Archive for the ‘Exhibitions in Florida and Georgia’ Category


The Skinny Envelope

October 10, 2009

Williamson's "The Sea"

Exhibition: October 25 – November 21

Artists Reception: October 25, 2 – 4 PM

Gateway Center for the Arts, 880 N. Highway 17-92, DeBary, FL 32710

There are 11 fiber artists in the upcoming fiber exhibit at the Gateway Center for the Arts in DeBary, FL.  The opening reception is October 25.  The exhibition opens October 25 and ends November 21.  This started out as

Ferrono's "Red Windows"

Ferrono's "Red Windows"

 an exhibition of art that was not accepted at a museum, gallery or quilt show. However, after seeing the quality of the entrants, the exhibition now also includes a piece from each artist that was accepted in an exhibition.  The viewers will get a chance to test their own judging skills to select which work they are viewing.

The Skinny Envelope began from the announcement that someone got a fat envelope filled with forms and regulations for an upcoming exhibit while another artist announced with great sadness that she got the skinny envelope.  Jurors have their own prejudices and this is reflected in the work they accept.  A work that doesn’t make it into one show might win an award in another. 


Lacativa's "Up on Wheels"

Lacativa's "Up on Wheels"

Salon des Refusés

was the famous French art exhibition held in 1863 in Paris for artists who were refused by the jury in the main Salon.  Among the exhibitors were Paul Cézanne, Camille Pissarro, Armand Guillaumin, James Whistler, and Édouard Manet.  The art was excellent; the jurors were stuck in their mode of standards that didn’t change with the times.  Much the same can be said today for these fiber artists whose work is often thought to be in the realm of bedroom quilts or couch throws instead of works of art by the fine art world and yet, this same work is hung in the dark corners, crowded together at some traditional quilt shows. 


Baugh's "Lady in the Chair"

Curator Mary McBride said that Dada artist Duchamp, with his ready-made urinal that he labeled  “Fountain”  refused to accept the standards and practices of an established art system, and today’s fiber artists are following his footsteps all the way to the major museums in New York, London, Japan, and France, sans the urinals.

Bobbi Baugh, DeLand –  (Sculptures) Lady in the Chair; A Woman Somewhere in Time

Eileen Doughty, Vienna, VA  – It All Had to Start Somewhere, But Where is it Going to End?; Below Great Falls; Red Oak Cross Section x5

Clairan Ferrono, Chicago, IL –  Autumn: Catskills;  Red Windows;  Grape Harvest

Jensen's "Potions"

Jensen's "Potions"

Tuscany;  Blue Mountain: Saugerties

Jo-Ann Jensen, Cape Canaveral  – Seagrapes; Potions 

Deborah A Lacativa, Lawrenceville, GA –  Innocent Bystanders;  Hopped Up;  Up on Wheels; The Celebratory Cod Is Spared Another Year

Carol Larson, Petaluma, CA – At Sea;  Harmony

 Ellen Lindner, Merritt Island – Reconciliation;  Security; Ti Plants A-Glow-Glow

Hanna Morris, Mimms –  Jacket – San Franciso Bridge; Jacket – Cock Crows

Suzanne Mouton Riggio, Vero Beach –  Diametric Equinoxes;  Beauty and the Tulips

Doughty's "It All Had to Start Somewhere, But Where is it Going to End?"

Doughty's "It All Had to Start Somewhere, But Where is it Going to End?"

Alema Pamela Watson, Altamonte Springs – The Village;  Where Have the Flowers Gone?

Marianne Williamson, Miami – Turquoise Sea; Something off the Shelf

Sharon Wolf, New Smyrna Beach – Autumn Woods;  A Pair & a Pear


Lindner's "Security"

Lindner's "Security"


Riggio's "Diametric Equinoxes"

Riggio's "Diametric Equinoxes"


Wolf's "A Pair & A Pear"

Wolf's "A Pair & A Pear"


The Skinny Envelope Opens Soon

October 4, 2009

October 25-November 22, Gateway Center for the Arts, DeBary, FL

Artists’ Reception, October 25, 2-4 PM
The following artists were accepted into The Skinny Envelope. Each artist was also asked to send in a work of their choice – preferably one that was accepted into a show. The works will be displayed with small envelopes mounted on the wall. Viewers can test their own skills at guessing which works were “accepted” and which were “rejected.” I am sure many of them will be surprised at the results.

Old Woman in the Chair by Bobbi Baugh

Old Woman in the Chair by Bobbi Baugh

Bobbi Baugh
Don Burrhus
Eileen Doughty*
Clairan Ferrono*
Jo-Ann Jensen
Debora A Lacative*
Carol Larson*
Ellen Lindner*
Hanna Morris
Suzanne Riggio*
Alema Pamela Watson
Marrianne Williamson*
Sharon Wolf

*Indicates SAQA members. I am ever grateful to SAQA members who are willing to join a show at my hands. This space is wonderful and it should be a interesting exhibit with some 3-D and clothing included with big and small quilts.  And, yes, the Chair is also quilted!


Dawsonville, GA exhibit

September 8, 2009

cbI am in a show with Mary Jane Taylor and Charles Pinckney at the Bowen Center for the Arts in Dawsonville, GA. If you are in the area this Saturday, please join us for the reception.

Crossing Boundaries: Contemporary Metal, Clay & Fiber
September 3rd –30th
Charles Pinckney (metal), Mary Jane Taylor (clay), and Jane Broaddus (fiber)

Artists’ Reception Saturday, September 12th, 3:00 to 5:00 pm

Bowen Center for the Arts, 334 Highway 9 N., Dawsonville, GA (706) 216-2787 (ARTS)

Jane Broaddus doll

Jane Broaddus



SAQA Florida and Georgia Region

June 28, 2009
Fiber Freaks on an Adventure

Fiber Freaks on an Adventure

“Eye of the Needle”

Exhibit Review by Mary McBride

 I just came home from the opening of the Eye of the Needle exhibition at the Florida Museum of Art.  WOW!  I was blown away by the art work!  You ladies are fantastic artists!  The show is beautifully displayed and people were flocking up the stairs to see it.  In fact, the staff had to kick us out so they could close the doors.

I was so proud to be your SAQA rep!  When people asked if I did the work (honest, I did NOT wear your name tags!), I said no, but I represent the Studio Art Quilt Associates which they belong to.  I’m taking down a bunch of brochures tomorrow!!!

If anyone is within driving distance, this is the show to see!  Each artist takes a different approach to making their images and patterns.  Each work is exquisite.

Eye of the Needle: Fiber Art by Katherine K. Allen, Eleanor A. McCain and Barbara W. Walter
June 12 – August 23, 2009 (Upper Galleries)