Current exhibits

Here comes another blog burst. I started this one … let’s see … June 16. That means it’s only taken me two weeks to collect my thoughts and hit “publish”.

I remember June 16. That was the day that I thought it would be a swell idea to kick a bunch of stray shoes into a somewhat tidier pile beside the front door. That’s how I tidy up, you see; I kick things around. I go into the different rooms, kick whatever cloth items are on the floor into the hallway, then I kick the gigantic resulting pile down the hallway and into the laundry room. I kick other items into other piles. Sometimes I catch the dog going into the piles, pulling out a likely-looking thing to gnaw or sniff. “Live it up, buddy,” I’ll tell him. Far be it from me to begrudge him a satisfying snort of dirty sock.

Too bad that I’d forgotten about some repairs-in-progress. Things happen in older houses, you see. Sometimes there are bad smells coming out of walls, which require opening up the wall to see if some small hapless creature has met its demise. That in turn means removing the baseboard, which this time required removing the hall threshold as well. Too bad I forgot about that in all my enthusiastic kicking. I caught a toe in the area where the threshold belongs, a toe I’d broken a few years ago. After that, I did an impromptu, profane, one-legged dance. I’m sure it was something to see. I noticed my son silently repeating the words I said, committing them to memory. Wonderful. Out of all the time I’ve invested in him, the stories read and cakes made and board games played, that will no doubt be one of his most vivid memories.

Life goes on. The toe is healing. I still haven’t fixed the wall. I’m deep into my next fiber portrait and planning the project which will come after it. Meanwhile, some of my other work is making the rounds of the country:

Siesta is part of the Artist as Quiltmaker exhibit, taking place now through the end of July in Oberlin, Ohio.

That exhibit has a long and storied history. It was established so that there’ll be an “outstanding exhibition of art-quilts” in Ohio each year, with Quilt National showing in odd numbered years and AQM in even numbered years.

Leaving, part of SAQA’s No Place to Call Home exhibit, will be at the Loveland, CO museum June 30 through September 16. The exhibit’s purpose is to “explore the impact of homelessness on society, individuals and families.”

Flooded is touring with the “Quilts: A World of Beauty 2011″ exhibit. It will be at the International Quilt Festival in Long Beach, CA July 27-29.

Farmer Brown continues to tour with Quilt National. Its next stop will be in Fredericksburg, VA from October 1 – December 31.

Farmer Brown has also made an appearance in the summer edition of Quilt Trends Magazine. It accompanies Suzanne Smith Arney’s excellent article on the 35th anniversary of the San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles.

The article is well worth a read. In it, Arney places the genesis of the art quilting movement firmly in the context of art history and the times. It’s clear that establishing the Museum must have been not only prescient, as Arney puts it, but gutsy.

I wanted to post images with this entry, images from the exhibits and catalogs and so forth. Alas, I am flying from one deadline to the next, and if I take time to dig out images, the exhibits will be long over by the time I post this. Apologies. I think I need to hire a second me.

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