Saturday, May 28, 2016


Plans for the July landscape exhibition are in full swing.  Above is the postcard that will be sent to collectors, gallery members, fellow artists and others.  It shows from left to right glasswork by Simona Rosasco, my hooked work, painting by Kat Turczyn and pottery by Teresa Pietsch.  A huge thank you to Simona for designing the postcard.  We are looking forward to a great reception on July 22 at TRAC Gallery in Spruce Pine, NC.  The show will run from July 16 - August 13.

The last two weeks have consisted of a trip home, purchasing a new computer (my old one has lost its wifi use and a few keys no longer work), purchasing new programs and adding patches to others as many of my programs do not function with Windows 10, cleaning out the studio to prepare for the studio tour this coming weekend, and framing and preparing work for both the exhibit and studio tour.

The studio in work mode

Works mounted and ready for framing

The works above were based on tabletop pieces I made a few years back.  At one of the studio tours a client said she thought they would look great framed.  I found my drawings of the original tabletop works and used them to recreate the works.

I purchased the book "Walking on Art" and am enjoying the author's thoughts on creating designs.  She writes about inspiration, color, shaped work, carving to define specific areas, pile heights, combining various threads to create color and many other topics.  

We all face busy times.  Challenges can occur when least expected or wanted.  Next week I will continue the learning curve with the new computer and programs.  For now I am using two computers and an ipad to work things out.  I have had to ask for help many times this past week as technology is not my forte.  Accept challenges, ask for help when needed, enjoy the down times and have a great day.

Saturday, May 14, 2016


The theme of roads is leading me in a myriad of directions.  Our area is full of roadwork right now and traffic cones are everywhere.  I developed the designs below to experiment with various shapes.  They will also allow me to work on background ideas and color combinations while staying within the geometric abstract style.

Design 1-- Lori LaBerge  2016

 Design 2--Lori LaBerge  2016

The above focus on singular cones, below I delved into adding another, leading to a playful interactive effect.

 Design 3--Lori LaBerge  2016
 Design 4--Lori LaBerge  2016

Here is a tall thin cone.  In the next designs on cones maybe I could work further with size.

How far can you go with a theme?  How many variations can you create?  Does a theme lead you to other places?  What would you like to experiment on with your theme?  Color? Shape? Size? Materials?  Find a theme that interests you, test out these questions through sketches and have a great day.

Saturday, May 7, 2016


Almost completed.  “Side Streets”, 20” X 20”, Lori LaBerge  2016

It has been busy in the studio this week.  I have to stitch the metal washers to “Side Streets, mount the piece and then work on framing.  The original plan was to fill the background with dark grays, but I found the light gray added a nice contrast to the darks without detracting from the orange and yellow.  The diagonal shapes are reminiscent of a crosswalk pattern.

Pieces for landscape show lined up in the studio

Frames for the landscape show pieces arrived early in the week.  I have now completed 10 framed works and two sculptural pieces for the show.  There are two more sculptures to work on. 

The hooked portion of as yet untitled sculpture. 

Upholstery fabric was used for hooking.  The ends were left showing on the topside rather than clipped.   The sculptural section will sit on top of the hooked work.  Open areas were hooked around to leave room for screws to hold the sculpture upright.

Colors chosen for sculptural work.

I want to create a piece depicting water so various shades and textures of blue will be stitched into dark gray industrial felt.  It should be completed in the next couple of weeks.

My daughter will be visiting this coming week and will be helping me prepare for the Toe River Studio Tour.   There will be quite a bit of cleaning due to happen in the work section of the studio.  We’ll also focus on hanging work in the gallery section.  I feel lucky that my family has always supported my art.

Thank those that support you in your art, hobby, career, etc.  and have a great day.

Sunday, May 1, 2016


I returned last night from our trip to Vermont.  On our day out to see art we had a chance to visit the Burlington City Arts Center.  On display was wood and metal art. Enjoy!

Cal Lane works in metal.  Those of us who love textiles can revel in the lace creations she creates from using a torch on items such as old barrels, wheelbarrows, shovels and other industrial items.  The combination of strength and fragility attracted me to her works.

Work by Cal Lane

Close-up, Cal Lane

 Artist, Cal Lane
Artist, Cal Lane
Flour was poured through metal carving creating a oriental rug effect.

Clark Derbes creates art using a chain saw.  While I had seen chain saw art, I had never seen contemporary artworks created this way.  The geometric sculptures left my husband contemplating the "how was it done" and me delighting in the colors, shapes and patterns. 
Chain saw art by Clark Derbes
 Artist, Clark Derbes
 Artist, Clark Derbes
 Artist, Clark Derbes
Artist, Clark Derbes

These artists have elevated their work to another level.  Metal becomes lace through welding, an old tree stump becomes a sculpture through use of a chain saw.  Think about how various materials can be manipulated with various tools and have a great day.