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September 17, 2018
Artistic Endeavors – Aboriginal Art from The Snarky Quilter

Because Australia’s Aboriginal people have no written language, they told about their culture through stories and symbols and icons. Traditionally paintings by Aboriginals were drawn on rock walls, ceremonial articles, as body paint and most significantly drawn in dirt or … Continue reading

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September 10, 2018
Artistic Endeavors – Illustrated Books from The Snarky Quilter

Many books are illustrated, from medieval manuscripts to children’s picture books. However, not that many illustrations feature books themselves. Jungho Lee won the 2016 World Illustration Awards for his dreamy, surrealistic work. Jungho Lee: Promenade The professional class winner, Jungho … Continue reading

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September 6, 2018
May Sound More Impressive Than It Actually Is from The Snarky Quilter

Occasionally I like to send my creations out into the world of quilt shows. Recently I submitted Torii Traces to a national show, and it was accepted. A few days ago I received emails from the show organizer that encourage … Continue reading

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September 3, 2018
Artistic Endeavors – Yves Saint Laurent Exhibit from The Snarky Quilter

I’ll not weigh in on whether fashion can be considered a fine rather than “just” a decorative art, but I will share a gallery of the Yves Saint Laurent creations exhibited at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. The 2017 … Continue reading

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August 27, 2018
Artistic Endeavors – Conceptual Art from The Snarky Quilter

To me, conceptual art has always evoked a wha?? response. Sol LeWitt’s wall drawing instructions will give you a flavor of this slippery beast. Mind you, the art is the instructions. The first drafter has a black marker and makes … Continue reading

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August 20, 2018
Artistic Endeavors – Choi So Young from The Snarky Quilter

Used denim from pants, skirts, shirts, etc., isn’t the most likely medium for art, but Korean artist Choi So Young can see whole urban landscapes in it. He (or she, websites differ) is especially clever in using the bits most … Continue reading

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August 13, 2018
Artistic Endeavors – Richard Landis from The Snarky Quilter

I think weaving could tie with quilting as the most under recognized art medium. Both are usually considered crafts. I suspect the only “name” weavers most art lovers know are Sheila Hicks and Anni Albers. So, I was humbled when … Continue reading

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August 9, 2018
The Nancy Crow Experience from The Snarky Quilter

Many art quilters make a pilgrimage to the Crow barn outside Reynoldsburg, Ohio, to study with Nancy Crow for a week or two. Work by Crow and some of her students, as featured in an exhibit called Color Improvisations 2 … Continue reading

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August 6, 2018
Artistic Endeavors – Yayoi Kusama from The Snarky Quilter

The Cleveland Museum of Art is now showing the much heralded Yayoi Kusama‘s Infinity Mirrors, so I wanted to see what all the fuss was about. I joined many, many others who shelled out $30 to stand in lines for … Continue reading

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July 30, 2018
Artistic Endeavors – Jean Shin from The Snarky Quilter

Sometimes it takes an artist’s eye to see possibilities in discarded objects.  Pieces at a recent exhibit of Jean Shin’s work at the Philadelphia Museum of Art use discarded clothing and fashion related materials Shin often crowd sources and refashions … Continue reading

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July 23, 2018
Artistic Endeavors – Art & $ from The Snarky Quilter

The elephant in the art world is often the art related marketplace. Ultimately, someone has to buy the art to support its makers. This raises the question, is art judged to be “good” because it sells or does it sell … Continue reading

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July 16, 2018
Artistic Endeavors – Vincent Van Gogh from The Snarky Quilter

If you love the work of Vincent Van Gogh prepare to feast your eyes on almost 1,000 photos of his paintings and other work. The Van Gogh Museum has digitized all of its Van Gogh holdings, and it has the … Continue reading

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July 12, 2018
My Latest Obsession from The Snarky Quilter

When I began my map quilt of the Ohio and Erie Canal I had no idea how deep I would get into the subject. Last Sunday I dragged my husband to a lock operation demo at the NPS Canal Exploration … Continue reading

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July 9, 2018
Artistic Endeavors – Cities and Memory from The Snarky Quilter

Sound Photography asks “What is the relationship between photography and sound?” It’s an international creative interaction between more than 160 photographers and sound artists from 32 countries. Apparently volunteers send in photographs, for which sound artists create a composition based … Continue reading

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July 2, 2018
Artistic Endeavors – Art Prof from The Snarky Quilter

Remember those matchbooks with the ads for the Famous Artists Course? Fast forward to 2017 and the creation of Art Prof, a website that offers free, accessible to anyone with an internet connection, online art instruction. Videos form the core … Continue reading

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June 25, 2018
Artistic Endeavors – Shona Skinner from The Snarky Quilter

The words Shetland and Scotland caught my eye as I skimmed an article in because I have a crush on Jimmy Perez, the detective in Ann Cleeves’ Shetland mysteries. After I looked at the photos of machine embroidery by … Continue reading

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June 18, 2018
Artistic Endeavors – Name Recognition from The Snarky Quilter

A recent article about the power of a known name to guarantee acceptance in an art exhibition confirmed my dark suspicions. It seems that Banksy, the elusive British graffiti artist and prankster, submitted a work to the Royal Academy’s summer … Continue reading

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June 11, 2018
Artistic Endeavors – Contained Living from The Snarky Quilter

I’ll own up to a fascination with one-off home design shows, including ones that feature tiny homes. So, small abodes made from used shipping containers intrigued me. If I had made it to Tortona Design Week in Milan I could … Continue reading

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June 4, 2018
Artistic Endeavors – Beauty Remains Project from The Snarky Quilter

Garage doors in Lithuania were the prompt for photographer Agne Gintalaite’s beauty remains project. From Gintalaite’s website: I have always been attracted by a peculiar phenomenon of late socialism, large garage areas, called ‘garage towns’ in Lithuanian. Spanning extensive areas, … Continue reading

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May 28, 2018
Artistic Endeavors – Excellence in Fibers 2017 from The Snarky Quilter

As a quilter I sometimes forget that the world of fiber encompasses much more than a three layer fabric sandwich. Fiber Art Network, a subscription organization for “artists, collectors, enthusiasts, and leaders in the fiber art and textiles community,” presented … Continue reading

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