>You’re Invited to the 2010 Quincy Artsfest!

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Today, just a quick post to let you know that this weekend, I will be participating in the 13th Annual Quincy Artsfest! Sponsored by the Quincy Art Association and the Quincy Park & Recreation Departments, the Artsfest features a juried art show, juried photography show, Quincy Art Association’s member’s show, and a young artists’ show. I submitted my beaded Boston Trolley painting, Gasoline District, into the Member’s Show. There will be artwork, live entertainment, crafters, and children’s activities throughout the weekend! 
The 13th annual Quincy ArtsFest will take place Saturday, September 18th from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, September 19th from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the lawn of the Richard J. Koch Park & Recreation Complex, One Merrymount Parkway. Opening Reception and Awards Ceremony take place Friday evening, September 17 at 6:30pm. Hope to see you there! ๐Ÿ˜€


>Abigail Adams’ Birthday Party

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Last night, I went to the artist reception for Abigail in Perspective at the Quincy Historical Society!

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It was fun meeting some of the artists, and I had a great time viewing all of the portraits and works of art inspired by First Lady Abigail Adams! There was also birthday cake to celebrate! ๐Ÿ™‚

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And here is a quick peek at the winning piece, ‘Abigail’s Kitchen’ – an oil painting by Anet Paglierani. My beaded portrait, ‘21st Century Abby‘, is displayed right next to it! ๐Ÿ™‚

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Abigail in Perspective is the first of many art exhibits which will be presented by the Quincy Art Association & the Quincy Historical Society. If you would like to see more of the paintings at the show, please check the Abigail in Perspective event page listed on my Facebook page. And, if you happen to be in Quincy Center, this show runs now through January 8, 2010. Admission is free, so stop by and take a peek! Most works are available for sale. Enjoy! ๐Ÿ™‚

>Abigail in Perspective

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Today, just a quick reminder.. You’re invited to an art exhibit of works that were inspired by Abigail Adams, including my beaded portrait, 21st Century Abby! Abigail in Perspective is a visual arts competition presented by the Quincy Art Association & the Quincy Historical Society. Many works on display will be available for sale.

beaded face mask Abigail Adams bead embroidery portrait competition Quincy Art Association21st Century Abby. 12″ x 12″.
Bead embroidery on felt, collage, acrylics.

Abigail in Perspective
Quincy Historical Society
8 Adams Street
Quincy MA 02169

October 26, 2009 – January 8, 2010
Monday – Friday, 10am – 4pm

Artist reception takes place on Abigail’s birthday, Nov. 11 from 7-9pm.

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If you happen to be in the Greater Boston/Quincy area anytime soon, please stop by & take a peek! Thank you for your interest! ๐Ÿ™‚

>21st Century Abby

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Today, I finished my beaded portrait of Abigail Adams. Abigail was the wife of John Adams, the 2nd President of the United States of America, and mother of John Quincy Adams, the 6th.
Here is a closer look:

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After I completed the beadwork, I added a wire support to the back of her face. Then, I stitched the piece to my painted canvas. Now, it really does look like a mask! One side of the face looks to be suspended in mid-air! Then, of course, I stitched a few Swarovski Crystal stars onto her hair.

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The title of my piece is 21st Century Abby. Abigail is sort of a historical pop icon in my home city of Quincy. She is remembered because she was modern, bold, insightful, and her ideas were very advanced for a woman of the late 1700’s. I wonder… what are Abby’s hopes & dreams for American citizens today? And, what are her visions for us for tomorrow? My guess is that her ideas would be very similar to what they were 200 years ago. Even though much has changed since then, there is still so much more work to be done

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21st Century Abby. 12″ x 12″.
Bead embroidery on felt, collage, acrylics.

