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New quilt– Artemis!

August 31st, 2016

I am happy to report that the last few years have been wonderfully busy ones for me and my family. I have been very productive creatively, spending lots of time in my art studio working on art quilts, murals, a painted car— just about everything except updating my website. I’ll admit, self-promotion is the only thing I enjoy less than trying to understand how to do things on my computer, so that website update has been pushed back over and over, in favor of more fun things. But now I have new work to show off, so it’s time to get caught up.

About a year and a half ago, I accidentally destroyed one of my quilts when it was just a few hours from completion. It was a piece I had been working on for almost a year, and I’ll acknowledge that I was quite devastated by its loss. It had felt like forever since I had finished an art quilt, and I was crushed to have gotten so close to completing another, only to have it ruined in a matter of seconds. But after the shock wore off, and the sadness set in, it became clear to me that the only way to get over the loss of that quilt was to begin working right away on another— one I had been looking forward to making for years. So I pulled out some photos I had taken a few years earlier, and started working on my portrait of Artemis, the Greek goddess of the hunt.

Now that was a project. “Artemis” is easily the most complex piece I’ve ever done; it took nearly 16 months to complete. Now, I am thrilled to be able to show everyone what I have been working on. I love this piece, and look forward to exhibiting it and sharing it with the world outside my art studio. Please visit the gallery to see my latest creation!

Sleeping Muse

Oct 28, 2013
Hello again! I wanted to let everyone know that I’ll have two pieces of my work in Houston this weekend for the International Quilt Festival. They will be a part of an exhibit called “People and Portraits”, which will feature several pieces from the book of the same name, published last spring. I’ve also just finished a new piece, entitled “Sleeping Muse”, which was inspired by the paintings of Andrew Wyeth. I haven’t got pictures of it up on my site just yet, but will soon. It’s already headed off for an exhibit if Yokohama, Japan in November, so I barely got to spend any time with it before I sent it off!

A great year so far

Mar 21, 2013
Happy Spring! I must say, I am having a great year so far, and I hope the same is true for you. 2013 started off with that exhibit at Maude Kerns, and a packed opening reception, a glowing review, and a well-attended artists’ talk. Shortly after that, I received an invitation to be part of a 3-year traveling exhibit of art quilts, that will be touring around the country, starting next fall. Then Lark Books AQP:P+P coverreleased “Art Quilt Portfolio: People and Portraits” by Martha Sielman, a beautiful book of some truly stunning art quilts, which includes an artist profile about my work. I can’t begin to express what an honor it is to be a part of this book, and to have my work in there alongside many of my heroes. So far, this year is shaping up to be terrific!

Please have a look around my website, as you will find that I have changed a few things. I have added a link to this newest book to the In the Media page, as well as a section for radio, since I was both interviewed on and reviewed on public radio earlier this year. I’ve added my most recent piece “Miranda on Blue” to my website gallery, upgraded to better photographs for a couple pieces, and added some more information to the section about Demeter. I have also changed the prices of many of my older pieces, some of them substantially, to reflect the harsh realities of the current art market and hopefully spur some sales, as I have basically maxed out all of our storage space and wall space with my art. So take your time and see what’s new here, and don’t forget to leave a comment in the guestbook if you’d like to share your thoughts. Thank you for visiting!

Fantastic publicity

Jan 10, 2013
I am happy to report that we have been receiving fantastic publicity around town for our group show “Curious Temptations” at Maude Kerns Art Center! Even though it hasn’t opened yet, we’re being discussed on local television, newspapers, and radio! Click here to listen to a radio interview I did on Tuesday on KLCC, and click here to listen to the art critics from KLCC review the exhibit on Wednesday. They have some very positive things to say about our show, and about my work in particular!

Happy new year

Jan 6, 2013
Happy new year!  2012 was a busy year in my studio and in my family, and when I look back at all the projects I worked on, discoveries I made, and adventures I had, I guess it’s no great surprise that I didn’t get around to updating my website for a whole year. (Whoops. Bad self-promoter.)

