Alburnett Historical Society has done it again! Another successful Crafters Only Fair in the books! Thank you to all involved for an amazing time.
Our travels this weekend took us to Alburnett, Iowa’s Historical Society for a Crafters Only Fair. Excitement filled the air as we hustled in from the cool air to set up our displays and share our work with each other and the community. We were thrilled to be in the midst of so many crafters/artisans with a passion for their work.
Yesterday marked our second year as a participant in the event. We were honored to be invited back and look forward to years to come. Julie Towe organizes the fair each year and brings in talent from surrounding communities. During set up we were able to meet fellow crafters and view the marvelous handmade work.
The fair brings in artists from miles around with a unique creative touch. Quilts, blankets, cards, jewelry, felting, tatting, woodworking, barnwood signs, photography and more. Kevin and I shared our space with Debb Thein, a needle tatter from Cedar Rapids. Her work is delicate and intricate.
“Me and T”, Julie and Teresa, were present with signs, cards, wreaths and holiday fun. The two are neighbors and have become great friends. Together they create fantastic art. Julie was a guest artist in “The Spotlight” for Happy Mileurs in June.
The Alburnett Historical Society was recently renovated and the area for our Fair is well lit and spacious. Vendors in the main area were given ample space to display and the comradery was positive and upbeat. See more views of crafters work.
Thank you again to everyone for coming out to share and to support the Crafters Only Fair! We appreciate you all and look forward to years to come.
Until next time, enjoy the journey and keep creating.
My Aunt Julie and I practiced the art of wandering this past weekend. We chose a quaint town in Northern Iowa. The two of us checked into our hotel and set out to wander the shops downtown. If you haven’t been to Decorah, Iowa you are missing a quaint town with shops, eateries, hotels and art. Most business in this town are “Mom and Pop” shops, same with the restaurants. No chains located here.
Our first stop was Ruby’s a cafe and catering business. The aromas of fresh baked bread, homemade foods and an atmosphere that feels like home drew us in doors. We found ourselves in a small cafe with residents of the town bringing in family to meet the waitress and the cook. Our waitress greeted us like family and spoke to us throughout our meal about her thoughts, her life and listened when we spoke. We dined on homemade chicken pot pie and brought home a loaf of fresh back chocolate chip zucchini bread.
We then decided to wander through the shops and walk off that scrumptious chicken pot pie. Agora Arts was filled with jewelry, paintings, decorative towels, cards, watercolors and more. My Aunt and I enjoyed the watercolor paintings with poetry and sayings. The jewelry sparkled and was well made. Purses in the window with wire handles wrapped in plastic tubing. The leather-work was masterful.
Sparrows Candles & Gifts was amazing! The scent of fall candles greeted us as we entered the quaint shop. The owner behind the counter with a smile welcoming us in and to feel free to look at and touch the items in the store. Being a tactile person I appreciate being able to touch items before purchase. There were up-cycled purses, candles, scarves and so many items we were surprised each time we looked a new spot in the store.
We wandered and viewed the art on the business walls. The art in the park area. We ended our wander at Blue Herron Knittery. So much yarn! We were in yarn Heaven! The two of us love to crochet and try different yarns with our creations. I believe we could have stayed here happily for days. The owner was friendly and told us about Thursday evening crochet with the ladies from town. Currently, they are working on an afghan.
The downtown area is filled with a plethora of shops and eateries. Driving around town we saw the most beautiful Victorian homes and Bed and breakfast establishments. We were amazed and the 40 some odd places to visit while in Decorah from arts to hiking, kayaking, bookstores, pottery….the list continues.
We enjoyed our afternoon of practicing the wander. There is nothing like time to wander and see what there is to see and experience along the journey.
Until next time, enjoy the journey, create and laugh more than you breathe.
This week we have the privilege and pleasure of sharing Cathie Crawford’s works of art and the process of creating her fantastic work. Thank you Cathie for sharing with all of us! Cathie Crawford’s works of art are on display at the Peoria Public Library Main Branch in the Gallery from 09/04/19-09/28/19.
Cathie Crawford Artist
Originally from New York City, Cathie lived overseas six
years in Saudi Arabia and France with her husband Rich McBride. She has concentrated on the color reduction
woodcut since earning an MFA degree in 1987 from Bradley University in Peoria,
Illinois where she had a one-person retrospective in December of 2016. She returned to Peoria in 2004 from France.
Her work has been included in more than three hundred
exhibitions, thirty solo exhibitions, eighty juried national shows and sixteen
international juried exhibitions since completing a BFA from The Ohio State
University in Columbus Ohio. Crawford
has received forty awards at both the national and regional level. Her woodcuts
have been exhibited in twenty-eight states as well as France, Poland, Saudi
Arabia, and the United Kingdom.
Crawford’s prints are included in private and
corporate collections in eight countries including the International Print
Center New York in New York City; The American University Museum in Washington
DC; The Safeya Binzagr Darat in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, the Newark Public
Library, Newark, New Jersey and the Peoria Riverfront Museum in Peoria,
My color reduction woodcuts celebrate the magical
moments of my life:
Bliss of Being.
I strive to capture the truth and beauty
of my subjects. Deeply enamored with the
ever-changing hues of water, sky and land, I use color for its emotional
impact. I have always been especially
attracted to water, seeking it out for its restorative powers. Taking a break from figurative, my recent work
is more nonobjective. This new direction
is the converging of line, shape, color and texture in an ambiguous space that
whispers elements of the landscape.
