National Recognition of Fabric Mosaic Marian Art
Recently, I responded to a national Call For Art sponsored by the Episcopal Church, USA. I presented a submission of fabric mosaic art to ECVA, an organization within the national Episcopal Church, dedicated to the acknowledgement and support of sacred visual arts. To my delight, I received notice this afternoon that my work had been accepted for inclusion in the exhibition, Mary, Mother Of Our Tribe.
Below is a screen shot of the beautiful mosaic of images produced by artists from around the country. My fabric mosaic, Golden Intercessor, is in first position on the second row. She is created in a Byzantine style often association with Orthodox traditions. With Advent upon us and Mary’s central role in the Christmas story, it is impossible to view this exhibit without contemplating the power of faith in the world.
National Juried Exhibit,
Episcopal Church, Visual Arts
A Reverie for the Spirit
I first heard this piece a couple of days ago while watching an old episode of Midsomer Murders … of all places. It is a contemporary piece written as part of the soundtrack for the episode. I was surprised to learn this, because I thought it sounded more 18th century than modern. All the better to know that there are still people in the world who are gifted with delicate sensibilities requisite to the creation of ethereal beauty. Thank you, Jim Parker, for your exquisite composition.
Art in Service of Art
There is nothing better than being able to use your creativity to the benefit of others. Recently, I was invited to support the fundraising effort of the local chamber ensemble, Cappella Romana, an extraordinary group dedicated to the musical traditions of the early Christian periods. Attending one of their concerts is as near to time-traveling as I can imagine; the ancient becomes accessible allowing me to hear and feel and be touched by the same sounds that countless others down through the centuries have also heard. In listening, time collapses making it easy to imagine Empress Theodora surrounded by the same sounds within the cavernous space of the great church in Constantinople. That’s something special!
A Taste of Byzantium, the Sounds of Hagia Sophia will take place November 3rd at the University Club in Portland. A signed 12″ x 14″ giclee print of my fabric mosaic, Empress Theodora, will be available at auction. The print was produced by Digicraft with Better Light scanning system and printed on Hahnemuhle Photo Rag paper with Epson Ultrachrome archival ink. To help patrons more fully realize the nature of the fabric medium, I wrote a brief description, stitched together a sampling of fabrics used in the original piece and also created a small example of fabric fused to muslin. I created business cards with Theodora’s image to reflect the theme of the evening.
Here’s to a successful event!