Archive for May, 2013

Wolf, Moose, and Barbie Shoes – For A Good Cause!

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A fun and fabulous fundraiser for women’s heart health, Kick Off Your Heels, is going on this week with my Call of the Wild shoes joining twenty-two other pairs of witty, beautiful, and amazing shoes.

All funds raised from the sale of the Art Shoes for the Kick Off Your Heels fundraiser will be donated to the The Barbra Streisand Women’s Heart Center at Cedars-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles, California.

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Shoes are sold on a first come first serve basis.

Shoes can be purchased for $300 on May 20 and 21, 2013 beginning at 8:00 a.m. EST

Shoes can be purchased for $200 on May 22 and 23, 2013 beginning at 8:00 a.m. EST

Shoes can be purchased for $100 on May 24 and 25, 2013 beginning at 8:00 a.m. EST

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05 2013

People and Portraits – A Sequel That Surpasses the Original

 

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Well, OK, Art Quilt Portfolio: Peoples & Portraits isn’t a sequel like the ongoing saga of a blockbuster movie.  However it is the second, following The Natural World, of a series of books about art quilts with both books being authored by Martha Sielman, Executive Director of Studio Art Quilt Associates. The topic is, as with the first, self-evident.

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Safe in Suburbia by Lori Lupe Pelish

There was a lot to like about The Natural World (my review here), but in this new volume Sielman has really developed the perfect format for a portfolio book.  I read it all in one sitting and found myself wishing it were longer.

The book is divided into thematic chapters:  Happiness, Contemplation, Community, Icons, Family and Friends, Work, and Play.  Within each chapter there are three featured artists and then a gallery of artwork about the theme.  There are more than 100 artists featured in the galleries.

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John by Margene Gloria May

Each of the 21 featured artists has a short and perceptive introduction by Sielman and then the artists “talk” about their work in a series of brief essays. Sielman’s steady hand is shown in the editing of these essays. Each artist comes alive as she writes about her artistic journey, her inspirations, her personal symbolism, her sources of inspiration, and more.   Each artist also writes about the process of one of  her featured artworks.  More than once (you have heard this refrain before), I longed for even just ONE detail shot that would clarify something the artist had said about their process.

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Tango by Colette Berends

Having said that, I much preferred it when the artist focused on their inspiration and purpose in making art, rather than the technical details.  That’s why I read this book straight through.  What could be more interesting than hearing artists “talk” about their work in a meaningful way with plenty of artwork interspersed?

There are a few featured artists (Cheryl Dineen Ferrin, Leni Wiener, Mary Pal, Lura Schwarz Schmidt, and Kathy Nida) who have been favs of mine for a long time, but it is always great to see and read about unfamiliar artists. All the featured artists have singular voices and definite points of view and you can’t ask for more than that in a portfolio book.

George

George by Pat Pauly

Art Quilt Portfolio:  People & Portraits is published by Lark Books and available through the usual vendors and SAQA.  It is 192 pages and retails for $24.95.  All photos courtesy of the publisher; artwork on book cover by Lora Rocke.

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05 2013

Form, Not Function Opens Tonight

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Formerly Present 7

 

Form, Not Function opens tonight at the Carnegie Center For Art & History in New Albany, IN and includes the debut of my artwork, Formerly Present 7,  The Opening Reception is 6:00-8:00 pm.There will be refreshments and music by the Jamey Aebersold Jazz Quartet.

Form, Not Function: Quilt Art at the Carnegie, a national juried exhibit of contemporary art quilts featuring 25 works by artists from across the United States. Over the 10 years that this exhibit has been held, it has served to broaden the concept of art quilts and gain recognition for this evolving art form. Reception & exhibit sponsored by Carnegie Center, Inc., with support from DELvelopment Foundation.

Formerly Present 7 was created from many, many pieces of screenprinted upholstery fabric and speaks to the endless recycling in Nature.  Follow the link under the photo above for more details.

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05 2013

“Kick Off Your Heels” Preview Now Open

(And now to return to our regularly scheduled programming.  “What’s New @ My Home For Sale” will appear occasionally.)

 

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The Kick Off Your Heels Fundraiser to benefit women’s heart health opens May 20.  But all the art shoes are up for preview now.

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You can read more about the creation of my nature-themed art shoes on the Kick Off Your Heels blog.

The sale of the art shoes beomgs at 8:00 a.m. EST  Monday May 20, 2013 and will be available for purchase over the course of the week as follows:

Shoes can be purchased for $300 on  May 20 and 21, 2013 beginning at 8:00 a.m. EST

Shoes can be purchased for $200 on May 22 and 23, 2013 beginning at 8:00 a.m. EST

Shoes can be purchased for $100 on May 24 and 25, 2013 beginning at 8:00 a.m. EST

All funds raised from the sale of the Art Shoes for the Kick Off Your Heels fundraiser will be donated to the The Barbra Streisand Women’s Heart Center at Cedars-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles, California.

Please note that the fundraiser only accepts payment via paypal. All shoes will be shipped directly from the artist who created them.  Due to the one-of-a-kind nature of the shoes created for this fundraiser we cannot offer refunds, returns or exchanges.  All sales of shoes are final.  If you have any questions please email Sue Bleiweiss at sue@suebleiweiss.com

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05 2013