Art 360 Cultural Arts Center Artist Panel

I was lucky to be one of three Art 360 artists invited to give a “Conversations and Coffee” talk at the Cultural Arts Center.


Curator Chuck Bluestone and Ellen O’Shaughnessy

Art 360 curator Chuck Bluestone opened the proceedings….

Ellen Oshaunessy

Ellen O’Shaughnessy of the Cultural Arts Center

…while Ellen O’Shaunghnessy of the Cultural Arts Center gave a very sweet introduction.  The three artists who gave a presentation were photographer Ardine Nelson, digital sculptor Josh Sutton and myself.

Ardine Nelson

Photographer Ardine Nelson

Ardine went first, launching into an illuminating tour of her evocative photos taken in an empty City Center Mall, ceilings in various states of decay, and the beautiful community gardens of Dresden, Germany.  I came away with a deeper insight into her visual goals and a great respect for her ability to achieve them.


Conversations and Coffee attendees

Next up was yours truly.

three works

“Red Bird,” “Good Dog” and “Mother”

Chuck had asked us to bring three pieces showing a range of styles and I tried to comply.  As usual I was nervous, but even if all I accomplished was proving that I can do more than one thing, the afternoon was a success.


Josh Sutton’s Digital Sculpting Demonstration With Help From Chuck Bluestone

It was doubly good to meet Josh Sutton and get a peek into the world of digital sculpting and 3-D printing.  Josh virtually sculpts forms for the toy industry and brought along some of his production successes with him.  He also gave me a heads-up regarding something called cell vinyl paint.  I’m always on the lookout for possible new media so thanks Josh!


Friend and Photographer Bob Studzinsky in his Normal Pose

Photographer and friend Bob Studzinsky showed up with his camera, which was lucky since I needed a ride home.   Sometimes things really do just fall into place.


Ardine Nelson With Her Photos

The Art 360 jugguernaught continues to move forward in ways no one could have predicted a year ago.  Chuck even brought along lunch for all the attendees.

Being an artist means constantly meeting new people and having adventures you never thought you’d have.


How to Turn a Collar


Sewing Corner

Life is full of gardening, art events and music rehearsals.  Sometimes when life seems over-full, I calm myself with various old fashioned, frugal-housewife tasks.  This little sewing center tucked away in an attic dormer has often played the part of anti-anxiety medication.  Concentration is a healer.

One thing I’ve been doing lately is turning the collars on worn out shirts.  We wear out the clothes we like the best and turning a collar lets us keep our favorites a bit longer.   It’s a task which was done quite a lot in the past.   Here is how it’s done.


Ragged Collar on Man’s Shirt

First, pick the job out of the basket where it’s been lying around for the past year.


Shirt With Collar Removed

Carefully remove the collar using the usual tools of the trade, a seam-ripper and a pair of sharp scissors.  Removal is the most time-consuming, odious part of the operation and also the best medicine for an anxious, impatient mind.


Pinned Collar

Next, pin the collar.  Sometimes you can sew the pieces together in one operation, but this time I had to sew the inside and outside separately because the fabric was so thick.  Those with a sharp eye will realize I should have pinned the other side first, but I was too lazy to take another picture.


Thread Drawer

If you’re lucky, the thread in the machine will already match the shirt……


Winding the Bobbin

…but mostly you’ll have to load up a bobbin and start from scratch.


Sewing the Underside

Attach the underside of the collar to the shirt, then turn and top-stitch the side which will show on the inside of the neck.


Finished Collar

Here’s the finished product:  a well-worn favorite shirt good for a few more years.

Concentrating on small things turns down the mental volume.  Even an old shirt can be a teacher.