Friday, May 19, 2017

Making It In Crafts III -- the reception at the museum

I can't tell you how thrilled I was to be able to attend the opening of this exhibit at the Art Museum for Greater Lafayette. Altogether about a 4 hour drive for my husband and I, but we did combine the trip with a visit later to a dear friend who lives in Indiana about 2 hours south of Lafayette.

When we started looking for a hotel close by the museum, we discovered that Purdue University was holding graduation ceremonies the same day as the opening, so rooms were going for premium prices and we opted to stay in Crawfordsville about 27 miles to the south on Rt 231. I recommend the Best Buy that is just off I-74. Very nice room. Cracker Barrel is conveniently next door,  so we grabbed an early supper there before changing and driving up to Lafayette for the opening. I had the route memorized from the delivery trip in April, but the museum is easy to find.

 Pat Vivod, Carpe Noctem     shibori rust print on silk dupioni
Kathleen Nowak Tucci's (Alabama) pieces on either side.  Scroll down for another shot of her work.

The exhibit features 140 works by 51 artists from 25 states, Australia, and Canada spread over 2 galleries in the museum. A full color catalog was created that has photos of all the work plus artist websites which I've been exploring day by day since I received mine. Jim Sondgeroth pictured left was the guest curator. I had lunch with him the day I delivered work and learned that like me, he taught high school art for many years. He serves on the board of the museum. Jim personally selected all the artists for this exhibit and the previous two held in 2011 and 2014. I'm very proud to be included in this one... and very happy to say I've been invited back for the 2020 show.


On the day I delivered my work I met Jim and Michael Crowthers (left)who is the museum curator and installer of the exhibit. Michael did a phenomenal job in arranging the exhibit. I couldn't be more pleased with how my work was showcased. This exhibit is stunning both in the calibre of the work and the diversity of the mediums.


There were six artists I think at the reception including Joshua DeMonte (below) who came all the way from Maryland. Joshua was a delight to meet and talk to. He attempted to educate me about 3-D printing which is his medium now (he is a metalsmith). He teaches at Towson University.

For additional information on the show and a complete list of the artists plus individual images of my work, see the post I did announcing the show here.


Following is some of the work I photographed while at the reception.

Pamela MacGregor / Ohio     L-R: Sprout, Geisel, Session Tea Pod    felt

Kathleen Nowak Tucci / Alabama
Shield Necklace, Fringe Skirt
recycled motorcycle and bicycle inner tubes, brake cables

Joan McGee / Oregon
Flower Garden (L) silk organza, Golden Landscape (R) lambsuede

Carrie Schumacher / Illinois
C: Daphne's Diary, magazine R: Consequence of What You Do to Me, romance novel
Carrie Schumacher, Stay (Away/Awhile)
romance novel

Diane Siebels / Virginia   Head 10
cotton, velveteen, thread

Diane Siebels, Head 10 (detail)

Pat Vivod, Memento Mori    shibori rust print on silk dupioni
L: Melanie West / Maine    Shades of Yellow Big Bead    polymer necklace

Pat Vivod, Bono Malum Superate, shibori rust print on silk dupioni
in the wall case: Jeffrey Lloyd Dever / Maryland, Promesse du Jardin, polymer clay necklace
far right, Carrie Schumacher's work

Diane Siebels / Virginia   Head 9  fiber
There were a few other artists working in fiber or using fiber techniques with non fiber materials such as Brooke Marks-Swanson / Indiana, who I met, but forgot to photograph her work. She does striking large scale wearable adornments/jewelry using hand knit leather combined with silver and gold. Kate Cusack / New York, does equally striking wearable neck pieces using zippers and thread. Jill Ault / Michigan had three stunning art quilts in the show using digitally printed cotton to create optical effects. Geoffrey Gorman's rabbit, below left, utilized fabric that is rusted over time by the wires that bind the fabric to the form. I saw Gorman's work at SOFA Chicago a few years ago.  

Geoffrey Gorman / New Mexico
L-R: Bachmani, Blue Backed Woodpecker, Magpie with Chair
mixed media, found objects

Chris Francis / California  Sideboard Shoe - Tribute to Gerritt Rietveld
mixed media (Chris has designed shoes for Lady Gaga)

Glass, ceramics, wood, leather and furniture and jewelry made up the rest of the show. I couldn't begin to capture everything, but here are a few more highlights.

Bennett Bean / New Jersey
L-R: M# 1890 Vessel, M# 1808 Double Cylinder, M# 1888 Vessel
pit fired, gilded, painted earthenware

Anne Boothe / Pennsylvania
Civil Root, kiln cast lead crystal

Michael Wilcox / Indiana
Sidewalk Racer (roller skates front left) Dog Days (fan at rear)
No Preservatives Added (potter's wheel)

L: Richard Satava / California,  Double Moon Jellyfish, glass
R: Paul Stankford / New Jersey, glass
Joshua DeMonte / Maryland
Arcade Coil,   33% glass filled polyamide (3-D printed)

Eric Knoche / North Carolina
Story, wood fired stoneware with slip and glaze



There was a sizable crowd at the reception and I got to meet and chat with many people and all of the artists in attendance. One of the highlights was meeting this woman and her electric shoes! I didn't get her name but WOW! Guess what I'm wearing to my next opening?  :)


FYI: I had the permission of the curator and director of the museum to photograph.  


