High Fiber Diet is a group of fiber artists committed to advancing their art professionally. HFD actively searches for exhibit venues, and members have the opportunity to submit work for juried group exhibitions. High Fiber Diet members challenge themselves to become more educated about art and design principles and to improve creatively on an individual basis. The group meets 7 times per year (February, April, May, July, August, October, and November) on the third Tuesday from 6:30pm – 8:30pm. Venues may change. Meetings usually include a discussion topic, updates on current and upcoming exhibits, and sharing of members' current work. For more information about the group, check the HFD blog at www.hfd-highfiberdiet.blogspot.com or contact Laura Jaszkowski at joyincloth@gmail.com.

The group is affiliated with Columbia FiberArts Guild of Portland, Oregon

To see information about other exhibits and projects our members are involved with, click on the "Member News" tab below.

Window Seat @ PDX

High Desert Colors, Elizabeth Bamberger

Elizabeth Bamberger, Shirley MacGregor and Gerrie Congdon had art quilts selected for an exhibit at the Portland Airport. Here are the details:

Title:  Window Seat
Location:  Portland International Airport,  post-security Concourse A
Date:  April  2014 through October 2014
Subject: The exhibit is built around an essay written by Jim Earl, a literature professor at U of O. In the essay, Earl uses images taken from Google Earth to educate people about the land below them as they fly. Click Here to read the essay and see the images that he used.  For the exhibit, the quilts are next to text for which each is visually appropriate.

I would encourage you to check out the essay. If you have flown across the plains or over Oregon, it is a good read.

30,000 Feet Above Somewhere, Shirley MacGregor

Prairie Fields, Gerrie Congdon

The Simply Red Opening Reception

Diane Born's husband and I took some photos at the Tuesday night reception. We had a nice turnout. Above are pieces by Bonnie Bucknam and Sarah Miller.

We had a nice turnout of artists and others. Here are Emily Stevens, Mary Arnold, Mary Ann McCammon and Shirley Macgregor enjoying some time together.

These are overviews of the upstairs gallery.

These are shots of the downstairs hallway gallery.

Following are photos of some of the individual quilts. I am sorry to say that I am not sure who created each of these.

 Chris Brown

Terry Grant

Mary Arnold

More kibutzing.

 Elizabeth Bamberger and Kimberly Connelly.

 Juror, Trisha Hassler chatting with Emily and Jan Duke in front of Laura Jaszkowsky's quilt.

Simply Red at The Walters in Hillsboro

Walters Cultural Center
527 East Main St.
Hillsboro, OR 

High Fiber Diet's Simply Red
February 4 - March 18

Artists' Reception: February 4, 6-7:30

Gallery Hours: 
Monday-Thursday 9am to 9pm
Friday- 9am to 6pm
Sunday-10am to 4pm

"Simply Red" in Coos Bay

Simply Red opened with a BANG in Coos Bay at the Pacific Park Gallery inside the Pacific Coast Medical Park.  The exhibit is available to view M-F 7:30 am -5pm at 1957 Thompson Rd. The work of 12 HFD artists is featured in the show that ends January 17th, 2014.

The reception on Nov 3 was attended by HFD members Shirley MacGregor, Jill Hoddick, Kimberly Connelly, Diane Born, and Elizabeth Bamberger - all accompanied by their husbands.  The Gallery put on a lovely event with  live period musicians, great food and wine. Our work was very well received by the attendees.  There was ample time to talk with the gallery board and guests.  There is also another fiber show upstairs in a smaller space.

The gallery is light and airy and has several prime spots of larger works above a fireplace and above a small planting garden. Sara Miller's piece looked fantastic above the fireplace in the large lobby area.  There were ample walls to display the show down a wide hallway as well. Shirley did a magnificent job of hanging the show to display all of the works to their advantage in terms of style particularly. Thank you Shirley and Red committee for all of your efforts to mount this exhibit.

The exhibit is certainly worth seeing if you will be traveling down the coast in the near future. It was about a 4.5 hr drive and once you get there Coos Bay has lots to offer in terms of coastal and river sights. About 20 miles from the city is the incredible Shore Acres Garden that has a huge holiday light display beginning at Thanksgiving.

Rhythm and Hues at Mt. Hood Community College

Rhythm & Hues:  A Collection of Works by High Fiber Diet is on display through November 21, 2013 at the Mount Hood Community College Visual Arts Gallery, 26000 Stark Street, Gresham, Oregon.  The show is open 9am - 5pm Monday through Friday, closed weekends and holidays.  The gallery number is 503.491.7309.

Reflections in a pond, a day at the beach, a walk in the woods – all the small moments make up a life.  Life is about emotion and color and heart.  High Fiber Diet artists use rhythm and hues, composition and color, to manifest their connection to the beat of everyday life. Humans are intimately connected to, swathed in, and surrounded by fiber from the day we are born until the day we die.  The works in Rhythm & Hues capture some of the days and moments in between.

Rhythm and hue are magical parts of life.  Rhythm involves the paradox of excitement created by movement contrasted with the comfort of predictability.  Hue, the most recognizable component of color, contributes visual definition, emotional content and pure beauty to human experience.  Rhythm and hue bring their magic to art as critical components of visual composition. 

The members of High Fiber Diet challenged themselves to observe the use of rhythm and hue in their lives and in their creative processes and to produce work inspired by this introspection.  The resulting exhibit reflects the infinite ways this theme can be understood and implemented.

Bucknam Piece Acquired for Museum Permanent Collection

Bonnie Bucknam's work Tangle has been purchased by the Tuch + Technik Textilmuseum in Neumuenster, Germany to be part of their permanent collection.  The Museum was the last stop on the Color Improvisations exhibit itinerary.  That exhibit has now been dismantled and the unsold quilts returned to the artists.  Tangle has found a new, permanent home abroad!
 Photo by Mark Frey

SAQA Journal Features Quilt by Bonnie Bucknam

A detail photo of Bonnie Bucknam's quilt Cavern is featured on the cover of the Spring 2013 SAQA Journal.  The quilt is also pictured in the "SAQA member gallery: Earth" on page 17.  Take a look!
Photos by Mark Frey