Wednesday, November 28, 2012

YOU ARE INVITED: One of a Kind Show, Chicago

If you're planning on visiting Chicago, consider visiting
the One of a Kind Show at the Merchandise Mart for an
enthralling gift buying experience.  I did this show for 5
years and it's quite an amazing experience.  Let me know if
you go!  The link below will get you a free pass for 2 by
indicating Sandra Adams as the show artist.

From: Sandra Adams:The Nature of Things

    One of a Kind Show
       December 6-9

   Thursday, 12 Noon-9 p.m.
       Friday, 11 am-9 p.m.
    Saturday, 10 am-7 p.m.
     Sunday, 10 am- 5 p.m.

     I've been busy designing
     new art to wear clothing
          and accessories!

          Come Visit me at
     Booth Number 8-6056

Go to this link for a free ticket and indicate Sandra Adams as artist:

Our mailing address is:
The Nature of Things
6349 Blackhawk Trail
Indian Head Park, IL 60525

Jacqueline Sullivan: New Course


I am pleased to announce the next session of my on-line workshop Discovering the Magic of Acrylics beginning December 11. Registration is open NOW !  

 This 4 week online art workshop is presented by the Artist Network University.   Whether you are new to the world of acrylic paints or wishing to reacquaint yourself with the medium, you'll find the guidance you need in my online course to discover the magic of acrylics.  As a unique and special feature of this course ~ I will provide every student with direct and personalized feedback on their individual work as they progress through the 4 week class. Course registration includes a digital download of Painting Acrylic - the First Steps Series  and full 24 hour online access to the BlackBoard course web page for the duration of the course. In addition you will receive my personal course handouts, web based video instruction and a complete course syllabus. 

Learn my best tips, tricks and techniques for creating beautiful works of art using acrylic paint and revealing its magical properties. I have designed this course for those new to acrylic paint as well as novice artists. This class can also be very helpful for the experienced artist who wishes to renew their knowledge of acrylics. The course will also review color theory, grounds and mediums, layering of glazes, simple collage techniques and creating texture.

See complete ANU course information + registration forDiscovering The Magic of Acrylics on the ANU course page.  Myartist profile page is also available on the ANU site. 
Sharing THIS INFORMATION with fellow artists, friends, family and colleagues who might be interested in joining us would be sincerely appreciated !

Jacqueline Sullivan

Jacqueline's Art Workshops on Video
Acrylics: Textures, Layers & Metalics with Jacqueline Sullivan - Creative Catalyst Productions

Mixed Media Textural Collage - workshop description & ordering information

December 2012


Discovering the Magic of Acrylics

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Call for Entry

"Always Something…" 

SDA, Midwest Exhibition September 2013

Open to all current Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin SDA members.

If these area reps would like to contact me about promotion or questions about the show please email me at

At The Vogt Visual Arts Center, Tinley Park, Illinois 

Exhibit Concept:  The intention of this exhibit is to illustrate reactions when things don't go our way. A journey stalled by a red light, construction that blocks our path; a bridge goes up and halts our progress. One thing leads to another… Perhaps these moments allow for us to notice something unexpected, a mother and child holding hands, a sunlit tree reveals magic, we hear the sweet music of a songbird. Life is motion, each unexpected change allows for an opportunity to see our world anew and alter our perspective.

Full prospectus can be found on the Il blog

Il SDA Rep

Holiday Event


Our annual holiday event is Sunday, December 2, at 2 p.m.
1731 Seminole St., Detroit, 48214

Please bring a snack to share. Non-alcoholic punch will be provided but you may bring an adult beverage if you choose. If you wish to participate in the gift exchange, please bring a wrapped handmade gift. We will have a show and tell but please limit yourself to one piece and a brief talk.

Guests and future members are welcome. See you on Sunday!


Sunday, November 18, 2012

Fiber 2012

I attended the opening of Fiber 2012, the bi-annual exhibit produced by FAN (Fiber Arts Network). The exhibit was curated by Susie Brandt. She is Professor of Fibers at the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, Maryland. When I spoke with her, she said that curating this show was very difficult because the quality and depth of submissions was terrific.

