Saturday, June 13, 2009
Sun Shines At Show!
This art show was for me one of my most positive and wonderful all around experiences to date. First of all, many of you know that our dear Mim purchased my sunflower art quilt before I even got it to the show. It was still wet! ;~) This is the first time at a show where I actually got to listen to people talking about my art. And better still had the opportunity to meet other quilt artists and tell them about the process of making this piece. They were so interested, had many questions, and were abundantly kind with compliments. I cannot tell you how very proud I felt to have my art hanging with all of these other marvelous pieces. The collection is a combination of children and teen art, other amateur adults and professional adult art. There is sculpture, jewelry, ceramics, oil, watercolor and acrylic paintings, collage/mixed media and photography. It was all there!!! Mine was one of four fabric pieces. But we were judged with all the rest together. My friend Diane was there and she told me she knew the artist who did this painting. I loved the fact that the center of the sunflower is painted bubble wrap! This beautiful watercolor with a hint of sunflowers won a first prize! Now listen carefully. This wall is all art by young children. The top one here is by a seven year old boy and he won a first prize in his age group. I thought it had been done by an adult! This is another of the fabric pieces. I loved the huge three dimentional flower face. It must stand out three inches! It is glued to a piece of canvas. This was a very attractive, brightly colored ceramic piece I admired. I could not believe this artist did not win any prize. This metal sculpture was so well done and so clever! My photo does not do it justice! Bravo to this artist!!!! I understand that this professional artist has won many prizes. Even her frame is delightfully and brightly painted. Her sunflowers just rang off the canvas. So pretty! It was a delight to meet the artist of this fabic wall hanging. She sees herself as a more traditional quilter, and had nothing but such nice things to say to me about mine. This collage piece won a first prize! I really admired this digital photo of sunflowers. Diane said the photographer teaches photograpy at the art center where the show was held. It was such fun to see the people looking at all the art. They really seemed so interested, stood for long periods before pieces, talking, pointing, asking questions. And of course I got really excited when they came to mine. Sometimes I could not hear what was being said, but their eyes and pointing fingers spoke volumes! This woman was a traditional quilter, who aspired to be an art quilter. But she said she didn't have the "vision" I had. She was so curious about my process, inquizative, she told Diane that they should have me come and speak to their group! Oh my. By this time my head was starting to swell a bit. I was feeling like I was walking a few feet off the ground. She was very impressed with my labeling. Another woman came up to me and introduced herself. She said she'd been there the day my quilt had come in. She said I must have heard them all falling all over it with their ohs and ahs...She was sorry it had sold. Well happy for me...but... Now, that was really nice to hear! Wow! Okay, Lynn, Deep breath! Come back down to earth! No, no shiny ribbons on this one, but oh my goodness, can't you just SEE the KUDOS folded into the creases of the fabric? It is all puffed up and glowing from it's evening of glory on the wall of the Davis Art Center!!!!