Unmade Bed – Opening October 7th, 2016

201610calkinsUnmade Bed An Exhibit on the Sex Slave Trade, curated by Debra Calkins, Whidbey Island Surface Design and SDA member.

Prostitution is said to be the oldest profession in the world. The reality is that prostitution is the oldest ongoing abuse. Unmade Bed is an exhibit of visual art that tackles the heart response to the sex slave trade. We hold in our hands and hearts the ability to stop this inhumane practice. Participating artists from western Washington invite the public to come respond to this powerful topic and exhibit.

The art ranges from photography to encaustic to video to fiber by artists: Debra Calkins, Christina Fairley-Erickson, Jan Fisher, Julie Gautier-Downs, Mary Hilkey, Barbara Matthews, Marie Plakos, Diane Reardon, and Cheryl Weisz. This exhibit will be at the Whidbey Island Center for the Arts, located at 565 Camano Ave, Langley, WA. The exhibit opening will be on October 7, 4:00pm – 7:30pm. The exhibit will extend to October 8 , 1:00pm – 7:30pm; and October 9, 12:30pm – 2:00pm.

Fiber Fusion Show Opening 2016

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We are thrilled to have had such a wonderful response to our Fiber Fusion show opening!  We had an amazing turn-out and we were even on the local NBC affiliate news!!

NBC Right Now/KNDO/KNDU Tri-Cities, Yakima, WA | (please note there will be a short ad prior to the video starting up.)

2016-06-10 15.33.15Allied Arts Gallery at the Park was the perfect location for  the opening and all of the artwork looks phenomenal in the bright and airy gallery!

Congratulations to:

  • The artists for creating such spectacular works of art!
  • The Jurors for selecting such a diverse and interesting set of artwork for the show!
  • and to The Executive Committee for creating and executing such a fabulous show!
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Juror’s Choice “The Birth Of The Grid” by Nancy Loomis Adams

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Winner Best Use of Mixed Media “A Resinable Trio” by Rebecca Wachtman

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Honorable Mention “Match Sticks” by Melisse Laing

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Deborah E. Taylor Spirit of Innovation Award “Doom” by Francesca Penchant

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Honorable Mention “Exercise 4” by Angelica Sta. Teresa

 

 

 

 

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The Fiber Fusion show executive committee. Top: Maura Donnegan, Jeannie McMacken, Bottom: Christina Fairley Erickson, Barbara Matthews, and Allied Arts Gallery Regional Show Chair Vicki Gerton

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Juror Layne Goldsmith talking about the Juror’s Choice award winner “The Birth Of The Grid”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SDA Washington: Art Shows, Workshop, Congratulations, Call for Art

 

Art Shows —

April 1-May 1st, 2015 Beyond Blue Collaborative Pieces by Fiber 19

Sidney Art Gallery and Museum 202 Sidney Ave, Port Orchard, WA 98366, (360) 876-3693

Collaborative, various artists from Fiber 19

Collaborative pieces, various artists, Fiber 19

An eclectic show of Fiber Art by Fiber 19 graduates of the UW Fiber Certificate program and associates. Seven SDA members are in the show: Debra Calkins, Kaylin Frances, Barbara Matthews, Louise Roby, Deborah Taylor, Terry Berg, and Rebecca Wachtman.

 

 

Spring Rain by Gay Jensen

Spring Rain by Gay Jensen

April 23-May 30, 2015   Saving the Environment: Sustainable Art  

Opening reception April 23, 5pm-8pm. Ongoing hours:  Monday-Friday 10am-6pm, Saturday 10am-5pm, Sunday noon-5.  Schack Art Center , 2921 Hoyt Ave, Everett, WA

This show celebrates the awareness of the environment and inspires environmental issues when creating art.  Participating SDA artists are: Barbara De Pirro and Gay Jensen

 

 

April 1 – June 28, 2015, Revealing the Hidden

Deb Taylor, Arcane Pathways I

Deb Taylor, Arcane Pathways I

Location: La Conner Quilt And Textile Museum, 703 South Second Street, La Conner, WA

Artist Reception: Saturday April 18, 3:00- 5:00 PM

This is an exhibit of contemporary textile art curated by the Contemporary QuiltArt Association.

SDA members juried into this show include Mary Berdan, Patti Bleifuss, Bonnie Bucknam, Christina Fairley Erickson, Sonia Grasvik, Gay Jensen, Barbara Nepom, Barbara O’Steen, Helen Remick, Sharon Rowley, Carla Stehr, Cynthia Stentz, Katherine Sylvan, Deb Taylor and Colleen Wootton.

March 20-June 28, 2015, The Northwest Collage Society 2015 Spring Show: Adornment

Judith Noble, Business Attire, winner of a merit award.

Judith Noble, Business Attire

Judith Noble, Business Attire

Bellevue Art Museum, Community Education Gallery

Four members of the Surface Design Association have art in this show: Gay Jensen, Barbara Matthews, Judith Noble, and Margaret Wheeler.

 

 

 

 

April 18th, Stash Fest, La Conner Civic Garden Club 10AM – 5PM
La Conner Civic Garden Club, 622 South 2nd Street, La Conner WA 98257, (across the street from the Museum).  Several SDA members are the featured artists: Ann DarlingEclectic Global Fabrics and Designer Clothing, Cameron  Anne Mason–Whirlwind Hand Dyesand Accessories, and Bonnie Bucknam, Handwerk Textiles,Bags, Totes, Hand-Dyed Vintage Linens & Textiles, Global Textiles.

