What's not to like; sweaters, deserved coffee, dramatic skies, colors galore, cold sheets and warm blankets... and did I mention sweaters! Nothing like putting on the wool or cashmere or even a bulky acrylic (or that, now rare, jill2day creation!) and heading out to kick some leaves, or as we did tonight, to pick up a growler of beer from the neighborhood brewery to go with hubby's curry!
We have had almost a week of drizzle and grey, but the sun broke through late today and mixed with the fluffy clouds to bring us the best fall could offer. Here are some pics I took. Click on any of them to see the full crop!
So I have decided to try some dust it off and try my hand at thread painting. I am hoping it will work a bit like a hand painted photos, but whatever happens, it will be fun spending time with the family Matriarchs the only way I can now. Hopefully they will whisper some ideas into my ear while I am working!
Below is how I hand basted the major sewing lines to start with. Now onto the machine! Wish me luck!
To raise funds to buy new lighting, the McGuffey Art Center is hosting a art sale in November. They have distributed 12" x 12" boards to participating artists to do with as they wish... I wished to cover mine with fabric! This is the piece I have just finished. It was inspired by all the beautiful sunrises I recently saw in Virginia Beach. I have also included some close-ups so you can see the beads and stitches better! All of the works will be on sale for $150 each, and all the money will go for the light fixtures.
One of the great places here in Charlottesville is the McGuffey Art Center. It is an old elementary school refurbished into an artist incubator, gift shop and gallery. There are many studios for artist- in-residence, gallery spaces, classes, open life drawing, etc etc etc.... and .... wait for it... it is three blocks from my house!!!!
The first time I went there I was blown away by both the caliber of the art on display and the variety of artists involved. jewelery, print making painting of all sorts, sculpture, fiber, drawing, and even a performance area is available. The studios are open for people to walk in and talk to the artists and every one I met was really on the program of helping people to know more about their process and art in general.
They jury artists in twice a year, and September was a jury time. I made some new fiber art, sharpened my resume, and created the all important artist statement so I could throw my hat into the ring.
It was hard keeping my fingers crossed for several weeks, but it worked, and I got my notice of acceptance. I am thrilled to be a part of this organization. There will be an upcoming holiday show and then a show for the new artists.I am also making a piece to donate to their fund raiser in November. I guess I better get busy!
I will keep you posted!
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