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As Going Rural is about to come down at Art Plus Gallery in West Reading, I’m preparing two new shows.

“Eastern Europe in Stitches” pieces that haven’t shown yet will be on display in the main outside case at Reading Hospital, 6th and Spruce Street, West Reading, during the month of July.

Martin Luther

Martha Ressler, Martin Luther, 7 x 9″ framed. Art Quilt with found objects and hand quilting.

And newly framed work will go on display at Weichert Realtors, 65 Commerce Dr, Wyomissing, PA for 3 months, starting July 9.

I’ll be teaching a beginning art quilt class in my studio in July, but otherwise it’s a month off from travel or art fairs.

I always look forward to July at home. It equates to peace and happiness for me!

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I am excited that my art quilt “Celebrating the Destruction of Apartheid” has been selected for inclusion in a show at Visions Art Museum in San Diego, CA. The opening is April 21, which I plan to attend.

This lighthearted moment on our trip to South Africa belies the tragedy embedded in this place. The two figures are seated in front of the High Court Annex in Cape Town, where South Africans had to report annually to be classified as members of one of seven “races.” Our guide, seated on the right, relayed how his own family had been split up by this cruel, subjective process. He is joined on the left by one of our tour group members, a young doctor from Atlanta.

In the past, as persons of color, they would have been violating the South African laws of Apartheid, a system of rigid segregation and oppression of the non-white population. Nelson Mandela was released from prison in 1990, and the Apartheid laws were abolished in mid-1991, pending the historical first multiracial election in 1994, when Mandela was elected President of South Africa. Today the “whites only” bench remains as a historical reminder that Apartheid has been tossed into the ashcan of history.

I was involved in the international fight to free Nelson Mandela and end apartheid in the late 1980’s, and incorporated my collection of political buttons from that time into the quilt.

Today, though Apartheid has been destroyed, South Africa is one of the most economically unequal country in the world. The fight for equality continues as it does elsewhere, including the United States.

The rest of the piece tells the story of our visit to South Africa. The Bushveld, at the top, is where we enjoyed a safari. Nelson Mandela’s prison cell and the quarry where he and other political prisoners toiled, fabrics I bought there, South African money and Jackass Penguins and other animals we saw are among the other items in the design.

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Martha Ressler, Celebrating the Destruction of Apartheid, Art Quilt, 60 x 37.5″

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Day 9 features a second small Blue Linus and Lucy piece.  This will also be framed. Part of a Jazz themed series I am doing.

Martha Ressler

Blue Linus and Lucy, Small 1

Art Quilt

8 x 6″ framed

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Day 8 of  #30paintingsin30days.  Or Art Quilts, in my case.

This is a small version of Linus and Lucy Blue.  These 6 x 8″ framed art quilts are popular items in the art fairs I do, as well as gift shops around town.  I’m continuing with the series — listening to Linus and Lucy by the Vince Guaraldi Trio.

Martha Ressler

Small Linus and Lucy Blue, #2

Art Quilt

8 x 6″ Framed

Franklin Street Games lo res

This tiny art quilt, just 2 x 8″ will actually be a mural.

Artist Michael L Miller of West Reading is organizing a project called West Reading Museum of Temporary Art and Personal Histories. He gathered the stories of 120 residents, from past to present, and matched the stories with 120 artists who will create the tiny works of art to be installed, each on a brick, around town.

The story I was assigned was a man remembering his boyhood on a street of row houses. As he passed by, friendly neighbors relaxed on their front porches. He played tag with his friends and remembered shooting marbles on the grass.

I tried to abstract the row houses, overlaid by the circles and colorful marbles inside and outside them.

Martha Ressler

Franklin Street Games

Art Quilt

2 x 8″

Linus and Lucy (Blue) lo res

I will be submitting work to two art shows to be held in conjunction with the annual Berks Jazz Festival in April. This one is inspired by the happy theme from the Peanuts movie, Linus and Lucy. I was listening to the Vince Guaraldi Trio jazz version at the time.

Martha Ressler

Linus and Lucy Blue

Art Quilt

16 x 20″

I signed up for Leslie Saeta’s 30 for 30 challenge which she is holding in February this year.

I’m tweaking the challenge a little.

Since the challenge is meant to be 30 painting in 30 days, But I’m making Art Quilts. So that’s a big fat tweak right there.

And I’m going away for a chunk of February, so I started making my quilts for the challenge this month, in January.

My theme is to do work I need to get done! Not too sexy I guess. I have a one person show in June, for which I’ll need about 14 pieces. I want them all to be new — made in 2018.

And I’m entering work in two jazz themed shows in April. So I want to get that work done too.

Our first art fair is in May this year, so I’ll want to make a number of small pieces for that. So here is some work in progress. Stay tuned!  I’ll be posting every day in February.Work in progress Jan 18