Two Big Brags!
I’m doing a happy dance times two! This weekend will be the opening of My Corner of the World, a Studio Art Quilt Associates exhibit that will debut at the Stratford Perth Museum in Ontario Canada. It is SAQA’s first exhibit to debut outside of the US. And my piece, Prairie Afternoon, is one of 41 pieces in the exhibit! The statement for the exhibit follows:
“My Corner of the World invited the artist to examine a world, real or imagined, that represented what is important in life. It might be where the artist resides, works, or grew up. It might be a favorite place from any point in life or a special internal place. My Corner of the World looks at the big picture including, but not limited to a homeland, ancestry or culture.”
I wrote about the making of Prairie Afternoon here-it was not a smooth ride! I am pleased with the final result and I think the addition of the white underlay contributes significantly to the piece. Oh I wish I could be at the debut, or even see what the exhibit looks like. I have noticed that my black and white pieces definitely stand out in a “crowd” of colorful quilts! I am a proud Mamma.
There is a parallel exhibit of 40 quilts from SAQA’s Canadian members that will debut at the museum also. What a spectacular sight this exhibit will be!
And, I am so thrilled to announce that I will again be a part of Pokey Bolton’s Craft Napa January 12-15, 2017! Last year was truly amazing and this year looks even better with 33 workshops offered by 12 instructors.
I’ll be teaching Intro to Fearless Free Motion Quilting. I know you CAN free motion quilt your own work! It’s such a kick to finish your work with your own free motion quilting. Join me at Craft Napa and pair it with some other fun workshops.
Highlights of this year’s Craft Napa include:
- A Pre-Craft Napa surface design workshop at Pokey’s art barn with Leslie Jenison on Wednesday, January 11, 2017 (limited to 15 students).
- 3-hour evening workshops (Thursday) to give students even more access to techniques and study with their favorite artists.
- An interactive luncheon with Craft Napan teachers who will candidly discuss and opine on a variety of fiber- and art-related topics.
- Workshops to take place in tandem at The Embassy Suites and at Pokey’s art barn during the Craft Napa event.
- An expanded Artist’s Market for Friday Night.
And new this year-a Sunday “Sip ‘n Sew Wine Train” adventure where everyone has the opportunity to ride in a chartered Wine Train car for a 3-hour tour up Napa Valley. This will be a great opportunity to spend time together, sew, eat great food, drink some wine, and enjoy the beautiful scenery in the valley.
How could you miss this???? Last year we had students from all over the country and several locales outside of the US. This is a great way to start off the new year-you’ll have three days to master your skills in collage, quilting, sketching, printmaking, painting, art journaling, and mixed media, all the while enjoying outstanding cuisine and wine, too.
There are a limited number of rooms at the Embassy Suites that Pokey has secured for a group discounted rate (code is CAL). And they are going fast. Several workshops are almost filled already also so if you are thinking about coming, make your reservations now!
I’ll be lining up with Nina-Marie’s Off the Wall Friday-check it out.
Franki Kohler says
Two big WHOOPS! for two big WINS! WHOOP!! WHOOP!! xo
Thank you Franki!
Kay Muraoka says
Congratulations on your entry in the SAQA Canadian exhibit and your teaching stint at Craft Napa. I love your Prairie Afternoon-especially, the movement!
Oh thank you Kay-that piece is all about movement!
Dolores Miller says
Wine, moving train, sewing machine needles— danger…
LOL-never thought of it that way!
Rebecca Grace says
Congratulations, Jenny! You had me at “Wine Train.” Wish I could be there with you! Sounds like “sew” much fun!
It truly is a unique experience, so embracing and positive and relaxing.
Barbara Victorino says
Congratulations on both counts!!!!
Thank you Barbara! It’s a fun ride for me.
Barbara Black says
Aww thanks Barbara! Hold down the fort in SLC!
Congratulations on your SAQA exhibit! I did check out Craft Napa, and they have a stellar line-up of teachers and classes, but it seems expensive to me. Of course, it is in Napa… I couldn’t find it on their website–are any meals included in the workshop fees?
Empty Spools works out to $300/day-ish (of course includes meals). The Craft Napa accommodations are lovely and there are lots of extras too. It is a different kind of retreat, smaller, more personal, great facility, incredible array of quality restaurants nearby, etc. There are no meals included-that’s an advantage imho. Each lunch you can try out a different restaurant with a different group-you have 2 hrs to eat. There were no cliques last year at all so you could freely mingle and meet new people at lunch. It was an entirely different experience than anything I’ve been to previously. The intimacy and the open and supportive atmosphere was fabulous.
Marg in Mirror, Alberta says
My beloved friend! I will be sure to look for your piece, and to ‘brag on you’ big time (“I know that artist!”)…and perhaps I’ll get a photo of me in front of it saying exactly that! I am truly in the Big Time now, exhibiting in the same show as you, and Mary Pal, and Maggie Vanderweit and SO many others!!
Yes, you ARE a Big Time Artist Margaret! Thank you in advance for any photos of the event. And congratulations to you, you Big Time Artist! So maybe I’ll call you BTA now.
Hi Jenny, I absolutely love your “Prairie Afternoon”, and I can so empathyse with it, I have also always been fascinated by the graphic nature of grasses – every patch of grass a masterpiece in its own right!
Ah, someone else who appreciates the beauty of everyday grasses! Thank you for your comment Lena!!
Judy Warner says
Wonderful for you, Jenny! Congratulations!
Thank you Judy!!
Regina Dunn says
I can feel the wind and hear the grasses in Prairie Afternoon because of your incredible stitching. What a wonderful piece.
Ooo-what a nice comment Regina! That’s exactly what I wanted the viewer to feel.
Well done, to create beautiful work and teach beautifully.
Thank you for the thoughtful comment Joanna! Maybe I’m on a roll.
Peggy Martin says
Congratulations!! Such fun see you this week – you never mentioned getting into the SAQA show!! You certainly are a BTA now for sure!
Or maybe I’m a One-Shot Wonder! Thank you!