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!
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 (www.laconnerquilts.org). 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.
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
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.
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: www.qotd.org/
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