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URBAN PDX 2016

One can't help notice all the cranes dotting the landscape and neighborhoods changing, expanding and some, even shrinking as new replaces old. We thought it would be interesting to explore these changes in our art. Thus the theme Urban PDX was adopted. The challenge included making one piece of fiber art measuring 30 by 40 inches in portrait orientation and one piece that measured 8 by 20 inches. The smaller piece was to be somehow related to the first. As always, how that was to happen was left to artist vision. The last concept of this challenge was to find a way to include yellow, the color of a #2 pencil. We soon discovered that the good old #2 pencil is, in fact, not a standard color.

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And/Or
 Kathy Blondell




How Dense is Dense Enough?
 Valri Chiappetta



Condemned
Betty Daggett



The Pearl
Melanie Grant



Go by Train
Diane Losli-Britt



Tillicum Crossing
Annette McFarlane



An Urban Conversation
Elaine Millar



Busy Day at the Portland Mercado
Hilde Morin




A SENSE OF PLACE: The Allison Inn 2015

In our search for a theme this year, our MIX group thought it would be interesting to see how our individual interpretations of one place, known to us all, might vary or coincide. We chose the Allison Inn and Spa in Newberg, Oregon and had a couple of field trips together and sometimes separately to obtain photos. These photos were intended as jumping off points for our pieces since we also undertook some studies of abstraction earlier in the year.

Some artists chose to lean closer to the representational aspect in their portrayal, while others moved toward abstraction. We each hoped to create one “Hardscape” piece and one “Softscape” piece. Hardscape inspiration was likely to come from either the architecture of the building itself, or some of the rigid lines surrounding it such as the stonework or sculpture. The Softscapes might be related to the lush gardens, surrounding bounty of Willamette Valley agriculture or the more organic sculptures the Allison has scattered about its grounds. While we did get together to show progress throughout our designing season, seeing the show as a whole has delighted and surprised us. We hope viewers who know the Allison will see some of what they have enjoyed there in our interpretations, and those who do not will feel inspired to go and see it for themselves.

All pieces in this Exhibit measure 24"W x 30"H

STANDING TALL  -  SHADOW PLAY
by Kathy Blondell


THE LOST WEEKEND  -  THE HIGH LIFE
by Valri Chiappetta


ELEPHANT EARS (COLOCASIA) HOLD NO SECRETS   -  SPA SECRETS
by Betty Daggett



VESSELS  -  ARCHITECTURAL ELEMENTS
by Melanie Grant




BOWL  -  FOLLOW A PATH
by Diane Losli-Britt



STACKED ALLISON  -  STACKED GRAPES
by Annette McFarlane




          ABOR VITAE  -  MICRO RHYTHMS 
by Elaine Millar



WHERE TO STAY  -  WHERE TO GO
by Hilde Morin







EXTREME STUDIES2014

MIX artists developed a series of new works examining the concept "in the extreme". Whether it be through use of a single theme or similar technique, the work explores material, shape or distortion and color "in the extreme". To further unify the body of work, each piece is rendered at 18 inches square.

All works in this exhibit measure 18"W x 18"H
 
  
BOX OF CRAYONS - IT'S NOT ALL BLACK AND WHITE - WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN
by Kathy Blondell






RED IS JUST PART OF THE STORY - FIRE AND ICE - INTERRUPTION  
by Valri Chiappetta





A LITTLE BIT OF BLUE
GLACIAL MELT - MOVE OVER - SCRAP IN ORBIT 

by Betty Daggett




 


A NEUTRAL POINT OF VIEW - IT'S HIP TO BE SQUARE - OFF THE GRID 
by Melanie Grant





OSTRACIZED - CAST OFF - RUNNING APART SIDE BY SIDE
by Diane Losli-Britt




 



by Annette McFarlane




SHE GIVES NEW MEANING TO GOING GREEN - SHE HAS A NIGHT ON THE TOWN AND NOTHING TO WEAR - SHE PUT HER FREAK ON 
by Elaine Millar




A STUDY OF DISTORTION - A FUN EXPERIMENT - THE FORBIDDEN COLORS 
by Hilde Morin



LOCALLY GROWN 2013


People are becoming increasingly interested in the health of the food they eat. Farmer's markets are growing in popularity. Restaurants proudly announce that their food is purchased locally. Barbara Kingsolver wrote in Animal, Vegetable, Miracle the story of her family's desire and subsequent trial to eat only what they could grow themselves. The quilts for this exhibit were inspired by these and other personal experiences with "locally grown."


COMPOST BIN
one 12"x12"piece made by each artist using only scraps


by Betty Daggett



by Kathy Blondell




by Betty Daggett



by Valri Chiappetta



by Melanie Grant



by Elaine Millar



by Hilde Morin

3 comments:

  1. Looks like you guys are having great fun! Thanks for letting us take a peek.

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  2. What wonderful pieces! Thanks for sharing.

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