The Northfield House with the Spinach Tree,  William Sommer (American, 1867-1949)"To experience a geographical place, one seeks ways to communicate about it. There are many ways to tell others what certain places look like, feel like, what they mean and how they got that way. Interpreters of northeastern Ohio's Western Reserve, Cleveland School artists William Sommer, Henry Keller and Frank Wilcox lived in it and traveled over it. Shaped by the region's geographical influences, their visual impressions reveal the natural, planned and built landscape and the people who inhabited it." -Gladys Haddad from 'Interpreters of the Western Reserve William Sommer, Henry Keller, Frank Wilcox'

So much art is strongly geographically influenced...mine certainly has been. My earliest interest in photography was a desire to capture the feeling and beauty of the waterfalls that my family would hike to on vacation.

I'm currently percolating an idea for an art piece that looks at the geographical aspect of my art influences and teachers that will perhaps be the first direct melding of my geographic and artistic skills resulting in 'art' rather than 'map'

Edris Eckhardt: Cherubim, 1955; Cleveland Museum of Art CollectionSince reading snippets about Cleveland ceramic and glass sculptor Edris Eckhardt in Makers and Craft in America, I have been curious to learn more.  I recently found two books about the artist in the Cleveland Library system: Edris Eckhardt: Cleveland Sculptor and Edris Eckhardt Visionary and Innovator in American Studio Ceramics and Glass.

One of the first things to surprise me when I initially learned about Eckhardt was that she was a woman and one of the early pioneers of studio glass work.  The modern history of studio glass has been so dominated by seemingly strong male artists that to hear of a woman artist in Cleveland Heights, OH working in her residential studio basement was both startling and exciting.

To be honest, I wasn't sure she was a woman the first time I read about her.  In the book Edris Eckhardt: Cleveland Sculptor I learned the origins and meaning of the name she chose for herself in 1931:

CardioatropheCardioatrophe is a new piece stitched from eastern style paper made by hand right here in Cleveland, Ohio in the eastern paper making studio at the Morgan Conservatory. The piece is made from a sheet of Chiri paper provided by the Morgan.

This piece was made specifically as an auction item for the Morgan's 7th Annual Benefit and Silent Auction: Mulberry Madness to be held Saturday, October 11, 2014.

Check out the fun evening:

  • DATE: Sat, Oct 11th 2014
  • TIME: 6 pm to 10 pm
  • COST: $25
  • LOCATION: Morgan Conservatory MAP

 

This show opened last night in Erie, PA at the Erie Art Museum.  I was really impressed with the work in the show.  It is truly a contemporary fiber art show that pushes the boundaries and conceptions of fiber art.  The highlights of the evening for me were:

The large crowd: The show opening coincided with the Erie, PA Gallery Night, so there was a large crowd of art-appreciators to view the exhibit.

The piece "Pearl" by Susie Taylor that uses doubleweave in a unique and beautiful way.

The catalog of the show:  This is my first-ever inclusion in a printed show catalog - and it is really exciting to see my work presented this way.  (Photo credit to Dina Rossi)

It is in an art museum!: This is my first-ever show in an art museum - and that feels like a milestone.

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