Monday, February 27, 2006


I have had word not minutes ago. Someone else in the universe has heard my mantra. Buy art, buy art, buy art. ! !

Flights of Fancy, by Marion Curry of Oakey, Victoria, Australia, has sold today. Some lucky person will have this wonderful, brilliant work to enjoy everyday. Marion almost always works with recycled woolens.

If some of you, like me, subscribe to Textile Fibre Forum and read the Subscriber-Only Newsletter; you will realize just how wool is interwoven in the lives of textile artists in Australia. Check here: TAFTA

Sunday, February 26, 2006

More Images From the News

Thought you might enjoy a look at the work of Dorothy Fix. Her In a Garden Green won an Award of Honor. Her Danza Serpiente showed up with the newspaper article.

The Sunday Garden Section

I've been watching spring come to the desert. Sonora is very green and generally the wettest desert in the world. Not this year as la niña has arrived. It's fire, fearful, dry.

Somehow that does not concern the Arizona ash tree that was planted outside the eight foot sliding glass door in my work room. It really should be closer to the river. We're three or four blocks up and the Santa Cruz River here is a wide, dry, swale for most of every year. This ash tree seems to continue it's life in spite of the difficulties. Much like most people, truth be told.

So, today, I'll give you five images of a native, Arizona ash tree taken several days apart over the span of a couple of weeks. We really don't look but we should; day by day our surroundings give us hints that spring is coming. As you can see, this morning mother nature is teasing us with a buttermilk sky, we hope for rain but will probably be disappointed as usual.Have you noticed how much your surroundings affect the colors, tones, and tints you use in your work? Do you pick and choose from what is around you or do you pick bright, joyous, saturated colors to offset the short, gloomy days of winter? The equinox is coming. Persevere.

Thursday, February 23, 2006

Rest In Green Pieces

The newspaper coverage in yesterday's Green Valley News was full color, full front, second section as promised. I would love to give you scans of even one photo. However, newsprint and my scanner do not work well together. I will be getting tear sheets out to everyone mentioned in the article. We did very well, there were five images of works of interest to the local residents and a photo of yours truly, flanked by Sandra Blain and Josie DeFalla.

Mara Thorson, who's work Rest in Green Pieces, won an Award of Honor graced both the front page header and the article itself.

Tuesday, February 21, 2006

Free Lance Writer Mike Touzeau

Now that I can get my breath and think about things like four week deep cat hair to be removed from ironing boards and chairs I thought I should tell you a little about my friend, Mike Touzeau. The Green Valley News sent him to talk to me last November. We talked about my work and about The Blues for Mighty Joe; it had gone to Val d'Argent in Alsace in France. We talked about all sorts of things.

I saw him again, last week before the opening of Changing the World One Thread at a Time. He had made the transition from employee to free lance, working for the News occasionally. I told him I thought he really ought to come to the opening. I was so busy that evening; I think he must have had a wonderful time. I know he called me to check some facts. He read me a few phrases and sentences to be sure there were no errors. Those few sentences tell me that tomorrow the local news paper will give Changing and the artists a full front page second section.

I answered the phone this morning, Regina was asking me to unlock the password on the catalog so they could lift images to print. No, Regina, they aren't a high enough resolution for the newspaper. I'll make you some higher ones and bring you a CD. I was there by ten o'clock.

I had put the kitchen rugs in the washing machine just as I was leaving. I looked down at my slacks when I left the newspaper office. Horrors, I looked as though I had rolled on the dirty rugs. Oh, well, we will see the results tomorrow. The pictures, not the rugs, not my pants, please,

The Green Valley News is small and does not have the links that we expect from the New York Times. I'll see if I can get permission to publish the pages on my website. I will certainly buy enough copies that every artist mentioned will get their own tear sheets by mail.

And since I am procrastinating and not taking care of mail and contracts, I'll post you an image of one of the later works from The Blues. The title is The Blues for a Forgotten Goddess.

Sunday, February 19, 2006

Buy Art, Buy Art, Buy Art, Part Two

Congratulations to Mary Ellen Searcy. Ancient Fragments has sold.

Congratulations to Mr. Howard Lester, the new owner. Ancient Fragments will be shipped to it's new home in Massachusetts at the end of the exhibition. Thank you for your faith in us, Mr. Lester.

