Women's Words, Women's Works Exhibit 2007

                Monroe Arts Center, Monroe, Wisconsin

Using favorite quotations by women, 30 women fiber artists

          created a series of thought-provoking art pieces.

Linda Pustz. Three Sisters -
Corn, Beans, and Squash.

"Over the years of working with the Three Sisters, it has become clear to me that our lives and the lives of plants are intertwined. There is really no way that plants and people can get away from one another."

                                Jane Mt. Pleasant, PhD.

Marty Pipp Petillo. Still Crazy.

“The true economy of housekeeping is simply the art of gathering up all the fragments, so that nothing be lost. I mean the fragments of time, as well as materials. Nothing should be thrown away so long as it is possible to make any use of it, however trifling that use may be....”

          Lydia Marie Child, The American Frugal Housewife, 1832

Deb Menz. Taken out of Context,
I Must Seem So Strange.

“...Taken out of context, I must seem so strange..." 
                   Ani DiFranco, singer

Mary Jo Scandin. One Among Many.


"We are all on a journey together…
To the center of the universe…
Look deep
Into yourself, into another.
It is to a center which is everywhere
That is the holy journey…
First you need only look:
Notice and honor the radiance of
Everything about you…
Play in this universe. Tend
All these shining things around you:
The smallest plant, the creatures and
Objects in your care.
Be gentle and nurture. Listen…
As we experience and accept
All that we really are…
We grow in care.
We begin to embrace others
As ourselves, and learn to live
As one among many…

                              Anne Hillman

Lois Jarvis. Broken Language.

"Sandra had found that she was losing interest in words. She could barely articulate to herself the sense of widening gap, a crevasse between what she wanted to say and what she could express, the yearning for which she had no language...the fact was that words had their limitation. There were some things in life, feelings, experiences, for which there were no names. There were no words for the joy she had shared with Jack, and no words for losing him. “

              Knitting, a novel by Anne Bartlett

Norma DeHaven.  Ma's Code.

"If you accept what is, you will never attain what could be." 

              Lolita Parker Creech,

              mother of Norma DeHaven

Barb Lulack. She Did It Backwards.

"Remember, Ginger Rogers did everything Fred Astaire did, but she did it backwards and in high heels."

                             Faith Whittlesey

Sue Gilgen. Defining Light.

“As it Heralds a new day, 
The Defining Light
Enlivens us with Hope
Illuminates our Understanding
And Elevates our Spirit with Love.”

                            Sue Gilgen

Linda Olson. Possibility of
Peace.

"I dwell in Possibility..."

                  Emily Dickinson

Judy Callen. Arise.

"Arise, then, women of this day! Arise, all women who have hearts! ... Let us solemnly take counsel with each other as to the means whereby the great human family can live in peace."
                                              Julia Ward Howe
                   Mother's Day proclamation, 1870

Dvorah Kaufman. That
Was My Favorite Year.

“That was my Favorite Year”

                  Dixie Chicks song

Lee Ann Kleeman. Gifts from the Sea.

"Patience, patience, patience is what the sea teaches. Patience and faith.  One should lie empty, open, choiceless as a beach.....waiting for a gift from the sea."

                                     Anne Morrow Lindbergh

Pat Kroth. Hatching Too.

"If you obey all the rules, you miss all the fun."

                                        Katharine Hepburn

Karen Saunders. Free Form.

“Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.”

                                                 Anais Nin

Geke de Vries. Jewels and Ribbons.

"Great art belongs to all people, all the time - indeed it is made for the people by the people. ..... We need art to live fully and to grow healthy. Without it we are dry husks drifting aimlessly on every ill wind, our futures are without promise and our present without grace.”

                                              Maya Angelou

Jan Mohs. Grasses.

“The song of a bird...the patter of rain...the whisper of a breeze-don’t you love the symphony of simple things? Each day lies ahead like a meadow of wild flowers dancing with beautiful moments.”

                                            Marjolein Bastin

Jana Mirs. Spirit Keepers.

"People cling to their possessions

in an attempt to preserve

their identity."

                                   Betsy Tuttle

Deb Lueders. Like Mother, Like Daughter.

"The things you do with your children, you never forget."

                 Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis

Dawn Ingham. If Only They'd Listened.

"Don't do that; they'll stay that way."

                        Mothers Everywhere

Laurie Everitt. Folio.

"Put your energy into moving forward."

                                       Lisa D. Weaver

Amy Climer. Boldness.

"Why should we all use our creative power? Because there is nothing that makes people so generous, joyful, lively, bold, and compassionate, so indifferent to fighting and the accumulation of objects and money."

                                            Brenda Ueland

Lisa Binkley. Floating and Grounded.

“Floating and grounded,
I breathe in tranquility
at home by the sea.”
                 Haiku by Lisa Binkley

Wendy Butler Berns. Hello Mr. Cardinal--Hope Comes with Spring.

“Hope is the thing with feathers
That perches in the soul
And sings the tune without the words 
And never stops at all.”

                               Emily Dickinson

Aimee Reid-Rice. 
Happiness.

“Happiness is a sunbeam which may pass through a thousand bosoms without losing a particle of its original ray; nay, when it strikes on a kindred heart, like the converged light on a mirror, it reflects itself with redoubled brightness. It is not perfected till it is shared. “

                                            Jane Porter

Candy Flynn
Landslide.

“I took my love and I took it down
I Climbed a mountain and turned around
and I saw my reflection in the snow-covered hills
'til the landslide brought it down
oh, mirror in the sky -What is love?
can the child within my heart rise above?
can I sail through the changin'...ocean tides
can I handle the seasons of my life?
I don't know.....I don't know
well I've been afraid of changin'
because I've built my life around you
but time makes you bolder, even children get older
and I'm getting older too....
so, take my love...take it down
climb a mountain and turn around
and if you see my reflection in the snow-covered hills...
well the landslide will bring it down
the landslide will bring it down”

                                             Stevie Nicks, 1974

Alexandra Wright.
Emma Dances.

“At the dances I was one of the most untiring and gayest. One evening a cousin of Sasha, a young boy, took me aside. With a grave face, as if he were about to announce the death of a dear comrade, he whispered to me that it did not behoove an agitator to dance. My frivolity would only hurt the Cause. I grew furious at the impudent interference of the boy. I told him to mind his own business, I was tired of having the Cause constantly thrown into my face. I did not believe that a Cause which stood for a beautiful ideal, for anarchism, for release and freedom from conventions and prejudice, should demand the denial of life and joy. If it meant that, I did not want it.”

                      Emma Goldman, Living My Life

2020 by Laura Gottlieb for Madison Contemporary Fiber Artists. All art work copyrighted by their artists.

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