There's a lot going on.
His artwork show in Ill Fusions, currently on display at the Schweinfurth Art Center, is inspired by Superflat, a Japanese style of art that draws on cultural images. Which makes it ironic that Durgee declined to pursue a career creating pop culture images.
Four weeks of camp sessions are offered in July and August for two age groups: ages 6 to 10 and ages 11 to 16. Each week includes a variety of projects and a range of mediums, including ceramics, painting, collage, and fiber art.
Hall's current focus on immigrants was sparked by a 2015 image that shocked the world: The body of a 3-year-old Syrian boy whose family was trying to reach relatives in Canada washed up on a Turkish beach.
Made in NY, a highly competitive annual juried show featuring contemporary artists who live and work in New York State, opens Friday, April 20. This year's show features 75 works by 58 artists, selected from among 472 entries.
A painter for many years, Masopust began quilting while caring for her terminally ill mother. Quilting is her way of expressing herself artistically. "I like the feel of the fabrics and the textures of the prints, and I love to sew, so they all make me very happy," she said. Masopust will share her love of quilting, and of the log cabin block in particular, during a five-day class called The Artful Log Cabin during Session II of Quilting by the Lake.
For Sue Nickels, quilting is all about fabric, friends, and especially family. Her mother made quilts and taught Nickels and her sister to sew at an early age. The siblings still sew together, and have won awards for their collaborations. Nickels' daughter, Ashley, is also a quilter and, Nickels added, " I have two granddaughters that I hope someday to teach about sewing and quilting." Nickels is teaching two classes about machine quilting, Stitched Raw Edge Machine Applique Techniques and Machine Quilting on the Home Machine, during Session I of Quilting by the Lake.
Joe Cunningham began quilting as a way to understand it enough to write a book. "Quilting is the opposite of other art forms in several ways," he said. "For one thing, the very idea of a quilt is comforting, whereas to many people the idea of a painting is forbidding something to be interpreted by experts. So I start out with something no one is intimidated by. Then, because we can sew anything together any way we want, I can have a kind of freedom that I never acquired in other art formsnever having gone to art school or studied drawing or painting. Quilting lets me make a work of art that I can use to keep warm against the coldness of the universe." Cunningham will be teaching a class called Origins about how to translate an idea into a quilt during Session I of Quilting by the Lake.
Multidisciplinary artist Sherri Lynn Wood traces her style of quilting to high school, when her principal called her out of math class to inform her that the black-and-white sundress she designed and was wearing did not conform to the dress code because it was sleeveless. While waiting for her mother to bring her a new outfit, Wood mouthed off to the principal, telling him to "go to hell." Her parents punished her by canceling the weekend sleepover Wood had planned with her friends. "I've been sewing with attitude ever since," Wood said. Wood will be teaching a 5-day improv quilting class, Get Your Curve On, during QBL's Session I. Learn how Wood got her start in quilting and the theory behind her current work in this Q&A interview.