Friday, May 22, 2015

Spring and summer meet on Memorial Day.

 My yard and gardens are starting their yearly show
of color. Yesterday I planted some annuals to fill
 in the gaps. I love my flowers.
 The big pond and the little pond draw in the birds.
We have quite a group of Purple martins.
They should keep the mosquito's at bay.
 This years color selection is purple and orange.
I look forward to lots of enjoyment.
Lantana for the hummingbirds.
I even planted two pimento peppers in with the flowers.
Should make an interesting look plus some peppers 
to mix with cheese.
 I have started to pack for QSDS 2015 in Columbus and look
forward to seeing the Quilt Nationals.
Well I am off to the studio.

Monday, May 18, 2015

The Pines Gallery

 Sunday's little meet the artist went well.
The spectators had plenty of interesting question.
The art looked lovely.
 My mentor Ms Doris 93 years young came with to
keep me company.
Moonstruck was a favorite.
I was back in the studio this morning hard at work.
Now I need to concentrate on getting my stuff
together for QSDS 2015 in Columbus, Ohio the
first week of June.

Friday, May 15, 2015

Mary Ann Van Soest
Fiber Artist

Meet the Artist Reception
Sunday, May 17 - 1:30 pm

Following a 30 year career as a successful real estate broker, Van Soest knew she wanted to spend the next 20 years fulfilling her passion creating art. Her new journey began as she explored different art mediums. Through that exploration she experimented with different ideas and crafted her art with unusual elements. She has been the recipient of many awards for not only her paintings but her breathtaking art quilts.

Using hand dyed fabrics, acrylic paints and photographs on fabric, Van Soest creates stories about nature that draw the view into her world. Her passion for trees and water are shown in many of her works and her life spent on a farm in Jasper County and travels are her inspiration.

Van Soest was recently awarded the Helen V Surovek Memorial Award at the annual Salon Show at South Shore Arts. In addition to exhibiting both locally and nationally, her works can be found in galleries in Indiana, Ohio and Montana.

The exhibit will be on display through June 25.
About Us
The Village Gallery at Pines Village Retirement Communities opened in 2009 and has showcased many artists from around the region and across the country. Located at 3303 Pines Village Circle, the gallery is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. All exhibits are free and open to the public. For more information call Amy Page at 219/465-1591.  

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

New work in progress

I finally started the first of 9 larger art quilts
I need for my solo show in August.
The idea taken from a photo I took at the shore
of Lake Michigan.
It felt good to start a new project.
But I am fighting health issues and a busy
I set up a solo show in Valparaiso on Friday.
Wednesday I pick up some works from another
venue to use for the solo show.
Yesterday I gathered some things together and
was surprised that I had 19 pieces so far to use.
I guess that means I am building a body of work.
Well now off to the dentist to get a tooth pulled.
Such fun.

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Celebrating 53 years.

 Yesterday was our 53rd anniversary.
Where has the time gone.
I decided college was not for me.
At Easter that year I decided to get married.
In six weeks I found a dress and made the bridesmaid
and flower girl dresses and planned a wedding.
 I must have been of of my mind.
But it must have been a good decision because
53 years later we are still a couple.
Spending out time being mellow and enjoying life.
It has been an interesting journey.
Three children, 9 grand children and 3 great grand children
with one more on the way.
Our life has been full and the grand children
will keep it full.
Its been a good life.

Thursday, May 7, 2015

I have been remiss my friends.

 Spring gardening has been keeping me busy and
I have not blogged much lately.
I find that it takes me longer and uses up my
energy so I am done in by 4 pm.
 We are almost finished outside,
Just the containers to fill and I wait until after
Mothers day to see what plants I get before I
finish that job.
I did buy a flat of petunias for fillers.
 Gardening and doctor appointments.
The bane of my existence.
What was I thinking signing up for QSDS 2015.
I will need to work hard to finish up enough 
work for my August show.
At least I made the sketches and prep the batting.
Now to work today and tomorrow on quilts.
Saturday I need to make 4 pies for Sunday.
That is unless there is a cancellation at the dentist
than I will need to get a tooth pulled.
Another day in my life.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Autumn Leaves

 Just a little 8x10 quilt I worked up yesterday.
Quilting Arts has a call out for small fall quilts.
It was a fun piece to make.
I keep a small drawer of dried leaves for patterns.
So these are real leaf patterns from my yard.
I blocked out my next 7 medium size art quilts.
Made some sketches and am ready to go.
I hope to finish one this week.
With this great weather it is hard to stay in the Studio.
Today is grocery and massage day than tomorrow
is a doctor appointment than I have Thursday and
Friday free to work.
Maybe not enough time to make one but I
will get a good start,