SDA-WA Member Activities December

Port Angeles Fine Arts Center Announces Viewers’ Awards

The Port Angeles Fine Arts Center announced the Viewers’ Choice winners from their show “Fiber Revolution,” which ended November 12. Congratulations to the Viewers’ Choice winners!

“These three outstanding examples of fiber art were selected by the public during this popular exhibit, which has been on display since September 15,” said Jessica Elliott, Executive Director of PAFAC. “Visitors from across the US, Canada and a few European countries voted for their favorites.” The winners were SDA-WA members Helga Winter, for “The Secret Life of Trees,” Cathie Wier, for “Turbulence” and Caryl Bryer Fallert-Gentry, for “Bandoneon.”

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Helga Winter’s “The Secret Life of Trees”

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Cathie Wier’s “Turbulence”

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Caryl Bryer Fallert-Gentry’s “Bandoneon”


 

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Top: Art cloths by Rebecca Wachtman. Bottom: Resin sculptures made with the cloths.

Rebecca Wachtman Community Art Project at MBNCA

Mount Baker Neighborhood Center for the Arts
November 25, 12–3 p.m.

SDA-WA member Rebecca Wachtman is leading a community art project at Mount Baker Neighborhood Center for the Arts entitled, “Our Place In This World.” It will be held on Saturday, November 25 from noon to 3 p.m.

Participants will be guided through creating a piece of art cloth out of reclaimed silk. The art cloth that the participants create will represent their own place within the community.

Rebecca will then use the art cloths to create three-dimensional resin sculptures, which will join other art-cloth sculptures on interactive display installations. These displays will be shown at various locations, including the MBNCA.

Mount Baker Neighborhood Center for the Arts
2919 Rainier Ave S, Seattle, WA 98144
(206) 734-1994


 

SDA Kitsap Group Forming

Kick-off Meeting
BARN Fiber Arts Studio
Tuesday, December 5, 11 a.m.–1 p.m.

We are starting a new Washington State SDA group, and would love you to join us to plot and plan and brainstorm possibilities for the future. Kick-off meeting on Tuesday, December 5 from 11 a.m.–1 p.m. at the BARN Fiber Arts Studio on Bainbridge. Bring lunch if you like.

If you have been a member of the North Peninsula group, you don’t have to choose—you are welcome in both groups. And future collaborations with our SDA friends to the North will definitely be a part of the mix. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Questions? Email Roberta Nelson  or Tonnie Wolfe.

BARN Fiber Arts Studio
8890 Three Tree Lane NE
Bainbridge Island, WA 98110


 

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Scarf Detail by Marie Plakos

Marie Plakos in Gail Harker Exhibit

Pacific Northwest Quilt and Fiber Arts Museum
Through December 30

SDA-WA member Marie Plakos has work in “Creative Passion & Stitch,” at Pacific Northwest Quilt and Fiber Arts Museum in La Conner, Washington. The exhibition shows the original design work and experimental stitch techniques of Plakos and four other Level 4 graduates from the Gail Harker Center for Creative Arts. The exhibition runs through December 30.

Pacific Northwest Quilt and Fiber Arts Museum
703 South Second Street
La Conner, WA 98257
(360) 466-4288


 

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Work by Debbie Eliasen

Debbie Eliasen in Small Works Art Show on Camano Island

“Honey, I Shrunk the Art”
Matzke Fine Art Gallery
Through January 14

SDA-WA member Debbie Eliasen has a piece in the 27th Annual Small Works Show, “Honey, I Shrunk the Art,” at Matzke Fine Art Gallery. The reception was November 18. Show runs through January 14.

Matzke Fine Art Gallery & Sculpture Park
2345 Blanche Way
Camano Island

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“Flourish” (detail) by Barbara De Pirro

Barbara De Pirro’s “Flourish” Installed in Poetry Garden

“Flourish”
Seattle Center Poetry Garden
Through January 2018

SDA-WA member Barbara De Pirro’s piece “Flourish” will be installed at Seattle Center Poetry Garden through January 2018. She created it with thousands of plastic bottle caps that she reclaimed, drilled, then stitched into multicolor banners. The piece represents and celebrates the multicultural mix of people in our community. Presented by Office of Arts & Culture Seattle and Seattle Center.

Seattle Center Poetry Garden
305 Harrison Street
Seattle, WA 98109

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“Flourish” by Barbara De Pirro

 


 

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A felt studio in Hungary

Felt Tours in Hungary with Flóra Carlile-Kovács

Discover the country of Hungary, and take workshops from the world-class felt masters it offers with SDA-WA member Flóra Carlile-Kovács.

