Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Dayton Landmark Quilts at the Schuster Center

"Dayton Landmark Quilts: Dayton Skyline," #4 made by Sara Lynne Walsh, #5 made by Pam Geisel, and #6 made by Joan Sterr. The photo on the left was taken by Ronnie Doyal.

Last year my art quilt group the Miami Valley Art Quilt Network decided we'd make some "slice" quilts. Ronnie Doyal, a member who is also a photographer, took photographs of six Dayton landmarks. The photos were divided into several pieces with each quilter taking a piece (or two).

Participants got to choose which of the six photos they wanted to work on but the order of the slices was pulled out of a hat.

The top photo shows just three of the six quilts that make up the Dayton Skyline quilt. I did the middle one, the one with the KeyBank logo. All of the quilts in this set are 42" high and 17.5"wide.

"Dayton Landmark Quilts: Dayton Skyline," #6 closeup by Pam Geisel

All of the quilts are now finished and will be hanging in the Schuster Performing Arts Center, One West Second St. in downtown Dayton during the run of the musical "Wicked." The quilts will be on display from May 30 to June 24, 2012. We've got tickets for the show in late June and I'm really looking forward to seeing the show and also all the quilts hanging together.

We hope to have them on display in other locations in the Dayton area and I'll be sure to blog about them. Plus I'll do a blog about how I made this quilt and the other Dayton Landmark quilt that I made.

UPDATE: You can see all of the Dayton Landmark Quilts on the Miami Valley Art Quilt Network Facebook page, and you should be able to view them even if you don't have a Facebook account. Click on the thumbnail photos to see the whole quilt.

Friday, May 25, 2012

Graphic Novel and Skateboard Art exhibits this summer in southern Ohio

I noticed that there are going to be some interesting and unusual exhibits in the area this summer, featuring items that aren't frequently found in art museums. If you have kids or teens who turn up their nose at the idea of visiting an art museums, these exhibits might change their mind. I know these aren't related to quilting but it wasn't that long ago that art museums didn't have quilts in them either.

The exhibition "Beyond Words: The Art of the Graphic Novel,"  featuring work by 44 international graphic novel artists, will be at the Dairy Barn Art Center in Athens from May 25 to September 2, 2012. There will also be a Graphic Novel workshop on June 30, and an opportunity for youth ages 12-18 to exhibit their graphic novel art at the Dairy Barn in August. Visit their website for more information.

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The exhibition "Full Deck: A Short History of Skate Art" will be at the Springfield Museum of Art from May 30 to September 2, 2012.  The show includes skate art from the 1960s to the present with over 275 skateboards, skate decks and original art.

There will be a workshop (and other cool art classes) for grades 6-9 on June 18-21 allowing students to paint expressive designs on wooden skateboard panels and a skateboarding demo in July. Their website is under construction, but their Facebook page has more information and also some cool photos of the skateboards being installed.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Wyoming (Ohio) Art Show this weekend

"Head" over to the Wyoming Art Show! 

The art festival takes place this Sunday, May 20, from 11 am to 5 pm at Worthington Ave. and Springfield Pike in Wyoming, Ohio (just outside of Cincinnati). I'll be in booth #73.

I haven't done an outdoor art show since last August so I'm busy locating all the items that I'll need for the show and double checking my inventory. I even made some new table covers. Right now there's a zero percent chance of rain, which will be nice since it rained the last two years.

If you're in the area, stop by and say "Hi."

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

"Quilts! Traditional, Innovative and Challenging" the Miami Valley Quilters' Guild Quilt Show

I did not make this beautiful quilt, "Glacier Pines." It is 94" x 94" and based on a Judy Niemeyer design. It was made my members of the Miami Valley Quilt Guild and it's one of two quilts that they are raffling off this weekend at their biennial quilt show.

The show "QUILTS: Traditional, Innovative & Challenging" is open this coming Fri., May 4 from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and Sat., May 5 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and is at the Greene County Fairgrounds Assembly Hall located at 120 Fairgrounds Road in Xenia, Ohio. Admission is $5, the building is handicap accessible and there is ample free parking.

Along with work by members of the Miami Valley Quilters' Guild, there will be a Raffle Quilt, Demonstrations, Vendors, Boutique and Concessions.

I have several art quilts that I'm entering, so if you go to the show be sure to look for them.