* * * PUBLISHED * * * Artist feature in Stitchillo, a brand new book in a series called 'Encyclopedia of Inspiration' from UPPERCASE (click to link)
* * * EXHIBITION * * * Homeland: A Collection of Prairie Threadpaintings by Monika Kinner-Whalen. Kathy Theissen Gallery in Rosthern SK. July & August 2017 Reception 10 am to noon on Saturday, July 15, 2017 Station Arts
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Sept 2 & 3 Vendor - Proutopia
Sept 9 &10 Teaching - Sketch to Stitch / Runs with Scissors Studio
Sept 15 & 16 Vendor - Manitoba Fibre Festival, Red River Exhibition Park

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Friday, 14 September 2012

Frames, Photos, Threadpaintings (oh my!)

I have lots of news today!  I had a meeting with a local framing store to entertain the idea of passing that job on to someone who knows how to do it and has all the right supplies.  No more coupon trips to Michael's.  No more wiring frames.  No more 'making the art to fit the pre-cut mats'  !!!  Ooh I can't wait!  I'm hoping that I will have my December show all framed professionally by them.  If I'm a regular customer, I can likely get a good price.  Plus, I plan to still mount my own work which cuts down cost.  Sigh.  Oh it feels FANTASTIC to move forward this way.  It won't affect the current prices of my work.  I raised them back in the spring and I feel they are good where they are at. 

I have more good news!  One of my photos was selected for a provincial themed calendar.  I just got the email from SGI to announce that they are sending me a $500 honorarium for that.  WOW.  At the top of my lungs I hollered, "WOOHOO!" for a half hour and did (mental) back flips around my living room until I could calm down enough to phone my mom.  She gets that calendar every year and always encourages me to enter.  This is so awesome!  I haven't been this pumped up for a long time.  This prize will pay for a lot of framing too.  It just couldn't be better timing.  BIG SMILES all around. 

Good news comes in threes, right?  Well, here's my last bit.  I 'Finished it Friday'!  Apparently it's B's birthday soon and she sounds pretty darn excited about this commission.  ; )

"Prairie Summer" 2012  (sold)

Prairie Summer, 2012   4x6" Double matted & framed

Thank you once more to MeinkeToy for the $25 gift certificate and also for the goodies you sent my way.  And now, the winner is...  KIT LANG! : )  Congrats!  She was picked randomly by my six year old.  I'll pass Kit's email on to MeinkeToy and they will get in touch with you.  : )

Have a great fall weekend everyone!


Kit Lang said...

Love your beautiful piece. :)

Woohoo!!! I'm a winner-winner chicken dinner! Can't wait to get my prize. Thanks for the shot at it Monika!

Vicki W said...

Prairie Summer is fabulous and congratulations on the calendar!

sherry said...

congrats to kit...she will put that to good use...will you look at all those little french knots..usually two are enuf for me before i start to scream...congrats to monika on the calendar...way to go girl u are a true artista

Michelle V. Alkerton said...

Yippee!! Congrats to you Monika and your finished piece is exquisite.
Stay inspired!

Congrats to Kit on the win as well. I know she'll make something beautiful too!

Anonymous said...

Congratulations on the calendar pic.
Things just keep getting better and better!
Hurray for you!

B J Elder said...

So many wonderful things to celebrate. Congratulations on the calendar - well deserved!

JennyPennyPoppy said...

That's super news!! Congratulations! Hope the framing meeting goes well and Prairie Summer looks fantastic. Wishing you a great fall weekend as well.

Анна said...

Очень здорово! Восхищаюсь вашими работами.

Sheila said...

Congratulations Monika , such wonderful news all around but especially about the calendar , way to go !! Love the newest piece , just beautiful as usual :-)

Becky said...

Congrats! Beautiful finish, and congrats to Kit!!

Poppyprint said...

Congratulations!!! That is a very generous payment that you totally deserve and kudos to SGI (whoever that is) for paying artists fairly for their hard work. I'm thrilled to have a tiny piece of your talent hanging on my walls! Summer Prairie is just beautiful.

Patti said...

Congratulations Monika! I'll have to look out for the calendar. Prairie Summer and Summer Prairie are both amazing!
Patti (the other one ;-).)

Mary Ann said...


Wow...I really love this piece. I feel like I'm there.

PrairiePeasant said...

Awesome news all around! The finished piece is gorgeous!

sewnut said...

That is wonderful news. You will have to let us know where the calendar is available!! You have beautiful work.

Pieces of Sunshine said...

That's a lot of great news for one day! Congrats on your photo being chosen. I love your "Prairie Summer", it has several layers of interest - beautiful.

Margaret said...

Congratulations, Monika -- you are on a roll -- again! :-) Met a lover of prairie 'scapes here yesterday (Creative Stitches Show, Edmonton) and gave her your name to find you online. She'll love ya!

Betty Manousos said...

yaay! monika, congrats!! that indeed is great news! and your piece is super awesome too! i LOVE it!:)

i also love your blog, i am now GFC following you.

happy to see we share some wonderful people-friends-followers there.

have a lovely weekend!

greelyrita said...

That is a lovely piece, for sure!! It's got a lot of depth. I love the blue/green in the hills. I sure wish I could see it better.

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