Tuesday, September 22, 2009

St. Louis

I had such a great time in St. Louis, thanks to my wonderful hosts Judy Cobillas, president of MoFA and Carlene Fullerton, fiber artist and hostess extraordinaire.

Thursday evening I gave a lecture at the St. Louis Artist Guild, this was also the site for my workshops on the weekend. The St. Louis Artists Guild is in an old stone mansion that is being used by the guild for housing exhibits and holding classes. There are some beautiful architectural elements in this building, this staircase in the foyer was particularly impressive. Through out the facility many different rooms were being hung with incredible fiber exhibits as part of the two month long Innovations in Textiles 8.

Innovations in Textiles 8 is really such an impressive event with exhibits in numerous galleries in the St. Louis area. On friday Carlene and Judy took me to several galleries and to the Craft Alliance where there is a fantastic exhibit on textile collage with the work of Joan Schulze, Fran Skiles, Barbara Lee Smith, Bob Adams and Luanne Rimel. A week ago there were workshops with Fran Skiles and this weekend there are workshops with Bob Adams. There are so many incredible events happening, I hope the fiber world is stopping and taking notice, I don't think anything like this on this scale happens anywhere else.

After Gallery hopping we had lunch at Pi, Obamas favorite pizza place, it was delicious!

Friday evening we went to the opening of Fibre Vive an exhibit of fiber works influenced by Hispanic arts and culture by MoFA members. Following the opening, I had the opportunity to spend more time with Rosemary Claus-Gray and several other MoFA members over a lovely dinner at Carlene's.

Saturday I taught Mixed media Painted Fabric, I love seeing how each person interprets this technique though the colors and imagery they use.

This lovely work was done by Chris, I am sorry I do not know some peoples last names, but Chris has a wonderful gestural quality to her drawing and a beautiful sense of color.Judy and Carlene working.Jennifer, one of several students who traveled from the Columbia, MO area, who I got to spend some extra time with since they also stayed with my host Carlene on friday and saturday nights.
Carol Zemanand Leandra Spangler, who's name was so familiar to me and I just figured out why, she also contributed artwork to Virginia Spiegal's Fiberart for a Cause auction earlier this year.On Sunday I taught Tsukineko Inks, it was a whirlwind of a day covering more techniques than usual, introducing Ink Potion No. 9 into the mix and I never got in anytime for photos. I had a wonderful time working with all these textile/fiber artists who work in so many different media, I had so much fun, I would come back and play with these gals anytime.


  1. ohh - I'm green with envy! These gals got to spend time with you!

  2. Great work from your students! What a tribute to a teacher to see such outstanding and individual painting.

  3. What a wonderfully full schedule you had! How fun to see how each artists interprets the materials and medium. The sharing photos are great. I am continually surprised at how large the fiber world is!

  4. I love the photos of the women holding up their creations. Their personalities seem to move from face to fabric and back again! I wonder if you had a match the artist to the art it would be so easy to put them together. Looks like everyone was having a great time!


  5. Your class looks deliciously fun with all the exquisite colors. I can see how much fun you all had. I am now one of your followers Yahoo! Imagine and Live in Peace, Mary Helen Fernandez Stewart

  6. Hi Judy, I'm Chris Beussink holding up my creation. It was a wonderful class. You are a great instructor. I learned alot and loved everyone I met. The weekend was just like a vacation for me.
    Thank you for traveling to St. Louis. Can't wait for your next time back. So, When are you returning???

  7. Hi Chris,

    So nice to hear from you, I had a great time too! I look forward to coming back to St. Louis again, when ever something is scheduled again I will post it on the blog.

  8. Hi Judy, it was great to meet you again, and to have a little time to get to know each other. St. Louis and Missouri have some wonderful people who are also accomplished artists. I enjoy my time with them whenever possible. Innovations is an amazing gathering of artists, exhibits, and art. I hope to see you again soon. Have fun in Houston.


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