Monday, September 30, 2013

'something's fishy' in Attleboro . . . .

It is about that time again, the Attleboro Arts Museum's annual benefit auction and I am so happy to support this gem of an institution.   

For this years auction I have sent another collage from my 'home sweet home' series* , since last year's collage was so well received.  (I believe there was a bidding war :) 

This year I donated "something's fishy", another personal favorite.
something's fishy 5x7”matted collage 
Make sure you check out the museum's online auction, as there are always many lovely pieces available. Here is a description of these collage series ~

*In her 'home sweet home' series,  Fitzgerald is challenging the ‘picture perfect’ life portrayed by magazines, catalogs and the media.  She takes the photograph of one of these Utopian settings and adds some surrealistic details then adds the empty, hanging dress symbolizing the emptiness of the pursuit of this idealistic life.   

Benefit Art Auction

auction 2013


Spotlight Exhibition Opening Reception and Sponsor Recognition (preview all Auction items before the live/silent event)Friday, October 11th, 6-7:30pm.  Free and open to all.
Auction: Saturday, November 2nd.  Doors open at 5:30pm.  Attleboro Arts Museum, 86 Park Street, Attleboro, MA 02703
Tickets are on sale now.  $35 in advance, $40 at the door (includes hors d’oeuvers, wine and beer).  Space is limited – call 508-222-2644  x13 or email
Auctioneer: Chris Barber, Skinner, Inc.
Online Auction Bidding: October 11th–31st
Our 2013 online auction site will launch on October 11th.  Start bidding in advance of the live auction!

Saturday, September 28, 2013

inspiring and thought-provoking . . . .

Today in the Boston area there are MANY venues 
where one can experience some amazing art. 
I am going to highlight two of them here: 

Christina Zwart "multiplicity"
Every so often an exhibition captures my spirit like few others. Christina Zwart has created such an event in her show titled "Multiplicity." She is an installation artist. Her work comes together at the Carney Gallery at Regis College on Wellesley Street in Weston, MA. The entire gallery has become an installation. It is visually rich, subtle, thought-provoking and profound. She uses rather unlikely materials to create her works, which sometimes present themselves as "events" rather than individual constructions. Let this exhibition elegantly and eloquently transport you to a realm of the unexpected through her celebration of "beauty in the imperfect." David A.Lang

And to get in the arty mindset 
for the reception
you should run by Maynard for:
This Saturday and Sunday from 12-5 
ArtSpace Maynard,
63 Summer Street, Maynard, MA 01754
Jane McKinnon Johnstone
Brenda Cirioni
A wonderful collection of exciting and inspiring artists!! 
Merill Comeau

And before you head out on your arty adventure you might want to read the blog of a good friend of mine, Mark Green.  His latest post has stirred up many thoughts which I have pondered on my Daily Dress blog.  All of this addressing the lack of sitting still in our lives.  So I am listing the links to the different blogpost and then leaving you with some photos I took this morning, while on a quiet walk in the early morning dew with my trusty hound, Scruffy.

Wishing you a peaceful Saturday! xxx

Sunday, September 15, 2013

the uterus is in the mail . . .

Finally I  got this piece, 'garden of eden' into the mail, to be included in Helen 

I am so excited about this piece and this project and
I even got my sweetie Harriet to participate.

Harriet's contribution, a uterus covered with coins
This piece/project has inspired an entire series of fiber organs which I hope to have finished for my up-coming show, 'breaking open' with Anne Gilson at Fountain Street Fine Art!

 Posted here are images of completed and/or in progress Uterii that are a part of the now traveling EUP: Art of Resistance Exhibition. The project was initiated in the spring of 2012 in reaction to the most current ‘War on Women.’ Artists and educators Alison Gates and Helen Klebesadel decided to offer feminists the opportunity to participate in this collaborative art project to channel some of the rage we were experiencing at the attacks on women’s reproductive health in this political environment, and to raise funds for women's reproductive health organizations. The response has been overwhelming. Plans are underway to create a fundraising catalog and to make it possible for others to participate in the digital part of this project. In the meantime you can find the fabric to participate here: The original exhibition's path (Future venues in the works): Union Art Gallery, UW-Milwaukee, September 2013 Armory Gallery, UW-Madison, March 2013, Woman Made Gallery, Chicago, IL, January 2013 Steinhilber Art Gallery, UW-Oshkosh, September 2012

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Imagine all the people living life in peace. John Lennon

this post is a direct copy of today's daily dress inspiration blog .
With today being September 11th,  I felt that today's message and 
quotes were worth repeating. (and for those wonderful folks that subscribe to 
both my blogs, I apologize for the 'rerun'.)

may this dress bring peace ~

'dear jeff' (2011-2012)
for all of those affected by
the events of September 11th,
which is all of us - 
some more obvious than others.

Today's dress is a commissioned 
sculpture for a man who lost his fiancée
12 years ago today. 

At the 10 year anniversary 
of this tragedy he felt that it 
was time to let go of 
his box of memories.  
He asked me if I could create 
something out of his treasure box.
I was honored and accepted the task.

This was a box full of letters;
notes between the couple during college,
cards of encouragement for new jobs, 
the announcement about their engagement,
articles about 9/11,
the missing person flyers, 
and then
a cornucopia of condolences cards, 
from friends, family, coworkers, 
communities and even strangers. 
These communiques played a huge role 
is Jeff's recovery; 
the power of a caring community.

When Jeff approached me, 
he didn't want a memorial of 
his fiancée and her death.
He wanted a sculpture that would portray 
the importance of community,
and the positive growth that 
can come through adversity, 
as well as a celebration of Amy's spirit.

To read more about the piece, click here,
(though I just realized that longer 
description of this piece is yet to be written)

So for today I give you 'dear jeff' 
and the words of John Lennon, 
from his anthem, 'imagine'.
 One of my utmost favorite songs, 
with lyrics that reach into the true 
 depth of my soul and makes me ache 
for the world he describes!!

 let us all strive for peace in our time.

As John Lennon said : 
“War is over ... If you want it.” 

Imagine there's no heaven
It's easy if you try
No hell below us
Above us only sky
Imagine all the people
Living for today...

Imagine there's no countries
It isn't hard to do
Nothing to kill or die for
And no religion too
Imagine all the people
Living life in peace...

You may say I'm a dreamer
But I'm not the only one
I hope someday you'll join us
And the world will be as one

Imagine no possessions
I wonder if you can
No need for greed or hunger
A brotherhood of man
Imagine all the people
Sharing all the world...

You may say I'm a dreamer
But I'm not the only one
I hope someday you'll join us
And the world will live as one

Sunday, September 1, 2013

rainy dress dress and a invitation for peaceful action ~

'rainy day' dress

always intrigued by the clumps of cut grass
 that are created by the water in the gutters.

and on this quiet, Labor Day Sunday morning,
I decided to play with said clumps, 
as my patient hound looks on!!!


This is from Neale Donald Walsch,
author of the sequence of books 
called Conversations with God,
a dialogue in which Walsch 
asks questions and God answers.

I hope you will join me and Marianne Williamson in the Global Collective Prayer Initiative, Monday, September 2, at 16:00 GMT (that is 9 a.m. Pacific Time). We will pray solidly and intentionally for ten minutes that the U.S. will not launch air strikes on Syria, and that the larger Syrian conflict may end, at last, with peace and harmony prevailing. More about this now