Image Journal #30


It’s been an entire month since I have posted an Image Journal. Just what the heck have I been doing?

I packed up six boxes of fabric to send parcel post to the McColl Center for Art + Innovation. They were waiting for me when I got there.

Maria Shell Image Journal #30I spent about 100 hours doing this. I know what you are thinking. The fun NEVER stops around here.

Maria Shell Image Journal #30300 dollars worth of school supplies looks like this. We’ve got three kids in three schools this year.

Maria Shell Image Journal #30Son #1 has requested I not mention his name on the blog so that when girls goggle him, unflattering photos do not appear. I’ve agreed to comply.

Maria Shell Image Journal #30Son #2 The first day of Middle School!

Maria Shell Image Journal #30Son#3 He really doesn’t have a Jay Leno chin, it just looks like it in this photo.

Maria Shell Image Journal #30We made a quick trip to McCarthy to Fire Wise our property.

Maria Shell Image Journal #30And visit the new town outhouse. Thank you Tamara for your persistence–you made it happen. And thank you to the Hegland family for their generous donation of the land where the outie sits.

Maria Shell Image Journal #30We enjoyed this year’s Tall Tales event. Walt was a judge. It was a great evening filled with story telling thanks to the Wrangell Mountain Center and the Golden Saloon.

Maria Shell Image Journal #30Then it was back to Anchorage where I finished nine minis.

Maria Shell Image Journal #30And nine Solos.

Maria Shell Image Journal #30Then I packed my bags and flew across the country to arrive at the McColl Center for Art + Innovation in Charlotte, North Carolina. Hello heat. I love you. I also love Trader Joe’s where I now get to shop for groceries. Doesn’t that look yummy?

Maria Shell Image Journal #30I set up a new studio space.

Maria Shell Image Journal #30I went to a mega fabric store called Mary Jo’s Cloth Store. It felt a little bit like going to heaven except I had to pay for what I wanted. I think it would be free in heaven. Right?

Maria Shell Image Journal #30I made a new friend. Her name is Jessica Whitbread. She is my neighbor at the condos and at the studio space. Jessica’s art merges art and activism, and you can read more about it here.

Maria Shell Image Journal #30I kitty sat for my other new friend painter Beverly McIver. Beverly, if Bona is kidnapped, I had nothing to do with it.

Maria Shell Image Journal #30I have seen my long time friend Amy twice, but have failed to take her picture. Amy and I have been friends since we were 20 years old, and it has been wonderful to reconnect. I did admire her amazing banana trees. Aren’t they beautiful. We sure don’t have any banana trees in Anchorage.

Maria Shell Image Journal #30I finished Haru and am kind of happy with its strangeness. Although I did have to eat an ENTIRE humble pie when I realized I could not properly quilt this piece on my domestic machine. If only I could channel Sandra Palmer Ciolino.

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I had the honor of being interviewed by Malka Dubrawksy for her blog A Stitch in Dye. You can check out the interview here.

There was a nice write-up in the Charlotte Observer about the the new artists at the McColl Center. You can read all about it by clicking here.

Maria Shell Image Journal #30Lastly, I’ve been checking out the grates in downtown Charlotte. I like them.

Maria Shell Image Journal #30And words. Yep. There is something brewing with words as well.

Maria Shell Image Journal #30Whew.

What have you been doing dear readers? I hope its good times for all of you.

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6 thoughts on “Image Journal #30

  1. Hi Maria… hoping you are thoroughly invested at the new studio… so admire your tenacity and commitment to your art! How hard is it to get a residency like this! You are definitely deserving – with a hugely amazing body of work! HAVE FUN… get that pile of solid fabrics rocking..!!! Be happy..time is flying by.
    Bethany in Kingston, ON

  2. 3 disparate comments:

    I like the epic span of this post from Anchorage to McCarthy to NC.
    It’s interesting how your version of heaven and mine look so similar.
    Haru has an overall movement that I haven’t seen in your other quilts. Like the whole quilt is trying to slink off into the lower left corner.

    Thanks for sharing–I love living vicariously through you.

  3. I so enjoyed your post. it is great to see recent pix of the boys..they are really Growing up! I have been trying to take pix of my “Minionettes”(marionettes) to send to a gallery
    in Eureka Springs Arkansas so that they can choose what they want to display.I can really understand your frustration with photography.It’s another craft that I have no interest in learning, but am being forced to do.It looks as if you are having a great time in North Carolina.I am sure you will do wonderful things.

    • Sue- I think we have to either study photography or pay someone! I’ve gone with the later. Although while here in Charlotte, I’ve been surrounded by good photographers and it shows! I hope the gallery loves them.

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