I am very pleased to be the featured artist in Cindy Stephens' Artist Blog.
Check it out here.
"Elemental Woman" is included in the exhibit and catalog, "All Things Considered: Basketry in the 21st Century," sponsored by the National Basketry Organization. The exhibit is currently at the American Art Company in Tacoma, later traveling to Peters Valley in NJ, and the Society of Arts + Crafts in Boston.
"For the past few years I have been working on projects averaging 1 ½-2 years to complete. These allow me to apply specific details of changing weather patterns to my art. I am fascinated by extreme weather variations that have become the new normal and how these changes can be expressed using color and shape while exposing odd temperature leaps. These are created as patterns intended to visualize and reveal concerns about the human experience in relation to climate change."
"For 'Weatherscape' I created a 101 color pallet and assigned each color a corresponding temperature. A day is represented by a hexagon carved into 24 sections for each hour and each hour is painted the corresponding temperature. A central hexagonal section is painted with the mean temperature of the day. Each day of every month is woven together like a quilt and suspended about 1/2” from the wall.
Monthly units fit into one another like a behive. Months are identified with plates divided into 3 sections: Colors on left are the months' low; right the months' high; center the months' mean temperature. Running along the bottom edge is the entire color pallet (think map legend), numbered with coordinating temperatures.
'Weatherscape' will be completed by late summer 2017. Photos show about 70% of the project."
Check her website here!
There is always a work in progress in Marilyn Keating's Cantina at the South Jersey Museum of Curiosities.
Daughter Rina Rose and I spent the day searching out murals in the city of Baltimore. There will be more days of searching to come!
"The Baltimore Mural Program has produced more than 250 murals across the city, creating an outdoor public museum for the enjoyment of the people of Baltimore. We work with local mural artists who have experience working with communities."
Nathalie's work is on exhibit at the Brattleboro Museum & Art Center in Brattleboro, Vermont. This exhibit, along several others, is worth the trip! It is open through October 8, 2017.
Last fall I had a solo exhibition, "Elemental Vessels," at Mitchell • Giddings Fine Arts in Brattleboro, Vermont. In conjunction with the show, I had an artist talk with fellow artist and exhibitor, Karen Kamenetzky.
This talk is now available on-line. We cover many topics. I hope you enjoy it! Check it out here!
It's a wonderful page in Zoom magazine, the art magazine for the Sunshine Coast of British Columbia, Canada.
I feel truly honored that FibreWorks Studio & Gallery in Pender Harbour, the Sunshine Coast, British Columbia, Canada, hosted this exhibit of my work, as well as the work of my students from Australia, Canada, and the USA.
I am fortunate that I have had the opportunity to work with so many wonderful and talented students over these decades. Thank you all for your participation.
row 1: Frances Dorsey, Judith Saunders Dorothy Cross, row2: Jane Whitten, Ellen Luchkow, Julie Pongrac, row 3: Lisa Galbraith Heyl, Mimi Peterson, Jean Poythress Koon
The greatest sign of success for the teacher ... is to be able to say, 'The children are now working as if I did not exist.' -- Maria Montessori
I love to teach.
Since 1975, I have savored the challenge of working with each student as an individual, adapting to varying degrees of proficiency, and helping each one learn the techniques of contemporary basketry.
Each student is different; they have their own voice to find and explore. My role has been to teach them the foundations, help them acquire further skills, stimulate their creativity, and encourage them to discover their unique voices.
“Beyond the Basics” is a celebration of these students' creativity. It is gratifying to see how they have taken the techniques and concepts taught in class (the "basics") and used them in their own creative work. Their technical skills and innovative interpretations of “the basics” have resulted in pieces which explore colors, textures, concepts, and forms. They have gone beyond the basics.
As I look at their work, I am reminded why I love to teach.