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Red Bull Art of the Can Opening: When Worlds Collide!

Tuesday, July 15th, 2008

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Red Bull received 500 entries from 39 states and 14 countries for its latest Art of Can contest. A panel of judges chose 47 pieces for an exhibit on view at the Galleria through July 25. I am proud to be one of the 47.

What a fun night we had.  I stepped out of the elevator with my Red Bull Champagne cocktail to see none other that Bob Ruggerio, a VP and VIP at Quilts, Inc (and one of my favorite fixtures at festival…always smiling and laughing inspite of what must be a VERY stressful week)   He was covering the event tor the Houston Press.

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I quickly found the art car group, as you can’t miss them in a crowd. They were most likely the most photographed people at the event and they didn’t even have their cars <GRIN!> They had come out in support of their President Nicole Strine who had a piece in the collection,  and also for me, the newbie.

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Next I spotted an unusual hairdo which I recognized as one of my daughters friends, Cameron Rowe, who I last ran into at Home Depot when I shopping for art car adhesives. He also had a a wonderful piece in the show.

It was a really great opening with freeflowing Red Bull cocktails and loud music.  A great contrast to some staid art openings where people wander around whispering and nibbling on crummy cheese and cheap white wine.

The catalog was fun although I would have loved the pics to be bigger. <VBG>

Here is the Red Bull Press Release

Bizarre Dog Story

Monday, September 10th, 2007

There are some things that happen in a person’s life that are just downright confusing. Unlike fiction, the message is not always clear.

When I was in college I was Earth Woman… I grew slews of plants and had a menagerie of animals. At one point I had 7 salt and 3 fresh water aquariums, 3 birds ( a cockatiel and 2 budgies) three cats and two dogs. My live in boyfriend actually owned one of the dogs and half the aquariums (…we have been married 27 years now)
My father was upset about the continued growth of my menagerie and often would post me articles about how much each pet would cost me (him) in it’s life time.
My dog Arwen (okay LOTR fans you know where that name came from) was an escape artist.
 She was constantly digging out or climbing over our fence and running around the neighborhood. When she heard us calling, she would run away because she knew she was supposed to stay home. The mailman complained more than once that she had jumped into his open truck and licked his face madly.  She once jumped off the end of a moving ski boat in pursuit of a bird, and then swam off into the deep blue when she realized she was not supposed to jump off the end of a moving boat.
 I took her to a boarding place for dogs once when I went out of town and owner freaked out when I came to get her.
He couldn’t find her in the kennel. He was muttering under his breathe “damn dog, escaped from every pen I had, dug out, climbed out, squeezed out….” Then the light dawns
Oh, I took her home to my kids to watch, she is sitting on the couch watching TV right now I bet!” And so she was.
Then one day the unthinkable happened. She was hit by a car during one of her escapades. I emptied my checking account to have her left rear leg amputated. But she developed complications and I took to the kindly vet I used to have her put “down” as they say in the south.
I cried for months literally every day. Finally I bought a new puppy and took it to the kindly vet for shots. Kindly vet got a strange look on his face and said “I just couldn’t do it. The truck for the bodies doesn’t come til Friday and you brought her here on Monday. She looked up at me with those big brown eyes and I just could not do it!”
“What? What are you talking about?”
“Wait here….”
Around the corner comes Arwen resurrected
” I knew you could NOT afford it, what I had to do, but I just had try…do you still want her?”
“Yes. yes…”
So Arwen and the new puppy went home with me to the menagerie. People would play with her in the park without realizing the amazing Frizbee dog had only three legs.

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Born Mid Century Modern

Monday, July 2nd, 2007

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Born in 1956 and raised mid-century modern, I had a head start on creativity. I always had the big box of 64 Crayons, huge pads of paper and parents who valued creativity and a sense of humor.

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My parents were childhood sweethearts in a small town called Sapulpa Oklahoma 

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Daddy was an IBM exec who broke out of his dark suits and white shirts on the weekends to don Ricky Ricardo shirts, jump in his latest sports car, play a few rounds of golf and wield his latest camera in the search of some artistic outlet in his corporate life. 

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Mother dabbled in numerology, painted, longed for clothes straight from Vogue and made them all herself. My favorite creation was a pink mini-dress with marabou feathers sewn to the bottom to make a tiny skirt.  She was kooky and had us watch for UFO’s every nice evening in the summer in Oklahoma. We’d sit on the patio and watch while waiting for Daddy to come home from IBM.

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We lived in a modern house in Bartlesville, Oklahoma with flip down appliances and all aqua and red furnishings.  

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I am originally from Oklahoma and most of my family has some Native American roots. I had a great grandfather who was a sheriff in Indian Territory and another who was a Pony Express rider.  

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My maternal grandfather owned a pool hall (which my grandmother MiMi insisted was a “billiards parlor”) and later became country tax assessor. MiMi was the first woman in the chamber of commerce in her town; she owned a baby shop from the time my mother was little, that grew to children’s clothing as my mother grew up. She still had the Nancy Kay Shoppe when I was a kid so I was spoiled for clothes. She and her sister (who was a professional seamstress) made quilts. I have one they made.  

On the other side of the family I had a grandma who was a baby in the back of one of the wagons racing for land in the Oklahoma Land Run. They didn’t get any. My dad was the first one on the family to go to college. His dad went thru 3rd grade and went to work in the oil fields; his mom went all the way to 8th grade.

This grandmother, Nanny, spoiled me and taught me knitting, rug hooking, sewing, crochet and hand embroidery.   

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We were moved often over the years as I grew up and I was constantly being exposed to different types of people and absorbing new ideas. It was fertile ground for a young person searching for a voice. My brother is the poet Brent Hendricks. 

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I attended Emory University at 17, met my future husband at 18 and became a teacher after graduation. When I was 24 years old, we married and moved to New Orleans where I got my Masters degree at UNO and worked as a high school teacher in the public school system. We had a daughter five years later and a son in 1987. I

n 1992, we moved to London, where I completed my City and Guilds in Patchwork and Quilting and in Design and built a collection of antique quilts and cross-stitch samplers. 

In 1993, we moved to Copenhagen where I wrote my book Quick Quilting. I entered and won prizes at my first quilt competitions, the National Patchwork Championships in the UK and the American Quilt Society show in Paducah, Kentucky.

In 1995, we returned to the US to Connecticut and in 1996 we landed in Houston, the home of the International Quilt Festival.

Since my return to the states, I have concentrated all my energy in the studio and in getting my work out to the public.

I also help promote the art of the quilt with my volunteer work for the International Quilt Association and Studio Art Quilt Associates and through my work as Co-Director of the national touring exhibition Fine Focus.  I live in Houston with my husband, my 4 cats and my 2 dogs. My two kids are off at college.  

I am currently working on a project with the Texas Childrens Cancer Center and am planning to make an art car.                                

Hello world!

Sunday, June 24th, 2007

toddlerkim.jpg I am currently working on finishing the last of the pieces for the Brazopost Art Center Show. I juried the annual members’s doll show for Texas Original Art Doll Association last weekand I will be contributing most of the wall art for the show which opens  July 14th from 7-9.

I am also working to finish the “Spirit Horses” quilt for the Periwinkle Foundation and the Texas Children’s Cancer Center.

And I have decided to make an art car for next years art call parade here in Texas.

More on all three projects in the blogs ahead!

In the mean time,  i have posted a long “About” with pics from childhood and early influences. More of this type of stuff to follow as well!

Enjoy!

Thanks for visiting,

Kim