Elliott Museum Exhibit: Part Two

More images from the Elliott Museum in Stuart, FL with an exhibit that showcases the heritage of quilts, as well as the current genres.

This piece by Louise Hall was mounted on black.

Elliott Museum Quilt Exhibit. Ellen Lindner, AdventureQuilter.com/blog

This octopus by Pam Post attracted lots of attention.  The suckers were 3D.

Elliott Museum Quilt Exhibit. Ellen Lindner, AdventureQuilter.com/blog

Linda Ludemann’s cranes were also very popular.

Elliott Museum Quilt Exhibit. Ellen Lindner, AdventureQuilter.com/blog

And here I am with my piece Ti Plants A-Glow-Glow.  There was a very interested docent who asked me lots of questions about it.  Among other things, I told her how I jagged cut many of the pieces to give an unpredictable organic feel.

Elliott Museum Quilt Exhibit. Ellen Lindner, AdventureQuilter.com/blog

In addition to fabric quilts, this exhibit includes several pieces that reference quilts and quilt designs.  Like this miniature quilt store.

Elliott Museum Quilt Exhibit. Ellen Lindner, AdventureQuilter.com/blog

And then there’s this.  A nice historical quilt, right?  Well, yes, but that’s not the artwork.  The bed is!

Elliott Museum Quilt Exhibit. Ellen Lindner, AdventureQuilter.com/blog

On closer inspection, you can see that Angela Scozzari, the artist, has stacked five rusted box springs for this piece.  The quilt is merely staging.

Elliott Museum Quilt Exhibit. Ellen Lindner, AdventureQuilter.com/blog

Another of her pieces was made up of rusted panels arranged on the floor in a grid. She was also invited to show several other works.

Elliott Museum Quilt Exhibit. Ellen Lindner, AdventureQuilter.com/blog

As you can imagine, the fiber artists in the group were of mixed opinion on her pieces.  However, everyone agreed that they were very interesting.

This is a very nice exhibit, but it only runs through July 15th.  If you want to see it don’t delay!  Need more reasons to visit? The museum includes a large collection of antique cars and other vehicles and machines.  Plus, it’s RIGHT AT the beach.  There’s something for everyone.

Ellen Lindner

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Elliott Museum Quilt Exhibit

I recently attended the opening of a quilt exhibit in a very nice museum, the Elliott, in Stuart, FL.

Elliott Museum Quilt Exhibit. Ellen Lindner, AdventureQuilter.com/blog

The exhibit shows the progression from traditional and utilitarian quilts to art quilts and even includes some pieces that PUSH the definition of quilt.

The exhibit space is pretty large.  Here, you can see about 2/3 of it.

Elliott Museum Quilt Exhibit. Ellen Lindner, AdventureQuilter.com/blog

The exhibit runs loosely chronologically from left to right.  These older quilts are either owned by the museum, or submitted by the relatives of the makers.

Elliott Museum Quilt Exhibit. Ellen Lindner, AdventureQuilter.com/blog

The large quilt  below was made by the grandmother of Cathy Heeter.  Then, Cathy used it as inspiration for a smaller one, shown at left.

Elliott Museum Quilt Exhibit. Ellen Lindner, AdventureQuilter.com/blog

Very cool, right?

Elliott Museum Quilt Exhibit. Ellen Lindner, AdventureQuilter.com/blog

Continuing around the room, there were several quilts that bridged the gap between traditional quilts and abstract art.

Elliott Museum Quilt Exhibit. Ellen Lindner, AdventureQuilter.com/blog

These three pieces were made by Linda Ludemann and were inspired by pansies.

Elliott Museum Quilt Exhibit. Ellen Lindner, AdventureQuilter.com/blog

Then, some representational quilts.  The top trio were made by Michele Sanandajian.  And the bottom five by Luanne Carson.

Elliott Museum Quilt Exhibit. Ellen Lindner, AdventureQuilter.com/blog

Gabriele DiTota created a vibrant 3D piece.

Elliott Museum Quilt Exhibit. Ellen Lindner, AdventureQuilter.com/blog

Elliott Museum Quilt Exhibit. Ellen Lindner, AdventureQuilter.com/blog

I’ll show you more images in the next post, as the quilt story unfolds.  (You’ll even see something fairly controversial.)

