Monday, March 13, 2017

SHAFFNER / retro at KORE Gallery, Louisville

"Bernheim Summer" 1991, oil and acrylic on linen

KORE Gallery at Mellwood Arts will present SHAFFNER / retro 
5 decades of Dennis J Shaffner artworks
mixed-media and paintings relating to the legacy of Alma Wallace Lesch 1917-1999
March 12, 2017 marks the centennial birth date of the late fiber innovator and author
3 works of Alma Lesch will be shown during the March 28- April 30 exhibit

...detail of "Kentucky Landscape"  now in the permanent collection of the Owensboro Museum of Art
donated by Meidinger Tower, Louisville which commissioned this major textile work of Alma Lesch

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Published Alma Lesch info index

Newspaper Articles

"Color in the bank," Louisville, KY., Courier-Journal, July 2, 1967

Dietrich, Jean.  "Wild and woolly,"  Louisville, KY., Courier-Journal, March 28, 1965

Heilenman, Diane.  "Liberty Gallery and Louisville Art Gallery," Louisville, KY., Courier-Journal, April 21, 1985

Heilenman, Diane. "Textile artist Alma Lesch remembered as pioneer," Louisville, KY., May 23, 1999.

Lansdell, Sarah. "Alma Lesch returns to 'Salt of the Earth' theme in collages," Louisville, KY., April 13, 1980.

Lansdell, Sarah. "Bible stories told in color by Alma Lesch at Speed," Louisville, KY., Courier-Journal, March 2, 1969

Lansdell, Sarah.  New life style for Alma Lesch portraits," Louisville, KY., Courier-Journal, May 26, 1973.

"She seeketh wool and flax, and worketh willingly with her hands," Louisville, KY., Courier-Journal, March 16, 1969.

Swem, Gregg. "Pioneering fiber artist Alma Lesch looks back on 25 years of stitchery," Louisville, KY., Courier-Journal, March 31, 1985.

Tower, Ann.  "Pieces fit exhibit in 'Clothing As Art," Lexington, KY., Herald-Leader, January 27, 1985.

Warren, Brandy.  "Textile pioneer Alma Lesch remembered," Shepherdsville, KY., Courier-Journal/neighborhoods July 26, 2006.

exhibitions Journal Articles:

"Alma Wallace Lesch," American Craft, August/September 1999, p.28.

Efland, A.  "Design corner, Cleveland Heights, Ohio," Craft Horizons, v. 31, August 1971, p.44.

Foster, G.  "Exhibition in Atlanta," Craft Horizons v. 24, September 1964, p. 53.

Meloy, Margaret M.  "A Web of Kentucky thread,"  Fiberarts, v. 12, September/October 1985, p. 72.

Ogden, Anne Brewer. "Alma Wallace Lesch,"  American Craft, v. 57, April/May 1997, p.92.

Ramsey, Bets.  "Arts and quilts: 1950-1970," Uncoverings, v. 14, 1993, p. 9-40.

Schaffer, E. "Exhibition in Richmond, VA.," Craft Horizons, v. 27, September 1967, p. 45.

"Society of arts and crafts, Boston," Craft Horizons, v. 36, June 1976, p. 63.

Walcott, Ellison.  "Alma Lesch Retrospective," Surface Design Journal, v. 22. Fall 1997, p. 34-5.

Wigger, C. R..  "Craft alliance gallery, St. Louis," Craft Horizons, v. 32, October 1972, p. 52.

Renau, Lynn S.  A Portrait of Alma, Arts & Crafts Across Kentucky, Fall 1999, p. 18-20.

Exhibition Catalogs

Gordon, Lida.  "Alma Lesch: A Life in Fabrics", University of Louisville Belknap Gallery,
 February 23- March 26, 2006

Alma Lesch, A Retrospective. Louisville, KY Liberty Gallery, April 1- May 30, 1985.

Alma Wallace Lesch Retrospective. Louisville, KY. Kentucky Art and Craft Gallery, January 11- March 1, 1997.

Fibers southeast 1979. Cullowhee, N.C.. Western Carolina University Department of Art, 1979.

