On Saturday, May 18, the Postcards from California (all 53 of them) were displayed at CA 1st ATHA Chapter in Redlands, CA. This group made us feel very welcome. They meet at Trinity Episcopal Church and have a large room with a wall of natural light. They don’t stint on refreshments and we enjoyed fresh fruit, cakes, cookies, and coffee. It was a generous spread of delicious goodies.
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The Postcards displayed on the back of the White Board
The Postcards displayed on the front of the White Board.
Blue Whale by Cai King
Gail Becker holding a blow up of her Red Turlock, CA Barn.
Mission San Luis Obispo by Maureen McIlwain, Toronto, Canada
Mission San Luis Obispo is the 53rd postcard in this series and comes all the way from Toronto, Canada. It is also the 3rd California Mission to be represented by a hooked postcard preceded by San Juan Bautista and Mission Dolores.
My niece, Kayla, goes to the University of California at San Luis Obispo. Her mom and I went to visit her and took a side trip to the mission. It was wonderful. I have many wonderful memories of visits with them in Topanga, but thought this would be fun to hook. Plus, as I said on my label–it’s a step back in time to a gentler time. by Maureen McIlwain, Toronto, Canada
Two steps outside my back door and I see beauty in all directions. This is my interpretation of the view. It tells me how close an art subject can be for all of us.
I love Kay’s sentiment–right now my backyard in Turlock, CA is filled with birds singing, and trees, flowers, and shrubs blooming. I don’t get to look out at a vista, but within my little fenced backyard beauty is abundant. The day is poised for 90 degree weather and it’s not even May yet. The mornings are wonderful, but it will be hot this afternoon.
Thanks to Cai King for organizing and hanging the Postcard display at the Fresno Arts Council Gallery at 1245 Van Ness Avenue in Fresno, California. ArtHop started at 5 pm and continued until 8 pm. Many art enthusiasts stopped by the gallery to see the Postcards From California Fiber Art Challenge. ArtHop will continue on January 17 from 5-8 pm. The Postcard display will hang in the gallery for the entire month of January. I hope you will be able to stop by and see the Postcards making their first art gallery appearance. I couldn’t be happier.
Road to California Pieced quilt pattern by Cai King
Cai King of Fresno writes….
I don’t know too many fiber junkies who haven’t cross-pollinated across multiple fiber media: knitters who sew, seamstresses who tat, tatters who hook, hookers who quilt, and sew it goes. One medium influencing another as one artist inspires the next. When Gail Becker first shared her vision of the Postcards challenge I was definitely supportive–she is in my guild after all & a merry soul besides–but I had no idea where this adventure in wool would take me. A quilt block to signify the sisterhood of fiber, especially one so aptly named as Road to California, seemed an innate choice. Some quilt historians ascribe this pattern design to the influence of the Trans-Continental Railroad. Although we all got here by various means, I can so clearly imagine Gail & I, in calico dresses and bonnets, dusty, butt-weary from miles on a bucking wooden seat, color planning as we held something to make in our hands-go West young women…and I know she’d be keeping me in stitches the whole way.
I hooked two Turlock, CA barns–I pass both when I walk the dogs on the canals close to my home. The two barns are within a quarter of a mile of each other and are typical of the barns in the San Joaquin Valley. In this piece corn has been planted next to the barn.