East-Hungary Felt Tour, April 19–30, 2018
West-Hungary Felt Tour, May 3–14, 2018

– Five days felting workshops
– Hungarian foods
– Sightseeing
– Thermal baths
– Craft markets

A special message from Flóra:
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In one of my workshops in the Pacific Northwest, my students came up with the idea that I should organize a Felt Tour to Hungary, as I am a felt artist and instructor, and a native of the country. In this tour, they could learn from the amazing Hungarian felt masters, and also travel in the country with like-minded people, try our delicious foods, visit Turkish baths, historic sites, antique- and contemporary-craft markets and wonderful places no guide books even mention. This dream soon became true; I led my first Felt Tour to Hungary in 2016. It was so well received, that I offered two Felt Tours in the spring of 2017, with different focuses on the workshops and in different parts of the country.

In the East-Hungary Tour, we visited small towns of the eastern part of Hungary, and took three one-day and one two-day workshops from world-class felt masters. These were project-oriented classes that built on one another, and featured various felting techniques, both in 2D and 3D designs. Participants made small and large objects; these included a bottle holder with nomadic design instructed by Mihály Vetró, 3D home decor instructed by Márti Csille, felted jewelry instructed by Judit Tóth-Pócs and a prefelt pillow cover instructed by Gabriella Kovács. It speaks for the instructors, that both beginner feltmakers were able to succeed in the classes and advanced students could still learn a lot!

In the West-Hungary Tour, we visited some wonderful historic sites of the west side of Hungary, took one two-day workshop and one three-day workshop from internationally recognized felt masters. Both the felted bag with woven inlay instructed by Vanda Róbert and the sculptural hat instructed by Judit Tóth-Pócs workshops were advanced felting projects, but even those who decided to take their first felt workshops just prior the tour (to get the most out of it), succeeded!

These tours have become much more than just guided tours for me. It has become my mission to introduce outstanding Hungarian artists, craftsmen, amazing people and places to my guests, and to give a personal insight of my home country in just twelve days.

To get the itineraries and more info about the 2018 Felt Tours, or register, please email me: carlile.kovacs@gmail.com.

Hope to see you on one of the tours!
Flóra Carlile-Kovács

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SDA-WA Member Activities October

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Michelle Johnson’s “Plant Dance”

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Helga Winter’s “The Secret Life of Trees”

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Caryl Bryer Fallert-Gentry’s “Citric Abstraction”

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Cathie Wier’s “Turbulence”

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Joyce Wilkerson’s “Low Tide Study”

North Peninsula Chapter Fiber Revolution Show

Port Angeles Fine Arts Center
September 16–November 15

Fiber Revolution is the next exhibition scheduled at the Port Angeles Fine Arts Center. The art was created by members of the WA State Surface Design Association—North Peninsula Chapter, which encompasses Jefferson, Clallam and Kitsap counties.

Thirty-nine pieces from 26 artists are displayed, all differing in expression. The only commonality is the use of fiber. Fiber can be natural or synthetic, or can be any substance that acts like or resembles a fiber. For example, an installation woven with copper and stainless steel threads is displayed comfortably next to a garment made from wool and dyed with local botanicals.

The Revolution is taking a time-honored process and changing it up, moving it along and breaking some rules. The resulting art is created outside the bounds of tradition. All work was completed in the last 18 months; most in the last three.

The show opened September 16 and runs through November 15. Exhibiting artists will make presentations throughout the run of the exhibit.

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Lois Gaylord’s New Chakra Wall Hanging

Lois Gaylord Classes & Shows

Beginning Weaving at the Swedish Club with Lois Gaylord
Have you ever wanted to learn how to weave? In this four-week class, you will go from total novice to Beginning Weaver who knows how to set up (warp) a loom, and can weave several types of cloth. No experience necessary.

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Classes are on Wednesday evenings from 6:30–8:30 p.m. The first class starts on Wednesday, September 13.

Fall Schedule:
#1 – September 13–October 4
#2 – October 11–November 1
#3 – November 8–December 6 (no class November 22, day before Thanksgiving)
If you have a scheduling conflict and need to start in the middle of a session, let her know; you may be able to work something out.

Lois Gaylord will also be showing her pieces at these shows:

Emerald Spiral Fall Expo
Saturday, September 23, 9 a.m.–5 p.m.
Kent Commons 525 4th Ave. N, Kent, WA

Puget Sound Pagan Pride
October 7–8
Freighthouse Square
2501 E D St, Tacoma, WA 98421

Arts North Studio Tour – Sun House Studios
October 14 & 15 – 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
Tour ten different studios, plus guest artists.
Visit the website to download a map.

Seattle Weavers’ Guild Annual Show and Sale
October 26–28
Thursday, October 26 – 5 p.m.–8 p.m.
Friday, October 27 – 10 a.m.–8 p.m.
Saturday, October 28 – 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
Bloedel Hall at Saint Mark’s Cathedral
1245 Tenth Ave East, Seattle WA 98102

Lois also recently restocked inventory at Cunning Crow Apothecary in Greenwood. New displays for the mini bags and tarot bags. It’s a wonderful shop filled with magical things and a very knowledgeable staff.
 Their address: 9024 Greenwood Ave N, Seattle, WA 98103.

