. . . finishing my postcard for the Wish Upon A Card project. Since my March post, I’ve had a variety of adventures along my journey to completing the card. A visit to the east coast led me to the Smithsonian American Art Museum and National Portrait Gallery in Washington D.C. where the Flowers painting by William H. Johnson is housed – one of the inspiration pieces for my card. Dimension and texture were pronounced in this painting on plywood which is absent in any photo of the work. My personal challenge was to incorporate new (new to me) textural stitches into my fabric card. Armed with the Creative Stitches book by Sue Spargo, I managed four new stitches: the bullion and french knots along with the threaded and double threaded backstitches. Most of the handwork was completed while sitting on the beach of the Outer Banks of North Carolina incorporating relaxation and sunshine into each stitch.
While in D.C. I took the opportunity for a behind-the-scenes viewing of some of the quilts in the collection housed by the Smithsonian National Museum of American History. Photos are allowed but no flash photography. If you’re in the area, a visit is worth the time but you’ll need a reservation which must be made by contacting the Textile Collection of the Museum at 202-633-3825. To view most of the quilts in the Museum’s collection, click here.
An unexpected treat while in the nation’s capital – a special quilt exhibit at the National Museum of Women in the Arts through April 27th. Workt by Hand – Hidden Labor and Historical Quilts was organized by the Brooklyn Museum with quilts dating from 1795 to 1995. An exceptional display of quilts that allowed the viewer to sit, view and appreciate the craft or is it a fine art? Find out more by clicking here.
Kathy Pazera Special Project Coordinator
In partnership with the Art in the Atrium @ Franklin Crossing, the Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show kicked off its third annual Fabrications – The Art of Quilting Exhibit at the First Friday Art Walk in Bend on March 7.
The only juried art and contemporary quilt exhibit in Central Oregon includes forty quilts by 30 different artists. The show was juried by quilter, Sheila Finzer of Terrebonne, and water colorist and arts educator, Judy Hoiness of Bend. Jurist Finzer notes, “The artists pushed the envelope with the varied use of surface design and manipulation of the fabrics.” According to jurist Hoiness, “More artists are taking risks making this exhibit stunning in its color and dimension.” Jean Wells, quilter and founder of the Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show, said, ” This is truly an inspired regional showcase featuring the tremendous creativity, innovation, and talent of fiber artists from Central Oregon and beyond.”
Attendees at the reception were able to mix and mingle with more than 15 quilt artists, enjoy live music from Jazz Bros!, and indulge in savory appetizers from Noi Thai. It was a fun and lively evening paying tribute to the artists and their artistic vision. Visit our Facebook page for a complete library of photos.
About a third of the quilts are for sale with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show, a non-profit organization known for its annual outdoor quilt show – the largest of its kind in the world – on Saturday July 12. While educating the public about quilt making, the organization continues to carry out the American tradition of quilters, helping to meet community needs. According to Jeanette Pilak, Executive Director of SOQS, “In the past ten years, SOQS has raised more than $80,000 for our community partners, making the Quilt Show a year-round important citizen of the town.”
Fabrications-The Art of Quilting Exhibit will be on display until March 30 at the Franklin Crossing Building located at 55 NW Franklin Avenue in downtown Bend. To purchase a quilt or for more information, contact Billy Turner, art consultant, Franklin Crossing exhibition curator at 503-780-2828 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Tammy Ambrose, Events Director, Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show
. . . have you? The SOQS announced a Call for Fabric Postcard Entries for the Wish Upon A Card project. The” skies the limit” in regards to the design of the 4″ x 6″ card, using any type of fabric BUT there is also an optional Challenge – these cards must incorporate the Michael Miller Challenge Fabric (and SOQS will provide the fabric swatch). Yes, I’m taking the Challenge. As a SOQS employee working directly on the project, I do NOT qualify for any of the cash prizes – I just enjoy trying something new. For an entry to be juried for the Silent Auction or the Michael Miller Challenge, it must be received by April 15th. Please note all entries are donated to SOQS as a fundraiser for Wendy’s Wish.
The inspiration I’m using for my card comes from the work of American artist William H. Johnson referred to as “Flowers” and artwork from my son, Forrest, when he was in second grade - yikes, that’s 12 years ago! I was first introduced to Johnson’s work via a U.S. postage stamp released in 2012. Another challenge – I plan to add textural stitches demonstrated in Sue Spargo’s book – Creative Stitching. Many of the stitches are new to me but I’m looking forward to learning as I travel this path.
