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About Janet

Stitching, by hand or machine, and manipulating fabric are my most satisfying creative outlets. My quilts are improvisational, cut free-hand, and created intuitively without the use of patterns. A rotary cutter is used to “draw” the fabric elements of a piece.  Quilt making is my art form, and incorporates principles of art: quality of line, value, proportion, and figure/ground composition.  Exploring color, imaginative re-structuring of a simple motif, and developing a piece as I create it are important components.

Since retiring in 2013 from a career in music education I have traveled numerous times to Ohio to study with Nancy Crow, an innovative quilt maker and a Master of the Medium in the Smithsonian Museum’s Renwick Alliance.  My background of musical training provides additional perspectives and depth of artistic understanding.  Travel, observations of daily life and nature, reflections on personal insights, and a regular tai chi practice inspire and inform my abstract creations. 

Upcoming Shows and Events

"DesignHer Women's Panel" Columbia Museum of Art

Columbia, SC March 12, 2024; 5:30-9:00PM

Design League panel discussion and market

"Color Improv 3" Juried show at Museum Tuch + Technik

Neumunster, Germany March 15-September 22, 2024; international show

juried by Nancy Crow

“ArtFields”

Lake City, SC April 26-May 4, 2024; juried show for artists of southern states

"The Nook" Jasper Art Project at Koger Center for the Performing Arts

Columbia, SC November 2024; solo show

Artistic Resume

"Quilts=Art=Quilts” at Schweinfurth Art Center

Auburn, NY October 28, 2023 - January 7, 2024; 2022, 2021; international juried show

Solo show "Quilted Impressions 2" at Arts Center of Kershaw County

Camden, SC  October 3- November 18, 2023

"Last CA 101" Invitational Show at Redondo Beach Historic Library

Redondo Beach, CA August 25- September 10, 2023

Solo show "Potential: Quilted Abstractions" at Stormwater Studios

Columbia, SC June 7-18, 2023

“Quilt National 2023, The Best of Contemporary Quilts” at the Dairy Barn

Athens, OH May 26-September 11, 2023; international juried show

"Bits and Pieces" Invitational show at Stormwater Studios

Columbia, SC April 26-May 7, 2023

"Piccolo Spoleto Juried Exhibition" at City Gallery

Charleston, SC March 17-May 7, 2023; juried show for South Carolina artists (third place)

 

“ArtFields”

Lake City, SC 2023-2017 (Merit Award), 2016, 2015; juried show for artists of southern states

“San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles”

San Jose, CA October 16, 2022–January 8, 2023; juried show from Quilt National

 

“B22 Wiregrass Biennial”

Dothan, AL July 22-September 24, 2022; juried show for artists of southern states

“Quilt National 2021, The Best of Contemporary Quilts” at the Dairy Barn

Athens, OH May 29-September 6, 2021; international juried show

“1593 Project” at the Koger Center for the Performing Arts

Columbia, SC April 5-August 13, 2021; juried show (Runner up)

           

Invitational exhibit at Outposts Gallery

Columbia, SC April 3-24, 2021

 

Solo show at Milliken Art Gallery at Converse College

Spartanburg, SC February 25-March 18, 2021 

 

Invitational exhibit “Common Threads: Past and Present” at Greenwood Arts Center

Greenwood, SC November 2, 2020-January 31, 2021

 

Solo show at Stormwater Studios

Columbia, SC October 29-November 16, 2019

“South Carolina State Museum 30th Anniversary Exhibit”

Columbia, SC November 3, 2018-March 9, 2019; juried show

 

Solo shows at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Columbia

Columbia SC 2018, 2016, 2014

 

South Carolina State Park Artist in Residence

2017, 2014

 

Entries in Amateur Division of the South Carolina State Fair

2013, 2011, 2010 (Merit Award), 2009, 2005 (second place)

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