Thursday, May 31, 2012

May Peace Prevail


Everything has its own time in the creative process.  Some things sit for years before I find the direction to go in for completing it.  This 11.5" square piece began from a drawing I had made several years ago from a statue of the Buddha.  It intrigued me to take it further on to cloth, so I then scanned the drawing and printed it on to cotton.  I added some highlight color before appliqueing the batik print on top.  The quilting is done by hand and machine.  It was a gift for my sister's birthday.  This drawing may yet find further avenues of expression in the future...

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

SAQA Auction 2012

Striations 3 - Linda A Miller 2011



I have donated Striations 3  to this year's SAQA Auction, the largest fundraiser and SAQA's biggest income source after membership dues. For the 2011 auction, 309 artworks were donated and $52,925 was raised.  In 2012, a special group that will be sold in the SAQA booth at International Quilt Festival - Houston, instead of in the online auction. Warren and Nancy Brakensiek will select the works for the SAQA Houston Auction Exhibition.

Monday, May 21, 2012

Hangar Opening

With Fluid Fissure (top) and Fluid Fissure 3 (bottom)


There was great a turnout on Saturday for the Quilts on the Wall opening at the Hangar Gallery.  A number of other artists had openings that night, which helped bring in a variety of art appreciating visitors to view the wide ranging exhibit offerings. 





Carol absorbed in viewing

Elizabeth and I

Elizabeth, Dennis and I




I was happy to have friends and family in attendance throughout the evening to celebrate with me.  








Family friend, Madeline, 95, enjoyed herself.





Sherry Kleinman's photo gives a good view of hallways.

The exhibit was well coordinated by Deborah Weir , Annette Guerrero, and Susan Willen for QOTW, partnering quilts in such a way to create flow and balance.  The long wide hallway provides space, along with good lighting, for proper viewing.  







The Santa Monica Art Studios Hangar Gallery, across from the Santa Monica private airport, utilizes hallways along with several other areas for gallery spaces in a building mostly used as artist studios.  The building has high ceilings in what used to formerly be an airport hangar. 


Talking with Grace
With fellow artists, Sherry Kleinman and Julie Schleuter
Missed it?  You can still have time to see the exhibit until June 16th at the Santa Monica Studios Hangar Gallery, 3026 Airport Ave., Santa Monica 90405.  Regular gallery hours are Wednesdays - Saturdays noon-6 pm.

Friday, May 18, 2012

Huntington Outing

Japanese Garden - Bonzai  "Silent Dragon" over 200 yrs old

My week began with festivities in Berkeley for Conor's graduation, then back home and promptly got sick.  Fortunately felt better yesterday to join some of my fiber art friends, Sherry Kleinman, Terry Waldron, Cindy Cooksey and Julie Schleuter on an outing to the Huntington Library and Botanical Gardens in San Marino.  I could not miss my birthday adventure afterall!  


The Japanese garden has been under renovation and just reopened again recently....yes, it was lovely and serene.  So many wonderful textures.




 I still really enjoy the fine Chinese garden area and lake.  There is always something new to discover...


Pavillion of the Three Friends





Koi by the bridge

  It was a wonderful recuperative day.  Enjoy the pictures.



Junge Frau (Young Woman)
Georg Kolbe 1926 - bronze

  And, the Quilts on the Wall exhibit opens Saturday.  Here is a preview.  I will tell you all about it!

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Opening Soon...

May 19th is the date for the opening of the Quilts on the Wall exhibit at the Santa Monica Art Studios Hangar Gallery 3026 Airport Ave. Santa Monica, CA 90405.  Reception is on Saturday, May 19th 6-9 pm.  The exhibit will run May 19 - June 16, 2012.  Regular gallery hours are Wednesdays - Saturdays noon-6 pm.  Come over and join us for a fun art filled evening!

Fluid Fissure 3 (detail)  - Linda A Miller 2012

On another note, my quilts, Flowing Through and Flowing On, were packed off to Taiwan last week for the Taiwan International Quilt Exhibition 2012 which opens August 11th.  Happily they arrived safely for their first international exhibition.  Certainly more complicated to ship to an international venue.....
































Monday, May 7, 2012

Botanic Wonder



 
On a family outing this weekend visiting with my nephew, we went to the wonderful Santa Barbara Botanic Garden , which is nestled in the foothills of Santa Barbara on 65 acres.  This was my first visit (how did I miss this all these years??)  Of course, spring was in full force with amazing blooms everywhere.  

Thanks for suggesting this, Kevin!





I was impressed with the vast variety of plants and trees....trails and creek... 



Redwood forest area





Trying to get the right shot..




 


Where to go next..


 I happened to catch the tail end of a dyeing workshop with fiber artist and author, Rebecca Burgess, (enough to see some of the fabric and yarn results).  There were pots of varied plant dyes simmering.  Participants seemed to have enjoyed the process.  I am intrigued to find out more from her book "Harvesting Color".  It looks like she will be teaching this workshop again in July. ...hmmmm....

Friday, May 4, 2012

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Seeing Slowly


Our Shambhala Art outing at LACMA over the weekend was a great reminder about the benefits of slowing down and taking a contemplative pace while viewing art.  Seeing becomes a much richer experience.  Each of the pieces became alive and fresh to me.  We were encouraged to look at the piece from a number of viewpoints, ranging from close to far, while bringing in our senses to seeing.  I left with a fuller appreciation of the works we experienced.  Follow this link to see more of what we saw....
(And it happened to be the same weekend as the similarly intentioned international Slow Art day.)

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