Archive for July, 2010

Exhibit opening and interesting catalog available

The Beneath the Surface exhibit premiers tonight at the International Quilt Festival in Long Beach, CA.  This juried invitational was co-curated by Jamie Fingal and Leslie Tucker Jenison.

You may order the catalog here OR Jamie and Leslie will be signing and selling the book throughout IQF.  All the details are here.

Each artist is given a page for a Q and A as well as a page featuring their artwork.  It’s the kind of catalog that I appreciate as an artist as it allows me to share something about myself and my artwork.

My artwork for this exhibit was quite a departure from my usual way of working. As I stated in an earlier blog post, “I am admittedly in love with it because it is a perfect manifestation of my intent, my message, and my theme.”   Read more about that as well as my artist statement for the artwork here.

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07 2010

“Do Good” Alert – Thanks for helping!

As many of you know from my e-newsletter, Joe and I adopted two formerly feral cats from the Clark County Humane Society in January.  This is Sunshine.  It’s unbelievable how sleek and sassy she has become in such a short time.  Both Sunshine and Sparky are cats that need lots of interesting things to do; I could write a book about cat toys made from boxes, tissue paper, etc.  What joy they bring to our home.

This hardworking no-kill (or adoption guarantee) shelter is seeking to build an addition to rehab puppies rescued from puppy mills through the Refresh Everything online competition.  I hope you will make your way over and vote today and every day until July 31.

Sunshine is sitting on one of our favorite snuggle quilts made by my sister, Nancy.  She also made this quilt:

which she donated as a fundraiser for my Mom’s Ladies Aid.  I love Church Ladies; they are such dedicated do-gooders.  The quilt is all quilt shop fabrics and a super queen (almost king) sized.  The suggested donation is $5 for 6 tickets; contact me at Virginia(at)VirginiaSpiegel.com
You can do PayPal or we can chat about other arrangements.


Logo by Jeanelle McCall.  “Every one Fits In” quilt by Karen Newman Fridy

Lynn Krawczyk curates Breaking Traditions, an exhibit of 12×12″ art quilts, each year and donates $10 of the $15 entry fee to a good cause.  The good causes this year are Art Now for Autism, founded by artist Claudine Intner, and Autism Speaks.  Deadline for entry is August 21, 2010.

I am more than happy to promo this exhibit as the 2008 exhibit raised $1085 for my Fiberart for a Cause and the American Cancer Society.

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07 2010

My latest Boundary Waters adventure – Lucky #15.

My sister and I dubbed our latest Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness adventure “Lucky #15.”  Everything we needed came our way or we avoided potential trouble with seconds to spare.


Nancy portaging in the rain.

A beautiful trip despite some rain, wind, and cold.  Nancy and I shared so many moments of laughter, beauty, and adventure together.


Can you believe wool hat and gloves in June?  I’m treating our water with a UV SteriPen.

Some of the highlights included sharing our campsite overnight with a group of Boy Scouts and their Dads who were caught in a storm, seeing a bear on shore from our canoe, an up-close encounter with a mama moose and her calf, paddling nine miles in rain so hard that Nancy couldn’t see me in the front of the boat, and coming out on a power paddle ahead of big water and rain for which my paddling cadence was, One cup of coffee, two cups of coffee, … fifteen cups of coffee, switch.


I’m a foodie even in the Boundary Waters.  Real eggs scrambled with peppers, onions, and cheese with whole grain toast on the side. The view makes all BW food taste even better.


Cloudy evenings make for gorgeous sunsets reflecting in the water.

Of course, photos are always the best way to share the beauty and excitement of the Boundary Waters with you.  If you receive my e-newsletter, there will be more photos and news in the July issue being released soon.

I invite you to join the community of Patrons and Art Friends who receive my free e-newsletter. Send an e-mail today to Virginia(at)VirginiaSpiegel.com with the subject line: SUBSCRIBE.

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