Wednesday, October 21, 2009

My favorite season

Fall is my favorite time of year, and Halloween is my favorite day (it’s also my birthday, which is probably part of the reason why). Today I went out in search of autumn color and texture at my local farm stand, Carrigan Farms in Mooresville, NC.

Vivid oranges, blues, yellows, purples and reds in pumpkins and gourds to make your soul sing:

I take a lot of photos year round. These photo shoots provide fodder for my work. A shot of mini-pumpkins I took several years ago was the idea behind this piece, “Autumn’s Bounty,” which won a spot in the 2010 Quilting Arts Calendar (they used it for October, of course!):

And this piece, “Indian Corn,” is also based on a photo:

Now’s the perfect time to shoot pumpkins, jack-o-lanterns, gourds, leaves, cute kids in Halloween costumes, and fall foliage, so don’t miss this opportunity to snap photos to inspire projects in the months ahead!

Upcoming events at The Mint Museum locations

If you live in the Charlotte area, don't miss these upcoming events listed below. They are being held in conjunction with American Quilt Classics, 1800-1980: The Bresler Collection, showing at The Mint Museum of Craft + Design now through February 6, 2010. The collection includes spectacular examples of Baltimore Album quilts, crazy quilts, Chintz pictorial quilts, Amish quilts and log cabin quilts.

Quilting Demonstration
Local quilt artists Claudia Reynolds (pictured above), Patti Cline and Cindy Page will demonstrate various techniques found in the extraordinary examples in American Quilt Classics, 1800-1980: The Bresler Collection.
Tuesday, October 27, 12:00–1:30 pm
at The Mint Museum of Craft + Design (uptown Charlotte)

Curator’s Tours with Annie Carlano, Director of Craft + Design, Allie Farlowe, Assistant Curator of Craft + Design, and Michelle Mickey, Curatorial Assistant of Craft + Design
Space is limited, registration requested with Karen Vidamo 704-337-2098 or
Free for Mint members, or after admission
at The Mint Museum of Craft + Design (uptown Charlotte)
Select Thursdays, 2:00-2:45 pm, and November 5

Artists’ Forum: Susan Brubaker Knapp and Janet A. Lasher
Artists’ Forums are designed to give area artists a platform to discuss their work as well as current issues and activities in their artistic fields.
Tuesday, Dec. 1
7 to 8:30 p.m.
at The Mint Museum of Art
2730 Randolph Road, Charlotte NC