Guest Curator : Shruti Dandekar 

Making portraits is one of my favorite forms of quilting. Watching people create them in so many diverse techniques, inspires me! I would love to share this inspiration with everyone through this gallery.

List of selected artists and works

Birthday Boy
Valerie Wilson

Are You Real
Joan Sowada

Kathleen Kastles

The Woman at the Well
Cherrie Hampton

Shin-hee Chin

La Tyrannie des Clones
Genevieve Attinger

Mary Pal

Romancing Red
Michelle Jackson

Virginia Greaves

Dorte Jensen

Sandy Curran

Jayne Gaskins

Panning for Gold
Lea McComas

Masked Self Portrait
Kate Themel

The Picture is Only Half the Story
Kris Sazaki of Pixeladies

Jennifer Day

Power Suited Him
Cyndi Souder

Sarah Ann Smith

In His Shadow
Kathleen McCabe


Sarah Ann Smith

Can you imagine a teenage boy letting his mom sit on the floor of his room and take pictures for 45 straight minutes?  Well, it happened!  The result is this quilt, which I believe is the best piece I have made to date.

2010 marked the first year the Dinner @ 8 Artists invited me to participate in their juried invitational exhibit, this year with the theme "Beneath the Surface."  I knew I wanted to do a portrait, so I thought "What is beneath the surface of a teenage boy?"  The answer:

Some things are obvious:  music, food, girls, friends, food, school, food, girls, food.  Others are not so obvious:  the man he is becoming--kind, compassionate, interesting, fnny, breathing music in his soul, argumentative, loyal, smart, curious, honest, lovoing and loved.  "Mom?  Can you fix me something to eat?"

This quilt and the exhibit debuted at the International Quilt Festival in Long Beach 2010, continued to the IQF Houston 2010 and finally the IQF Chicago 2011.  My quilt was also juried in the to American Quilter's Society show in Lancaster 2012 and exhibited at the Frayed Edges show at the Camden (Maine) Public Library in July 2011 and at Maine Quilts 2012.

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