Sunday, October 29, 2017

"Behind the Scenes (revisited)" exhibit of Bill Franz's photos and his subject's artwork and Fundraiser

Photo from last year's Art Off Fundraiser, my quilt "She Paints with Fabric" and my art box "Inside of a Dog" are in the background

Three years ago I was contacted by photographer Bill Franz who had retired from his job and wanted to take photos of artists in their studios. At that time I'd just finished my large art quilt "Lavender Diamonds" which he thought that would be a good back drop.

Last year the K12 and TEJAS Gallery had an exhibit of works from local artists with the photos that Bill took of them working in their studios displayed with their artwork. This exhibit was so much fun that they are doing it again this year.

My art quilt "Journey" will be in this year. The exhibit runs from Nov. 3-25 and it was really interesting to see the artwork and the photos together.

The reception is this Sat., Nov. 4 from 6-9 pm during their annual "Art Off" Fundraiser. Tickets for the event are $50 per person or $75 per couple and include food, drinks, music, performers, art demonstrations, silent and live auctions, and a live painting competition. We went last year and it really was a lot of fun.

Thursday, October 26, 2017

"Time Lapse Moon Rise" Book Publication and Exhibit Follow Up

Me with the page that my quilt "Time Lapse Moon Rise" in the book "Fly Me to the Moon: an Art Quilt Journey"

My copy of the book "Fly Me to the Moon: an Art Quilt Journey" by Susanne Miller Jones has arrived! My quilt "Time Lapse Moon Rise" is on page 197 in the section "Studying the Moon." It includes photos and information about all 179 art quilts that were juried into this traveling exhibit.

This is the blurb on the publisher's website and the back of the book:

"When the Apollo astronauts went to the moon, the whole world watched. When the Fly Me to the Moon art quilt challenge went out, it went global. This book showcases the curated results of that call for entries: 179 art quilts by over 130 artists from 8 countries, expressing their interpretation of the space program and all things lunar. Walk down memory lane or discover the story of the missions for the first time, but most importantly, enjoy a trip to the moon and beyond without the time and rigors of space training. As you travel into space, meet the astronauts, hum the tunes, and listen to the artists tell you about their pieces. Find endless inspiration and discover what the moon is really made of: cotton, thread, crystals, paint, ink, tulle, and crocheted lace."

I also learned from the book that NASA astronaut Kathy Nyberg was the first person to quilt and sew in space!

I was fortunate enough to get to see all of the quilts in person last Friday at the Indianapolis Quilt Guild show. While the show is a traveling exhibit, not all of the quilts were at all of the locations, but I got to see all of them. The photo above shows just some of them (including mine, on the right side).

Here's a closer view of the group that my quilt was with. All of the quilts were very impressive and some were quite moving.

You can click on any of the photos to see them larger. Here are some links you might be interested in:

For more information about my quilt and how I made it.

For more information about the book and how to order it from Amazon.

For more information about all of the quilts click here.

To see other photos of this exhibit from the Indianapolis Quilt Guild show.

The publisher's website also has a page where you can read about the quilters and/or to hear them talk about their quilt.

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

New Baby Quilt: Octopus's Garden

"Octopus's Garden" handmade baby quilt by Pam Geisel, 33" x 33"

I made this lovely baby quilt using Toscana chips by Northcott fabric. It's a pretty straight forward construction with quilting lines that made "x"s in all of the squares.

More about Octopus's Garden

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

More New Notecards!

I had some new professionally-printed note cards made of some of my quilts.

Top row, left to right: Baseball - Inside, Little House, Mill, Moon.
Middle two: Baseball - Outside, Beach
Bottom row, left to right: Pumpkin, Zigzag, Flower, Path

They are available as singles ($4) and in sets ($20) at in Yellow Springs at Village Artisans, where ever I'm doing a show, and on my Etsy page.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Yellow Springs Open Studios this weekend

This weekend is the Yellow Springs Open Studios event. There are 30 artists at 22 locations.

My guest artist is Carol Culbertson, who creates both pottery and weavings.

The event is Sat. & Sun., Oct. 21 & 22, from 10am-5 pm. Click here for an interactive map of studio locations (artists are organized alphabetically by FIRST name). Printed brochures will also be available at the studios, and also in downtown Yellow Springs.

Monday, October 16, 2017

"Time Lapse Moon Rise" part of the "Fly Me to the Moon" exhibit in Indianapolis and Book Publication

"Time Lapse Moon Rise," 18" x 30", made by Pam Geisel, 2015

Two years ago I made the art quilt "Time Lapse Moon Rise" for the Fly Me to the Moon art quilts to honor the 50th Anniversary of man walking on the moon. The quilts, which will tour tour the country at different events through 2019, are finally going to be close enough for me to see them all together at the Indianapolis Guild Show at Westfield Middle School on October 20 and 21. You can view all of the quilts, or get more information here.

The book is also being published this month and it can be purchased from Schiffer Publishing or Amazon.

Professionally printed note cards of this quilt are available at Village Artisans and on-line in my Etsy shop.