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Lois Gaylord pieces at Cunning Crow Apothecary

 

 


Art Appraisal with Dawn Laurant

All SDA members are invited to:
Dawn Laurant’s Talk on Art Appraisal

VALA Eastside @ Redmond Town Center
Sunday, September 24, 2–4 p.m.

As part of her “Talk on Art Appraisal” for the SDA Eastside meeting, Dawn Laurant will talk about her experience as an appraiser and what criteria she uses when evaluating art.

The presentation is 30 minutes, followed by a 15-minute question-and-answer session. The following topics will be covered during the presentation:

  • What is an appraisal, and how does an appraiser conclude value of an artwork
  • Overview of current art market and trends
  • Appraising contemporary art and textile/fiber art

About Dawn
Dawn Laurant, Kirkland Cultural Arts Commissioner and Fine Art Appraiser, is certified by the American Society of Appraisers. More recently, she has worked as an auction specialist for Pacific Galleries in Seattle, and as a senior art broker with Art Brokerage Inc., where she specialized in building private and corporate collections in fine and contemporary art.

She has an extensive background in the arts, spanning a 30-year career working with museums and nonprofit organizations as a curator, as an arts educator, and as an exhibit developer. Her previous work includes exhibits and programs at VALA Eastside, Ryan James Fine Arts, the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History, the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, the Oakland Museum and the Marin County History Museum.

“As Principal of Laurant Art Appraisals, I offer my clients an in depth knowledge of the art market with expertise in modern and contemporary paintings, sculpture, drawings, and prints. My Appraisal Reports for insurance, estate settlement, market value and charitable contribution comply with the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice and The American Society of Appraisers code of ethics. As an art broker, I specialize in building private and corporate collections, representing clients worldwide. I believe that communities that support the arts are healthy and happy communities and to that end, I have dedicated much of my professional life to arts education and broadening arts access. In addition, I volunteer with organizations supporting public art and community events, and serve on the Kirkland Cultural Arts Commission.”
—Dawn Laurant, Fine Art Appraiser

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Art Appraiser Dawn Laurant


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Brazil’s Exposição Internacional de Arte Têxtil

Zeca Medeiros at CQA Meeting

All SDA-WA members are invited to attend a special October meeting of the Contemporary QuiltArt Association.

Zeca Medeiros, Curator of Patchwork Design, Brazil
Saturday, October 14, 10:30 a.m.
Otto Miller Hall, 3469 Third Ave W
Seattle Pacific University Campus
FREE, with refreshments

Listen to esteemed Zeca Medeiros speak about textile art in Brazil and the international exhibit he produces annually, “Exposição Internacional de Arte Têxtil,” with artists from Brazil and other countries.

Members of CQA have participated since 2009, and have even traveled to Brazil to see the show and receive top prizes. Many of them will be at the meeting to share their experiences.

More about CQA’s monthly meeting:
http://www.contemporaryquiltart.com/ComeJoinUs.htm

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Curator Zeca Medeiros


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Natural Dye Master Class with Sara Goodman

October 23–27
, 9 a.m.–4 p.m.

Pacific NorthWest Art School

15 NW Birch Street
Coupeville WA 98239

Join SDA member Sara Goodman at Pacific NorthWest Art School for a five-day dyeing class that will cover the basics of using natural dyes, including:

  • Proper scouring of cellulose and protein substrates
  • How to use three mordants: alum, iron, and Symplocos (a natural aluminum bio-accumulator plant that grows in the rain forests of Indonesia)
  • How to get a range of colors by combining alum and iron mordants in different proportions
  • Using iron as a color changer, as a mordant and in the dye bath, to obtain a range of beautiful blacks
  • Using mordants in both hot and cold preparations for total immersion and thickened surface applications
  • Discharging mordants using citric acid or lemon juice
  • Setting mordants with chalk and wheat bran

Dyeing:

  • Immersion dyeing using concentrated dye extracts, dry and fresh materials
  • Making thickened stock solutions for painting, printing, silk screening etc.
  • Making and maintaining a natural fermentation indigo vat over-dyeing for complex colors
  • Light fastness and setting dyes using curing and steaming

Students will leave the class with:

  • Notebook containing instructions and recipes for all the mordant and dye procedures from the class
  • Samples that illustrate each of the procedures we did linked to the notebook
  • Cloth color chart illustrating all the mordants crossed with all the dyes
  • Samples of your own, on your own cloth

Experience Level: Intermediate; especially for experienced chemical dyers who want to explore natural dyes. Tuition: $695
 Materials Fee: $30

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Karamatsu shibori, mixture of many dyes

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Mokume shibori, cochineal and indigo

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Clay resist and indigo

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Block printing and discharging mordant, logwood dye

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Block print with iron and alum mordants, weld dye

 

SDA-WA Member Activities August

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“Shades of Indigo” by Kaylin Francis

Kaylin Francis Wins 2017 Outstanding Student Award

The Surface Design Association has awarded the 2017 Outstanding Student Award to Kaylin Francis, Seattle SDA member. Kaylin is a recent graduate with a bachelor’s of fine arts degree in Craft from the Fibers Department at Oregon College of Arts and Crafts. Her work is highlighted on the SDA website here.

