SIDNEY, Mont. - Artist Marie Shirley Jones of Red Lodge, Mont., writes that French artist Edward Degas once told a young painter, "It's all very well to copy what you see, but it is better to draw what you see in your mind. Then your memory and imagination are freed."
When Jones's art gravitates toward realism, she changes directions abruptly in order to stay free of the confines that come with it.
"Working with a process that is unpredictable helps with this, as I never know which direction the results will take me," she said in a news release. "Fabric lends itself to surprise as well. I don't feel a need to express any deep, dark emotions. I create art for the joy of being consumed in the creative process."
Artist Marie Shirley Jones will conduct half-day workships in February at the MonDak Heritage Center in Sidney, Mont.
Jones will be at the MonDak Heritage Center Saturday, Feb. 9, for two half-day workshops which quilters and other textile artists will enjoy. Cost for the hands-on workshop will be $20 for a half-day session. Participation is limited, so call soon to reserve your place. Call the center at 406-433-3500, or email Jenny at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.