Workshop—

May 10, 2015, 9 am – 5 pm Jean Williams Cacicedo, Notan, the Dynamics of Design

Jean Williams Cacicedo

Jean Williams Cacicedo

Jean Williams Cacicedo

ArtX in Pt Townsend.  Building 306, Fort Worden campus. Cost of the workshop is $95 to SDA, CQA and Port Townsend Wearable Art Show artists and $110 to Non-affiliates.  (A portion of the fee will be given to the Fund for Women & Girls.)  Please contact Jeannie McMacken, Jeannie@blueheartstudio.com.

 

 

Congratulations–

Barbara Houshmand, Three x Three

Barbara Houshmand, Three x Three

Barbara Houshmand’s piece Three x Three was accepted into “Fantastic Fibers” Fiber art show in Paducah, Kentucky.  Barbara says, “This quilt is made of my hand dyed antique kimono silks, hand dyed vintage Italian silks and hand dyed cottons.  I was inspired to make this quilt to maximize texture, color and character of each bit of cloth I used. The three bowls and three circles tend to bring order to a somewhat chaotic background.”

 

Call for Art—

April 15, 2015 Call for Entries to the SDA Materialities  1st International juried members’ exhibition and catalog is now open. Juror Namita Gupta Wiggers will select work that answers the question: “What do textiles/fibers and their associated processes offer artists that cannot be achieved in other media?”

Future Posts—

If you would like to see your show, sale, event, workshop, brag, or call for art in this blog.  Please send the date and time, title of show/sale/event/workshop/brag, the location, a short description, and the name(s) of SDA members participating to Barbara Matthews bjmatthews76@comcast.net and Deb Taylor debet@uw.edu by the 20th of the month for publication in the 1st week of the next month.

 

 

The Northwest Collage Society 2015 Spring Show: Adornment

 

The Northwest Collage Society 2015 Spring Show: Adornment

Bellevue Art Museum, Community Education Gallery

March 20-June 28, 2015

Opening reception Saturday, March 21, 4-6PM

Four members of the Surface Design Association have art in this show.

Judith Noble

Judith Noble, Business Attire

Judith Noble, Business Attire

The challenge of working with the theme Adornment was intriguing and the limitation on format was also interesting.

I started this piece with two additional things in mind: 1) I was interested in the collage work of Paul Horiuchi and this gave me an opportunity to take the time to study his approach to the medium a bit and 2) I wanted to break up the space so that it would be a little less square looking.   From there I was in the usual loop:  Do something and then do something else!

I ended up bringing a little Jackson Pollock into the mix when I needed to enliven the heavily textured white background paper, and a little Seminole patchwork to create the herringbone twill suit material. Some window screen to provide textural contrast while still evoking woven fabric.  Paper I had painted nearly 10 years ago provided the brooch.  After a while it felt done.

Barbara Matthews

Barbara Matthews, Silent Dance

Barbara Matthews, Silent Dance

I did not want to follow an emblematic interpretation of adornment.  I thought of the crafting of words I enjoy in novels—the ways authors use words from another reference to create a vivid image.  I thought of ways we might see adornment in nature—the bark adorns the tree, birds adorn the beach, trees adorn river banks.I quickly found that I could not implement my ideas without some technical help.  The limbs on the smallest of the trees in “Relentless March” were only a couple of millimeters in width.  In “SilentDance”, the tree limbs needed to have craggy curves that would have been impossible for me to produce with my tools.  I had heard about Jesse Card of Zot Lasers at a Seattle SDA meeting.  Jesse has a business producing laser cuts into a variety of substances.  I provided him with my digital designs and he produced the pieces on specialty paper.

In my third piece “Convergence”, I used my favorite collage material—tissue paper to hint at bird forms.

Margaret Wheeler

Margaret Wheeler, Dressing for the Occasion

Margaret Wheeler, Dressing for the Occasion

I had been working on two other collages on the required 12×12 cradle board for the show at BAM.  All the while this suit with a pin kept looming over me. I had seen a show in Phoenix, Arizona last year that inspired my direction for this piece.  My dilemma, what do I use as the suit? Paper? I did not find a paper that spoke to me but since my background has been in clothing and costume design I had lots of fabrics. I found some Ultra suede from years ago (1980’s) and decided the Navy Blue was a perfect choice. Cutting the suit so that it really looked like a suit but was just pieces glued onto a flat, square space was tricky. I have for years collected costume jewelry intact and broken so started playing around with a variety of pieces.  I ended up using one intact and one broken then added a feather from a vintage hat laying in my stash of weird things that most people would throw away. I mixed paints for the skin color and added a small piece of lace to soften the look of the neckline. I am thrilled to be in this show at the Bellevue Arts Museum.

Gay Jensen

Gay Jensen, Never Enough

Gay Jensen, Never Enough

I was thrilled to have two collages accepted for this show with Michael Monroe–someone who I have long respected–as the juror.  In my piece titled “Never Enough” I used a crow image to express a truth about humans; that we like to collect more treasures than we need and love to adorn ourselves with them.    My other piece in the show titled “Discard Chic” was made from an old tank top that I cut, painted and embellished with “jewelry” made from a rusted can lid and other found metal objects.  My hope is that people will see the beauty and usefulness of things we normally toss out in our wealthy society.