The purpose of the award is to increase awareness of the Surface Design Association by rewarding the innovative work of students and by providing exposure to a high level professional association in their chosen field. The Outstanding Student Award is presented each year to a student enrolled in an accredited undergraduate or graduate program at a college or university.

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SDA Member Kaylin Francis


 

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Marie Plakos

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Marie Plakos in Gail Harker Exhibition

“Level 4 Studies in Experimental Stitch & Multimedia Diploma” Exhibition
Gail Harker Center for Creative Arts, Mt. Vernon
Saturday, July 22 & Sunday, July 23, 11–4 p.m.

SDA member Marie Plakos will be among the artists in this celebration of the accomplishments of Level 4 Experimental Stitch & Multi-media graduates, who have just completed two and a half years of study with Gail Harker. It is free and open to the public.

While on this course, students use original design work and experimental stitch techniques to create innovative and imaginative new art pieces using a wide variety of techniques. Work on display will include wall hangings, 3-D items and a portfolio of samples.

The five graduates include Dianne Corso of Anacortes, WA, Isabel Parker of Port Alberni, BC, Canada, Marie Plakos of Langley, WA, Susan Sasnett of Seattle, WA and Terri Shinn of Snohomish, WA.

Gail Harker Center for Creative Arts
12636 Chilberg Rd., Mt. Vernon, WA 98273
(just outside of La Conner)


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Rebecca Wachtman Dyeing Class at Schack

“Resisting Your Dyes”
Schack Art Center, Everett
Saturday, August 12, 11 a.m.–3 p.m.

SDA member Rebecca Wachtman will be teaching a variety of shibori/tie-dyeing techniques in “Resisting Your Dyes” at the Schack Art Center in Everett, August 12.It is a chance to learn and play with a variety of resist and dyeing techniques that are shibori and tie-dye inspired. Students will have the opportunity to play with natural-fiber fabrics and learn a variety of fun techniques for applying dyes and using physical resists.

Students will learn:A variety of shibori/tie-dying techniques. A few of the techniques include: twisting and tying up fabric using string resists, use various clamps as resists, placing beans/marbles/rocks or other materials into fabric and tying fabric around them to create resists. If time, they can practice sewn-in resists using needles and thread. They will be making Shibori and tie-dye samples to take home. If they wish, they can dye a shirt or two as well! Ages 18+


 

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“Florametric” by Lanny Bergner

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“Spiral Nebulae” by Lanny Bergner

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“Inlet Passage” by Danielle Bodine

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“Bloom 2” by Barbara De Pirro

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“Radiate” by Barbara De Pirro

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“Dresden Tea Service on Grammies Table” by Kathey Ervin

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“Tea Party” by Kathey Ervin

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“Strung Out” by Nancy Loorem Adams

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“Zig Zag 5” by Dorothy McGuinness

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“Whoop” by Carol Milne

“Basketry in the 21st Century” at American Art Company

“All Things Considered 9: Basketry in the 21st Century”
American Art Company, Tacoma
Now through August 26
Hours: Tuesday–Friday, 10–5:30, Saturday, 10–5

Presented by the National Basketry Organization, “All Things Considered 9: Basketry in the 21st Century” is the ninth in a series of juried biennial exhibitions intended to show the full spectrum of work currently being executed by well-known and emerging artists in the United States. Lanny Bergner, Danielle Bodine, Barbara De Pirro, Kathey Ervin, Nancy Loorem Adams, Dorothy McGuinness and Carol Milne are among the SDA members with work in the show.

The exhibition opens in conjunction with the 2017 National Basketry Organization’s conference in Tacoma, Washington. From black bamboo to reclaimed plastics, it represents a broad range of approaches by artists working within the field of contemporary basketry. Showcasing excellence in creative exploration, technique, craftsmanship, these 70 artworks were juried by Lloyd Herman, the founding Director of the Smithsonian Institution’s Renwick Gallery from 1971 to 1986. Herman is also the author of Art That Works: The Decorative Arts of the Eighties, Crafted in America. He lives and works in Seattle, Washington. Exhibition catalog available for purchase August 1, 2017.

