Monday, January 31, 2005

visitors new to this page are invited to read the comments by local residents and visitors to an exhibition of the fabric portraits and textile collages, embroidery work and wall hangings of Alma Wallace Lesch, who lived in Bullitt County, Kentucky...

the exhibition at the Ridgway Memorial Library ran from Sept 20 - Oct 16, 1982

a major retrospective of the artist's work is being planned for 2006 through the University of Louisville

links are provided within this blog to further your own research of the innovative textile artist known for her signature FABRIC COLLAGE PORTRAIT technique


Thursday, January 27, 2005

sometimes they bloom in late February here Posted by Hello
bearded iris, April-May Posted by Hello
very common to the neighborhood, the wild violet, covering the lawn in early May... Posted by Hello
zebra grass in late spring Posted by Hello
a few works-in-progress early 2002, buttonBASKET series Posted by Hello
weeping Katsura tree, from the Bernheim Forest members sale is established in the garden, east, before the daylily garden Posted by Hello

research FYI
later that same summer Posted by Hello
summer of 2003 Posted by Hello
fabric portrait by Alma Lesch in a Lexington, KY private collection Posted by Hello
folk art in Lexington Posted by Hello
front bay window, facing west Posted by Hello
Taylor Posted by Hello

Alma Lesch was a great admirer of Marvin Finn's sculpture. His signature 'rooster' being one in her private collection upon her passing in 1999.
Taylor, while still a pre-schooler, was given a button necklace made by Alma when she visited Kentucky early in the 90s. Alma enjoyed Taylor's summer visit and remarked on the creative focus Taylor demonstrated in the shade of our neighboring back yard art activities of painting, constructing sculpture from plant materials and working on a series of plaster chocolate mold Santa forms.
Maddie streaks past another Finn... Posted by Hello
my visiting family enjoys the Marvin Finn group near Slugger Field one hot July Posted by Hello
welcome to Louisville Posted by Hello
On the same sunny April Sunday that his mother returns home from her visit to Kentucky, through Buenos Aires, Juan dives into cold water at Bernheim deep along a trail... Susana, whom I gave one of Alma's stitchery teaching booklets of samples, would show Maria and Ana, two of Juan's three sisters, how to practice embroidery stitches... my idea of cultural activism. I too would fly American Airlines to visit them at the bottom of the planet in Jan-Feb 2004... for summer! Posted by Hello
nearby Bernheim Forest made Juan feel 'at home' reminding him of Argentina's natural beauty... something he want to protect in his future (where he fears WALMART thinking will encroach) Posted by Hello
the beginning of the bamboo grove which will need many years to become established surrounding the koi pool Posted by Hello
witch hazel, now growing in the back yard Posted by Hello
Alma and Ted's table at which they ate dinner for over 30 years. Posted by Hello
Christmas at Alma's 2002, passing my own global test in welcoming the world into her home, two exchange students; Leo (from Germany) and Juan (from Argentina), enjoy a rare white Christmas in Kentucky cooking a post-skiing adventure dinner for us. They had two questions about the USA as a war was about to be launched: "Why does the US always have to have an enemy?" and "Why does the US want to dominate the world?" When they watched broadcast news they often called it "infotainment"... talking heads but no NEWS. Alma would have loved this. She and Ted would only watched the evening news on TV and some ball games. Then I recently learned that half of our founding fathers in Philadelphia (which we visited during their school year) were bankers writing the constitution and protecting their interests. Posted by Hello
Autumn view in Indiana of Ohio River from the Overlook Restaurant off I-64, Alma would stop at during trips to Evansville Museum of Arts and Science in Evansville for annual 8-States Exhibitions. Posted by Hello
view at front bay window, pine shelf I made to hold cobalt collection (books removed), and is designed without nails to be knocked down and removed if necessary... Posted by Hello
originally installed by Alma and Ted, light remains Posted by Hello
cabinets remain, doors will be retored and rehung in future... Posted by Hello