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FRCQ meets the third Monday of the month from January through November at the Westminster City Park Recreation Center from 7p-9p, 10455 Sheridan Blvd., Westminster, Colorado. FRCQ does not meet in December. FRCQ Meetings, showcase artists from around the country and locally who give a presentation of their work and talk about their history as an artist. Most of our speakers are nationally known, award winning fiber artists and they generously share their inspiration, knowledge and expertise with our members. Our meetings also have a spectacular show and tell where quilt artists can showcase their work.

Barbara Yates Beasley – Green Cheetahs and Lounge Lizards: A Trip Through the Creative Mind

beasleyJoin artist and quilter, Barbara Yates Beasley as she takes you on a journey exploring the creative decisions that become her fanciful animals.

Have you every wondered why there are green cheetahs, purple tigers, and shiny lizards? Her large collection of commercial fabrics is a driving force behind many of the animals. Beasley will break down her process and explore the inspiration behind those crazy Animals with Attitude.

About the Artist:

A love of the animal kingdom has always been a guiding principle in Barbara Yates Beasley’s fabric collages. With her camera always at the ready, she captures images of animals wherever she goes. These later become the basis for her patterns and a roadmap to tanimal’s soul. “Exploring how the turn of a head or the look in an eye can communicate volumes between our species. She hopes to foster a deeper understanding and compassion for the animals – and for ourselves. She grew up on Sugarloaf mountain, just outside Boulder CO, surrounded by hand work of her mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She marveled at the swirl of different fabrics spanning generations; starting her on a creative path. With few neighbors, the farm dogs became her closest companions, as well, all the farm animals. She remembers each animal had a distinctive personality, one goat named Paula was very sweet. Then there was the rooster who took every chance to chase her around the yard. With a love of fabrics; commercial and hand dyed her 10 year love affair shows no signs of stopping. Barbara has exhibited in many local and regional juried shows, as well as enjoying sharing her enthusiasm through teaching.


Desserts and Demos

6:30 PM – desserts, please bring your favorite dish to share
7:00 PM – members rotate through the following demos
Gerri Calpin & Helen McKee – Polymer Clay artistry
Jeanne Gray – Stamping on fabric
Irene Takahashi – Eco dyeing
Patty Hawkins – Sock Dyeing
Denise Labadie – Felted Mittens

Deidre Adams

Colorado artist Deidre Adams is inspired by the quiet beauty to be found in the imperfect and the impermanent. Born and raised in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Adams is influenced by the light and color of the southwestern landscape and its beautiful but unforgiving environment. Effects of time and weather are a recurring theme in her abstract paintings and multi-media textile pieces, which focus on the study of shape, color, texture, and mark-making.

Adams holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Metropolitan State University of Denver as well as a B.S. in Computer Information Systems & Management Science and an A.S. in Graphic Design. Her work has been shown in numerous juried exhibitions and galleries and is included in several corporate and private collections, including the Wichita (Kansas) Center for the Arts, the Ritz-Carlton Highlands resort in Lake Tahoe, California, Metro State University in Denver, and multiple libraries and health care facilities.


Dorothy Caldwell – In Place

_How Do We Know When It's Night__    10' x 9' 4_

Dorothy Caldwell’s talk illustrates how her textile art is an ongoing exploration of a sense of place. Her long-time interest in marks humans make on the landscape creating patterns of settlement, agricultural practices, and built heritage are translated onto cloth through dying, printing, and stitching. Current practice involves collecting earth pigments, plant matter, and objects in remote landscapes and incorporating them in her work. This direction enables her to make a deeper connection between her home in Hastings, Ontario, and the places where she travels. Dorothy will tell the the stories of her fieldwork in the Canadian Arctic, the Australian outback, and rural Japan and India. By using materials collected in the field, whether far away or close to home, the pieced, layered, and stitched surfaces tangibly absorb and reflect her artistic journey.

Dorothy Caldwell is a graduate of Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia. She maintains an active international exhibition and teaching schedule from her studio in Hastings, Ontario. She has carried out research in Japan, India, and Australia on textile traditions and is the recipient of grants and awards, including the prestigious Bronfman Award, given to one Canadian crafts person each year. Her work is included in many permanent collections, including the American Museum of Art and Design, Canadian Museum of Civilization, Museum of Fine Arts (Boston), and the International Quilt Museum and Study Center at University of Nebraska.



Jo Fitsell – Pulling on Threads – Nature’s Way of Helping Us Out of the Cocoon


“Pulling on Threads – Nature’s Way of Helping Us Out of the Cocoon”

The only way to healthily get out of a cocoon or “comfort zone” is to pull on the threads from the inside. In some ways you must eat your way out, slowly devouring or discarding everything you built up to protect yourself. If someone tries to break in and force you out before you are ready, you die. Nature is both beautiful and brutal. It will try anything once.

This talk will draw comparisons between the natural world and the artistic path. It will highlight some of Jo’s recent work and her excursion to the woods of Massachusetts in which she spent six days in nature with teacher, mentor and artist, Peter London. Students from Jo’s “Daring Greatly” class will discuss their process with mentorship and moving out of comfort zones. Plenty of actual pieces will be presented for viewing.

Jo Fitsell is an artist working with fiber, paper, paint and the stitched line. Her art has been exhibited in galleries and museums nationally and internationally. Locally, her artwork is at Kaiser Permanente, Oracle, and The Denver Seminary. Jo currently teaches at The Art Students League in Denver and is a “Think 360” artist-in-resident and has had many rewarding collaborations with young people. She is one of the founders of the vital and exciting organization, Front Range Contemporary Quilters. Interweave Press has published her new DVD on Marbling “Marbled Fabric Surface Design.” Jo helped The Denver Art Museum set up The Thread Studio.