Sunday, May 04, 2008

House project

I have completed a house as part of a local invitational exhibit. 20 other artists from all mediums have been invited to create a home. This is a picture of the front of 7 Meadow Drive 2008

House is simply the word for a physical structure;

A Home is the word for the place where individuals live. It congers up feelings of birth place, belonging, togetherness, cooperation, assistance, joy and above all love.

My home is a place of warmth where you hang your hat It is a place of refuge, full of laughter, music and conversation. It is a place that nurtures dreams, innovation, art and creativity. It is a place of wonder

where you imagine and share/ Finally it is a place of love and growth.

Materials: Pellon, acrylic paints, gel medium, molding paste, watercolors, pastels, grass,
color/black and white photo copies of photographs and pictures, various fibers, beads and embellishments.

Techniques: The pellon was cut to size and covered with a layer of gesso. Paint and molding paste was applied to simulate the interior and exterior walls. Copies were appliqued. Various paints were layered and sanded and layered again. Details were added with molding paste and painted. Dried grasses were added to roof the exterior. Finally various fibers and embellishments were added.

Saturday, May 03, 2008


I have now recovered from my month of travels. Seems like I have almost been from one end of the country to the other. Michigan to Texas to Mexico to Texas to Arizona to Michigan to Pennsylvania, to Michigan to Illinois to Michigan.

The SAQA/SD conference in Wayne, PA was a resounding success. The workshops were by enlarge good and provide a ton of good information. The exhibit at the Wayne Art Center was outstanding. And as always it was good to see familiar faces and to be able to put a new face with a name. I hope it is the first in a series of collaborative efforts.

IQA in Chicago was great fun for me. I went wearing my SAQA "hat" and tried to be an ambassador for the organization. Clairan Ferrono did and outstanding job as coordinator of the SAQA table and all the volunteers. She made it look effortless, even though I know how many hours she spend.

There so many great SAQA members who volunteered their time. Ir is wonderful to be a part of an organization where members are energized and willing to give something extra to the group.
A big thank you to:
Karen Abramson, Carol Abramofsky, Jane Aldretta, Darcy Berg, Jennifer Conrad, Jane Cooperman, Margaret Cusack, JoAnn Deck, Cheryl Dineen Ferrin, Sheila Haberman, Denise Havlan, Cathy Jeffers, Gwen Jones, Mary Jo Lawrence, Kate Lenkowsky, Karen Musgrave , Stephanie Nordlin , Linda Olson, BJ Parady , Virginia Spiegel , Kathleen Stuart , Desi Vaughn , Kathy Weaver and Carol Vinick

In addition I did a gallery walk for SAQA's two exhibits, Creative Force and A Sense of Place. My idea was not to do all the talking like a lecture, but rather speak a little and encourage those who were there to have a dialogue about the works that we were viewing. I was pleasantly surprise on how enthusiastic the group was. In fact it went on beyond the planned 40 minuets to an hour and a half!! I really was energized by the discussion and would happily do it again.