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 1:30pm – 3:30pm. 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 Elizabeth Bamberger at elizabethbamberger@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.

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Quilt County

NW Vibes and Oregon: State of Diversity 
 Open at Quilt County

September 6 – Oct. 13, 2011

First Congregational Church of Corvallis
4515 SW West Hills Road, Corvallis
Monday – Friday 9 – noon; 

Wednesday 7 pm – 9 pm

For a list of the other shows at Quilt County:

"NW Vibes" Opens at Singer Hill Cafe in Oregon City

New High Fiber Diet Show, NW Vibes, Opens at Singer Hill Café in Oregon City on Friday, August 5th, Artists' Reception, 5-8pm

Early Bloomer (Skunk Cabbage)
by Bonnie Bucknam
Photo by Mark Frey

The Venue
NW Vibes, a new fiber art show by High Fiber Diet, opens with an Artist Reception on August 5th from 5-8 pm at the Singer Hill Café, 623 7th St, Oregon City, OR. Musical entertainment by “The Sale” will be from 6 to 8 pm. Singer Hill Café’s Fundraiser Friday will donate 25% of food and beverage purchases at the Cafe that evening to the High Fiber Diet group.

The exhibit is on display August 3-31, 2011. The art gallery will open for viewing during Singer Hill Café regular hours, 7 days a week: Monday, 7am to 6pm, Tuesday- Saturday, 7am to 8pm and Sunday, 8am to 5pm. For information on gallery sales, contact Karen Grondin at 971-207-2354.

NW Vibes
What is it that makes the Northwest unique from the rest of the country? There is a reason we have chosen to live here; is it the beauty of the landscape, the variation of the skies and weather, the character of the cities, or that you can get the best cup of coffee in the country at virtually every corner? This show represents what makes living in the Northwest special to us.

Congratulations, Bonnie Bucknam!

Bonnie Bucknam Awarded Best of Show at Quilt National 2011

Crater by Bonnie M. Bucknam (81" w x 60" h)
Photos by Mark Frey

Bonnie Bucknam's quilt Crater was named Best of Show at the May 27th opening of Quilt National 2011 in Athens, Ohio.  The exhibition is at the Dairy Barn Arts Center through September 5, 2011.  It will then tour the country for approximately two years.  You can see some photos of the installation at the Dairy Barn's Facebook page.  You can order a catalog of the shop from the Dairy Barn Shop or Amazon.

Maude Kerns Art Center & Gallery, Eugene

Here's a great report on the Eugene showing of "Birds Eye View" from Bonnie Bucknam:

My friend Mary and I took a drive down to Eugene, Oregon, yesterday to see our quilts at the Maude Kerns Art Center.  It was a great day.  We had all kinds of weather, from pouring rain, to hail, to sunny blue skies.  The gallery is located on the university campus in an old renovated church.  

The show, Fiber2 (really Fiber "squared" or to the 2nd power - I can't insert the correct character here) consisted of High Fiber Diet's Bird's Eye View show plus two exhibits by the Eugene fiber group Loosely Bound.  The local public radio station, KLCC, did a review of the show on February 27, 2011. Click here to hear the review.  Click on the Maude Kerns line near the top of the listings.

The gallery has a small gift shop with lots of unique items, many by the artists showing in the gallery.  In one corner they made a nice exhibit of my quilts, paintings and books.  Mary's collage cards are on the rack.

This grouping is small quilts made by the Loosely Bound artists.  What a great way to display small works.  Each was mounted on an 8" x 8" wooden cradle board that had been painted black.  The unity of color and the mounting technique really pulled together these works by different artists.  Each work was for sale individually, and the work I saw was priced from $50 to $75. 

The show is worth seeing and is up for only a few more days, until March 25th.  Do try to stop by if you are in the area.

Photos of the Back to Nature Show

We had a nice reception. Thank you to all who came! The lights which illuminate the art work so well make it difficult to take good photos. The show really looks beautiful.

Back to Nature

Back to Nature Opens Thursday March 3 in Portland

View Toward Indio (36" w x 57" h) by Bonnie Bucknam
(Photo by Mark Frey)

Back to Nature: An Exhibit by High Fiber Diet, opens Thursday, March 3 at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in Portland Oregon.  An opening reception will be held Thursday night from 5:30 - 7:30 pm at the church gallery.  Works by SAQA Oregon members Mary Arnold, Catherine Beard, Chris Brown, Bonnie Bucknam, Gerrie Congdon, Georgia French, Mary Goodson, Terry Grant, Laura Jaszkowski, and Karen Miller are included.  Please plan on attending the opening!  Back to Nature is on display March 3 - April 27, 2011.

Back to Nature: An Exhibit by High Fiber Diet
Opening Reception March 3, 2011, 5:30 - 7:30 pm
Kempton Hall, Trinity Episcopal Cathedral
147 NW 19th (at Everett)
Portland, Oregon

Shirley Jo Rimkus-Falconer

I just got a call this morning to tell me of the passing of long-time HFD member Shirley Falconer. Shirley made charming, whimsical quilts with a message, and was, herself, a great spirit. She will be missed. We extend our condolences to her husband, David and their family.