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Artists Announced for My Corner of the World Exhibits

Juror Micaela Fitzsimmons, Manager of Collections and Exhibits at the Stratford Perth Museum in Stratford, Ontario, has selected the artists to be included in the My Corner of the World exhibit.

My Corner of the World invited the artist to examine a world, real or imagined, that represented what is important in life. It might be where the artist resides, works, or grew up. It might be a favorite place from any point in life or a special internal place. My Corner of the World looks at the big picture including, but not limited to a homeland, ancestry or culture.

SAQA developed this exhibition in collaboration with the Stratford Perth Museum, Stratford, Ontario, Canada, and with the Canadian Regions of SAQA. The all-SAQA exhibition will debut along with the parallel regional Canadian exhibition at the Museum in May 2016.

Congratulations to all the accepted artists!

All-SAQA My Corner of the World exhibit (artist, location, and title)

Linda Anderson (California, USA) – Timeless Beauty
Bonnie Askowitz (Florida, USA) – The Sun Sets over Blackwater Sound
Peggy Blei-Hracho (Pennsylvania, USA) – Home: noun, A Place Where Something Flourishes
Peggy Brown (Indiana, USA) – Shades of Italy III-Day Lily
Bonnie Bucknam (Washington, USA) – Willow Wood
Erika Carter (Washington, USA) – Cradle
Maya Chaimovich (Israel) – Hidden Line
Vicki Conley (New Mexico, USA) – Conflagration, Desolation, Rejuvenation, Jubilation #2
Millie Cumming (Ontario, Canada) – Grand Artefacts
Millie Cumming (Ontario, Canada) – Summer Idyll, Waterlily Bay
Jennifer Day (New Mexico, USA) – New Mexico Schoolhouse
Dianne Firth (Australia) – Rolling Hills
Bodil Gardner (Denmark) – My childhood country
Bethany Garner (Ontario, Canada) – Turning Point
Mita Giacomini (Ontario, Canada) – August
Georgia Heller (Arizona, USA) – Life on the Trail:Brown’s Ranch
Bella Kaplan (Israel) – The Eagle Falls
Kathleen Kastles (Hawaii, USA) – Texting at the Food Court
Jill Kerttula (Virginia, USA) – 3rd and Main
Ellie Kreneck (Texas, USA) – West Toward Home – Bright Spirit
Jenny Lyon (California, USA) – Prairie Afternoon
Kate Madeloso (Nova Scotia, Canada) – A Vanishing Culture
Bobbe Shapiro Nolan (Texas, USA) – Oil Patch #1: Clutch Manifold
Claire Passmore (Wiltshire, UK) – Forced Removal
The Pixeladies (California, USA) – Fault Line
Joan Reive (Ontario, Canada) – Lake Vistas #2
Martha Ressler (Pennsylvania, USA) – Evening in Steel Valley
Judith Roderick (New Mexico, USA) – My Tree of Life Quilt
Molly Samuels (South Carolina, USA) – Blue Heron
Barbara Schneider (Illinois, USA) – Line Dance, Tree Ring Patterns, var. 13
Karen Schulz (Maryland, USA) – SPP 12
Alison Schwabe (Uruguay) – Purnululu #7
Sara Sharp (Texas, USA) – Birding on Quiet Hill
Maria Shell (Alaska, USA) – Root Glacier
Gail Sims (California, USA) – The High-Line, New York City
Carolyn Skei (Texas, USA) – Alcove
Virginia Spiegel (Illinois, USA) – Boundary Waters 60 (Rock Time)
Gwyned Trefethen (Wisconsin, USA) – Deconstructed Sunrise #3
Maggie Vanderweit (Ontario, Canada) – Snowfall in Sunlight
K. Velis Turan (New York, USA) – Broadway El
Laura Wasilowski (Illinois, USA) – Blue Chair in the Library with a Candlestick

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Martha Ressler,Spilled Red, Studio Art Quilt

Martha Ressler,Spilled Red, Studio Art Quilt

I noticed this tree last fall as I walked in our country neighborhood. The morning sunlight lit up the tree and the perfect ground halo of fallen red leaves. I decided to remove the house, extraneous items, and desaturate the entire scene in order to highlight that glorious tree.
There are fabrics and papers throughout. I’ve embroidered some bits of color in the black, white and grey to tie everything together.

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I participated in a fabric design competition through SAQA (Studio Art Quilts Associates), and I was one of the six winners. Andover Fabrics brought our designs through every stage of development all the way to market. The line is called Urban Textures, and my design is called “Bubble Wrap.”

They are now available for purchase through E-Quilter.

eQuilter is committed to stocking this collection in depth for an indefinite period of time, but in order for it to be a big fundraising success, we need to get it out to other fabric shops as well. (The fundraising is for SAQA).

Check it out!

http://www.equilter.com/category/301/saqa-urban-textures-collection

I am proud and happy to have been a part of this process.

Lingering Winter

This is another new piece inspired by walking and visiting towns in Berks County, my new home. Hamburg is the town of 3000 something that is closest to us, and this is from there. I combined a couple of locations, the church with the pointy green towers, a house, and some row houses. The background represents the mountains in the background, against which the little town nestles.

Old Dye Works

Along with my partner Jay Ressler, I have started visiting towns in Berks County for artistic inspiration. This piece represents an old dye works in Shoemakersville. It turns out Jay’s grandmother worked at an knitting factory across the street years ago. I was interested in the textures of the brick work, and had great fun with them, using piecework, embroidery and found objects. I also tried a direct dye method using a silk screen for the trees at river bank in the background.

In the Morning I am So Tall

I was thrilled to learn I got two pieces in a show at Somethings Looming Gallery in Reading. The show, Me Myself and I opens April 12. Naturally with a title like that, they were looking for self portraits. But I balked – the closest I came was one called “In the Morning I am So Tall.” That showed my shadow!!

The other that was accepted is a portrait of my “interior life” at least when I lived in Pittsburgh. It is called “Haven?” I worked many years in the steel industry, and can identify with the feeling that the factory takes over your life. The bits of downtown that show look as far away and unattainable as Oz.

There are Many Steps Between Then and Now

I recently finished this piece, There are Many Steps Between Then and Now. I have created several contemporary art quilts based on Hayley Lever’s 1923 painting entitled The Allegheny Valley. But this one is the loosest interpretation. I changed the size ratio, the buildings, bridges, and generally got more creative, including with the found objects. I took it to a critique a few weeks ago, and another artist pointed out a problem with a major shadow. I came home and ripped out all of those stitches, and re-created the shadow in the right place. I also punched up the first bridge a good deal. I like it so much better!