Land Lines: Lyrical Tributes to Natural World

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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.

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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.

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04 2015

Coffee and Collage – What a Combo!

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It started as a weekly challenge to myself to participate in the Junk Mail Art Collective on Facebook and has now grown to include over 45 six-by-six inch collages created from junk snail mail.

I’m currently on a roll with the same coffee cup motif I have used from the beginning, but going for a very clean look. The challenge is to make it interesting at the same time. See all the collages here.

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Since we’re talking about coffee craziness – - do you use a Keurig or similar single-serve coffee maker?  I need LOTS of the cup boxes for a big mixed-media project.  Above is a sampling of what I’ve already received, but I need about 60 more.  I’m happy to reimburse your postage or send a small thank-you gift.  E-mail me (Virginia(at)VirginiaSpiegel.com) for all the details and my snail mail.  THANK YOU IN ADVANCE!

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Indulge Yourself at the SAQA Spotlight Auction

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Java and Dark Chocolate
Virginia A. Spiegel

I’m proud to be a Juried Artist Member of Studio Art Quilt Associates, actively promoting art quilts as a serious art form.  There will be a Spotlight Auction of artwork at SAQA’s Fiberlandia conference, April 30 – May 3, in Portland Oregon

The Spotlight silent auction will feature artworks matted to 4.5″x6.5″ with all proceeds supporting SAQA’s mission.  The artist’s statement for my donation, shown above:

What’s not to love about a city with a tradition of great coffee and dark chocolate? Created with my own painted and screen printed fabrics which all begin with white cotton fabric. Found paper from the wrapper of a Moonstruck (made in Portland) chocolate bar. Machine stitching. 

P.S.  Tomme Fent introduced me to Moonstruck chocolates and they are wickedly good.

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Coffee Drinker? Art Supplier?

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Are you a coffee drinker using an individual serving machine (such as a Keurig)?

Then you have just the art supplies I need for a big mixed-media project.

Panels from the “cup” boxes with writing or interesting graphics would do the job. On the big box on the left, I could use the front and back as well as the top.  Only the front panel is big enough on smaller boxes such as the one on the right of the photo. The brand or type of coffee doesn’t matter at all.

I really appreciate your helping me and I would be happy to reimburse postage or send a sample piece of my handpainted and/or printed fabric as a small thank you.

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03 2015

Artwork Selected for “Form, Not Function”

 

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Virginia A. Spiegel
Photographed on a black background by Deidre Adams

It’s always a thrill to have artwork juried into an exhibit and even more so when it is Form, Not Function.  Only twenty-seven artworks were chosen for the exhibit to be held at the Carnegie Center for Art & History, New Albany, IN.

The exhibit opens May 11 and runs through July 11.

This is the artwork for which I wrote the essay How to Stick with the Stitching as I handstitched on it for pretty much all of last winter.

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