Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Local Exhibit

I am honored to be a part of the VAST (Visual Arts Society of Texas) 125-Mile Exhibition! Jeff and I had a wonderful time at the opening last week. Especially the part where they gave me an award (and a check!!!) in the fiber category. How thrilling to represent fiber in this wonderful exhibit.

It's a nice space. And there were lots of people there.

This my piece. It's called "Patina of Radiance."
You can see it on the left in this photo between the gal in the green shirt and the gal in the black tank top.

There was a review of the show in the Friday Denton Time section of the Denton Record Chronicle -- the local paper. Here is what the reporter wrote about my piece.

"Deborah Boschert's art quilt, a small panel called Patina of Radiance, is a good thing in a small package. Boschert took little things, an old key, small gold-tone washers, and stitched them among all manner of things inspired by nature -- tiny metal fish, an image of a temple idol and the suggestions of butterfly wings. Together, they suggest that the patina of brilliance is a gift from the sun. She uses muted royal colors -- purple, spots of teal and dark browns, blacks and reds."

Goodness. She said it better than I could have! Thank you so much, Lucinda Breeding of the Denton Record-Chronicle!

If you are in the area, the show runs through September 28 at Texas Woman's University in the West Gallery. They are open from 9 to 5 Monday through Friday. (Except my friend Connie went at 4:05 and it was closed.)

My favorite piece was an oil painting by Penelope Bisbee called Drowning Polar Bear I. It's a small square canvas with a surprising composition, a polar bear silhouette, a large red men's shoe and lots of handwriting. I tried to google an image, but I struck out.

Jeff's favorite piece was a huge wood cut -- 33 3/8 by 24 5/8" -- called Twin Pines by Alan Cobb. An amazing image of a deep forest. Apparently, Jeff's got good taste because it was awarded the Best of Show.

I must say I am continuing to struggle with the presentation of fiber art. I thought my small piece floated a bit on the walls with all the other framed pieces. There is certainly something to be said about the visual effect of a matte and a frame. Anyway, something to think about.

And guess what yesterday was?!
Benjamin started Kindergarten and Claire began third grade yesterday! Hooray!


Diane Perin said...

Congratulations on the nice reception of your Radiance piece! I'm not surprised you won an award (and $$!). And congrats on getting your two cuties off to school! They look so cute. How did Benjamin like kindergarten? And what WILL you do with all that free (harhar) time?!

Anonymous said...

Congratulations on being part of a great looking show, getting an award, what looks like a fun filled summer, and congrats on the first day of school!!!

Anonymous said...

I am so excited for you!! And what a great review. It is a lovely piece.

Miles starts K next week. After a summer of angst and thinking about home schooling, Steph is sending him to the wolves, after all. I am sure he will do fine - I am not so sure about Mom.

Dale Anne Potter said...

GREAT review and always nice to get a cheque along with the award!

Seeing your two on the doorstep ready for school reminds me of those days for my two!

Jeannie said...

Congratulations! Your work is beautiful and it is so nice that others recognized your talent not only with $, but an award and great review. Way to go!

Joanna Stein said...

Claire and Ben are so cute!

Fantastic news about the show!!!

momma helen said...

Wow! How fantastic to have the wide variety of visual arts present in your new show. Congrats on the award. You're really becoming a part of the Texas Arts scene!

Terry Grant said...

What a perfectly lovely little piece! The color is so rich. I am not surprised that you won an award. Good work!

kathy said...

Benjamin started kindergarten! Of course he did, I 'm just stuck in the olden days when he helped us with our meetings! Now you have LOTS OF TIME for that new studio of yours...