My absolute favorite annual art show

from September 27-December 9, 2018

at the North Carolina Botanical Gardens

…….just some examples from the 50 installations by 30 North Carolina artists using a wide variety of materials,including steel,concrete,marble, granite, glass and more ( like clay, wood, aluminum, stone, electrical wires, plastic, dried lemongrass roots…..)

Garden Party by Holly Felice

Polaris by Jeff Hackney


Colony V by Frank Holder

Right hand,Man by Joe Coates


It was a lovely evening,

filled with music, wine, good food and of course- lots of fabulous art work for sale.

We took this opportunity to show some of the work from out Beginners Tapestry Class. This is a small sample of the tapestries that were woven through out the year. Thanks to our sponsers who made this workshop available for free, for our tapestry weavers.

Thanks to everyone who participated!

Folk Artist Maria Prymatsenkon at Aboa Vetus Ars Nova in Turku

The Fabulous World of Maria Prymachenko


Maria Prymachenko (1908–1997) was a self- taught artist and is one of the most renowned artists in Ukraine. Produced by Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova, The Fabulous World of Maria Prymachenko showcases the artist’s watercolour and gouache paintings. The works belong to the collection of the National Museum of Ukrainian Folk Decorative Art in Kiev.

Aboa Vetus Ars Nova also offers a delicious buffet brunch!

5.Vahva by Greta Marjamaki

A beautiful show of oil paintings from Greta Majamaki , a young up-and-coming Finnish artist showing her work in Kaarina.

Black waves

Vortex of light particles

team Lab: massless is a hIghly recommended show in newly opened art gallery in Helsinki called Amos Rex. We were very fortunate to be in Helsinki the weekend it opened! Studio lab is computer-generated three dimensional space, with the goal of participants having a total immersion in a digital universe. There are 5 works that together form an immersive and interactive experience. It was created by an interdisciplinary group founded by Toshiyuki Inoko in 2001. Artists, programmers,engineers, animators,mathematicians and architects form this 500 people collective. The labs were amazing and overwhelming in it’s scope.




First Latch hooking session at the Art Table, Thursday October 2018

The Cancer Center, Wesley Long Hospital, Greensboro

From 10-2pm, all classes are free and materials are provided

All ages welcome!

We have four more sessions for the month of October :

Thursday, October 11, 10-2 pm

Wednesday October 17, 10- 2pm

Friday, October 26, 10- 2pm

Tuesday, October 30, 10- 2pm

Don’t miss this opportunity to be part of the creation of a fabulous wall hanging for the Cancer Center lobby !


The Kuusisto Art Manor

Welcome to the Art Manor!

is a private art gallery situated in one of the oldest log houses in Finland. It is located on Kuusisto island in South Western Finland, 170 km west of Helsinki, 17 km from Turku. In 2013 the almost 300 year old log house was transformed into the Kuusisto Art Manor, a unique multi-sensory meeting place for contemporary art surrounded by an ancient fruit orchard. Dr. Merja Markkula is the visionary and enthusiastic artist/scientist who runs the gallery from May- September each year. Merja was our gracious and inspirational host for our visit to the Art Manor.

The group of silent embroiderers sewing for the “common cause” In the background, a phototransfer print by Julie Dixon

The scene was set by the appearance of a group of women artists, dressed in white lace tops and aprons, with lace hats and lace hankerchiefs over their mouths. They sat embroidering in complete silence, moving as a group from room to room.

Minnamarina Tammi -twining paper and paper mache

The gallery uses only natural light, which added a tranquil and ethereal quality to the experience. Other pieces that resonated with this quality, were  hand woven paper daisies and hand embroidery on an old sheet that belonged to the artist’s grandmother.

Presentation showing  lego cowboy representing the 19th century American doctrine of “Manifest Destiny”

Guernsey Boy Gun. The gun is wearing a protective guernsey sweater, designed to protect sailors at sea

Happy Mother’s Day. The gun is dressed in the typical pattern stitches of a baby matinee coat

On Sunday, September 2nd, 2018

I presented my talk about art and violence , creating art as a way to transform objects of fear and violence into knitted objects that reflect cultural values of caring, commitment and support. It was a great honor to present my artwork and have the opportunity to give a presentation at the Art Manor. Everyone spoke perfect english, and in kindness and consideration for their english-speaking guests, the following two talks were presented in english too. Many thanks to everyone who came to the  presentation, including my husband, my sister Marianne and her husband Marc. I was so impressed by the hospitality, kindness and creativity of all the Finish people that we met on our travels to Turku and Helsinki.  Special thanks to Merja and her husband for inviting us to their home and for their hospitality and delightful company.


Joseph Saberenzi

“Peace and Reconciliation”

Whitney Auditorium, 7.30pm

Elon University


Imagine, if you can

living as a refugee in a foreign country with your spouse and two children, and you receive a phone call at 5 am in the morning.

Imagine if you can

hearing that your mother and father and seven brothers and sisters had been murdered, along with most of your extended family,  friends and neighbours.

