March Art Shows

Stoneworks Studios and Gallery in Ventura hosted their Games People Play First Friday art show on Friday night, March 4. I made a new small piece, Hopscotch, and entered my crazy gambling hat Luck Be A Lady. Hopscotch is a small studio quilt mounted on an 8″ x 10″ stretched black canvas, and it’s a tribute to my memory of playing hopscotch in the schoolyard during recess when I was a child. (You can’t see the top of the hat, but it’s a round Las Vegas gambling chip pillow that was a Goodwill score.)


LBAL Games show

The Ventura County Arts Council juried art show Solamente: Singular Forms, Features, People, and Things is on display in the atrium lobby of the Ventura County Government Hall of Administration from March 4 to April 12, 2016. The show reception was held on Friday, March 18 from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. Upon arriving for the reception, I looked up to the next floor and saw my piece If Six Was Nine. (The piece next to it, a giant eye made from merino wool, received first prize, and the artist was a first-time entrant.)

Solamente show 1

Of course I had to go upstairs to visit Jimi. I did not win a prize, but I enjoyed seeing so many delightful entries in the show.

Solamente show 2

February Altered Artwear Challenge

I administer the Altered Artwear group on Facebook. We started off the new year with an “anything goes” challenge. I decided to make a sundress for my granddaughter Jacky. I used patterns from the book Little Girls, Big Style by Mary Abreu.


I started with some tops that no longer fit, a few heart appliques, and an old rayon dress that has some damage.


I chose this gauzy cotton top. I cut off 12″ straight across for the skirt.


Then I cut the underarm seams to make it easier to cut out the front and back bodices and pocket backs from the front and back sections, and cut the straps from the sleeves. I cut bodice lining and pocket fronts from the rayon dress.


This was all that was left of the cotton top by the time I was done cutting.


After the dress was sewn together, I centered the heart applique and stitched it down on the bodice.


Here’s a closer look at the bodice. I really like the knotted ties because they are more adjustable than a button closure. I think she will like it!


My Work in Two Recent Art Exhibits

On Friday evening, January 29, the Ventura County Arts Council held the reception for the art exhibit Abstracts, which is displayed on three levels in the Hall of Administration of the Ventura County Government Center in Ventura, California. They had an overwhelming response to the call for entries…254 entries by 62 artists. Accepted were 86 wall hung pieces and several 3D pieces, now on exhibit until March 1. My studio art quilt Streamers is displayed on the fourth floor.

abstracts show1

abstracts show2

abstracts show3

abstracts show4

On Friday evening, February 5, Stoneworks Studios and Gallery in Ventura, California hosted the art exhibit From The Bottom Of Your Art. I entered an older piece, because although I started a new work, life got in the way, and January ended up being a crazy busy month. This is Dancing In The Moonlight below, a mixed media studio art quilt.

Stoneworks Feb2016


Starting off 2016 With New Work

My updates kind of fell off right when I started working as a full-time nanny for my youngest granddaughter in August of last year. I was also kept busy making hats and things, and I vended at a number of local crafts shows and boutiques in the fall, leading up to Christmas. I’m determined to get back on track this year with more up-to-date postings here. (My Facebook artist page is where I post the most frequent updates.)

If 6 Was 9

If 6 Was 9 (2015)

The First Friday show at Stoneworks Studios and Gallery (Ventura, California) came up fast on January 1. The show’s theme was Black and White Only. I created this 26.5″ x 22″ studio art quilt (If 6 Was 9) especially for the show. The title is one of Jimi Hendrix’s songs, in which he declares, “I’m gonna wave my freak flag high!”, enduring him to hippies past, present and future.

If 6 Was 9, Black and White Only exhibit, Stoneworks Studios and Gallery, 01/01/2016

If 6 Was 9, Black and White Only exhibit, Stoneworks Studios and Gallery, 01/01/2016

Black and White Only exhibit, Stoneworks Studios and Gallery, 01/01/2016

Black and White Only exhibit, Stoneworks Studios and Gallery, 01/01/2016

Friday, January 1 was also the deadline for submissions to the upcoming Ventura County Arts Council exhibit, Abstracts. I created this 21″ x 28″ studio art quilt (Streamers) and submitted the image for jurying.

Streamers (2016)

Streamers (2016)

I wish everyone a very Happy New Year in 2016! I have a feeling it’s going to be a productive year.

ArtWalk 2015 at Stoneworks Studios and Gallery in Ventura

ArtWalk weekend in Ventura has ended, and what a weekend it was! We had very rare and unseasonable thunderstorms and rain, and sweltering humid tropical heat. All in all, the venue at Stoneworks Studios and Gallery was beautiful, the music was wonderful, and everyone made the best of the weird weather. You can see all 62 photos I took in a Facebook photo album ArtWalk 2015 at Stoneworks.Gypsy Spirit Threadworks booth at ArtWalk 2015

Gypsy Spirit Threadworks booth at ArtWalk 2015