Dear One -
You KNOW how this path of ours is an unfolding of our wildest dreams coming true! We have shared some details over the years, but sometimes these dreams just take their own sweet time to materialize. As Mike Dooley reminds us daily in his messages from the Universe, "Thoughts are Things, - - - choose them wisely." Often times we consciously whisper a prayer for a dream that we wish to come true and other times a thought can dash through our awareness so subtlety that we barely take notice.
One dream whose details have resurfaced in my mind, focuses on the Anderson Art Center in Kenosha, WI. This stately mansion situated on a bluff overlooking Lake Michigan boasts huge rooms and large expanses of white walls that are the perfect backdrop for the colorful, large art quilts currently on exhibit there. More than ten years ago, I visited this gallery with my artistic friend Kathie to check out something very new to me, an exhibit of Art Quilts. Viewing these smaller, beaded, abstract pieces sent a jolt through my creative awareness. Why couldn't I create art like this?
At the time, I was creating wearable art and teaching variations on basic traditional quilt block patterns. These techniques were a part of Judy Murrah's Jacket Jazz concepts. Since I came to this fork in the road on a seamstress path, and not wanting to go down the traditional Quilting path, it seemed a great compromise for my skills. I enjoyed the challenge and the interaction with students that results from teaching classes. Anyway, on that particular day, I whispered a desire to show and share my award winning wearable art at venues such as this.
In time, I joined the Fiber Artist Coalition (FAC) while following the path of creativity with its twists and turns. This group of talented fiber artists from the Midwestern states meets via the Internet and conference calls to support each other in showing and sharing our passions. 'Conversations In Stitch' is a collection of 60 pieces representing the work of 18 artists and curated by Gwyned Trefethen and Linda Witte Henke who are members of the group. The opening reception was held on Sunday, Jan. 23rd from 1-4pm. Gratefully, there was a steady stream of visitors to the gallery eventhough there was some stiff competition with the Packers vs. Bears game being aired during that time.
I was so thrilled that some family members and friends came out to support my dream and share in my Joy at having my art on exhibit at the Anderson Art Center. God bless them for that! The exhibit will hang until March 20th, should you care to visit the gallery and view the fruits of our labors.
The Universe works in mysterious ways. I never could have guessed that the path that I have been walking could lead to my dreams coming true at the Anderson Art Center. I am so grateful for the opportunity and for the journey of this LIFE.
Until Next Time ~ Think Great Thoughts!
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