Exhibition Schedule
July 20 – August 26, 2017: American Art Company, Tacoma, Washington
September 16 – October 29, 2017:  Peters Valley School of Craft, Layton, New Jersey
March 29 – June 9, 2018:  Society of Arts + Crafts, Boston, Massachusetts

American Art Company
1126 Broadway Plaza
Tacoma, WA 98402


 

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Lanny Bergner

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Barbara De Pirro

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Dorothy McGuinness

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Carol Milne

“Baskets Revisited” at The Art Stop Gallery

“Baskets Revisited: Northwest Designer Craftsmen 2017”
The Art Stop Gallery, Tacoma
Now through August 26

Lanny Bergner, Barbara De Pirro, Dorothy McGuinness and Carol Milne are among the SDA members who have pieces in the show at the Art Stop gallery, an exhibit of basketry and related work by artists from the Northwest Designer Craftsmen.

The Art Stop Gallery
940 Broadway
Tacoma, WA
253-274-1630
253-272-3377


 

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“Right Side Wrong” by Melisse Laing

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Details of quilts by members of the Fiber Optix art group

SDA Members in Fiber Optix’s “Against the Wall” Quilt Show

“Against the Wall”
Penn Cove Pottery, Coupeville
Now through September 4

Textile wall hangings by members of the Fiber Optix art group are in “Against the Wall” at Penn Cove Pottery.

Fiber Optix is a group of nationally and internationally recognized Pacific Northwest artists who make abstract art quilts. The work is built upon the foundation of traditional, utilitarian quilt making, but these contemporary artists use the tools of that tradition in order to achieve the same goals as all artists: self expression and the creation of meaningful works of art. The striking, colorful pieces in “Against the Wall” vary in size, but all are meant to be hung on the wall.

Local Whidbey Island artists included in the exhibit: SDA member Liz Axford, plus Marcia Derse and Janet Steadman. SDA members in Fiber Optix who have work in the show are Louise Harris, Janet Kurjan, Melisse Laing and Barb Nepom. Other Fiber Optix members in the show are Sandy Altenberg, Cher Cartwright, Nancy Cordry and Ellin Larimer.

Penn Cove Pottery
26184 State Route 20
Coupeville, WA
360-678-6464


 

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Port Angeles Main Library Shows

“ABC of Surface Design” & “Pop Art”
Port Angeles Main Library
Now through October 17

 

As a part of the Port Angeles Library’s “Art in the Library” series, the “ABC of Surface Design” group project is a special traveling installation now in Port Angeles, following a four-month run in Port Townsend. Twenty-four SDA members contributed work that will be displayed through November:

Donna Lark Warner
Helga Winter
Jeannie McMacken
Kathy Mack
Sue Scott
Jean-Marie Tarascio
Barbara Houshmand
Cheri Kopp
Mary Tyler
Nora Shapiro
Cathie Wier
Eliane Girard
Leslie Dickinson
Mary O’Shaughnessy
Kindy Kemp
Karen Tuner
Janice Speck
Diana Gipson
Anne Jarnagin
Barbara Ramsey
Joyce Wilkerson
Pat Herkal
Diane Williams
Joyce Gordon

Also, “Pop Art,” the Port Angeles Library’s themed show, runs from July 21 through October 17.  Nine regional artists are exhibiting work for this exhibit, including SDA members Jeannie McMacken, Michelle Johnson, Cheri Kopp, Diane Williams and Barbara Ramsey.

Port Angeles Main Library
2210 South Peabody Street
Port Angeles, WA 98362


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“Flourish,” (detail) by Barbara De Pirro

Barbara De Pirro Upcoming Events

Besides “Basketry in the 21st Century” and “Baskets Revisited,” SDA member Barbara De Pirro has additional upcoming events this year.

“Textile Painting with Acrylics” Class
Artist & Craftsman Supply, Seattle
July 30, 11 a.m.–4 p.m.

“Groundswell” Exhibit
City of Shoreline
Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services Department
Now through Fall 2017

Poetry Garden, Seattle Center
Office of Arts & Culture, Seattle
November 2017 to January 2018

For more info: http://www.depirro.com/

SDA-WA Member Activities July

Underwater Garden Plastica Sea Anemones by Danielle Bodine

“Underwater Garden Plastica Sea Anemones” by Danielle Bodine

Wing by Nancy Loorem Adams

“Wing” by Nancy Loorem Adams

“Art of the Garden” at Schack Art Center

The artworks of SDA-WA members Danielle Bodine, Kathey Ervin and Nancy Loorem Adams are now on display in Schack Art Center’s “Art of the Garden,” a biannual juried exhibit that features a prolific offering of art created to enhance the garden and bring the garden into the home. The exhibition runs through September 2.


