Shades of Autumn Cindy Grisdela 23"x19"

Shades of Autumn Cindy Grisdela 23″x19″

I was thrilled to hear my name called at the opening reception yesterday afternoon for an Honorable Mention award at the Great Falls Studios “A Sea of Sticks and Stones” multimedia art exhibit.

Shades of Autumn, at left, is one of three of my wall pieces in the show, which includes painting, photography, ceramics and sculpture as well. Since it was a rather realistic themed show and my work is more abstract, I wasn’t expecting to hear my name at all–it was a very nice surprise. As a fiber artist, winning an award at a fine art show is a big deal for me.

The juror and judge, Walter Bartman, did an amazing job of explaining how he chose the 88 images for the show itself, and then spent time going over each piece that was chosen for an award. It was an incredible learning experience. He said he chose this piece of mine because of the depth of color, the “push and pull” of the quieter curved sections with the more active linear sections, and the three dimensional feel added by the stitching texture.

"A Sea of Sticks and Stones" reception 2014

“A Sea of Sticks and Stones” reception 2014

The show runs through September 29, 2014 in the Art Hall at the USGS, located at 12201 Sunrise Valley Drive, Reston, VA. It’s open during business hours–8 AM – 5 PM Monday-Friday, and a photo ID is required to enter the building.

The photo at left from the reception gives you a better idea of the exhibit as a whole–it’s a visual feast and I’m glad to be part of it! My heartfelt thanks to the members of Great Falls Studios for their talent and inspiration and to the tireless volunteers who made this show a reality.

It’s a busy time for the artists of Great Falls Studios– mark your calendars for the 2014 Studio Tour–this year it will be three days from Friday, October 17- Sunday, October 19 from 10-5 each day. I’ll be in the studio I share with 14 other artists located at 1144 Walker Road, Suite G in Great Falls.



  1. Diane on September 7, 2014 at 5:25 pm


  2. Robin Kent on September 8, 2014 at 1:53 pm

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