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02/2017 My work has been juried into the Alameda County Artist Registry (CA) for years 2017-19. This allows me to submit proposals for public art commissions for buildings in Alameda County. If my proposal is selected then I will design work for said facility. It is a very exciting opportunity!

10/2016 Defining Moment 12: No Means NO was juried into the 20th Quilt National Biennial which opens Memorial Day weekend 2017 in Athens, OH. The exhibit is open until Sept 2017 and then the work will travel for two years. This piece will appear on my website after the opening. Until then here is a detail. 

05/2016 Upheaval 2 was juried into Petaluma Art Center's Zeitgeist exhibit. The call was for artists in Northern CA and HI and 60 pieces were selected from 400 entries. The exhibit is up until July 10. My work looks stunning on an orange wall.

04/2016 I went to Washington DC for a long weekend to attend the opening events at the Textile Museum. The exhibit is up until September 4. If you are in DC check it out. You will not be disappointed. It is a very moving exhibit!

11/2015 My work Fleeing the City was juried into SAQA's Diaspora exhibit next spring at the newly renovated Textile Museum in Washington DC. The exhibit will run April 15-September 4, 2016 . Fleeing the City is part of the new collaborative series which I have been working on for two years now. It deals with the mass migration of whites from the city to the suburbs.

06/2015 My work Currents #13 was juried into a fine art competition, Art Comes Alive 2015 at the Art Design Consultants Inc in Cincinnati, OH. I attended the opening reception where $250,000 in awards were presented. I felt quite honored to have my work, the sole textile, in such awesome company! The work of artists chosen for this exhibit can be seen here.

05/2015 I continue work on Defining Moments, the collaborative series, serve on the board at the Arts Guild of Sonoma, am taking an iPad for Artists class online to learn about the myriad of artist apps and recently went to NM for a week's immersion in painting on non-wovens. 

07/2014 I am hard at work on a collaborative series which will entail designing 25 large works by Dec 2017!  I spent the last part of 2013 and a good portion of 2014 in R & D for the project and am now starting work #3. Already I have found it is good to start designing the subsequent piece while stitching the current one. It is an incredible challenge for me and yet I revel in that. I want to make work that challenges me and gets people to thinking!

02/2014 I am about to start another small piece for exhibit and then on to a big collaborative project that should occupy me for the next three years!

01/2014 I have been designing two pieces for an upcoming landscape exhibit. The challenge has been in making them duplicate but in different seasons. (fall and spring) I struggled with things like oak trees and perspective and frankly nearly pitched them twice. Now I am glad I stuck with them as I have a buyer for these which are in the final stitching phase. Persistence pays!

Next week the huge Earth Stories project will be on its way to exhibition and gone for four years.

09/2013...I have FINISHED the three pieces for the Earth Stories exhibit! The photography and artist statement are also finished. I am now working on the journal, the final piece of this big, big pie. It has been a great adventure. Unfortunately I cannot publicly share images until the premiere exhibit in May 2014. Stay tuned...

I continue work on the large Earth Stories project which is due November 1. Upon completion it will include three pieces: two uneven edged pieces to hang together within a 72” square and a much smaller 9”x14” piece identical in design to the larger ones.  It is a stimulating project not only from the theme standpoint but also involving problem solving skills to create the dimensions and tactile quality I am seeking.  Two additional requirements for this project are to chronicle my progress for a journal as well as keeping images incognito until the exhibit opening. The Earth Stories exhibit will debut at Michigan State University Museum in East Lansing, MI in May 2014. 

Torn Earth 67

My work Torn Earth as part of the Earth Stories exhibit will travel to these additional venues:

 

Kennedy Gallery at Ohio UniversityAthens, OH  May 23 – September 7, 2015

San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles,  San Jose, CA,  November 6, 2015 – February 28, 2016

Huntington Museum of ArtHuntington, WVJune 25-October 2, 2016

Erie Museum of ArtErie, NY,  January 20– June 11, 2017

 

 

 

back by popular demand...

...The book for my Tall Girl Series: A Body of Work has just been republished. You may purchase it here...

Tall Girl Series: A Body of Work (cover)

 

 

what's new...

FORMING OUR LIVES  

July 26-September 15, 2014, opening reception Sunday, August 10, 2-4 pm

San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles 520 South First Street, San Jose, CA

Forming Our Lives: Carol Larson, Cristina Velasquez, Bonnie J. Smith

 

yesterday's news...

stone path#3, detail

Vineyard:Spring and Vineyard: Fall both sold to a new client right off my design wall. Ironically I was designing them for an entry which required the work be for sale. Since it no longer was available I did not enter the exhibit but rather installed the work in its new home.

In addition I finished Keeping Up Appearances #6 as a donation to the Arts Guild of Sonoma's annual REPO fundraiser.  It is a requirement that the work contain 75% recycled materials. This piece contains screen-printed text on a vintage handwoven cotton metallic tablecloth. 

Meg McConaghey wrote a great article on art quilts for the Sonoma Living section of the Sunday January 5, 2014 Press Democrat which featured my work both in text and image. From that coverage I garnered new collectors which was an incredible way to start off the year.

My friend professional photographer Karen Preuss recently took images of me in my studio so now I have an 'official' head shot which can be seen here

My work is soon to appear in a new textile section of the online Trade Design Only Library (TODL) available to the trade: interior, architectural and design professionals.

Additionally my logo is featured in an ad in the September 2013 issue of Arts & Antiques magazine.  

I am really enjoying my new association with the prestigious Arts Guild of Sonoma located at 140 East Napa St in beautiful Sonoma, just ½ block off the plaza. The gallery is open Wed-Mon 11 am-5 pm. I was the featured artist in July 2013, and will show my larger work eight months of 2014 (Jan, Feb, Mar, Jun, Jul, Oct, Nov, Dec). My cards will be available year-round.

And the art group I formed in 2012 is thriving! Making art is such a reclusive activity so I wanted to gather together a group of mid-career artists of various media for sharing, crit and support. After much thought how to find such a willing & generous group of participants I tapped into the member directory of our local art center and hand-picked. We are now an enthusiastic group of 7. We all are loving our interactions and learning so much from each other. We remain untitled! 

 

recent exhibits...

Earth Stories debuted May 2014 at the Michigan State University Museum in East Lansing, MI. This work remains incognito until the exhibit opens.  I shipped the three pieces and the journal first of February.

Tall Girl Series featured in a special exhibit at the Pacific International Quilt Festival October 2013 at the Santa Clara Convention Center, Santa Clara, CA. 

Keeping Up Appearances #2 was juried into ABZ etcetera at the Sebastopol Center for the Arts September-October 2013

Stone Path #1 is in the Layered & Stitched exhibit at the Blue Line Gallery in Roseville, CA June-July 2013 

Stone Path #2 and #3 are in the Threads of Creativity exhibit at ACCI Gallery in Berkeley, CA July 2013

Keeping Up Appearances #5 made a spring debut in the Netherlands at the Expo Veldhoven 

Upheaval #7 and Upheaval #10  are in a group exhibit titled "Deux" and on the US Quilt and Sewing Expo circuit until mid-2014.