Buy Art, Buy Art, Buy Art, Buy Art, It is a Mantra

I tried to phone the Tubac Center of the Arts about an hour ago. They are so busy the machine is answering the phone. I have spent today fielding phone calls and emails about purchasing the works from Changing the World One Thread at a Time. The website statistics are through the roof. In excess of fifty thousand requests. My mind is spinning.

All this to tell you that if you are really interested in one of the works of art that you see in that catalog you had better phone the Tubac Center of the Arts at 520 398-2371 to make a credit card purchase. Since I can not get through the phone lines this afternoon I don't know how many works have sold.

I do know that Reflections by Kit Vincent just sold to a purchaser who wishes to remain anonymous. And speaking of anonymous, please, if you donate to the catalog matching grant fund, let me know if I may thank you publicly.

We are very busy today. I have the image files prepared for The Blues and for The Left Turn Lane. The news will be here as soon as those pages are ready and go live. So, keep reading, I am so very pleased that so many people are coming to see me in my virtual world. Thank you.

Friday, February 17, 2006

Awards of Honor

Changing the World One Thread at a Time is proud to announce the Awards of Honor. Adjudicator, Sandra Blain, Director Emeritus of the Arrowmont School, has chosen seven artists for not only the caliber of their work but the expressiveness of both the work and their artist's statements. So, in no ranked order, other than the alphabeticalization of the titles, here are the awards:

Annie Creek, George-Ann Bowers, Berkeley, California
Being, Sarah Louise Ricketts, Camberwell, Victoria, Australia
Discard Credit Cards and Thumb Twiddle, Coral Turner, Tempe, Arizona
The Issue, Barbara Brandel, Tucson, Arizona
In a Garden Green, Dorothy Fix, Sparks-Glencoe, Maryland
Rest in Green Pieces, Mara Thorson, United Arab Emirates
Subtext: Eruption, Donna L. Lish, Clinton, New Jersey


Today is exciting. The web site goes live. It’s a red letter day. Changing the World One Thread at a Time is opening this evening. The reception begins at 5pm at the Tubac Center of the Arts, 9 Plaza Road, Tubac, Arizona. Phone 520 398-2371 for further information. Gallery hours are 10 - 4:30 Monday through Saturday. 1 - 4:30 Sunday.

Today we publish the free catalogue for the exhibition. It’s eighty eight pages of pure pleasure. It’s available on the new website.

Working artist, thelmasmith, was born an artist. Life and a precarious upbringing pushed that knowledge into the background until 1999. Since then, nothing has stopped her. Smith is tenacious. She tends not to hear the word no. She takes the side door out and goes around obstacles.

Today, all obstacles are scattered behind her on the path that has brought this day. Check out the web site. The blog has been running for about a week. It will continue sending you information on the daily happenings.

New works will be added as I get back to my workroom . My mind is full of images; I want to go back to work. Hand dyed buttonhole silk thread is just waiting for my hands, a needle and a thimble.

So, please, walk into my new web site! Go exploring. You will find pages that will tell you that you are watching a construction site in progress. It’s going to be a great adventure. thelma

Thursday, February 16, 2006

Tomorrow is the Big Day

Consider this your personal invitation to the opening of Changing the World One Thread at a Time. Friday night, February 17, 2006, from 5 to 7 pm at the Tubac Center of the Arts, 9 Plaza Road, Tubac, Arizona.Come celebrate with us. Several artists are coming from far away places. Local artists, photographers, free lance writers, collectors, and all sorts of people who are interested in textiles and art will come to share some good wine and delicious snacks with us. We would love to have your exciting presence to add to the mix.

The exhibition is completely hung. Sandra Blain, Director Emeritus of Arrowmont arrived this morning at eleven. She spent the better part of the day walking and thinking and studying artist's statements. Very thorough and very curious, that woman; an interesting one to work with. Labels were being made as I left for home.

I've decided that Dijanne Cevaal's work, Letter From Home, is very representative of the concept of the exhibition and the artists addressing the ideas through their own lens of experience. I need to learn some things about white balance. The gallery walls are lots of different shades and I'm finding it difficult to get true color. Back to studying the book that came with my camera. I'm hoping to get lots of good pictures tomorrow at the reception.

Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Kit Vincent, Peg Keeney and Barbetta Lockart

Part of the reason I'm so whipped this evening are these three lovely pieces. Lancaster Series: Harvest is the largest. Wind or Coal is to the left and To Wander This World is to the right. Do you know how many times one must climb up and down a ladder to hang an asymmetrical work? Do you think the curator has ladylike language when she walks into the far gallery, turns to contemplate the work she just did, and knows it has to be rearranged.

