Cambridge Open Studios 2018 was on the new fall dates of September 29th and 30th. My sales kiosk in the Galleria Mall was busy with shoppers eager to stop and converse about my new series Meditations and view my demonstration of acrylic painting. Thank you to all my friends and patrons for your support and to the COS staff for another wonderful opportunity to present my work.
The Cambridge Arts Open Studios 2D Showcase Exhibition at the Multicultural Arts Center on Second Street featured works from 42 different artists participating in Open Studios. The crowded artist reception was on October 3rd.
Richard Schwartz, PhD, accepted a custom painting entitled The Hope Merchant, as a gift of gratitude from me. I presented the painting to him during an IFS training at the Cambridge Health Alliance in April. Thank you Dr. Schwartz for founding the Internal Family Systems paradigm that is used in psychotherapy, addictions treatment, conflict negotiations, childhood education, and as a personal daily practice. IFS extends compassion and hope in a world of complexity.
“Self-Leadership” (for sale in 100 Part in 100 Days Series) won a Governor’s Citation in recognition of being chosen for a juried exhibition sponsored by the Massachusetts Office on Disability. The Breaking Barriers exhibit (November 14-24) in the Mass. State House is available online at www.mass.gov/mod/art. Governor Charles D. Baker’s citation reads: “Your artwork helps raise awareness of how people with disabilities overcome barriers and stigma.”
A simple toddler’s dress. But a closer reading of the fabric text reveals a child’s voice of deliverance and directives for love and care.
I composed the phrases of text in Photoshop, and the cotton fabric was printed by an online company used by TV’s Project Runway contestants. I researched online for a baby dress pattern printed in 1951, my birth year, and found McCall’s pattern #1640. The lime green grosgrain ribbon with ladybugs references my childhood nickname “ladybug” used by my maternal grandmother.
Part of the Self series, ‘Please See Me: The Ladybug Dress‘, is for for sale, along with a small hanger and custom-made white cotton cover. It can be displayed in an acrylic box, on a mannequin, hanging, or simply laid out.
Truly a labor of love. A unique piece of fiber art.
‘Please See Me: The Ladybug Dress’ won the Massachusetts College of Art and Design 2017 All School Show Award for Fibers.