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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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This is the total of what I got done in January: 27 art quilts in 30 days, participating in the 30 Paintings in 30 Days, international art challenge.

Each piece is not linked to its “day.” <sorry!> Day #1 is top left, and it continues left to right along the top row. All the way down to the bottom right. The Tree Map piece is pictured as it is now, incomplete, with 6 pieces.  It will have a total of nine. You can go to my blog to view each piece, and read about its inspiration.

I was going to leave out the demonstration sample from my art quilt class, but then stuck it in anyway so the number would equal 27. It is tagging along at the bottom right.

Congratulations to everyone who participated in this, especially my fellow Art Plus Gallery members, Karen Weber and Gloria Urban, and Sue Goodling.

I hope everyone has a great year making art!

30 days total

This one was inspired by a picture in the newspaper of a scene from a video game called The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. I don’t play video games, but liked the image of a lone horse walking slowly into a wasteland filled with bodies.

I made the decision to buy the horsey I saw the other day in the window at the used “stuff” store in Hamburg.  Now I can photograph him from various angles and I plan to use him (or her) several times in this series.

The title of this is “A Magical Disturbance,” and the size is 15.75 x 20.”


This one has several reference point to my neighborhood walking around. All three street signs are doing duty on my dead end street, plus the decomposing school bus in the top right corner. My idea was to give the viewer the choice of obeying the stop sign at the lower right, or wandering throughout the fantasy ground and enjoying the fruits and flowers, the scampering chicken, the looming cat and the rest of the wonders to behold.

The title is “What’s Your Sign” and the size is 16.25 x 20.25.

Be sure to visit

to see what other artists are up to. I exchange encouragement and stories with a couple of others in my area who are taking the challenge: Brian Warfel and Karen Weber.

Here is the second of my Food Pun series.  Well such as it is — there are only 2 in this series. Meanwhile other potential series keep popping up in my head like dandelions in the spring.

Apple Tart is dancing across the stage, utterly enthralled with herself.  Luckily I found a good supply of old dolls at a flea market. So I’ve been taking them apart and having fun making fanciful figures.

The title is “Apple Tart Dances with the Stars.” It is 19 x 21 inches, framed.

Check out the blog for 30 Paintings in 30 Days:

It’s not too late to sign up! The idea is to get artists into their studio every day, try new things, work fast and free, and share!


This is my piece for the second day of the 30-for-30 Challenge.

I started the background last night and got the little 3-D found object figures glued together.  It takes 24 hours for the stuff to harden.  I discovered Apoxy Sculpt, a two part paste that really helps bind together the difficult creatures such as these.

The rest I did today.

The size is 16.5 x 21.

An art quilting sister, Daren Pitts Redman sent me some of her hand dyed scraps of cloth, the red and green strips on the left and right side of the piece.  Aren’t they juicy? They seemed just perfect for a piece about crisp red apples, bright peppers, and vibrant green veggies.

The piece is for a local show called Food for Thought, and preachy though it is, the title sums up my dietary philosophy.

I visited the American Visionary Art Museum in Baltimore last weekend. For one thing it gave me a new appreciation of Visionary (AKA “Outsider”) art. The museum describes itself as the “official national museum for self-taught, intuitive artistry.  Since opening in 1995, the museum has sought to promote the recognition of intuitive, self-reliant, creative contribution. . . [the museum houses] wonders created by farmers, housewives, mechanics, retired folk, the disabled, the homeless, as well as the occasional neurosurgeon — all inspired by the fire within!”

I loved looking at the art, especially the fabric pieces, and art made from found objects.  There was a lot of that!

I bought a book in the shop called “Who’s your Dada — Redefining the the doll through mixed media,” by Linda and Opie O’Brien. It gave me some much needed insight into how to attach found objects, and spurred me to think about trying out something different with my stash. So far I’ve been using found objects as texture and interest in a piece, not trying to construct an object with them.

Here is my first piece, a fun one inspired by my friend who hangs her wash out to dry.

I’ll also include some other pictures from the museum.

Martha Ressler, Barb Hangs Out the Wash, fabric and found objects. 12 x 12", framed.

Martha Ressler, Barb Hangs Out the Wash, fabric and found objects. 12 x 12″, framed.

We actually got to meet Bob Benson, as he was at the museum. This is a small piece, about 12 x 12 inches.

We actually got to meet Bob Benson, as he was at the museum. This is a small piece, about 12 x 12 inches.

Part of the outdoor public art portion of the museum.

Part of the outdoor public art portion of the museum.

Gallery-A-Go-Go bus by Nancy Josephson

A charmingly obsessive bus, completely covered.  It is right outside the door of the museum.

A charmingly obsessive bus, completely covered. It is right outside the door of the museum.

Detail of Stegosaurus, by Leo Sewell, b. 1945.

Detail of Stegosaurus, by Leo Sewell, b. 1945.