Believe me, it is well worth it. The works themselves are so incredible that the internet can only give you the faintest glimpse. I think you need to get yourselves to the opening on Friday evening.

Slowly, Slowly, We Build

I hate to mention this but I am exhausted. The main gallery was hung today; a few remain for the stage. It's the largest of the galleries and the hanging is spectacular. I was unable to get as many documentary photographs as I had hoped today. There was a lecture series this evening. An artist brought in easel, paintings, slides and lots and lots of people. People who may have never seen or thought of textiles as art. The wine and food looked quite good; I decided I had better head home and dump my camera.

Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Contemplating the Chaos

Today was the day when all the works get laid out on the floor on twill. Aisles are left so that we may walk through and contemplate which work goes where. It's much better than any oriental bazaar. The work is more difficult than hanging water colors or oil paintings; textiles cannot stand up against the wall so that you may look at them.

Here's Theresa Goorian contemplating just a small selection of the works today. Each work gets moved three to five times until the sequencing and the rhythm and cadence of the exhibition reveals it's own unique signature.

Kaleidoscope of Color

Another look at works laid out on the floor. All sorts of unusual juxtapositions.

Sunday, February 12, 2006

Sunday at the Tubac Center of the Arts

Today is the last day the main gallery will host the Juried Member's Exhibition. Bright and early tomorrow morning the putty and paint will come out to restore the walls to their always pristine condition. In the back warehouse artists will be picking up unsold work. Yesterday I saw an empty spot defined by two nails and a name and statement card. The work had sold out of the plein aire gallery right off the wall.

This is quite a large facility with 3000 square feet of floor space. The ceilings are at least ten feet high. There are three hundred linear feet of display space distributed among a small, a medium, and this large gallery. It is space that is a joy to work with.

Study on this space. The kiosk to the right is movable. I wonder where your work will appear. The hanging women of Tubac, Shirley Seamans and Teresa Goorian, are brilliant artists in and of their own right. They are the artists who establish the sequencing and the rhythm and cadence of every exhibition. I am fortunate to have such good examples to lead me.

Sonoran Snowdrops

It's Sunday in Sonora. I slept in. I read some trade papers. Spring is coming upon us fast. I'm taking photos of the budding Arizona ash tree every few days. The bees are showing up as the buds are swelling rapidly.

Another indication of spring are the Snowdrops in January that I caught a couple of weeks ago. They last a surprisingly long time. The petunias, pansies, and johnny jump ups have been happy all winter; it has been surprisingly mild. The japanese iris bloom and are quickly gone. The anenome are not only in full leaf but beginning to push flower stems. Enjoy your day off.

Saturday, February 11, 2006

Another Day in Sonora

Well, the days leading up to the hanging women of Tubac are proceeding. One package, lost, has been found; one package waylaid, and one package still gone walk about. The last unopened has been opened and inspected. It has been a week of Christmas Days and birthday parties. You can not imaging the joy and delight along with the back breaking hard work of heaving around packing cases.

So today, my colleague, Peg Keeney, who is part of the exhibitions committee of Studio Art Quilt Associates accompanied me to finish up the unpacking. We took care of that in short order. We had ulterior motives. This is Art Festival weekend at Tubac. It's like any other weekend in Tubac, only more so. We went for a walk around just a part of the village. Had a mocha latte, wallowed in the oriental rug shop, and generally had a wonderful time.

I'll leave you with the photo of a jazz saxophone player. Live music in Tubac this weekend at every turn.

Friday, February 10, 2006

Three Dimensional Laid Flat

Donna Lish, from Clinton, New Jersey, creates installation pieces that are knit. Her yarn is not quite what you had in mind for your grand daughter's sweater. These things gleam in the light and change markedly depending on where you view from. I'm quite excited to have these pieces - there are three - that when hung properly are installation pieces. The one laying flat here, nota bene, glistens as though it were silver. Executive Director, Josie DeFalla, of the Tubac Center for the Arts.

Exciting Things Today

I worked again this afternoon at Tubac. Most of the exhibition is unpacked. We really can only see a few pieces at a time as the layers go down. I'm to the point that I'm dealing with three dimensional works and works with alternative fibers. That means a layer of white twill goes between layers to keep everything pristine.

