Shared Stories: Expressions and Stitched Messages, Front Porch Gallery, Carlsbad, California, July–September 2011
Becoming Art at the Seams, Museum of Ventura County, Ventura, California, 2010
International Quilt Festival, Houston Texas, 2009 International Quilt Festival, Long Beach, California, 2007
Valley Institute for the Visual Arts, Sherman Oaks, California, 2005 & 2007
Municipal Art Gallery, Los Angeles, California
St. Jives Workshop, Venice, California
Pierce College Gallery, Woodland Hills, California
Quilters' Studio, Newbury Park, California
Palos Verde Library, Palos Verde, California
Quilt Museum, Tillamook, Oregon
Folk Tree Gallery, Pasadena, California
Fiber Fest, Santa Monica, California Soft Expressions Gallery, Santa Ana, California Portrait of the Artist Exhibit, Saratoga Springs, New York; Reno, Nevada; San Rafael, California; Council Bluffs, Iowa
Fiberarts Design Book #2, Quilted Clothing, by Jean Ray Laury
Pierce College, Woodland Hills, California
Wright Junior College, Chicago, Illinois
Art Institute, Chicago, Illinois
I've been drawing since I was very little, even before my kindergarten days. When I was in grade school, I received a scholarship to the Art Institute in Chicago, which I attended on Saturday mornings. When I was in high school, I again received another scholarship to the Art Institute, much to the dismay of my Geometry teacher as I had permission to leave her class early.
I was also very interested in science and medicine. When I was a teenager, there was an article in the Chicago Tribune about a woman who was a medical illustrator. I thought, "Aha, that is perfect. That's what I want to do with my life." At the time there were only a handful in this country. Only one or two universities offered this course. The prerequisites were two years of pre-med which I finished at Wright College.
Because I needed to raise funds for the tuition, I worked as a Lab Technician and was trained at the Lutheran Deaconess Hospital in Chicago. I did general laboratory work but specialized as a Tissue Technician and worked for the pathologist. That is where I met my future husband. All good intentions for my career changed. He thought that being a creative artist was more exciting than medical art. So to make a long story short, we got married, had children and my art career was "on hold."
I did illustrations for the childrens' school papers, and I made invitations for fund raising in the mental health field, until one day I decided I wanted to go back to school. Pierce College was close to home and that is where I went until I had taken every art class that they had to offer.
I found a group of women in Venice, California, who were working with Annette Bird in her workshop and studio. One day a friend of mine started taking a quilt class. I loved what she was doing. For a while I was using the printing press to print on fabric but because of the nature of printing inks you never quite know what colors you would get until it came through the press. I used oil paints to get the colors I wanted.
Since I always sewed my own clothes, it was easy to pick up quilting without taking any classes. I was absolutely hooked when I saw my first art quilt back in the late 1970's. I have been quilting ever since.