Monday, April 27, 2015

Lee Verle T. Jarrard - Brief Story of My Mother


Pictured is my maternal grandmother, Cora Terry Turner, holding my mother, 
Lee Verle Turner Jarrard, as tiny infant.


My mother, Lee Verle Turner Jarrard, passed away on April 13.  She was 97 years old.  

When she was born in 1917 she weigh about 2 pounds and was put aside in a shoe box by the doctor who didn't think she would live.  My great-grandmother, Lilly Austin Terry, had other ideas and packed her with hot water bottles and mother survived.

Mother never met her father and he never saw her.  He was in the army in New Mexico when she was born and died before he was able to come home.  My mother always had a certain sadness over not having her father but transfered that love to her grandfather Doc who she spoke of often.

Mother loved to talk about her childhood growing up on Victor Mill Village in Greer, SC.  Anyone who heard her might have thought she was talking about Disneyland.  She never forgot her Victor friends, all their families, who married who and all the other gossip that floats around a small community.


Lee Verle T. Jarrard


After high school mother attended Limestone College in Gaffney, SC but it was the great depression and she had to leave after only one semester.  She then attended business school.  She met and married our father, John C. Jarrard, after taking a position as a bookkeeper with Slater Mfg. in Slater, SC.  

My parents had a wonderful marriage.  They enjoyed entertaining their employees and family with cookouts and swim parties.  They traveled and made friends wherever they went including one of the actors from Hawaii Five 0 who they met while on a visit in Hawaii.  They were partners in everything they did including building a business in Marietta, SC.  Jarrard Hardware & Furniture is still in business today although owned by a gentleman who bought the business and wanted to keep the name as it was well known in the area.  My father passed away in 1982 and mother continued as head of the business until the late 1980's.

Both of my parents loved people and when mother retired she was always up for a drive to eat out, visit someone, or help a friend.  She was available to take her friends to appointments, plays, concerts and church events.  She was the designated driver for her group until age 90.

Mother is survived by a half brother, four children, 2 daughter-in-laws, 1 son-in-law, 5 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren.  At her memorial service I was happy to see children of her friends and the many people she taught in Sunday School over the years.  

I always admired my mother for her intelligence and her love and generosity of service to her church, community and family.  She had a rich and successful life and is missed.

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Monday, April 6, 2015

What Size Are You?


Barn Door - Terry Jarrard-Dimond
80" x 80" - Hand Dyed Fabric

The first few fabric pieces I made were traditional quilts and as such were made a size that would fit a bed.  They were made in units so it wasn't difficult to made a large piece.....you just kept adding units.  

As my work developed and I began to think of this work as more than a bed quilt, the work became smaller. The direction of the work was less clear and more experimental.  My first large art piece, Barn Door pictured above,  was indeed large at 80" x 80".  I loved working at that scale and have since made a number of very large works.  



Untitled - Terry Jarrard-Dimond
12" x 12" - Charcoal and Stitching



As I moved ahead in my work, working small became more of a challenge for me but lately I've become more interested in what can be achieved in a small format.  The three new works pictured are about 12" square.  They will be matted and framed which is how I think works of this size in fabric look best.

This week I saw a link to an artist I did not know, Thomas Nozkowski.  Actually I had seen some of his work but his name didn't stick.  Now it will.  Here's a link to a nice interview with him.





Untitled - Terry Jarrard-Dimond
12" x 12" - Charcoal and Stitching

Nozkowski has many things to say of interest but one that caught my attention was the fact that some years ago he made the decision to work on a smaller scale than is the usual at the time in New York galleries.  He said he wanted to work at a scale that would fit in his friend's apartment.  I loved that.




Untitled - Terry Jarrard-Dimond
12" x 12" - Charcoal and Stitching


I'll bet many of you are like me in that you have a stack of large works that will not fit anywhere except in a gallery.  OK, I admit that I am sitting right next to that first large piece I spoke about but our new house has unusually high ceilings and lots of wall space.  I have sold a couple of large works but most people can't afford them even if they have walls big enough to hang them.

So what size are you?  What are your feelings about the size of work?  Does the size of a work make it more or less important?  How do you feel about having stacks of large pieces that can't be shown in many shows because of size limitations?  How do you feel about having to pay $$$ to ship these works if you get into a show?

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Monday, March 30, 2015

My Personal Studio Practice and Art Quilt Network




Midnight Garden - Terry Jarrard-Dimond
Fabric, Charcoal and Stitching

I'm excited to have been invited to talk at the semi-annual meeting of The Quilt Art Network in Columbus, Ohio in April.  This group of creative and dedicated artists grew from a smaller group headed by Nancy Crow and Linda Flower back in 1987 and now has a membership in access of 80.

My topic will be "My Personal Studio Practice".  This sounded like an easy topic but it has proven to be more of a challenge than expected and a much broader topic than I first imagined.  I will also be working with participants hands on and look forward to a great 3 days
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Regarding my studio practice, we have continued to try and clear the way in our new location to get back to some kind of normal schedule and I can just see the light ahead.  I have managed to begin some work in a couple of different directions which is encouraging.  One of the biggest challenges is to get the big studio sorted out.  We have done most of the really hard work or I should say, Tom has done most of the hard work, but we still haven't cleared the space and set up shop.  We reached a point where we just had to take a break and take care of other parts of life.

Thanks for sticking in there with me.  I have several artists in mind for profiles I want to do soon and will be posting new work when it is ready.

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Monday, March 16, 2015

What Does It Take to Keep Working

This weekend I attended a birthday party and exhibition for an artist friend who was turning 90 years old.  This is the third such celebration I have attended this year.  

I hope to do a full article on this artist soon so I will keep the identity to myself for now but seeing the work was very inspiring.

So many people give up on their creative pursuits.  They drop by the wayside for many reasons.   What does it take to be one of those who continues to create:  desire, drive, good health, luck, support of family and friends, all of these things.  Making art is not easy.  Most of us do it because we are born "makers" and aren't happy if we aren't in the studio.

Part of the party Saturday was an exhibition of work by this particular artist.  The work had been produced over the last 20-30 years including about 10+ new pieces made during the last 18 months.  I loved seeing the older work next to the new and recognize the brush stroke of this mature painter in all of the paintings.  

Our culture is so youth oriented that older people are often overlooked while in some cultures they are revered.  Look around.  You may be blesses with some very interesting and creative people who have entered the realm of senior citizen.  Enjoy them.  Learn from them.

Congratulations to my friend on such an impressive accomplishment.


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Monday, March 9, 2015

Passport To The Arts A Big Success




Drawing by Clemson Alum, Geo Sipp.
Lee Gallery, Clemson University


This was the fourth year for Passport To The Arts a fundraiser for The Art Center in Clemson, SC.  This year they sold out of tickets for this unique event.



The OLLI Center featured a showing of work by art students
at Clemson University

Each ticket holder receives a passport which allows them to ride between exhibitions of art around town.  This year the venues were Lee Gallery at Clemson University, The Bus Terminal for the Clemson Area Transportation Department, The Art Center of Clemson, and the Osher Life Learning Center which is at Patrick Square.  Each location has art, refreshments and music.  In addition to this, each of the buses has entertainment for the riders.  We heard some wonderful poetry and two singer-musicians on the buese. Here are a few shots of the event.



The CAT Bus terminal was lots of fun with an opportunity for art making on
a large scale.




Poet Tony Click read his poetry to riders of one
of the CAT buses. 



The OLLI Center featured a nice three piece jazz combo to
entertain people while they viewed the art.

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