Land Lines: Now Open and It’s Gorgeous!


Karen Stiehl Osborn‘s and my exhibit, Land Lines, is now open at the Jewish Community Center Art Gallery (333 South 132nd Street in Omaha, NE) through August 30, 2015.

Hanging the show was an amazing experience.  Karen and I hadn’t seen each other’s work in person (and sometimes not even online).  We started by just laying artwork out and moving it about.  With a lot of help from Joe, we staged and hung the show in just over three hours. And that’s 120 feet of artwork!


And I’m just going to say it’s gorgeous. The exhibit starts on the right-hand wall with earthy golden tones and works down to blue, then crosses over to the other wall and starts in blue and works back to gold/earthy tones. I’ve hung a lot of my own shows and multiple-person shows, but this is one that really made me say WOW when we were done.


I do hope you are able to see Land Lines in person. Please sign our guest book (made by Karen, of course) while you are there.  We would love to read or hear your comments.



08 2015

Land Lines : Exhibit opens this Sunday

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Karen Stiehl Osborn and I will be showing our artwork in a two-person show at the Jewish Community Center Art Gallery (333 South 132nd Street in Omaha, NE) from August 2 – August 30, 2015.

I will be showing 18 artworks never exhibited before as well as several large artworks from the Boundary Waters series.

Karen and I both work with abstract imagery drawn from the natural world to create lyrical and subtle tributes to specific places.  Our artwork in infused with memory and emotion.


07 2015

Boundary Waters #22 – Challenge, Inspiration, Fun!


A six-mile lake all to ourselves!

Just back from trip #22 wilderness canoeing in the Boundary Waters along the Canadian/Minnesota border with my sister, Nancy J. Spiegel Rosman.

As always, it was ten days of challenges, sublime beauty, and a whole lot of laughter (calling in the rare java bird is a story in itself as is the truly giant spider).  We paddled 50 miles through 13 lakes and portaged seven miles.  Our journals say rain every day, but we just remember the many sunny hours and the GREAT cloud formations

To start us out with a reminder of what the Boundary Waters is all about, here are two of the best portages going in:

Day3NJUnderCanoewebThis was such a bottomless sink hole that Nancy had to back up and start again several times to find enough rocks to make it through.  Not an easy task with a 17.5′ canoe over your head.


When not traveling and portaging, we went on day trips (always taking our water jugs to be filled along – the water was nice and cold) from our four different camps to check out beautiful sights:


We saw beavers, otters, eagles, ospreys, a loon swimming underwater, and so much more including five moose. Our record holds of seeing moose every year in the Boundary Waters. These sturdy twins waited patiently for over an hour as their Mom ate water lilies:


Nancy and I were both hugely inspired this trip to draw, create and document ephemeral sculptures,


and of course, take many photos. My Coolpix was highly erratic, so almost all these gorgeous photos are by Nancy. Thanks, Seester!

I was especially inspired this trip by the giant (and, obviously, very old) white pine trees:


Their bark patterns were repeated again and again in rock formations, in wave patterns, in rocks under water along the shoreline, and in cracks in the granite that covers all the BWCAW.

A storm or two never bothers us as we use it for Q.T.T. (Quality Tent Time).  The many “BW B&Ws” I created will definitely be influencing my larger artwork:


We both felt it was our best trip ever!  As I said one evening at twilight, “One day like this might last me for a year.”


We feel very lucky to once again journey in such a unique place that reminds us of the power and beauty of nature, the calmness that can be ours, and the joy of being sisters.


As always, we can’t wait to do it again.

PLEASE NOTE:  I’ll be sharing more inspiration from the Boundary Waters in my July/August Art Friends newsletter.  Drop me a note if you would like to subscribe – it’s free!



07 2015

Two by Twenty – I’m In!



Shagbark 3
Virginia A. Spiegel

After taking a long break, I finally entered a Studio Art Quilt Associate’s exhibit and was thrilled to be juried in to Two By Twenty.

Twenty artists each had two pieces that relate to each other in some way selected by juror Dr. Jacqueline M. Atkings.  The exhibit will premiere at the  Open European Quilt Championships, Maastricht, Netherlands – October 2015.

Artists and their selected artwork:

lse Anysas-Salkauskas – Three Old Pals
Ilse Anysas-Salkauskas – Tin Soldiers

Teresa Barkley – A Grand Centennial
Teresa Barkley – The Triangle

Pat Bishop – Gawking Cranes
Pat Bishop – Walk of the Cranes

Sandra Townsend Donabed – Tune In Turn On Drop Cloth 5
Sandra Townsend Donabed – Tune In Turn On Drop Cloth2

Jane Dunnewold – Feather and Bone (right panel)
Jane Dunnewold – Feather Study 4 (Left panel)

Rahel Elran – Primodials  #6
Rahel Elran – Primoidals  #5

Caryl Bryer Fallert-Gentry – Reflections of Cowichen #1
Caryl Bryer Fallert-Gentry – Reflections of Cowichen #2

Deborah Fell – Passage of Time:  Braunschweig 2
Deborah Fell – Passage of Time:  Braunschweig 1

Sandy Gregg – Call for Entry 2
Sandy Gregg – Call for Entry 4

Marjan Kluepfel – Forest Fancy
Marjan Kluepfel – Forest Fire

Mary-Ellen   Latino – Travel Muse: El Burro 1:
Mary-Ellen Latino – Travel Muse: El Burro 2:

Deda Maldonado – Everglades
Deda Maldonado – Flight at Night

Barbara McKie – Botswana’s Beautiful Bird
Barbara McKie – Kookaburra

Elizabeth Michellod-Dutheil – *AU SEUIL DE LA VIE* 4ème jour de la création
Elizabeth Michellod-Dutheil – *XY* 1er jour de la création

Beth Miller – Hollyhocks
Beth Miller – Sweet Pea

Simona Peled – Plannig
Simona Peled – Tactile Architecture

Donna L Radner – Earth, Water and Stone #1
Donna L Radner – Earth, Water and Stone #2

Maya Schonenberger – Ice
Maya Schonenberger – Ice 2

Virginia A. Spiegel – Shagbark 3
Virginia A. Spiegel – Shagbark 4

Janice Stevens – Urban Jungle
Janice Stevens – Urban Transportation







05 2015

Java and Dark Chocolate


 4.5″ x 6.5″
Hand-painted and screenprinted white fabric, found paper, machine stitching.

Java and Dark Chocolate was acquired at the Studio Art Quilter Associates’ conference silent auction in Portland this past week by Kate Themel.  Kate made a $95 donation to support SAQA’s mission of promoting art quilts. Thanks, Kate!


05 2015