Friday, May 09, 2014

ArtFields 2014, The Verner Awards, and a new Lancet Window and more!

(Above:  Me ... being interviewed !!!  Click on any image in this blog post to enlarge.)

It's been a frightfully busy week!  Last Saturday Steve and I went to ArtFields, the 10-day epic art festival and competition in Lake City, South Carolina.  My piece, The Grid of Photos, was hanging at Olio Studio and I was scheduled to share an artists' talk with Lisa Puryear whose painting was also there.  Lots of people showed up ... including a videographer who came to interview me!  It was fun and exciting!

(Above:  ArtFields ...Steve voting ... for my piece, of course!)

With four hundred works of art displayed in over fifty venues, we found it impossible to see everything in a single day.  However, it was fun trying!  We saw so many incredible pieces, met so many nice people, and really enjoyed the day.  We both registered to vote.  One could vote for as many pieces as one really liked!  That was fun too!

(Above:  My artist's talk.)

Steve took the photos of me being interviewed and giving my artist's talk.  Unfortunately, the photos aren't the best.  It isn't even Steve's fault.  My camera is starting to fail.  I wasn't able to salvage many of the pictures I took last Saturday ... a little too blurry.  The camera's lens is no longer reliably focusing and I think there is some sort of light leaking into many of the images as well.  It is time for me to purchase a new digital camera.  I probably would have done it sooner but monetarily it is hard to justify this month.  Why?  Well, I am having to have some dental work done ... to the turn of thousands of dollars.  It is going well but it is costing plenty.  I should have bought the camera before Barcelona but I just couldn't do it until I started the payments for my teeth.  Oh well! Future images promise to be better! 

(Above:  Caroline Duncan, owner of Olio Studio ... in front of The Grid of Photos.)

The Grid of Photos has now been taken down ... but it is going to hang again soon!  Gallery 80808/Vista Studios is going to show the work of the resident artists who were accepted in ArtFields.  That show will run from May 22 through June 3rd.  I'm happy to have another location for this large piece!

(Above:  Local Matters, ArtFields.)

Caroline Duncan who a joy to work with ... young, excited, and happy to be participating as a venue for ArtFields.  ArtFields honored its venue owners with this public art project, Local Matters.  It is part of the larger, international photography exhibit, INSIDE OUT PROJECT, which is aimed at rallying local people around a singular theme that is meaningful to their community.  Brilliant idea!  Very positive!

(Above:  Neoclassic Female Tapestry by Jon Eric Riis.)

Talk about brilliant!  I nearly fainted when I saw Jon Eric Riis' Neoclassic Female Tapestry!  Just the idea of having a piece of my work in a juried exhibition along with one by this master is amazing!  I was not surprised when it won one of two $25,000 juror's awards.

(Above:  Detail of Neoclassic Female Tapestry by Jon Eric Riis.)

There's no way to show just how brilliant this work is ... even in a detail shot that shows the beading that mimics a modern tattoo on an otherwise very traditional face.  Brilliant!  I have several more images of work at ArtFields.  Just scroll down!  

(Above: Stained Glass XLIII.)

First, I have a few other things to share!  Stained Glass XLIII won an outstanding merit award in Palmetto Hands, the annual juried fine craft exhibition during the North Charleston Arts Festival!

(Above:  Cindi Boiter and her very deserved Elizabeth O'Neill Verner Award!)

My friend Cindi Boiter won this year's Verner Award!  This is South Carolina's highest award in the arts and given for significant contributions in the field.  Cindi is the founder and editor of Jasper Magazine and Muddy Ford Press ... all publications that support the arts in South Carolina's Midlands area.  I've personally benefited from her generous work ... both as an artist and as an audience for other arts disciplines.  I'm proud to know Cindi!

(Above:  Cindi and her husband Bob Jolley entering the South Carolina Arts Foundation's Gala and Art Sale at 701 Whaley Street.)

Part of the Verner Arts Awards include an evening gala and art sale.  I've had work in this annual event for several years.  Knowing one of the recipients, however, made the night that much more special.  Plus, at least one of two of my pieces sold during the evening!

(Above:  The Boiter-Jolley family in the balcony of the South Carolina House of Representatives ... waiting for Cindi to receive her award.)

On Thursday, guests were seated in the balcony of the South Carolina House of Representatives in order to cheer for the Verner Arts Award winners!  It was a great day for the arts in our state!

(Above:  Cindi Boiter receiving the Verner Award and accompanied by Rep. James Smith and Sen. Vicent Sheheen ... both of whom have aspirations to higher offices ... both of whom would be very, very good for the arts.)

 (Above:  Lancet Window XL.  Unframed: 27" x 7 1/2"; Framed: 31 1/4" x 11 1/4".)

I've also attended the 52 Windows Gala benefiting MIRCI (Mental Illness Recovery Center, Inc.) where I had two pieces that sold together.  (Click here to see a blog post that featured them.) Between the Verner Art Sale, the MIRCI fund-raiser, a day at ArtFields, and dental surgery, one might expect that I didn't get any art made this week.  That would be wrong!  Okay, I admit I wasn't as productive as normal but I did manage to finish Lancet Window XL.  It was made as a "first refusal" for a nice lady in the Philadelphia area who saw my work last year.  I've also got six, small "In Box" pieces under construction and am spending time every evening unraveling more thread for this coming September's installation, Threads: Gathering My Thoughts.  In fact, I've got good news about this installation.  I'm collaborating with Michael Krajewski, a local graffiti/mixed media artist.  I've collaborated with Michael before ... when creating my first performance piece, Ophelia.  (Click here to see that very successful piece!)

