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A Dream Come True

by The SpinArtiste on November 9, 2015

_SNJ0766A couple of weeks ago, I took the three hour trip up to the Bellefonte Art Museum in Bellefonte, PA to see the exhibit that I organized and curated for selected pieces from the Journey to the Golden Fleece.  I blogged about it over at Fibery Goodness where you can see the images from the show (click here to see the post).  I didn’t editorialize much in that post, because I wanted the focus to be on the show and the artist’s creations.  But, since I/we really have this blog to thank for the opportunity (the Executive Director of the museum found me through this blog), it seems fitting that I share some personal reflections here about the experience.

And, yet, I am rather at a loss of words. 

Was it a lot of hard work?  Yes, for me as well as the artists. 

Is it awesome to see all of our hard work come together like this?  Yes!!!! 

The back story though is that it took about a year of communication back and forth with the museum:  presenting the concept of the exhibition, writing the copy, gathering images, then gathering the projects and the artist statements, unpacking the pieces, packing the pieces, driving to the museum back and forth twice (with a third time still to come)…and then, in the middle of all of that was the struggles with my own piece:  two false starts and ripping out, starting the third time and instantly knowing what I was going to do and then being happy with what I had…until I saw the other pieces in personal and naturally, experiencing artistic insecurity.


And, all the while, deep down inside focusing on two compelling visions:  (1) how unusual it is that there would be a display of artistic expression all made from hand spun yarns; and (2) how wonderful it would be to bring these pieces together from all over the world (France, Norway, Scotland, England, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and of course, the United States).  In one fell swoop, our mission to connect hand spinners no matter their location, is being vividly and concretely expressed. 

_SNJ0754But, you know what means the most to me?  Honestly, the joy of the artists to have their pieces hanging in a museum is the most special, precious part for me.  To see that your efforts have made someone very happy…ah…yes, that is the real payoff!



Journey to the Golden Fleece Exhibition at the Bellefonte Art Museum opens this week!

September 27, 2015
Joelle McCarthy

Finally, finally, finally…I have been working on making this happen for a year…you can read about the show prep here.  I will be there next Sunday doing a meet and greet.  Please introduce yourself and say “Hi” if you come on Sunday!

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Painting with Color and Light

September 20, 2015

Hey there…just letting you know of a new cross post over at Fibery Goodness in which I share my experience of my recent field trip to see the Tiffany Glass exhibit at Winterthur museum.  Click here to read, and most importantly, see all about it! 

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Featured Artiste: Karen Pardee of Serendipity Saori Studio

August 22, 2015
KP - Self - kbp @ tea ceremony

Publisher’s Notes:  This Featured Artist post is near and dear to my heart for a number of reasons.  Karen Pardee of Serendipity Saori Studio is a fiber hero of mine AND she lives in a part of the United States that is both beautiful as well as an area where I have roots and am […]

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Big Tour de Fleece Wrap up (Cross Post) and Giveaway Winner

August 9, 2015
Arlenes Yarns

I wrote a fun post on the Fibery Goodness Tour de Fleece Team results and share about my own TDF experience.  You can read about it here.  Here are some of my yarns that I spun — I had a lot of fun spinning silk: Also, our winner for the rolags from Lise Condis is […]

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Featured Artist: Lise Condis of Tre Liz plus Giveaway!

July 19, 2015
LC - Self - Black shirt

Publisher’s Notes:  One of the most wonderful aspects of interacting with students through our online courses at Fibergoodness.com is meeting new people from all over the globe who are kindred spirits.  I love welcoming new fiber artist friends into my life!  Over the past 18 months, I have had the pleasure to get to know Lise […]

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