The art quilt is a creative visual work that is layered and stitched or that references this form of stitched layered structure.

Monday, January 31, 2011

Call For Entry for SAQA VA/NC Region

"Bending the Rules", 2012 Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival by Mancuso Show Management at the Hampton Roads Convention Center in Hampton, Va.

“Bending the Rules”, the opportunity to assert your independence from traditional rules of quilting is here at last!  Why make a circle if you can make an ellipse? Why draw a straight line if you can make it have (just a tiny) squiggle? Why create artwork that ends at the borders?  Explore, consider a new approach, experiment, and be unique as you create an art quilt with ingenuity. Why not bend the rules and let your imagination run free!

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Quilt Art:International Expressions

Friday, January 28, 2011 - Sunday, April 24, 2011
Members Preview: Friday, February 4, 2011

*Quilt Art: International Expressions was organized by International Arts & Artists, Washington, D.C., in conjunction with Quilt Art.
This exhibition features 35 contemporary quilts by the members of Quilt Art, an international group of 22 quiltmaking artists. The group has exhibited in Japan, Canada and across Europe, making Quilt Art: International Expressions here at the Taubman the premier exhibition in the United States. The artists are highly informed about traditional quilting techniques and practices; however these quilts are the result of conscious decisions made to develop new modes of working with cloth. Each artist has been influenced by her unique background of artistic experience, method and nationality and these differences are celebrated in the diversity of the quilts. While some artists work to control each step of the process by making and dying their own fabric, others embrace improvisation, spontaneity, and chance. The artists here are pioneers, breaking boundaries in their medium as well as social conventions of craft and women’s work

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Gardens and the Natural World, Hillsborough, NC

Deadline: February 15, 2011 (ONLINE) & (RECEIVE)

Gardens and the Natural World
Hillsborough Arts Council
HAC Gallery

Hillsborough, North Carolina
April 22 to May 21, 2011

The Hillsborough Arts Council seeks submissions for a themed exhibition, “Gardens and the Natural World,” to be held in the HAC Gallery from April 22 to May 21, 2011. The show is envisioned to include a broad range of plant and animal life from florals to botanicals to landscapes and beyond. 2-dimensional wall art and 3-dimensional items such as vases, bowls, plates, jewelry and garden or yard decor (bird baths, stepping stones, stakes, etc.) are all examples of acceptable items.

Artists living or who have studios in Orange, Alamance, Chatham, Durham or Wake counties are eligible.

-Original works of art, handcrafted by the artist
-Any media
-Work must fit through a 2.5’ x 6’ doorway.
-All works must be of material stable enough to withstand handling and exhibiting, suitably framed and/or prepared for installation.
-Artworks should be for sale and can be restocked periodically, as items are sold, throughout the duration of the exhibition.
-The HAC will take a 30% commission.

How to Apply
-The application must be completed and submitted online and materials mailed by US Post. Application is not complete until all materials are received.
-5 digital images on CD (7 inches maximum for longest dimension, 72 pixels/inch)
-Images do not have to represent actual artwork that will be shown in the exhibition.
-The CD along with the image script must be received by US postal delivery no later than 5 pm, Feb. 15, 2011. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.
-$10.00 application fee which will go towards postcard printing of accepted applications.

The HAC Gallery Selection Committee will notify artists selected for exhibition via email or telephone by March 10, 2011.

Visit website to access links to online application and image script:

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Fantastic Fibers 2011!

Call for Entries - Deadline Feb.15

Fantastic Fibers is an international competitive exhibition that seeks to showcase a wide range of outstanding works related to the fiber medium. In three years Fantastic Fibers has grown to a truly international competition and exhibition. Last year's Fantastic Fibers 2010 had close to 600 entries submitted by 137 fiber artists from Belgium, Canada, England, Germany, Peru, South Africa, and from 38 states. Visit their new Fantastic Fibers 2011 website to submit your work!

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Nancy G. Cook - Featured Artist

Nancy G Cook will be the featured artist at the Mint Hill Arts January 25th meeting from 7- 9 in Mint Hill NC. Nancy will provide a talk on her art, a demonstration of her processes and a trunk show of work.  Admission free.

Monday, January 17, 2011

Lorie McCown - Elemental Grace

Elemental Grace”, January 3-31 2011,
Lorie McCown
Fredericksburg Center for the Creative Arts
Fredericksburg, Virginia 
The Fredericksburg Center for Creative Arts (FCCA) presents the art exhibit “Elemental Grace”. The exhibit will showcase the work of Lorie McCown. The exhibit will be located in the FCCA Members Gallery and opens on January 4th 2011, runs through January 31st with a First Friday Opening Reception on January 7th from 6-8:30 pm. The exhibition is free and open to the public. New work by Lorie McCown in fiber and paint, based on the elements and the forms they reveal in our everyday landscape. Vibrant colors, dimensional textiles and vivid paintings reflect our world the basic elements that are all around us. All work is for sale.
Lorie McCown holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Art, from California State University, Long Beach, and attended San
Diego State University’s Graduate Art program. She was formally trained in drawing, painting, and art history.
She has made art all her life, mainly in the fields of drawing, painting, paper, yarn and fiber
The Fredericksburg Center for the Creative Arts (FCCA) is an all-volunteer non-profit organization supporting the creative arts in Fredericksburg, Virginia. FCCA is located in the Historic Silversmith House,
members, and funded through member and community support.
circa 1785 and a Partner of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. Monthly, FCCA brings new art exhibits, special programs and events, art trips, and art classes for all ages to the Fredericksburg community. These events are planned and organized entirely by volunteer
Hours: Open 12-4 p.m. Wednesday-Monday & 11-4:00 Saturday (Closed Tues.)
Location: 813 Sophia Street Fredericksburg, VA 22401
“Moving Water”28x40” fiber Lorie H. McCown

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