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

“Form, Not Function” Opening Reception This Friday


Shagbark 7
Virginia A. Spiegel
Photo:  Deidre Adams

Form, Not Function:  Quilt Art at the Carnegie opens this Friday, May 8 with an opening reception from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. at the Carnegie Center for Art & History in New Albany, Indiana. The exhibit continues through July 11.

Shagbark 7 is a hand-stitched labor of love (hand stitching on screen printed upholstery fabric is a crazy thing to do – believe me) and I’m so pleased to have it shown in this wonderful venue.

I’ve been studying my huge shagbark hickory trees since I moved here ten years ago.  They are amazing trees, always shedding their bark in sheets of texture and color.  A shagbark tree in winter holds the snow in its crevices and cracks. There is always a beautiful tapestry of color ranging from softest white to darkest black.

Materials:  Acrylic textile paint, upholstery fabric, polyester fabric, felt,  cotton embroidery thread, rayon thread, ink. 

Techniques: Screen print with screens from artist’s photos, cut:, raw-edge collage created with machine stitching, handstitch, burn, ink.

Here is an earlier blog post with more photos of the artwork while in progress.

Here is a post about How to Stick with the Stitching as I learned a few tricks as I stitched and stitched.



05 2015

Become An Art Friend Today



Can you believe I’ve had a monthly art newsletter for at least ten years now?   I found an online version from 2005 and I’m still looking to find older ones.  My newsletter started as Art, Nature, Creativity and now it’s Color+Inspiration.

I’ve always had the same sorts of things:  News of upcoming exhibitions, artworks that I’m working on that I’m not willing to share with the “public,” inspirational photos, studio visits, and a short essay about what I’m thinking about that month.

 Why have a newsletter for ART FRIENDS when there’s FB, Pinterest, my website, and this blog?

Well, it’s personal.  There are photos from my personal life and in my studio that I don’t mind sharing with Art Friends, but really wouldn’t want to see out there in the world.  Sometimes I’m in the mood for a little giveaway.  Sometimes I want my Art Friends to share good news first before anyone else hears about it. And I often try to release new artwork to coincide with the newsletter so subscribers have one day to consider the artwork for their collections before anyone else.

This month I tried out a newsletter app which shall remain unnamed, but I just didn’t like how I had to bend how I think about my newsletter to its structures.  So it’s still that I send out an e-mail to subscribers and they click over to my website to read the newsletter.  It’s one click more, but I think it’s worth it.  It’s a quirky little set-up, but it’s definitely all me, personal, and how I want to chat with Art Friends.

However I WAS in the mood for something new this month, so I increased photo sizes, added more color, and kicked off a Tips and Techniques feature, and added MORE exclusive inspiration photos.

If you’re already an ART FRIEND, please let me know what you think about this month’s newsletter.  Feedback, positive or suggesting an improvement, is always great.

If you would like to become an ART FRIEND, just shoot me an e-mail (Virginia(at) with SUBSCRIBE in the subject line.




05 2015

Land Lines: Lyrical Tributes to Natural World

StiehlOsborn_VistaWVista by Karen Stiehl Osborn

I’m excited to announce Land Lines, an exhibit featuring the mixed-media artwork of Karen Stiehl Osborn and myself, opens August 2 at the Jewish Community Center Art Gallery in Omaha, NE.

Karen and I both work with abstract imagery drawn from the natural world.  We create lyrical and subtle tributes to specific places incorporating memory and emotion.

Karen and I have known each other for more than fifteen years since we met at a group exhibit at, yes, the JCC! We have spent many an hour creating (and laughing) together at the KHN Center for the Arts in Nebraska City, NE where I lived for seven years.

BW61500Boundary Waters 61 by Virginia A. Spiegel

Our artwork has been shown in juried and invitational exhibits in the U.S. and abroad as well as published in numerous books, magazines, and exhibit catalogs. More info about our artwork on my and  Karen’s websites.

The Jewish Community Center Art Gallery is located at 333 South 132nd Street in Omaha.  Gallery hours are 8 am-9 pm Monday – Thursday, 8 am-5 pm Friday, and 11 am-5 pm Sunday. Land Lines continues through August 30.  Contact Gallery Manager, Lynn Batten, (402-334-6564) for more information.


04 2015