Sunday, April 30, 2017

Making It in Crafts III -- Lafayette, Indiana

I am absolutely thrilled to be included in the invitational exhibition -- Making It in Crafts III -- May 12 to August 27, 2017 -- at the Art Museum of Greater Lafayette in Indiana. I delivered three pieces in person last Tuesday and met the guest curator, Jim Sondgeroth.  

The opening reception is Friday, May 12 from 6:30 to 8:30, with remarks by Jim Sondgeroth at 7 pm.  

Carpe Noctem © 2015
Shibori rusted silk dupioni and organza, with tulle and
processed leaves, 68" x 60"
Making It in Crafts III features 140 works by 51 artists (clay, glass, metal, wood working and fiber) from 25 states plus Canada and Australia. I'm in very good company. From the looks of the catalog, the show should be stunning. You can get a peek at some of the other artists' on the brochure posted on my Exhibitions/Events page.

Memento Mori © 2015
Shibori rusted silk dupioni, 66" x 48"

MAKING IT IN CRAFTS III

ART MUSEUM OF GREATER LAFAYETTE
102 SOUTH 10TH STREET
LAFAYETTE, IN   47905

MAY 12, THROUGH AUGUST 27, 2017
This exhibition will feature 140 works of art by 51 prominent professional craft artists (clay, glass, metal, wood-working and fiber), from 25 states plus Canada and Australia.  These artists make their living by creating and selling fine art crafts.  Many of the most renowned artisans are juried participants in the most prestigious art shows in the U.S.  Including Chicago’s SOFA at Navy Pier; Grand Rapids’ Art Prize; and Ann Arbor’s Summer Art Fair.  Guest Curator, Jim Sondgeroth has personally selected and invited each artist.  This unique exhibit expands on the first two Making it in Crafts exhibits shown at the Art Museum in 2011 and 2014.  It is one of the most exciting and comprehensive arts and crafts shows to be presented in the Midwest.
Platinum Sponsor: Reed & Company, Barb and Tom Reed
Gold Sponsor: Keystone Architecture
Exhibiting Artists:  Peter Antor,   Jill Ault,  Boris Bally, Bennett Bean, Sharif Bey, Dixie Biggs, Anna Boothe, Tanija and Graham Carr, Bede Clarke, Andy Cooperman, Annette Corcoran, Darryl Cox, Angela Cunnninham, Kate Cusack, Joshua DeMonte,  Jeffrey Lloyd Dever, J Paul Fennell, Melanie Ferguson, Brian Fireman, Douglas Fisher and Jeremy Humpherville,  Steven Ford and David Forlano, Chris Francis, Jeremy Frey, Geoffrey Gorman, Billy Hall and Henry Levine, Nina Hole, David Huang, Eric Knoche, Robert Levin,  Pamela MacGregor, Brooke Marks-Swanson, Jennifer McCurdy, Joan McGee, Carol Milne, Woodrow Nash, Kathleen Nowak Tucci,   Edward Risak, Jon Michael Route, Richard Satava, Carrie Schumacher, Eric Serritella, Diane Siebels, Bonnie Stahlecker, Paul Stankard, Debra Steidel, Timothy Sullivan, Judit Varga, Jacques Vesery, Patricia Vivod, Kate Vogel and John Littleton,  Shannon Weber, Melanie West, Michael Wilcox, Matt Wilt       
Bono Malum Superate © 2017
Shibori rusted silk dupioni, 67" x 48'



Monday, January 9, 2017

Happy New Year!

Can't believe it is 2017!
Time to show off the first finished piece of the season.

Family Tree c2016 Patricia Vivod
This is a small piece for me, only 24x12, the silk is mounted on a canvas stretcher that I covered with felt first, to round off the sharp edges and corners and cushion the silk.

It started out as a scarf that failed to print consistently and the striking rust pattern went a little too far for comfort to use as a wearable so I cut off the portion I liked for mounting. The silk was wrapped around to the back of the frame and stitched to the felt.

The title comes from the trivets at the top of the image. I've been collecting the trees for some years now in two sizes...I've got several. My latest acquisition was found when I was Christmas shopping and has a mark on the back that I don't recall seeing on my other trees. It shows more detail on the front than some of the others too, so I'll have to compare when I get back out to my studio. It's way too cold now to go rummaging around.  So much of what passes for antique is really reproduction, but if it's decorative and will rust for my purposes, who cares.

A problem I often run into when searching for suitable rusting sources is that dealers often use paint or polyurethane to prevent or preserve rust.  More and more people are buying up iron to decorate with. In fact a whole industry has sprung up.  Rust is a natural and beautiful patina...why would anyone want to mess with it?   Leave it alone I say.  Let the buyer decide.

One of the trees didn't print as well as the others--design wise I love the varied effect, but the color glitch could be caused by any number of problems including having vestiges of some polyurethane on the surface that I failed to remove.  My trees all look rusty but there might be a patina building up that makes it difficult to get a decent print.  I may need to do some wire brushing ahead of any new work.

This piece is in an exhibit and for sale at The Edwardsville Arts Center through Feburary 3, 2017.






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