This is a very nice exhibit, but it only runs through July 15th.  If you want to see it don’t delay!  Need more reasons to visit? The museum includes a large collection of antique cars and other vehicles and machines.  Plus, it’s RIGHT AT the beach.  There’s something for everyone.

Ellen Lindner

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“Growth” Part Three

These are the final pieces that make up the “Growth” exhibit, currently on display in Dunedin, FL.  As you can see, the Florida members of SAQA (Studio Art Quilt Associates) are very talented!

This piece by Susan Rienzo was front and center.

Growth: Part Three. Ellen Lindner, AdventureQuilter.com/blog

Doris Hulse made this piece, which includes references to Alice in Wonderland and other fairy tales.

"Growth" Exhibit in Dunedin

Gabrile DiTota used little girls dresses as a resist on her work, below right.

The two pieces on the left were made by (top) Gail Cassaday, and (bottom) Leslie Cohen.  You can probably tell that the lower piece references a hurricane.  Something we’re all too familiar with here in Florida.

"Growth" Exhibit in Dunedin

Gayle Wolfe’s piece, “WAGACA” is shown below.  The title stands for “What goes around comes around.”

"Growth" Exhibit in Dunedin

The pieces below were made by (top) Kathryn Robinson, (bottom) Regina Dunn, (left) Linda Hoffmeister.

"Growth" Exhibit in Dunedin

And, finally, these two pieces were made by (L-R) Ellen Nepustil and Barbara Watler.

"Growth" Exhibit in Dunedin

Actually, looking at my catalog I see that I neglected to get photographs of three more pieces made by these artists: Karol Kusmaul, Maya Schonenberger, Patricia Turner.  My apologies, ladies.

I think you’ll enjoy this exhibit.  Especially since THREE other art quilt exhibits are also on display in this arts center!  Especially delightful is Karol Kusmaul’s “Shirt Tales” exhibit, consisting of 47 fabric portraits.  Karol uses primarily thrift store fabrics, which add a wonderful folksiness.  Here’s a sneak peek.

Artwork by Karol Kusmaul. Ellen Lindner, AdventureQuilter.com/blog

As you can see, her pieces are hand stitched.

Artwork by Karol Kusmaul. Ellen Lindner, AdventureQuilter.com/blo

I know the top one is her dad and I believe the bottom left one is, too.  They’re so narrative: personal, yet universal at the same time.

These exhibits will be up all summer, through August 18th.  Find full details here.

Ellen Lindner

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“Growth” Exhibit: Part Two

Continuing with the great art included in the “Growth” exhibit, these pieces (L-R) were made by Annette Boncek and Marianne Williamson.

"Growth" Exhibit in Dunedin

The piece on the left, below, is one of my favorites, by Maggie Dillon.  The one on the right was made by Jann Warfield.

"Growth" Exhibit in Dunedin

(L-R) these 2D pieces were made by Becky Stack, Gretchen Brooks, and Loreen Leedy. The 3D piece in the foreground was sitting on a pedestal and it was made by Annette Boncek.

"Growth" Exhibit in Dunedin

"Growth" Exhibit in Dunedin

Here’s a close up view of the inside.

"Growth" Exhibit in Dunedin

Maya Schonenberger created this lovely piece.

"Growth" Exhibit in Dunedin

And here’s another Barbara Watler piece, also with heavy stitching.

 

"Growth" Exhibit in Dunedin

One of my favorite pieces in the show was this one, by Pam Lowe.

"Growth" Exhibit in Dunedin

I really like the round shapes against the ripples of vertical hand quilting.

"Growth" Exhibit in Dunedin

I’ve now shown you all the quilts hanging on the outside perimeter of the room.  But, there’s still more to see!  In the next post, I’ll show you the pieces hanging on the interior partition.

Ellen Lindner
P.S. I’d love it if the artists shown would comment on this post and tell us more about their pieces, (including titles.)

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“Growth” at Dunedin Fine Arts Center

I sure had fun attending the opening reception for “Growth”, in Dunedin, FL.  It was held at the Dunedin Fine Arts Center.  It’s a beautiful facility with TONS of activities.

