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Newsletter – May 2015

Posted in Newsletters on May 10th, 2015

Greetings, Everyone, from beautiful, sunny Whidbey Island!

Okay, it was sunny when I left, I am on my way out of for a two week retreat in the mountains, and wanted to get this off to you before I left. In addition to getting a little fabric work done, and attending to a couple of business items, my hope is to spend some time just reading or doodling or resting my eyes. After running full-tilt boogie for the last three years, a little downtime is in order. And now that Van is back on his feet, this seems like the right time for a break.

Speaking of Van, he has been doing a lot of work on my website of late, and the Classes page has been totally revamped with an updated list of class offerings and lectures, complete with class descriptions and supply lists, which should make things easier for everyone concerned. He has also added Buy-It-Now buttons to everything on the site that is currently for sale. I finally got tired of haggling and figuring shipping for each and every sale, and decided to have a flat rate shipping charge: $5.00! Anything above that, I’ll pay. So that’s already programmed into the button, and sales will be much easier from now on.

After the big Night Thoughts exhibits, I also had some work in an exhibit in the new Northwinds Gallery in Port Townsend, WA, recently. After that exhibit, I was offered a joint show next May with **drum roll please** Caryl Bryer Fallert-Gentry! I’m stoked! She will have the walls, and I will have the shelves and pedestals. What fun! More details when we get closer.

All Saints

I will have three pieces in the Sacred Threads exhibit July 10-26, 2015 in Herndon, Virginia, including All Saints (above), Solvitur Ambulando, and Trial By Fire.

If you will be traveling to the Portland, Oregon area for IQF’s Quilt! Knit! Stitch! show, two of my Bernina Fashion Show garments will be there in a retrospective display of past Fairfield and Bernina Fashion Shows. August 13-15, 2015.

This fall I will have several pieces at the Wisconsin Museum of Quilts and Fiber Arts in Cedarburg, Wisconsin from October 21, 2015 to Jaunary 10, 2016.

Locally, I have work in both the Oak Harbor and Freeland libraries as part of group exhibits at the moment, and will have a solo show at the Freeland Library in August.

Hildegard, the Herbalist

I will be doing some teaching this summer, fairly locally. It’s good to be back in the classroom after a break to deal with health issues. Here’s what’s coming up:

June 6 & 13
Beaded Dolls
LaConner Quilt and Textile Museum, LaConner, WA
This class is two half-days with homework in between so students have a good shot at getting their doll finished. Details on the museum website:

June 20/21
Layer Upon Layer
Metchosin International Summer School of the Arts, Victoria, B.C., Canada
A combination of fabric collage, free motion stitching, and a little beading thrown in for good measure. Details on the MISSA website:

July 13-19
Beadwork: On and Off The Surface
The Grunewald Guild, Plain, WA
In addition to my main bead love (bead embroidery), we’ll delve into peyote/gourd stitch, right angle weave, and maybe netting. Details on the Grunewald website:

July 20-26, 2015
Creating A Personal Altar
The Grunewald Guild, Plain, WA
Whether it’s a place to focus for meditation, to honor a loved one, or celebrate life, a private place to stop, look, and listen can make a big difference in our outlook on the world. Details on the Grunewald website:

Beaded Driftwood 28

That’s all the news for now! I am back to doing laundry and packing the car full of stuff for my two week retreat. I never have mastered the art of packing light, especially when I have a station wagon at my disposal to fill to the rafters! As much as I am hoping to get some work done, what I really hope for is a little quiet contemplation to recharge my batteries. It’s going to be a busy summer.

Wishing you bright, beautiful days, full of things that make your heart sing. Remember to take care of one another, but also to take care of you.

Be well, my little chickadees!

Larkin Jean Van Horn

Newsletter – January 2015

Posted in Newsletters on January 12th, 2015

Greetings, One and All!

Wherever you may be, I hope you are staying warm and healthy. After a very chilly start, we have settled into a warmer-than-usual winter, which is causing plants to start looking like they think it is spring already. They are in for a rude shock if things turn icy again!

Celtic Spiral IV

On the top of my list this week is the opening reception for my exhibit at the La Conner Quilt and Textile Museum in La Conner, Washington ( The show went up last Wednesday, and looks better than I expected. With such a large space and my very small work, I was worried about things getting lost. But the sheer number of pieces (85) helped immensely. Some of this work was previously seen at the Latimer Quilt and Textile Center in Tillamook, Oregon last fall, but most of it is fresh out of the studio. If you are anywhere in the vicinity, I would love to see you at the reception Wednesday afternoon, January 14, from 4 to 6 p.m., or anytime before the show closes on March 29th. Be sure to check the museum website for hours, as they are shorter during the winter.

