Thursday, May 11, 2017

Blessed Mother Portrait Drawings

The month of May is a special time for us Catholics to pay homage to our Blessed Mother Mary.
The Art 1 students drew portraits of the Blessed Mother in her honor.
Anne Currie 20220

Charlotte Moss 2020

Shannon Bagnell 2020

Luke O'brien 2020

Murphy Wei 2019

Laura Boschetto 2020

Chloe Shea 2020

Karen Sun 2019

Taylor Connelly 2020

Brynn Maxwell 2020

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Congratulations to Jessica Hogans 2017!!

LaSalle University Archdiocesan Art Show

Congratulations to Jess Hogans!  Jess won 3rd place for her Illustration at the annual Archdiocesan Art Show.  We are very proud of you!

"Lepidoptera" Ink and Watercolor 

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Archdiocesan Student Art Exhibition

The Archdiocesan Fine Arts Curriculum is happy to announce an Exhibition of Student Art Work to be held at the LaSalle University Art Museum from Saturday, March 25th to Thursday, April 5, 2017.  You are cordially invited to attend a reception in their honor.


Here are this years entries from our talented LC Students!!  Please congratulate the students when you see them.  Winners will be announced on Saturday, March 25th at the reception.

Kaitlyn Pezzuti 2017
"Eloise Juliette"

Rebecca Murgia 2018
"Door of Mercy"
Acrylic Paint

Kai An 2018

Talia Gallo 2017
"Make It Great Again"
Mixed Media

Sean McCann 2020
"Willy Wonka"
Microns and Sharpies

Jessica Hogans 2017
Watercolor and Ink

Alexandria Varallo 2017
"Colorful Sip"
Acrylic Paint

Jessica Monaghan 2020
"Snow Landscape"
Acrylic Paint

Caroline Noti 2017
"Kickin' It"
Microns and Prisma Markers

Erin Llewellyn 2017
""By the Sea"
Color Pencils and Ink

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Mary Molettiere- Quilting Artist

Interview by Lindsay Rock 2017
The following is an interview about our own Mary Molettiere. Mary creates beautiful quilts that are truly works of art! Mrs. Molettiere works as Administrative Assistant for Student Affairs.

Thanks so much for the opportunity to talk about my craft!
  1. How did you start quilting?

I was about 30 years old and had always been interested in many of the fiber arts so when a friend suggested we take a quilting class at a fabric shop in Souderton, I agreed.  I had no idea it would take off like it has or led me to so many places.

This was the first original quilt I made. It shows my sense of humor. It won Best of Show. It uses a method called Raw Edge Appliqué.

2. Who taught you to quilt?

Sadly, I do not remember the name of the teacher at the shop who taught that first beginners' class. I did finish that queen sized quilt by hand-quilting which took a year to complete. I do have that first quilt displayed on our guest room bed! However I was fortunate to have both a mother and a grandmother who were talented and creative. They taught me to sew clothing and crafts, to crochet, to smock, to quill (not quilt) with paper strips and to do hand embroidery. I credit them with helping me realize I had potential. They were both exceptional seamstresses.

"Storybook Farm" pattern by McKenna Ryan

This is the first one I sold to someone I didn't know. I was contacted when someone saw it hanging in a quilt show.
I gave them a high price because I didn't want to sell it. They surprised me by buying it!
I remade it for myself afterwards.

  1. What is the hardest thing about quilting?

The hardest part about quilting is also the most rewarding part – the designing.  I sometimes make quilts from patterns but mostly I create original works. Sometimes I work from an idea in my head that was sparked by something I saw or someplace I have been but often I am working from someone’s request.  I have been asked to create a quilt for something specific to hang on their walls in their home or their office. I’ve been handed a collection of men’s ties and another time a collection of ladies handkerchiefs and asked to create an art quilt.  

This hung in a Pennsylvania state quilt show in an exhibit called "New Quilts of the Delaware Valley". I had been contacted by a quilt shop to display one of my quilts. They had picked 25 upcoming artists to display their original works. This was probably the first time one of my quilts was in a prestigious show.

  1. What fabrics do you use?

I start with 100% cotton top quality quilting fabric since I want the item to last. However, sewing art quilts I find uses for beads, specialty threads, paints, colored pencils, ribbons, satins, batiks, netting, and all kinds of surface design opportunities. Whatever sparks my imagination, I will use if I can find a way to use it! I have quite a collection in my Studio of things I can use in my art quilts.

This quilt was in Houston and now is on its way to Chicago. It has quotes about surfing embroidered on the surface along with speciality threads couched on top.
It's called Night Surfing.
It was inspired when I saw surfers out at night surfing on the dark water in Jersey.

5. Why do you quilt?

I like the freedom and creativity and the challenges that come with quilting.  It is very rewarding to start with nothing and finish with a work of art that you created. I also like making things with my hands. I like all the domestic arts.  I am a weaver also. I have a rigid-heddle loom at home. I have a spinning wheel but have yet to learn to use it.  It is on my bucket list of things to do.  I have been asked to teach a few quilt classes over the past few years and although I have no experience teaching, I gave it a try and was happy enough with the results.  I guess I did okay since I have been asked to teach again.

This is called Evening in Overbrook. I won numerous awards for this landscape quilt. I wasn't able to find all the fabrics I needed so I used paint and fabric markers to achieve the look of depth.

  1. How long does it take to make a quilt?

This is a hard question since each piece is different.  If I am making a small quilt and it is not a complicated pattern I can get it done in a week.  But some of my quilts take months.  Often it is the designing that gets me stuck on a project, it is usually not the sewing portion of a quilt making that holds me up.
I have quilts in a dozen states, one hanging framed under glass on display in a hospital in Virginia and I have a quilt that was accepted into the International Quilt Show in Houston and now that same quilt is traveling to the International Quilt Show in Chicago.  Amazingly, 55,000 people attended that show in Houston. It is cool to think so many people saw my quilt, took photos of my quilt and either they liked it or they did not like it but it provoked a thoughtful discussion amongst other fabric artists.

Any form of art is a wonderful way to express your feelings.  With this quilt "Season of Sadness" I had been going through a trying time in my life having just lost my mother, then my Godmother the following year and then the following year getting a scary health diagnosis. Working on this quilt helped me deal with my emotions. It gave me hope that eventually the sun would shine on my life once again. The darker leaves on the gray brick wall were moving aside for the newer lighter leaves and heading upwards to the brightness I wanted back in my life.

Thanks Lindsay for this interview!
Mrs. Molettiere
“Middle Sister Quilts”

Friday, November 11, 2016

John Paul's Letter to Artists

"Artistic talent is a gift from God and whoever discovers it in himself has a certain obligation:
To know that he cannot waste this talent but must develop it."

Saint Pope John Paul the Great

Inspirational video by John Paul the Great Catholic University