Gay E. Lasher (www.gayelasher.com) shows her latest body of work, Playing In Traffic, at aBuzz Gallery, 3340 Walnut St., Denver, CO 80205 from September 24-October 17. Frustrated by traffic havoc caused by the profusion of construction projects in Denver, Gay’s expresses her impatience with this aspect of modern life in computer-altered abstract textile compositions filled with chaotic shapes and saturated color. Opening reception is September 24 from 6-9pm, First Friday is October 2 from 6-9pm, Artist Talk is October 10 at 2pm with gallery open 1-4pm and closing reception is October 17, 12-4pm. Hope to see you at one of these events.
The Call for Artists has just been posted for Fiber Innovations II. Mary Ellen Williams, Executive Director of the Foothills Art Center (foothillsartcenter.org) will be the juror. Submittals must be postmarked by March 21, 2016. The link for the Call is: http://co-parkerpace.civicplus.com/2055/Call-For-Artists.
Regina Benson Water Marks Show at Ice Cube Gallery
Regina (reginabenson.com) explores the environmental, social and historical issues surrounding the abundance and scarcity of water. She creates an experience of rivers, sea sides, and tide pools: past, present and future – immersed in depths and revealed in cracked beds of forgotten waterfalls and eddies. Her show runs September 17 through October 10. Opening reception is Friday, September 18, 5 – 9 pm. Artist talk is September 26, 2 pm. For more information on Ice Cube Gallery go to www.icecubegallery.com.
Deconstructive Silk Screening Workshop with Susan Brooks
Susan (susanbrookstextileartist.com) held an incredible workshop last Tuesday on Deconstructive Silk Screening. She spent the first hour discussing techniques and materials as well as sharing her work. After that she set us up in her studio space where we began making our silk screens. Completed screens were set in the sun to dry. After lunch, we began to pull prints. Everyone had wonderful fabric for their next projects. It was a great experience! I am already getting set up for my next round of fabric!
Fiber Art Now has a Call for Entries at: http://fiberartnowentry.net. The deadline for submittals October 1, 2015. The show is juried and selected works will be included in their first annual Excellence in Fiber catalog. Check out their website for more details.
Mary Hertert asked me to send out a note that the retreat next weekend is cancelled. Turned out to be a busy weekend for many people. She is planning to try again in the spring so stay tuned for more information.
Regina Benson’s (www.reginabenson.com) recent work will be in her solo show, Water Marks, at the Ice Cube Gallery (www.icecubegallery.com). Key dates are:
September 17 – October 10, 2015
Opening Reception: Friday, September 18, 5-9pm
Artist Talk and Demo: Saturday, September 26, 2pm
The Ice Cube Gallery is located at 3320 Walnut Street, Denver, CO. The show is free to the public with ample free parking at the gallery.
Regina explores the environmental, social and historical issues surrounding the abundance and scarcity of water with her new 3-D and installation textile works. She creates an experience of rivers, sea sides, and tide pools: past, present and future – immersed in depths and revealed in cracked beds of forgotten waterfalls and eddies.
Artist Statement on “Dry Spell”: I created this work in response to my flight over the Colorado River as it meanders from my home, through Arizona and on to Mexico. I see the rushing waters give way to stark, cracked surfaces with darkened paths of long gone water: sad, yet beautiful, reminders of our planet’s struggles with fresh water. Now NASA has captured images of those same cracked surfaces and dark paths on Mars. I wonder what happened to the flowing water there……..In my artistic practice, I am inspired by my surroundings and what I read in the philosophical and scientific literature. I design my works to visually and conceptually capture some imagined moment. The surface design of this dimensional work, “Dry Spell”, was created by screen printing and painting polyester fabric with disperse dyes; then heat pressing, piecing, layering, burning and stitching to completion.
Artist Statement on “Eventide”: “Eventide” is a dimensional two-piece work that alludes to my many days gazing across open water, watching the last of the day’s light blend seamlessly with the watery surface. The view never fails to calm me and I feel at peace and one with this twilight panorama.
I created the surface of this work by dyeing polyester with disperse dyes, randomly pleating sections, heat pressing them and then unfolding them and heat pressing again: piecing, stitching, layering and burning the work to completion.
Mary Hertert (colorcreekfiberart.com) has sent an update on the retreat. Please contact Mary with any questions or to RSVP. Her contact information is:
Mary Hertert of Color Creek-Fiber Art is graciously setting up a retreat in her studio over Labor Day weekend. She hosted an incredibly successful retreat last year and wanted to bring local SDA members together again. Please email Mary with any questions or your RSVP. For more details, please see the SDA Local Newsletter.
Please join us at Color Creek-Fiber Art for the 3rd SDA CO Members retreat August 29th-31st. Bring whatever supplies you wish to use, to share or to sell. The cost is $60 for the weekend to cover the expense of the shop including dyes and dye assists. Mary is happy to help find housing for those who request it. Call or email Mary for details. Her contact information is:
Featured Artist – Mary Hertert, Color Creek – Fiber Art
I have been part of Surface Design Association almost from day one in 1997 when I opened my dye studio. It is important to me that I be in an association and organization of people who do not have one medium but work across several. I am a silk painter but not exclusively. To me that means I am a dyer who uses silk painting to apply color and design. I am not a quilter although I use quilting techniques in my clothing. SDA gives me that wide spectrum of possibilities to choose from and a magnificent group of people who also don’t quite fit into “one mold”. That’s what I like best about SDA.