Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Grand Opening

Though From the Inside Out was open all of last week, the reception was held on Friday August 22.  David Vivod, Pat's husband got some nice pictures of our gathering.

Friends and relatives wanted the scoop on this piece to the left.
Ginny French (center) and her husband drove over 2 hours and 130 miles from Fairfield, Illinois to see the show.  I am genetically incapable of telling a short story and cannot talk without my hands getting actively involved.
My nieces and great nephew came to the show.  From left, Mindy Roy, Karen and Ethan Neathery.
My big sis Margaret Kersey and daughter Mindy.
My big brother Bill Johnson, Margaret and me in front of one of my pieces.
Peter Marks, Elizabeth's husband in foreground and Elizabeth in pink and white in center.
Fabulous food for the reception was brought by Linda Miller, Mary Hammett, Mary Jo Larson, Sharon Bean, Rio Wrenn and Pat. We had JUST enough to last all evening.  Thanks everyone!

Sarah Gillespie and friends in the gallery. Sarah just had her thesis show in this gallery a few months ago.
Elizabeth is explaining her handmade paper work to a group.
Long shot of the gallery. We were so pleased with the turn out for the reception.
My dear friends Mary Hammett and Sue and Rich Gaynor from St. Louis drove over. I taught with Mary and Rich for nearly two decades at Notre Dame High School in South St. Louis before I entered grad school.
Two of my favorite Notre Dame girls--both art students all four years of high school. From left Stacey (Cox) Shaw and Katie Schmieder. Love them both and so glad they came. It brought me to tears when I saw them.

The no food in the gallery policy is great to protect our delicate fibers work, but that means the nibbling crowd has to stay in the lobby. We had lots of people all through the evening visiting the gallery.
MoFA member Shirley Nachtrieb came on the first day the show was open and back again on Friday for the reception.  Lots of Missouri Fiber Artist members attended the reception and several also took Rio's workshop.  MoFA awarded us a generous scholarship.  
I think I shall have to get some lace for my next opening so I fit in.  Rio, Elizabeth and I are standing in front of one of EAM's handmade paper pieces.  Rio flew in on Wednesday afternoon.  On Saturday and Sunday she taught a workshop in the textile lab and flew out on Monday…not nearly enough time to get in a good visit.  Come back!  Come back!  We loved having you here.

I took some pictures just after installation when I was alone in the gallery. This is what you see from the entrance of the gallery.

Long view of gallery looking north to the alcoves where we could display on both sides of the moveable walls. We found a way to arrange walls and retain the openness of the gallery.

I would like to remind everyone that Elizabeth and I are in the midst of planning a catalog of the exhibition.  There is lots to do for that--and we need a few days of relaxation first.  We will announce with grand fanfare when the catalog is ready.  In the meantime we hope these sneak peeks keep you satisfied.

For those that live in the region or wish to drive to the show we welcome your visits!
Regular gallery hours are 10-2 Monday through Friday.  Please call the art office at SIUE to check the schedule as it might vary depending on volunteers.  618-650-3071.

I will be there some days.  If you wish to arrange a private tour at some other time, I'd be happy to arrange if I can.  Please message me at Pat Vivod Artist on Facebook or email me at shiborirust[at]yahoo[dot]com.

Thursday, August 21, 2014


The opening reception is tomorrow evening--Friday, Aug 22.  Hope you can all make it!!  (Because of the reception the gallery will not her open earlier in the day.  Regular gallery hours 10-2 will resume next week.)

The reception festivities start at 5 pm.
Rio, Elizabeth and I will be giving a gallery talk around 7 pm.

Rio Wrenn - Dreamscape (DETAIL) c2014
Here's another sneak peek!
Rio Wrenn's work features rust, natural dyes, and tea and is all over the gallery.  We have 13 pieces by her.  

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Sneak Peek!

Starting Tuesday last week we began installing the show. Gee willikers there was a lot to do to make this happen. In fact there is still much to do in the form of gallery signage. But we made great progress with help from several people and all the art was installed as of 6 pm Friday. I estimate that collectively we put in over 100 hours. I know I was putting in long days--on Thursday I was there until after 1 AM because I was still hemming my last piece! (Famous last words--I will never procrastinate again)

The cherry picker at rest after hanging Fabienne's panels.
Laura Strand, head of textiles at SIUE, is the gallery director this semester. She is very knowledgeable about getting things on the wall properly. She took over as soon as Elizabeth and I determined what we wanted where. Gene S. head of maintenance was our certified cherry picker operator. Laura accompanied Gene on the 2 person machine as they hung brackets for the very long pieces, sometimes 11 feet up! (Sorry I had too much to do and didn't get photos of that). In all there were 16 such pieces to hang. Two of my pieces were an extra challenge as one of them was a triple rod bracket and both of them were mounted on a gently curved wall.

On Wednesday, Elizabeth had a free day away from her school duties to hang her own paper work. Suzy Farren (a fiber artist from Missouri) joined us to help along with Mary Jo Larson and her husband John Knowles of Alton. Suzy and Mary Jo had been going to take Fabienne's workshop and were giddy over getting to handle her work. Mary Jo did the majority of stitching Fabienne's scrolls to organza.  Very fine work!  She and John returned Thursday and Friday as well.  I am in awe of their generosity and the long days of help. John helped install much of the work that hangs on the moveable walls and came up with some genius ideas when we ran into problems.  He is a former architect and builder.

Above:  John Knowles, master of many things, patiently ripping out a complex zigzag hem on one of my pieces that was interfering with how the piece hung.

Here is a sneak peek that includes all five us in the shot. From left is Irit's eco printed shibori felt dress; an object rust print piece of Pat's on the tall wall; two of Rio's framed "core" silk rust and natural dye pieces; one of Fabienne's embroidered scrolls mounted on an organza panel and suspended between the two moveable walls; and finally Elizabeth's rust and walnut dyed hand made paper construction.

From the Inside Out at Art & Design West Gallery, SIUE c2014 Pat Vivod

You are all invited to see the rest of the show!
Dates:  August 18-22, 2014
Reception is August 22, 5 to 9 pm with gallery talk at 7 pm
Rio Wrenn will be joining at the reception and to teach a workshop on Aug 23 and 24 at SIUE

Art & Design West Gallery 
Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
75 South Circle Drive
Edwardsville, IL  62026

Call SIUE for gallery hours if you wish to visit on weekdays which will vary because we have grad assistants and volunteers acting as docents.  

See you all on Friday!

PS:  Check out our sponsor page for some new additions!  MoFA just gave us a scholarship.  

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Page Views top 18,000

Woo Hoo
I can't believe we've achieved this many page views.  Thanks to all who visit and read about the show.  The showcard is at the printers and as soon as it arrives, I'll post it here.  It's a beauty if I do say so myself.

We are getting might close--Rio's work will arrive Thursday.  All of Fabienne's work is here now.  Irit's has been here for awhile.  The stragglers are Elizabeth and me!  We've had so much else going on we've barely had time for our own work.  Elizabeth is already trekking to St. Louis to her school getting her classroom ready and going to meetings!  Neither of us may get much sleep in the next days, but the work will be done.  For me it's all about rod pocket hems now.

Installation is next week!

Patricia Vivod c2014 Detail- no title yet
This is a detail of one of my direct object rust pieces in progress last summer in the studio.  I made an edition on organza.  The piece will hang with two other layers.

You can see some of Elizabeth's progress on her Facebook page.  (see the sidebar)

If you have not paid a visit to our sponsor page, please do.  Without them this exhibition wouldn't be happening.  If you live in the region we hope you'll consider taking advantage of what our business sponsors offer.
Thank you to them all!