Karen Stiehl Osborn
Karen Stiehl Osborn and I go way back to when I lived in Nebraska. We would take over one large room about once a month at my local art center and spend the day painting and drinking coffee. Fun doesn’t begin to describe the time we spent together. Karen and my sister, Nancy, are the two people I consult most when I am thinking about Fiberart For A Cause events. Her investment in time, effort, and art in Fiberart For A Cause is matched only by her dedication to making mixed-media art, taking photographs, and volunteering her talents at an all-breed dog rescue. Karen has exhibited in numerous galleries and exhibitions, both nationally and internationally. She has also been the featured artist in Quilting Arts magazine, and several pieces of her work have been published in books and magazines. Her work is in corporate, private, and museum collections throughout the world.
1. Describe your artwork for “A Year of Art” in five words.
Natural, thoughtful, changing seasons, sunlight.
October by Karen Stiehl Osborn
Available February 12 and 13
A Year of Art
Fundraiser for the American Cancer Society.
2. Describe your source of inspiration for your artwork.
I am constantly inspired by nature, and I love the palette of autumn in the midwest. The spring greens are being replaced by golden browns, and there is a sense of dormancy on the horizon as winter looms.
3. If you could switch to another medium as a career, what would it be? Why?
Metal sculptures — I would love to learn to weld and create sculptures for my gardens! (NOTE FROM V. – OK, that’s Karen, Jamie Fingal, and me. We should have group welding lessons.)
4. Do you support any other good causes besides Fiberart For A Cause?
Rescue dog photo by Karen Stiehl Osborn
(Note from V.: I am a cat person, but I always want to adopt the dogs that Karen photographs.)
I volunteer for Hands, Hearts and Paws, Inc., which is an all-breed dog rescue. We save dogs that are in kill shelters and puppy mills, take care of all of their medical needs, and then find forever homes for them. I have always been a dog lover, and working with this rescue is very rewarding!
5. What’s coming up for you in the near and far future?
I will have two pieces in EDGE 3.0, which will premiere at the Alice Sabatini Gallery in Topeka, KS later this year. I am very excited to finally have work shown in this gallery! I am also working on a book of my dog photographs for a fundraiser for the rescue.