Posts Tagged ‘Art Plus Gallery’

I’m looking forward to April 22-23 for the first ever Art Plus Gallery home studio tour.  Jay and I will open up our studio on those days to visitors.  We are planning demonstrations, refreshments, door prizes, and are hoping the garden is in bloom.

Studio Tour in Wyomissing Neighbors

Tickets can be purchased at the Gallery, 604 Penn Ave, West Reading, PA 19611, on line, or at any of the studios on the tour. The address of ours is 15 Rocktown Road, Hamburg, PA, 19526. The tour is from 10 AM to 4 PM both days.

The attached article is from Wyomissing Neighbors.

If you are anywhere close, come on by!

We’d love to see you.

 

Art Plus Gallery has been cooperating with Saylor House, an interior design company in Wyomissing for a year now, to display works of the artist-members of Art Plus Gallery (of which I am one.)

I went to pick up my piece, Stone House in the Valley, to take it to it’s next show location, Studio B in Boyertown. The show there opens this Friday, Oct 21, entitled Til Death Do Us Art 2016.

stone-house-in-the-valley-in-placeI really liked they way they had it displayed, with monochrome furnishing that went beautifully with the tones of the art quilt.

Had to share, and give thanks!

I have to admit I do enjoy organizing events, even though it puts a stress on my brain. Right now, though, I am juggling three major events at once, and my fear of forgetting something is causing me to lose sleep!

Tonight is the first public event organized by the Julio Cepeda Exhibition 2018 Committee. This is a group my husband and I started after seeing the art of Julio Cepeda in Cuba when we visited there last year.  I could instantly visualize an exhibition of his art at GoggleWorks Art Center in Reading, PA, and also visualize how making that happen could build bridges between Cuba and Reading, and within Reading itself.

We left our contact info with the gallery, and Julio contacted us. After I explained our idea, he was very enthusiastic about doing an exhibition. We talked with the art director of GoggleWorks, and started recruiting our friends, and friends of friends to the effort. Within a few months Julio had a contract for a show (Sept 8 to Oct 12 2018), we had a bank account, a Facebook Page and a website.  Our committee now consists of about 10 or so active people who meet every month, and tonight will be a fundraising mixer. I’m excited and, yes, nervous!

Then the next night is an opening at Art Plus Gallery. Nothing new there — happens every second Friday of every month.  But this time I’m the Featured Member artist. My art quilts are paired with a fabulous ceramic artist named Angela Shope. Even when I look at our work together, I concentrate on hers! I’m pretty sure everyone else will too, though, to be honest, they do go well together. So — I have butterflies about that event as well.

Then on Sunday we are hosting a fundraising event for the Reading Symphony Orchestra, “Art in the Garden.” We’ve been weeding like crazy, but we can’t keep up. We’ll just have our garden and studio looking the best we can, and try to relax.

Thank goodness, the next week we are going on vacation.

But of course that means more things to remember! My method is, and has always been, to make lists and check things off.

Feels so good to make that check mark!

The cooperative gallery of which I am an active and proud member, decided this week to hold a friendly competition among the artists.

As part of our redecorating and re-branding last fall, we bought a comfy and stylish chair —  a place for visitors to the gallery to sit, rest, and contemplate art. It is very red.

The competition is that everyone is challenged to use the chair in their art in some way, any way they please, in a piece of art.

We have yet to figure out how to make money off of this competition. An auction? A raffle?

If you have ideas, please comment!

Meanwhile, here is my entry into the competition, entitled Madame Chairperson. It continues my series of using photos of things in my environment to create a fanciful landscape. In this case, my next-door sister-in-law keeps a pet turkey, Pekkie, who sits on the chair. I’ve used Pekkie before, and probably will again!

The size is 22.5 x 23″, raw edge applique, machine stitched.

The cooperative gallery of which I’m a member, Art Plus Gallery in West Reading, PA, has been experimenting.

We’ve increased the number of outside venues where we show members art from 3 to 7 and counting. Most of them are cafes or restaurants, and yes, we do occasionally get a sale.

But two of them are different. One is a realtors office, where people are buying homes, and presumably making changes in their decor at the same time.

The other is a design studio. The opening there is tonight, and I’m excited to see what happens.

We did have one sale at the realtors office so far.

martha at Weichert

Martha Ressler, from left: Re-configuring Drake’s Drilling,\; Western PA — Oh What a Relief; Eastward Ho.  Art Quilts. Weichert Realtors.

Milkweed at Saylor House

Martha Ressler, on left, Milkweed, Food Fit for a Monarch.  Art Quilt. Saylor House

This is not an art piece in the usual sense — rather a commissioned table top protector for Art Plus Gallery.  But since it took nearly all day, it is going to count for my 30-for-30 challenge. I understand there are no rules!

It is 14″ in diameter, for a round end table that is 24″ in diameter. The chevron design is composed of strips of grays and reds, fused to the background muslin.  I printed the words on a piece of tulle, and fused them on top, then quilted it and hand embroidered the edge.

I’ll take it to the gallery this afternoon, in time for our Grand Reopening today from 5-8, after extensive remodeling.

Voila!  On to day 9.

Art Plus table cover