Wednesday, July 30, 2014


Finally the show was hung, and the reception was held, during Convergence. The gallery director said that 500 people attended!!! It was mobbed. Gallery Night Providence provided 2 "Textile Tour Busses," and each was full. My feet were so tired after standing for over 4 hours, but it was absolutely a blast, getting to see so many friends, old and new.

There is still time to see it, until August 8, at the URI Feinstein Providence Campus Gallery, 80 Washington St, Providence, RI.

So now I have edited my photos, and here they are. Bad news, there will be no video - it turns out that I am a TERRIBLE videographer, and you would all be seasick if you watched it. For those who were not able to visit the gallery in person, I hope this gives you an idea of what the exhibit looks like.

The tapestries are wired onto black foam core panels, of which there are 39. Then the panels are screwed onto the carpet walls. I think the brown walls and black panels are very flattering to the tapestries, which stand out from the dark background like jewels.

(NOTE: Click on the photos to see them in a larger size)

Below: View from the stairs

The gallery has 2 entrances, so we put a title on the first wall at each side, as well as wall text describing the exhibit itself, and its sponsor, the American Tapestry Alliance. The gallery is in the main hallway of a very busy urban university. The building itself is historic, it was the Shepard's Department Store. On the walls around our exhibit you can see tapestries that are part of the TWiNE 2014 exhibit, which includes 61 tapestries, and extends from the hallway, up the stairs, into the upstairs hallway and gallery.

Below: Damascus Fiber Arts School, "Bugs: All Dressed Up" 
About half of the 219 entries are in one of  the 10 group challenges, and there is a description of each group hanging on or next to their panel. Unfortunately you may not be able to read the descriptions in these photos, so if you want to know more, I recommend purchasing the catalog.

Left: Wall 2: Christina Rasmussen's tapestry "Learning to Fly"

Tough choice, so many wonderful entries; this tapestry and its title seemed right to go with the description, as for many artists, this is the first show they have entered.

Below: Central Virginia Tapestry Group, "Virginia Blues." (top left) As Catarinas, "Monogram." (bottom left) Spanish Peaks Tapestry Group, "Reflections of John Mendoza" (right)

Below: Las Aranas and Las Tejedoras Tapestry Groups, "Alphabet Soup"

Below: Wednesday Group, "Pear Project" (left) 
Tapestry Artists of Puget Sound (TAPS), "unTAPped" (right)

Left: Seaside Weavers Tapestry Group, "What's My Line?"

What happens when you draw one line, and it divides the tapestry into a white half and a black half?

Left: Individual tapestries. The vertical panels are for the smaller tapestries, and fit on the smaller walls.

So many lovely shades of blue and green, very fitting for the Ocean State: that's the nickname for Rhode Island - actually the complete name is "The State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations!"

Right: Individual tapestries, including lots of pink and purple, and a variety of textures.

(Remember you can click on the photo to see it larger)

Below: Individual tapestries with handspun/hand-dyed yarns, and other interesting materials.

Left: Small tapestries in lovely earth tones. 

The tapestry on the bottom right, "Still Life with Fruit #2," by Beverly Muir, is a shaped tapestry mounted on a black frame.

Below: Weavers Guild of Greater Baltimore, "Titled/Unjuried."

This tapestries are inspired by book titles. I wonder if you can guess any of them?

Below: TWiNE (Tapestry Weavers in New England), "All Over New England"
Below: Individual Entries. The panel on the bottom left includes silkworm cocoons and a plastic Barbie doll leg.
Below: Individual Entries. Linda Whiting's "Crayon Sheep" in the middle of the top panel sets the tone for the vibrant colors on this wall. Pamela Palma's "Enaray" in the lower middle of the right panel includes shredded currency ($100 bills?) and strips of plastic Target shopping bags.

Left: Individual entries, some quite small. There is now a DO NOT TOUCH sign on the left, but I forgot to stick it on until after I took the photo.

Below: Individual entries. This is the end wall at the other entrance to the building. I love how these earthy reds all go together, and set off the neutral black/gray/white below. The little bits of green add a nice accent to the whole grouping.
Below: a photo showing the layout of the walls. This is only half of the gallery, and you can't see all the walls as some are behind others. There are a total of 14 walls. Behind these free standing carpet walls are very tall windows, so there is beautiful natural light. Don't worry, no direct sun, as the street outside is very narrow.

Below: the other half of the gallery

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

My Convergence Exhibits

So many shows to participate in, I couldn't resist. So I have pieces in four shows that are up during Convergence.

UNTITLED/UNJURIED: small format tapestry 2014
URI Feinstein Providence Campus Gallery
80 Washington St, Providence, RI
Through August 8th. Reception Thursday, July 17, 5-9pm

(below) My tapestry "Over Block Island"

I am the exhibit chair for the 10th iteration of this wonderful exhibit, sponsored by the American Tapestry Alliance. We have 219 tapestries from 13 countries and 31 US states. You can read more about it on my previous blog post, and see some sample tapestries. Full color catalogs are available on the ATA website.

(above) Damascus Fiber Arts School, group entry "Bugs, All Dressed Up"

TWiNE 2014: a juried exhibition
URI Feinstein Providence Campus Gallery
80 Washington St, Providence, RI
Through August 8, reception July 17, 5-9.

