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Stuff your eyes with wonder... See the world. It's more fantastic than any dream made or paid for in factories.
 -Ray Bradbury

Every artist understands the disappointment of showing your work to a friend or to the public, and not getting the positive reaction you hoped for. It might be a polite "that's nice" or even indifference as the viewer walks right by your work in the gallery.

Let me share a secret with you.

Their reaction is
It really isn't. It isn't even about the quality of the work. It's about them. And that is a good thing.
Let me explain.
Janet Echelman's .8 at the Renwick Gallery in Washington, D.C.
If you've followed me on social media over the past two months you've shared my travels all around the United States. So many experiences. So much to see. 

During our family road trip I was fascinated by the weather. Here in N.C. we don't often get to see the horizon so watching the sky was soooooo enchanting. My companions weren't quite as absorbed by the sky as I was and I quickly learned not to force their attention. I would point out something then let them choose to be interested or not without being disappointed that they didn't geek out about it like I did.

The sky isn't good or bad. It just captures my attention in a way that speaks to where I am in my life right now. They aren't me.

People take different roads seeking fulfillment and happiness. Just because they're not on your road doesn't mean they've gotten lost.
-H. Jackson Brown, Jr.
The same idea holds true for art. What interested me might not interest you. The same work can be experienced by different people in different ways. And that is as it should be.

Every individual needs to be free to come to the work with their own lens of understanding.

If we all liked the same art - we would be robots. It's a GOOD thing that we all like different art. There is room for all kinds of art in this world.
I love to experience a work of art without reading the artist's statement first. I can create my own ideas, experience my own reactions, make my own associations. Sometimes I'm with a companion that enjoys reading the statements first to understand what the artist want's us to see.

These are both valid ways of experiencing art.
Be Generous.
Allow your viewer to experience your work without requiring them to see it exactly as you do.

Be Wise.
Understand that their experience is not yours. Their experience doesn't reflect on your worth as an individual or as an artist. A mature artist works to please their own heart, never trying to embody any voice but their own.

Follow Your Own Voice.
Nobody else sees the world as you do. Your voice is valid and worth hearing. Never stop making your art in exactly the way you need to make it.



Surface Design
The Elements of Art
Principles of Composition
We are going to do it all!
Sun, August 21 to Sat, August 27, 2022
Hudson River Valley Art Workshops
Grab the Last Spot NOW!

Imagine the joy experienced when you experience the transformation from reluctant attendee (my friend made me come!) to tears of joy as you realize that you ARE creative, you CAN create art, you DO have a unique voice and it IS worth sharing.

Lyric encourages deep personal exploration and seeks to help you gain the skills to confidently work within your own unique vision. She can help you learn to speak the visual language as only YOU can.

Calls for Entry

The following calls for entry focus on shows that feature art quilts and textiles. You can find further dates at

Listings include entry deadline, Name of show, URL, exhibit/shipping dates


August 1, 2022
SERENDIPITY(Manitobans, Exhibitors and Members of TFAM)
SAQA Calls for Entry | SAQA - Studio Art Quilt Associates
September 9-10, 2022

August 1, 2022
Purple Reign
Current Challenge Rules and Details | SF Needlework & Design (
Online Exhibition

August 7, 2022
A Quilter's Alphabet
Quilt Art Letters Reader Challenge | Quilting Daily
August 10, 2022 Online

August 12, 2022
Asheville Quilt Show
Asheville Quilt Guild
September 29-October 2, 2022

August 12, 2022
Kids Quilt Challenge (15 and under Madison, WI)
Great Wisconsin Quilt Show
September 8-10, 2022

August 14, 2022(Old Forge, NY)
Quilts Unlimited
Oct 1 - Dec 3, 2022

August 15, 2022
Fibreart International 2022(Current Members)
Fiber Arts Guild of Pittsburgh
October 6-November 2, 2022

August 15, 2022
Step Up Your Game Pennsylvania National Quilt Competition(Oaks, PA)
Sep 15-18, 2022

August 15, 2022
Mid Century Modern Pennsylvania National Quilt Competition(Oaks, PA)
Sep 15-18, 2022

August 17, 2022 (FRCQ members)
Compliments to the Chef
October and November 2022 
August 21, 2022
Excellence in Fibers 2023(San Jose, CA)
Fiber Art Now Calls
August 30-October 8, 2023
August 27, 2022
Quilts=Art=Quilts 2022
Schweinfurth Art Center
October 8, 2022-January 11, 2023(ship+show)



September 5, 2022
Quilt National 2023
The Dairy Barn Arts Center - The Dairy Barn Arts Center in Athens Ohio
May 27-September 4, 2023

September 7, 2022
Pacific International Quilt Competition: And Sew the Adventure Begins (Santa Clara, CA)
Upcoming Shows » Mancuso Show Management (
Oct 11-17, 2022(ship+show)

September 7, 2022
Pacific International Modern Quilt Competition: Mid Century Mod (Santa Clara, CA)
Upcoming Shows » Mancuso Show Management (
Oct 11-17(ship+show)

September 7, 2022
Pacific International Wearable Art Competiton (Santa Clara, CA)
Upcoming Shows » Mancuso Show Management (
Oct 11-17(ship+show)

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