Archive for May, 2014

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!