When I first opened my Fiber Studio one of my primary goals was to produce Solo Shows. Not only did I want to introduce viewers to my art but I also wanted to impact their lives in positive and thought provoking ways. I lived in the Midwest and at that time the words quilt or quilting meant "bed quilt". The idea that any quilted surface could be considered "art" was practically inconceivable. A hard sell to say the least. Thankfully, a number of well known jurors accepted my work into regional, national, and even international juried art competitions of the time. In 1997, Juror, Rackstraw Downes juried my work into a well known show of the time called Art in the Woods. At the opening, he told me my fiber art piece was the most controversial work in the entire show and that the most amazing thing about it was, that nobody knew it! We both had a good laugh! This track record though of being juried into shows opened a door for me to secure three Solo Shows early in my career.
Life has a way of continuing forward as we all know, and new shows gave way to Commissions, Quilt Guild Lectures and other life events. Today, I have once again come full circle and aspire to develop another series of solo shows in the coming years. The goal to inspire viewers in positive and thought provoking ways will remain with several new themes in mind to explore. In the meantime, I hope you will enjoy these shows.
From the solo show entitled,
The Landscape of Forgiveness