Archive for July, 2011

Earlville Opera House East Gallery

Friday, July 22nd, 2011

I recently went to the opening of a show at the gallery of the Earlville Opera House in Earlville, NY.  I was invited to exhibit with 5 other artists: Natalya Aikens,  Mary Ruth Smith, Elizabeth Barton, Elsie Dentes, and Susan Lenz.  Here are some pictures of the location and the gallery:

Front of the Opera House:

Entrance of the Gallery:

Here are a few pictures of the inside of the gallery:

Here I am in front of my two artworks: Units 1: Cityscape and Units 21: Jungle Fever.


I had a chance to see the inside of the Opera house and attend the ice cream social, part of the opening.

If you are in the area you still have time to see the show which closes on July 30.  It is a beautiful exhibit and there are many exciting performances in the  Opera House.

The brightest dot on the block

Thursday, July 21st, 2011

Besides drawing whimsical cartoons on the iPad, I like working with simple geometric forms.¬† Here I used a simple 12″ x 12″ square of black fabric on which I stitched monoprinted small circles.¬† Then I quilted the whole piece traveling from one circle to the other.¬† This is the result and the title was obvious to me: “The brightest dot on the block”.



iPad Sketching

Tuesday, July 19th, 2011

I have been inspired by the amazing iPad sketches of fellow artist: Patricia Gaignat and I decided to practice my drawing skills on my iPad nicknamed: “iBen”.¬† I first started drawing with my fingers but soon acquired a stylus, the alupen, that is much easier to work with.¬† Yesterday I went to New York City to have some of my artwork photographed by D. James Dee.¬† I had to walk to the train station, take the train, walk to the subway, take the subway, walk to the photography studio and back!¬† Too hot to be true!¬† I made it!¬† On the way to the city I drew this in the train:

Happy Independance day!

Monday, July 4th, 2011

My version of the flag called: “History Comes in Layers”¬† ( 2011).¬† Enjoy the day!

Sacred Threads Exhibit

Friday, July 1st, 2011

Last Saturday, June 25, I attended the opening of the exhibit: Sacred Threads in Herndon, VA.¬† The show explores the themes of spirituality, brotherhood, peace, joy, inspiration, grief and healing.¬† It was a powerful experience to view the artwork and read the statements that accompany each one of them.¬† I have two pieces in the show.¬† One is called: Memory.¬† It is a visual commentary on the subject of memory and was inspired by my work with senior citizens.¬† The word ‘memory’ appears to be written and erased on a school blackboard.¬† It is a statement about the sharpness and blurriness of memory as well as the frustration of not being able to remember represented by the scribbling lines.¬† This piece was in the category: inspiration.


The other piece is called: Reverberation I.  It is a meditation piece.  A gate and the concentric circles invite you to both come in or go out.  It was exhibited in the category: spirituality.


The show was organized by Lisa Ellis and Christine Adams in the new DC area venue.¬† They did a fantastic job.¬† I was glad to meet them along with some of the artists and the artists’ reception was followed by a great dinner.

Here I am with Vikki Pignatelli, founder of the Sacred Threads Quilt Exhibition.








If you are in the Washington DC are, do not miss this great show!

June 22 – July 4, 2011. Church of the Epiphany, 3301 Hidden Meadow Drive, Herndon, VA 20171.