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The Opening at the Cancer Center

Monday, September 24th, 2007


I had a great time weekend before last when the opening for Making a Mark happened. It started off Friday withe a party for the kids in the Center complete with a miniture horse named “Spirit” who could play piano, was house trained, could count and allowed kids to decorate him with ribbons and bows for two hours. He weighed 150 lbs had tiny blue hooves. “Spirit Horses: Dreams” the quilt was shown at the entrance to the center. A DJ led the kids in “The Hokey Pokey” and other such fair!

Sunday was more grown up. 370 pieces of childrens art was hung and the kids posed for pictures in front of their work. There were refreshments and face painters and crafting going on in the corners. I bought a great picture from a young man who lost his fight with cancer. His mom donates a piece every year. I got to meet her and the dad. It is an amazing piece for a 7 year old and I recognized the piece she had donated this year as from the same artist.

Spirit Horses: Dreams is finished!

Monday, September 10th, 2007



Tuesday, August 21st, 2007


Their eyes shine brightly as they load their stamps with paint. Smiles are infectious. Experiments with stencils and stamps on fabric are just the backdrop for fun. Laughter and giggles float on the air. Friends are made as moms and dads chat on the sidelines. It could be any group of kids and their parents enjoying themselves with some messy art play.

In reality, these are children and families fighting a huge battle against cancer, but doing so with grace under fire. I love working with kids and have had lots of experience teaching kids of all ages. But this was a special group of kids.

I went home each day with a special sense of the precious fragility of life and in awe of the indomitable human spirit that was so in evidence all day long.  

Heads and Tails

Thursday, August 9th, 2007


Back in the studio


These poor horses need some tails!

Spirit Horse

Wednesday, August 8th, 2007


 The Process:

 The kids at the hospital stamped many many yards of fabric with rubber stamps and created more fabric prints by using my Thermfax screens from previous spirit horse quilts. We used paper backed white cotton fabric and gallons of metallic paints ( Lumiere and Setacolour)  in blue, purple, gold, silver, pearl, copper, pinks and teals. We painted some of the fabric one day over the prints and used salt to create texture. We also spilled on the carpet and decided to stick to the thick paints and stencils and stamps. Luckily the hospital is smart and prepared and has replaceable carpet squares <Vbg> The rest is done by me at home and due Sept 1st!

Pics from my show

Tuesday, August 7th, 2007

Pics from my show are up at

Click on Art League at the top, then gallery

Virtual Tour

The art center has done a great job of documenting the show with a virtual gallery .  My quilts are towards the end of the slide show.


I am working on the quilt for the hospital again this week. Last week I dyed the background and cut out the horses. Manes to do today and auditioning the horses on the background

Alvin Community College called yesterday and wants me to do a solo show in October.

I got into IQA’s judged show and will have three works there this year, “Pumped”  in the judged show, “Doing the Can Can” will be in the SAQA “Creative Force” Exhibition  ( I am also the curator so very happy the juror Rebecca Stevens of the Textile Museum in Washington chose my only entry that was large enough to enter) and “Trowel and Error” will be in the “In Full Bloom” exhibition


Back in the Saddle Again!

Wednesday, July 11th, 2007


I was named “Featured Artist”  on a special project with the Texas Childrens Cancer Center and the Periwinkle Foundation. I will be creating a Spirit Horse quilt for “Making a Mark” their annual art exhibition of children impacted by cancer.  Children at the center have collaborated on the quilt by creating stamped and stenciled fabric for the quilt.

The 6 mornings I spent at Texas Childrens Cancer Center  were eye openers. I had not realized what a warm and supportive environment I would be working in. The volunteers were all top notch. Carol Herron, the director of the Arts in Medicine program at the center, brings a real sense of purpose and excitement to the projects she has planned for the center. The center seems to run like a huge family, everyone seems to know everyone and be happy in their work.

The parents and children are very special. Many of these families spend long hours over long periods in the center having transfusions and chemotherapy. It is an honor to work with them