Thursday, March 31, 2011

Mint Green

Looking for bars

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Sue's Exhibit Opens April 1

Span: a Remembrance

Large works by Suzan Friedland

Exhibit open April 1 through May 30

Gualala Arts Center
Elaine Jacob Foyer
Reception: Friday, May 6, 2011 at 5:00 p.m.

Gualala Arts will present an exhibition of large works by artist Suzan Friedland from Friday, April 1 through Monday, May 30, 2011. The exhibit reception will be Friday, May 6 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. along with The May Show.

From the show announcement:
In a recent piece in the New York Times by Mark Dow, the great architect Louis Sullivan was quoted as saying that he believed the pier, the lintel and the arch to be the basic elements of architecture. He called these "the three physical facts, the three symbols, I might say the three letters, which constitute the alphabet of our art." Rather than the natural assumption that the pier and lintel came first followed by the arch, Sullivan felt that all three arrived together as the result of a single imperative: span. "I feel pretty sure of this," he writes, "in my mind."

Similarly Friedland wants to show that the history of the development of her style of textured surfaces, while having evolved, is also supported by a consistent vision that ties the works together and spans the period for which the pieces in the exhibition were made. She feels that the larger works best illustrate both the cohesion and evolution of her work. The foyer of the Gualala Arts Center is the perfect venue for this in providing the space to show a sufficient number of her larger pieces and thus named the exhibition "Span: a Remembrance."

Friedland is an artist whose primary media are textiles and whose work has been most directly influenced by monochrome painting, minimalism, abstract expressionism and various movements associated with conceptual art. The majority of her recent work features an extended media palette and expressive brushwork in white or off-white paint over textured surfaces of wood, paper, clay and various metals in addition to textiles.

Though often classified as a textile artist, she prefers to be known as a "realist" because she is not interested in creating illusions, but only in presenting a direct expression created by the particular juxtaposition of materials she has chosen for a particular composition. Her lifelong experimentation with various media provides her with a large textural palette and thus a wide range of expression.

She often finds inspiration in science lectures and jazz clubs. Like Coleridge, who, when asked why he liked to attend science lectures rather than drinking with his fellow poets, replied that that's where he got his metaphors, she finds artistic inspiration in hearing about what scientists, mathematicians and musicians are thinking about. Like her art, music is typically not trying to represent abstract ideas, and she gets a sense of synesthesia when listening that allows her to translate sound patterns and textures into visual equivalents.

The Gualala Arts Center, located at 46501 Gualala Road in Gualala, CA, is open weekdays 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., and weekends from noon to 4:00 p.m.Please call (707) 884-1138 for more information, or email

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Summer Getaway

Sally writes:

We have tentative dates for a second retreat :
Saturday, August 6th-Sunday, August 14th, 2011.
The cost is approximately $600.

Do you want to go? Please let me know if you have any friends that would want to come too. I would like to get between 35-45 people. We would not have exclusive use. However, we would get up to 2 workrooms. Please let me know asap so I can confirm with the Y.

Email her or leave a message at the group.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

The Path to the Lighthouse

They are working on the path and bridge to the lighthouse
And some of us nervous nellies think that's a good thing.
Above and below is a photo from about 1870 by Eadweard Muybridge of the path to the lighthouse before there was a tunnel.

Here's a 1940 photo of the path then.

Several photographs of the area were published in stereocards from about 1865 to 1910.

Here's a view of the point about 1865. It's taken from the city side looking out towards the Golden Gate. That might be a grounded ship in the foreground.

"Light House looking South"

 Another photo of the path to the lighthouse.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Room Logos

We made a new Fat Quarters logo this year, a combination of a James Thurber drawing of Women's General Headquarters and a really bad map quilt.

The other rooms might want a new logo too.

Monday, March 7, 2011

2011 Book List

Stevii volunteered to compile the annual list of recommended books and videos.

She posted it on the Yahoo Group for 2011 campers and here's a PDF too.

I'll stick it over in the margin so you can refer to it anytime.

Click here:

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Jeanne's Celtic Cross

Jeanne sent photos of her Celtic Cross,
 which will hang over the altar through Lent.

She made it using a technique she learned from Ann Merrell

Celtic Cross
59" x 61"
I photoshopped it so you can see the fabrics in a closeup.