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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?

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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.

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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.”

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

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

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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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AQS Daytona Quilt Show

I got to spend some time at the AQS show in Daytona Beach last month.  I thought you’d enjoy seeing a few of the quilts.

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Made by Fenella Davies

A detail shot:
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AQS Daytona 2017 Quilt Show. Ellen Lindner, AdventureQuilter.com/blog

Made by Melissa Sobotka

There was a nice exhibit of quilts made by Melissa Sobotka,AQS Daytona 2017 Quilt Show. Ellen Lindner, AdventureQuilter.com/blog

Cynthia England does beautiful work, as these photos show.

AQS Daytona 2017 Quilt Show. Ellen Lindner, AdventureQuilter.com/blog

Made by Cynthia England

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AQS Daytona 2017 Quilt Show. Ellen Lindner, AdventureQuilter.com/blogLook at all those seams!

More photos to come in the next post.

Ellen Lindner

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“Stitched” Exhibit – Part Three

More art from “Stitched:  Embracing the Quilt as Fine Art.”

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Membrane, by Deborah Krajkowski

 

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Benzaiten, by Deborah Krajkowski

 

Stitched: Embracing the Quilt as Fine Art. Ellen Lindner, AdventureQuilter.com/blog

Tribute to Maria of San Ildefonso, by Janice Kreuzinger

 

Stitched: Embracing the Quilt as Fine Art. Ellen Lindner, AdventureQuilter.com/blog

Sunset Cove, by Karol Kusmaul

 

Stitched: Embracing the Quilt as Fine Art. Ellen Lindner, AdventureQuilter.com/blog

Wing It, by Loreen Leedy

 

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Second Thoughts, by Ellen Lindner

More about the quilt above.

Stitched: Embracing the Quilt as Fine Art. Ellen Lindner, AdventureQuilter.com/blog

Vine Ripened, by Ellen Lindner

More about the quilt above.

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Energy of Hope, by Susan Lumsden

 

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Sweat Equity, by Susan Lumsden

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Grapes, by Shirley MacGregor

Stitched: Embracing the Quilt as Fine Art. Ellen Lindner, AdventureQuilter.com/blog

Nonsynchronous Array, by Sheilana Massey

These quilts were recently on display at the  Court House Cultural Center, in Stuart, FL.

Stay tuned for the final segment.

Ellen Lindner

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“Stitched” Exhibit – Part Two

Continuing on with quilts from “Stitched:  Embracing the Quilt as Fine Art.”

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Casual Query #6 or 2nd Amendment Remedy, by Leslie Hall

 

Stitched: Embracing the Quilt as Fine Art. Ellen Lindner, AdventureQuilter.com/blog

Liberty Tonic, by Leslie Hall

 

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Religion Poisons Everything, by Louise Hall

 

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Blue Rockfish, by Christine Holden

 

Stitched: Embracing the Quilt as Fine Art. Ellen Lindner, AdventureQuilter.com/blog

Gathering Storm, by Christine Holden

 

Stitched: Embracing the Quilt as Fine Art. Ellen Lindner, AdventureQuilter.com/blog

Quiet Moment, by Christine Holden

Stitched: Embracing the Quilt as Fine Art. Ellen Lindner, AdventureQuilter.com/blog

Earth Whispers, by Andrea Huffman

 

Stitched: Embracing the Quilt as Fine Art. Ellen Lindner, AdventureQuilter.com/blog

Listening, by Andrea Huffman

 

Stitched: Embracing the Quilt as Fine Art. Ellen Lindner, AdventureQuilter.com/blog

Greenhouse Green Monster, by Doris Hulse

 

Stitched: Embracing the Quilt as Fine Art. Ellen Lindner, AdventureQuilter.com/blog

Wind in Her Ears, by Margaret Knepper

All art quilts were made by Florida members of SAQA, Studio Art Quilt Associates.  More images to come!

Ellen Lindner

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“Stitched: Embracing the Quilt as Fine Art” – Part One

Remember me telling you about the “Stitched” exhibit, in Stuart, FL?  It’s about to end, so I thought I’d show you the quilts, in case you didn’t get to see them.  (This will take several posts.)  Enjoy!

