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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.

I was so pleased to learn that a piece of mine was accepted into Turmoil, a SAQA (Studio Art Quilt Associates) exhibit.

According to the Prospectus: “Turmoil is defined as a state of great disturbance, confusion or uncertainty.  It can be personal and internal, societal or natural.

“This exhibition features work that depicts chaos, discord, imbalance and tumult. Artists were requested to explore the meaning of turmoil in their own lives. The works selected represent turmoil through color, line, and composition.

“Turmoil is scheduled to debut at IQF Houston along with Tranquility: Turmoil will be hung in the exterior space created by paneled walls, with Tranquility in the interior space. This environment will mirror the chaos depicted in these works. Artists were encouraged to consider submitting a piece for the exhibition, Tranquility, as well, addressing in art, the antonym and direct opposite, of their personal interpretation of Turmoil.

“Juror:  Kate Lydon

“Kate Lydon is the Director of Exhibitions at the Society for Contemporary Craft (SCC) in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and oversees the installation of exhibitions mounted at SCC’s main Strip District gallery and at the One Mellon satellite gallery in downtown Pittsburgh.

Mother Serves the Turkey II 31 x 26.5

M Ressler Mother Serves the Turkey

“EXHIBITION SCHEDULE

International Quilt Festival – Houston, TX: October 2016
International Quilt Festival – Chicago, Illinois: April 2017
Quilt, Knit, Stitch – Portland, Oregon: August 2017”

I thought I was making pieces for this exhibit during my “27 Art Quilts in 30 Days” hyper effort during January of this year. But my measurements didn’t match the show’s requirements, so I remade the original two, plus one more, the next month, still in time to submit.

It was one of the ones I made twice that got in: Mother Serves the Turkey II.  Note to self: its a good idea to make a piece more than one time.  You learn things!  This version is better than the first one.

This piece has a narrative: “Everything is topsy-turvy.  Usually when Mother ‘serves the turkey’ she roasts it for others to enjoy eating.  Today however, she serves Mrs. Hen Turkey her favorite food, watermelon. In addition, Pony has gone on strike, leaving Turtle to pull Baby in the Wagon. Is there a war going on in the background? I can’t keep track of which one it is.  Oh dear, are they shooting at the artist?  She is oblivious.”

 

During the course of my busy January (27 quilts in 30 days), I made two pieces I had intended to submit to a show called Turmoil. After they were completed, I started the submission process, only to find <head slap> that my measurements were wrong.

So during February I made two more, of the correct size, and even added a third. And, yes, I got them submitted in time.

I don’t know if I was accepted into the show, but I feel like I accomplished something by taking a deep breath, pulling up my socks, and doing the whole thing over again!

Strange Domesticity, Art Quilt: A herd of target-practice deer have gathered in the lawn, and an innocent goat finds himself in the middle. A strange domesticity takes hold as the women get their guns.

A Troubled Day in the Country, Art Quilt: Usually life in the country is peaceful. Except when it’s not. The children are escaping, the new neighbors don’t look too friendly, mom is having trouble starting the truck, and even the mail service is starting to getting hinky. Oh dear!

Mother Serves the Turkey, Art Quilt: Everything is topsy turvy. Usually when mother “serves turkey” she roasts it and carves it up for others to eat. Today, instead, she serves Mrs. Hen Turkey her favorite food, watermelon. To add to the strangeness, Pony is on strike, and Turtle is pulling Baby in the wagon. In the background there seems to be another war. Which one? It is hard to keep track. Goodness, are they shooting at the artist? She is oblivious.

Mother is walking the squirrel, Mrs. Turkey Hen looks for her baby, who is next door trying to learn to read. Meanwhile Banana man checks on the weather, while the children play.

Another one in the series of life in the country, as it isn’t! The title is Curious Happenings, and the size is 15.75 x 33.5 This was a one day piece, albeit all-day! I’m using the same technique of pieces of plastic bags overlaid with tulle, or sheer fabrics. The original photos are printed onto cloth, and the commercial cotton pictures are backed with Mistyfuse and “fussy cut.”

Only five days left!  I might change direction today.