If you can’t get to the museum to see the show in person, you can at least see the works on my website in the “Night Thoughts” gallery. This gallery has all the 2D pieces on display, and will be up for view on the site until the show comes down in March. After that, the individual works will be placed in their proper gallery designations.

To go along with the exhibit, I will be teaching a one day class called “Layer By Layer” — which will include some fabric collage, free motion stitching, and beadwork — as well as some ideas about unleashing your inner 5-year-old! And at the lunch break, we will walk across the street to the museum for a tour of the exhibit and a chance to ask questions about the various pieces there. Here’s the class description, read all about it and sign up.

Celebrate! II

Virginia Spiegel is one of my favorite people, and she is once again raising funds for the American Cancer Society. In this year’s outing, which she says will be the last, she has devised a wonderfully easy and exciting system: 100 invited artists will each create and donate a small art quilt (Celebrate! II, shown above, is my contribution); 100 patrons will make donations of $100 to the fundraiser; the first 100 patrons will receive one of the art quilts as a gift for donating. The names of the artists and donors will be drawn and matched blind, and the art will be shipped directly to the patron from the artist. This is a one-day event, so mark your calendars and don’t miss it! Here’s the scoop:

Date and Time: February 4, 2015 10 a.m. Central Time



A Drop in the Ocean

Every summer for the past 18 years, I have spent at least a week, and usually more, at the Grünewald Guild in the Cascade mountains near Leavenworth, Washington. I’ve been a volunteer and a student, but mostly a teacher, and I currently sit on the Board of Directors. During the summer session, classes are a full week, with instruction in the mornings and open studio in the afternoons and evenings. Or if you need a little break and want to play tourist for a few hours, the Bavarian-style village of Leavenworth is 20 minutes away. This summer I will be teaching two classes: Beadwork: On and Off The Surface, and Creating a Personal Altar. Here’s the direct link to the class offerings, (click on “Full Class Schedule” at the top of the page, then scroll to July) but take a little time to wander around the website. Grünewald is a special place, and might be just what you’re looking for.

Celebrate! II (detail)

On the health front (thank you to everyone who has kept checking up on us!) Van received a clean bill of health on December 30th, and we sat around with big stupid grins on our faces for a few days. He will have quarterly blood work and CT scans for a couple of years, and then annual follow up for about five years, but the worst is over. His energy level is coming back, and the side-effects of the chemo and radiation are fading. And he has gotten back to one of his favorite projects — Quotes of the Day. He and I are both fond of just the right word, and his collection of quotes is immense. If you like quotes, too, you can sign up to get his absolutely free daily email here:

After finishing all the work for the La Conner exhibit, I took a little break from the studio. But now I have a couple of new deadlines and need to get back to work. And if I stay away from the fabric and beads for too long, I tend to get cranky. So off I go.

Be well, my little chickadees!

Larkin Jean Van Horn

Newsletter – November 2014

Posted in Newsletters on November 20th, 2014

Greetings, Everyone, from very chilly Whidbey Island!

Brrrrr! I know that we are so much luckier than those folks currently shoveling several feet of snow off their driveways, but oh good golly it’s cold! We usually depend on our maritime climate to keep this sort of thing from happening, but I think they didn’t get the memo. ’Scuse me while I go get another sweater!

It has been nearly three years since I first started thinking about and working on my Night Thoughts exhibit, and at long last I have completed the last piece for the show. Van has finished the photography, and the inventory is typed up, and I can take a deep breath and relax. Or so I thought. I have been so accustomed to going full-tilt-boogie all this time, I can’t seem to stop moving. My fabric room has been plundered for a huge stack of fabrics for making some new clothing over the winter. Which meant I had to go through all my garment patterns and make choices and measure all the fabric and pile things up ready to start cutting. But, my sewing studio is in serious need of swamping out, and I started that process yesterday. That’s when I noticed that over the years I have assembled a truly staggering collection of fabric paints, and really, I ought to get to using them before they dry up and blow away, so of course, I had to do some fabric painting. But that means there is plastic sheeting all over my studio floor with stuff drying, which takes longer in cold weather, so I can’t proceed with the swamping out business so I can get to the garment making business. So, off to the beading area, which is also rather like a raven’s nest, and also in serious need of a good clean up. But I didn’t get too far with that because I ran into some beaded components that had somehow gotten buried under other stuff while I was working on the final exhibit pieces, so of course I had to stop and do something with them, and ended up with a sparkly cuff style bracelet and clip-on earrings. I’ll be glad when this winds down a little and I can enjoy a book and a cup of tea.

