Biography

As far back as I can remember, I was always sewing something.

I think I was born with “busy hands”. So it was inevitable that over time I would find my way to quilt making.

Quilting is traditionally defined as two layers of fabric with a layer of batting between them and then stitched together by needle and thread. Thus by definition, I create traditional quilts. Yet rather than serving a traditional function, they are designed simply for their artistic and visual pleasure. 

Many of my quilts are informed by a lifetime of visits to museums where my imagination always takes flight. I am particularly taken by the masterful works of people whose art is an integral part of their spiritual lives. Their images float around in my head and become the points of inspiration. You may recognize echoes from the collections at MOMA and the Met in NY, the De Young in San Francisco and others—re-imagined masks and figures that appear to have come out of Africa, dual faces that the modernists imprinted on my mind, and the mysterious figures from the New Guinea spirit boards.

Nature and music are constants in my life and find their way into my work. 

 

SOLO SHOWS

2019 Creatures Big & Small — Orinda Public Library — Orinda, CA
2018 Release! Release! — Orinda Public Library — Orinda, CA 

2016 500 Howard Street, Lobby Gallery — San Francisco, CA

2015 Union Bank Lobbies, 350 & 400 California St.— San Francisco CA

2012 De Vrys University Lobby, 505 14th St.— Oakland CA  

2012 Out of Africa — Orinda Public Library— Orinda, CA

2011 Thousand Oaks Gallery — Berkeley, CA

2011 Masks & Meditations — The Moraga Art Gallery — Moraga, CA

COMMISSION WORK 

2014 Zero Gravity Dreamscape

2008 Be One With Each Other

2004 Square Dance

GROUP/JURIED SHOWS

2019 Alameda County Arts Commission Exhibit — Oakland CA
2019 Fabric Messages —The Gallery At 48 Natoma — Folsom, CA
2019  Fabrications — Pence Gallery — Davis, CA
2018/19 Intersections7/Fiber & Beyond—Annual Carnegie Art Showcase at 48 Natoma — Folsom, CA
2019 Annual Carnegie Art Showcase – Carnegie Arts Center – Turlock, CA
2019 Creatures Big & Small — Orinda Public Library — Orinda, CA 
2018 Release! Release! — Orinda Public Library Showcase—Orinda, CA 2018 Intertwined — Healdsburg Center for the Arts — Healdsburg, CA
2018 Art Quilts, Works by Members of SAQA / Carnegie Arts Center—Turlock, CA
2017 Soul Searching — Firehouse Arts Center/Harrington Gallery — Pleasanton, CA
2017 On The Fringe — SAQA / Firehouse Arts Center/Harrington Gallery — Pleasanton CA
2016 EBHQ - Voices in Cloth — Craneway Pavilion—Richmond, CA  
2016 Olive Hyde Art Center Gallery 48th Annual Textile Exhibition  — Fremont CA
2016 SAQA Inspirations II — San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles —  San Jose, CA
2016 Outside the Line — Marin Society of Artists — San Raefel, CA 
        (Honorable Mention)
2015 SAQA-That’s A Quilt? — San Francisco Quilt Guild — San Francisco, CA
2014 KPFA Annual Crafts Fair—Richmond CA
2014  EBHQ - Voices in Cloth — Craneway Pavilion — Richmond, CA
2013 Intersections 6/Fiber Dimensions & Beyond — Herbst Exhibition Hall-
The Presidio— San Francisco CA,
2012 Gayle Van Dyke Atrium Gallery — Greenbrae, CA
2012 EBHQ - Voices in Cloth — Craneway Pavilion — Richmond, CA

2011 500 Howard Street, Lobby Gallery — San Francisco, CA

2011 Congregational Church —Tiburon, CA

2011 Fiber Dimensions at the Bay Model — Sausalito, CA

2011 Fiber Dimensions at the Blue Line Gallery — Roseville, CA

2007 Thrice Threads — Pomona Cultural Center Gallery — Pomona, NY

1998 World of Quilts — Northern Star Quilters Guild—Somers, NY   
         (2nd Place Award)

1997 World of Quilts — Northern Star Quilters Guild—Somers, NY   
        (Honorable Mention)

1997 Quilts=Art=Quilts —Schweinfurth Art Center—Auburn NY
         
(3rd Place Award)

GUEST SPEAKER

2016 EBHQ — Thursday Night Meet-ups —Berkeley CA

2016  SAQA — 3-D Quilting

2014 Creativity Celebration — OLLI, San Francisco CA

2014 INSPIRATION: Looking Out, Looking In —Valley Stitcher’s Guild,
         Pleasant Hill, CA

MEDIA

SAQA Journal, Health & Wholeness feature, Fall 2015 —‘Disappearing into Alzheimer’s’

The Orinda News, July 2012

Lamorinda Sun, November 18, 2011

Lamorinda Weekly, November 9, 2011

Contra Costa Times - Walnut Creek Journal - Arts & Leisure Section– Feature Article, November 11/24 & 20, 2011

The Quilt Life Magazine, October 2011, featured “Jester”, a dual-image mask

 

ORGANIZATIONS
Fiber Dimensions
East Bay Heritage Quilters (EBHQ)
Studio Art Quilter’s Association (SAQA)

For more information or to make a purchase, contact me at: sjhellerca@gmail.comCommissions welcome!