Friday, April 29, 2011

"All in the Family" Opening Reception Tonight!

In a few hours, I'll be heading off to the opening reception of POAC's "All in the Family" exhibit. See details in this post. Already I have gotten such positive responses to the coupling of my quilt and my brother's plant stand - I am so glad I decided to be a part of this. Cathie noted that she wished she could see the details on the plant stand better so here are a couple of shots that should help. Click on either for a larger view.

I couldn't find the e-mail that gave me the particulars on this when writing the previous post, but today I spotted it. There are 49 individually milled pieces and my brother noted that after making the first two as gifts, he swore he'd never make another one. All those individual pieces that must fit perfectly, all needing their finish applied separately before assembly, well, for the quilters among you, think a many-pointed spiky mariner compass, blocks with many Y seams, Baltimore Album blocks appliqued by hand...worth doing at least once, but is the fussiness worth repeats?

Apparently so. After seeing his first one, I knew I wanted one too, as a lot of my furniture is in this same mission or arts & crafts style. It took a lot of years to get one out of him, and he thinks he has completed 7 or 8 of them now, each slightly different. He and I agree on at least one thing about our art - we are not interested in production of multiple identical copies of a design. So will there be more? The artist speaks: "...in the absence of someone to shoot the artist when the masterpiece is complete, I'm thinking about the next in the series with some Art Deco influence. My god, will someone just shoot me..."

Oh, man, I've been there! Well, I don't think anyone's shooting him soon, so if you are interested in a stand like this, he says,
"I only do one-of-a-kind pieces but I'd be glad to talk about a commission to do a similar piece." Contact Max Mahanke - he's in the Raleigh, NC area. Oh, and if anyone decides to steal his design and make multiple knock-offs, he'll be coming after you!

2 comments:

Connie Rose said...

Hope it's a good show, Sheila. I told my friend in Sandpoint, Abby Chavez, to make sure to see it!

Sherrie Spangler said...

Wow, you have one talented brother! I hope you have a great opening.