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5 Women Artists Friday: Halstead, Marks, Reynal, Tuwaletstiwa, and Meière

Sun Trees by Suzanne Halstead and Margaret Almon
Sun Trees, oil pastel by Suzanne Halstead and glass mosaic frame by Margaret Almon

 

Part 3 of 5 Women Artists to Discover:

  1. Suzanne Halstead, Interview Part 1 and Part 2.  One of the first people to encourage me in making art. She introduced me to drawing mandalas, and playing with materials, and colors. I love her Sun Trees oil pastel above, and have it in my studio.

2. A Margaret of Many Names: Grete Marks(1899-1990) Labeled degenerate by the Nazi’s because she was Jewish, and forced to give up her pottery factory in 1934 Germany, and fled to England where she continued to create ceramics that still look futuristic.

3. Jeanne Reynal(1903-1983): Abstract Expressionist Mosaic Artist.

ruah. to spit. by Judy Tuwaletsiwa
ruah. to spit. by Judy Tuwaletsiwa(American, b.1941), fused glass, pigment, kaolin, canvas, adhesive. Corning Museum of Glass. Photo by Wayne Stratz.

4. Judy Tuwaletstiwa(1941-): Weaver, Painter and Glass Artist. Check out her exercise for thinking with your hands.

Hildreth Meiere Smalti
Hildreth Meiere Smalt sample boardi. Photo by Wayne Stratz.

5. Hildreth Meière(1892-1961): The Mosaic Artist who inspired me to make mosaics.

5 Women Artists Friday: Polony-Mountain, Honda, Tafoya, af Klint, and Driscoll

Music(1961) by Gabriela Polony-Mountain, Regina Quick Center for the Arts. Photo by Wayne Stratz.
Music(1961) by Gabriela Polony-Mountain, Regina Quick Center for the Arts. Photo by Wayne Stratz.

Who are your favorite women artists?  The National Museum of Women in the Arts is doing their challenge for March, Can You Name Five Women Artists?  In the second in my series, here are 5 more for you to enjoy:

1. Gabriella Polony-Mountain(1918-) Mosaic Artist and Renaissance Woman.  Her mosaic Music is pictured above.

Margaret Honda, Film (Künstlerhaus Bremen) | 2016 | © Künstlerhaus Bremen
Margaret Honda: An Answer to Sculptures, Film (Künstlerhaus Bremen) | 2016 | © Künstlerhaus Bremen

2. Margaret Honda(1961-) Color Shifting Art

Margaret Tafoya
Margaret Tafoya from Pottery by American Indian Women by Susan Peterson.

3. Margaret Tafoya(1904-2001) Clothing Her Children with Clay. Tewa potter from New Mexico.

Hilma af Klint: Group IX/UW, No. 25, The Dove, No. 1, 1915, 151 × 114.5 cm, Oil on canvas. Foto: Henrik Grundsted. Courtesy: Stiftelsen Hilma af Klints Verk.
Hilma af Klint: Group IX/UW, No. 25, The Dove, No. 1, 1915, 151 × 114.5 cm, Oil on canvas. Foto: Henrik Grundsted. Courtesy: Stiftelsen Hilma af Klints Verk.

4. Hilma af Klint(1862-1944) Swedish Spiritual Art with Rainbows. She was the first woman allowed to go to art school in Sweden.

5. Clara Driscoll(1861-1944) Designer of many of Tiffany’s Lamps

Elizabeth Osborne Detail of Equinox II

5 Women Artists Friday: Hicks, Bailly, Carr, Mirkil and Osborne

The National Museum of Women in the Arts is doing their name #5womenartists challenge for 2017. For Women’s History Month, here is my first installment of 5.

  1. Sheila Hicks(1934-), American: Fabulous Fiber Art
Sheila Hicks Silk Rainforest
Silk Rainforest by Sheila Hicks at Renwick Museum, Washington, DC. Photo by Wayne Stratz.

2. Alice Bailly(1872-1938), Swiss: Bold Painter

Alice Bailly Self Portrait
Alice Bailly Self-Portrait 1917. Photo by Wayne Stratz. National Museum of Women in the Arts.

3. Emily Carr(1871-1945), Canadian: From the Forest

Emily Carr House Posts
Emily Carr, House Posts, Tsatsinuchomi, B.C., 1912
watercolour and graphite on paper
55.4 cm x 76.6 cm
National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, Purchased 1928
3542

4. Helen Mirkil, American: Philadelphia Painter of Ecstatic Landscape

Erosion. Helen Mirkil.
Erosion. Helen Mirkil.

5.  Elizabeth Osborne, American: Philadelphia Painter of Veils of Color

Elizabeth Osborne Detail of Equinox II
Equinox II by Elizabeth Osborne, James Michener Museum of Art. Photo by Wayne Stratz.
Miriam Schapiro, Another Spring (1985)

Miriam Schapiro (1923-2015) Reclaiming Decoration and Pattern for Art

Miriam Schapiro, Another Spring (1985)
Miriam Schapiro, Another Spring (1985), acrylic, fabric and beads on paper. Photo by Wayne Stratz(2015).

From our vacation this summer at the Johnson Museum of Art at Cornell University.

