The Detritus of Working Class Lives

Posted: October 4, 2012 in Art Quilts, Events, Paintings in cloth, Uncategorized

ImageI was honored to have a piece accepted into the 47th Annual show of the Pittsburgh Society of Artists.  The piece is called “The Detritus of Working Class Lives.” When I go through my collection of found objects picked up while walking (and walking and walking) the streets of my neighborhood, they scream “sociological statement” to me.

Bright Dorito bags (yes I wash them out!), cigarette packages, bottle caps galore and unidentifiable pieces of metal, and so many discarded lottery tickets.  These in particular speak to me. Someone hopefully scratched and revealed a losing sequence, then tossed the colorful bit of stiff paper aside in disgust. They live again in my pieces of art just for their color.

The opening is tomorrow night, October 5.  I am so proud to know most of the artists who got into the show. The competition in PSA is getting a little tougher, as the organization grows, and more people submit to the shows. For this show we had 162 entries by 86 artists.  The juror Vicky A Clark chose 68 works by 48 artists.

The opening reception is 5:30 to 8:00 PM at Fein Art Gallery, 519 E. Ohio St., Pittsburgh, PA 15212.

The piece pictured here is 35” x 20.”


  1. Leisa Rich says:



  2. gonerustic says:

    Congratulations – your acceptance into the show was well-deserved! Love this … =D


  3. Congratulations Martha. Thanks for sharing a walk with me last week as well. It was fun to get to see some of the world that inspired this piece.


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