I loved the exhibit and have to encourage you to attend if at all possible. I have liked the previous exhibits by FAN, but for me, this one is absolutely fabulous!

When you enter the gallery, you can't miss the show stopper hanging from the ceiling in the center of the room. By Elise Deringer of Tempe, Arizona, and called "Matamorphosis/a shift from one to another". The piece measures a whopping 3' X 10' X 16'. It consists of multiple cyanotype fabric tubes with sand weighted bottoms and metal caps, suspended in orderly rows in the shape of a wave. The tubes move and shift slightly as the air in the room moves. It must have been quite a feat just to get it unpacked from the crates and hung from  hooks in the ceiling.

"Cycling", by Kelly Dorman of Mackinac Island, MI, is another interesting piece. Beaded botanical images on silk about the size of an artist trading card, are hung from a rotating bicycle wheel mounted on a cedar stump.

Naomi J. Falk of Williamsburg, VA, became part of her piece as she sat in a chair sewing porcelain shapes into her fabric and hand quilting. The piece was large, 30' X 40', and left her lap in a long hard and soft trail.

Xia Gao, SDA member from Lansing had another amazing piece called "Consumable". When I first saw it, it was illuminated from inside the open rectangle and glowed. I though I was looking at some kind of thin luminous marble or alabaster. On closer inspection, it was made from tea bags! Some had black tea and some white. The black tea bags were in a pattern that formed a Chinese symbol. It too moved and swayed with the air currents.

Another stunning and large work was by Andrew Hawkes of Warren, MI. He used 1,346 pieces of black hand made paper, attached to the wall with  large flat headed nails. A black string was tied to each nail, pulled a distance form the wall and were gathered together onto the seat of a chair where they draped to the floor, held in place by a pair of scissors.

I could go on and on. Lois Bryant, of Anne Arbor, made fiber concrete which surrounded a piece of real concrete, It was hard to tell  which was real!  Beth Markal of Rochester Hills, MI, made a very colorful quilt with hand dyed, batik and commercial cotton, called "Joie de Vivre", an appropriate name.

There were many more pieces. I can't say enough about the quality and excitement of this exhibit. Don't miss it!


Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Holiday Open House

Carole Harris Textile Studio

Invites You


Food, Friends, Fun, and a Little Shopping

 NOEL NIGHT-Saturday, December 1, 2012
 5:00 PM - 9:30 PM

And Beyond

Sunday December 2, 2012     1PM - 5PM

Friday, December 7, 2012        11AM – 6PM

Saturday, December 8, 2012     1PM – 6 PM

15 East Kirby, Suite 101
Detroit, Michigan 48202

Jacqueline Sullivan Show & Sale

Jacqueline Sullivan

2012 Holiday Gallery Show & Sale

Village Fine Art Gallery


Rochester Hills ~ Michigan

I would like to invite you to the Gallery's holiday open house -
Sunday November 18 - 2 to 5pm
Refreshments will be served as you browse the beautiful works of art from 33 of Michigan's finest artists as you make holiday gift selections or discover that perfect piece for yourself. The Gallery is located at 220 North Adams Road, Rochester Hills, Michigan in the Village of Rochester Hills Shopping Center @ Walton & Adams. The gallery is open Monday thru Saturday 10am to 9pm and on Sunday 12noon - 6pm during the holiday season until December 31st. I will be featuring hand painted silk scarves ~ hand crafted art cards, each a piece of art in themselves and one of a kind mixed media pieces.

Several Jacqueline Sullivan original works will be available for purchase in the Gallery.

Thank you for sharing this holiday open house information with family, friends and fellow artists.


Friday, November 9, 2012

Classes & Workshops

From: Elizabeth <>
Date: November 8, 2012 6:44:10 PM PST

Reply-To: Elizabeth <>

Hi Susie,

Just wanted to send out a final call for participants for these fiber art workshops in Muskegon. They only need a handful more to hold the tapestry class taught by West Michigan artist Geary Jones; the Nancy Crow class is almost full. If you know anyone who might be interested, please pass this on to them.

