Monthly Archives: August 2010



“Wildfires II”  (c)2010 Shelley Brucar

Fiber Artists Coalition is a group of Midwest Region artists from Studio Art Quilt Associates.  The FAC exhibit “Some Like It Hot” opens next week at Simply Chicago Art. 

“Some Like It Hot” features work from 17 members of FAC based on the title theme. Artist interpretations of “Some Like It Hot” were expressed through color, design and message, resulting in a very hot and exciting show.

“Some Like It Hot” can be viewed at Simply Chicago Art, 1318 Oakton, Evanston, IL September 4 through 26. Gallery hours are Saturday 11:00 – 7:00 and Sunday 1:00 – 6:00 or by appointment.

Please join us for the Artist Reception, Saturday, September 4 between 1:00 and 5pm.


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There was alot of interest last time I showed a work in progress.  So here’s what I’m working on now.  The night of the Aurora Borealis early this month, the Chicago area had an incredibly beautiful sunset which I photographed and posted August 4.  Our sunset may or may not have been related to “Northern Lights”, but it was definitely wonderful to see. 

Feeling inspired, I was in the wet studio the following morning, painting three pieces of fabric.  Each set of photos below shows a piece, first with one layer of transparent paint and then the same piece after two more layers of paint, transparent and opaque.  I am fully into an exploration of painting on fabric so there will be many more posts on this subject.  

All images (c)2010 Shelley Brucar

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Did anyone see the sunset tonight?  WOW!!!  Was this Chicago’s version of the Northern Lights?

I feel a new series coming on…

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Above:  Some pieces currently on my design wall, waiting to come together.

In today’s ART BIZ BLOG, Alyson Stanfield refers to “Brag! How to Toot Your Own Horn without Blowing It” by Peggy Klaus.  It’s a book about how to let others know about your art and your accomplishments.  The Art Biz Blog lists 12 questions to help artists think about and define how to describe their art.  Any book or conversation about marketing suggests an “elevator speech” – a way to quickly and simply talk about what you do in a way that will spark interest.  Alyson’s questions are sure to spark ideas for what to include in your elevator speech.  These questions will also prove thought-provoking for anyone wanting to talk about what they do; it’s not just for artists.

One of the questions is “what do you like/love about being an artist?”  That can be a surprisingly difficult question to answer.  I’m not sure how I would answer. 

I know I love being in my studio; I get so excited about dyeing or painting fabric and watching color magically appear (yes, it still seems like magic to me!).  It’s energizing to step back from the design wall and like what I see.  It can even be fun to cope with the struggle that is often part of a new piece coming together.  Taking a piece off the wall and cutting into it can be amazingly empowering! 

I know I feel good in my studio, that working on art is not really work, but more therapeautic.  I know I love exhibiting my work and talking to people who come to see it.  I love it when someone seeing my work expresses delight and “gets” what I’m trying to do – to get the viewer to let go of the demands of the day and step into the art.  I love feeling creative, maybe because I grew up believing that I did not have a creative component to my being.  I now believe that everyone has a creative part and that using one’s creative part is simply a matter of letting go of old, rigid ideas and allowing the creative energy to emerge.

Ok, maybe I did answer the question – now I just have to condense the rambling a bit…

The last question Alyson asks is “In what ways are you making a difference in peoples’ lives?”  I know I want someone viewing my art to feel the serenity and peacefulness that I feel every step of the way, from original idea or first bit of color to fabric, right up to the last stitch.  Is that happening?

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