One new development in my art is that I have changed the way I am finishing my pieces. For years, I have been layering and stitching fabrics together, and then stretching the whole thing over a padded panel for display. That changed this year, and now my new pieces are finished more like regular quilts– they are layered with quilt batting and a backing fabric, lines of hand-quilting stitches attach all layers and define forms, and instead of being mounted, the edges are bound and the piece hangs from a sleeve on the back. I adopted this new method to address the challenges I was having with surface tension on some of my larger pieces, and discovered that it not only solved the problem, but created a new sharpness to my images and a slight bas-relief effect that I really liked.

Armed with this new discovery, I took apart Demeter and re-created her over the spring and summer as a quilt. It was a frustrating and harrowing ordeal at times, but i learned a tremendous amount about my own work, and ultimately, ended with a piece of art that was much stronger than it had been. When I moved on to my next piece in the fall, I was able to design it with this new approach in mind.

And this newest quilt, just completed and titled “Miranda on Blue”, will be a part of my latest gallery exhibit, opening Friday, January 11th at theMaude Kerns Art Center here in Eugene, Oregon. The show is called “Curious Temptations”, and it features the work of Janet Hiller, Jae McDonald, Sally Zehrung, Sandi McMorris Johnson, and myself, collectively known as Material ARTistry. We are all so excited about this exhibit, and have filled the gallery with our very best work. Get ready to have your sox knocked off! The show will be on the walls at Maude Kerns until February 8th, so be sure to stop in during its run and have a look. And if you can make it, please come to the Opening Reception from 6 to 8pm on Friday, January 11th. I look forward to seeing you there!!

New piece and FB page

Dec 4, 2011
It is with huge relief that I announce the completion of my most recent piece! The portrait is of Demeter, the Goddess of the Harvest from Greek mythology. Based on a model I photographed nearly 3 years ago, I started work in fabrics back in March of this year. It is a far more complex piece than anything I have attempted previously, as you will see. And finally, I am done. Please check out the gallery to see my latest quilt.

I recently created a Facebook page for myself as an artist, under the name “Margot Lovinger, Artist”. Please join me there (“like” me) to keep up with recent news, exhibits, new pieces, and eventually, works-in-progress. And please feel free to share the Facebook page and my webpage with anyone who you think might be interested. Thanks, everyone, for your support.

After summer update

Sep 24, 2011
What a summer it’s been! Oregon is just a beautiful place to be in the summer, with sunny, blue skies and moderate heat, without humidity or mosquitoes. We had a blast– camping and hiking and exploring. Now that autumn is looming, things are settling down a little. Our sweet son Elliot just started pre-school (he loves it!), giving me a few hours each afternoon to work in my studio. At last! I think my work will benefit greatly from this– it will be the most time I’ve had to work on my art since before he was born.
I received some wonderful news a couple days ago that I wanted to share with you all. A new book by Martha Sielman is in the works– she’s the writer/curator of Art Quilts- Masters: Major Works by Leading Artists, Vol. 1 + 2 and the Executive Director of Studio Art Quilt Associates. Her new book will be titled Art Quilt Portfolio: People and Portraits, and I have been selected to be a featured artist in this book! There will be a section that will have an in-depth look at my work, including an interview with me and up to a dozen images of my art! As you can imagine, I am positively thrilled to have been chosen for this. It will be a wonderful opportunity to expose more people to my work, and an honor to be featured among some of the leaders in the world of art quilting. The book is being published by Lark Books, the same group that published the gorgeous book 500 Art Quilts, which I am so proud to have 2 pieces in. It doesn’t come out until Spring of 2013, so I’ve got a while to wait, but you can be sure I’ll remind you about it as the date gets closer!

Fiber artists in Eugene, OR

Apr 12, 2011
The past couple of months have been busy ones for me, both in my studio and out of it. I have been invited to join a small group of wonderfully talented fiber artists here in Eugene called Material ARTistry. It’s great for me to have other artists with whom I can talk about challenges, exhibit work, bounce ideas around, etc. And I am so fortunate that, aside from being incredible artists, they are also turning out to be lovely friends. I feel very lucky to have found them, and look forward to seeing what the five of us can do together!

I think the best way for people to hear about what I do is for their friends to tell them about it. I’m a firm believer that word-of-mouth is the best kind of publicity, because it’s coming from someone you know, and whose opinion you respect. So if you like what you see here, tell someone else about it! Tell a few people! I would be so grateful for your help in spreading the word about what I do. Thank you so much!