Saturday, February 12, 2011

Fun-a-day reception / art show

Last night was the reception for our local fun-a-day project.  There were a few dozen participants in the area, and last night the turn out was great!  I got to meet some of the other artists, and see what everyone else worked on over the month of January!  There are so many creative talented artists around here!  It was pretty crowded, so I didn't get as many pictures as I would have liked, plus I had the whole family with me, but here's a few I took last night.  There were many others, including a set of dozens of earnings and jewelry, woodworking pieces, photos, videos, sketches, crochet and various other mixed-media projects.
My friend and quilting teacher also made not 1, but 2 quilts, and 3 quilt tops!  I LOVE this one!  I'm seeing more and more circles these days in quilts!!  So cool!  I wish I had got a close-up of her free motion quilting on it.  It's amazing!
These are all continuous line drawing done "blind".  The artist never lifted the pencil, and did not look at the paper while she was drawing!  My mind is already trying to figure out how to do something like this on my next quilt!  So neat!
These were images printed on multiple layers of clear acetate, then all stacked up.  It's not the best picture, but one of those squares can have many layers, adding depth and dimension.  I never knew you could do something like that!!
Someone else made a handmade card each day.  Each one has an inspirational / spiritual message inside!  I had time to read a few, but not all. 
In this last picture, someone had created several hand made, hand bound little books!  This was hands down, my kids favorite!  They also liked one that had many various items, including origami, and some tiny little folded paper structures that said "please take one".  What a great idea!!

Kids really like to touch things, and this town, and the art center are very kid-friendly.  I made a mental note to keep that in mind next time I make an "art quilt".  The ones I've made so far I really don't plan to wash, but in the future I think I'll try to keep them all washable so that kids can touch them, because they really like that so much!!  My quilt is against the far wall in the top picture.  I got a lot of nice comments about it!  You can also see a few other fun-a-day projects along the wall to the right.  I feel lucky to live in a town with such a neat center for the arts.  They really do add so much to the community, and I'm thankful!!


My Sweet Prairie said...

WOW!! What a lot of eyecandy! Incredible! I wish I had been there. Hey ou rhighschool art teacher used to have us do blind drawings. I still have some of them - I think they always turn out so cool.

Try it!

Beth said...

You can always go back another day and take more pictures. Some of those things are really cool. Amazing about the Acetate... I bet it all started with making presentation slides... and printer issues and the offset stack.... and then well ART!!!

Laura Martone said...

Ooh, I love clever handmade art - and I'm with your kids on liking the little books - too cool. Thanks for sharing, Becky!

P.S. Incidentally, I'm thinking that blind quilting might be sorta dangerous. ;-)

Becky said...

ROFL Laura! Good one! I hope to have some more eye candy, as I just found out our local history museum is hosting a traveling art quilt exhibit!!! Whew hew!! I think it starts later this week!!!