New Year Greetings to one and all!
It’s been awhile since you’ve heard from me, but it’s been a strange fall. You know the saying: sometimes you’re the windshield and sometimes you’re the bug. Well, lately we have been the bug. Without going into a lot of detail, it is never good for the bug. But the really good news is that Van is now one year cancer free! and surely that is worth celebrating. So join me in raising a glass of your beverage of choice!
In other news, if you haven’t seen the December/January issue of Quilting Arts magazine, my quilt They Rest From Their Labors is included in the article about the Affinity exhibit in Houston. That quilt inspired me to take a different run at the the same general idea, and that quilt, One Fine Spring Day, will be in the exhibit that opens in a few days at the LaConner Quilt and Textile Museum for the Whidbey Island Surface Design group. The opening reception is Saturday, January 9th, from 2 to 4 p.m. in beautiful La Conner, Washington. The museum is not open every day during the winter, so be sure to check their website for hours. www.laconnerquilts.org
Meanwhile, I have been busy making new work for an exhibit that I will share with Caryl Bryer-Fallert Gentry in Port Townsend, Washington in May. Caryl will have the walls and I will show a collection of my 3-D work, including some new beaded dolls, neckpieces, and vessels. I’m having a great time working with new shapes, but no photos yet. Stay tuned. You can check the Northwind Gallery website for all the details. www.northwindarts.org
I’m also preparing to teach again this coming summer at the Grünewald Guild up in the Cascade Mountains near Leavenworth, Washington. Grünewald offers week long residential class opportunities during the summer, and this will be my 17th summer of teaching for them. I recently retired from my service on their Board of Directors, and am looking forward to the summer classes. The week of July 25-31 I will be teaching my “Layer Upon Layer” collage class (see above for sample), and August 1-7 I will be teaching my “Beaded Dolls” class (see below for sample). You can find all the details, including the entire list of the summer’s class offerings, at the Guild website: www.grunewaldguild.com
That’s all the news for now, so let me just wish you, my cherished chickadees, an inspiring, creative, joyful new year, filled with family, friends, and those things in life that make you smile!
Peace, and many blessings,
Larkin Jean Van Horn