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Monday, August 13, 2018

Echo Gallery in Johnson City

Anyone, Anyway, Anywhere

"These breast were crochet in different cup sizes and skin colors to represent the sisterhood of all women. Breastfeeding is an appropriate human practice - no matter who you are, where you live or how it is carried out." 


Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Documented Humans


Undocumented immigrants. These are the people who are blamed for the American Dream fading away, for the shrinking middle class and job loss, for the rise of violence, crime and disease, shrinking resources and for endless war.
 A two-year-old Honduran asylum seeker cries as her mother is searched and detained near the U.S.-Mexico border on June 12, 2018 in McAllen, Texas. (Photo: John Moore, Getty Images)
A two-year-old Honduran asylum seeker cries as her mother is searched and detained near the U.S.-Mexico border on June 12, 2018 in McAllen, Texas. (Photo: John Moore, Getty Images)
Since Trump’s campaign promise to build a wall, we have gone beyond what many Americans would have previously imagined to divide people, to separate families, and chose to see people as merely fact patterns instead of humans. In the process, we forgot to be humans, and forgot to treat others as human beings. We have all become dangerously close to being nothing more than data, numbers, scapegoats for fascist plans and a means for private prisons to profit.
What does it mean to be a human? What evidence can you supply to convey that you are a human? How can you prove that you qualify to be a “documented human?”
For this curated exhibition, you may submit a painting, a drawing, a sculpture, a photograph, a video, a sound bite, a story, artifacts, your philosophy on anything at all, … you may propose a performance, or show us what it means to be human through a documented or recorded action. Anything and everything goes just so you can prove to us that you are worthy of being a documented human and therefore entitled to all inalienable rights and dignities due a human being. Make us laugh, make us think, break our hearts, make us feel… human.
On display in Gallery 724, a pop up gallery space inside an immigration lawyer’s office in Old Town, Alexandria, Virginia.  The show will run one day only as an “art happening”. 

Thursday, June 7, 2018

Framing your Weaving

This morning I learned one of the most important lesson - the difference a correct framed weaving makes. I had framed my piece for the Common Current Show like this:

But then I found a mark on the mat and decided to cover it up with another mat. I choose a more warm colored mat, responding to the colors in the weavings. I did a sketch in photoshop before I proceeded buying a mat. And look at the difference it makes. Now the Airport looks in place. It just makes me happy when pieces fall into place and the outcome has improved.


Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Pattern in Surface Design Magazine and Blue Star Red Dot Sale

How fun, my piece made it into the: inaugural Online Member Gallery exhibition, embraces the theme of “Pattern,” echoing the theme of the Spring 2018 Surface Design Journal.
You can see it here: https://www.surfacedesign.org/membergalleries/pattern/
Glass Ceiling
2016
structural weaving with plasticbags from drycleaner and newspapers
45 in x 48 in


and if you want to buy the piece. It is in this year's Blue Star Red Dot Sale.
https://bluestarart.z2systems.com/np/clients/bluestarart/product.jsp?product=1279&

Thursday, April 12, 2018

30 Blooming Leaves of Mexico

Installation at University Hospital in San Antonio
Sky Tower, North Parking Garage Entrance
4502 Medical Dr
San Antonio TX 78229

10 panels, each 6.5 ft x 3 ft

looks great with the stone background

detail, love the texture

detail, variety of colors


purple and blue for the bluebonnets

Friday, March 9, 2018

Common Currents

300 artist represent 300 years. Every artist gets a year produces an art piece.
Mine is 1953: Weaving, at the most elemental level, consists of warp and weft, each running in a separate direction but intertwined, much like the flights and travelers who pass through an airport. In 1953 the San Antonio Airport became a commercial airport. The former Terminal 2 was built in 1951-53, along with the FAA control tower and a baggage claim area. This inspired me to weave the structure as a tapestry. The importance of creating something which seizes the moment and transforms it through medium and connection is what I strive for.




Friday, February 9, 2018

Opening Reception at the "Beyond Borders: Stories of im/Migration" by Gutfreud Cornett Art at Santa Clara University in CA

It was a well attended Talk and Reception. I am always hesitant to fly to Openings out of state but I was glad I went.
Some photos were shared with me by Diane Andrews from the www.santaclaraweekly.com and Gutfreud/Cornell Art. Thank you to all of them and everyone who came and participated.
https://www.santaclaraweekly.com/2018/issue-6-2018/changing-the-world-through-art-at-santa-clara-university/



Sunday, January 21, 2018

The Woodlands High School Art Trust 2018


Which high school do you know has an Art Trust? This year, I am a finalist in the Art Show at the Woodlands, just north of Houston.
The finalist's were invited for a luncheon and left their artwork for display. The student body votes on which pieces to add to their permanent collection. Part of the money comes from a trust fund and money raised during the homecoming game. I really like the idea.


Dr Robert LM Hilliard Center celebrates opening Saturday

PR photo of all the photos with Art Curator
I feel very honored to have a piece in the Dr. Robert L.M. Hilliard Health Center. A much needed facility on the East Side of town. All the artwork chosen, is very colorful and complimentary to the state of art equipment in the facility.


