Media: Fiber Art
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Kaleidoscope Fiber Art Designs - Making Magic with Fabric
I am an artist that designs and creates Kaleidoscopic Fiber Art Designs and my medium is Fabric. I believe art makes a difference in our world and that is why I have been involved in the world of art for more than fifty years, first as a student of art at UW Stout, then as an Art Educator and now as a working artist. Every day is a journey as I use the elements and principles of design, combined with the symmetry of kaleidoscopic design and techniques and materials of traditional quilting to create complex and exciting visual images. My art comes alive through the use of a fabric palette to create new and exciting images. These images reflect my love for bright colors and my appreciation for all the beautiful fabrics that enhance my palette. My talent to sew and my attention for details make these fiber art pieces truly an expression of my art ability and my passion for the fine arts. As I work with various pieces of fabric, new combinations and contrasts appear and this leads me to other colors and combinations that I had not anticipated. As a result, my compositions are ever-evolving as I cut, match and sew as many as 400 pieces of fabric to achieve the final piece of art. Each time I begin to create a kaleidoscopic design, there are elements of surprise, change, and chance as to where the fabric will lead me to accomplish the desired visual image. Making art is like a bridge; a way to get from one point to another, and way to connect with the challenging issues that life present to us each day.
I have a bachelor degree in Art Education, UW-Stout; master degree in Professional Development, UW-La Crosse. I taught a total of 40 years as an art educator in Colorado, Missouri, and Wisconsin. Now I enjoy retirement, living and working in the hills south of Eleva, WI with husband Bill, a musician.
Valley Art Association Art Faire, Annual Spring Art Show and Valley Art Association Show at the Heyde Center for the Arts, Chippewa Falls, WI; Ashley for the Arts, Arcadia, WI; Fabulous Floral and Fine Art and Confluence of Art Biennial at the Janet Carson Gallery for 2018 and 2019 Confluence of Art Exhibit; 2019 Fabulous Floral and Fine Arts, at the Pablo Center for the Arts, Eau Claire, WI; Arts West 37,38 & 40; Building Bridges Exhibit, LE Philips Library, Eau Claire; Banbury Art Crawl, Eau Claire; 2017 and 2019 Red Wing Art Association Gallery, Red Wing, Minnesota; 2018 and 2019 Annual Midwest Seasons Show, Center for Visual Arts, Wausau, WI - Foster Gallery UWEC Quilting as Art; 2017 Kaleidoscope Designs Making Magic with Fabric and 2019 Mark My Words Exhibit, Pump House Regional Art Center, La Crosse, WI; La Crosse Public Library, La Crosse WI; Making Magic with Fabric, Mabel Tainter Art Center, Menomonie, WI; Mayo Clinic Exhibit, Red Wing MN.
Honorable Mention, Annual Spring Art Show; Guest of Honor cash award, Ashley for the Arts; 2016 Best Floral and Art Interpretation, Fabulous Floral and Fine Art; 2017 First Place at the Confluence of Art Biennial; 2017 Honorable Mention Arts West 38; 2018 Honors Award 28th Annual Midwest Seasons Show, CVA; 2019 Best Work of Art, Fabulous Floral and Fine Art Exhibit; 2019 Honorable Mention Confluence of Art Exhibit, Pablo Center for the Arts.
Paula Nadelstern, internationally recognized kaleidoscope quilt artist, commented:
Mary, I truly believe you are a master quilter. Your work is exquisite. Your control of technique color and motif is brilliant, effective, lovely. I'm blown away and inspired.
Denny Vance, Juror for Confluence of Art Biennial, noted in his evaluation:
Masterful use of material and design.
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