Archive for July, 2009

Two approaching deadlines for good causes.

In addition to  yesterday’s Hearts For Anna fundraiser, there are a lot of other ways that you can use your talents to “do good” in the world.  These two events have quickly approaching deadlines:


Deadline:  August 15

Lynn Krawczyk curates the Breaking Traditions art quilt exhibit each year as a labor of love and to support a fundraising projects of fellow fiber/mixed media artists.

The 2009 exhibit will benefit Bernie Berlin’s dog (cats welcome also) rescue, A Place to Bark, with $10 of the $15 entry fee being donated directly to A Place to Bark. In honor of Bernie’s efforts to find orphaned and abused dogs permanent loving homes, the theme for the 2009 exhibit is “Home.”

Deadline for receipt of the 12×12″ art quilts is August 15.  There are many participation prizes donated by generous artists and fiber businesses.  The exhibit premiers at the American Sewing Expo in Michigan in September and is seeking traveling venues.  All the information to enter is here.


Deadline September 1

Art Now for Autism is seeking artists to participate in this year’s exhibit. All media are welcome including fiber, painting, drawing, photography, collage, mixed media, book arts, jewelry, and crafts. Deadline for submissions is September 1, 2009.  All the details on how to donate your artwork are here.  The Reverse Auction of artwork will be October 5 – 10; ongoing previews of the artwork are on the Art Now for Autism blog.

Art Now for Autism was founded by artist Claudine Intner after her son was diagnosed with autism.  She has raised over $11,000 since 2007 and would like to raise $7500 this year.

100% of the funds raised go directly to Austism Speaks, the nation’s largest autism science and advocacy organization, dedicated to funding research into the causes, prevention, treatments and a cure for autism; increasing awareness of autism spectrum disorders; and advocating for the needs of individuals with autism and their families.


07 2009

“Morning Song” – Hearts For Anna cancer fundraiser artwork

Morning Song

Morning Song will be available as part of Artful Home ‘s Hearts For Anna, an online fundraiser, August 12 – 16.  All funds raised will go to Anna Millea an artist who is fighting breast cancer – again. Anna has been denied insurance, having been deemed uninsurable due to her “pre-existing condition.”

Morning Song is a 7×5″ mixed-media collage.  Materials include hand-painted fabric, screenprinted upholstery fabric, painted and screenprinted paper.  It is actually an irregularly shaped art quilt and is sewn to black matboard for easy framing.

Kudos to CEO Lisa Bayne for creating this event to assist Anna.  If you missed the guidelines to participate as a donor artist, they are here.  You still have time to donate artwork before the August 7 deadline.

I would be happy to share other fiber artwork here before the big event, so do let me know if you are donating fiber artwork.

And mark your calendar for HEARTS FOR ANNA on August 12 – 16, 2009.  Artwork will be sold first-come, first-serve with all items selling for $100 on Day 1, $75 on Days 2-4 and $50 on Day 5. The first 20 donations have been posted in a nifty slideshow here where more information about the auction will also be posted soon.


07 2009

Inspiration for Tuesday, July 28 – 2009


The prairie is overflowing with photo opportunities right now.  This is Compass Plant (Silphium lacinatum).  I also have one in my garden (purchased at the Friends School Plant Sale), but it is delayed in blooming.  When it came up this Spring, I thought it was just one more thistle in my thistle patch until the hidden plant label came up with the root.

Let me recommend again Tallgrass Prairie Wildflowers by Ladd/Oberle.  Great photos and interesting for casual reading. For example, it notes that the Compass Plant has a resinous sap that was dried and used by Native American children as chewing gum.


07 2009

Inspiration for Tuesday, July 21 – 2009


You know I couldn’t let the summer go by without a photo of milkweed.  The flying bee was just a lucky bonus. I have noticed that although the butterflies don’t seem to be around in appreciable numbers, the bees have taken up the slack.  Milkweed and catmint honey!

After more research, and confirmation from BJ Parady, an Inspiration Tuesday moth was correctly identified, I believe, by Louise Schiele as an Abbott’s Sphinx moth. Thank you, Louise!

Tomorrow continues Nature Notes’ week. Mixed-media artwork – – small, evocative, natural.


07 2009

Happiness is good fabric storage.


After having stored the boxes for a couple of months behind our sofa, I finally made room for and put together this Ikea shelf unit in my studio.  It’s perfect!  I have all the fabric I painted in Texas out where I can see it.  I’m inspired by the color and life it brings to my studio.


I also now have room for some of my art books, Boundary Waters journals, and other important items. And, yes, I try to have fresh flowers from my garden in the studio as much as I can.


07 2009