I am celebrating summer and preparing for the fall - a busy time in the craft world. I want to take time today share pictures of some recent and upcoming activities with you. Perhaps a few of you will be moved to respond...
I am delighted to introduce my friend, Betty Kjelson. Betty is 90 and still actively creating art. She is a papermaker (which is how I met her), printmaker, and watercolor artist among other talents. Above she is standing in front of some of her own pulp paintings. I am pleased to announce that ArtConnections, the shop I am associated with, will be staging a 50+ year retrospective of Betty's work in August. The opening reception will be Friday evening, August 3, 7-10 pm, at ArtConnections, 629 N. Trade St. in Winston-Salem. I do hope those of you in the area will make a point of coming to see representative works from this amazing artist.
The image on the left above is another of Betty Kjelson's works - a paper sculpture of "Aunt Agatha". Betty made the paper, created a wire armature, and then sculpted the likeness.
On the right above, I am demonstrating acrylic marbling to Dr. Rene Tegeler. Rene is both an artist and a physician. She brings a passion for color and the vibrant ability of art to heal. Please see her work at https://www.drreneehealingart.com/. I did a marbling demonstration at her shop this past weekend and will be back in September to demonstrate bookbinding.
I offer various marbling classes throughout the year. Don't you want to try your hand at this art that is part science, part magic?
With August begins the Fall exhibit season! I hope you enjoy visiting these events and seeing what's new. I have these events coming up:
- Burnsville, NC at the Mt Mitchell Craft Fair Aug 3-4. Last year my booth was voted "most creative"- I am wondering if I can manage "best in show" this year...
- NC Folk Fest in Greensboro, Sept 7-9 - Last year it was the National Folk Festival. While the "national" part has moved on to another part of the country, the organizers are promising a strong look at the many performing and visual arts that NC has to offer.
- Day in the Park sponsored by the High Point Arts Council at City Lake Park, Saturday, Sept 15.
Bookbinder and Papermaker