"Growth" Exhibit in Dunedin

This is the view as you first step into the gallery.  Impressive, right?  It’s hard to tell in this photo but the walls are a very dark and deep blue-green.

"Growth" Exhibit in Dunedin

The piece front and center was made by Susan Rienzo. All pieces were made by Florida members of SAQA, and specifically selected for this exhibit by juror Pamela Allen.

Working around the room, these are the first pieces you come to.  Starting top left and going clockwise, they were made by Patricia Turner, Cathy Daffinee Heeter, Susan Lumsden, and Becky Stack.

"Growth" Exhibit in Dunedin

Artists were asked to interpret the theme of growth in a variety of ways: urban, social, personal, organic, etc.  I think the juror did a great job  including a wide range of pieces.

Starting top left and going clockwise, the pieces below were made by Karol Kusmaul, Patricia Turner, and Suzanne Evenson.

"Growth" Exhibit in Dunedin

This piece was made by Barbara Watler, and was created entirely by stitching.  (All HAND stitching, I think.)

"Growth" Exhibit in Dunedin

Check out this detail shot. Amazing, right?

"Growth" Exhibit in Dunedin

The left piece below was made by Loree Jackson.  The two on the right were made by Bobbi Baugh.

"Growth" Exhibit in Dunedin

And here’s mine, on the left.  Top to bottom, the two pieces on the right were made by Susanna Hotchkiss and Pamela Morris.

"Growth" Exhibit in Dunedin

Here I am with my piece Dancing Toward the Sun.

"Growth" Exhibit in Dunedin

Thus far I’ve only shown you about 1/3 of the pieces in this exhibit.  More to come in future posts.

Ellen Lindner
P.S. I’d love it if the artists shown would comment on this post and tell us more about their pieces, (including titles.)
P.P.S. There’s a lovely catalog for this exhibit, featuring all the pieces.  Purchase info.

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Gabriele DiTota: Fabrications

If you’re near Melbourne, FL you’ll definitely want to stop in at Fifth Avenue Art Gallery, where “Gabriele DiTota: Fabrications” is currently on display.  Gabriele is a friend and a wonderful fiber artist.  She creates intriguing art quilts and amazing art dolls.

Here she is at the opening, looking poised and welcoming.

Gabriele DiTota: Fabrications. Ellen Lindner, AdventureQuilter.com/blog

I think you can see that she use often uses black paint in her work.

Her work was very popular at the opening, but I managed to get a few photos.

Gabriele DiTota: Fabrications. Ellen Lindner, AdventureQuilter.com/blog

The piece on the left, below, was the Best in Show in last year’s “100% Pure Florida” exhibit.  In addition to a monetary prize, she won the right to have this one month solo show.  Isn’t that a great prize?

Gabriele DiTota: Fabrications. Ellen Lindner, AdventureQuilter.com/blog

Gabriele did a very good job staging her dolls with her quilts. And aren’t they intriguing?

Gabriele DiTota: Fabrications. Ellen Lindner, AdventureQuilter.com/blog

Gabriele DiTota: Fabrications. Ellen Lindner, AdventureQuilter.com/blog(Yes, she dyed the fabric above, shown under the chair.  She’s got skills!)

One of her most interesting dolls is one that riffs off Little Red Riding Hood.

Gabriele DiTota: Fabrications. Ellen Lindner, AdventureQuilter.com/blog

Gabriele DiTota: Fabrications. Ellen Lindner, AdventureQuilter.com/blog

This is the tag explaining it.

Gabriele DiTota: Fabrications. Ellen Lindner, AdventureQuilter.com/blog

Isn’t she creative?

However, my favorite of Gabriele’s dolls is “Mosely Miner,” who just happens to be in front of my favorite quilt, “Locked in Love.”

Gabriele DiTota: Fabrications. Ellen Lindner, AdventureQuilter.com/blog

Aren’t they wonderful?  Gabriele is especially good at telling a story with her work.

Here’s a close up of Mosely.  That nose!

Gabriele DiTota: Fabrications. Ellen Lindner, AdventureQuilter.com/blog

I hope you’ll get to see this exhibit, which is on display through July 1st.

Ellen Lindner – who runs with some talented ladies!