Stitched: Embracing the Quilt as Fine Art. Ellen Lindner, AdventureQuilter.com/blog

Tribute to Selene, by Sharon Buck

 

Stitched: Embracing the Quilt as Fine Art. Ellen Lindner, AdventureQuilter.com/blog

Citrus, by Cheryl Costley

 

Stitched: Embracing the Quilt as Fine Art. Ellen Lindner, AdventureQuilter.com/blog

Red Violet Structure, by Cheryl Costley

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Coccolobra #2, by Cheryl Costley

Stitched: Embracing the Quilt as Fine Art. Ellen Lindner, AdventureQuilter.com/blog

On the Edge of Darkness, by Maggie Dillon

Stitched: Embracing the Quilt as Fine Art. Ellen Lindner, AdventureQuilter.com/blog

N’awlins Heritage, by Maggie Dillon

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Choices, by Maggie Dillon

Foliage, by Gabriel DiTota

 

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Dots Without the Polka, by Sally Dutko

Stitched: Embracing the Quilt as Fine Art. Ellen Lindner, AdventureQuilter.com/blog

Hot Trees, by Suzanne Evenson

Erasing the Future, by Suzanne Evenson

These are just the first few.  Check future posts for more art!

Ellen Lindner

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“Stitched” Opening

This past weekend I attended the reception for “Stitched:  Embracing the Quilt as Fine Art,” and it was wonderful.  The quilts were beautifully hung and lit in a handsome space.

Viewers were quite intrigued with the work.

"Stitched: Embracing the Quilt as Fine Art," 2017 exhibit. Ellen Lindner, AdventureQuilter.com/blog

Nonsynchronous Array, by Sheilana Massey

 

"Stitched: Embracing the Quilt as Fine Art," 2017 exhibit. Ellen Lindner, AdventureQuilter.com/blog

Choices, by Maggie E. Dillon

The quilts were made by the Florida members of SAQA (Studio Art Quilt Associates.) Subjects ranged from beautiful florals, to…

"Stitched: Embracing the Quilt as Fine Art," 2017 exhibit. Ellen Lindner, AdventureQuilter.com/blog

Crystal Clear and Tis the Season, both by Marianne R. Williamson

political commentary.

"Stitched: Embracing the Quilt as Fine Art," 2017 exhibit. Ellen Lindner, AdventureQuilter.com/blog

Left-top: Tribute to Maria of San Ildefonso, by Janice Kreuzinger, Left-bottom: Post Traumatic Stress Demons, by Patricia A. Turner, Right: Erasing The Future, by Suzanne Evenson

Artists had lots of opportunities to talk with one another and with viewers at large.

"Stitched: Embracing the Quilt as Fine Art," 2017 exhibit. Ellen Lindner, AdventureQuilter.com/blog

Artwork, L-R: Leather & Lace, Broken Whole, and Star by Choice, both by Michele Sanandajian, Winter Solitude, by Becky Stack, Listening, by Andrea Huffman

"Stitched: Embracing the Quilt as Fine Art," 2017 exhibit. Ellen Lindner, AdventureQuilter.com/blog

L: N’awlins Heritage by Maggie E. Dillon, R: Greenhouse Green Monster, by Doris HulseNotice the red dot on the sign for the right quilt above?  That’s right: it sold – along with 2 others, thus far!

"Stitched: Embracing the Quilt as Fine Art," 2017 exhibit. Ellen Lindner, AdventureQuilter.com/blog

L: Inbox, by Susan Rienzo, C: On the Edge of Darkness, by Maggie E. Dillon, R-top: Vine Ripened, by Ellen Lindner, R-bottom: Sunset Cove, by Karol Kusmaul

"Stitched: Embracing the Quilt as Fine Art," 2017 exhibit. Ellen Lindner, AdventureQuilter.com/blog

Top: Hot Trees, by Suzanne Evenson, Bottom: Mangroves, by Pamela Morris, Right: Casual Query #6 or 2nd Amendment Remedy, by Leslie HallThis is a great exhibit of 45 very diverse art quilts.  I hope you’ll get to see it.  It will be on display at Court House Cultural Center, 80 SE Ocean Blvd., Stuart, FL.Hours Tuesday through Friday, 10 – 4, Saturday, 11 – 2.

Ellen Lindner
P.S. I have another piece in the show, “Second Thoughts.”
P.P.S.  Thanks to Karol Kusmaul for  many of these photos.

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Orlando Quilt Show: Grab and Draw

“Grab and Draw.”  That’s my new term for the kind of quilts I like: those that draw you closer from across the room and then reward you with wonderful details.  Here are more great examples  from World Quilt – FL, Orlando.

Check this out, by Kathryn Harmer Fox, from South Africa.

World Quilt Show - FL 2017. Ellen Lindner, AdventureQuilter.com/blog

Very interesting from afar, but look at this detail shot.

World Quilt Show - FL 2017. Ellen Lindner, AdventureQuilter.com/blog

Can you believe that stitching?!?  Some of the stitches are quite long, at least 1/2″.  The wildness really adds a lot to the imagery.  What I’m not sure you can see in this photo is that there are layers and layers of stitching.  The top of the dog’s head is stitched with tons of white and cream before the contrasting stitching was added.  Wow!