Read more about Miriam Schapiro’s boldness in reclaiming traditional women’s handiwork in her art in the 1970’s when the term “decorative” was a slur ~ via quilt historian Barbara Brackman’s blog Material Culture.

Veils of Color: The Paintings of Philadelphia artist Elizabeth Osborne at the Michener

Equinox II, Elizabeth Osborne
Detail of Equinox II by Elizabeth Osborne(2009), oil on canvas. Veils of Color Exhibit at the James Michener Art Museum. Photo by Wayne Stratz.

To get a postcard about a show entitled Veils of Color ensures I will be wanting to go.  Elizabeth Osborne‘s oil paintings are on display until November 15, 2015 at the James Michener Art Museum in Doylestown, PA.  In University of Pennsylvania alumni profile,  the author quotes Philadelphia Inquirer critic Edward J. Sozanski’s praise for Osborne’s “Dionysian commitment to vibrant, saturated color.”  Yes, vibrant, saturated color.  I felt like I was stepping into sunshine, and in fact, some versions of these paintings have figurative versions, with a woman sitting at a window.

Detail of Equinox II by Elizabeth Osborne(2009), oil on canvas. Veils of Color Exhibit at the James Michener Art Museum.
Detail of Equinox II by Elizabeth Osborne(2009), oil on canvas. Veils of Color Exhibit at the James Michener Art Museum. Photo by Wayne Stratz.

She was born in 1936, and grew up in Lansdale, where I now live.   I was taken with the fact that she taught at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts(PAFA) from 1963-2011, teaching into her 70’s. She recorded an oral history interview with the Senior Artists Initiative, and organization that heartens me by its existence.  In addition to oil painting, she has work in watercolor and printmaking.

I realized that I had seen her work at both the Woodmere and the Berman Museum of Art at Ursinius.  I like to imagine that her veils of color saturating the Philadelphia area, appearing all around me, and that her legacy of teaching will continue to move outward.

Veils of Color: Juxtapositions and Recent Work by Elizabeth Osborne,

Curated by Kirsten M. Jensen, Ph.D., Gerry & Marguerite Lenfest Chief Curator, James A. Michener Art Museum

July 25 through November 15, 2015
Fred Beans Gallery

Lantern at Stickley's Craftsman Farms in Parisppany, NJ

Day Trip to The Stickley Museum at Craftsman Farms: Lanterns Lit

Lantern at Stickley's Craftsman Farms in Parisppany, NJ
Lantern at Stickley’s Craftsman Farms in Parisppany, NJ. Photo by Wayne Stratz.

Stratoz and I made our second day trip to Craftsman Farms, museum of furniture great Gustav Stickley, in Parsippany, NJ.  I first discovered Craftsman Farms from an ad in American Bungalow quite a few years ago.  We took our first tour circa 2003, and I was smitten with the tiles, the copper hearths, the textiles and inlaid wood.  Stepping into the house was stepping into another world.  Photography is not permitted inside, but I noticed the row of lanterns visible through the door, and asked Stratoz to take a photo for me. The lanterns light a trail into beauty.

More Stratoz photos of Craftsman Farms on our Nutmeg Designs Blog

The hammered brass letter opener I found in the gift shop by Frank Glapa

 

Wordless Wednesday: Museum Selfie Day with Christopher Ries Embrace Sculpture

Museum Selfie Margaret
Museum Selfie with Christopher Ries Sculpture at Paul Friedman Gallery, Misericordia University. Photo by Wayne Stratz(2009).

 

“Glass is the essential material which gathers, focuses, reflects, refracts, amplifies, filters, and transmits light. 

I use these special light altering abilities to create a kind of optical poetry.”

-Christopher Ries

 

Elbert Hubbard and His Words of Wisdom: What the World Needs is More Kindness

The Philistine, Elbert Hubbard
The Philistine, Elbert Hubbard

 

Defeat is for those who acknowledge it.

Elbert Hubbard(1856-1915) had an affinity for quotations.  This one reads like a poem.

Check it out at the Daily Bungalow’s Flickr.

What the World Needs is More Kindness.

This one is signed Fra Elbertus, which takes a proverbial persona!  This is a motto to live by.

 

The love your liberate in your work is the love you keep.

This one is carved into a door at the Roycroft Inn, and Stratoz took a photo of it for me. This is a motto for the studio.

For more images, check out my Elbert Hubbard, Dard Hunter and the Roycrofters Pinterest Board

Related:

D is for Dard Hunter

Holiday Home Show at the Balock’s: November 24th, 2012, 10-5, Lansdale, PA

Blue Green Frames by Margaret Almon
Blue Green Frames by Margaret Almon.  Photo by Wayne Stratz.

 

New frames for our Holiday Home Show at George and Judy Balock’s house in Lansdale, PA, November 24th, 10-5.  If you are in the area, come by!

Oil Lamp by George Balock, Moravian Tile and Nativity
Oil Lamp by George Balock. Photo by Margaret Almon.

George Balock:

Wood Turning

Margaret Almon & Wayne Stratz of Nutmeg Designs:

   Mosaics & Stained Glass |

Carole Liepin:

Jewelry for a variety of different tastes

Wood*N*Wearables Gallery, formerly of Ambler:|

  Christmas ornaments, painted glassware, silk scarves, handbags,

  jewelry boxes and more.