First KY Surface Design Association Meet & Greet

Hello all,

Thank you for visiting the blog of the Kentucky chapter of the Surface Design Association! We intend to use this as a means to publicize the work of the KY SDA, whether as a group with documentation about our Meet & Greets and exhibitions or focusing on the artistic accomplishments of individual Kentucky SDA members.  While all folks interested in working (or appreciating!) art from fiber/textile materials are invited to our quarterly get-togethers, only SDA members are able to participate in our art opportunities like exhibitions and publicity courtesy of this blog.  So – if you’re not a SDA member, please consider joining by visiting the SDA WEB SITE (click it!).

KY SDA had its first Meet & Greet this past June in Versailles.  The turnout was good for the first time, and people brought their artwork to share which was a great opportunity to see what people are up to!  Also, we had a short program and discussion about how to photograph your work very “quick and dirty”, and that led into the idea that at our next Meet & Greet (scheduled for Saturday, September 25 from 1 – 4 p.m., Versailles), we should have the program on different methods/means of display textile/fiber art (including 2D & 3D work) in different contexts – exhibitions, craft shows, etc.

Here are some photos of the afternoon:

Appreciating Laverne Zabielski's work with Arturo Sandoval and Deb Levine

Marti Plager discussing Laverne's work

Mary Nehring showing work she made in an encaustic/fiber workshop @ SDA conference

We’re very much looking forward to seeing more fiber folks at the next Meet & Greet – remember – Saturday, September 25th from 1 – 4 p.m. in Versailles.  For more information, please e-mail – we’d love to have you!

Upcoming posts will include information about individual artists (including studio tours!) and what will hopefully be the first KY SDA exhibition at the Claypool-Young Art Gallery at Morehead State University in the summer of 2011, with associated mini-conference the first Saturday of June.  Stay posted!

Your SDA area co-rep, blog editor, and artist in arms,

Jennifer (the one on the left!),

Jennifer Reis (L) & Mary Nehring (R), photo credit Dan Nehring

About Jennifer Reis

Jennifer A. Reis is a creative entrepreneur, artist, educator and gallery director with 25 years experience in arts business and administration. Her earned degrees include a BFA from Columbus College of Art and Design, and Master Degrees in arts management and education from Syracuse University and Morehead State University. In her previous work as a higher education educator and administrator, she developed academic programs in Arts Administration, Arts Entrepreneurship, and Design Thinking. Her curatorial work includes over 100 exhibitions of contemporary art and craft. She is a consultant for community and economic development, trade, and cultural and educational organizations, she designs, manages, and delivers creative entrepreneurship curriculum through her company Make Do. As a teaching artist, she exhibits and hosts workshops nationally at schools such as Arrowmont School of Arts & Crafts, Society for Contemporary Craft and John C. Campbell Folk School. When not making or teaching, she is most likely spoiling her three dogs rotten.
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