Tuesday, September 1, 2009

First Day in Chicago

I've always appreciated both the beautiful surface design work that Barbara Schneider does and her innovative quilt making. She's currently working on a series of sculptural, stitched leaf shapes. Yesterday afternoon my hostess extraordinaire Shelley Brucar picked me up at O'Hare airport and we drove out to Crystal Lake to visit Barbara while she was installing her current solo exhibition at The Dole Gallery.

Barbara's stunning series of reflections on water have been included in major art quilt venues in the United States.

The Dole Gallery is in Lakeside Legacy Arts Park, in Crystal Lake. The gallery is charming, with tall ceilings, a wonderful hanging system and excellent lighting.

These two views give you a preview of Barbara's exhibition, which opens today! There will be a reception Sunday, September 20, 3-5 PM, so if you live in the area, make sure you visit. The show runs September 1-29.

Barbara is also offering classes out of her studio -- a great opportunity to learn more about how to take photographs, manipulate them in Photoshop and make and use Thermofax screens for printing on fabric. If I lived in the area, I know I'd enjoy taking a class from her.

Today I'll give a lecture for the North Suburban NeedleArts Guild, then teach a two-day class Wednesday and Thursday on building textural surfaces with layering and hand-stitching.


  1. I was just attended your lecture at the North
    Suburban guild and I'm so excited about the classes you will be teaching! Can't wait.
    LOVE your work.

  2. Gerrie, you would definitely appreciate her new dimensional work.

  3. Cathy, thanks, it will be a definite pleasure for me to work with you and the other guild members -- definitely a lot of talent in this group!