Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Art and Spirit



















I read a blog ( http://beesfiberart.blogspot.com/ ) today that triggered reflections to share with you.  I find myself in overwhelm when I am trying to do something for the future, and not being in the present.  We only have this present moment.  The simple act of coming back to my breath brings me home to myself.  It all reminds me that practice and life are one in the same.  Practice is showing up and being with what is here right now....whether that practice is for creative or spiritual means.  For me it is all one, interwoven parts that make the whole of my life.

See also, Wen Redmond's related post - 
http://fiberartgoddess.blogspot.com/2010/07/art-is-praising.html

More on that theme in this wonderful article about "Art as Spiritual Practice" by Meredith Monk.  She writes "practice helps us to trust the unknown or the uncertainty of our passions and our sensations. I think that’s what we do as artists intuitively. For people who are not artists, it really helps in terms of understanding what the artistic process is and how that corresponds to the process of living fully. Actually, one could say that every person is an artist in how he or she lives his/her life."
For the full article - 
 http://magazine.dharma.art.br/2010/01/a-arte-como-pratica-espiritual_english-1/

Monday, July 26, 2010

Quilt Fest in Long Beach

It was a great weekend at the IQF.  Enjoyed my time at the SAQA booth, visiting with old friends and making new ones.  Great to catch up with some of my fellow Visioning members, like Lynn Thompson and Felisa Lyons.  Felt a greater sense of community attending this 3rd year.  That should not come as a surprise, with meeting so many new artists and contacts over this past year.  There were some suberb exhibits this year- SAQA's 20 Art and Excellence (thanks, Cindy Rinne for being a tour guide), A Sense of  Humor, Beneath the Surface, Journeys, West Coast Wonders.  I was fascinated by Connie Rohman's informative color lecture  http://www.connierohman.com/  and by Terry Waldron's lively presentation "You too are an Artist"   http://www.terrywaldron.com/  .  So much filling me, bubbling around, now to let it settle and draw inspriation from being around that creative energy.  I want to explore color theory again and refresh my memory...how long has that been since I studied it more formally?  All the way back to college days?? 
Shown below are some of the SAQA auction quilts that were displayed at the booth....they will be for sale beginning September 20th on the online auction. 
http://www.saqa.com/newsebulletins/Squares_10_4.aspx











Thursday, July 8, 2010

Exhibit of Note

"Uncommon Threads" is a wonderful fiber exhibit at the American Jewish University/LA 15600 Mulholland Drive until the 14th, includes Deborah Weir's fine work.  
Go to:  http://fiberfly.blogspot.com/

Description PR of the exhibit reads:  "In UNCOMMON THREADS we see that fiber art, once conjuring up images of baskets and looms, has now ventured a long way in other directions. Seven artists create sculptural pieces in both traditional and unique new materials. Here, fiber as fine art exploits the use of texture, color, and shape to become very powerful vehicles of personal expression rather than utilitarian objects."

And they were very unique views.  I was drawn in by the work individually and as a whole.

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