Thursday, January 09, 2014

An Exhibition

For the past several months, we've (DH and I) been preparing for a 6 week Exhibition at our local Carnegie Arts Center., (click on current exhibits).   My goodness, how VERY exciting, and we are sharing the pleasure with artist Ron Nordyke, also of Nebraska.  The staff at the Arts Center makes our items look so beautiful!  I cannot believe how well all is coordinated - Paintings, Boats and Quilts.  You may have seen many of my quilts before, but they look 1000 times better, when well displayed -- I can't take any credit for those skills.  Saturday is a reception for US all.   It takes a lot of coordination, work, plans, schedules, e-mails, setting values on items, to get this assembled.  I know we both have been busy with preparations -- I can only imagine the work it takes to keep new exhibitions coming and going.   Thank YOU to all who work on projects such as these.

Here are photos of my/DH items.  Some might be similar to the web page at Carnegie.

DH is dusting just one of the boats.  He has 10 for display.

We climbed around stuff like this for weeks!  

I've made approox. 10 of this Kaleidoscope quilt, but kept my first!   Notice how the boats (lower right) and the paintings are somewhat coordinated!
I brought 10 quilts for display.   
There's a small boat on the small table.   
The colors in the painting are very similar to the colors in the quilt.  Remember, two different makers. 
 I NEVER thought anything could "blend" with this small Log Cabin but sure enough, the painting and the boat look like they were made to be together.  The deer in the painting are standing near water, that morphs into quilt images.  And the small boat looks perfect with the other 2 items. 
 The colors on the boat are definitely the SAME as the painting of Orcas, above.  
The African Queen, with a real working boiler, made by a friend in Iowa.   
Again, painting blends so nicely to quilt. 
This is probably my own favorite quilt.  
We both LOVE this painting - perhaps this is a new one that Mr. Nordyke said he was hoping to paint, when we saw our boat photos.   
Another favorite - "STEPS", meaning naturally, the steps in our lives, good or bad, easy or exciting or calm or not calm.   

My goodness, how this one shines, with all the extra pieces of glass.  

I noticed a lot of combinations of texture.  Fabric, wood, metal, glass, ceramics -- things that just BEG a person to touch.   
 A couple from California had stopped on their way to visit cousins and had questions, comments and were happy they ran into us.  So were we happy to run into them.  8-))  

What an honor to have been asked to present our humble efforts.  Just goes to show, we quilters, and boat builders, and artists are all talented more than we know.  Having our projects displayed in a beautiful location definitely boosts our own self-esteem.

We were asked to write an Artist Statement.  Oh TERROR!  First I had to Google the term to see what might be needed.  But writing it, thinking about why I do what I do, was enlightening and encouraging.  

If you have the chance to display your items, go for it!  We are immensely grateful for this joyful experience.


Kate said...

oh how fabulous!!!! So proud for you - your quilts just look terrific! And DH's boats, too!

Janet O. said...

Wow--you should be proud. Both the quilts and the boats make wonderful displays, combined with the paintings. Lovely creations by both of you!

Cindy Nielsen said...

I have admired your quilts for quite some time. How wonderful that you were asked to display them but even more wonderful to be displayed along with your husband's beautiful work too.

Ivani said...

Beautiful quilts and boats. Great Exhibition. Congratulations and Thanks for sharing. Hugs from Brazil.

Zippi Kit said...

Many congratulations to you and your DH! Hope that you get many more of these exhibit opportunities. These are beautiful quilts and boat models.

Jen said...

How cool that your quilts and your husband's boats are displayed together! Your quilts are amazing with all their little pieces. My favorite is the Kaleidoscope quilt. How long does it take to make a model boat? As long as it takes to make a quilt? They are neat!

Ruth said...

Congratulations on an amazing exhibit!! It must be like a dream come true to be able to see your quilts and your DH's boats displayed in a museum! And your quilts are truly gorgeous. I do love the boats too. I have been missing your posts, so was glad to see this one and am extremely happy for you.

Nann said...

Thank you for the gallery tour, Elaine. The color coordination of ships and quilts is striking. We quiltmakers can deal with small pieces of fabric, but making intricate things out of even smaller pieces of wood? Not I!

Exuberant Color said...

Congratulations on a great exhibit for both of you. I know how much work that is choosing and transporting quilts to an exhibit. The boats must have been a real challenge to move to the location.

LC said...

Elaine, this is super! I've thought about the matching of quilts with paintings and this is a confirmation -- they look fabulous together (and your quilts always look good even by themselves). Thanks for all the photos!

grammilou said...

Congratulations to all three of you! This is a well deserved accolade. I've enjoyed seeing your quilts on your blog for some years now, and this is a lovely perspective.

Gypsy Quilter said...

Wow, how inspiring! Thanks for sharing.

Quilt Monkey said...

Congratulations! How wonderful! How I wish I lived closer so I could go to the exhibit. Thanks for sharing the pictures so we could see what it was like.

Ila said...

Oh, Elaine - everything is beautiful. You should be *very* proud :-)

Purple Pam said...

How exciting! Hubby's boats and your quilts are wonderful. What a creative display of your items. Wow is what I keep thinking. Congratulations.

Lynn said...

How wonderful for you both. I wish I lived closer and I would just pop over and take a look at the exhibit but alas it is just a bit too far.

Pokey said...

Oh, Elaine, it is a beautiful exhibit, what a great experience for you both. I'm sure the work of displaying it all was a bear, but wow, it is incredible. Larry's Papa was with us here in CA when your email came of going to do this, he was talking about trying to go see the show, but the poor dear came home and got pneumonia. I'm sure he missed it. I plan to share this link with him so he can at least see. Beautiful!

Vivian said...

Oh Elaine, what a wonderful exhibit! I loved it the last time you showed a joint exhibit of you and your hubby's works but this one just takes my breath away! The combinations of quilts, boats, paintings and other objects play off each other so perfectly.

Here's to more of "Two Moore's" galleries in the future!

Lindah said...

How beautiful! What a feeling that must have been to see one's own work displayed in a professional manner.
For some reason, I'm not getting your posts on my reader. I missed you and feared that something might be wrong. I am delighted to see that all is well. So I will forget the reader and click on your blog manually.

Sharon said...

Congratulations! What an honor, and what a thrill this must be. Everything looks great, and the way it all works together is fun to see. Your quilts are so beautiful - of course they look great, and it's got to be gratifying to see them on display like this. Wow! Wish I could see it in Real Life.

Tanya said...

All your quilts and boats are works of art!