The Au Naturel Show Opens

AuNat Reception-61Isn’t technology amazing?  I was unable to attend the The Au Naturel Art Show, but I could watch the opening night reception online — live.  How cool is that? While I sat in my chilly office, drinking a glass of wine and listening to the juror, Charles Froelick (owner and director of the Froelick CharlesGallery in Portland) talk about the pieces he picked for the show, I must admit I got a little weepy.  I often say/write that I am humbled by the attention my pieces sometimes get, and this was never more true than that night.  Charles said he was grateful for everyone who submitted art because as”you are putting it out there for the world to see… you are very brave.  You are making something that is meaningful to you and you are wanting it to resonate with someone else“.  He also explained his choice of a variety of mediums and styles; “it is like going to a variety of movies“.  If you check out the gallery page, you’ll see what he means.  I wanted to thank Charles for including my pieces among the talent represented at the show.

Kristin ShauckA big”thank you” should go out to Kristin Shauck who organized everything for the show.  She was also kind enough to answer the emails I sent her (even though I know how busy she was).  After the show she created a drop-box for the pictures from the opening, which I’ve included here.  This enabled me to see where they placed my pieces, which was really kind of exciting.  I’ve included a photo of the live feed set up and you can play a little “I Spy” and try to find one of my pieces. 🙂my picture

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I have always loved the process of transforming pieces of fabric into quilts. For years I collected scraps, just to be sure I'd have the right piece for the project at hand. Eventually, as my skills progressed, my hobby grew into art. I moved from simple quits, to 'landscape quilting' and then eventually onto portrait work. I am new to the art field and am self-taught, learning from my mistakes as well as from my successes. I create my images using only fabric and thread. I remain true to this limitation for two reasons; first, I love the challenge of finding new ways to depict ever more challenging subjects. Second, fabric work remains my true love. I enjoy the hunt for fabrics; where other artists might blend oil paints, I love finding that perfect shade or pattern for a specific need. I refer to my style as "gestalt impressionism" for one needs to take a step back from my pieces to get the whole picture. My view point changes by what is influencing me at the time. Recently I've begun to focus on the journey of the individual. I enjoy working on portraits of people whom I feel have lead interesting lives.

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2 comments on “The Au Naturel Show Opens
  1. bshanleyharris@comcast.net says:

    Congratulations, Mary! You are a talented woman and I agree with the gallery owner: you are brave to put yourself out there for public review. Keep up the good work!

    Betty Harris

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