2018 sounds good. What’s not to love about a fresh calendar to write on, a new book to read, cleaning up after the holidays with fresh paint and new linens and oh why not, a new series to work on?! I actually completed this one at end of 2017 and was able to exhibit it at a local venue. I want to build upon it, no pun intended. I have a degree in Architecture, a love of design and well, a slew of portfolio work that I recently uncovered and revisited for inspiration. The photographs tell me that I have done hours of work and deadlines that seemed insane at the time. I remember one July 4th holiday where I worked the entire day while my family and friends were on the Washington DC mall celebrating with fanfare; did I mention that some of my favorite bands were playing?! It was grueling but something inside me says hard work, commitment to the task at hand is truly an exercise worth doing at least for a season and now on my third season of life and second century, I embark on still working hard and getting to do what I love. So here’s
Its been a summer that was not planned, not expected, but I must say I have come away feeling so grateful for the people who have walked long side me, encouraged me and blessed me with opportunities to challenge myself, travel and give me room and board. I began with an amazing win, First Place for BLUE ICE at Chandler Center for the Arts, The EXPOSURES exhibit sponsored by SAQA AZ. I have three pieces in the show.
University of Southern Utah juried in my AGAVE POINTS and what an honor to be amongst such fine works all summer long through August 26th.
ON my bucket list was to enter Sacred Threads, SAQA event in Herndon VA. Cells and Three IN One were juried into the show and what a treat that I got to attend the artists weekend and to meet so many amazing artists and visit with former friends and co workers. Truly a gift of reflection time. Thank you all, you know who you are!
And now I am displaying art with eight other amazing women artists that I just met! The organizer to the show, I have known now only two short years and she has given me fmq lessons to help me on my journey. Betty Hahn’s work is stunning and I am grateful to have found her to assist me on my journey.
Travelling this summer? Hope you can beat the heat and see some inspirational art and find time to create! Let me know if you see my work and please take a photo or two. I can hardly breathe and so excited that my work is showing various places this summer. Wish I could visit it all but alas I am holding my breathe and waiting to exhale……
October News: Veterans and Country! 2016
Excited to honor my country and its history!!! Vet Fest at Historic Avondale , SATURDAY Oct 28, 10am-5pm. Come see Debra to purchase art at a discounted price and support our vets! Food trucks, lots of art vendors!
Next, heading to Houston IQF for the display of “Fly Me To The Moon” exhibition
where I have a fiber art displayed and will travel for next 2 years. It depicts my story from 1969 in honor of the 50 anniversary of man’s walk on the moon. I am thrilled to attend the showing and even more excited that I am Texas bound even if for two days! I get to visit with my Great Aunt Betty, 97, that is featured in my next fiber art titled “HerStory: A celebration of Women”. I have studied the WASP program from WWII and so proud of her and my other Aunt Bobbie for their service to our country. I want to honor them both! Hope you get to see the exhibit in your neck of the woods! Visit Event page for complete travel schedule to see my art quilt in your area!
Fire & Ice exhibit through November 2016.
It’s the cold, the frozen tundra, the cold ice chest in the heat of summer that bears the weight of my blue ice cubes that fall like bricks, dropped with a thud to the bottom of a vessel or body and in its wake send ice shards to the surface and waves of cold streams rising to the top. It’s a welcome cold. I think ice-cream in a homemade machine, throwing a stone to break ice, or an ice skate digging into the rink all make the summer heat tolerable, extremely contrasting and invigorating.
As a mixed media artist I get to choose my medium. I chose fiber as my medium for “Blue Ice” working though collage, holding it, turning it different ways and piecing it to experience my art in many tangible ways. It’s actually the opposite of cold, it is warm to me to be intimate with my medium and I get heated up through the process whereby my senses are excited to discover just what is around the corner. I never know exactly how it will end up!
FIRE & ICE: Fine Art Exhibit
August 11 through November 30, 2016 5:30pm-7:00pm
Goodyear Branch Library
14455 W. Van Buren St. C101
Goodyear, AZ 85338
Fire and Ice are representations of the extreme… The Goodyear Arts & Culture Commission invited West Valley artists to submit work that represented these extremes or demonstrate how two opposite elements support each other.
