ARTIST’S STATEMENT: “Spring” (32″ x 30″) Working with hand quilting and applique to depict things of spring inspired this quilt. Using actual pattern of my hand. The background is stripped-pieced by machine to add texture. An original design under Stitchit by M.
Hello! I work as a studio artist in the medium of contemporary textiles, an educator of family and human development, and writer who lives in the Appalachian mountains. From the inspirations that surround me and my own collected ideas and images gathered from experiences of life, nature, and travel, I create expressions and images related to themes of human experiences, nature’s perspectives, and a celebration of our lives as human beings! Fabric and threads were discovered at an early age. I combine them with knowledge and training in music, design, human development, and education, and in the studio create original contemporary textile art wall hangings and artwear.
Much of my work expresses ideas related to life and the human experience, such as human diversity or hope, while others are a celebration of color, form, and texture. Color and texture are the two elements that drive my inspiration and design process. As a studio artist and designer, the creative process guides my work—experimenting, exploring, and improvising with fabrics, threads, and other mixed media and techniques in order to express an idea.
Textiles are the main medium used to create my contemporary wall-hangings and artwear. Free-motion quilting, piecing, raw-edged applique, and threadpainting are some of the main techniques used for the desired effect in my pieces. Original apparel designs–garments and accessories–are created commonly featuring free-motion quilting. Additional design details may be added to a piece using paint, beads, or 3-D details.
- 2015 Juried Exhibit, Sacred Threads, Herndon, VA.
- 2014 Solo Exhibit, Wallace Hall Gallery, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA.
- 2014 Solo Exhibit, ArtWalk Blacksburg, Feb.-Apr., Eucalyptus Massage Center Gallery, Blacksburg, VA.
- 2006 SAQA Member Invitational, Artisans Center of Virginia, Waynesboro, VA.
- 2003 Juried Exhibit. Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival Competition. Williamsburg, VA. February, 2003.
- 2001 Juried Exhibit. Mid-Atlantic Wearable Art Festival VII Competition, Williamsburg, VA.
Honor’s & Awards
- 2001 Juried Design, Mid-Atlantic Wearable Art Festival VII Competition. Wearable Art, First Place Amateur, Williamsburg, VA.
- 1992 Blacksburg Antique ShowSale & Quilt Show. 3rdplace, Novelty Division, Blacksburg, VA.
- 1991 Blacksburg Antique ShowSale & Quilt Show. 2ndplace, Novelty Division, Blacksburg, VA.
Art/Design Professional Affiliations
- PAQA-South, Professional Art Quilters Alliance-South, (2016-Present).
- SAQA, Studio Art Quilt Association, (2005-2015).
- ITAA, International Textiles and Apparel Association, (1997-2009).
- Beach, J. L., & Kincade, D. H. (2003). Just a straight stitch. ITAA Proceedings, 60.– ITAA Conference, November 2003.
- Post Doctoral Studies, Human Development/Family Studies, Virginia Tech, 2005-06.
- PhD, Clothing & Textiles (with Human Development & Educational Psychology), Virginia Tech, 1999.
- MA, Apparel Design and Product Analysis, Virginia Tech, 1998.
- BA, Music Education, Harding University, 1977.
- 2006-08 Apparel Design, Department of Housing, Apparel and Textile, and Resource Management, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA.
- 2006 Family Studies, Department of Human Development, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA.
- 2001-02 Clothing & Textiles, Department Family & Consumer Sciences, Abilene Christian University, Abilene, TX.
Mary Beth Bellah
ARTIST’S BIOGRAPHY: Mary Beth Bellah is an artist whose work continues to challenge the traditional understanding of what constitutes a quilt. Exhibiting widely in both national and international juried/invitational exhibits her work frequently involves a unique combination of cotton, wire, recycled elements and thread which may be free standing or wall mounted. Exhibits have included invited work at Ely Cathedral in Cambrigeshire, UK and Llangollen North Wales; Quilt National 2007 (OH) and Material’s Hard & Soft (TX).
I find the greatest satisfaction and challenge in creating 3-dimensional work which reveals multiple perspectives and lends itself to a variety of interpretations. I choose to let the physical structure hold diverse or hidden facets which require the viewer to adjust their vantage point (either physically or psychologically) and see the work from another view or miss some nuance or critical speaking point. Left to right, inside or outside, each “side” speaks to its own story.