Alma Lesch, Fabric Collage Portraits and Other Works. Danville, KY., Newlin Hall, January 11- March 3, 1981.

published by ALma Lesch

The American textile industry and some of its products, Louisville, KY., University of Louisville, 1962.

A resource unit on vegetable dyeing for a high school art class, 1961

Vegetable dyeing: 151 color recipes for dyeing yarns and fabrics with natural materials, New York, Watson-Guptill Publications, 1970



art is life...live with art

Friday, October 07, 2016

Thursday, September 29, 2016

art is life...live with art

The Cloth, Textiles on Biblical Themes-  An Exhibition of work by Alma Lesch      1969                             J. B. Speed Art Museum
11.    Preface, Psalms 20:5, stitchery and applique, 39 x 40
22.  That Woman Jezebel, Revelations 2:20 stitch, applique, buttons 23 x 67
33.    Joseph’s Coat, Genesis 37:3, stitchery and applique 20 x 48
  4.   Jonah, Jonah 1:17, plaiting, stitchery and applique 8 x 25 x 5
55.      Ecce Homo, Saint John 19:5, applique 48 x 70
  6.     The Burning Bush, Exodus 3:2, finger weaving, wrapping 30 x 23 x 32
   7.   A Rolling Thing, Isaiah 17:13, stitchery and applique 22 x 22 x 34
88.       Mizpah, Genesis 31:49, stitchery, applique and weaving 12 x 27
99.       The Red Sea, Exodus 14:2, stitchery and applique 72 x 96
110.  Lot’s Wife, Genesis 19:26, stitchery 13 x 32
111.  Net Profit, Saint Matthew 5:18, knotting with buttons 7 x 13 x 30
112.  Bathsheba’s Bedspread, 2 Samuel 11:4, stitchery, applique 81 x 100
113.  The Writing on the Wall, Daniel 5:25, stitchery applique  28 x 53
114.  The Magdalene, Saint Mark 15:40, weaving  13 x 46
115.  He Is Risen, Saint Luke 16:6, stitchery applique, 34 x 22
116.  Solomon’s Song, Solomon’s Song 2:12, stitchery  applique 24 x 33
117.  Haman, Esther 7:10, stitchery weaving and wrapping  26 x 59
118.  The Baptist, Saint Mark 11:11, stitchery and applique  23 x 41
119.  Peter, Paul and Mary I, Revelations 14:3, primitive weaving 7 x 14
220.  Peter, Paul and Mary II, Revelations 14:3, primitive weaving 9 x 15
221.  David, 1 Samuel 16:18, stitchery and applique 20 x 51
222.  Pearls Before Swine, Saint Matthew 7:6, primitive weaving 9 x 17
223.  Holy Moses, Exodus 11:3, primitive weaving 15 x 8.5
224.  Upon This Rock, Saint Matthew 16:18, primitive weaving 18.5 x 12
225.  King David, 2 Samuel 5:3, Primitive weaving, 15 x 19
226.  Prophesy Unto the Wind, Ezekiel 37:9, primitive weaving 15 x 13
227.  Jacob’s Ladder, Genesis 28:12, needlework and applique 26 x 20
228.  Old Men Dream Dreams, Acts 2:17, primitive weaving  13 x 13
229.  Hanging for the Door of the Tent, Exodus 26:36, weave,app,stitch 38 x 56
330.  Shadrack, Meshack and Abednego, Daniel 3:23, stitchery applique 36 x 36

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

KMACMUSEUM selects 15th Alma Lesch Memorial Award

Visit the 2016 Kentucky State Fair 
Fine Arts & Crafts exhibit. 

Sunday, July 05, 2015

The Bridge Builder by Will Allen Dromgoole : The Poetry Foundation

The Bridge Builder by Will Allen Dromgoole : The Poetry Foundation art is life...live with art

collage work by Alma Lesch included this poem into a mixed media work from 1968 using cotton warp plain woven with fragment of fishing net gesso primed attached to a 16" x 20 Grumbacher canvas panel