Archive for April, 2012

After much thought, I decided to enter “Not So Empty Lot” into Art All Night this year. This deserves to be known world wide, but just in case you haven’t heard of the event, dedicated volunteers find an abandoned factory site (so far pretty easy) in Lawrenceville, clean it up, and hang thousands of pieces of art in it for one night (yes — ALL night).

The rule is one piece of art per person, ready to hang. There is no jury and no censorship, although un-family friendly pieces are segregated. There is no fee to the artist. Sales take place by the interested buyer filling out a slip of paper (a bid) which the artist receives upon pick-up. Funding take place through grants, donations, and sales of tee shirts and other items.

Anyway, with such a HUGE space, I decided on one of my largest pieces, heavily discounted.  I also spiffed it up for the occasion, improving the hanging system, and quilting the borders. It is more the fashion now for Contemporary Art Quilts to have no border.  But I liked the one on this so much that I decided to keep it and improve upon it. This piece is 55 x 47.5 inches.

This is the first piece I have completed in the new series I am working on based on fabric, found objects and 10,000 steps a day. It is 21 x 18 inches, a little larger than many I have done, with tons of hand embroidery on it. I was especially excited by the blue diodes(?) kind of exploding in the corner, so I will include a detail of that part.

Today I picked up all sorts of interesting litter on my morning walk.  I decided I like the pieces that have been run over and mashed up pretty good by car tires. I can hardly wait to start my next piece!

          On Saturday, June 9, 2012 Trinity Gallery will host artist, author, and illustrator, Anne Lee (also my friend!)

Anne will be presenting a family story time for all ages featuring her just-released book, When you are Camping. I was delighted with this story about two girls splashing in puddles, discovering bugs, and exploring the outdoors.

Original illustrations and art work will also be on display, and copies of the book will be available for purchase. 

Trinity Gallery is located at 4747 Hatfield St., Pittsburgh 15201  You can find more information at Trinity Gallery’s Facebook page.

You can learn more about Anne Lee and her work at

Her first illustrated book, Old Abe, Eagle Hero, (written by Pat Young) was published by Kane/Miller in 2010

I have updated the “Martha Ressler wall” in the backroom with a new piece. For the last year I have concentrated on intrepreting in fabric some of the paintings by “the Pittsburgh School” painters who depicted steel making in its heyday.

This one is of Otto Kuhler’s watercolor( n.d. on paper 11×8 inches) at Westmoreland Museum for American Art.

My piece is 15 x 11 made of fabrics, antique lace, and stitching. Mine is the top one.

When I went up to the Maridon Museum in Butler, PA to pick up my pieces from the Fiber Haiku show, the director again told me how much she liked my piece, and suggested that it would look great in a child’s room or nursery. I think she’s right.  There is plenty of room for the imagination to soar and to get lost in dreaming in this image.

Dragonness came back with it. She is now flying from the ceiling of my studio, ready to startle me slightly when I see her from the corner of my eye!

  • Jay Ressler and I have art hanging in the cafeteria at Harmarville HealthCare South, Guys Run Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15238. The show, called Photos and Fiber, runs March 29-May3, 2012. The phone number there is: 412.828.1300.
  • May 11 -July 22 is Tone it UP and Lenses and Filters at Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, 6300 5th Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15232. I have pieces in both of them. There are also several other shows opening at the same time — always a great celebration of art!

Upon Further Reflection, 2012, #1196, Photo by Jay Ressler, thread painting, hand embroidery, beading, 12 x 16.

Jay’s photo is of reflections of the Allegheny River and the North Side in the David L  Lawrence Convention Center. He played with it in Photoshop, then I played further with my stitching. Thus the title: Upon Further Reflection.

This piece was accepted into Lenses and Filters, which encouraged collaboration between fiber artists and photographers.  Perfect for Jay and me!

Art All Night

April 28-29, 4001 Willow Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15201.

4 PM Saturday through 2 PM Sunday. “No fee, no jury, no censorship.”

Look for my large Contemporary Art Quilt “Not So Empty Lot” among the thousands of art works. There is also live music, childrens activities, cartooning all night, Make Art on Site, and  even free beer! I will be mostly at the Tee Shirt Sales table, helping the cause.

84th Annual Juried Exhibition, Art Association of Harrisburg

21 N. Front Street, Harrisburg, PA 17101. 717l236.1432

May 18 – June 21, 2012

Jewish Community Center, South Hills Branch

845 Kane Blvd, Pittsburgh, PA 15243

June 11-July

Jay Ressler and I will have about 20 pieces of art hanging in the lobby.

YART Sale, Pittsburgh Center for the Arts

June 24, 2012 10-4

1047 Shady Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15232

Many great art deals, in the Ressler Art Studios tent and all around!

Doo Dah Days

July 14, Allegheny Cemetery, Butler Street, Pittsburgh, 15201.

I give tours of the cemetery dressed in my Civil War costume.  A little art and a lot of history!

ARTday with PSA

August 4-5, 2012

Fe Gallery, 4102 Butler Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15201

Art demos and more! I will have two pieces in the show.

Art Harvest

East End Food Co-Op, 7516 Meade St., Pittsburgh, PA 15208


This piece was accepted into “Tone it UP” opening May 11 at Pittsburgh Center for the Arts. The idea was to create on a theme that we are passionate about. I am passionate about lowering my carbon footprint, so I used plastic bags, cut them up and heat-fused them together. I used a simple, classic composition, but there is detail up close. The entire background is hand quilted, and there are words/images you can make out among the pieces of plastic.

Excited Sky is based on a painting by Hayley Lever, “The Allegheny in 1923.” Materials used: fabrics, antique lace, silk cord. Methods: free motion quilting, hand embroidery. Size 19 x 22 framed.  On the right is where the David L Lawrence Convention Center is today. This was created for a customer, and it is already hanging on her wall.  She reports that she is enjoying it a lot!