 

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“Displacement” by Dorothy McGuinness

Detail of Eastern Garden Cocoon by Danielle Bodine

Detail of “Eastern Garden Cocoon” by Danielle Bodine

Detail of Craters Of The Moon by Lanny Bergner

Detail of “Craters Of The Moon” by Lanny Bergner

“Interwoven: Art Meets Nature” at Highfield Hall & Gardens

SDA-WA members Lanny Bergner, Danielle Bodine and Dorothy McGuinness are exhibiting artwork in “Interwoven: Art Meets Nature,” a contemporary fiber exhibition at Massachusetts’s Highfield Hall & Gardens, curated by Marcia Young, publisher of Fiber Art Now. This show of virtuoso works by national artists includes nearly every form of fiber art, including weaving, felting, tapestry, needlework, basketry, handmade paper, silk painting and book arts. The exhibition will be on display from June 25 to September 6. Artist Reception: June 25, 1 – 3 p.m.


 

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Barbara De Pirro Class at Artist & Craftsman Supply

Textile Painting with Acrylics – July 30, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Instructor: Barbara De Pirro
Discover a range of techniques, tips and tricks that can transform your fiber art! We will explore a whole range of methods and acrylic products that can be used to create incredible surfaces while unraveling the mystery of acrylic! Whether you choose to use your fabrics for art to wear, sculpture, installation or two-dimensional art, this workshop will open your eyes to a whole new approach. All products graciously provided by Golden Artist Colors. Most other supplies and tools provided by instructor.

Artist & Craftsman Supply
4350 8th Avenue NE, Seattle, WA
Fee: $100
Online registration HERE


 

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“Healthy Nature” by Cheri Kopp

Cheri Kopp Classes at Port Townsend School of the Arts

SDA-NP (North Peninsula) member Cheri Kopp recently joined the faculty of the Port Townsend School of the Arts. Drawing on her love of cast-off materials, and incorporating stitching and fiber techniques, her classes explore a materials-based art-making process.

Registration is now open for her initial classes using paperboard product packaging (cereal and cracker boxes, ice cream cartons, etc.) to create small collages with stitched embellishments.

Make It & Take It: Quick Collage – Friday September 15, 6 – 9 p.m.
Working quickly and messily, while enjoying food, drink and music, participants will create small collages, suitable as greeting cards, gifts or display. Bring your friends and enjoy a fun evening of creativity. Info and registration HERE.

Collage Studies – Saturday & Sunday November 18 & 19, 9 a.m. – noon
Repurposing words and imagery from paperboard packaging, students will complete a series of collage exercises in this two-day workshop. Appropriating words meant for sales and marketing, images only loosely product-related, you’ll explore depth, illustration, composition and message. Info and registration HERE.

Classes are held in Building 306 on the Fort Worden campus in Port Townsend, Washington. All materials and supplies are provided.


Curated & Published

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Artistry in Fiber, Vol 2: Sculpture by Anne Lee and E. Ashley Rooney

SDA members Lanny Bergner, Barbara DePirro, Cameron Anne Mason, Dorothy McGuinness and Carol Milne are among the artists published in Artistry in Fiber, Vol 2: Sculpture, available July 2017.

Nearly 500 photos of artwork with personal insights from 76 of today’s most noteworthy artists show the tremendously broad range of possibilities that working in three dimensions can offer. In conjunction with the other two books in this acclaimed series, it invites readers to re-examine fiber art through a multifaceted contemporary lens. Both established artists and emerging artists whose work is attracting notice are gathered here. Carol Milne’s knitted glass and Peter Gentenaar’s technique of vacuum forming and air-drying paper fibers are but a few examples of artists using new materials with traditional methods.

SDA-WA Member Activities May

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Gwen Lowery, “Corona 1”

Gwen Lowery Receives People’s Choice Award at the Schack Art Center

SDA member Gwen Lowery’s piece “Corona 1” was voted best in show by viewers, winning the People’s Choice Award at the Schack Art Center for SDA-Washington’s “Fiber Fusion” Show, which ran March 9 to April 15. Congratulations, Gwen.

 


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“Gathering: Six Northwest Basketry Artists” at Spaceworks Gallery

“Gathering: Six Northwest Basketry Artists” is an exhibition of six basketry artists who are members of the National Basketry Organization and they represent the diversity of traditional and non-traditional approaches to the making of Pacific Northwest basketry. The works are created out of a diverse range of materials using a variety of basketry techniques. The participating artists are Lanny Bergner, Jill Nordfors Clark, Katherine Lewis, Dona Anderson, Danielle Bodine, and Peeta Tinay. The window display is at Spaceworks Gallery on the corner of 11th and Broadway in Tacoma, WA. This exhibition is in conjunction with “Tradition and Innovation in Basketry IX: National Basketry Organization 2017 Conference” held in Tacoma from July 18–22, 2017. http://nationalbasketry.org/

The exhibition will be on display from April 5 through July 2017.

