Saturday, September 4, 2010

Friday Night At The Creamery

Above you will find myself, Sheri, and Tammy at our rug show held Friday night at the Creamery Arts Center in Springfield.  The Creamery is a wonderful old building that functioned as a place to pasteurize milk many years ago.  It was purchased, restored, and now is an arts center with a lovely gallery, rooms for classes, library, and dance studio.  There are several more rugs in the show, but we took this view because the rugs that each of us hooked are in the same order as we are in the picture (does that make any sense at all?).  We were so honored to be invited to show our work, which will be hanging during the month of September.
 I'm sorry to repeat the same scene, but really wanted to include lovely friends who came out for the show.  Kathleen, her aunt and my dear friend Ann (a wonderful artist and art teacher), and Sally (another patron of the arts, and creator of the most delightful lamps made from charming found treasures.... without pictures, I can't describe her work and do it justice).

On the way home from our show, I talked with my husband about showing ones art.  I wondered, since we weren't there to actually sell anything, why we bother.  Does it seem show-offy, are we boring our friends.... do they feel obligated to come out and see our stuff?  As usual, my Jim has the best answers to my questions that mostly come from some inferior place inside of me.  Having been an artist his whole life, and having perhaps exhibited his work in hundreds of shows, he said, "No.... you're simply sharing your passion with the people you care about."  And that's exactly that!  I love to show people rug hooking, and share with them the fun and excitement I get from creating a rug or bag.  The rush from coming up with just the "right" combination of colors and the fabulous feel of the linen on wool.  Any of you that hook rugs, or work with fiber know exactly what I mean.

So, dear friends.... thanks for letting me indulge in a little show and tell, and know that I so enjoy looking and commenting on your work as well.... blogging has been a HUGE source of inspiration for me over the years, and a wonderful venue to share this crazy and wonderful rug hooking passion of mine.


Alice ~ Folk Art Primitives said...

You girls look fabulous, darlings!!!

Grandma Yellow Hair said...

Oh wow I love these pictures. How wonderful that you got to do this and with such great friends.
You are beautiful. Glad I did not miss this post.
Very wise husband you have honey I love his answer. How true!
If I were to start doing this where would I go to learn the art and where do you get the supplies. Are they real expensive and is it hard to learn.
I have been wanting to do something creative again in my life but not sure what..I always love your rugs and bags

Miccosukee said...

Thanks for sharing that wonderful nite that you. Tammy and Sheri put together. I would have been there except its a'far piece from Florida.
Any chance of seeing what else you three hung for the exhibit? You are all such wonderful artists. Glad to see your work getting recognition.


Marguerite (Tina) Smith Hart said...

Only one picture came through for me but I have to say those little hooked rugs are gorgeous. I especially like the one on the left with the door and rose colored flowers. I love pinks and roses so that caught my eye right away.
You ladies all look so happy, how wonderful that you have a group to share your love of crafting with!
Have a great holiday weekend...
Tina xo

Ragamuffin Gal said...

Congratulations Dulcy!!!

summersundays-jw said...

I'm so sorry I had to miss it. The pictures are great -- I'm loving Sherrie's "new" hair. What Jim said is absolutely true. I've always loved photography & have learned so much from viewing great photographers, like Jim's, work. And you've really introduced me to hooking & made me want to learn. Keep on showing! See you Thurs. night. Jan

Judy said...

Dulcy, what would life be without a good book and art in all forms[well, maybe not all], but you know wht I mean. judy@leolas

Nancy said...

I am glad you shared this with us as it allows us to share in your happy moments.....your husband's comments are so true.....

Beautiful friends together make a happy picture...

ShabbySheep said...

I thought we had a great evening. Lots of interesting people came to artwalk that wouldn't have ever been there, had it not been for Neanie Squires. She's a lovely lady and talented artist too!
Glad to be one of the "Center City Hookers"
xo, Sheri

Jennifer Richardson said...

Don't you look GORGEOUS!
And the's beaming
from behind you:)
I love what your wise husband said
~I'm inspired across the miles!

Mary Welsh Hubbard said...

Looks like a fun night - your door piece is so beautiful. It looks like a painting.

Julia said...

That's what I call a ladies night out. What a terrific way to share your art passion and spread the the joy of creative hooking around. It looks like great fun. I agree, you all look terrific. JB

Relyn Lawson said...

"No.... you're simply sharing your passion with the people you care about."

I love that. LOVE IT! He's right, too. So right.