I have spent most of my life mentoring other people. I spent 25 years as a marketing consultant, mentoring executives and their staff on how to creatively plan marketing plans to launch and sell their products. Now that I spend my time as an artist, I find myself mentoring other artists — not only in helping them find their creative voice, but also how to market and sell their art.
Here’s the latest group of artists that took my formal mentoring class that I offer one or twice a year. It entails a lot of work and investment to get the most from this class and I am so proud of these artists. Their exhibit opened on November 19th and runs through December 12th. Each artist stretched themselves to create a body of exciting, fresh, and unique work. If you are in the Denver area, plan to stop by on December 4th (First Friday) or December 12th to see this work in person. It’s quite wonderful! Go to the aBuzz Gallery website to find out more about the artists and get links to their websites.
I’ve been working with my friend, Judith Cassel-Mamet, to come up with some ways to integrate stitching with paper to create wall art, book art, and even some artist trading cards. Because we are both consumed with creating color and texture, this is been a fun way to experiment with different media. Here’s a piece I created a couple of weeks ago and it’s finally framed and hanging in my office.
This week, I stopped by the Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum in Golden, CO and was absolutely blown away by the work of the Australian artist Carolyn Konig.
Carolyn has been designing quilts and involved in quilting for over thirty years, specializing in antique and reproduction quilt design and fabrics.
Reproduction quilting is defined as taking a quilt that may be over 100 years old, finding a good likeness in fabrics, and redesigning it using traditional techniques. This process can take many months of planning. It is a process done completely by hand with no design work taking place on a computer.
Carolyn’s designs have been published in numerous quilting magazines both in Australia and internationally.
If you want some inspiration, plan on going to see this exhibit. It is truly amazing. You just have to see these up close and personal. It will be hanging until January 23, 2016.
One of the biggest supporters of fiber art in Colorado is Kaiser Permanente. I see fiber art hanging in every facility I’ve ever visited and today was no exception. This beautiful piece hangs in the medical building on Arapahoe Road in Centennial, CO. It was made by a Salida artist named PJ Bergin. It was beautifully presented and lit and was a real focus of the waiting room I was in. PJ is an artist that works with felting as her medium and her sense of color and composition makes her artistic voice quite unique.
But it’s thanks to Jane Lewis, the art buyer for Kaiser, who has a real eye and appreciation for fiber, that has allowed Kaiser members to be surrounded by excellent art that includes our medium along with painters, sculpturers, and other fine artists.
Even if you are not a Kaiser member, you need to visit their new building in Lone Tree, CO and ride the elevator. Stopping on every floor, you will see magnificent pieces of art. Walk around the floor and you will see other pieces, equally as wonderful. If you didn’t know it was a health care facility, you would surely think it was an art museum. Well worth the visit!
Even though it is never pleasant to visit a medical facility, Kaiser goes out of their way to get its members to focus on the beauty of art during their visit and I for one, really appreciate that!
Several years ago, I heard about this fund-raising project to raise money for the Denver Young Artist’s Orchestra. Since I played viola in my high school, (my sister got to play the violin!) I wanted to help. I contacted them but never heard back. (I envisioned a violin nestled in it’s own mini-quilt in those days as my music teacher, Mr. Patuzzi, enveloped all his students with his warmth and love).
Since that time, I have extended my network of Denver artists and knew three of the ones chosen to participate in the 2015 Painted Violin fundraiser: Jo Brown, Hillary Reed Klemme, and Kathy Mitchell-Garton. At the reception, I also met Carol Fennell.
Kathy’s work really intrigued me (yes, she is also a fiber artist!).
She covered both the front, back and sides with a layered approach to surface design and the result was stunning.
Kathy will also be showing more of her work at aBuzz Gallery in the RiNo Art District in November so come on by.
You have to see it to appreciate it!