Welcome to 2023

Do you ever wish you could take a year to just create for the sake of creating? Possibly travel and take some art classes or seminars?

This year in 2023, I am taking a Sabbatical. I have never done this. I will still blog and take photos of my work and inspiration. In other words I will take you with me on my sabbatical.

This past spring my two children both graduated from high school and college. My eldest, Emma took a position with Price Waterhouse Coopers and moved to Scottsdale, Arizona. My son Daniel is studying welding at TMCC and moved out on his own. With all this empty nesting going on my husband, Bryan and I bought a condo in Scottsdale to be close to Emma, but also to get out of the cold during the winters.

Scottsdale is a beautiful bustling place. The Sunsets are fabulous. And I am embracing the desert cactus and foliage there. (Yes, I am thinking about all the possible quilts.)

We will be traveling back and forth, but also I have a trip this March planned to Monterey, CA to take Floral Painted Appliqué on Silk with Andrea Brokenshire. Bryan and I are going to New Mexico to see the sights there. I have wanted to go for so long.

In April, We are going to Montreal, Canada. And in September Emma and I are going to France.

In between all my travels I intend to create and takes some online classes. And of course attend the Reno Quilt Show in June. All and all I will be busy. I would love to blog about my adventures this year and bring you with me.

So what have I been working on.

Much of what I have done this fall is some redecorating. I made new pillow covers for my Kitchen banquet and living room couch.

New quilted pillow covers for my couch.
Kitchen banquet pillows

I also created a guest room for my daughter and friends to stay. I have named the room The Seagull Room. The quilt was four years in the making, each block is hand needle turn application. I give credit to Lynette Anderson for the quilt pattern. The quilt above the bed is one of my favorite quilts created from a memory of Bryan and I’s sunset walk on Cannon Beach, Oregon. It is called “My Fish.”

The Seagull Room

Currently, two if my pieces are hanging at the Keck museum at the University of Reno, Nevada. They will be there until the end of February. I will be giving a lecture on my art and process sometime in February. The date and time I will announce when I get it.

I finished several pieces in the fall that have not been seen. It is a mixed media of 30” x 40”. This piece is available. If interested please contact me.

Pyroclastic Cumulus Clouds
Western Draught

Western Drought is a 60” x 50” quilt that I created for myself from a trip to Arizona. It will hang in my condo soon. I have still materials from this quilt if you should desire one similar.

So stay tuned, I will be blogging about my adventures and art this year. Should you need a commissioned piece we can talk or if you see a piece you are interested in feel free to contact me.

Warmest Regards for a wonderful joyous 2023,

Holly Gardner

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  1. Beautiful pieces and such great plans! So impressed, thanks for sharing and I’m looking forward to what comes next.

    1. Thank you So much Karl, my hope is to try some new mediums and experience some new places. Many regards.

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