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Friday, June 27, 2014

Art Quilt Blocks- Mural Installed, Oakhurst Ca.

 After long months of planning the installation of the 4'x 4' plywood boards, it went up with out a hitch. 
Michael Muscato from Art Signs, handled each piece with care.  The area covered is 70 ft.x 2 stories.

I won't go into the details of the pre-construction on the building, but to say it was extensive and expensive. It was needed to hold the boards, and bolt them to the building.

Our Fiber artist Jacqueline Kurtt, did an amazing job of research, paint, wood, bolts, and contacting the experts we needed for the project.
Michael Costa took professional photos of the event, although these are my snapshots.

The artists from Timberline wanted to make a contribution to the celebration of 150 years of Yosemite National Park. And we also felt we needed to have a permanent colorful "Welcome to Oakhurst" for visitors driving down Hwy 41, from Yosemite National Park.

This all started with my idea of the Barn Blocks, ( see Lake County,Quilt Trail. Calif) and the tours across the U.S. visiting various cities that feature these amazing works of art.  Google  Vivian Helena Pinterest, (Art Barns).   We took this idea one or many steps further.

Each painted board has 3 coasts of primer, then 5 coats of exterior house paint. 

Of course, you can probably guess which one is mine, yes, the "Star within a Star."
 I chose this particular quilt block design, depicting the spectacular view of the stars from the mountain area.
We have deer, flowers, snow scenes, and a variety too many to mention. 19 blocks in total, 12 are painted, and 7 are photographic reproductions.

And yes, reproductions of these pieces are for sale or commission pieces upon discussion with the artist. In the next week we will have forms available, and can reproduce in various sizes.

We are hoping that those that enjoy this wall also donate toward our project, over $3,000. was loaned by an artist  to establish a foundation on the building for attaching this exhibit. 

Each artist paid the expenses for their wood, paint, photography and anything else needed to complete their piece. 

We expect this exhibit to be up for several years. Please come by and stop in at Timberline Gallery to let us know how you like it. We are a co-op, non profit Gallery) and each day there is a different artist attending to the gallery. Come meet us and enjoy Timberline Gallery.

Gallery Row has a wonderful variety of arts and gifts, most of it from Artists that live in the surrounding area. 

Enjoy your visit to Yosemite National Park and it's surrounding area.

Watch for our invitation to a reception in July, still in the planning stages.

Friday, June 20, 2014

Barn Quilt Blocks and surprises!

Start of a new project, can you guess what it is going to be?
House paint, ruler, brushes, tape, plywood, with 3 coats of primer.
Sandpaper, pencil, and the list went on.

Drawing, with color.

I drew the lines with pencil, and started with the blue tape. I had to figure which lines would intersect, and hoping after the 5 layers of paint over the 3 layers of primer none of the paint would pull up with the tape after it dried and also that it did not bleed through.

I pressed the side where I was painting down to make a good connection, and for the most part it worked.

Then the painting began. Actually, the Kelly Moore paint went on beautifully, covering well, and drying fast.  I waited a day between coats, just to make sure.  This was set up in my garage, on an old door, perfect height with the saw horses.

Each color had to be done separately, because of the tape. The sides even have 5 coats over the primer.  In this photo it looks blue, but it is purple.
You can not tell that this board is 4'x 4'.  But it is, and heavy.

I will be writing more about this project, it is amazing and it will be hung on June 24, on the back outside wall of Timberline Gallery on Hwy 41 in Oakhurst, Ca.

What started out as a discussion of Barn Quilt Blocks has grown into a magnificent mural called the Art Quilt Blocks.  We hope that residents of the mountain area will love this salute to Yosemite National Park and our mountain area.

Ready to deliver to Timberline Gallery.

This is the preliminary work up done on a computer. Sort of our starting point.

Next blog I will explain how the construction was done and how Jacqueline our in house weaving artist/engineer figured this all out. With out her this would have been artists doing their thing with a nail and hammer.

Why I did a quilt block, because I am a fiber artist. We have every variety of artist in the Galleries in Gallery Row.  To imagine the size of this, look to see the height of the doors at the bottom of the building.

Ever checked out the Barn Quilt Blocks on Pinterest?   Check them out on my Pinterest Board at

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Sun Printing- experimenting

  We have lots of sun right now, and everyone on the net seems to be experimenting.
 I thought I would try different types of paint and see how it goes.

Some letters would be fun to try first. For this one I used Versatex Screen Printing Ink.  A foam core board from the Dollar store, and covered it with plastic. It was OK if there were some wrinkles just added to the variation.  Sprayed some water after I pinned the fabric in the corners, and pined the stencils down.  I found that if I pressed the stencils down a bit, it bonded and made a cleaner print.

I left it out to dry with a couple of stones in the corners to keep it from the slight wind that came up in the afternoon.
To tell the truth, I forgot it, but all was fine.

Pretty clear print, has an ok hand, in other words it is not that stiff. 
Tomorrow, will try another type of paint.
Hope you are having fun this week-end.  Off to a barbeque. 

Monday, June 9, 2014

Postmarkd'art Due 5-31-2014

I am not usually late with my Postmarkd'art cards. But this design has me stumped. I was going to carve the 3 of clubs. You can see the start of the project.. But my hands just could not carve on this product. With the "Carving" project I had the pink product ( Speed Ball Carve) and it carved like butter.. So I put the deck back and what did I find, but the deck of cards that the Coarsegold Historical Society put out as a fund raiser a few years ago..
 I still have 2 decks for sale at $10.00. But back to my project.

I printed the card on to white fabric and used fusible material to iron it to my hand dyed fabric.  I chose a color that looked like rusty metal, quilted with variegated thread.  This photo was donated by the Children's Museum in Oakhurst.

Round 19,  my 7 of Clubs, again a photo from the Deck of Cards from the Coarsegold Historical Museum. Maytag started producing washing machines in 1907.. See the connection.
The one in the photo is from 1915, and made of wood. If you want to see it in person, go by the museum,,, check the summer hours, as docents donate their time.

 Love this challenge, we will have a whole deck of cards soon.

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Timberline Gallery 6-4-2014

Timberline Gallery has changed the art in the gallery and new pieces have been added. Artists are busy during the summer months with new creations and ideas.

I especially like this piece by David Caris.  " Have a Taste".  Thankfully, I brought some chips to munch today, because I am looking at this dish from the desk. Oh, so tempting.

Yes, it is all ceramic. I had to touch it and see what it felt like .. There is texture with the chips, but each one is attached to the other.

Hope you are enjoying the salsa!
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