Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Dinner at Eight Artists in Houston

We are so happy to finally be in Houston and see our exhibit



Dinner at Eight Artists



Thank you Mistyfuse for sponsoring our exhibit with us!



The exhibit is spread out in the hall - left to right - Rachel Parris, Sherri Mc Cauley, Gerrie Congdon, Valerie White and Susan Brubaker Knapp


Left to right -  d@8, Sue Bleiweiss, Linda Anderson, Rachel Parris, Sherri McCauley



Left to right - Heather Pregger, Hope Wilmarth and Lyric Kinard



Left to right -  Martha Wolfe and Jane Dunnewold 



Left to right - Susie Monday, Kristin LaFlamme, and Jeannie Moore



Left to right -  Annie Smith and Cindy Cooksey



Left to right -  Susan Fletcher King and Frances Holliday Alford



Left to right - Jamie Fingal, Leslie Tucker Jenison, Virginia Spiegel, Karol Kusmaul, Kathy York, Sherry Kleinman, Virginia Greaves and Judy Coates Perez 

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Everything Houston!

Every year, we try to highlight our artists. This year is no different. If you are planning to attend Quilt Market or even Quilt Festival in late October, here is a sampling of what our Dinner at Eight Artists will be doing and you can view their work in special exhibits.

Quilt Market
RJR Booth - Leslie Tucker Jenison will have a new line debuting!

World of Beauty
Gossiping Ducks and Hungry Tiger by Linda Anderson
Limbs, Ladders, Roots and Rocks by Deborah Boschert
Carnival by Robbi Eklow
Old Timer by Suzan Engler
Justice & Freedom by Virginia Greaves
Making Coleslaw by Susan Fletcher King
Genevieve by Sherry Kleinman
Birthday book for Elliott by Sherry Kleinman
Resurrection by Susan Brubaker Knapp
Neuron by Hope Wilmarth

Tactile Architecture
Wrightsville Pier by Jeannie P. Moore

Hands all Around
Road Map by Hope Wilmarth
Viewpoints curated by Martha Wolfe
Santa Cruz, Hydrangea, Refelecting and Blue Bell by Martha Wolfe

Open Studios
“Stitch, Paint & Layer Your Next Quilt” with Jeannie P. Moore
Thursday, November 2nd, 4-6pm
Friday, November 3rd, 12-2pm


Gallery Talk of SAQA Exhibitions, Sunday, November 5 at 1 pm with Deborah Boschert

SAQA Booth
Friday morning - Sherri L. McCauley
Deborah Boschert Teaching Schedule
Small Stitched Landscape 478, Thursday, November 2 from 2 to 5 pm
Mixed Media Sampler Creating Original Stencils 556, Friday, November 3 from 10 to noon
All About Art Quilts Lecture 563, Friday, November 3 at 3 pm
Creativi-Tree Art Quilts 711, Saturday, November 4 from 9 am to 5 pm
Techniques with Paint and Ink 801, Sunday, November 5 from 9 am to noon

Robbi Joy Eklow Teaching Schedule
419. FUSAPALOOZA PUMPKIN SPICE LATTE Thurday November 2, 2017 ALL DAY
516. FUSAPALOOZA XXL Friday November 3, 2017 ALL DAY
718. FUSAPALOOZA MINI Saturday November 4, 2017 ALL DAY

Monday, September 18, 2017

Order Personal Iconography: Graffiti On Cloth!

We are pleased to announce the publication of an exhibition catalog for "Personal Iconography:  Graffiti On Cloth"!
Here are the details:
Title ID: 7565470
ISBN-13: 978-1976304040

And the book cover:
Cover art by Judy Coates Perez

Loris Bogue is the editor of this lovely book.  You may order your copy of the catalog here!

If you are so-inclined we would love to have your review on the amazon site.  The reviews elevate the visibility of the publication!  Thanks in advance.   

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Artist Profile: Jamie Fingal, co-curator

Jamie Fingal
Orange, California

1. What kind of challenges did this theme present to you? Oh my, a whole bunch, and I helped come up with this theme. Go figure. I was overthinking it. I could hear Pokey Bolton saying to me KISS - keep it simple stupid. I looked around my studio and a light bulb went off. There is a quilt on the design wall from Quilt Market with my new line that had most of my personal icons on it, so I did the next best thing - I added more to it to create my quilt for d@8. Brilliant!  It's so me!

