Quarterly Meeting Report

The first quarterly meeting of 2012 was held at Cat’s home on January 11.  She turned her kitchen into studio space for the group.  We spent several very happy hours experimenting with textile paints and making small silk screens.
Diane, Gail and Susan
It was hard to tear ourselves away for a delicious soup and salad supper, and we actually ate our dessert back in the kitchen, brushes and squeegees in hand.
Judy, rinsing emulsion from a screen
Diane, making her fist screen print of the evening
Judy getting started on a new art cloth print
Susan printing with ezscreen
Judy's experiments - this woman is very prolific!

In progress...
screen printing with thickened Procion dye
We could have worked all night!  Hope we can have another 'working' meeting again sometime.  Thanks to Cat for providing such a great space to create.

A reminder from Cindy Shake

With the deadline in a little over 3 weeks, a CHALLENGE to all my creative peeps. "Eye of the Beholder Wearable Art Show" is Friday, March 9, 2012
Open to artists of all media. Application Deadline is Friday, February 3, 2012 (STILL plenty of time for you to plan, design and enter your creation!)
And the best part…$2,000 in prize money!!
Visit the Alaska Fiber Festival web site for all the details and entry forms.

Phyllis Movius Exhibits in ‘Broad Spectrum’ Regional Juried Show

"Broad Spectrum:Contemporary Quilts of Montana and Idaho" willl hang in the Ryniker Morrison Gallery at Rocky Mountain College, Billings, MT from February 17 - March 30, 2012.  The show will then be on display at the Denver National Quilt Festival VII from May 3-6, 2012.  Juror: Desiree Vaughn, an award winning artist living in Suttons Bay, MI.

"This SAQA regional exhibition will be the premiere opportunity for Montana and Idaho artists to show their work as a group.  A broad spectrum of dynamic work from this region, created over the past 10 years, will be featured.  This show will serve as a prologue to the SAQA Creative Force Show that will hang in nearby Yellowstone Art Museum from March through June 2012."
‘Big Sky Country: Heart Mountain’ by Phyllis Movius; 37" X 21 5/8”
Phyllis writes of her work: ‘Montana and Wyoming have the same kinds of broad vistas that I have grown accustomed to in Alaska--the same "big sky" and expansive landscape as in the north country. Heart Mountain, over 8000 feet above sea level, dominates the view as you drive south on Highway 120 in Wyoming.  This piece was fused using hand dyed cotton and silk organza, and commercial cotton fabrics’.

Diane Melms in Road to California Quilt Show

Diane Melms will have two quilts included in a special exhibit curated by Ricky Tims at Road To California Quilt Show in Ontario, California.  The show titled "All That Jazz, Improvisational Quilts", runs from January 19 - 22, 2012. Other fiber artists included in that exhibit are listed here: 

Quilt by Diane Melms