In the meantime, Threads: Gathering My Thoughts is currently at Studio Cellar.  That installation has been extended through June 1st!  The September incarnation will be much, much larger.  Also, the show at Gallery 80808/Vista Studios has been extended until next week.  That show includes my Wall of Ancestors.  (The link above shows both installations!)  Now ... scroll down of some of the art Steve and I saw at ArtFields.  I took plenty more photos ... but I need a new camera if I want to share better images! 

(Above: A Panting We Will Go by Curis Phillips of Meggett, SC.)

Some of the work at ArtFields were very, very serious.  Some were hilarious!

(Above: Best Friends Forever by JoAnn Camp of Greenville, GA.)

It was nice to see several art quilts including among the 400 accepted pieces ... especially since I'm learning the names of people in my region working in this medium.  I've known of JoAnn Camp's work because we are both members of SAQA ... Studio Art Quilt Associates.  Unfortunately, we don't know one another upon sight because we were both roaming Lake City last Saturday and didn't get to meet one another!

(Above: Cottonwood II by Beth Andrews.)

I would have recognized Beth Andrews.  We've met ... but she wasn't able to attend ArtFields.  Her work, however, did her proud!

(Above: Greiving, an Interactive Quilt by Meg Filiatrault.)

Maybe next year, I'll get to meet art quilter Meg Filiatrault.  Loved this piece!

(Above: Detail of Greiving, an Interactive Quilt by Meg Filiatrault.)

Meg is one of the SAQA regional representatives for my area.

(Above: Rainbow Abstract II by Karen Preston..)

I also adored Karen Preston's work and hope to meet her one day too!

(Above: Dream Boat by RG Brown III.)

The concept behind this piece is outstanding ... a boat with a collaged interior made from losing lottery tickets.  How appropriate!  Thought provoking.  Loved it!

(Above: Home Sweet Home by Melissa Bush of Florida.)

The juxtaposition of dainty crochet with serious text was quite powerful.  Great work!

(Above: Rockville Progression by Sarah Haynes of Charleston, SC.)

 Yet, I think my favorite use of thread was this large painting.  From a distance, the thread was so perfectly integrated into the brushwork that it wasn't even noticeable.

(Above: Detail of Rockville Progression by Sarah Haynes of Charleston, SC.)

The closer one got to the paint, the more dimensional it became.  The subtle depth was created by the long, thick, partially painting stitches.  It added to the vibrancy and impact.  The stitches helped define the foreground.  Brilliant!

(Above: Detail of Rockville Progression by Sarah Haynes of Charleston, SC.)

(Above: Family Dollar General Tree by Robert Snead of Charleston, SC.)

This installation won another $25,000 juror's award.  It was amazing.  Even the tiny bathroom and a ladder were made from discarded boxes.  It spoke volumes about mass production, consumerism, and creativity.

(Above: Detail of Family Dollar General Tree by Robert Snead of Charleston, SC.)

(Above: Golden Hand by Donna Hurt of Charleston, SC.)

This piece totally captured my attention.  For me, it was one of the best pieces I've ever seen that used a digitally printed photo on fabric.  It is part of a larger collection of images taken from vintage photos that show little white babies and only part of their African-American nannies.  By enlarging and digitally printing the photos onto fabric, the part of the original that was previously "less important" is able to be stitched and embellished to alter the focus.  Brilliant!  Thought provoking.  

(Above: Detail of Golden Hand by Donna Hurt of Charleston, SC.)

The original really isn't changed but the way it is viewed is entirely different.  This was made possible not by digital manipulation but through the beauty of fiber and stitch!  Love it! 

(Above: Peak by Connie Lippert of Seneca, SC.)

I always love Connie Lippert's weaving too!  This was no exception!

(Above: Taste & See Sweet Shoppe by Karen Deloach.)

Believe it or not, this is another installation!  It so perfectly blended into its venue that it first looked like a permanent part of the store in which it existed!  Yet, everything on display was art ... not real edibles!

(Above: Detail of Taste & See Sweet Shoppe by Karen Deloach.)

Everything here is porcelain!

(Above: Whitewashed by Zipporah Thompson of Charlotte, NC.)

Sure ... the large installation make a big impact but these tiny shoes made from brown paper bags were also quite impressive.  

 (Above: Thin Air, detail by Beth Melton.)

I'm also always impressed with Beth Melton's meticulous work!  I look forward to ArtFields 2015 and am mentally planning for it already!  Hope my work gets accepted again.  Hope I have the opportunity to meet some of these fabulous artists then!

(Above:  Thin Air by Beth Melton.)

I am linking this post to Nina-Marie's "Off the Wall Friday", a site for sharing fiber artwork.


Linda Laird said...

Dear Susan,
What a wealth of riches in this show--thanks for sharing it with us! Good luck with the dental work; remember that oral surgery is still surgery--you need to rest in order to heal. (Dr. Mom speaking!)

Keep up the good work,

Linda Laird
(in Colorado, where snow is predicted for Mother's Day)

Julie said...

Wonderful art work Susan, thank you. I hope your dental surgery is not as painful as it is expensive.

Margaret said...

Thank you again for your sharing -- opens one's eyes to what's possible...and wonderful (as in, inspiring and fills-with-wonder).