February 28, 2019

Acceptances to ARTQUILTSdreams

I'm thrilled to announce that both of my entries were accepted for the Professional Art Quilters Alliance – South 14th juried international exhibition ARTQUILTSdreams: a display of contemporary quilts reflecting the artists’ interpretation of dreams. ARTQUILTSdreams will show at Page-Walker Arts & History Center, 119 Ambassador Loop, Cary, NC 27513, March 27 – May 18, 2019. There will be an artist reception on April 26 from 6:00-8:00 PM.

In Dreams I Climbed the Cliffs by Sue Reno
In Dreams I Climbed the Cliffs
I got excited when I saw the theme in the call for entry, as I've been making quilts based on my dreams for several years now, as part of my series The River. In Dreams I Climbed the Cliffs was accepted; it features a needlefelted river panel surrounded by felted, painted, and manipulated fabrics.
In Dreams I Climbed the Cliffs by Sue Reno, detail
 Also included is in Dreams I saw the Colors Change, it too features needlefelting, painting, and fabric manipulation.
In Dreams I Saw the Colors Change, by Sue Reno
In Dreams I Saw the Colors Change
 Like most fiberart, these pieces have details and textures that are tough to capture in photographs, so I am very grateful to have such a fine venue to display them in person.
In Dreams I Saw the Colors Change, by Sue Reno, detail
In Dreams I Saw the Colors Change, detail

February 26, 2019

Solar Flare for the SAQA Benefit Auction

Solar Flare by Sue Reno
Solar Flare
Update: I was honored to learn that Solar Flare, as part of the SAQA Benefit Auction, was selected for a special exhibition at the International Quilt Study Center and Museum, in Lincoln Nebraska, April through August. View selected works here: https://www.saqa.com/auction-quiltsIQSCM.php

Here's Solar Flare, a 12" x 12" art quilt I made for this year's SAQA Benefit Auction. The Auction supports the exhibition program, and since I have two quilts currently traveling in SAQA Global exhibits I was extra-motivated to make an auction quilt this year. The auction takes place from September 13 - October 6, and you don't need to be a member to bid. I don't make many works in this size, so it's a nice opportunity to own a piece of my work and support a good organization. I'll post reminders when the time comes.

Solar Flare began  with a solar dye print I made last July using a hosta leaf. I was deep into an experimental printmaking frenzy, and this was one of the more outre prints:
Solar dye print, host leaf, by Sue Reno
You can read about how it was made on this blogpost. For this quilt, I combined the print with some shimmering shot silks from Mysore, India, then heavily quilted it.

In general I focus on the my enjoyment of the process of making art, and am willing to let things go out into the world when I'm done, but I must admit to a small pang of desire as I mailed this one off. It's so cheerful!

Here's my quilts traveling with SAQA Global Exhibits and the line-up to date.  I could never set up  venue schedules like this as an individual artist, so I am most appreciative of the opportunity.

Heat LIghtning by Sue Reno
Heat Lightning
 Heat Lightning, SAQA Season after Season.
Texas Quilt Museum, La Grange, Texas, January 10 - March 24, 2019
European Patchwork Meeting, Sainte-Marie Aux Mines, France, September 12 - 15, 2019
Prague Patchwork Meeting, Prague, Czech Republic, April 3 - 5, 2020

Squirrel and Locust by Sue Reno
Squirrel and Locust
Squirrel and Locust, SAQA Metamorphosis.
Quilt Festival Houston: November 8 - 11, 2018
Quilt Festival Chicago: March 28 - 30, 2019
Quilt Canada Ottawa: June 12 - 15, 2019
AQS Quiltweek Grand Rapids MI: August 21 - 24, 2019
AQS Quiltweek Fall Paducah KY: September 11 - 14, 2019
AQS Quiltweek Charleston SC: September 25 - 27, 2019