Monthly Archives: November 2009

NEW WORK

posted by SHELLEY BRUCAR

Two new pieces that will be in the Holiday Boutique at Simply Chicago Art:

Counting the Stars I, (c)2009 Shelley Brucar

Counting the Stars II, (c)2009 Shelley Brucar

And here’s the story:  I recently reconnected with some childhood/high school friends.  Reminiscing about how we used to lie in the grass at dusk, trying to count the stars as they appeared in the sky was the inspiration for this new series.

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HOLIDAY BOUTIQUE

posted by SHELLEY BRUCAR


Evanston gallery, Simply Chicago Art, will be showing 30 artists for the annual Holiday Boutique, November 28 through December 20.


Here is a detail shot of one of my pieces that will be on display:


Moonlit Forest, detail, fiber art by Shelley Brucar


Some of my hand-dyed and screened scarves:



And here’s the information, direct from the Simply Chicago Art website:






Holiday Boutique



November 28th~ December 20th






                                                             Join us for our 2nd annual Holiday Boutique.



Artist reception

Saturday November 28th 1:00~5:00

Find unique gifts for everyone on your list during the


Simply Chicago Art Holiday Boutique, featuring over 30 local area artists!

 

Discover hand crafted works…
jewelry~glass~w
ood~fiber~etchings~paintings~

photography~sculpture~handmade ornaments~


soap~cards~paper and more…

We will also have live music at various times during this exhibit. 


Admission and parking are free!


Special hours for this exhibit:



   Thursdays                   5:00~9:00


    Fridays                       5:00~9:00

    Saturdays                 11:00~7:30



    Sundays                     1:00~5:00





 
Simply Chicago Art


1318 Oakton


Evanston, IL 60202


847~738~0716


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SAQA TRANSFORMATIONS 09

posted by SHELLEY BRUCAR

Transformations 09: Reflections is now at the Guilford Art Center in Connecticut.  Deborah Bein has posted photos of this traveling SAQA exhibit which includes my piece, “Stormy.”   Here’s the link:

http://quiltstew.blogspot.com/2009/11/transformations-at-guilford-art-center.htm\
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MESSAGES

posted by SHELLEY BRUCAR

Social Worker, Sharon Weingarten, has a website that serves as an immensely useful tool for anyone who works with kids, has kids, or is a kid.  What I Wish You Knew allows kids and parents to post messages that are often difficult to express, or difficult to hear, face-to-face.  Every parent and child will be able to relate to some of these messages and perhaps begin to understand their own parent-child relationship a little more clearly.  Communications skills are such an important piece of stress management and finding serenity.

Meeting Sharon just happens to coincide with a related fiber art series I am beginning to conceptualize.  While in Italy, I noticed that there was an abundance of graffiti.  Italy’s graffiti however, was mostly not gang-related or, in any way, angry.  Some of the graffiti I saw exhibited the talent of the graffiti artist.

Graffiti24 

Much of it was about amore. P9181432Even with my very limited Italian, I get the gist of this message written on a train window:  “I need you.  Return to me.  I love you.”

I am also fascinated with Hebrew lettering, although I do not read Hebrew.  So my new series of work is going to be about “Ancient Messages” and “Modern Messages”.   Here are the screened fabrics for the first two pieces of the “Messages” series:

Ancient msg 1 (c) Shelley Brucar 2009

Modern msg 1

(c) Shelley Brucar 2009

I would love to have a great range of messages, old and new.  If you have a photo of your favorite Hebrew text and/or photos of graffiti that you would like to share, please send them to me (shelley@handmade-memories.com) along with your understanding of the message and – important – your consent for me to use your photos in this series of fiber art.  Feel free to forward this post to anyone you know who may be interested in Sharon’s or my messages.  Thanks.

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PHOTOS FROM AN EXHIBITION

posted by SHELLEY BRUCAR

I believe I took that title from a song by Emerson, Lake & Palmer.   Hope they don’t mind.

Fine Art of Fiber at the Chicago Botanic Garden this past weekend was hugely attended.  There are many visitors who come every year, and this year the incredibly beautiful weather no doubt helped.  Thanks to Cindy Kuo, the photos from Fine Art of Fiber are already up.  So if you missed it, or if you were there and want to revisit this beautiful show, here’s the link:

http://www.fineartoffiber.org/Photos.htm

Awesome Job, Cindy!

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FINE ART OF FIBER – THIS WEEKEND

Fine Art of Fiber at the Chicago Botanic Garden is all set up, looks wonderful and opens tonight.  The exhibit is made up of wonderful work, ranging from traditional quilts to very contemporary fiber art.  It is exciting and inspirational.  The boutique down the hall includes hand-crafted art for your walls, functional items and wearable art.  Here are 2 pieces of hand-dyed and screened fabric I will be selling at the boutique:

Water1-35x60Water I – 35″ x 60″

Serenity2-30x34Serenity II – 30″ x 34″

I will be working in the boutique Saturday and Sunday until 12:30 and in the exhibit area Sunday afternoon.  The weather promises to be beautiful so you will also have a chance to walk around the beautiful, ever-changing gardens.  Hope to see you there.

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