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Suzanne Sanger’s Work

Back in October, I wrote about creating torn paper collages in order to loosen up and to work more abstractly.  Like this:

Original photo
Ti Plants inspiration photo. Ellen Lindner, AdventureQuilter.com/blog

Torn paper collage
Because the paper is torn, you can’t be too accurate, so you
HAVE to focus on the largest shapes.
Ti plants torn paper collage. Ellen Lindner, AdventureQuilter.com/blog

The fabric interpretation, Ti Party.
Ti Party, an art quilt by Ellen Lindner. AdventureQuilter.comOne of my readers, Suzanne Sanger, decided to give it a try and was kind enough to share her results with me (and with you.)

Her original photo, taken in Bermuda
Suzanne Sanger's Work. Ellen Lindner, AdventureQuilter.com/blog
The paper collage, with part of the original photo overlapping.
Suzanne Sanger's Work. Ellen Lindner, AdventureQuilter.com/blog
And, her final quilt, called Dozing in Bermuda.

Suzanne Sanger's Work. Ellen Lindner, AdventureQuilter.com/blog

I think it’s great.  And don’t you love the way she’s matted and framed it?

Suzanne says, “I want to thank you for inspiring me! Like you, I’ve been challenging myself to work more abstractly, and have dabbled with a range from just barely to totally non representational. Your blog post from last October about torn paper collage sent me right into the studio to tear up the only magazine I had in order to recreate a photo I took in Bermuda a few years ago. Then I did my semi-annual house switch, life intervened, I took a great abstraction class from Lisa Call, all the while leaving my torn paper start hanging on my design wall. Now I’ve switched back to my summer house, and needed a project to get myself back into the studio. Ah hah! It was time to return to my dozing man. He’s a bit more realistic than I would like, but still a move in the right direction. I LOVE this process! Hmmm. I guess I’ll have to subscribe to an image heavy magazine again, pain though that is what with changing mailing addresses twice a year. LOL. Anyway, thanks for a great idea! You always give me new things to think about.”

I love this!  So much so that it makes me want to reach for my magazines again, too. It’s a FUN way to work!

Ellen Lindner

 

 

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Working on My Flame Vine Quilt

The quilt I’ve been working on is inspired by a friend’s flame vine, which cascades down her back porch.  In the strong Florida sun, it’s especially striking when seen against the dark porch screening.

After finishing the orange flowers, I went on to the leaves.

Project Resurrected. Ellen Lindner, AdventureQuilter.com/blog

Next, I tackled the long skinny pieces.  I’m not sure what they are, but they’re some part of the plant. Let’s call them twigs.   At any rate, they were in the original photo and I liked the graphic quality they added to the abstraction.  To audition sizes I started tearing fabrics and I liked the fuzzy quality I got with some of them.  So, I just left them that way.

Working on my Flame Vine Quilt. Ellen Lindner, AdventureQuilter.com/blog

Finally, it was time to glue everything to the muslin and start stitching.  I added black zigzag around each block unit.

Working on my Flame Vine Quilt. Ellen Lindner, AdventureQuilter.com/blog

For the petals and leaves I chose an organic quilting pattern that, in part, followed the shape of the piece.  For the background, I selected parallel lines.  In each case, they follow the angle of one of the twigs.  I really like the effect.

Working on my Flame Vine Quilt. Ellen Lindner, AdventureQuilter.com/blog

After all of this, I thought some of the petals merged a little bit too much.  To add definition, I drew around the edges with a Sharpie.  That helped, but it was partially covered by fuzzy threads, so I looked for something more significant.  I found it with a thin black cord which I hand couched on.  It gave the perfect outline.

Working on my Flame Vine Quilt. Ellen Lindner, AdventureQuilter.com/blog

On to finishing!  I faced the quilt and sprayed marked areas with water, to remove the chalk marks.
But, oops, one area bled.

Working on my Flame Vine Quilt. Ellen Lindner, AdventureQuilter.com/blog

I decided to hide it by adding more of the same.  Like this:

Working on my Flame Vine Quilt. Ellen Lindner, AdventureQuilter.com/blog

I used water soluble wax pastels, adding a little yellow and orange.  Plus, I think the extra water added faded the original spot.  Voila!  On to photo taking.

Ellen Lindner

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