Next month, I’ll share the finished card along with the experiences I encountered along way. Happy trails on your creative journey.Kathy Pazera Special Projects Coordinator
Color was on tap for the SOQS Donor Appreciation event. After checking the very cold temperatures at the door (yes – this was the Wednesday evening before the BIG snowfall), color and creativity greeted and warmed the guests. An exhibition of mixed media artwork – “4 Voices” sung out in bright hues, appetizers echoed colors of the rainbow – too attractive to consume (but somehow everyone managed!), and the “Natural Affinity” quilt exhibit by Wendy Hill and Pat Pease bedazzled the eye. Wine, appetizers and ideas filled the first hour as guests shared with each other and viewed the artwork and quilts up close. Jeremy Storton’s soft music on guitar complimented the evening.
Color Blind and Color Blinded, a reversible king size quilt by Wendy Hill served as the backdrop for the evening’s presentation by Wendy and Pat. They shared their approach to design, their views on color and composition and their collaborative process. “Natural Affinity” was on display at Pacific International Quilt Festival this past fall. If you would like to see these quilts, they will be on display this summer at the Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show. To view a photo album of the evening’s festivities visit us on our Facebook page.
WOW – lots of creativity blended with a variety of colors in the shape of postcards flood the office. A big thanks to all those artists who submitted a fabric postcard(s) to be juried for the silent auction and/or the Michael Miller Fabric Challenge Contest.
Every time a postcard entry arrived, it was the first envelope opened with lots of thrilled reviews. Challenge fabric entries often brought much joy and laughter for us — many artists took a whimsical approach while some added words and a “wink” to their art. After all, with a challenge fabric named “Tiki Winki” how can it not conjure up creations that make you smile. Marion Shimoda’s first place Challenge card does just that. Kate Speckman, in second place created a serene view of paradise using the Challenge fabric in 25% of her creative piece but makes a relaxing statement. A modern art approach was taken by Kristin Shields for third place. To view all the Challenge winners visit us on Facebook –last 5 photos in the album.
While you’re there, take a look at the fabric postcards for this year’s silent auction – a benefit for Wendy’s Wish. Incredible work from artists throughout the United States. For the folks who follow the local art scene here in Central Oregon, this year Lisa and Lori Lubbesmeyer entered a landscape scene – one of their trademarks.
See a special card you’d like to own or give as a gift? The Challenge winners and silent auction cards will be framed by High Desert Frameworks! and displayed in Sisters the week of July 7 – 13 ready for bidding. Don’t fancy the silent auction process? Well, each framed card will also have a buy it now price.
Reminder: If you didn’t get a chance to submit a fabric postcard for the silent auction or fabric contest, now is your chance. We are still accepting cards to sell until July 1st.
Atelier 6000 – or A6 –the more common reference – was transformed into a spring setting for our Major Donor Event. Great food – Tate and Tate catered, good music – Jeremy Storton from Sisters was the musician for the evening, an outstanding presentation by Judy Hoiness and Jean Wells and of course mix that with a lot of creative people and it’s a recipe for a good time. Oh – almost forgot – add wine and beer to bring it up a notch – a great time!
About 60 guests mixed and mingled in the A6 art gallery while viewing the collagraphs and the raffle bike and quilt. Artwork by Kathy Deggendorfer adorns this year’s raffle bike – to sum up the guest’s reactions to this one-of-a-kind bike – AWESOME.
Printing presses lined the studio where appetizers and friendship were shared. Most appropriate, it also served as the backdrop for Jean and Judy’s presentation – the same studio where many of their collaborative creations came to life. Judy’s background in watercolor and Jean’s background in contemporary art quilts meshed into incredible pieces of art. Finished and in-process pieces were shared as was the “how” they collaborate on a piece. Guests were amazed at not only the product but the freedom to just try different things. Both Jean and Judy expressed that the creative process is a joy for them.
Inspiration was in the air at the conclusion of the evening. To see what that looks like, click here
Thanks to all those folks who befriended the show as a member during the fun filled week of quilting in Sisters – July 8th – 15th. I enjoyed meeting and greeting so many new faces as I talked about the benefits of membership throughout the week. Thanks to all those folks who took the time to listen!
During Show Day afternoon I planned a little time off from my duties at the Information Booth to enjoy the quilts and take a few photos. The next day one viewer commented to me – one minute the town was filled with colorful quilts and the next moment they were gone. The Quilt Rescue Team and many other volunteers implemented our emergency plan and it worked great. BUT, Mother Nature ending the Show 2 ½ hours early did reduce our income for the Show by about $15,000 (quilts sales and raffle ticket sales).
If Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show (SOQS) is an important event for you and others you know, think about showing your support with a membership. During a quiet moment read through the member brochure you received during your visit or go to our website under the Support button and refer to Friend of the Show. Membership to SOQS — a non-profit — is just one of the income sources that contributes toward the $155,000+ price tag for the largest outdoor quilt show in the world.
Stay on the sunny side of life – especially during an outdoor quilt show!!!
SOQS Friendraiser Coordinator