 


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“NOW: Beauty and Paradox” at MUSEO Gallery

Ten Northwest artists explore contemporary issues through beautifully crafted paintings, sculpture, mixed media and ceramic works designed to express deeper paradoxical meaning. Each artist employs her unique artistic expression: ironic, whimsical, even outraged to create interest and engagement.  Collaboration between Museo Gallery and Nancy Loorem Adams.

SDA members Nancy Loorem Adams, Danielle Bodine, Natalie Olsen, and Patricia Resseguie will be exhibiting their artwork along with Dona Anderson, Jill Nordfors Clark, Maxine Martell, Jane Richlovsky, Inge Roberts and Sande Wascher-James. Please join the artists for the opening reception Saturday, May 6, 5–7 p.m. The show runs through May 29, 2017.

MUSEO Gallery
215 First Street/P. O. Box 548
Langley, WA 98260
museo@whidbey.com
Tel: 360.221.7737
http://www.museo.cc

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Nancy Loorem Adams, “Strung Out,” 24″H x 16″W x 10″D, cedar, walnut and fir veneer, paint and lacquer.

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Danielle Bodine, “Forbidden Love,” 3l”H x 18″W x 10″D, mulberry paper, coiled waxed linen, plastic tubes, wires, plastic plant.

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Natalie Olsen, “Loin Cloth”

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Patricia Resseguie, “Metamorphosis Vessel 8,” 2″H x 5″W x 6″D, metallic thread and jewelers’ wire.

 


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“Port Townsend Wearable Art Show” in Port Townsend

The seventh annual 2017 Port Townsend Wearable Art Show is May 13 at 2 p.m. and at 7:30 p.m. SDA-North Peninsula chapter artists accepted into Po​r​t Townsend Wearable Art Show this year include: Donna Lark-Weiner, Caryl Bryer Fallert-Gentry, Michelle Johnson, Janice Speck, Judith Bird and Joyce Wilkerson. Tickets, ranging from $25–75, are available here: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2722563

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Joyce Wilkerson working on “Seagrass Zia Jacket,” in progress

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Joyce Wilkerson, “Seagrass Zia Jacket” in progress

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Judith Bird, “Imagined Africa” in progress

 


Arisa Brown Receives Scholarship from the Northwest Designer Craftsmen

SDA member Arisa Brown received a scholarship from the Northwest Designer Craftsmen to attend the National Basketry conference this summer. “Tradition and Innovation in Basketry IX” will be at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Washington, from July 18 to 23, 2017. More info: http://nationalbasketry.org

 

SDA-WA Member Activities April

 

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Fiber Fusion Group Show

The last leg of SDA-WA’s “Fiber Fusion” tour runs from March 9–April 15 at Schack Art Center in Everett. The Center has both free and paid “Discovery Tours:”

Self-Guided Tour—Free (Available daily during open hours.)

This free tour begins with an exhibit questionnaire that will guide you through the current exhibit as you hunt for the answers, learn about the artwork and artists. Feel free to look into the studios to possibly see artists painting, drawing, printmaking, metalsmithing, at work in the Flame & Kiln Studio or blowing glass in the Hot Shop.

Docent Guided Tour—$30 per group 

(Available Wed.-Sun. open hours during scheduled exhibits, beginning the Wednesday after exhibit opens. Check exhibit schedule for dates. Subject to docent availability.)

This guided tour is filled with fun and facts about the history of the Schack, the artwork in the current exhibit and behind-the-scenes peeks at the Hot Shop, classrooms, mezzanine gallery and studios, and other wonderful parts of the space.

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Ann Maki in “Reawakening” Show

SDA Member Ann Maki has her fiber art show “Reawakenings” at Social Fabric in Bellingham, 1302 Commercial Street, March 3–25.

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Rebecca Wachtman in “Flowers, Fungi, & Flight” Show

SDA member Rebecca Wachtman’s exhibition “Flowers, Fungi, & Flight”  will be at the Pacific Rim Galleria at Bellewood, 3710 Providence Point Drive SE, Issaquah from April 8–28. It will include a variety of silk paintings, as well as a selection of silk and resin sculptures.

Rebecca will be demonstrating silk painting on April 8 from 1 p.m.–2 p.m., and then the opening reception will follow immediately after the demonstration, from 2 p.m.-4 p.m.

Bellewood’s Pacific Rim Galleria is open to the public for the opening reception. If you can’t make the opening reception and want to see the exhibit, Bellewood welcomes visitors and asks that you call to schedule a viewing, 425-391-2880.


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Barbara De Pirro in “Northwest Designer Craftsman” & Bellevue College Gallery Space

SDA member Barbara De Pirro has been challenging her self to create smaller sculptural works. She has work in “Northwest Designer Craftsman” at Vashon Center for the Arts from March 3–30 and at Bellevue College Gallery Space April 12-May 17.