The companion exhibit, INNOVATORS & LEGENDS: Generations in Textiles and Fibers, runs December 13, 2012-March 17, 2013. The opening is Dec 13 and there will be a panel discussion with several of the artists.

Hope to make one of the SDA meetings soon, either on your side of the state or mine:)


To register for classes, call 231.720.2571 at least one week before class begins.

Innovators and Legends Adult Workshops
To register call, 231.720.2571.

Lines, Curves, Circles and Figure/Ground: Part I machine-piecing workshop

Instructor: Nancy Crow
Monday-Friday, December 10-14, 2012 – 9:00 am-noon, 2:00-5:00 pm
Level: Intermediate (sewing machine used)
Class Fee: $600 ($350 non-refundable)
Location: Hilt Building Classroom (downtown Muskegon)
Extensive supply list sent upon registration.

Many small sewn-together compositions will be created.  All work will be done in direct machine piecing.  All fabric cutting will be done without rulers. Fabrics of choice will be a broad palette of hand-dyed or commercial solids and values.  Emphasis will be on geometric shapes and lines.
Students will be given timed exercises that explore classical design concerns such as color, value, proportion, shape, curves, circles, and line relationships.  Lots of seed ideas will be generated.
By mid-week, students will work in their sketchbooks, analyze their small studies, choose their best ones, and with further exercise, build on these ideas to generate new larger compositions.

Drawing with Yarn: Tapestry Made Easy
Instructors: David Johnson (former head of fibers at the Oregon School of Arts and Crafts), and Geary Jones ( a Pollock/Krasner International, and NEA award winning tapestry artist, and sculptor ).
5 days; December 10-14, 2012– 9:00 am-noon, 2:00-5:00 pm
Level: all levels
Class Fee: $350 ($175 non-refundable)
Location: Muskegon Museum of Art Classroom

This is a tapestry, and rug-making class designed for beginners to advanced level weavers. We will explore a variety of weaving techniques (from slit-tapestry, eccentric weave, and a number of knotting, and interlocking techniques). Pattern, and color techniques, as well as blocking, and cleaning will also be addressed. This is both a fun, and relaxing class for just about anyone...
Each participant will be provided with a 3ft x 4 ft frame loop for use during the workshop.

Contemporary Cedar Bark Basketry
Instructor: Dawn Nichols Walden
3 days; December 13-15, 2012 – 9:00 am-noon, 2:00-5:00 pm
Level: all levels
Class Fee: $400 ($225 non-refundable)
Location: St. Paul’s Episcopal Church Classroom (downtown Muskegon)

This workshop is designed for basketmakers who want to learn new ways of working with traditional materials, Cedar Bark. Explore non-traditional construction methods using molds. Throughout the workshop, attention will be paid to how participants can use different surfacing techniques and materials. Some twining experience is helpful.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Holiday Show and Sale

You'll love the diversity of artwork at this co-op gallery
in East Lansing just around the corner from the MSU campus. 
There's a lot of textiles including clothing in silk,
shibori silk scarves, quilted and embroidered wall hangings
and, of course, my dolls.  The attached postcard illustrates
this wonderful show!  Since it goes through Dec. 31, you
have time to get there and browse for the most unique and
lovely Christmas presents.

Grove Gallery
326 Grove St.
East Lansing MI 48823

Jennifer Gould
435 Woodburn, SW
Byron Center MI 49315

Please visit my website at and to see my
art dolls, handprinted jackets and fabric.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Grand Rapids Home & Art Tour

I look forward to seeing you at this Home Tour in the Grand
Rapids area.  I'll be at Home #10 on Saturday morning where
my dolls and ornaments are featured.  YT Galleria designed
this holiday house and, of course, YT Galleria is where my
work is all year round and where my current annual show is
right now.  If you're interested, let me know because I have
some free tickets I can give away!

Jennifer Gould