Karen and I hung our quilts at the Unitarian Church of Vancouver on Monday, October 17. When we arrived there on Sunday for our opening reception, we discovered that many of the quilts had been stolen. Five of hers and four of mine. They liked pretty landscapes, it appears, as some of mine in the same room were not taken.
I do mourn the loss of these quilts:
Alouette Stump, winner of an award at LaConner Quilt Festival in 2015.
And Canoes en haut:
and Two Paddles
and Three Canoes
I am disappointed mostly that my work is not available for others to see.
I have been asked, "What quilts are in your show?" and "Put them on your blog!"
So I will post a few pics of what to expect...
All of my pieces are outdoors and or paddling related, as that is my way to nirvana...
Here is a shot of "The Red Paddle," on display right now in the LaConner Quilt Festival.
18" x 45"
It is completely hand stitched, over hand drawn India ink paddle outlines. The red is paint!
My friend Karen Johnson and I are putting together a textile art show.
October 18 to November 13, at the Unitarian Church of Vancouver,
at 49th Ave and Oak St, Vancouver.
The Artists' Reception is Sunday, Oct 23, 3 to 5 pm. I hope you can come!
Soul Journey Artist Statement
For much of my life I have
heard a call to adventure, an invitation to try new things, a need to move
beyond my comfort zone. When I was younger it was whitewater canoeing, with
some physical risk, and much canoe camping and guiding wilderness trips in
French. I have been led into the Unitarian ministry by this call and have consequently
moved from coast to coast and abroad to work with a variety of congregations.
Three years ago, after retiring from the ministry, I was called to participate
in the Yukon River Quest, a 715 kilometer ultra-marathon canoe race, as part of
a eight person voyageur canoe team. I have subsequently organized similar teams
for that race for the following two years.
I realize now that this quest
is a spiritual journey, a quest for spiritual completion. This journey takes me
through fear, through the trials and tribulations of a difficult challenge, and
leads to me that ephemeral focus of mind that is at least part of the spiritual
experience of finding and knowing what some people know as god, or completion.