This piece is my entry for the upcoming visual arts competition, Abigail in Perspective presented by the Quincy Art Association and the Quincy Historical Society. Exhibit dates are Oct. 26, 2009 – Jan. 8, 2010 (Mon. – Fri. 10am – 4pm) at the Quincy Historical Society. Reception is on Abigail’s birthday, Nov. 11 from 7-9pm… Mark your calendars! ๐Ÿ˜€

>Beaded Abigail Lives On

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I’m a little nervous about this, probably because it is unlike anything I have ever done before, but here is the progress of my beaded Abigail Adams portrait:

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Beaded Abigail Adams portrait in progress. 12″ x 12″.
Bead embroidery on felt, collage, acrylics.

None of the beadwork is stitched to the canvas yet, because I’m not sure if I’m finished with my painting yet. So far, I did a little collage work and painted her hair blue. I didn’t think about it in advance, I just sort of did it. Now that I look at her hair, it kind of reminds me of the American Flag as it flows freely, so I am thinking to add the few Swarovski crystal stars that I recently ordered from Artbeads.com… How do you think they look?

My collage is made of newspaper clippings of all the old buildings & landmarks around Quincy, MA. and Abigail’s headpiece is an image of the arch at the top of the cemetery gate at the old burying ground. It reads “This Mortal Shall Put On Immortality“. It’s true – Abigail Adams’ spirit will forever live on in Quincy. ๐Ÿ™‚

>Fall Salon & ArtsFest!

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Just a couple of quick announcements today. First, I am participating in the Cambridge Art Association’s 65th Fall Salon. This show is not juried, but it is an opportunity for all members of the organization to show one of their pieces. Since most of my works are already on display at Bead + Fiber Gallery in Boston, I decided to submit my very first bead painting, Flamingo Moon. If you happen to be in Harvard Square in the next couple of weeks, stop by University Place Gallery to check it out. There will be many works of art in all mediums to view & purchase!
The CAA 65th Fall Salon runs from now until Sept. 29. Please check the CAA website for hours and location! ๐Ÿ™‚

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I am also participating in the Quincy Art Association‘s 12th Annual Quincy ArtsFest! I submitted 2 of my small beaded bird paintings. If you’re in the neighborhood this weekend, do stop by and take a peek! The Quincy ArtsFest is a family event which includes art and photography exhibits, live entertainment, craft tables, games for the kids, and refreshments! The ArtsFest takes place Saturday, Sept. 19 from 10am -4pm, and Sunday, Sept. 20 from 10am – 5pm at the Richard J. Koch Park & Recreation Complex, One Merrymount Parkway, Quincy, MA. Please check the City of Quincy’s website for more information! Hope to see you there! ๐Ÿ™‚

>Home in Quincy

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Yay! I’m finally back in Quincy! I spent a long weekend in Pittsburgh with family & had a great time! I also got some beading done! Before I show you the progress of my beaded White House painting, I want to show you the new project I started. No, it’s not a portrait of Michael Jackson, President Obama, David Bowie, or Bob Dylan.. It will be a beaded portrait of Abigail Adams.

 

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Abigail Adams was the wife of John Adams, the 2nd President of the United States of America, and mother of John Quincy Adams, the 6th. Her final resting place is just 2 blocks away from my home in the crypt at the United First Parish Church in Quincy Center. I recently paid a visit to the church and learned that it is one of only 2 churches in all of the U.S. that has an ‘occupied’ crypt. I also learned that the United First Parish Church was recently awarded a preservation grant of $80,000 to restore its clock tower and the public corridor which leads to the Adams crypt. ๐Ÿ˜ฎ 

bead painting Abigail Adams quincy art association historical society competition beadwork bead embroiderySemi-beaded portrait of Abigail Adams. Bead embroidery on felt.
4.5″ x 2.5″. Work in progress.
 

So, why a beaded portrait of Abigail Adams? Because she is the focus of an upcoming visual arts competition called ‘Abigail in Perspective‘ presented by the Quincy Art Association & The Quincy Historical Society. Entries must be “original artwork & reflect a representation of or a sense of Abigail Adams.” Accepted mediums include, oil, acrylic, pastel, sculpture, & mixed media. Sounds like a great opportunity for me to participate in my local arts community once again! I’d better get beading! ๐Ÿ˜€