All Art Friday
All Art Friday Spotlights
✦ You will not be satisfied with a single look at the vessels of ceramic artist Avital Sheffer of Australia. Her work is gorgeous. Beginning in April 2016, Sheffer will be undertaking a three-month arts residency in Barcelona. Tansey Contemporary Gallery in Santa Fe, New Mexico, represents the artist in the United States.
✦ Stained-glass artist Wilhelmina Geddes (1887-1955) of Belfast, Ireland, also known for her prints and textiles, is the subject of a new 508-page book by Nicola Gordon Bowe, Wilhelmina Geddes: Life and Work (Four Courts Press, October 2015). Bowe is an associate fellow at the National College of Art & Design, a curator, and lecturer and writer on applied arts and design.
Read an interesting and well-written feature article about Geddes in the Belfast Telegraph (November 18, 2015).
Irish Arts & Crafts Movement (1886-1925): Bowe is the author of "The Irish Arts and Crafts Movement" in Irish Arts Review Yearbook (1990-91), pp. 172-185, and co-author, with Elizabeth Cumming, of the book The Arts and Crafts Movements in Dublin and Edinburgh 1885-1925 (Irish Academic Press), reviewed at History Ireland magazine.
✦ Textile artist, lecturer, and teacher Jane Dunnewold offers her next workshops, "Composition 1: Your Visual Language", "A New Approach to Color: The Color Constant", and "Artist Strength Training", beginning January 13, 2016. All are online. (Save on tuition with the coupon on the homepage of Dunnewold's Website.)
Watch for Dunnewold's next book, Creative Strength Training: Prompts, Exercises and Personal Stories for Encouraging Artistic Genius; it's tentatively scheduled for release in June 2016.
Jane Dunnewold on FaceBook
Listen to Lesley Riley's 2013 interview, "Jane Dunnewold - An Artist's Life", on Art and Soul Radio.
✦ The juried 21st San Angelo (Texas) National Ceramic Competition is April 15 through June 26, 2016. The deadline for entries is January 22, 2016. Visit SAMFA for details.
Ceramic Competition Page
✦ After reading a feature article about Kiyomi Iwata in American Craft, I visited the textile sculptor's Website. Wow! Her works in silk, metal, silk and metal (small works), and especially kibiso (the initial output of the silkworm, typically a waste product) are marvelous. Iwata, of Richmond, Virginia (she was born in Kobe, Japan in 1941), describes her work as "a visual history of my personal life". She has been featured in numerous magazines, catalogues, and textile books. Her work can be found in the collections of the Renwick Gallery, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Museum of Arts & Design, DeYoung Museum, Rhode Island School of Design, and other U.S. and foreign arts institutions.
Here's a video with Iwata, made for her exhibition, "Kiyomi Iwata: From Volume to Line" (April 10-June 7, 2015) (go to Past Exhibitions page and scroll down) at the Visual Arts Center of Richmond (VisArts):
Exhibitions Here and There
✭ Local favorite Laurel Lukaszewski is exhibiting in "The Same but Different: Creative Morphology" at McLean Project for the Arts, McLean, Virginia. Highlighting conceptual and procedural similarities among artistic and scientific processes, the group show, continuing through December 23, also features the work of Tom Green, Susan Eder and Craig Dennis (collaborators), and Richard Dana.
In a separate exhibition in a different gallery, "Wanderer: The Travel Journals", Maria Karametou shares her mixed media works.
✭ A not-to-miss local event! Tonight, 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m., is the opening of "Art to WEAR" at Artists & Makers Studios, Rockville, Maryland. Celebrating felted, stitched, and embroidered fiber art and handcraft, the show features work by Joanne Bast, Jeanne Bohlen, Bobbi Gorban, Marilyn Harrington, Joan Hutten, Gretchen Klimoski, Ann Liddle, Lynda Prioleau, Sylvia Saborio, and Gladys Seaward, all members of the Potomac Fiber Arts Guild at the Torpedo Factory Art Center, Old Town Alexandria, Virginia. Occupying three galleries are wonderful jackets, scarves, belts, bags, jewelry, and more.
✭ Michener Art Museum, Doylestown, Pennsylvania, continues through February 21, 2016, "Blanket Statements: New Quilts by Kaffe Fassett and Historical Quilts from the Collection of the Quilt Museum and Gallery, York, UK". The MAM is one of just two U.S. museums hosting this exhibition. The show features 15 new quilts designed by Kaffe Fassett, made in response to 15 historical quilts (1780-1949). The internationally known Fassett is among the world's leading quilt designers; his work encompasses fabrics, needlepoint, mosaics, patchwork, knitting, painting, and rugs.
Kaffe Fassett, Hot Wheels, 72" x 60"
On Loan from The Quilters' Guild of the British Isles/
The book Heritage Quilts (Taunton Press, September 2015), including photographs and details about the quilts on display, plus patterns and instructions for Kaffe's quilts, is available for purchase. A mobile app titled Blanket Statements is available through the iTunes App Store and Google Play.
✭ Continuing through March 12, 2016, is "Mindful: Exploring Mental Health Through Art" at Pittsburgh's Society for Contemporary Craft. "Mindful" comprises a series of exhibitions, innovative community engagement, and educational opportunities, such as lectures, companion exhibitions (including "Community Voices", on view through December 7), demonstrations, workshops, gallery tours, and hands-on art activities. Resources on mental health topics are promoted through activities with community partners. Designed to highlight techniques and forms in expressive art and traditional craft as well as art that explores relationships between craft and painting, sculpture, and conceptual and installation art, "Mindful" features more than 30 works by 14 contemporary artists.
The artists are Jesse Albrecht (ceramics), Rose Clancy (mixed media installation), Jennifer Ling Datchuk (ceramics), Edward Eberle (ceramics), Kaitlyn Evans (metal), Lyn Godley (mixed media), Joan Iversen Goswell (book arts), Meredith Grimsley (fiber), Michael Janis (glass), Grace Kubilius (mixed media), Sophia Jung-Am Park (metal), Alison Saar (mixed media), Swoon (mixed media), and Ian Thomas (ceramics).
Follow the interactive exhibition link above to explore all that this important exhibition offers.
Browse the "Mindful" exhibition catalogue and the "Mindful" curriculum guide. Read TribLive's feature article on the exhibition.
✭ South Carolina's Spartanburg Art Museum continues "A Dyeing Art: Contemporary Textiles and Fiber Arts" through January 14, 2016. Encompassing quilted paintings, fiber sculptures, wall drawings, and felt installations, among other media and techniques, the show spotlights work by Heather Deyling, Xia Gao, Jeana Eve Klein, Maggie Leininger, Tasha Lewis, Carole Loeffler, Diane Ramos, Krista Svalbonas, and Brigitta Varadi.
Here's a video with Maggie Leininger, who discusses her Visual Stratasphere (22 hand-woven barcodes that can be accessed or scanned by smart phone):
Krista Svalbonas talks about her installation Home Is a Name in this video:
SAM on FaceBook and Twitter
SAM Blog (You'll find here an interview with Maggie Leininger.)
✭ The use in studio practice of branding irons, fire, alchemical processes, and gilding is a trademark of Stacy Lynn Waddell, showing through January 8, 2016, at Visual Arts Center of Richmond, Richmond, Virginia. In the exhibition, "Stacy Lynn Waddell: Epitaph for a Darling Lady", viewers are treated to an installation of mixed media works that feature Thelma "Butterfly" McQueen, an American actress, in the narrative. A video that documents Waddell's studio processes accompanies the exhibition, as does a catalogue. Read more about "Epitaph for a Darling Lady" at Waddell's site.