Cut-Stitch-Press Take Two

Last Friday was supposed to be the opening of my show Cut Stitch Press at the Bunnell Street Arts Center in Homer, Alaska; but weather got in the way, and things were postponed. You can see I’m telling the truth as it is right here on the front page of the Homer News.

Homer NewsHomer NewsThe opening was rescheduled for Friday, February 14th.

Yesterday, Walt and I headed back down to Homer around noon. We had some serious white out conditions in the Turnagain Pass, but with Walt driving things were good. Walt got to listen to me practice my artist talk over and over.

Drive to HomerDrive to Homer, AlaskaThe Bunnell Street Arts Center was a Hardware Store back in the day.

Story of Bunnell

Since 1992 the space has been a non-profit multi-disciplinary art space. If you want to learn more about what they do at the Bunnell, this video is a great introduction.

BunnellBuildingYummy food catered by Maura’s Cafe & Delicatessen.

Maura's foodWalt took some great shots with his iphone.

Maria Shell's Show Cut Stitch PressMaria Shell's Show Cut Stitch PressMaria Shell's Cut Stitch PressI took some okay photos with my camera. I meant to make my way all the way around the gallery, but people started arriving, and I failed to get the last wall. Dang it.

Maria Shell's Show Cut Stitch PressMaria Shell's Show Cut Stitch PressMaria Shell's Show Cut Stitch PressHere is Fruit Salad. I am just going to tell you. Fruit Salad is hanging upside down. I meant to send Asia, the Director of the Bunnell, an email letting her know which side was up, but I didn’t. So there you go. Its our little secret.

Maria Shell's Show Cut Stitch PressI tried to flip it around but now it has weird shadows. This experience makes me wonder how often this happens with abstract art? And just what does the artist do? I think it just becomes part of the story. (And if I had gotten it properly labeled in time, it wouldn’t have happened.)

Fruit Salad by Maria ShellThis is another new piece called Lite Brite. It is hanging correctly, and I managed to take adequate photos of it.

Lite  Brite by Maria ShellLots of conversations about quiltmaking and art.

Maria Shell's Show Cut Stitch PressMaria Shell's Show Cut Stitch PressI knew I would be giving a talk, but I did not know that Asia would be following me around with a microphone recording all of it.

Maria Shell's Show Cut Stitch PressIf you visit the show, you can check out the recording and listen to it while you look at the show. This is a good thing.

Maria Shell's Show Cut Stitch Press

Everyone likes to see the backs.

Maria Shell's Show Cut Stitch PressThis photo of Colors Unfurled with Asia and I in front of it really gives you an idea of just how big that quilt is.

Maria Shell's Show Cut Stitch Press

Thank you for sharing the event with me virtually.

Maria Shell's Show Cut Stitch PressI hope you enjoyed the show.

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30 thoughts on “Cut-Stitch-Press Take Two

  1. Love it! Just gorgeous, Maria! Congratulations. I wish I could have attended.

  2. Your show looks awesome! I’m very proud of you and your accomplishments. The upside down thing was noticeable only to you. It looks great to me! The colors and balance-without the need for symmetry– very pleasing to the eye. Love it!

  3. Love the show. Thanks for sharing it for those of us a long way from Homer.

  4. Congratulations. Im glad your show opened, and it looks like you had a good time. So colourful!

  5. Beautiful show. Thank you for sharing it with all of us. I would like to “share” again by
    re-blogging on wordpress. 🙂 You have such beautiful work, the whole world should see it!

  6. Reblogged this on stitchinggrandma and commented:
    Fabric eye-candy? Fabric art? Just beautiful – check out Maria’s show!!!

  7. I love your work Maria. Congrats on your show.

  8. kathleenloomis on said:

    three years ago Quilt National hung my quilt upside down (that’s what comes of putting sleeves both top and bottom). The same thing happened the same night to my friend Marti Plager. (next day they had both quilts right side up)

    I’m embarrassed to say that I didn’t even notice until my fourth or fifth spin around the room.

    • Good Story Kathy! To me the quilt clearly reads one way, but then I have been looking at it that way for years–still it took me a minute to recognize that it was upside down.I just think there is so much stimulation at a show.

  9. Beautiful work – you certainly are an artist in the full sense of the word. I’m sure everyone who saw your beautiful quilts came away feeling the same thing. 🙂

  10. It looks fabulous, Maria! Congratulations!

  11. Litebrite is the best yet. You never cease to amaze me at your choice of color and fine craft, dedication and our passion come through–BIG TIME. Also thanks for lovely invitation. Wish I could beam myself there, Scottie.

  12. It looks wonderful – congratulations

  13. Like someone else said, you were probably the only one who knew it was upside down. It was a beautiful piece no matter which way it was facing. I had that happen to me once at our little local show even though I marked which side was up…they took the post-it off to hang it and lost track. To me it made a difference, but everyone else loved it.

  14. Your quilts are fantastic. Looked like a great show. Bring it a bit further down South now…

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