Working with fiber and textiles specifically is my preferred material because it is so readily accessible to every individual and forms a connection so our conversation warms up quickly. I have quite a broad interpretation of the word “quilt” and enjoying looking at any new material (or salvaged item!) as a prospective ingredient in my next work.
1855 Arrowhead Valley Rd.
Charlottesville, VA 22903
SELECTED EXHIBITIONS (* indicates solo exhibition)
2013 Somewhere Else,Waddell Art Gallery, Loudoun , VA
2013, ‘08, ’07 Teapots! Invitational, Morgan Contemporary Glass Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA
2013, ‘12 ArtQuiltrivers, National Tainan Living Art Center,Tainan, Taiwan ; Taichung County Culture Center, Taichung, Taiwan; Cary Arts Center, Cary, NC
2013 Yard Art, Lord Fairfax Community College, Middletown, VA
2012 Connectivity, Target Gallery, Alexandria, VA
2012 Wildlife, Muse Gallery, Longmont, CO
2012 Starting Point, Soul Cafe Gallery, Lynchburg, VA
2011 – 2006 Wish You Were Here, Suffolk Gallery, Suffolk, VA
(11+ additional national venues)
2011 The Red Beret, Flint Cultural Art Center, Flint, MI
2011 One Foot Square, Quilted and Bound, New England Quilt Museum, Lowell, MA
2010 Yard Art at the Yard, Lorton Work House, Lorton, VA
2010 Hardware, La Conner Museum, La Conner, OR
2010 Fabulous Fibers, The Arts Center in Orange, Orange, VA
2010 Starting Point, Art Works Gallery, Richmond, VA
2009 Modern Materials: the Art of the Quilt,[ARTSPACE] at Untitled, Oklahoma City, OK
2009 New Image, New Visions, Suffolk Musuem, Suffolk, VA
2009 Mirror Image, Rawls Museum of Arts, Courtland, VA
2009 A Tribute to Fiber Art, Black Rock Center for the Arts, Germantown, MD
2009 New Image: Fiber as We Know It, Gallery 222, Leesburg, VA
2009 & 2008 In Response, The Royal International Pavilion Llangollen, North Wales
The Lady Chapel, Ely Cathedral, Ely, Cambridgeshire UK
2008, ‘07, ’06, ’05 Art Quilts XII, Chandler Center for the Arts, Chandler, AZ
2008 Amazing Art Quilts, Staunton Augusta Art Center, Staunton, VA
2008 Personality Development,* KRONOS Gallery, Staunton, VA
2008 Art Quilt Elements, Wayne Art Center, Wayne PA
2008, ‘05, ‘97 Materials: Hard & Soft, Denton Fine Arts Center, Denton, TX
2008, ‘07, 06,’05 Art Quilts: XII, Chandler Center for the Arts, Chandler, AZ
2007 Quilt National, Dairy Barn Cultural Arts Center, Athens, OH
2007 Body of Work*, Augusta Medical Center, Fishersville, VA
2006-07 Connective Fibers, (Scene)Metrospace Gallery, East Lansing, MI
2006 The Art of Craft, Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, Annapolis, MD
2006 Tied Together, Chandler Art Center, Chandler, AZ
2006 Fire & Ice National Invitational, Lake Wales Arts Center, Lake Wales, FL
2006, ‘04 The Art & Soul of Quilting, Anderson Art Center, Kenosha, WI
2005 La Petite XIII, Alder Gallery, Coburg, OR
2005 Bead & Fiber, Delaplaine Visual Arts Center, Frederick, MD
2005 A Tribute to Fiber Art, Apex Gallery, Washington, DC
2004 Uncommon Threads, Arkansas Historic Museum, Little Rock, AK
2004, ‘03 Images, Robeson Gallery, University Park, PA
2004 As I See Myself, Kentucky Museum of Art + Design, Louisville, KY
2004 -2003 Virginia Creates, Ellipse Art Center, Arlington VA commonwealth tour.
2002, ‘01 SOFA, Snyderman/Works Galleries Chicago, IL
2002 Voices in Cloth, Milner Art Gallery Edmonton, Alberta Canada
2001 Fiber Directions 2001, Wichita Center for the Arts, Wichita, KS
2000, ‘98 Red Clay Survey, Huntsville Museum of Art, Huntsville, AL
1999 – 2001 Fine Focus, Cornell Museum, Delray, FL, national tour.
1999, ‘98 Fantastic Fiber, Yeiser Art Center, Paducah, KY
1998 – 2000 The Kiss, San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles, San Jose, CA, national tour.
1996 – 1998 Puzzling Perspective, International Quilt Festival, Houston, TX, national tour.
2012 Bountiful, JarrettThor Fine Arts, Colonial Beach, VA, Juror’s Award
2008 Materials: Hard & Soft, Denton Fine Arts Center, Denton, TX Juror’s Award
2007 ArtQuilts Respond, Page-Walker Art Center, Cary NC, Member’s Choice Award (2)
2006 Tied Together, Chandler Art Center, Chandler, AZ Purchase Award
2005 Journeys, Page-Walker Art Center, Cary NC, Member’s Choice Award
2002 LaGrange National XXII, LaGrange NC, Merit Award
2000 21st Annual National Juried Fine Arts Exhibition, Goldsboro NC Juror’s Award
1999 Textile Medium, Billings, MT, Innovative Design Award
1999 Mid Atlantic Quilt Festival, Williamsburg, VA Judge’s Choice Award
1998 The Fabric of Our Culture, Victoria, TX, Art Quilt Award
2012 The Studio Quilt, No. 8: Quilted Sculpture, Sandra Sider, monograph series Amazon.com
2009 Quilting Art, Inspiration, Ideas & Innovative Works by 20 Contemporary Quilters,
Spike Gillespie, voyageur Press
2009 Washington Post, March 5, c1-c7
2008 Fiberarts, Vol. 35, No. 5, Interweave Press, LLC
2007 Quilting Arts, Issue 29, Interweave Press, LLC
2007 Fiberarts, Vol. 33, No. 5, Interweave Press, LLC
2005 I Remember Mama, Primedia Press
2005 Teapots: Makers & Collectors, Schiffer Press
2004 Panda Mania: Washington DC, Orange Fraser Press
2004 Fons & Porter Love of Quilting 2005 Calendar
2003 Craft Report, November
2002 Surface Design Journal, Fall
2002 Party Animals: Washington DC, Orange Fraser Press
2000 & 1999 The William and Mary Review (front cover in 1999)
1999 & 1998 Art/Quilt Issue #10, back cover & article Issue #8
1998 Patchwork Quilt Tsushin, No. 84
1998 Sew Many Quilts, Sept/Oct. front cover and article
1998 Professional Quilter, Winter
1997 Fiberarts , Vol. 24, No. 1, Interweave Press, LLC
1997 Optical Illusion for Quilters, American Quilt Society Press, Karen Combs
1996 & 1995 Fantastic Fiber, by Yeiser Art Center
City of Chandler Public Arts Collection, Chandler, AZ
Permanent Collection, Virginia Executive Mansion, Richmond VA
Racine Arts Museum, Racine W.I.
Madeira Garne Corporation, Freiburg Germany
Culpeper Regional Hospital, Culpeper V.A.
Longwood University, Farmville V.A.
Private and Corporate collections throughout the U.S. and Germany
B.A., Psychology, University of Dallas, 1985
M.Ed., Counseling, Boston University, 1988
“Weedy Sea Dragon” (47″x52)” ARTIST’S STATEMENT: This current series was inspired by an exhibit of Weedy Seadragons and Leafy Seadragons I saw at the Scripps Aquarium in San Diego, California. Seadragons look like Seahorses with the addition of exotic appendages that mimic seaweed foliage and camouflage them in their environments. Having a whimsical and other worldly appearance, I was immediately enamored by them. I later found out that childrens’ author and illustrator, Dr. Seuss, liked them too and used them as a model for a character in one of his stories. Knowing this assures me that I am in good company on my quest to maintain a childlike sense of wonder in the world and in my art.
Karen Lee Carter
ARTIST’S BIOGRAPHY: Inspired by a life-long love of fabric and sewing, Karen began joyfully creating quilts in 1997. Although she makes a wide variety of quilts, Karen’s true passion is ignited when creating original art quilts. Karen utilizes a vast array of construction and surface design techniques, often embellishing her quilts with beads, yarns, buttons, ribbons, trims and other small objects that add texture and visual interest.
Teaching workshops featuring her techniques, Karen encourages her students to embellish with abandon and add their own personal touch to each project. When teaching and speaking at quilt shops, quilt guilds and quilt shows, Karen’s lectures and trunk shows inspire quilters to express their creativity and embrace an artful life. Karen’s original art quilts have been exhibited nationally and featured in solo exhibitions.
