A Mini Quilt for Refreshing the Palette

Well, I've finally done it. I worked up the courage to submit a quilt to an art show! Hendry Unoaked Chardonnay, machine-pieced quilt, 2015 by Sarah Atlee. Hendry Unoaked Chardonnay. Machine-pieced and hand-embroidered quilt, 10 x 10 inches, 2015 by Sarah Atlee. $275 (buy-it-now price)

What: Refreshing the Palette, an art show, silent auction and wine tasting event benefiting the Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition. (Facebook event page)

When: Sunday 8 November 2015, 4-6 pm

Where: Metro Wine Bar & Bistro, 6418 N. Western Ave, OKC OK  73116 (map link)

Tickets are $40 per person, including wine and hors d'oeuvres. For reservations contact The Metro at 405-840-9463.

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A little bit of everything, strip-pieced.

Join The Metro Wine Bar & Bistro for a special wine tasting and art show event benefiting the Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition.

How it works: Twenty artists are creating original works of art based on the wine labels. Each artwork will be auctioned during the event, with silent bidding beginning at $125. Guests who fear losing a piece in the auction can also trump the bidding process by purchasing an artwork at the “Buy It Now” price.

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The pieces are coming together.

This is one of my favorite annual shows, and I'm always excited when I get to participate. See my previous entries Titus and Veritable Quandary.

This year my wine label was Hendry Unoaked Chardonnay (Napa Valley 2013). From the winery's tasting notes:

"Aromatically delicate.  Peach and nectarine on the palate. Tangy, with a slight citrus-pith edge.  Rounded mid-palate and moderate acid. A tasty wine well-chilled on a hot summer day, best with lighter foods. This would be well-suited to a citrus-dressed cold chicken breast, pasta primavera, or a bay shrimp salad."

Doesn't that sound delightful?

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Detail of machine stitching.

About OVAC

The Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition (OVAC) helps artists realize their potential through education, exposure and funding. Organized in 1988, OVAC is a non-profit organization that supports visual artists living and working in Oklahoma. OVAC promotes public interest in the arts and helps people of all ages understand the visual arts.

Sadly, I am not able to attend this year's event in person, so you'll have to go taste lots of wonderful things on my behalf. Cheers!

Day/Night Quilt Fragment

Day/Night Quilt Fragment, acrylic on canvas, 12 x 12 inches, 201 Day/Night Quilt Fragment, acrylic on canvas, 12 x 12 inches, 2013 by Sarah Atlee

This painting grew out of the process of creating an actual quilt (read more about that here). I painted this for the 2013 edition of OVAC's annual 12x12 fundraiser. I wanted to create another composition along the lines of Beside the Ironing Board:


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Beside the Ironing Board, acrylic on canvas, 12 x 12 inches, 2011 by Sarah Atlee

Just as with this earlier painting, I found the raw "material" I wanted in a quilt-in-progress.


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Day/Night Quilt Fragment in the studio, with the model in the background.

In a beautiful act of generosity, the person who bought Day/Night Fragment gifted me with a box of quilt pieces that his great-aunt had begun before she died. I feel sure I will complete that quilt someday, and share it with you here.

Tshirts Featuring Mingo Yale by Sarah Atlee only $20

OVAC Tshirts, featuring Mingo Yale by Sarah Atlee
Help OVAC by buying a tshirt!
Limited Edition OVAC Artist T-Shirts Just in time for holiday gift-giving, limited edition, hand-printed t-shirts featuring original designs by OVAC member artists. Proceeds benefit OVAC's Artist Survival Kit program, offering professional development for artists. Get them while they're hot! (And, while they last.) Price: $20 (Shipping: $2.25) Click here to order.

Tishomingo "Mingo" Yale is one of the characters from Normal, OK.
Drawing for Normal, OK: Tishomingo Yale, ink on paper, 2007 by Sarah Atlee. Click image to view source.
Drawing for Normal, OK: Tishomingo Yale, ink on paper, 2007. Click image to view source.

Tishimingo "Mingo" Yale teaches pilates. On weekends, weather permitting, she has a roadside fish fry stand. Bass fishermen stop there on their way back from Lake Goodnight. Mingo came to fitness instruction in her mid-forties, after years of wearing high-heeled shoes had all but ruined her spine. At the urging of her chiropractor, Mingo took up yoga. The improvements in her health were so significant she decided she must help bring this lifestyle to others.

The final painting, which you can see here, was created using the acrylic gel transfer process detailed here and here.

You can see Mingo in person at Legacy Bank in Edmond through January 2010.

Annual 12x12 Exhibit Saturday 2009.09.26

Self Portrait with Deep Background, aka What About Pickles? Acrylic on canvas, 2009 by Sarah Atlee. Click image to view source.
Self Portrait with Deep Background, aka What About Pickles? Acrylic on canvas, 2009. Click image to view source.

12x12 Art Show & Sale 2009 Saturday, September 26, 2009, 7pm

Fred Jones Industries Building 900 W. Main, downtown OKC (map link)

Featuring 150 of Oklahoma's finest artists, delectable food from 26 area restaurants, panoramic views of the OKC skyline, live music and cash bar.

The 12x12 Art Show & Sale is the Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition's only fundraiser, with proceeds benefiting the organization's many programs to support visual artists in the state of Oklahoma.

Music from The Stringents, a rock string quartet, and the Millwood Drum Line.

A preview of artwork is online now and images will be added weekly. You can also view some of the artwork during a preview exhibition in the Lobby of Leadership Square, 211 N Robinson in OKC, September 1-20.

Click here to read more about this fabulous event and purchase tickets.

My friend and colleague romy owens will be bringing her Photobooth to this event. It's not to be missed!

Artist Proposal Writing Workshop - Art 365 & Momentum Spotlight Tonight

Brick Snow, acrylic on canvas, 2008 by Sarah Atlee. Click image to view source.
Brick Snow, acrylic on canvas, 2008. Click image to view source. This painting was part of my Art 365 series, Normal, OK.

Artist Proposal Writing Workshop - Art 365 & Momentum Spotlight Tuesday, September 15, 6-8pm IAO Gallery, 706 W Sheridan Ave, Oklahoma City (map link) See this event on Facebook.

Learn the basics of writing a project proposal. Proposal deadlines are approaching for the $60,000 in Art 365 awards & exhibition and the $5,250 in Momentum Spotlight awards. For each, the same elements are required: description of project, images, artist statement, and resume.

Past Art 365 artist Liz Roth will present, offering tips about what makes a successful proposal. An OVAC representative will answer questions about the specific opportunities of Art 365 and Momentum Spotlight.

Workshops are open to all artists interested in improving their proposal writing techniques. Cost: $10 ($5 for OVAC Members). Click here to register.

As an added bonus, the OVAC blog has published examples of successful proposals by myself and Liz Roth, as well as examples of unsuccessful proposals.