2. Describe your studio space?  My happy place is in an industrial park and it's basically one giant room like a concrete shoe box with a bathroom, a truck door and two doors in front for great cross ventilation. I can spread out wherever I am working and the best part is that i don't have to clean up. I throw everything on the floor when I work, even paint. Everything is on wheels, so I can move everything around to suit my needs.  

3. Where can people see your work in the next six months? The Visions Quilt Museum in San Diego - "Funny Bone" exhibit - I have four works. Now until, Wisconsin Quilt and Fiberart Museum in Cedarburg, Wisconsin "In Death" exhibit and a piece traveling with Threads of Resistance exhibit. 

4. Do you ever work in a series?  I have in the past, but not so much anymore because I seem to be on the same vibrant color whimsical path as a fabric designer and a contemporary quilter.

5. What other activities do you engage in that “feed” your creative energy?  I love to garden, grow food and flowers, cook, entertain, be with my family, binge watch tv shows, swim, draw and read.

Monday, September 11, 2017

Artist Profile: Leslie Tucker Jenison

Leslie Tucker Jenison
Co-curator
1. What kind of challenges did this theme present to you? I had to do a great deal of thinking about what imagery best represents an overall theme in my work.  I settled on shapes that represent both natural and man-made elements.

2. Describe your studio space. I am fortunate to have a newly-renovated studio which includes both design and “wet” work areas inside my home.  I was able to re-think this space in a manner that is very specific to my needs as a contemporary quilt artist and fabric designer.

3. Where can people see your work in the next six months?  Exhibitions include “Threads of Resistance” at the New England Quilt Museum (& traveling), “Your Brightest Life: A Tribute to Yvonne Porcella” as part of “Sacred Threads” (traveling), and the “Personal Iconography:  Graffiti On Cloth” D@8 exhibit.  'In Death' exhibit at the Wisconsin Quilt and Fiberarts Museum. Work will be featured in 2 episodes of “Fresh Quilting”, a PBS show that will air in the coming months.

4.  Do you ever work in a series?  I enjoy working in a series, and have several that tend to be re-visited periodically when I have more information or ideas to contribute.  There are specific challenges that arise from working inside a stated set of parameters.  Sometimes, setting a few limitations is a great way to push the creative envelope.  I find that I have more ideas than “room” inside one piece and that is often how a series begins to take shape.

5. What other activities do you engage in that “feed” your creative energy? I am an avid traveler, photographer, cook, and gardener.  I always have a book nearby.

Friday, September 8, 2017

Artist Profile: Valerie C. White

Valerie C. White
Denver, Colorado

1. What kind of challenges did this theme present to you? I had several ideas to to express the theme, the challenge was to select just one. I have long admired the work of Jean- Michel Basquiat  this work was my humble attempt to honor him.

2. Describe your studio space? I'm always looking to improve my space,this year I tried to add a stackable washer/dryer, combo the wiring and duct work was just too expensive. I'll continue to use the portable until i can figure out a better solution.
3. Where can people see your work in the next six months?  The summer issue of Art Quilting Studio Magazine, The Lawerence Art Center in  Lawerence,Kansas and the National Center For Atmospheric Research  Boulder , Colorado.
4. Do you ever work in a series?  If so, what benefits or challenges does this present to you as an artist? I find working in a series a great opportunity to fully express an idea or subject. For me a series establishes a cohesive body of work. This current exhibit motivated me to consider expressing additional work using written language as a mark making opportunity. I expect to create 5  pieces in this new series in what I'm calling "Conversations about America". 

5. What other activities do you engage in that “feed” your creative energy?  I'm an avid knitter and belong to a great knit group, as fiber folks there are always great discussions about yarn, fabric and knitting stitches.

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Artist Profile: Suzan Engler

Suzan Engler
Houston, Texas

1. What kind of challenges did this theme present to you? Meeting the challenge and staying true to my personal style was the greatest challenge.
2. Describe your studio space? My studio is my refuge and my happy place.  If it had a refrigerator and restroom I would never leave!
3. Where can people see your work in the next six months? My work is on display at International Quilt Festival Houston, Festival of Quilts - Birmingham, United Kingdom, The Texas Quilt Museum, and the Copper Shade Tree Gallery, Round Top, Texas,  where my work is featured in the Changing Gears exhibit.

4. Do you ever work in a series?  If so, what benefits or challenges does this present to you as an artist?  I work in a series of series. I single series can become boring to me. 

5. What other activities do you engage in that “feed” your creative energy? I strive to do everything with my own brand of creativity. I sew garments, crochet, and paint with watercolor, acrylic, and encaustic.
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