craft show tomorrow

I will be showing some of my work tomorrow at the Beth El Second Annual Art Sale and Silent Auction.  I’ll have lots of new scarves for gift giving!   The show will be open from 11 until 4 at 249 Arch Street in Sunbury, PA.  It’s my last show of 2012!


cropped branches


Fall into Fine Craft

I’ll be showing my work this weekend at the Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen Fall into Fine Craft show this Saturday and Sunday from 10 until 5 and then heading home to batten down the hatches!  If you are interested in a custom piece for the holidays, this is the time to place your order.  More information about the show can be found at the Yellow Breeches website.

I have some lovely new scarf colors:


and words to arrange:

Have a great weekend!





Village Artisans Gallery Boiling Springs PA

I am pleased to be showing my work at the Village Artisans Gallery which is located in a renovated 1875 brick church in Boiling Springs, PA. The shop has won high accolades,  including Cumberland Valley’s 2011 & 2012 Best in the Valley Place to Shop, 2011’s #1 Gallery and #1 Gift Shop on Central PA Magazine’s Hot List and the 2011 Niche Magazine’s top retailer award.

The owner, PJ Heyman, hosts a series of demonstrations called Artists in Action  throughout the year  and  has a number of activities scheduled for American Craft Week in October.

Boiling Springs is also home to an Appalachian Trail Visitor Center and the trail’s Mid-Atlantic Regional office.

Butternut Gallery Exhibit

My work is now hanging at the Butternut Gallery, part of a fiber exhibition through September 16.  Follow this link:  Fabulous Fibers to see more information.  The Butternut is a little gem which shows interesting work AND has a broad selection of used books, a wonderful mix.


Clear the Decks

I spent last week cleaning up the chaos that usually remains after I do a big craft show.  This period spent sorting and sifting allows me time to think about what I want to focus on next, probably the most challenging part of working creatively, prioritizing all the attractive ideas and what-ifs.  Fabrics folded, tools organized, I am again ready to commit and begin.

artist statement

Before heading off to this weekend’s arts festival, I have been tweaking my artist statement to hang in my booth:

Beth Aten

Stitched Works

Organic contours, complex interplay between shapes and colors, sinuous lines, and richly textured fabrics are used to depict the light and movement I am inspired by on my daily walks in nature. Having control over the exterior contours is a primary reason I work in fiber. I appreciate the sculptural properties this imparts to the work, as well as the apparent continuation and flow throughout the display space. I spend long hours in the dye studio creating the richly textured fabrics; often one piece of fabric undergoes many processes to achieve the layered results. I am enchanted by color and most often use a broad, earthy palette juxtaposed with bright highlights, reflecting my view of nature. The sinuous lines in my work are a continuation of that view, used to convey the long figurative lines of grand branches and the color boundaries of landscape. These elements combine harmoniously to express the beauty of the gardens and forests in my life.

and trying to have at least some rough photographs of all my pieces.  Here is a detail shot of one of a new series, Fields: