Happy Solstice, Christmas, Boxing Day, Kwaanza, New Year’s, Winter and just plain old happy day to one and all! Just a quick note to say hello, as I will be otherwise happily busy with family, cooking, family, and more family on Christmas day. I thought I’d share the year in pictures–the page of photos I share in our annual Christmas Newsletter that I send out to friends from long ago and far away.
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OMG! Koi won Viewer’s Choice! Earlier this year, I was elated when I learned that two of my art quilts, Clothed in Color and Koi, had been juried in to the Out of the Blue art quilt exhibit at the Whistler House Museum of Art in Lowell, Massachusetts. I was even more tickled when I learned that Koi would be the publicity image for the show (blogpost Koi on the publicity card, Whistler). The Artists’ Reception was yesterday, August 15, and I was so happy to see the beautiful quilts and meet many of the artists and I was even more thrilled with the award. I’m honored to be in such elite company.
When I first moved to Maine, I visited a show at the Whistler and thought “if I can ever get in to this exhibit, I will know my skill level has reached where I want it to be.” So I feel grateful and rewarded that a decade of learning, working hard and creating art has raised the quality of my work to be worthy of being included here.
I took many photos of the Out of the Blue exhibit, but realize I totally forgot to get one of Clothed in Color and its neighbors. The photographer for the event got one, though, so I may be able to share that. Apparently there is a cash award that comes with the prize–my second cash award (other one, Fields of Gold, was in Houston a few years back), and my second Viewer’s Choice (the other was for Bijagos Warrior, many years ago at the San Juan County Fair). Needless to say, I’m thrilled and honored.
Then, there is Betty’s dramatic Willow Revisited:
Jill Kerttula also had two breathtaking pieces in the show. I kept going back to look at VA Beach.
The level of excellence of the selected works was tops.
Here are a few other of the many good pieces, art quilts that struck me:
Well that was FUN! Got home yesterday from errands, gathered up the mail from the box, and found this in the pile!
I just checked, and apparently I forgot to announce here (as opposed to over on Facebook) that TWO of my works have been accepted into the Out of the Blue art quilt exhibit this summer at the Whistler House Museum of Art. (If you click on that link you’ll see a thumbnail of my quilt; click on that for more information.) Yes, that Whistler, James McNeill Whistler, the one who painted Arrangement in Gray and Black, No. 1, better known as “Whistler’s Mother.” Can you say GIDDY! When I first moved to Maine, I learned about the Lowell Quilt Festival and the exhibits in town at the Whistler and the Brush Gallery. So I went and thought: I’ll know I’m making it if I can ever get in there. Well, early this summer (I had signed up eons ago to be on the email list) I received a call for entry. I thought: why not! All I can do is send the entry fee, and it will support art quilts no matter what. Imagine my delight when I got in!
Yep, my art quilt Koi is the publicity image for a museum show! My self-portrait “Clothed in Color” is also in the exhibit. Here’s the back side of the card (minus my home address because this is the internet):
And here is Clothed in Color:
That weekend is also the Mancuso show in Manchester, NH. It will be a VERY LONG day, but I’m thinking I will try to drive to Manchester (several hours away), spend a couple hours at the Mancuso show, then about 1 pm get on the road to Lowell to arrive shortly after 2 for the reception, then begin the trek home (about 4 1/2 – 5 hours).
Congratulations to the other artists in the ehxibit–I hope to see some of you there! And thank you to the jurors for accepting my works and to all those involved in the decision to select the publicity image!
And to round things up, here is the back side of Koi!
As usual, re-entry to home life after Houston is a whirlwind, as you might gather by the absence of posts here! Joshua’s birthday is always just a few days after my return, so usually the suitcases aren’t emptied and put away before I’m shopping for birthday dinner and so on. Life was complicated by the snowstorm which cancelled my flight from Boston, causing me to drive home in the snow in the dark in a rental car. At least they cancelled flights early, so I got home not much later than I would have had I waited in Boston for my connecting flight. In the next few posts I’ll share International Quilt Market and Festival, but first, a little bit of home. Since US Thanksgiving is in two days, and since there is nothing I am more thankful for than my family and home, let’s start here.
Guess we should have taken the settee and rockers in a bit earlier. They are now stashed in the garage!
Then, pumpkin pie. The shopping list for Joshua’s birthday always begins with fixings for his birthday pie, which is what he has wanted since he was about 10. We’ve kept the “year” / age candles as the boys grew, and keep re-using them. Joshua is now starting his third decade—how can he be 21????????
Then I was sneak-attack with the camera. None of them were thrilled, but what the heck. I’m Mama, and I want pictures!
And the next day, three fourths of the feline contingent:
I’ll have a new post tomorrow starting with International Quilt Market.
Well… the garden sure doesn’t LOOK like it has had work done. As a matter of fact, it looks like we’ve done nothing. But there are 86 tulip bulbs and 300 daffodil bulbs in the ground!
On Saturday I started in on planting the tulip bulbs near the house. All the bulbs in fact are fragrant. I picked Angelique, Tacoma and another variety that is a pale yellow peony style (12 of each) and in landscape (ie smaller, less expensive) 50 (!!!) Orange Princess, this incredible orange with pink and green stripes. I figure I can get some help deterring the deer from walking Widgeon nearby. Ahem.
Then Joshua and Ashley came over and we had a belated b-day celebration for me (we had to wait for the bulbs to arrive) and planted daffodil bulbs. Joshua, Paul and Eli dug about 17 holes; Ashley and I planted. Then, Joshua fixed an awesome mac and cheese with about six kinds of cheese, oven-roasted grape tomatoes, fresh basil, bacon….can you say heavenly? Finally, I had fixed sticky toffee pudding, which is this delectable English cake-like dessert with sauce, served with vanilla ice cream. SLURP. A lovely family day.
Now every spring when I look out on our hill and see the bulbs, I will remember this day. Of course, the bulbs are on about 1/9 of the meadow, so I’m thinking we may need to make this an annual event for several years. I’ve always dreamed of having an entire field of daffs–how happy can a garden get, to be filled with daffodils?
and this is the shot I ended up with!
Then today I planted the last of the daffodil bulbs, 25 for near the deck/entry, and transplanted a peony. We tried to kill a baptisia plant near the peony so that we could SEE the peony and deal with the VW-Beetle-sized baptisia shrub and failed spectacularly, so I’ve decided if you can’t conquer it, move the peony!
Now to enjoy the winter blizzards and blinding beauty of snow, then endure mud season, and finally wait for spring to spring and see how the bulbs look and smell. Joshua and Ashley will be receiving a fragrant bouquet (provided they bloom!). And I can tell you if those Orange Princess tulips are as glorious as they looked in the photo, there WILL be dyeing of fabric and a quilt of ginormous tulips! I promise I’ll share garden photos in spring!