A Surprise Art Exhibit

Early in December I got a call from a friend about putting my work in an upcoming clay and fiber art exhibit in need of entries. And could I bring my pieces that day before 6 p.m. It was then about 3:30 in the afternoon.

One thing I have plenty of is quilts. One thing I have little of is quilts with hanging sleeves. I tend to sew them in for exhibits or for gifts, long after the quilts are made. So, I found two small quilts with hanging sleeves already on them and took them in for the Summit Artspace Thread & Mud exhibit by Artists of Rubber City.

The exhibit actually looks much nicer than I expected, with that short notice. I suspect it simply wasn’t well publicized. Certainly I hadn’t heard about it, even though I’m on the Artspace’s mailing list.

ThreadandMudShow1Here are my entries: (At The) Feet of Klee (center) and The Big Bang (right.) The latter is well lit so all the metallic threads I used glitter. Unfortunately, it’s not a photogenic quilt. Susan McClory’s Primary Waves is on the left.

Here are some other pieces in the show.

ThreadandMudShow5Slant by Jessica PinskyThreadandMudShow4Untitled #1 and #2 by Jamie SuvakThreadandMudShow63—2–1– by Susan McCloryThreadandMudShow7An Embroidery of Wishful Thinking by Shirley Ende-Saxe

I wanted to have more showings of my work this year, which is why I said why not when this show came along. If I had had more time I would have chosen different quilts, which should be a lesson to me. Always sew a hanging sleeve on your work when it’s done.


Filed under Art quilts, Quilt Shows

8 responses to “A Surprise Art Exhibit

  1. I’m impressed that you could pull this off with such little notice–and the quilts do look great! It’s a interesting-looking exhibit overall–I like the Wishful Thinking piece!

    • Shirley is a collage artist who is branching out into adding thread to her compositions. I think the exhibit had been planned for a while but, as I said, I don’t think the call for entries was well publicized. I was called because one of the member artists knows me.

  2. Congrats on the show entries. I haven’t done that at all. Do different shows have different sleeve requirements? If so, THAT would explain why you don’t do them immediately. 😉

    • Thanks for the congrats and the rationalization. I had thought that all shows wanted 4 inch sleeves, but I came across a SAQA show that wants 5 inch sleeves. I’m beginning to know the various hanging methods – the poles, the dowels with clear line attached to eye hooks on the ends, etc. And some local shows just pin the quilts to drapes so no sleeves are needed.

  3. This gave me a rueful chuckle. My guild has been asked to provide 30 quilts to hang in the entry hall for Road to California. I found out just last night that they want one of mine. So I have till Jan 10 to quilt a 100″ X 100″ piece–which right now is just a top.

    • You don’t have anything smaller? And it’s not just the quilting. It’s the binding, the 100 inch sleeve, etc. I sure hope you aren’t going out of town for the holidays. Despite all that, I’m sure it will look great in the entry hall.

  4. Good for you getting pieces in this exhibition. They look great! I can so relate to your quilts without sleeves comment. Whenever I do stitch one on it usually goes quickly and I wonder why it took me so long to get to it and then I start another project and remember why!

    • My delay is usually due to lack of 9 inches of fabric that I want to sacrifice to a sleeve. If I were smart I’d buy muslin and pre-make sleeves that I could chop off at the right length and then sew them on. Maybe next year.

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