We are Home. A year long project that I conceived during the time of Quarantine. This monumental project is in affiliation with South Los Angeles Contemporary Gallery, a non-profit organization located in Crenshaw, Los Angeles. Community members were asked to create a 12 x12 inch square with the theme of Home. this collective effort brought in more than 130 pieces that I personally sewed trims and backings on. With the help of Linda Jo Russell, we delivered and hung the work in Lancaster Museum of Art and History where it will be on display until September. At the end of the year, we will auction each piece and the profits will be going to the Unhoused.
I appreciate everyone who donated a quilt block to this project.
A catalog can be purchased on Amazon. If you are interested in participating in the auction in December contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Gallery Western 210 N. Western Ave. #201, LA, CA 90004
Ann Phong, Beanie Kaman, Ben Zask, Charity Malin, Da Aie Park, David Eddington, Luigia Marelloni, Michael Freitas Wood, Peggy Sivert, Shelley Heffler, Won Sil Kim
Shelley Heffler is please to present a new series "Shape Shifters"
Where: Anne Bedrick Fine Art
68895 Perez Road
Building I, Unit 6
Cathedral City, CA 92234
When: February 3-27 Opening February 5th 5-8pm
Created from repurposed billboard vinyl banners. Shapes and material articulate the shifting world of continuous change. The woven layers of color and words build a visual abstraction, fragmented and compressed to appear like handcrafted digital glitches. Through the action of cutting, weaving, and shaping, I restructure and form the material as a means to express and understanding of the transformative world around me.
Hours: Wednesday-Saturday 11-3
Since we have been in quarantine due to the pandemic of Covid 19, all the teaching to the GettLove community has stopped. I thought of a way to get them working on an individual art project that would also be inclusive to a connecting them to their community. My Idea is the quilt. Individual pieces made by the clients then I would sew them together into a large quilt.
The Gettlove Clients are difficult to inspire if you are not there working one on one. Some may do it but it is a crap shoot. I thought the idea should be offered to others in the community and that's when it started to grow and take off.
With the support of #SoLA Gallery, we are spreading the word and getting amazing work from artists all over Los Angeles. We plan to exhibit the work and then have an auction where all the money will go to a homeless organization. I am feeling good about this and find that it is healing too. More to come.
The world shut down in March. Quarantine and shelter in place are the new buzz words. Now we have the murder of George Floyd by a policeman. It comes at a time when we were just beginning to open the stores and restaurants. The peaceful marches collided with looters, who turned the demonstrations into opportunity that made matters worse. This is happening all over the world. Police and Armies have come out to 'control' the peaceful demonstrations by shooting them with rubber bullets and tear gas. I fear the worst has not happened yet. The clown in the white house is laughing at us all, while he surrounds himself with lap dogs and creates a fascist and racist state.
I am sadden to see our country torn apart by a leader who wants to eradicate all who don't agree with him.
My artwork is being affected. How can it not? What I am weaving are the elements of things that once were, banners that are discarded and forgotten. Like all the trash we create, once wanted and now thrown to the side, discarded and forgotten. The United States is falling apart. We have forgotten what we had as humans but 2020 is unveiling is more unsettling truths about our nation. #Black lives Matter and #All lives Matter. Our country has woven together lies that flew above our land. It is now torn down, discarded and we need to make a true just place that is really equal and fair to all. I am hopeful