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Unmade Bed: The Exhibit by Debra Calkins

This book is a catalog of the art and viewer responses of the “Unmade Bed” Exhibit, curated by SDA member Debra Calkins.

Prostitution is said to be the oldest profession in the world. The reality is that prostitution is the oldest ongoing abuse. There are many organizations that provide statistical information, such as 80% of the people trafficked in the United States are US citizens; half of them are children; 85% of those children come out of foster care. As a culture, we are in denial, thinking not in our neighborhood, not on our corner.

“Unmade Bed” is an exhibit of visual art that tackled the heart response to the sex slave trade. We, all of us, hold in our hands and hearts the ability to stop this inhumane practice. We can overcome the denial, stop the blaming, take action, provide for the victims and change the world. Available here: https://www.amazon.com/Unmade-Bed-Exhibit-Debra-Calkins/dp/1540542556


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Cover of Sea Unseen Book, showing a microscopic image of Shark Skin.

Sea Unseen by Carla Stehr

SDA member Carla Stehr’s fiber art is often inspired by microscopic images that she photographed with a Scanning Electron Microscope as part of her scientific work as a Fisheries Biologist. Just after she retired, she published a collection of the most artful images taken during 30 years of scientific research. The book was written so that people of all interests could see the microscopic beauty of marine organisms. The book Sea Unseen: Scanning Electron microscopy images from Puget Sound and Beyond, was printed through the National Oceanic and Atmospheric and Administration by the US Government Printing Office. Below are examples of a few microscopic images and the fiber art inspired by the images.

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Denticles is inspired by a microscopic image of shark skin.

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Scanning Electron Microscope image of the surface of zebrafish skin. Each fish skin cell has microridges arranged in thumbprint-like patterns.

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Fish Skin 2 was inspired by the microscopic image of fish skin.


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You & What Army by Francesca Penchant

You & What Army: Portraits 2016 is a collection of photo illustrations created by SDA member Francesca Penchant. Francesca creates fiber-art costumes, takes self-portrait photographs, and then digitally manipulates them to create various characters.
PDF: http://www.francescapenchant.com/assets/whatarmy.pdf
Print: http://www.blurb.com/b/7640948-you-what-army

She also created a book of 2015 portraits called Fifteen Portraits.
PDF: http://www.francescapenchant.com/assets/fifteenportraits.pdf
Print: https://goo.gl/GBtsUJ

Fiber Fusion—Schack Show

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Important Information for Artists

Volunteers Needed
Please consider signing up for a job to help make this show truly outstanding.  Most jobs take only 2 hours of your time.  We particularly need people to check in art on February 27th at the Schack.  That day Christina and I will be driving a van to pack up the show at Northwind and delivering the art to the Schack.  We need people to sit at the table at the Schack to accept the regional art that is delivered.  Go to our Sign-Up genius page to see what positions are needed or contact Barb at bjmatthews76@comcast.net.

E-Postcards
You can view a copy of the e-Postcard by clicking here and then right click to save to your computer. Please send out to your friends, family, or email lists and post on your Facebook or other website/blog/social media to help get the word out about this magnificent exhibition!

Video Project (Optional)
We plan to have a looping video of SDA artists working in their studios during the exhibition. We would love to include a video by you. Segments from multiple artists will be compiled into a single video. Individual videos should be 2-5 minutes long. Ensure there is enough light to see your art. Captions are fine, but we do not recommend audio. If you do have audio, ensure that any narration is strong and clear. (we recommend you write what you want to say and learn it by heart before filming.) We may edit, dependent upon time, quality of video, and number of videos submitted. Video can be made with cell phone, but the quality of video will depend on phone quality. Video that is determined to not be of sufficient quality may not be used. When you have a completed video, send an email to event.surfacedesignwa@gmail.com and we will send you a Dropbox link to upload your video file to. All videos need to be in mp3 format.

Surface Design Examples (Optional)
As part of our educational program, we would like to show the viewers some works in progress. If you have some samples which show your working methods or steps involved, include these in with the package of your art. It would be useful to include a few words of explanation to aid the docents to use as they explain the work. Please mark them with your name and artwork inventory number and include a list of what you have supplied, so they can be returned to you with your artwork.  The advantage of submitting work-in-progress is that your work may be highlighted by docents.

Other Information—Packing, Delivery and important dates

Important Dates:
http://sdafiberfusionshow.org/important-dates/

Where to deliver your art:
http://sdafiberfusionshow.org/important-information/

Tips for Packing and Shipping your Artwork:
https://surfacedesignwa.com/2016/05/10/tips-on-shipping-your-artwork-for-the-sda-wa-fiber-fusion-exhibition/