Tuesday, April 24, 2012

A Common Thread: Texas Textile Artists Anne Eckley and Ann Matlock

Come to the Museum of the Big Bend in Alpine, Texas,this summer for the exhibit A Common Thread: Texas Textile Artists Anne Eckley and Ann Matlock. The show opens on May 15 . A Gallery Talk featuring both artists is scheduled for Saturday, June 9 from 10am to 12 noon. Tickets are $15/person and seating is limited. The exhibit closes on August 5th. Works from the artists will be for sale. The artists requested that a percentage of the sales benefits the museum.

Anne Eckley is a native of Oklahoma, but came to Texas over forty years ago. She received her BA and MA from the University of Oklahoma and a MA in Education from Central State University. She has worked with jewelry, sculpture, ceramics and paintings, but found her voice when she began to paint with a sewing machine. Initially she created wearable art and then moved to thread paintings. Anne sketches the design on canvas, over paints with acrylic paint and using free motion machine stitches, covers the canvas with thousand of stitches. Her works are exhibited across the United States, France, Mexico and Switzerland.

Ann Matlock was born and raised in Texas. She received her BFA in Painting and Photography and an MFA in Art Education from the University of Texas, Austin. Ann is a Professor at Lamar University, Beaumont, where she teaches Fibers, Art Education and Design. She has been weaving since 1969 and hand spins and hand dyes most of her yarns. Her weavings combine traditional tapestry techniques with brocade stitches that she has developed. Ann also creates watercolors painted on location, which are the basis for many of her weavings. Her works are exhibited across the United States and are in corporate, public and private collections.

The Museum of the Big Bend is located on the campus of Sul Ross State University in Alpine Texas @ 400 N.Harrison Street  The museum is open Tuesday through Saturday 9am to 5 pm and Sunday 1 to 5 pm. Closed on Monday. Parking and admission is free, donations are accepted.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Dying to Print
Ruthie Powers
Saturday, April 21 from 1:00-4:00 pm
Jerry’s Artarama in Austin
Ruthie will demonstrate the creative uses of rubber stamps and Jacquard MX dyes to create layered effects on cotton fabric. She will use stamps from her Next Signal Designs collection of bold geometric rubber stamps. Come watch her improvise with the stamps and thickened dyes. She is entertaining and in love with dyeing! You may even leave the demonstration with the urge to dye lots of fabric yourself.

Friday, April 13, 2012

Laurel Gibson show @ the R Gallery

Who: Laurel Gibson

What:  Art opening “String Theory”

Where: R Gallery, 110 E. La Chapelle, San Antonio, Texas, 78204

Contact: Alex Rubio cell (210) 793-8899

When: May 12-26

Opening May 12, Saturday, 7pm – 10 pm music by Royal Punisher

Closing May 26, Saturday, 7pm-10pm

Why:   String theory is used to describe the structure and gravitational pull of the universe.  This relates to Ms. Gibson’s art work on two levels; one, designs are based off of Medieval Islamic tile designs, also called tiles of infinity and two, mathematics of geometry, algebra and trigonometry are used to create her artwork.  The embroidered designs and figures encourage the viewer to see how world is infinitely connected.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Brenda j Bunten-Schloesser upcoming shows

Brenda is a full-time studio artist working in the Houston, Texas area. A graduate from the Kansas City Art Institute (Kansas City, Missouri) with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, Brenda has been working with fiber as a studio artist for over 30 years.

New Hope 18x50 2007
Originally from Indiana, Brenda has lived and worked in numerous locations throughout the United States including New Jersey, Kansas, Alabama, and Washington. You can see her diverse background in many of the pieces she has created.

The emphasis of Brenda’s work is surface design on fiber. Brenda’s work reflects the journey of life, the path we have all traveled; always changing and evolving. Her art is full of surprises that spark the optimistic emotion in people.

Overflowing 70x32 2008
Brenda is an active member in several organizations including the Surface Design Association, Mixed Media Artists of Houston and local Houston Area Fiber Artists (HAFA) group. She is often called upon to provide support to local galleries and exhibits. Brenda enjoys helping to promote awareness of Fiber Art.

Crushed but not destroyed 50x48 2009

Here is a list of upcoming exhibitions:

March 1, - December 30, 2012
Fine Art & Faith Exhibit
White Stone Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

This show was carried over and moved to
Philadelphia Biblical University, Philadelphia, PAhttp://whitestonegallery.com/

March 30, - May 13, 2012
Art Quilt Elements
Wayne Art Center in Wane, PA

April 21, 2012
Galveston ArtWalk
Rene Wiley Gallery

for more information on Brenda and/or her work visit her website @ http://www.bjbsart.com/