Monday, December 29, 2008
Works from Arle-Sklar Weinstein's "Artist Portrait Project" are on display as part of the 25th anniversary celebration of Art/Place artists at Housatonic Museum in Bridgeport, CT. The Museum's press release states,"A highlight will be a wall with a grid of artist portraits created by member Arle Sklar-Weinstein."
The seeds of the project sprouted in 2007 when Arle was participating in an artist residency in Spain. This inspired her Artist Portrait Project, a series of photo montages of eight international artists and writers. Arle explains that her artist portraits are usually transferred to fabric and then stitched; the works in this current exhibit are 16" x 20" gallery wrapped canvas portraits.
Art Consultant and Reviewer Camilla Cook writes that Arle's work "captures the essence and soul of each artist and their work, but it is the selection of 'artifacts' and montage presentations that displays her astute eye."
Arle will be giving an artist talk and doing a book signing at the exhibition on January 8, 2009, 5:30-7:00 PM.
OFF THE GRID Registration Reminder
It's time to send in your registration for the 2009 Surface Design Association Conference "Off the Grid." For more information, visit the Surface Design Association website.
Monday, December 1, 2008
Noon - 7:00 PM
111 East (Between Park and Lexington)
Get a preview of the wonderful items you can purchase by visiting the website at http://www.kyotokimono.com/.
and Bargarh, Orissa, India.
Judith and her husband Stan live "off the grid" on a 20 acre former goat farm in Bleecker, NY with two ponds and a 100 year old farmhouse. The couple purchased the house in 1984 as a retreat from city life and moved there permanently 18 years ago when Stan retired from a career teaching industrial arts in the Bronx.
What is life like off the grid? A gas generator powers Judith's computer, copier and sewing machine. In winter, Judith and Stan pump their own water from a deep-draw well outside the house and heat it on a wood stove or gas cooking stove.Lovers of nature and the outdoors, the couple gardens, hikes, skis, canoes and thrills to the breathtaking beauty of their natural surroundings right at the foothills of the Adirondack park. But in addition to living a life close to nature, Judith is also an accomplished artist.
Judith creates textile art works that integrate her love of fabric and collage with her training as a painter and printmaker. Her techniques include monoprint, photocopy, silkscreen, stamping, dye and paint.
Her work combines typography with fragments of written messages and journals, using the printed word both as an element of design and to provide hints of communication. Judith works in series, continuing the exploration of an initial idea through successive pieces. Each piece is multi-layered. Although her works are both pieced and appliqued, she frequently leaves raw edges to add vitality and immediacy to the work.
To see more of Judith's work and read an article about her lifestyle that appeared in a 2001 issue of Adirondack Life magazine, visit her website at http://www.judithplotner.com/
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
"A SALE OF THANKSGIVING" FROM MADONA COLE ORIGINALS:
INTRODUCING NYS SDA MEMBER: Madona Cole
Madona is the textile and wearable art designer of the Madona Cole Originals label and the program director/facilitator of My Time Has Come™ programs: a home-based venture in Bellmore, New York. Under Madona Cole Originals, she designs and creates one-of-a-kind and limited edition wearable art fashions and accessories.
Sunday, November 2, 2008
For further information about the Textile Study Group of New York, please visit: www.tsgny.orgFor more information about Gail Martin and her gallery, check: www.gailmartingallery.com
Sunday, October 26, 2008
For November 13th, http://www.quiltcritique.com/ will feature a special Advanced session for professional-level artists working in the quilt medium. While only five artists may participate actively and show their work, anyone may listen as a Silent Participant. Registration information is on the web site, and the Active Participants need to register by November 3rd.
New Exhibition Opening:
The Hewitt Gallery of Art at 221 E. 71st St., New York, NY, 10021 will host "Pieced Together", an exhibition of work by Jane Broaddus, Michael Cummings, Bonnie Epstein, Rebecca Mushtare and Larry Schulte. "Pieced Together" runs November 3 - December 2, 2008, with a reception on Thursday, November 6th, 6 - 8 pm. The gallery will be open daily Monday-Sunday from 9 am to 9 pm. It will be closed from November 21-25, 2008 for the Thanksgiving holiday.
Sunday, October 19, 2008
The New York Times has an excellent article on Alexander Calder and a short video that illustrates his wonderful imagination. A joyful reminder that artmaking is about creative play.
