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43rd Annual Contemporary Crafts Exhibition Continues

View of 43rd Annual Contemporary Crafts exhibition
Photo courtesy of Mesa Contemporary Art Museum, Mesa, AZ

The 43rd Annual Contemporary Crafts exhibition continues to be on display at the Mesa Contemporary Art Museum in Mesa, Arizona through April 24, 2022. Thirty-six artists from 15 different states have 45 artworks from various fine craft media on display. From textile work, tapestries, jewelry to woodworking and glass, there is a wide range of artwork to view.


A Year in Review


At the end of the year, I like to review what I accomplished with my art throughout the year. As the pandemic continued in 2021, some exhibitions and events were cancelled while others were in-person. I was excited to have artwork accepted by the Studio Art Quilt Associates group to be shown at Intersect Chicago. Unfortunately, the in-person event was cancelled due to Covid-19 concerns. However, a video of the artwork that was selected for the SAQA booth can be seen here.


Daily Press/Press Daily Artwork

Daily Press/Press Daily by Lisa Flowers Ross
14-1/2″ x 22″

Some ideas take longer to brew than others when creating artwork. Daily Press/Press Daily is a new artwork I created that is quite different from what I have been doing. My brain took its time to let the elements of this artwork come together. The base structure is a letterpress drawer that used to hold typeset pieces for printing. In the past, newspapers were printed by hand with each letter or image being set into the press. The drawers held the many pieces needed to create an article. That is where “Daily Press” comes into the title of the artwork.


Commissioned Artwork – Teton Tranquility

Commissioned artwork Teton Tranquility by Lisa Flowers Ross.

Last year, I was chosen to create Teton Tranquility, a commissioned artwork for Sage Living, a new assisted living facility that was being built in Jackson, WY. Specific themes were selected for different areas of the facility. My design is an abstracted landscape of the local Teton mountains. Once the design was approved, I started work on the piece.


Teaching Art Sun Valley, Idaho

This past weekend I was teaching an art workshop for Sun Valley Museum of Art in Hailey, Idaho. It is the first in-person workshop I have taught in over a year, due to the pandemic. Following Covid protocols, the class size was limited and we all wore masks the entire time.


Portrait of Flathead Lake

Portrait of Flathead Lake Artwork

In the autumn of 2020, I was fortunate to be an artist-in-residence at Flathead Lake Biological Station in Montana. It was an inspirational time. Now at home, I continue to make art based on the area. Portrait of Flathead Lake is an artwork I recently finished, utilizing information I learned during my residency of factors contributing to the lake’s pristine nature. Flathead lake is one of the cleanest fresh water lakes in the world.


Pack for an Artist Residency- Montana Residency – Part 1

pack for an artist residency
During the month of October I was an artist-in-residence at Flathead Lake Biological Station in Montana. How do I pack for an artist residency?


It is always a daunting task figuring out what art supplies to bring with me. Working with fabrics makes it a little bit harder than just bringing a box of paints and some canvases. I have to bring a sewing machine, ironing board & iron, cutting mat and cutting tools, rulers, threads, etc. The hardest part is narrowing down which fabrics to bring. It’s not like I can just mix a new color if I don’t have one. Since I like to be inspired by the location, I don’t always have an exact plan of what I’ll be doing and know what colors I want/need.


Boise Weekly Art Auction 2020

The Boise Weekly is our independent weekly newspaper. Local artists donate artworks that grace the cover each week. Every year the paper hosts the Boise Weekly Cover Art Auction. Artworks are auctioned off with a percentage of the sale going to the artist and the remainder going to the paper’s art grants fund. Then, the grants are given back to arts organizations and artists in the community.READ MORE