Spaces and Places at Gallery Marlin

One of the reasons I was anxious about doing this show was the challenge of the spaces. Gallery Marlin is a new corporate gallery in the reception area of Marlin Company, an agency that specializes on the food service industry and had invited me to do the first in a series fine art solo shows.

Marlin Company is a corporate sponsor of the Springfield Regional Arts Council who has generously offered to host this series of solo shows with all gallery commissions from sales going directly to the non-profit SRAC. Marlin did not ask me to focus on food, but it wasn’t a problem for me to find a lot of food and kitchen-themed quilts and drawings in my work. I guess home is where the heart is!

I like the urban loft-like feel of Marlin’s offices inside an old ice house that I wrote about in this blog post, located above Brick City — which is the Art & Design HQ for Missouri State University.  At first I didn’t anticipate the challenge that skinny spaces, brick walls, low floating walls, and brown and green interiors would present, but all these parameters eventually pushed me to work in some new directions.

As I was making “Cheese Curls – It’s Hard to Do Just One,” I felt the background was a tad dull, so I studied photos of the Marlin offices and began to incorporate architectural elements of the space. The concrete columns, tiny windows, floating walls, and art furniture added a new dimension and allegorical associations to the work, reminding me that creating a sense of Place is a big part of telling a Story. But more on that in a later post.

Notice the unusual spread of goodies on the ice house table. Marlin was creative about providing a spread of unusual party food for the opening reception last night. Inspired by my quilts there were cheese curls, pretzels, mini toasts and jam!

Putting a show and event together is never the work of one person. Many thanks to Russ, Stephanie, Ellen, Don, Leah, Weber, Judith, and Michael for their encouragement, ideas, and contributions throughout the past weeks.

Kudos also to Ellen for keeping me on task for all tasks from invitations to price lists. Because Ellen kept me on schedule, I actually had some time to play around with some smaller framed pieces in the final week, including finishing up “Teeny Bikini Martini”  (12″ x 24″) that I created for a skinny brick wall.

Although I had my camera in my pocket the entire evening, unfortunately I didn’t remember to take any photos. I wish I had a few photos of all the friends, family, and artists who were there last night. Thank you all who were there in body or spirit!

If you weren’t able to make the reception, the show will be up for a good part of this summer, so stop by during regular business hours to see the gallery. If you’re in the neighborhood, you may also view Watercolor USA Honor Society Small Works Invitational (June 10–August 5) in the Missouri State University Brick City Gallery – 215 W. Mill St., Springfield, MO 65806 on the first floor of the same building.





14 thoughts on “Spaces and Places at Gallery Marlin”

  1. So glad to have found your website! Love your work. Saw you on HGTV Simply Quilts, Ricky Timms/Alex Anderson “The Quilt Show”, and now I finally can see your recent works!

    I also have been looking for ways to make my art seem like art and not just another quilt. I recently saw a segment with Jean WElls using her portrait finish, which is basically a binding that flips to the back and the edges are finished. She also uses a grosgrain ribbon to cause the edges to lie flat.

    I’m so looking forward to seeing what’s next on the design wall!

    1. Thanks Susan, I didn’t know any of my work was on TV right now! I’m working on some simpler pieces that I can carry around with me because my studio is so hot (no AC), so hope to post some of those ideas soon.

  2. The exhibit looks terrific! Small fiber works are a tuffie when it comes to presentations. I think matted fiber looks good. Floating the fiber viva foam board in a shadow box, with or without glass or plexi-glass is another way. I often stretcher frames and do a gallery wrap. Folks definetly seem to be able to relate to small fiber art in this way! Kudo’s!

    1. Thanks Wen. I was trying to figure out how to do something on stretcher frames, but ran out of time. This is definately an area that I want to continue exploring in the future. It’s exciting!

  3. Pam – framing requires a new way to look at textiles – but for the smaller pieces – I think it’s wonderful. So many people aren’t quite sure what to think of smaller art textiles. Often the only fancy little bits of cloth they’ve seen are potholders and placemats so they simply don’t have any frame of reference. Mounting or framing the smaller pieces makes them instantly recognizable as “ART” and the viewer is comfortable with it. Congrats on a wonderful show.

    1. Thanks Lyric, it’s funny because my painter friend suggested I make a potholder for the show because of the food theme. I almost made one because I had a idea for an “art pot holder” but just ran out of time. Maybe I’ll still do one someday!

      Glad you liked the show!

  4. The show is beautiful. Please don’t miss out on the rare viewing of Pam RuBert’s color soaked fabric paintings.

    1. Stephanie, you’re a doll. You’re great and I love your work so much any compliment from you is a compliment indeed.

    1. Hi Margaret — The exhibit will be up most of the summer. The offices are open weekdays 8-5, so please drop by. I’d love to have you see the show.

  5. This exhibit looks great, Pam! Sometimes odd spaces force us to re-think, and it looks like your work is fabulous there. LOVE the old ice tongs as base for the table- looks like these folks have some imagination to match yours! Congratulations on yet another success.

    1. Sandy – you’ve always been such a great support with your comments and SAQA posts. Thanks and glad you approve!

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