And here’s another one by the same artist.

World Quilt Show - FL 2017. Ellen Lindner, AdventureQuilter.com/blog

This piece by Linden Lancaster also passed the Grab and Draw test.

Mostly because of the way she depicted the delicate blossoms with overlaid sheers.

World Quilt Show - FL 2017. Ellen Lindner, AdventureQuilter.com/blog

I decided there was also some green paint on the background, as well as green and purple sheers.  Lovely.

Ellen Lindner

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Orlando Quilt Show: Awesome Details

There were some really great quilts at the World Quilt – FL show last week.  My favorite kind of quilts are those that grab your attention from across the room and draw you closer, and then when you get up close you’re amazed by the details of the piece.  For me, there were several in this show that met this two-pronged criteria.

Here’s my favorite, “Pele.”  It was made by Jenny Hearn, from South Africa.

World Quilt Show - FL 2017. Ellen Lindner, AdventureQuilter.com/blog

Did it “grab you from across the room?”  Great.  Now, look at these awesome details.

World Quilt Show - FL 2017. Ellen Lindner, AdventureQuilter.com/blog

That’s right:  it’s got needlepoint in the center!  Along with heavy stitching, including what appears to be some washers wrapped with stitch.

World Quilt Show - FL 2017. Ellen Lindner, AdventureQuilter.com/blog

More of the same at the bottom.  The pointy part actually protrudes as a separate piece in front of the grayer background below.

World Quilt Show - FL 2017. Ellen Lindner, AdventureQuilter.com/blog

When my eyes finally strayed away from this fabulous stitching I noticed lots of little 3D elements elsewhere.  I love this quilt!

World Quilt Show - FL 2017. Ellen Lindner, AdventureQuilter.com/blog

I have more photos to show you from this show, but honestly, the other photos pale in comparison to this quilt.  They’re still great, of course, and I’ll show you in the next post.

Ellen Lindner
P.S.  This quilt is part of the traveling World Quilt show exhibit.  Unfortunately, it has suffered from being folded a lot.  Too bad Mancuso (show management) can’t figure out a way to roll or pad them better.

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Dirty Dozen Challenges

As I mentioned in the last post, my art quilt group, Dirty Dozen Fiber Artists, often has group challenges based on drawing inspiration from a particular photo.  This was the photo we selected for our 2009 challenge.

Group Challenges. Ellen Lindner, AdventureQuilter.com/blogPhoto credit: Martha Wolfe

We decided on a vertical orientation, with measurements of 18″ x 12″.  Here’s the group display.  Very different, right?

Group Challenges. Ellen Lindner, AdventureQuilter.com/blog

This was my piece, Northern Light.Group Challenges. Ellen Lindner, AdventureQuilter.com/blogI never really cared for this quilt, I think maybe because of the color combination.  Whenever I’m disappointed with a quilt I like to examine it and think about what worked and what didn’t.  These are some things I think I did well:
– Used the soft peach glow of the candles as the predominant color.
–  Mimiced the grid lines of the windows as design elements.
– Created interesting leaves, inspired by the foliage in the windows.

Here are those leaves up close.  Some are stitched sheers.  Others are painted and melted plastics.  I like the way they curl and buckle, lifting away from the quilt surface.  That might be something to try again on a future quilt.

Group Challenges. Ellen Lindner, AdventureQuilter.com/blog

However, I think the combination of peach and yellow-green just doesn’t work.  And maybe the whole foliage thing is a little heavy handed.  To test that theory, check out the in-progress background, below.  I think it was better before I added the leaves.

Group Challenges. Ellen Lindner, AdventureQuilter.com/blog

If I were doing this quilt again, I think I’d keep the background about the same.  Then, I’d add a FEW leaves in maybe a rust color.  NOT green, something sorta monochromatic.

So, remembering to be inspired by the photo and not controlled by it, I’ve started on a new challenge.  This is the inspiration photo.  Photo credit Kathryn Robinson

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This photo was taken in southern France.  We selected it  because it has a lot of different components, which gives us many options for working with it.

What would you want to mimic from this photo?  Colors, shapes, foliage, flowers, steps, the door, the bench?  Oh yeah, we’re using a vertical orientation:  36 x 24.  Would that influence your decision?

I can guarantee all the resulting quilts will be very different!  Mine is nearly complete, but I’m not allowed to show it until the March unveiling.  (That’s hard for me!)  Of course, you’ll be the first to see it, after the DDFA gals, that is.

Ellen Lindner

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