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Seems like it has been a month of art inspirations.


Had a wonderful trip to the Dali Museum to see both the Frida Kahlo exhibit as well as the Dali paintings.



Made a quick trip to the Mancuso Quilt Florida Show in Orlando.

This was an interesting hanging sculpture in the Convention Center.



These are a few favorites.


“What the World Needs Now” by Gabriele DiTota (USA)



“Pele: She-Who-Shapes-the-Land” by Jenny Hearn (South Africa)



“The Sunrise in the Bougainvilleas” by Mihoko Tanaka (Japan)



“True Blue Mates” by Yvonne Chapman (Australia)



“Beginning True” by Sue de Vanny (Australia)

And then another quick but rewarding trip was made to see the SAQA Stitched: Embracing the Quilt as Fine Art exhibit in Stuart, Florida. (Runs Jan. 20th til Feb. 25th, so you still have a chance to see it.) It is a very impressive show.

I wish I had photos of all the quilts to share. I am sharing what I was able to photograph around the attendees. And that is my excuse for the quilts being shot at an angle.

These four are by Ellen Lindner (top two quilts), Karol Kusmaul (bottom left) and Margaret Knepper (bottom right).img_0115


This one is by Becky Stack.


A close up of the entry by Louise Hall.


The next one is by Loreen Leedy.


And this is by Marianne Williamson.


The following is by Gabriele DiTota.


This is by Suzanne Evenson.


I will end with a striking piece by Patricia Turner.





The Florida contingent of SAQA (Studio Art Quilt Association) held a Mini-Conference over the weekend. I can give you just a little taste of this event.

The juried exhibit opening was held at the Rose Room Gallery at the Peabody Auditorium in Daytona Beach.

Maya Schonenberger, the exhibit judge, made the awards and gave a presentation on the judging process.

Best in Show went to Barbara W. Watler for “Transitions”.

First Place to Jayne Bentley Gaskins for “A Note from Papa H”.

Second Place to Pat Kumicich for “Weight-Weight Don’t Tell Me”.

Third Place to Marianne R. Williamson for “The Inlet”.

Honorable Mention to Sandra Donabed for “Fandangode Tortuga”.

After lunch the event moved to the Atlantic Center for the Arts (ACA) in New Smyrna Beach.

Information about SAQA was followed by a Panel Discussion to answer attendees questions on topics such as marketing and working with galleries. This was followed by a show and tell session.  Ellen Linder (upper photo) and Jayne Gaskins (lower) are just two of many who shared a sample of their work.

Following dinner, Dr. Roberta Smith Favis of Stetson University, gave a presentation about women in the arts.

Many thanks to Mary McBride, Jayne Gaskins and Nancy Billings for organizing such a wonderful opportunity for inspiration and networking.

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