Dressing Up!

There were many little black dresses, although some were creatively alluded to.

Jill Kertula’s excellent piece took “Best In Show!” Well deserved for her vision and execution!

The Little Black Dress.Best Of Show

Among the figurative works, Suzanne Munroe deserves honors for her “The Long Wait,” which captured the essential feelings of a young woman waiting for the justice system to allow her fiance to enter the US for their marriage.

The Dress itself was well represented among the diverse selections – well done on the part of the curaters!

The events the dresses were worn to were fabulous as well!

As a former Yellow Cab driver, I totally appreciated this abstraction!

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My camera died as I took this pic, so I didn’t capture quite a few.  Of course, I can’t remember the names of them all. Hope you got to see it!


A Little of This and…A New Workshop

This was a piece I screwed up – didn’t like it at all so I painted over it.  I think I’d rather see it on canvas,  Do you think? On another note…

Setting up the outdoor studio seems like it should be a breeze!  Never is.  I have washed every single item and tool, from spoons to measuring cups to trunks full of containers, even though they were all washed before closing up for the winter!  They will be stored to stay clean this time!  I got a very cool, huge rubbermaid deck box from Freecycle and I power washed it last week.  It’s filled to the brim with containers and rags and towels, all must haves! Shelves are stacked with Salvation army finds from coffee urns to vases to hold my leaves and flowers after foraging.  Crockpots didn’t survive this year.  Time to pick up some more. Aluminum pots have all sprung holes in the bottom.  Salvation Army here I come!

Tons of leaves and weeds were pulled, raked and dumped into new compost piles.  Branches were trimmed and hauled down to a growing stack that will get thrown into a fire some fall day, along with all those invasive weeds from hell.  Before doing all this today and yesterday, I began to spray all the poison ivy I could get to with a solution of vinegar, salt and Dawn soap. I dosed a couple of the bittersweet plants that have just emerged as well to see if it works.

Not a lot of productive time left out there but there’s still quite a bit of good weather for dyeing and printing, especially with the tent.  Last year I was still out there some days in October. So, I’m scheduling an Introduction to Eco Printing Workshop – August 28, 29 and 30th .    Due to limited space I’ll only have four students at a time and two have already expressed an interest, so if you’re interested email me at jujujan@verizon.net for details.




Contemporary Art Quilt ’17

Yesterday I attended the opening of the Contempoary Art Quilt Exhibit at The Whistler House Museum in Lowell – a really strong exhibit, well worth the trip up there.  There were two awards for Whistler’s Award this time!

Insight, Madalene Axford. web. jpg
  Madelene Axford Murphy won the Whistler Award for her excellent piece, Insight! Well deserved recognition, my friend! 

Queen of Bees, Nancy Turbitt.web.

                                        Nancy Turbitt and her fabulous Whistler Award                                        winning “Queen Bee!”

Sue Coluzzi, Little Island  – Close up of Sue’s Little Island.

 You can take in 2 or 3 fine exhibits in at the same time.  I also made a run through the NEQM to check out the The U.S. Premiere of THREADS OF RESISTANCE!

​Now through September 10, 2017 which was awesome!

Also, the Little Black Dress Annual Art Quilt                                                                     Exhibit: August 5 to Sept 23, 2017
Reception: Sat, Aug 26, 2 to 4 PM