This show, juried by renowned weaver Barbara Herbster, includes work by 18 members of Tapestry Weavers in New England. I have 5 pieces in the show. Two are from the Chaos series, which can be seen here. The other three are a triptych called "Red and Green Apples." (photo left)
Small Expressions
Fuller Craft Museum, Brockton, MA
Through October 5, reception August 3, 1-4

An annual exhibit of fiber art, 15 inches or less, sponsored by Handweavers Guild of America. This year the juror was Gerhardt Knodel.  I am honored to have my small tapestry included. "Mini-Chaos"(photo left)

Weaving Traditions of the Ocean State  
Slater Mill Historic Site, 67 Roosevelt Ave,  Pawtucket, RI
Through July 20

An exhibition by the Weavers Guild of RI, in Slater Mill’s Sylvanus Brown house.  Celibrates the heritage of hand weaving in RI  10-4 daily, part of the tour, or exhibit only admission of $5.  

(above) "Brushneck Cove"

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Untitled/Unjuried: small format tapestry 2014

July 8th - August 8th, 2014. 
University of Rhode Island Feinstein Providence Campus Gallery
Opening reception: July 17, 5-9pm.

Since the last time I posted, I have received 219 tapestries in the mail. It was so exciting to open all the packages and see the tapestries. The next thing was to figure out how they will all be arranged on the panels for the exhibit. That was a lot of fun, trying to decide which ones will look best together. When the show is up, I will take photos so if you can't make it to the exhibit, you can see how they look.

[For more info about this exhibit, read the 2 previous entries on this blog]

Last week I saw a sample of the catalog, which was designed by Lindsey Marshall. She did a great job with the design, and the sample looked really good.  I can't wait to see the final catalog! Every artist who entered the exhibit will get a complimentary copy, and it will be available for sale on the ATA website. There are also catalogs from previous exhibits available for purchase. I find them very useful for inspiration and for research.

Here (with the artists' permission) is a preview of some of the tapestries that will be in the exhibit:
(you can click on the photo to see it larger)

Stephnie Cantoni, Australia. "No Name - No Status - No Justice - The Refugee"

Aliona Carpov, Morocco. "Reflection"

Sandy Kennard, Oregon, USA. "Butterfly: Opus 3"
photo credit: Terry Olson

Christine Rivers, Canada. "Unspoiled"
Marie-Thumette Brichard, France. "Sans Titre"

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Untitled/Unjuried Update: The Numbers

The entry deadline for Untitled/Unjuried: Small Format Tapestry 2014 was January 31. It took me a few weeks to get an accurate count, because we had some duplicate online entries, and had to add in the paper entries as well.

Since it was a "postmark" deadline, we expected to receive a few entries in the following week, but I was surprised when one arrived on February 19th! It was from Brazil.

The final count is (drumroll!)   241 entries from:

13 countries - Australia, Brazil, Canada, Finland, France, Germany, Japan, Morocco, New Zealand, Norway, Sweden, UK, and USA

6 continents - Australia, South America, North America, Europe, Asia, Africa

33 US states - Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Idaho, Illinois, Minnesota, Montana, Maine, Massachusetts, Maryland, Michigan, Mississippi, New Jersey, New Hampshire, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin and Wyoming.

4 Canadian Provinces - Alberta, British Columbia, Ontario and Saskatchewan.

The deadline for the actual tapestries to arrive is March 31. There are only 16 more days, and I still expect about 220 tapestries!  I'd better start getting 13 or more every day, or the last few days will be CRAZY! I have already warned my mail carrier.

One tapestry that will not have to go through the mail is my own. It is inspired by a photograph I took from my husband's tiny airplane, over Block Island. I am working diligently to finish it. (this is a detail)

Tuesday, November 5, 2013


The 10th unjuried small format tapestry exhibit is coming up. Unjuried means that everyone who enters gets in. Pretty good odds eh? There will also be a printed catalog, and everyone who enters will receive a complimentary copy.

Here are 3 catalogs from previous exhibits. 

"UNTITLED/UNJURIED: small format tapestry 2014" is sponsored by the American Tapestry Alliance, and will be at the University of Rhode Island Providence Campus Gallery from July 8 - August 8, 2014.  The opening reception will be on Thursday, July 17th, 2014, as part of Gallery Night Providence.

The exhibit will be up during Convergence (the giant weaving convention), and the gallery is only a few blocks from the Providence Convention Center, so anyone attending the convention will easily be able to drop in.

Here's how it works:

1. Before January 31, 2014, send in your entry form and fee. You can enter online or print and mail the form, and payment can be by check, credit card or paypal.

2. Weave the tapestry, and make sure it arrives by March 31, 2014.

I have entered this show many times, and it's always fun. Here is a tapestry I entered in a past show.

Experimentation is encouraged. There are tapestry celebrities, there are complete novices, and everything between; they are all in this show together, and all in the printed catalog together (forever!). It's your chance for immortality.

Last time we had 200 tapestries! I hope we can beat that number in 2014.

Information, and entry forms are on the ATA website, here.