You are invited! Artists, friends, and families please join Debra at the Goodyear Arts & Culture Commission on Thursday March 24, 2016 from 5:30-7:00pm as they celebrate 20 local artists who have expressed their “Wild Side” through their art by depicting the tame and untamed animal kingdom. One of Debra’s fiber arts will be on display and for sale. it debuts here before moving to Las Vegas, NV. Title of piece is Herd’n Sheep. Colors depicted are a reflection of a time when travelling through Scotland and the sheep were painted with a patchwork of colors. When All the sheep are corralled together it looks like one big color wheel!
Light refreshments will be served and pianist Deb Offenhauser will be playing classical music for the evening’s entertainment.
The art exhibit “Call of the Wild” is now open and will be on display at the Goodyear Branch Library until May 30, 2016.
Just back from Henderson debut show of my series “EXPLOSIONS”. So grateful for all who came out and the great evening we all had! Thank you to my hosts Barbra and Kevin! The salmon dip and sausages on the grille were a perfect bite to munch on as we discussed art. I came back refreshed. Entered three pieces in a contest closing at midnight on the 31st and headed back to the studio to clean up and gear up for some other unfinished pieces and then to start my new series…stay tuned. For now, take a look back. This is how it all started January 2015. It began with a painting I did and it was hanging in the City of Goodyear Library for a spell. I then sold it out of state. Yippee! Thankfully I saved the photo. My dear friend Jennifer Isaacs photographed it for me and made note cards of the work. SO not to lose its interest, I realized it was to be the first of my “Explosion” Series by recreating it in fiber. My Moms dear friend Marci Baker encouraged me to tackle the dauntingly task of how I wanted to portray the palm frans by a back and forth cutting and collaging of the pieces. She gave me the boost I needed to get going and hearing my Moms voice not to give in, I began a new way of looking at my art. Here goes the process….
This week I am putting the finishing touches on the last of twelve fiber arts in my series titled EXPLOSIONS. Weird, as it’s not really exploding fireworks or soda pop taking flight to the ceiling after a shaken can made by a purposeful teenager in my house. No, this is how I am evolving; I searched a lot this past year and when I signed up for a “series” online class with Katie Pasquini Masoput, I had no idea how this would pull from me all I had to give and give me exactly what I needed to “let go”. Notice how I didn’t say, “go”.
I have put pen to paper, sketched a few crazy works and developed them along with the 12 others, spending hundreds of hours to self-teach the art of collaging with a stitch rather from glue. Its crazy therapy as you tug and pull and stretch the limits on what seems at first glance one broadcloth…but it’s really SO many hundreds of pieces cut up, assembled and sewn together to portray your first thought or idea on your sketch pad. It does evolve and it does take on a life of its own but it’s my world and it feels comforting being able to pull from within and let it all out to share with you! Enjoy!
Current exhibition/sale of Debra’s work :
Surprise City Hall,16000 Civic Center Plaza, Surprise, AZ 85374
City of Goodyear Library, 14455 W. Van Buren C101 Goodyear, AZ 85338
Avondale City Hall, 11465 Civic Center Drive, Avondale, AZ 85323
Catitude Gallery, 404 E. Western Avenue, Avondale AZ 85323 623.388.3840
May 7 & 8, 2016 9am-4pm
Henderson Events Plaza & Henderson Convention Center 200 Water Street Complimentary Admission
Ongoing: Classes for kids: Weekly. Contact me at 623-696-5693 or email debra@debraGOleyArt.com to schedule.
· If you would like a private paint party in your home or office, contact me at623-696-5693 or email debra@debraGOleyArt.com to schedule.
· Need a mural, visit www.BellaVillaDesign.com or call me at 623-696-5693. I paint niches, children’s rooms, backyard walls.
Visit my website for more up to date info of where I am exhibiting next and whatever else is on my spinning palette.