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Monday, September 29, 2014

500 Traditional Quilts Book

Just arrived!  Yeah.

 I know this is not the greatest photo, because I just had to show that it is really in a Book.

I have just had a moment to glance in the book. I am overwhelmed  that my quilt was picked to be part of this collection.
As I look at the amazing quilts that were entered and are shown so spectacularly,  I am humbled.

This is exciting.  Check out Amazon, perhaps you can buy it there.

Now all I need is a cup of Tea, and rainy day, and a cozy quilt, and this book, to drool at all these beautiful pages of quilts. Many of the quilts are traveling, so you might see it at the Houston Quilt Show coming up soon.

Thank you Karey Patterson Bresenhan for the opportunity to have my quilt shown in this book and thank you Lark Books/ Sterling Books for publishing Quilt Books.
Thank you David Hoffman for being the photographer of my quilts!

Thank you all my friends for supporting me and my obsession, and yours Quilting!

Friday, September 26, 2014

Preparation for Sierra Art Trails 2014

Watch for the Orange signs with arrows and check out your catalog for more details.

Laying out some of my goodies, fabric bowls, framed items, silk scarves, and book covers
and lots more.

Judy- #29,  will be showing her beautiful Pastel Art.
We are behind the gate, and up the drive to the old Barn, then follow the short path to the School House.  Great Parking, easy side walk.
Bring your lunch and sit under the beautiful Oaks and visit a bit of the old West by seeing what is at the museum. Ever seen a wooden washing machine?
We are in the Green School house, look forward to seeing all our friends and making new friends!

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Sierra Art Trails, Oct. 3,4,5,-10AM -6PM

This is an exciting time of the year, and a busy one for the artists. Weather looks like it will be wonderful, just perfect for exploring the Mountain area and the towns of Coarsegold, Oakhurst, Mariposa, and North Fork areas. Don't forget to purchase your catalog only $18.00 for 2 people, and it is a keepsake for years to come. Maybe ask the artist to sign your book. I asked visitors one year to sign my T. Shirt!

Many artists including Judy Andes #29 and myself #28 are on Highway 41. We are near the Chuckchansi Casino Turn off, in the school house at the Coarsegold Historic Museum.  Watch for the signs.

"Reflections" is on display at the Stellar Gallery in Oakhurst,  although I will have many pieces of art at our Museum location.  Fiber Art, Scarves, Jewelry, and Mixed Media pieces are also available. 

Judy will be showing her marvelous Pastel Art, capturing the beauty of local destinations and her love of nature.

"Who Me" is a piece expressing my love of the Garden. Is this something you would enjoy making? I give several classes during the year. Would you like to participate in fabric dyeing?  There will be an interest list for future classes.
Check out the catalog with all the pertinent information. Above is the ad for Gallery Yosemite and Timberline Gallery. All this in Gallery Row.. don't get lost there, this art is up now, come check it out and find the artists you want to visit, set your Trail and enjoy a week-end in the mountains. Laughter, and getting to know the artists in person makes for a wonderful experience.

Have you seen the Art Quilt Mural on the back side of Timberline Gallery?
70 ft X by 2 stories high.. Each piece is 4'x4' in size.  I painted the Star within a Star, of course, fiber artist. The idea came from the Barn Quilt Art. However ours is unique, we have artists showing their paintings, and a variety of art mediums.  Would you like Barn Art on your home, in your garden, or on your Barn or Tuff Shed... ?

When you enter Timberline there is so much art to see.  Each artist from Sierra Art Trails and so much more from our local artists.  I will have many pieces on display, along with my jewelry.

AND Jacqueline Kurtt and I have a display in the Solo Room. Jacqueline is known for her weaving's, and we will have some surprise art in there also.

Spend a memorable and enjoyable week-end in the mountains near Yosemite National Park. Check out Sierra Art Trails, Timberline Gallery, Yosemite Western Arts and Gallery Yosemite on your computer for more information of our artists.   Any questions, contact me at vivianhelena@sti.net.
Don't forget many of us are open on Friday,, start early. Stop in and say hello, there will also be docents to show you the museum if you wish.   See you soon..

Friday, September 19, 2014

Postmarkd'art- 6 of Diamonds.

  In the past I have posted several of my postcards. This time I chose to paint, stencil, stamp and letter, for the 6 of Diamonds.

For several challenges Postmarkd'art members have participated in a Deck of Cards.The process  on these cards are a bit different from what I have done in the past.  There are many companies now specializing in stencils. Most are for paper, but you can use them on fabric also.

Writing from a photo is easier for me.  Others write from their inspiration and then add the photo. Guess that makes me a visual person. Onward.

First I drew out the stencil on plastic and cut the openings. That took some thought so the whole thing did not fall apart.

Then decided I really did need more paint on the cards to pop the "Diamond" out.
Here is how they all turned out..  with little more paint on the diamonds.

I know it would be a little hard to play a card game with these,  but they sure are fun to make and share.

For this # 20th. session all of my cards are complete.  Now, I just wait for the surprises in the mail.

Last session I was running a bit late, and just made it under the wire.We really stick to the due dates.

I have been a member since 2006. This is an  opportunity to meet wonderful ladies all around the world. To share in experiences with fiber art, to challenge each other, to watch us grow in sharing, not just the cards, but our lives, challenges, and our love of fiber and art.

Thank you all for being my friends, I thought about not continuing, as I have been doing this for many years, but have decided, you are a part of my family. You challenge me, and sometimes save me when I need artistic and product assistance.

So I am game for the next challenge. Besides I have to finish the deck of cards.
Looking forward to all the cards flowing in...

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

SAQA Auction - Mystery Mountain

"Mystery Mountain "  12 inch x 12 inch.. Donation piece for SAQA 2014.
On line Auction has started, go to SAQA site, scroll down and you will see my fiber art piece and many more.  All the funds go to supporting Exhibitions of Fiber art at a variety of venues in the U.S.A. and International.. Watch for showings near you. 
If you are a Fiber Artist, look into becoming a member. 
Studio Artists Quilt Association.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Fire in Oakhurst - August 2014

I have not written on my blog for awhile, busy getting things completed and ready for Sierra Art Trails Oct. 3,4,5,  But more about that in another blog.

Fires are scary.  And when this fire broke out so near to downtown Oakhurst it was at the top of the list of scary.. I don't know any other word to use.
We live on the other side of Deadwood, below a 3,000 ft. pass to enter the city from the south on Highway 41.

This fire swept toward the north and they had to evacuate the whole town and those living around it.
The fire rushed through all the dry brush and brittle trees. This has been a very hot summer for this area of Calif. and the lack of water has affected everyone.

The word went out to evacuate, and 6 artists from Timberline Gallery rushed to the gallery and loaded all the art into their cars.  I think Jacqueline our weaver stopped a moment to hose down the out side where we had just put up the Art Quilt Mural on the north side of the building.

The firefighters were surprised to see her exiting the area.  But someone stayed behind to take this photo,  I don't know who it was, so that I could give them credit for the photo.

As the fire rushed past Timberline, about 2 city blocks above, the fire jumped highway 41, and leaped over houses and the valley, to the mountain across from it.
Several businesses, and homes were lost, but when you see what could have happened, the town is very lucky.
We were blessed to have marvelous fire fighters from many stations drive up and help with the fire fighting. If it were not for the planes and helicopters dropping fire retardant and water, we would not have the town of Oakhurst.

The artists returned on Wed. morning replaced all the art work and we were up and running by 11 AM.
Thank you to all the art angels at Timberline for saving the day.
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