Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Piecing Together

On Sunday, Dec. 7, I had the pleasure, along with my daughter, of attending the opening reception of a SAQA (Studio Art Quilt Associates) exhibit in the beautiful Biscayne National Park in Homestead, FL. 
I want to thank Maya Schonenberger and her team for organizing this exhibit.  There was a tremendous amount of work and planning involved - this exhibit will be traveling to ten national parks in the next two years. 
One of the artists, Marianne Williamson, hosted a wonderful brunch before the reception in her lovely home.
The exhibit is called, Piecing Together a Changing Planet, and is about various climate change issues.  This is Gabriele DiTota, of Melbourne, with one of her pieces.
Inverness, Fl was well represented with two artists juried into this show.  This is Suzanne Evenson and her work.
And yours truly, Karol Kusmaul with my quilt, entitled, AIR.  I was explaining how I use repurposed fabrics from thrift store clothing to get the variety of interesting patterns in my work.  My quilt was inspired by a conversation with a friend who had visited China for two weeks, and said he never saw the sun because of the polluted air there.  Not having fresh air to breathe, or water to drink, is incomprehensible, but it is happening now, in our world, maybe not too far from where YOU live.
We also owe a debt of gratitude to Ranger Jerry, who was instrumental in the planning and did research for the exhibit, and is one of our biggest cheerleaders.  Here he is in conversation with my friend Mara.

This is a link to more information about the show, the artists, and the travel schedule.  Check it to see if it will be appearing at a venue near you!  It is our hope that our work will inspire positive changes regarding these important issues.

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