Almost two weeks are gone this month and lots is going on! For starters, there has been a little activity with my Crush series. I will update you all on what has transpired. I have also been working on a couple of other pieces that will be in an upcoming show with my MIX group. Before I tell you more about that here is the latest news for Crush....
Last fall, Crush 2 was juried into the Interpretations exhibit at Visions Art Museum. I was thrilled to have a piece selected for this show! During the exhibit I received notice that my piece had won a cash award for the "Friends of Ann Pitzer". How fun was that? A soft book was also published with all the entries and my piece had it's place in the book but in addition was featured on the inside cover! It was a total surprise. When I got the book in the mail and opened it up there was Crush 2 supersized!
They also used an image of my work in the signage for the show on the outside of their space. Here are a couple of pictures from the museum and exhibit.
When the show was over I anticipated getting Crush 2 back in the mail. A couple of weeks had gone by and I still had not received it. Well much to my surprise Crush 2 sold! A check came in the mail instead. I can't tell you how thrilled and humbled I was to be a participant in this exhibit!
Visions Art Museum posted a new call for entry last fall. This exhibit is called Breakout and will be hung in the fall of 2016. I mentioned in my last post when I had completed Crush 5 that I had entered 3 pieces into an upcoming show. One never knows what the outcome will be in a juried show and as an artist, it is part of the process to be accepted and or rejected. Yesterday, I woke up to an email that said Crush 4 had been juried into this exhibit! There were 41 entries accepted out of 434 that had been submitted, and Crush 4 made the cut!
This piece will leave my studio in a couple of weeks as they need it by April 1st. I need to make a label for the back of this piece and I will be all set.
My series is shrinking... I need to get busy and create some new work. I have some new ideas and they revolve around the color scheme I did for Crush 2. That piece was a favorite for many who have seen the Crush body of work. Some of the comments I have received are: "This piece makes me happy!" or "Crush 2 warms my heart." I always give myself a new assignment so though I may make a piece with a similar color palette, the composition will change.
After I finished Crush 5 I began to work on a couple of pieces for my MIX group that I mentioned above. We create at least one body of work a year and the first showing is always in the spring. This year our theme is "Urban PDX". I will tell you more about the exhibit and my piece in a future post when it is finished and on display. For now, I will give you a sneak preview.
I have been an admirer of Valerie Goodwin's work. She is known for her "Art Quilt Maps". After reading her book cover to cover several times and deciphering her techniques that she describes in her book, I began to create my map of the Pearl district in Portland, OR. We are also doing a second piece that is smaller and is a detail of some aspect in our larger piece. The main pieces are all 30" x 40" and the smaller pieces are 8" x 20". I am working on piece 2 right now and need to finish this up by the end of the month... needless to say I am feeling the pressure as I am a little bit behind schedule. It will get done, they always do! I am looking forward to this exhibit, I think it is going be a fun display of some exceptional fiber art.
Well that's it for now, thanks for stopping by to see what is new in my studio!
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