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

 

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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/

Fiber Fusion Artists’ Talk Sunday

Our very successful traveling exhibition, Fiber Fusion, is now at the halfway point. It opened at the Northwind Arts Center in Port Townsend on February 2.

If you haven’t seen it yet, you are in for a treat—a great number of beautiful, intriguing, witty and questioning works in fiber! In neutral to vibrant colors! In all sizes! 2- and  3-D!

As part of the exhibition, you are invited to an artists’ talk and presentation on Sunday, February 12 from 1 to 2 p.m.

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Cloth, Shadow, Line by Joyce Wilkerson

Joyce Wilkerson will tell us about her work “Cloth, Shadow, Line,” which pairs a textile fragment with a photograph. Joyce is primarily a weaver, and is also interested in printmaking and photography. In her work, she explores the greater whole created by the dialogue between the media.

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11-13-15 Dinner at La Belle Equipe Smoke Dress by Jeannie McMacken

Jeannie McMacken will introduce us to her ephemeral piece, “11-13-15  Dinner at La Belle Equipe Smoke Dress.” This is Jeannie’s emotional response to the recent terrorist attack in Paris. To express her horror and grief Jeannie experimented with unexpected materials, and presents us with a very moving work.

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Zambia by Judith Bird

Judith Bird will describe the making of her piece “Zambia,” which combines two surfaces, one a handwoven and one a silk fabric, both dyed in contemporary interpretations of Japanese shibori techniques.

We look forward to seeing you at the artists’ talk!

SDA-WA Member Activities February 2017

Schack Art Center Fiber Art Workshops, March 11–April 15

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To complement the Fiber Fusion exhibit, Schack is presenting six SDA-WA member workshops from March 11–April 9.

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Fiber Fusion: Weave a Mini Tapestry
Lois Gaylord
Discover the fun and creative possibilities of this popular craft, while we learn the basics and create a miniature tapestry. Ages 18 & up, Beginner.
Saturday, March 11, 11 a.m.–3:30 p.m.
Class fees: Members $55, Non-Members $60.

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Textile Painting with Acrylics
Barbara De Pirro
Learn how to transform your textiles simply by using Acrylic paints, mediums and gels. Ages 18 & up, All Levels.
Saturday, March 18, 11 a.m.–4 p.m.
Class fees: Members $115, Non-Members $120.

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Modern Batik
Cameron Anne Mason
Learn the ancient art of batik with a modern twist using updated techniques and materials. Ages 16 & up, All Levels.
Friday, March 24, 10:30 a.m.–6 p.m.
Class fees: Members $95, Non-Members $100.

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The Printed Surface: Mark-Making Using Thickened Dye
Cameron Anne Mason
Using fabric as a canvas and thickened dye as a medium, students will make marks with a variety of tools such as stamps, stencils, and silkscreens. Ages 18 & up, All Levels.
Friday, March 31, 10 a.m.–6:30 p.m.
Class fees: Members $110, Non-Members $120.

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Silk Painting Workshop for Beginners
Rebecca Wachtman
A fun introduction to fiber art—painting on silk! The students will learn the basics of how to select silks, get them ready to paint, how to paint, how to set their dyes, and how to mount their artwork. Ages 18 & up, Beginner.
Sunday, April 2, 12:30 p.m.–4:30 p.m.
Class fees: Members $55, Non-Members $60.

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Wacky Baskets
Danielle Bodine
Create a personalized random weave basket made out of paper strips. Strips are colored and stamped and then woven into baskets. Ages 6 & up, All Levels.
Sunday, April 9, 12:30 p.m.–2:30 p.m.
Class fees: Members $25, Non-Members $30.

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Random Weave Baskets
Danielle Bodine
Create a unique, personalized basket embellished with natural materials. You will learn to construct a vessel out of flat reed using a random weave basketry technique in this fun, creative workshop. Ages 6 & up, All Levels.
Sunday, April 9, 3 p.m.–5 p.m.
Class fees: Members $25, Non-Members $30.

 


FibeRevolution at the Port Angeles Fine Art Center, September 16–November 15

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The SDA North Peninsula group has been accepted for a non-juried show in the fall at the Port Angeles Fine Art Center, September 16–November 15. Opening reception, September 16, 5–7 p.m.

If you are a member of SDA-NP, you are invited to submit new work. All work should not have been shown before on the Peninsula or in our group area (such as Bainbridge Island). The Center can mount work from ceilings, beams, ledges and even outdoors. There will be three Viewer’s Choice cash awards. Work must be for sale. The gallery retains a 40% commission.

There will be an opening reception presentation, and opportunities for lectures and workshops during the exhibition to show fiber art’s breadth and depth. Let’s show what the evolution/revolution of fiber looks like!

More information to come. http://www.pafac.org


Inward Journey, Search for Self, February 5–March 31

Lois Gaylord’s solo show, “Inward Journey, Search for Self” will be at the University Friends Meeting & Friends Center from February 5–March 31. Opening reception, Sunday, February 5, 1–3 p.m. University Friends Meeting & Friends Center, 4001 9th Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98105. https://www.facebook.com/events/735555793260230/


Swedish Club Weaving Classes, February 7–24

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Lois Gaylord will be teaching weaving at the Swedish Club from February 7–24.