One of the works I have really been looking forward to seeing is Valarie James, La Madre. Made of cotton fiber recycled from clothing discarded by immigrants along the Arizona - Mexico border, the sculpture retains some of the texture of the clothing. It in no way resembles the raw cotton we see here in Arizona at harvest time.

Valarie was one of a group of sculptors who installed pieces in a sculpture garden in the far east end of Tucson, the Rincon Valley, at the Pima Community College. I think her work will help you stretch your mind and thoughts about textiles.

I think I must add that this photo was taken at the end of a work day, in the back warehouse with tables and packing cases and junk all around that is reflected in the acrylic case for La Madre. When we assemble the exhibition the acrylic case will be hung on a wall.

Catalogue News

Blogger was updating last night when I got home from the Tucson Pima Arts Council Grants Committee meeting. I stopped after for groceries. So, here is yesterday's news.

The Changing the World One Thread at a Time catalogue has had it's first hard copy printed. Nine copies of the digital document were distibuted to committee members. The format of the meetings is a three step process. During the first step artist's may speak and make their plea. The second step is considering the caliber and extent of the documentation of the application and a yea or nay on even considering funding. The third step consists of re-evaluating the requests that escaped the carnage of documentation consideration. By the time all had been decided and the meeting was adjourned it was 7:30 MST in the US.

So, a little help was forthcoming to assist in paying the gentleman who wrote all the code to create a digital catalogue. The following weeks will continue a tenacious search for matching funds. Any volunteers will be gladly welcomed.

I will be speaking to a news paper reporter this morning. He kindly gave me a full, front page spread, in the Living section of the Green Valley News on November 25, 2005. Today we will be working on a story to ensure good attendance for the opening on the 17th of February, next week. It's an important piece of marketing as now not only Green Valley and Tubac, the whole of south east Arizona is flooded with snowbirds.

No pictures from yesterday, so I will show you my faithful companions, The Snoozie Sisters. Sadie is a grey tiger with white; Alice has black and brown stripes.

Wednesday, February 08, 2006

The Village of Tubac

Since we are working late on the catalogue, I'll take the time to tell you a little about the village of Tubac. It's more than two hundred fifty years old; it was the first European settlement in this part of Mexico. Founded as the first garrison, it was meant to protect against the Chiracahua Apache who were fierce in defending their territory. In the eighteenth century it became the center of many Spanish Land Grants; those ownership designations survive to this day.

Early in the twentieth century Arizona became a state and slumbering Tubac became a drowsy artists colony. It remains an arts center and becomes more well known day by day. The New York Times has called Tubac the Sedona of southeast Arizona. You may explore here:
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Tubac edges on the west side of the Santa Cruz River which runs south to north. It is backdropped to the east by the Santa Rita Mountains.

The Unpacking Begins

Today I unpacked about forty pieces of the art works accepted for the Changing the World One Thread at a Time exhibition. The work today was satisfying. Some pieces were much better than the slides had indicated. A few had slides that were totally different colors than the works. In no case was I disappointed. Every work equalled or exceeded my expectations. Layer after layer, work after work. One can only see the top layer; there are many hidden treasures below.

Marsha Warshaw sent me the thinnest, most beautiful, walnut hanging slats I have ever seen. Fern Bant's works took my breath away. The beauty of the hand dyed backs of Janet Schultz' work is amazing. I'm trying to figure out ways to hang To Wander This World and Dare to Dream in the round; the backs are as intriguing as the fronts. Amazement after amazement emerged from cardboard boxes. Seven crates of 3D works were not unpacked today.

Tuesday, February 07, 2006

Some Thoughts About Companions

Since I am learning, I thought I'd show you a few pictures of my helpers. Here is Miss Lady Marmalade. She knows everything.

She is the one cat who will not follow nor join the herd. She was supposed to be my cat; I always wanted a marmalade cat. She's fickle. She only sits with me until her father comes home; then she is a traitor.

The Lady Marmalade has many names. Goldilocks, Goldie, Little Miss Marigold. She owns the house, the cat castle, the basement apartment in the cat castle. She is a squatter in Lady Alice's bookcase top basket. She does as she pleases and like most cats she owns the people in the household.

The Time is Coming

Good day, Everyone,

Today is a new day and a new blog.

As I said The Time is Coming

Tomorrow I begin the unpacking of the art work for the exhibition Changing the World One Thread at a Time. This blog will be the place to watch for the ongoing process of taking a show from a pile of cardboard boxes to the gallery walls.