A L I C E B E A S L E Y
I've been making fabric portraits in the San Francisco Bay Area since 1988. From the beginning, my goal has been to use fabric as a medium of expression. I incorporate the same light, shadow and realistic perspective used by artists in other mediums, but without the use of paint, dyes or surface treatments. Instead I use the ordinary quilter's tools of commercial fabric and thread to make portraits and vibrant still life compositions. Rather than relying upon templates or photo projections, I prefer to work directly, building a composition in the same manner as a painter working on a canvas. All pieces are cut free-hand from fabric with scissors or rotary cutter, fused and machine appliqued.
J A N E TB A R N E S
Janet L. Barnes is an artist living in Fairfield, California. She creates a majority of her artworks at the Lawler Gallery / Studio that is located in Suisun City, California. Barnes has always titled herself as a self-taught artist. The use of various colors has been with her since her early childhood. Barnes is influenced by the passion of her grammar and high school art instructors who shaped her love for art in the largest form, murals. The concept of designing on a much larger scale gave her the talent of being able to design completely without question. The first draft is the only draft, and the first draft is just how she envisioned it.
G E O R G I A N N AK R I E G E R
While studying sculpture at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, Georgianna also earned a Bachelors Degree in Jazz and Commercial Music. If you asked her, Georgianna would tell you she sees a direct correlation between gestural drawing, her sculpture and jazz improvisation. “The media are quite different” she says, but the conceptual goal: “to explore a fleeting moment”, is the same. Today, Gergianna plays with the Resonance Jazz Ensemble (an octet featuring strings) and Zazen (a jazz quartet). She also gives individual saxophone lessons, in her Oakland, California studio, to students age nine and up.