PROCESS Crawford prints reductively from one piece of ¼” luan plywood. Her small editions are known for luminous color achieved by numerous blended (rainbow) rolls of transparent ink applied with brayers and litho roller to the woodcut printing matrix. Mylar stencils expand the color possibilities for each woodcut print by allowing her to work reductively within a given shape. She prints on handmade Japanese Kozo paper with oil base relief inks and the aid of a Dickerson Combination press. She demonstrates her process in a short YouTube video: Cathie Crawford Printmaker. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4_jFEZZ9_S0
THE COLOR REDUCTION
The reduction method of printing color woodcuts is best
described by its name. The printing
matrix, a single block of wood, is “reduced” (cut away) in numerous stages to
produce a multicolored print on paper requiring several “runs” through a
printing press. The first color is
sometimes printed from the whole block.
Sometimes a minimal amount of wood is removed to designate the first
color, which will actually be the color of the paper showing through.
size of the edition must be determined with the printing of the first color, as
there is no possibility of reprinting due to the “reduction” (destruction) of the block. After the first color is printed, all ink is
removed from the block. All areas of the
block, which are to remain this color in the finished image, are then cut
away. The entire block is inked and
printed in the second color depositing ink over the first color except in the
newly cut areas. This process of cutting
and inking is repeated until the image is complete.
frequently use mylar stencils to work reductively within a given shape within
the image. My printing matrix is one
block of ¼” luan mahogany plywood.
I print on handmade
Japanese kozo paper with oil based relief inks.
Using brayers or a litho roller to apply the ink to the wood, I frequently
include blended (split font) rolls of several colors. Spectrum was completed in only two
runs thru the press while Sab pan yu took twenty-one runs. All my work is archivally framed.
My color reduction woodcuts celebrate the magical
moments of my life: Bliss of Being.
I strive to capture the truth and beauty of my
subjects. Some images deal with a
particular feeling or emotion I have toward my immediate environment (Table
Talk). Festina Lente, Maassalehma
mes cheries (goodbye my dears), Engage la Beauté, Monsieur
Blanc n’est pas blanc and Resonant Reflections are close up
views of my water garden.
Fenêtre sur Les Trois Pucelles is the velux view from my studio
skylight in Pariset, France.
Deeply enamored with the ever-changing hues of water,
sky and land, I use color for its emotional impact. I have always been especially attracted to
water, seeking it out for its restorative powers. (Le bon vivant) Water represents a powerful life giving force
— a source of replenishment, rejuvenation or rebirth (Risorgimento).Some woodcuts involve a close up view
of an underwater world. Pool
Play is an underwater view of children playing in a pool with an inner
tube. In Pursuit of a Damselfish,
Waters and Too Cute to Eat recall scuba diving experiences. My love of water aerobics (which I have been
teaching for twelve years) turned into the underwater view, Lovely
Other images such as Flight to Lucaya and Kaibab
have an aerial perspective inspired by photographs taken while flying with my
private pilot husband. Photographs taken
while flying over the deserts of Nevada and Utah inspired Sel Sans L’eau. Aerial Prism and Illinois Heartscatpe are a
celebration of the colors and patterns found in aerial views of the Midwest.
My travels have inspired several prints. A weeklong
kayaking trip in the Pacific Northwest was the stimulus for Orca. The thrill of seeing about 30 Orcas close to
shore at sunset on San Juan Island is captured in Whale of a Sunset. Likeness of Being is of a Florida heron
and his reflection in the water. A brief
encounter with a Bedouin woman in Jordan who had facial tattoos was the impetus
Al Hickma (the beauty of wisdom).
L’entrée began during an extraordinary moment in the Alcazar in
Southern Spain. A trip to Thailand and
an interest in Buddhism as well as contemporary Theology evolved into Sab
Taking a break from figurative, Breaking, Serendipity, Spectrum,
Homage to Hokusia, Serenity, Mystic, Samsara Luna Sea, Noumena and the
diptych Surge are more non-objective.
The Pluvious and Dianoia series, Dayenu, Lisière
and Inception and Synergy are monoprints. This new direction is the converging of line,
shape, color and texture in an ambiguous space with whispers of landscape.
Cathie Crawford’s works of art are on display at the Peoria Public Library Main Branch in the Gallery from 09/04/19-09/28/19. Pictures do not do justice to her work and the feelings evoked while viewing.
The Art of Peoria
I am amazed and appreciate the art of Peoria. Our city has so much to offer from painting, dance, theatre, choir, orchestra, fiber, photography and much more. This week has been an extraordinary weekend of art!
Thursday kicked off with an exhibit at Ethan Allen. A beautiful building perfect for an opening. We wandered through each artists area and viewed incredible works of art.
Cari Lepper shared her unique works of art with us. We learned how she began and has developed her own techniques along the way.
Next, we moved to a beautiful work by local artist Michelle Gulatto. Michelle is an awesome painter and organizer of artists events. She is a joy.
Hey Lola was in attendance with her jewelry and paintings. She has so much talent and a wide genre of art.
Erik Scot shared his fabulous works with us. Always good to see Erik and his detailed work. He is also a tattoo artist.
Josh Hawkins shared his work with us as well. His pieces are original and provoke thought. Josh is laid back and creative.
Jeremy Berkely was on exhibit with his incredible works. Always a warm welcome and smile when we see Jeremy. Detailed and original works of art on display.
Thomas Pries on exhibit with his glamorous jewelry and painted silk scarves. A gorgeous accent to any ensemble. Thank you Tom for the invitation! Always wonderful to see you!
Cathie Crawford brought her elaborate works of art. Her prints take you away and provide a relaxing view.
We had the pleasure of meeting Ken Tiesson. He is a skilled painter and learning about him and his works was remarkable.
A big thank you to all the organizers, business owners and artists for an incredible evening of art. We look forward to future events!