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The Making of Celebration 2000 Martha S. Heimbaugh

During the year of 2000, the Kansas Artist Craftsmen Association, KACA, held its annual juried member exhibit at the Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art on the campus of Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kansas.  The 2000 show displayed a variety of fine craft from its members and Martha was pleased to have two works in the show.  The juror for the show was Patrick Dougherty.

The show ran from 22 September 2000 to 7 January 2001.

On November 18, 2000, in conjunction with the exhibit, Martha presented an informal painting workshop and had the opportunity to work with 16 museum patrons.  The group included several adults from the community and surrounding region and children from a local 4-H club.  This was no ordinary workshop, participants used actual high quality artist materials and did their work just outside the Arch Cafe were everyone could watch and learn!  Participants were directed to paint with either a cool or warm color group.  Participants were free to use their colors in any fashion they chose, but were asked to stay with a design previously prepared on the fabric by Martha.  Everyone had fun and gained valuable insight into the process involved in making a painted art quilt.

       

After workshop participants did their most creative painting, it was time for Martha to get creative and unite the six paintings that had been created into one cohesive work of art.  

The end result, called Celebration, usually hangs in the Lobby of the Museum.  Along with a list of the contributors, the following statement is written on the back of Celebration and is repeated here for your interest.

"Celebration is a collaborative work between museum staff, museum patrons, and artist.  Celebration is meant to be an educational tool to introduce viewers to some of the complexities that go into creating a work of fine craft art.  The artist extends a sincere thank you to all the contributors listed and unlisted who gave time, enthusiasm, or money, to make this project possible."

Martha also had a wonderful opportunity to work with some very alert and industrious preschoolers from the University who made their own version of a painted quilt to take back to their school.  Way to go guys!  All in all it was a great experience.

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