Alright. I really wanted to present the Gallery Day at the Surface Design Association in the exact order I experienced it. I wrote about the first and second stop, but now I am getting antsy. I’m ready to fast forward to Gallery Nord and show you my work hanging there. I will come back to the other exhibits later. Today, I’d like to share the happy moment I had being a featured artist.
Finally! After visiting five other galleries and seeing oodles of amazing art composed of textiles, we arrive at Gallery Nord. It is a beautiful facility.
The front section of the first floor featured the work of Natalie Miebach and Eun-Kyung Suh.
Miebach’s work called Changing Waters looks at the interaction of meteorological and ocenaic systems in the Gulf of Mexico. Using information collected from ocean buoys and weather stations, she translates the data into a colorful examination of atmospheric and marine facts all through the use of traditional basket weaving techniques.
Eun-Kyung Suh’s installation work Untold Stories features old photographs brought to the states by Korean immigrants. She stitches these photos into silk organza walls. Each space represents a significant sequence of Korean life.
And now we come to one of my favorite parts of the entire day. As I was walking up these stairs, I was chatting with a young artist who, at the just the right moment, asked me what I did. I felt like I was in a movie as I touched my name on the wall and said this is what I do. It was like my name was up in lights!
Upstairs there was more of Eun-Kyung Suh’s work hanging.
It was very special to have spent the entire day on a bus making new friends and then getting to show them my work.
There is something really thrilling and scary about having people look at your work. Especially when they don’t know you are the artist.
Here is the show minus the people.
These are the quilts that were part of the exhibit insitu.
Back down stairs, Kathryn Clark’s Foreclosure Quilts were displayed. Clark’s work as an architect and urban planner inspired her to take a quilted look at the foreclosure crisis in America. Each quilt maps the disintegration of individual urban neighborhoods across the United States.
Later that week, we returned to the Gallery Nord for a First Friday opening of the exhibits. Here, myself, Kathryn, Carina, and Eun-Kyung pose for a very happy photo.
Three months later, I am finally sharing this moment. I hope you enjoyed the show.
Beautiful work, Maria, but you didn’t tell us what kind of comments you overheard. You know, the honest ones from people who didn’t know you were listening. I hope they were fabulous!
Sharry- thank you for stopping by. Most people commented on how intense the stitching was. People have a hard time thinking anyone would be crazy enough to sit at a sewing machine for that long!
Maria, these quilts are amazing. So alive! How’s that for a great artistic descriptive term? Alive! Some day I have to see them in person.
Thank you Grampus! I really enjoyed our live chat on Friday. We must do it again.
Yes! We’ll go somewhere spicier!
The show looks stunning, however I wish that your pictures were clickable so that I could see a bigger view of each. Your work is beautiful and you should feel like a move star!
Norma- Thank you for making that excellent comment. I think I will do another post where you can see the stitching.
Congratulations Maria! What an honor for you and the gallery looks beautiful with your work hanging! Congrats again!
Thank you Colleen! I am looking forward to the two weeks of now stop stitching coming up for us.
Thank you for sharing. Amazing!
Thank you stitchinggrandma for stopping by. I am glad you like them.
Your quilts look great, Maria! So glad I got to see them as they were in the show..
Thank you Sue. Seeing them all hanging together is one of my favorite things about these Color Grids. They are all the same yet so different.
Wonderful work, Maria. I always look forward to your posts!
Sue! Glad to see you here. I was showing a couple of young folks the flag quilt the other day. It brought back good memories about that adventure.
Wow! What a beautiful and varied showing of fiber art. Your quilts are, of course, wonderful. Congrats!
Trudy–I’m glad you got to see this. Who knew that when I walked in the doors of the Calico Whale it would lead to this. Thank you!
Maria, congratulations on the show! You’re work is amazing — wish I could see them in person. See you in Houston!
Thank you Heather. I am so looking forward to Houston. See you at the SAQA Booth.