Ana Sumner - Sew Unique Art  
Change is in the Air

"A Pool of Sunshine"
Original Art 8x13


Change is in the Air
The last of the summer days
are adorned with Black Eyed Susans
sprawled along the corner gardens,
soaking up the sunshine.

They are a reminder
that change is in the air,
 their time to shine is slowly ending
and, shedding their seeds,
 they soon welcome
the transformation to come. 

If we could just be welcoming to the changes in our lives as the plants are,
we would be a much happier people. 


   Artist's Notes
Change is just a transformation of one thing to another; I feel that I am in that process in so many levels in my life. One of them being in my art. This past month I have been learning so much about art and artists throughout the world from an artist friend. It has been refreshing, enlightening, and very enjoyable to learn about  the masters of art, and see what I can glean from them for creating my own art. One of the main things I am learning about is colors and their relationship to each other. I have been using color intuitively. Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't. Having an understanding of colors and light and dark contrasts can make a wonderful outcome in your art. I have so much to learn, but it has been a welcome exploration, for it is helping me to see the world in multiple colors.

Below, "Interlace" is a wonderful example of using contrasting colors (Blue and Yellow/ Reds and Greens) and light and dark shades of each color.

Original art piece 5x7

Artist's Tip
Learn what you can about the art you love to create. For example, I am learning that I have been creating Primitive art or Naïve art, and this is helping me to find references on past and present artists who create this art. Even though my art is a bit different, I can grow in understanding how others see Primitive art, and it may help me express my creativity with an inner consciousness that I might not have had before. Explore the past artists and present ones, and open up to new possibilities of growth in art and in yourself. This is what makes life exciting. 
Beginners Silk Ribbon Flower Garden
Durham Arts Council
120 Morris Street
Durham, NC 27701
(Ages 16 & up)


 Thursday October 13, 2016
10:00am - 4:00pm
To Register online

To be redirected to the Durham's Art Council page,
Click on Registration Online  and enter the below information:
Program Group: Fall 2016
Instructor: Ana Sumner
or call 919-560-2726
Cost $60.00
A materials cost of $25 is due to instructor at first class meeting.

This entry-level class is designed for those who would like to learn the fundamentals of Silk Ribbon embroidery incorporated into a landscape fiber art piece. Students will become skilled at stitching several variations of flowers seen in many gardens; learn how to prepare the fabric; and use specialty fibers and beads to embellish the scene. I hope you can join me, it will be a time of learning and exploring the creative spirit. There will be a 30 minute lunch break during class.
(Bring Your Lunch)  

Click on picture for more information
In the winter of 2017, I will be teaching students how to create an Artful Landscape Quilt, or they can make it into an art piece, either way. It will be at the Innova Longarm Network Retreat "Birds of a Feather 2017" in Newport News, Virginia. Registration in progress!
Ana Sumner: Featured Artist
at the
Cary Gallery of Artists

Exhibition entitled:
"Seeds of Life"

September 30, 2016

"A Pool of Sunshine"

Exhibit runs from
September 30- October 25, 2016

Cary Gallery of Artists
Normal Gallery Hours:

Mon-Sat: 11am-5:30pm
Final Fridays: 11am-9pm

Waverly Artists Group Studio & Gallery 
Friday Art Loop
Open House – Waverly Art Gallery – Waverly Place, Cary
Friday, September 30, 6-9 PM
Special Auction 9/14 - 9/30
An Invitation for You… Waverly Artists Group is inviting our friends to a special open house
at the end of a September silent auction. Here’s how you can participate:

Each artist is offering a painting for auction at 60% off the regular price (starting bid).
As you visit the studio this month, look for each artist’s designated auction painting on their wall space (see gold tags). There will be an auction page at our front desk. You may write in your bids throughout September. 

Bidding ends Friday, September 30 at 8 pm at our Final Friday Open House.
You do not need to be present to win, but you may want to be at the gallery to keep up with the competition!
Don’t miss out on this unique opportunity to bring more art into your life.

This auction in our September Open House is our way of saying thank you for your support this year.

Here is the painting I am offering at the auction:
Auction Item #17 until 9/30/16

Original price
Starting auction price

"The World Down Under"
Through the Needle's Eye
20th National Traveling Exhibit 
"The World Down Under"

Will be on exhibit at:

Marion Heritage Center in Marion, Iowa
August 6 - October 8, 2016

Neville Public Museum of Brown County in Green Bay, Wisconsin
October 29, 2016 - January 7, 2017

Through the Needle's Eye is a national, juried exhibition of contemporary needlework.
The 20th incarnation of the show opened in the spring of 2014 in Palmer Lake, Colorado,
and will travel to venues across the country for three years, ending in 2017. 

  • You can purchase my art at Waverly Artists Group, Cary, NC; Liquidambar Gallery and Gift in Pittsboro, NC; or through my website:
  • Did you know that you can also purchase prints, cards, and other items from some of my selected art pieces? Go to Fine Art America (click on the link and it will take you there).
  • You can purchase my art at any exhibition that I may be displaying at. There is usually a price list available. 



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