Imagine if you can

the anger, rage and bitterness and feelings of complete helplessness that this news would bring.

This is how Joseph Saberenzi found out about the genocide of his ethnic group, the Tutsis in Rwanda. In Joseph’s passionate and harrowing presentation,  Joseph Saberenzi described the steps he took to overcome his anger and bitterness at the events that had happened in Rwanda.

“I could n’t sleep: I had headaches all the time and my stomach hurt. I knew I could not live like this, in constant anger and bitterness.”  He realized he could not lead a healthy and productive life while consumed with thoughts of rage and revenge. He decided then that he had to return to Rwanda, with his family and began his long, and difficult journey towards peace and reconciliation.

He described the three major steps in his journey towards peace and forgiveness:

  • He acknowledged his anger and bitterness and how those thoughts would destroy his health and any chance of future happiness for himself and his family.
  • He decided to focus on making a safe and caring future for his children and grandchildren. To do this he returned to Rwanda and rose through the ranks of Parliament, eventually becoming Speaker. As a leader, he works to improve good governance and eliminate corruption, and pushes for peace and reconciliation, despite everything he has suffered.
  • He has a strong belief in God and in his faith.

He spoke of the need for forgiveness and described a conversation between two Vietnam veterans both of whom had been prisoners of war .

One veteran asked the other- “Have you forgiven the people who imprisoned you?”

The other veteran replied-“No! Never ! I will never forgive them for the rest of my life for what they did to me.”

The other veteran said,” Then you are still in prison.”

As Joseph explained- the first hurt was the imprisonment. The second injury is the memory of the imprisonment, which you can choose to hold onto, and continue to let it cause pain and suffering- and let that control your life.

A student asked at the end of the presentation- “What is the take home message you want us to have at the end of this presentation?”

“The take home message is that you have the power to decide how to react to what happens to you in your life. You cannot control outside events but you can control how you let these events affect your life. You can choose to transform your life and have a happy and productive life no matter what your circumstances. “


To find out more about Joseph Sebranzi’s life and work:

“GOD SLEEPS IN RWANDA: A Journey of Transformation “

Louise,  founder and fearless leader for Hirsch Wellness Network suggested that we “mix it up” and offer new fiber art activities for Fall 2018.  We have had tapestry classes for a year now, and have an established group who will be exhibiting their work at the October Art Auction.

It’s time to broaden our offerings.

Meanwhile, several volunteers have suggested latch hooking.

My friend and fellow artist Chrystal once observed, “You have to do ugly before you get to beauty.”   Experience tells us that some art has to go through severe growing pains before it emerges from the ugly duckling stage. From my memories of latch hooking rugs and throws, I ‘m not sure if I saw  latch hook fabrics make it to their swan stage …

 I like a challenge

So I explored Reconsidered Goods on the corner of Holden and Patterson in Greensboro and was thrilled to find these 70’s rug yarn treasures-

bright orange (100% polyester) (love that sheen!)

florescent green, sage green and basil green ( 60% wool,40% nylon)

bright pink ( 100% DuPont Orlon acrylic)

baby blue and navy blue ( 100% acrylic) ( with that shiny ‘static electric ‘ sparkle!)

white and cream( 100% new Zealand wool)

Coming up next…

Adapting ideas and sketches for the scale of  4 stitches per inch on cotton/polyester canvas..





You’ve seen her as a princess

You’ve seen her as a cow girl

You’ve seen her as an equestrian

You’ve seen her as a rock star

But have you seen her as a social activist?

Thank you, Marianne, for a comment you made about the knitted guns.

You mentioned that the knitted guns are “toy-like” which sometimes means that they are perceived as smaller than “real ” guns.

This is the .22 rifle, roughly modeled on the James Bond-style gun.

The James Bond’s baby Bond gun is the antithesis of what James Bond stands for :- soft, cuddly, vulnerable, helpless and totally dependent on the care and attention of others with no control over it’s fate. It can be molded and squeezed into different shapes and spaces.

The James Bond’s baby Bond gun is made slightly larger than life size.

The.22 rifle appears to be bigger, just as difficult and violent people can appear bigger because they can cause you harm.

Recently, there has been a growing trend to design smaller guns in an effort to make them more consumer “friendly.”




Remember when you were a kid at school and the teacher would thump  your desk and yell- “Pay Attention!”

(Ok, so maybe I’m just talking about my experience at school….)

Barbie is on her way to Finland, to Kuusiston Taidekartano to be part of  ” Imagine a better future…”  with her BFF  friendship gun holster. She has 17 knitted bullets for the 17 children killed at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida,  spring 2018.

Hallo out there

Have we forgotten already what happened there?  Are we paying attention to what’s going on in our schools? Are we paying attention to what’s happening to our kids?

Do we think it’s some kind of game?

How else can we explain why there has been no legislation to control indiscriminate access to guns?

My hope for a better future is with the school children who have come together, in Florida and elsewhere, to protest and fight for their rights and ultimately their lives.

Here’s the thing- what are the grown-ups doing to help them?



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