Cityscape Mosaics

Traffic Jams . . . Gridlock . . . Cityscape reflections burned onto nearby windows on a scorching summer day.

I recently met the woman who can turn these stressful events into pure bliss, with her artistic interpretation of the everyday mundane.

As fellow member of the Surface Design Association, I’m always fascinated by the techniques and tools behind an intriguing artwork, and was not disappointed.  Karen Goetzinger generously shared her methods of attaching her collages to felt, and mounting the felt to solid backing (such as acrylic on stretched canvas, or cradled wood panels) with archival bookbinder’s adhesive.  Though her work is textile based and has some traditional hand stitching, if only blanket stitching around the edges, other mediums in her work include printing and even touches of encaustic.  It’s always a delight to meet an artist who is totally comfortable talking about their work and explaining their process. Though Karen’s mixed media textile constructions are featured at the Edgewater Gallery through June 30, you can also visit her online to learn more about her work and her process.

Added bonus:  if you loved “tangerine tango” before Panetone named it the 2012 color of the year, you won’t be disappointed by her color sense!


Fiber Fantasies

The Flights of Fiber Fantasies exhibit has now been hung at Creative Space Gallery – and what a sight!  I’m thrilled to join fellow art quilters Marilyn Gillis, Pamela Druhen, and Elizabeth Fram in this exhibit.  Our fiber art is beautifully complemented by contemporary baskets by Tamara Wight, exquisite felt by Marsha Chase, and gorgeous paintings and prints by member artists.

The Gallery is open Thursday – Sundays, and is a stop on the Foliage Open Studio weekend sponsored by the Vermont Craft Council. Flights of Fiber Fantasy will be on display through November 5th – if your fall foliage travels include the Champlain Valley of Vermont, please drop by!

No Boundaries

Vermont is certainly lucky to have a spirited and energetic Surface Design Association Rep.  Under Karen Henderson’s leadership, and with the generous sponsorship of the Rae Harrell Gallery, we just concluded a wonderful exhibit featuring a variety of works by our talented members.  Rug hooking, weaving, collage, knitting, art quilts and more adorned the walls of Rae’s beautiful gallery for six weeks in late summer.  The turnout was impressive at both our opening night and the artist’s walk through a few weeks later, and both evenings were highlighted by sales of our members’ artwork.


Members of the SDA’s Vermont chapter pause before the exhibit opening in August.  Pictured are Betsy Fram, Hillary Harrell, Rae Harrell, MJ Russell, Judy Dales, Karen Henderson and Eve Jacobs-Carnahan.


MJ Russell and Marilyn Gillis with some of Marilyn’s recent works.



Karen Henderson speaks about her work during the Artist’s Walk-through — note also Rae’s beautiful stash of hand-dyed wool for rug-hooking.

Please visit our blog for more news from this dynamic group!

Gallery Opening 101

My aunt always said I was the one who would jump into the deep end of the pool.  Not during swimming lessons at the local pool, of course — there, I was nearly always the last one in, and hated every minute of the mandatory summer lessons.  But when it comes to things that really interest me,  I am apt to go ‘from zero to sixty’ very quickly.  So I guess it’s no surprise that when I attended my first gallery opening the other day, I was there as one of the artists!

It was a delight to meet and mingle with the other artists, including the lovely and talented Karen Henderson, our Vermont representative for the Surface Design Association.  Karen’s hand-woven fiber art uses many surface design techniques to achieve subtle color and rich texture.   We’re shown here with Karen’s  After the Rain, a stunning piece which graced the postcards for this show, but is even more amazing in real life!

Karen Henderson, VT SDA Rep & MJ Russell

"Fearless" and "Fire in the Soul" (art quilts by MJ Russell, center)

"Timeless" & "UnBlock" (art quilts by MJ Russell, right rear wall)

As a former basket weaver I also loved the sculptural baskets by Tamara Wight.  Notice two wonderful baskets by Tamara in the center of the photo at the right, but you’ll delight  in discovering more all around the gallery if you stop by for a visit!

The fiber art exhibit at Creative Space Gallery runs through November 13, 2010.  Current gallery hours on Thursday, Friday and Saturday are listed on the Gallery’s web site.  I hope you get a chance to stop by!