Here's another link to a fascinating article in The New Yorker magazine: "Late Bloomers - Why do we Equate Genius with Precocity"
Some geniuses explode into their creative potentials at an early age and see their powers fade in later years. Others work steadily and quietly, often for decades, before reaching their full potential. If you are a mid-life artist like I am, you will find the article both informational and reassuring that there's still time for greatness!! Interesting acknowledgement as well to the concept of "patrons" in a creative person's life -- their support is essential.
Tiny url: http://tinyurl.com/3mrrmx
Long url: http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2008/10/20/081020fa_fact_gladwell?currentPage=all
Have a great week!
Jeanne, NY rep
Sunday, October 12, 2008
Date: Wednesday, October 15, 2008
Admission: $5.00 Special Guest Fee for members of other textile organizations $10.00 Fee for unaffiliated guests attending a TSGNY meeting
For more about Clarke's work, please check: www.twosticksknitting.com
Larry Schulte's work will be displayed in three upcoming exhibits. The first one, "Pieced Together", is a group show at Hewitt Gallery of Art, Marymount Manhattan College, 221 East 71st St, New York City. Participating artists are: Jane Broaddus, Michael Cummings, Bonnie Epstein, Larry Schulte and Rebecca White. The exhibit was curated by Millie Burns, Director, Hewitt Gallery of Art. Opening reception November 6, 6:00-8:00 p.m."Larry Schulte", January 1-March 31, 2009. Lobby gallery of I. M. Pei-designed office tower, 499 Park Avenue, New York City. This exhibit includes selections from the last 20 years, including woven painted paper, prints, and mixed media pieces.
"Larry Schulte: Printed Work", February 1-February 28, 2009. Manhattan Graphics Center, 481 Washington Street. http://www.manhattangraphicscenter.org/.
Sunday, October 5, 2008
Friday, September 26, 2008
"Modern Gleaners", one of a series of silk paintings by Berenice Pliskin about illegal immigrants in America, is currently on display at The Katonah Museum Artist Association at the Sculpture Barn in New Fairfield, CT., Oct. 12-Nov.2. http://www.berenicepaints.com/
Anna Drastik's "Chandelier" is currently on display at Triple Five Soul Store in SOHO. http://www.annadrastik.com/Barbara Murak's sculptural fiber lettuce that is currently part of an exhibition at the Kenan Center in Lockport, NY. http://www.barbaramurak.com/
This week's SDA-NY member news:
Elaine Lontemp's piece, "We Are But One World" has been included in the grand opening of the Escondido Arts Partnership Municipal Gallery in Escondido, California. The show title is "The National Fiber Arts Exhibition," August 28-October 3. If anyone is visiting that area of California, please see the show and the new gallery.
Elaine spent several weeks doing research to select the texts for“We Are One World” and its companion piece “No One Is Listening” for a show in Toronto, Canada. Most of the factual information was very disturbing and some of it tragic. Excerpts were inkjet printed onto fabric, then cut into strips and sewn together randomly with a red cross-stitch.
In “We Are But One World”, the colors start out dark and ominous, blacks and deep blood red, the colors of danger, anger, violence, bloodshed, death, negativity, hatred, power, revolt, and aggression, with words describing pollution, contamination, carcinogens, deadly human error and horrible violation of nature.
As we try to deal with the problems, the colors change to purple, the color of brotherhood, truth, taking action; olive green, the color of wisdom, acceptance, understanding; magenta, representing tremendous respect for the sacredness of all life, and dark blue, seeing clearly all that there is to see.
These colors work their way to orange, the color of joy, deep insight, trust, bonding; turquoise, individual responsibility and humanitarian interdependence; blue, integrity, honesty, diplomacy, negotiation, peace; and green, the point of change, inter-connectedness, balance, love of the Earth and harmony with nature and each other.
It is interesting to note that in order to read both sides of “We Are But One World”, one must change one’s viewing position, i.e. change one’s point of view.
Suzanne Punch, http://www.suzannepunch.com/, has a diptych window installation at Liberty House, a boutique at Broadway and West 112th St. "Autumnal Equinox", 44" x 12" banners, silk crepe de chine, painted with French silk dyes and brushed on gutta resist.
Jeanne Beck has a redesigned website and invites you to visit it at http://www.jeannebeck.com/