A Chicago native, Karen now resides in Virginia Beach, VA . For more information, and to see more of Karen’s work, please visit the website http://www.karenleecarter.com
Visit Karen’s facebook fan page http://www.facebook.com/KarenLeeCarterQuilts for the latest information on Karen’s classes and to see photos of her students’ work.
“Stop and Smell the Flowers” (39″ x 36″)
ARTIST’S STATEMENT: This happy tabby reminds us not to take life for granted. In the modern rush of computers, TV, tablets, smart phones that can reach you anywhere and anytime, take a moment to stop and smell the flowers, feel the sun on your skin, feel a breeze ruffle your hair. The emails will still be there when you come back.
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Ann Flaherty has utilized her image-ination to create image based fiber art and curate exhibits that have been shown across the country and throughout the world. A born activist, often her work is a reaction to situations both personal and public, with a special emphasis on the many cultural influences of our world. Learn about Ann’s Cultural Cloth workshop at http://www.culturalcloth.wordpress.com
Maria L. Geary
Judith G. Glover
ARTIST’S BIOGRAPHY: Judith Glover is an artist who enjoys creating paintings of scenic places along the rivers and coastal areas of North Carolina, and of the Shenandoah Valley in Virginia. She has also created art quilts from several of her paintings.
Her paintings have been accepted into numerous national and regional juried exhibitions in the Southern and Northeastern states. These exhibitions include the prestigious American Watercolor Society Show, New York, NY, for three out of four consecutive years with inclusion in one of their annual traveling shows; Southern Watercolor Society Show, Oklahoma City, OK; Pennsylvania Watercolor Society Show, Lehigh University, PA; Georgia Watercolor Society National Exhibition, Macon, GA (Martin Westmoreland Memorial Award); Watercolor Society of North Carolina Exhibitions (three awards); Fine Art Exhibit at the NC State Fair (Best in Show).
Judith’s newest art quilts can usually be seen in the annual spring Professional Art Quilters Alliance-South member exhibitions in Cary, NC. Her watercolor and mixed media paintings are in public collections that include: Bank of America; CCB Community Bank; Cities of Rocky Mount and Southport, NC; Delano R. Hill and Associates; Duke University; Geneva Corporation; Goldsboro Iron and Metal Co.; High Point Bank & Trust; Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton; and Wells Fargo.
She began her undergraduate education with two years of architecture at Virginia Tech, and then completed her first undergraduate degree at East Carolina University (ECU) with a BFA in sculpture and architecture. Judith also has a second undergraduate degree from ECU, a BS in interior design.
She grew up on a farm in the pastoral Shenandoah Valley, near Waynesboro, VA, then after completing her first degree she continued to live within forty miles of ECU in eastern North Carolina. She has remained there for all of her art career, either working in an art related field like teaching or creating art for sale. She currently lives in Rocky Mount, NC.
Harmonica Man (17″ x 13″) ARTIST’S BIOGRAPHY: I learned to quilt in Kansas City, MO in 1978 at a quilt store that no longer exists. In the early 1990’s I began taking classes from Lorraine Torrance. Her Design Essentials classes helped me to begin to discover my own voice as quilter which seems to be geometric designs and flowers. I do machine and hand quilting depending on the effect that is needed. I use any material available and I have become intrigued with the possibilities for 3-dimensional work in cloth. My quilts tend to be based on things of nature – rock quarries, black holes, lasers, flowers or mountains. My work is in private collections throughout the United States, Italy, and Ecuador, and has been exhibited in many venues including the Seattle Asian Art Museum, the Seattle Aquarium, The Museum of Flight, Seattle Convention Center, the Page-Walker Arts and History Museum in Cary, NC. I severed for two years as the President of the Contemporary QuiltArt Association (CQA) in Seattle. I also compiled a book for CQA Contemporary QuiltArt Association: 20th Anniversary. I helped found the Fiber Arts Certificate Program at the University of Washington where I served as an advisor for three years. I am presently a member of Professional Art Quilters Alliance-South. I am now living in Chapel Hill, NC with my husband, where I am meeting a whole new set of art quilters who are sure to help me grow as an artist. I hold a Ph.D. in Molecular Biology from the University of Alabama-Birmingham and work as research scientist at the for Vascular Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Contact Information Katy Gollahon email@example.com Phone: 206-818-2021