Collect Art Gallery Soft Opening: I’m in It!

On Saturday, May 19, 2012 I’ll be able to cross off one of my
life bucket list items: Be in an art show.

Facebook friend Cindy Karnitz dreamed up the idea to have an art gallery where people show off their collections. She calls it Collect Art Gallery. The collections will have different themes, and the first show will be a soft opening, thereby featuring collections of “soft” items.

I will be showing ten pieces of my hand embroidery that have a theme of old school tattoo flash. It was so much fun (and a little bit stressful!) to pick the patterns and stitch these items. It was a challenge to also come up with different ways of displaying the final pieces without reverting to always putting them in a hoop.

All of the items will be for sale during the show, and the hardest part for me was coming up with prices. Whenever I stitch things, it’s for a gift, and I give it away. But I put a considerable amount of time into each item (between 2-4 hours), so that should account for something, right? So Todd and I did our best to guess. If no one buys anything, that’s okay – I love all the pieces, and I wouldn’t mind displaying them in our home!
Or, they’ll end up as gifts later on.

Here’s a sneak peek of what I’ll have on display:
(Click on any picture to see it bigger or like it)

Sailor’s Weakness










RAWR!: Glow in the dark floss and paint











Loyalty Above All








Good Luck








Truth is in the Heart: Stitched on a Dickie’s size large work shirt








GRRR!: Glow in the dark floss, quilted











Bluebird of Happiness










Island Dream: Stitched on a kitchen towel











Sailor’s Dream: Stitched on a kitchen towel











De-Evolution: Stitched on a kitchen towel

This collection will be up from May 19th – June 30th.

Gallery hours are:
Tuesdays – Fridays: 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Saturdays: 2:00 pm – 10:00 pm

402 East State Street, #3
Rockford, IL

Other artists in this Soft Opening are:
Jesus Correa and Jolene Chinn

A special thank you to my husband, Todd, for your love,
support, and assistance.

Another shout out goes to Jenny Hart, embroiderer extraordinaire, and owner of Sublime Stitching for providing the inspiration to stitch to people like me.

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