandy Quilts

Opening Reception: July 8, from 6-8:00 PM
Atlantic Highlands Arts Council Gallery
54 First Avenue
Atlantic Highlands, NJ

Monday, January 16, 2017


This past week, I presented my story and work to an amazing group of quilters in Medford, NJ, The Berry Basket Quilters. This was especially rewarding because Medford is near my hometown of Haddonfield.  I had a wonderful time presenting to quilters. I am always intriqued by women's work and the handicrafts of women. I felt honored to share my experiences with them.

Friday, September 2, 2016

Imagine Your Park, Imagine The Art

Now that the summer is coming to a close, I have found a moment to update my blog. There was so much happening this summer with an exciting project at Sandy Hook National Park that began in October, 2016 and will culminate during the weekend of September 17-18, 2017. 

The project, which is spearheaded by Monmouth Arts, is titled "Imagine Your Park, Imagine The Art." Including myself, there are three other artists involved , Angeles CassioManda Gorsegner, and Lisa Bagwell, and each of us has been paired with an environmental group to find inspiration. Monmouth Arts has collaborated with the U.S. National Park Service, Gateway National Recreation Area, Sandy Hook Unit, NJ on  Gateway to the Arts to engage the public in our local national park through the visual  arts. Imagine Your Park is a grant initiative from the National Endowment for the Arts created in partnership with the National Park Service to support projects that use the arts to engage people with memorable places and landscapes of the National Park System.

photos courtesy of Manda Gorsegner
In October, 2015 and April 2016,  Manda, Angeles and I participated in Clean OceanAction's Beach Sweeps. The garbage collected from that sweep was what we used to make our works.
photos courtesy of Manda Gorsegner

The studios for this project were located at Fort Hancock, in the basement of the ranger station. My nickname for the place was the dungeon - because that is pretty much what it resembled. Fort Hancock is a decommissioned military base - with the abandoned buildings it reminds me of something from the Walking Dead.

My first attempt at making this work was to sew plastic water bottle together. There were so many water bottles collected on the beach! The idea was really great - the water bottles created this elegant sinuous line but unfortunately, it didn't hold up in a  summer rain storm. Then, I remember hearing my professor Paul Hubbard's voice  in my head  telling me to go big.  He always had encouraged me to go beyond my comfort zone and push my personal boundaries. 
large pieces of foam getting prepped in the basement studio

So I headed back to our storage room of collected debris and saw the biggest item - plastic foam- you may know it as Styrofoam. 

photos courtesy http://www.monmoutharts.org

Styrofoam is the common brand name of Polystyrene, which is a petroleum-based plastic. This Polystyrene might really last forever.  It is resistant to photolysis, or the breaking down of materials by photons originating from a light source. From my research, I have learned that the quantity of marine debris is increasing in oceans worldwide and the foam products transport pollutants around the world. In addition, the problem associated with foam is that they often fragment into small pieces once in the ocean, where fish, sea turtles or seabirds can mistakenly eat the tiny bits.

photo courtesy: http://www.monmoutharts.org

I coated the plastic foam with a plaster to hold in the bits that could break off to prevent any further contamination into the environment. 
photo courtesy: http://www.monmoutharts.org
At this point, I needed a way to get the pieces into the outdoor space in parking lot D at Sandy Hook. This  area  of the walled sandy hill was planned for my work. Behind the wall are picnic tables, outdoor shower facilities, bathrooms, and on the bricked area are usually food trucks. In other words - this is a very public space! My past experiences with public sculpture have taught me that the public loves to touch the artwork - sometimes too much. You can read about that experience here. 

I finally settled on rebar and concrete poured into plastic food buckets donated by Del Ponte's Bakery in Bradley Beach.  After seeing a bridge built for the past year or so, I felt that I had a decent understanding of how rebar works and the strength it can provide. Strength and stability are an important factor in this project because this is the Jersey Shore where we can any number of high winds, hurricanes, nor'easter and strong summer storms. 

I then had to dig these buckets into the ground and push  the foam sculptures into the rebar.

photo courtesy: http://www.monmoutharts.org

After three installations, the work was finally complete. I also added an orange debris boom to the installation. This was my favorite find from the April 2016 beach sweep. It took Angeles , me and 8 young men  from M.A.S.T. to haul the heavy wet boom up a hill and into the back of my pickup truck. Besides the great adventure, orange is my favorite color and that boom added a great line of color that connected the piece. 

There is a wonderful sign at the location and I will be on site for the Zero Waste Festival which will be held on Sept. 17 & 18 at Sandy Hook National Park. Zero Waste Arts Fest (ZWAF) will engage diverse communities through an array of arts, environmental and historical education activities, public art and battery tours, games, arts and food vendors, and overall free family fun! Shuttles will be available to take people to the three public art locations on Sandy Hook and to Battery Gunnison for historical tours provided by the Army Ground Forces Association. 
photo courtesy http://www.mckayimaging.com

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Antigua, Guatemala

Quilts are obviously my thing - but so is weaving and knitting. After all, my first Masters degree is from Drexel University in Fashion Design. I have been wanting to reconnect to my love of weaving and knitting for some time and was very excited to be invited to go to Guatemala with Rebecca Welz. Rebecca and I had meet at the Vermont Studio Center where she was the visiting artist. To learn more about Rebecca - please click on her website: http://www.rebeccawelz.net

Antigua, Guatemala

Over the years, Rebecca has organized  trips to Mexico,  Guyana and Guatemala in which craftspeople there work with us to learn how to create hand made products from leather, cotton, wood and metal. Guatemala in particular is known for its hand woven textiles. Rebecca worked with Alida Perez, the founder of the Museo Casa del Tejido Antiguo, a craft museum and cultural center in Antigua, to organize this amazing opportunity to make a woven fabric using a back strap loom. 

To read more about Rebecca's project and learn about my trip, please click here: https://bkaccelerator.com/the-antigua-project-a-design-craft-collaboration/

And for more photos, please visit my Facebook album titled: Guatemala or click here.