Thursday, January 11, 2018

BEYOND BORDERS: STORIES OF IM/MIGRATION


January 8 - April 6, BEYOND BORDERS: STORIES OF IM/MIGRATION2018Santa Clara University, Edward M. Dowd Art and Art History Building Gallery 

Community Conversation with the Artists Friday, February 2, 2018, 4-5 p.m. 

Gallery Reception: Friday, February 2, 2018, 5-8 p.m. 

Participating Artists: Tessie Barrera-Scharaga, Carlos Cartagena, Rolando Chicas, Kathryn Clark, Judy Gelles, Taraneh Hemami, Diane Kahlo, Sana Krusoe, Erin McKeown/Stephen Brackett/Shawn King, Delilah Montoya and Sin Huella Collective, Julio Cesar Morales, Gala Narezo/Shamina de Gonzaga/Chantal Fischzang, Priscilla Otani, Judith Quax, Zahava Sherez, Doerte Weber, Shannon Wright, Yu-Wen Wu 

Presented by: Gutfreund Cornett Art 

Gallery Hours: Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. or by appointment. 

Media Inquiries: Karen Gutfreund or Sherri Cornett, Partners Gutfreund Cornett Art GCA@GutfreundCornettArt.com Sherri Cornett 406-698-5006 Karen Gutfreund 408-203-5221 

Online Gallery with Artist Statements: http:// bit.ly/2B1tNz5 
Online Catalog: http://bit.ly/2zxibUo 
Curatorial Essays: http://bit.ly/2BBSbIS 

Exhibition Enter the new Edward M. Dowd Art and Art History Building at Santa Clara University and one is immediately confronted with "Feral Fence", a Trumpian-inspired, monstrous, twisting armature with razor wire. Through this border wall, visitors gain access to powerful, multi-media works: horrific and impactful, hopeful and reverential, abstract and emphatic, poetic and conceptual, with a call for reflection and action. The exhibition Beyond Borders: Stories of im/Migration by the curatorial team Gutfreund Cornett Art and their group of international artists, shed light on the personal and observed narratives surrounding the struggles of flight, immigration, assimilation, deportation, and the perception of being “other" in American society. The works acknowledge the dignity, dreams and sacrifices of these people and reflect on where we are going, individually and as community with shared desires for hope and home. Beyond Borders: Stories of im/Migration, opens to the public January 8 - April 6, 2018 at Santa Clara University, Edward M. Dowd Art and Art History Building Gallery, Santa Clara, California. Community Conversation with the Artists is Friday, February 2, 2018, 4-5 p.m. and the Artist/Gallery Reception is Friday, February 2, 2018, 5-8 p.m. Gallery hours: Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. or by appointment.####The exhibition Beyond Borders: Stories of im/Migration by the curatorial team Gutfreund Cornett Art and their group of international artists, sheds light on the personal and observed narratives surrounding the struggles of flight, immigration, assimilation, deportation, and the perception of being “other" in American society. The works acknowledge the dignity, dreams and sacrifices of these people and reflect on where we are going, individually and as community with shared desires for hope and home. Enter the new Edward M. Dowd Art and Art History Building at Santa Clara University and one is immediately confronted with Feral Fence, a Trumpian-inspired, monstrous, twisting armature with razor wire by artist Shannon Wright. Through this “border wall”, visitors gain access to powerful, multi-media works: horrific and impactful, hopeful and reverential, abstract and emphatic, poetic and conceptual, with a call for reflection and action. The multi-media works powerfully speak to current, hot button and polarizing topics ripped from the news headlines. Boy in Suitcase, a video by Julio Cesar Morales, shows the alarming lengths to which people go to bring in their children to safety. The video The Jailer, Part 2, by Erin McKeown, Stephen Brackett and Shawn King, is a call to action to defeat hatred. Diane Kahlo has created a reverential altar to those who lost their lives in transit through the desert. The tender voices of youth as they assimilate are captured by Judy Gelles in a series of fourth graders’ portraits. Carlos Cartagena’s diptych speaks to overcoming fear of the unknown, because the alternative is worse. In large banner portraits, Gala Narezo, Shamina de Gonzaga and Chantal Fischzang challenge preconceptions of immigrants propagated by media and politicians. Delicate ceramic sculptures by Sana Krouse and a butterfly installation by Priscilla Otani speak beautifully and conceptually to im/Migration issues, while Daniela Ortiz’s video brutally sheds light on procedures used during forced deportation. These detail just a few of 24 artists in the exhibition that candidly, poetically and conceptually speak to these issues, highlighting universal, shared human experiences. Gutfreund Cornett Art is committed to promoting and supporting local, national, and global art activism. Art can produce a visceral response and can provoke, inspire, or disturb, and opens one’s eyes to worlds other than your own. Art can transcend language barriers, strengthen understanding, stimulate greater compassion between displaced people and the communities that receive them, move us to action and advocacy and create visions for a new, more inclusive society. 

Doerte Weber, San Antonio, Texas Checkpoint Carlos 3 panels, 8 x 4 feet each "When the border wall between the US and Mexico was built, memories of my home country’s border division (Germany 1961-1989) surfaced. Checkpoint Carlos forms 10 passageways—woven plastic bags from newspaper given to me by a vast number of people in San Antonio, TX. They symbolized our common humanity, support for human rights and immigration reform."