* * * 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
* * * MANITOBA * * *
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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Tuesday, 21 May 2013

The One That Got Away

Someone in Winnipeg counted how many pieces of my art there are on the walls of the Prairie Ink Restaurant.  "Twenty-three.  I thought there were supposed to be twenty-four?" she commented.  Yes, one didn't make it all the way to Winnipeg, but for good reason.  It's in Regina right now.  I'll tell you why.

detail of She's Blooming!, 2013

She's Blooming! was my mega-handstitched canola field that I thought I'd take a chance on entering into a provincially juried show.  ('Mega' as amount of time stitching, not size of work.)  Well lo & behold it was accepted!  It feels surreal still at this point, but I know it's a really significant achievement within out Craft Council that I need to make a big announcement about.  So here it is:

You know it's big when THEY use exclamation marks in their formal correspondence.  ; )

She's Blooming!  has been accepted into Dimensions 2013 - a Saskatchewan Craft Council touring exhibition of fine craft.  There were entries in all forms of fine craft (from woodworking to jewelery, sculpture to quilts, etc, etc..).  35 are juried in for this show every two years.  I was lucky enough one of them!  Dimensions is on the road now, touring galleries around the province and beyond.  I feel at a loss for words.  I'm thrilled but extremely taken back by this.  Maybe that's why I didn't make a huge post about it when I found out last month.  I'm such a newbie - and there are loads of people with decades of craft under their belt that my embroidery will be along side of.  My friend Elizabeth Cumming has her Motherwell Barn art quilt accepted into it to (YAY ELIZABETH!!!).  Maybe I'll hide behind her when we go to Regina for the reception & awards night next month.

So this is big news!  Yes - the wine has been cracked open.  From now until the end of August, Dimensions 2013 is on exhibit at the Mackenzie Art Gallery in Regina, Saskatchewan.  Click HERE for gallery info.  I'll keep a running tab at the top of locations as the show changes.

: )
Have a happy day.


Bee said...

Congratulations!! A well deserved honor!

Kitchener Quilter said...

Wow, that is so exciting. I am pleased for you. Would love to see this exhibit if and when it comes to Ont.

Margaret said...


Kit Lang said...

Congratulations Monkia! Well deserved. :)

(and sometimes it's not decades of work [not to disparage those who have it] but talent that will out!)

Michelle V. Alkerton, mixed media artist said...

Super Congratulations my friend!! I'm so proud of you :).
Stay inspired!

Jennifer Scantlebury Vienneau said...

Congratulations! It is wonderful that your beautiful piece will be viewed and appreciated by so many!

CitricSugar said...

That's fantastic! Yay!!

ann said...

Congrats what a great piece of news ....and art. Enjoy the glow ( of the limelight)

Patti said...

Congrats again! Happy dance, happy dance!

Karen said...

Awesome...and it is a very big deal! (Suggest that the show comes east, Monika!!)

B J Elder said...

How exciting! I'm so happy for you and so pleased that your wonderful work will be seen by so many people. Your art deserves the honor it is given and you, as artist! WooHoo!

HollyM said...

That I exciting news! It is only on show in your province?

Ellie said...

Oh congratultions Monika and I must say very well deserved. All of your hard work is paying off - well done :)))

Bernie said...

Congratulations. I hope it comes up to Saskatoon and you let us know when it is. I think Heike also has two felt creations in it along with Elizabeth's quilt. And an fyi - it is Kuming.
Enjoy your success. and try not to be sad that some of it hasn't sold. Many can enjoy looking but not everyone who admires can afford to own pieces.

Dahn said...

Well done and congratulations! That is just a beautiful piece and I am so happy for you that many people will be able to see your work. You go girl! The recognition is well deserved..

Jackie said...

It is so well deserved, and I am so happy for you! Congrats my friend=)

laura lok said...

congrats. but really not surprised your artwork is gorgeous and not somethign just thrown together very thoughtful and meaningful.

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