Wednesday, July 16, 2014

The Manitoulin Circle Project is part of the 20th Manitoulin Art Tour

the regulars with the meditation panel, Precious Water in 2012
The four meditation panels (2009 - 2013) that were made with assistance from the community are now installed in the Little Current United Church, Manitoulin Island.

The church sanctuary will be open to the public during the art tour.  Friday July 18, Saturday July 19, 10 am - 5 pm as well as on Sunday afternoon - noon until 5 pm July 20.

Judy Martin will be with the panels during the entire time.  Some of the 144 participants will also be present and available to answer questions about the panels.

These panels are being formally dedicated to the United Church during the 10 am church service, Sunday July 20.  All welcome.

Little Current United Church, Robinson Street, Little Current, Manitoulin Island, Ontario.

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Perivale Gallery opens for the Season

The Perivale Gallery opens on Sunday May 18.

The gallery will be open on weekends only during May and June.
During July and August it is open every day, 10 - 5 pm.
The gallery closes just after Labour day.
alderbushes 1 and 2, watercolour 1983, Judy Martin
Judy Martin is exhibiting seven pieces in the gallery this year.
The small watercolours above are from her mother's estate.
Time, Dream, Memory series, 2014, vintage materials, stitched collage, Judy Martin
New are stitched collages made with vintage materials and frames.
Four pieces from the Time, Dream, Memory series are presented in shadow boxes made by Omega Picture Framing, Mindemoya.
 Time, Dream, Memory: Dream (detail) above. 
The seventh piece is Night Meditation I, indigo dyeing and stitching, 2014. 
This stitched artwork is also presented in a shadowbox frame.
The Perivale Gallery is Judy Martin's only commercial outlet.  If interested in purchasing something of Judy's, please contact the gallery.  705 377 4847

Owner Shannon McMullan is proud that the gallery ranks #3 on trip ad-visor.  Click here to read reviews and to find directions about how to drive to the gallery when you are on Manitoulin Island.

Saturday, April 26, 2014

stitches across time

medallion quilt, anonymous 1880, wool, cotton, with embroidery
Judy Martin is one of the jurors of this exhibition.  Other jurors are Judith Tinkl and Dorie Millerson
The show will be juried from digital images on May 5, 2014.

cape, 1919, wool, metallic thread embroidery

Stitches Across Time  will show at the Dufferin County Museum and Archives from September 12 till November 9 , 2014.  

evening bag, 1920, silk, silk
A national exhibition, participants were given photos of six historical textile works from the museum's collection to use as inspiration for a new piece.  All photos are posted in a PDF that is available here.

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

Art and Ambiance

dyed and felted hand woven wool, couched with velvets and other fabrics, then hand quilted
About 18" wide, 45" high
the wool was originally woven by Thunder Bay artist, Jan Korteweg.  Judy taught piano lesson's to Jan's daughter, Lisa, and the wool blanket was a baby gift for Judy's first child, Oona.   

Part of the Thunder Bay Art Gallery fundraising auction
Art and Ambiance
Live and silent auction
Tickets to attend are $40
Music and refreshments
April 11, 2014

Monday, March 31, 2014


Paradise Meditation I     2012    linen damask, acrylic paint, thread.
Part of the Tom Thomson gallery's 50th annual juried exhibition, Convergence.
(One of eighteen)
Located in Owen Sound Ontario, the exhibition opened March 30 and continues until May 25 2014.  This gallery is open seven days a week, click here for gallery hours  
Paradise Meditation was hung on a small corner wall.  (large photo collage on the right is Sky Edge by Becky Conber, apologies that I have no information about the central piece shown above)
Paradise I's beautiful subtle damask pattern went unnoticed I feel.    
Actually, both the experience of being involved with this juried exhibition and my attendance at the opening reception were disappointing. 

Saturday, February 15, 2014


February 14 - March 25, 2014
Northeastern Manitoulin and the Islands Public Library
50 Meredith Street, Little Current
705 368 2444
Read about this exhibition here

February 15 10 am - 3 pm. OPEN HOUSE
Come and meet the artist and have some Finnish coffee bread.

The paintings and prints in this exhibit date between 1981 and 2005 and give context to Judy's long career.
Judy Martin and her husband live on Manitoulin Island.

Tuesday, February 04, 2014

the Lucky Protection exhibition

How does this exhibition fit within the art world?  Why is it cloth and thread?  What are the things that only thread and cloth can do?

Cloth is fluid.  The blanket piece above covers an unwieldy display area.  The  fluidity of the cloth softens the hard edges in this white room.

The distress that this fabric has undergone over its long life is evident.  Probably it dates from the 20's - the laundry tag places it at an address that Ned's grandparents lived in during the 1930's.   This cloth is at least 90 years old.  My father is 90 years old.  
The moon is a measure of time.  Thread is like time, it stretches.
It is human nature to stop and gaze at a full moon.  No matter how many times we see it, the moon is always wonderful, always a miracle, floating there in the huge sky.  We stare at it.  We go into ourselves.
I think of the constancy of the moon and of women from earlier times looking at the full moon with the same emotional response that I have.  With the same reverence.
"this is not art" we tell ourselves.  The brain tries to tell the heart, but the heart doesn't listen.
The heart responds with ancient memories of cloth.  Of being wrapped as a new baby, of pulling a sweater over our heads, of doing up buttons on a wool coat.
 Thread can draw a line with all the freedom of a pencil, but with more intent because it is so slow.  Stitch by stitch to make these marks.  SEcond after second.  Minutes, hours, days, weeks.  All that time is caught with the threads.
 I am trying to give reverence to what has gone before, by connecting recycled hand touched textiles to the present day.  I use my hands to do this.
 I've been making sewn art for so long, that I forget that there are some people out there who are prejudiced against sewing.  I am surprised.
 With this exhibition, I am defending sewing.  Sewing is art.
Hey Jude, Remember to let it under your skin, then you'll begin to make it better.  (Paul McCartney)

All images are of original sewn art by Judy Martin, on display in the exhibition entitled Lucky Protection that is the featured art display at Artists on Elgin, 168 Elgin Street, Sudbury, Ontario for the month of February 2014. 705 674 0415

The text is from the artist's talk on February 1.
The gallery made a video that documents the entire exhibit.