Welcome to Greta Hildebrand’s Fine Art Studio. My website documents my ongoing creative journey. This is a daily ritual for me whether it’s exploring my own home and garden environment or the landscape of the Niagara Peninsula.
This summer has been hot, in more ways than one, and it has given me creative inspiration and time in the retreat of my cool basement studio. This has all lead to some fruitful outcomes.
I completed last fall’s photographic work depicting Pee Gee hydrangeas. This image was part of my test series, some of which were rather dark. I decided to cut and rearrange the photograph and applique to a white background – originally the idea was to use that as a backing which would be cut around the flower heads. I preferred it with the white and decided to emulate the flower formations with lines, then stitched words which comprise research into the various species of hydrangeas. They disclose not only the origin of the various species, but their botanical information and medicinal properties. I intend to work further into a series of hydrangea quilts.
The good news is, I entered this quilt into Fibre Content, 2018, and it was selected to be included in the exhibition comprising 90 quilts from across Ontario. The Art Gallery of Burlington hosted this show of creative work between September 6 and 16. The piece has now been included in the travelling exhibition that will visit 7 galleries over the next 2 years.
Visit http://fibrations.org/index.php for images of the 40 quilts and their destinations.
I worked on a series of summer silk fibre paintings with this result:
My Spring Niagara silk fibre works were inspired by changes in the rural landscape every day. Here are a handful of my favourites which you can find in the RiverBrink Art Museum gift shop in Queenston, NOTL.
Five quilts have now been completed for the 20-quilt project mentioned below. I am planning a portrait workshop at RiverBrink Art Museum for July 7. See details on the education link or go directly to www.riverbrinkartmuseum.org where registrations have begun.
20-quilt project explained: In the Fall of 2016 I ventured out to capture some views of the Niagara Peninsula. As with most process oriented work, the exciting part is not knowing what will develop. I am using a printing company who can transfer my photographs onto cloth of an almost unlimited size. I challenge the notion that Canada is “winter” and even that part has its richness. I walk now with my camera and look for the unexpected! I invite you to open my blog and take a peek. Keep scrolling back to see documentation of my previous projects.
Archived from 2018 and before:
Winter Gymnasium #2 gained an Honourable Mention at the Miniature Quilt exhibition, Homer Watson House and Gallery, spring 2018. This is an annual event.
Mewinzha (a long time ago): Winds of Change has now been dismantled from the Bruce County Museum and Cultural Centre.
The exhibition titled As the Crow Flies commemorated Canada’s 150th anniversary. My blog postings unravel the process behind this work.
This 12 x 12 inch quilt donated to the annual SAQA fundraising campaign, denotes the start of a new series of large works. This sculpted piece is derived from a series of photographs taken at nearby Decew Falls last fall. See oaks above.
Late last year I submitted a small (7″ x 10″) quilted work to the international SAQA (Studio Art Quilt Association). It began its public début on April 17, 2017 in Lincoln, Nebraska. The work was born of a sampler which was created to explore the subject and technique for the Mewinzha piece above. Titled Heart of Niagara, Ontario, it depicts random stones from the historic section of the Fonthill Cemetery in my hometown of Pelham.
Here is a link to that event https://www.saqa.com/memberArt.php? cat=8&ec=3&ex=80 and below information from the website:
Other paintings displayed in my portfolio are available. My prices are reasonable: larger canvases, 30″x 30″, sell for $350, rectangular pieces are $250 ($450 for a pair) and the smaller 20″x 20″, usually sold as a series, are $500 for a grouping of 3 which can be hung horizontally or vertically to suit your space or vision.
Watercolours from the Historic Barns and Homes of Fenwick series that were not sold during my exhibition of 2015, are available at 20% off the original price of $150. See my Exhibitions for images.