Muses Dance, sample for a new class

While I was working on the exhibit pieces, I also worked on ten small samples for a new class that I will be rolling out in March for the LaConner Quilt and Textile Museum, while my exhibit is hanging there. The class will be held March 7th at the Garden Club right across the street from the museum. Watch the Museum website for more details (

Pray for the Forest II

If you live around here or will be traveling to the Pacific Northwest this winter, please stop by and see the exhibit. If you won’t be able to see it in person, once the show is up we will update the Night Thoughts gallery on my website to include all the new work included in this venue. Here’s all the scoop:

Night Thoughts

LaConner Quilt and Textile Museum
703 South 2nd Street
LaConner, WA 98257-1270


January 14 through March 29, 2015

Opening Reception: Wednesday, January 14, 2015 4 to 6 p.m.

Labyrinth II

As you may have noticed, the holidays are fast approaching, and we are once again inundated by the advertising of sales: Black Friday sales, pre-Black Friday sales, one day only sales, everything orange sales, and the list goes on and on. And don’t even get me started about the overstuffed mailboxes of catalogs! I don’t do sales very often, but this year seemed like a good time to give it a try. So, from now until midnight (Pacific Time Zone) December 10th (I love long lead times!) I am offering free shipping on any of the artwork on my website when shipped to the U.S. and Canada, and reduced shipping anywhere else (drop me a line and I’ll see what I can do). PLEASE bear in mind that anything you wish to purchase from the “Night Thoughts” gallery on the website will not be shipped to you until after the exhibit closes at the end of March. When you are looking through the website, if there is a dot in front of the title, that piece is still available for sale. No dot means it is not available either because it has already sold or is in my personal collection or won’t be for sale until I stop teaching the class.

Medical Update: Van has finished his radiation treatments, and the post-radiation round of tests and scans and whatnot begins shortly. The side-effects have started to abate, he is sleeping better and his ability to focus is much better. Thank you to those who have asked about him and sent good wishes. We are very grateful for your care and support.

And I think that’s all the news for now. Snuggle up with someone you love and stay warm this winter. And for my friends in the southern hemisphere, don’t forget your sunscreen and find some shade and a cool drink!

Be well, my little chickadees!

Larkin Jean Van Horn

Newsletter – October 2014

Posted in Newsletters on October 9th, 2014


No, I’m not going to call you my little chickadees, I don’t know most of you well enough for that! But I’m sending this because Larkin is just hanging out in her favorite place on earth, the Oregon coast.

She got the Night Thoughts exhibit mounted on Monday and the show opened to the public on Tuesday. I got busy on Monday night and got all the pieces — over a hundred if you count the individual dolls that make up the Everyone Has a Story collection, and over four hundred photos — checked out and available on the website. Larkin and I would both be pleased if you dropped by to take a look:

Everyone Has a Story

Most of the work has been under wraps for what feels like a very long time, and this will be the first look for those who can’t make it to the Oregon Coast. She’s been working on the exhibit and all the works that are part of it for nearly three years now, it’s a huge relief to her to actually share what she’s been secretly putting together all those months. The last mailing went out without links to the works pictured, not anymore.

Pray for the Forest II

Here’s all the details about the show:

Night Thoughts

Mixed Media Textiles by Larkin Jean Van Horn

September 8 to November 2, 2014
Reception: September 14, Noon to 4 p.m.

Latimer Quilt and Textile Center
2105 Wilson River Loop
Tillamook, OR 97141

(503) 842-8622

I know Larkin has been keeping you updated on my condition and I thank you for your concern. I’m actually doing pretty well at the moment because it’s been almost four weeks since we finished the chemo and most of the side-effects of that have now gone away. It remains to be seen how well I’ll tolerate the radiation that starts next week but the people that will be taking care of me seem to know what they’re doing so I’m not much worried about it. It’s great to know it will all be behind me by Christmas!

I wish you well,

G. Armour Van Horn
Writer, Photographer, and Web Developer
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Newsletter – May 2014

Posted in Newsletters on May 5th, 2014

Greetings, one and all!

Spring has sprung here in the Pacific Northwet, which means rain with intermittent blue skies, color returning to gardens everywhere, and the heady aromas that come with all those flowers. Whidbey Island is particularly blessed with quite a number of public parks as well as private parks and gardens, like the Meerkerk Rhododendron Gardens, which is in full riotous bloom at the moment, and the Earth Sanctuary, which starts off earlier in the year with a profusion of skunk cabbage in it’s marshier portions. Both well worth a stroll if you should find yourself visiting the island.