Beginning Weaving
Series of four classes. Tuesdays, February 7, 14, 21, 28. 2–4 p.m.
No experience necessary. Learn the basics of working on a loom, from yarn to finished cloth. Use the Club’s looms. Blue card members $89; non-members $112.

Basic Tapestry & Two-Harness Weaving
Series of four classes. Tuesdays, February 7, 14, 21, 28. 6:30–8:30 p.m.
No experience necessary. Use the Club’s looms, or bring your own tapestry or rigid heddle loom. Blue card members $89; non-members $112.

To enroll, download a registration form or call the Swedish Club at 206-283-1090. The Swedish Club, 1920 Dexter Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109 http://swedishclubnw.org/

SDA-WA Member Activities January

Maura Donegans piece “Wander” in the VALA Art Center Fiber Fusion show received the most votes for the People’s Choice award. Maura will receive a $50 gift certificate donated by Blick Materials, a sponsor for the show. Congratulations, Maura!

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“Wander” by Maura Donegan. Photographer: Crystal Edwards.

 


SDA Washington’s Working Group, a five-month support group that uses Artists U materials “to build sustainable lives,” has reached the halfway point. Through the working group, artists develop their own strategic plan and learn useful information in reaching their goals. There are four members in the group: SDA artists Arisa Brown, Faith Hagenhofer, Francesca Penchant and Rebecca Wachtman.

Artists U supplies its working groups with the book Making Your Life As an Artist, a workbook, videos, and a curriculum. So far, feedback about the working group has been positive. Francesca says that she likes that “the curriculum and materials are all set up for you and totally free, so it’s easy to do your own group.” Faith says, “I was actually really impressed by some of the simple messages from the book and the reinforcing videos.” She likes getting “the affirmation for project management skills that being an artist has developed in me,” and how Artists U “really parses the steps I need to take to reach toward any goals I may have.” According to Rebecca, “I strongly suggest joining a group if you have the chance!” If you are interested in starting an Artists U group, see http://www.artistsu.org/working.

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Christina Fairley Erickson is conducting a Dye and Embroider Mini-Workshop at Redmond Senior Center on Wednesday, January 5 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in conjunction with the Fiber Fusion show. See how you can dye silk fabric in minutes, and then try your hand at some simple embroidery stitches to make a small hand-dyed felt and silk composition. All supplies included in a $5 supply fee payable to Christina. Christina is an award-winning fiber and mixed media artist. Her pieces feature both hand and machine embroidery, as well as hand-dyed and painted fabric. Register by calling 425.556.2300. For more information about the class, see a recent student’s blog post https://ksimonwriterblog.wordpress.com/2016/12/19/fiber-fusion-workshop/ or email event.surfacedesignwa@gmail.com.

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Cynthia Stenz has a solo show at Social Fabric Gallery & Boutique, 1302 Commercial Street in Bellingham, WA through December. See http://www.socialfabricart.com/cynthia-stentz-art-show.html

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Cameron Anne Mason was selected as the feature artist for the Chateau Ste Michelle Winery 2013 Meritage Artist Series wine. She shares this recognition with Dale Chihuly, as well as other distinguished artists. See Chateau Ste Michelle video featuring Cameron here https://www.youtube.com/watch ?v=PI7uPedhTrg and Cameron’s blog post http://www.surfacedesign.org/cheers-to-fiber-art/.  Cameron is represented by the Foster/White Gallery in Seattle.

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“Folio One” by Cameron Anne Mason

To find a meeting, see  https://surfacedesignwa.com/meetings/.

New Fiber Fusion Opportunity!

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Greetings!

As we are preparing for the opening of “Fiber Fusion” at VALA in a few weeks, we are also thinking ahead to the spring.

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Schack exterior

We are seeking proposals from SDA members who would like to teach a class or workshop or even a presentation of your art process during “Fiber Fusion” shows at the Schack Art Center in Everett and also at Northwind Arts Center in Port Townsend.

Suggestions we’ve heard are gelli printing, monoprinting, thermofax, felting, dyeing, silk painting, book making, basketry, collage. We would like to provide classes for novice to advanced level and youth through adults.

There are wet and dry facilities, large rooms with tables and electrical outlets, so the possibilities are endless.

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Schack classroom

Proposals for the Schack Art Center should go to:
http://www.emailmeform.com/builder/form/BMmIUWfCZV2YL0f1zdprF2

PLEASE NOTE—The deadline has been extended for “Fiber Fusion” class proposals, even though their website says they were due October 14.

Please let us know that you have applied by emailing:
event.surfacedesignwa@gmail.com

More information about classes in Port Townsend will be forthcoming.

Deadline for teacher proposals for Schack Art Center is November 20, 2016.

For full information on writing a proposal go to:
https://surfacedesignwa.com/2016/03/10/teacher-proposals-needed-for-fiber-fusion-show/