Grand Muse


If you happen to be in Flagstaff, Arizona, now until February 20, drop into the Museum of Northern Arizona and see the Grand Muse exhibit of art inspired by the Grand Canyon. The exhibit includes works by nineteenth through twenty-first century artists depicting Grand Canyon, including works by former artists-in-residence at the Canyon. That would be me!


On display are historical works from the museum collection such as Grand Canyon by Gunnar Widforss. 


And works by well-known contemporary Grand Canyon artists such as Serena Suplee.


Alan Peterson, curator for the exhibit, was kind enough to send me the catalog images because I wasn’t able to attend the opening reception. There are photographs, paintings in oil and watercolor and 3 D works, but my quilt is the only fiber art. 


It sounds cliche, but my experience as an Artist-in-Residence at the North Rim of the Grand Canyon was truly an adventure of a lifetime. This is one of my favorite photos from my time at the canyon. Gary and I would walk just a few steps from our little cabin and enjoy our morning coffees. The view was unbeatable. 


This is the statement that accompanies my quilt, North Rim Ravens.  

I was honored to be an Artist-in-Residence at the North Rim Grand Canyon. The opportunity allowed me to experience a unique, natural environment, completely different from anywhere I have ever been. The land and sky, colors and textures, so opposite from green and verdant Pennsylvania inspired creativity. I hiked many trails, including crossing the canyon, North to South Rim, immersing myself in the landscape. I spent a night under a full moon, and felt the spirit of the canyon, listening to raven’s calls. My work has been enhanced in subtle layers, with ravens often reappearing in imagery, reminding me of the incredible adventure. 

It is wonderful and humbling to have my work included in a fine art museum exhibit. I hope viewers enjoy my quilt. 


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Comments

  1. Ahh that view!!!!! Your quilt is pretty amazing too (-:

  2. Andra H Rudershausen says:

    This is just so cool you got to experience this!! My memories of the canyon are SO VIVID. It was one of the
    grand adventures of my life as well. Proud to have hiked it…. Honored to have experienced it. Your quilt is
    wonderful. Andra

  3. Dee Van Ingen says:

    You created a wonderful “view” of the Grand Canyon with your God-given talent!! THANK YOU for sharing your beauty at this wonderful exhibit.