Most of the work coming out of the studio these days will end up in my solo shows (see Exhibitions, below), and include both pieces for the wall and some new 3-D work in the form of boxes, vases, and houses. This work is not up on the website yet, and won’t be until the first show is hung in early September. But I’ve included a couple of pieces here to whet your appetite! I started out the year with a shoulder injury that kept me from working for about six weeks, but now I am back to working in the studio almost every day, even if only for a short while.

Grünewald Guild Fiber Arts Studio

Nearly every summer for the past 17 years, I have taught at the Grünewald Guild, up in the Cascade mountains near Leavenworth, Washington. The Guild is unique, in that it’s stated purpose is to explore the connections between art and faith, while remaining completely ecumenical. While it’s founders were Lutherans, the Guild has always welcomed any seekers. For more information, go to and click on Full Class Schedule. I will be teaching two new classes: in June, “Stamp, Stencil and Stitch” and in August, “The Personal Altar”.

Dancing in the Moonlight

Looking at artwork on websites is a great way to survey what’s out there, but if you are like me, when the chance to see the work in person presents itself, you will jump at the opportunity. Here are some places you can see my work in person in the next few months:

Now through May 25: Whidbey Island Center for the Arts (WICA) in Langley, Washington. In conjunction with a sale by members of the Whidbey Island Surface Design group, an exhibit of art by group members has been hung in the WICA lobby and hall. The sale will be held over the Memorial Day weekend. For more information:

Now through June 13: Edmonds Community Center in Edmonds, Washington. This exhibit is a collection of work by graduates of the EDGE professional development program, run by Edmonds Community College. I have five pieces in the exhibit, and the Artist’s Reception is Thursday, May 15. For more information:

Now through May 31: Freeland Library, Freeland, Washington. Work by members of the Whidbey Island Surface Design group, in conjunction with the above WICA show.

Now through June 30: Oak Harbor Library, Oak Harbor, Washington. Work by members of the Whidbey Island Surface Design group, in conjunction with the above WICA show.

Upcoming: September 8 – November 1, 2014, Latimer Quilt and Textile Center, Tillamook, Oregon. “Night Thoughts”, a solo exhibition of textile art in both 2-D and 3-D.

Upcoming: January 14 – March 29, 2015, LaConner Quilt and Textile Museum, LaConner, Washington. “Night Thoughts”, a solo exhibition of textile art.

** One note about the above two showings: The Latimer venue has two large display cases to accommodate my 3-D work. These pieces will not travel to LaConner. However, the LaConner venue is a larger space, and will accomodate additional wall pieces that will not travel to the Latimer. So, each show will be a little different.

Upcoming: March 1 – April 30, 2015: Trinity Lutheran Church Narthex Gallery, Freeland, Washington. “Winter Into Spring”, an exhibit of small works by myself and two friends, Lorraine Kirker and Pat Morse.

Health Update:

Some of you have been kind enough to ask about the state of Van’s health. The first round of chemo was disastrous and resulted in a major seizure. After adjustments to the meds were made, he has just completed the second round with no major upsets. He still has little energy and wears out quickly, and the meds make him lightheaded, so his driving is restricted a bit and someone needs to check in on him regularly (I guess that would be me), but he is much more comfortable than previously.

Something New:

I am going to try something new with this newsletter, and see if I can keep up with things a little better. I’ll be posting my newsletters on my currently-dormant blog, so if you know anyone who might be interested in my goings on, you can refer them there. The plan is to try to write a full blown newsletter on a quarterly basis, and to post pictures and random thoughts on the blog in between. I have studiously avoided falling into the time-sink that is Facebook, but I am told that I can set things up so that my newsletters would post automatically to Facebook, and those who know these things seem to think that would be a good thing. I am, to be honest, not quite convinced, but would listen to any cogent comments you might have to make about that.

A Very Short Survey:

Please take a moment to answer a couple of questions. Your reply will not be quoted, only collated with all the others with no names attached. Please put the word “Survey” in the subject line of your email so I don’t miss it. Here goes:

Suppose that you had the opportunity to take a class that you wanted to take from a teacher you wanted to work with, where the class would be five full days of teaching and would include a shared room and all meals.

   – How far would you be willing to travel to participate in such a class situation? Driving distance only? Fly?
   – Without regard to the cost of transportation, how much would you be willing to pay for the class, room, and meals?

And that’s all the news that’s fit to print, as they used to say before the advent of email. If you made it this far, thanks for reading. And a very happy Spring to all of you, my little chickadees!