Martha Beadle's mid-life crisis resulted not in a change
of heart, but
(excuse the pun) a change of art.
When Beadle turned 50, she decided to
well-honed skills of needlepoint and handwork and meld
them with her love of poetry and art. The result--wildly
colorful, intricate creations anchored with a quotation
or a line of poetry.
"My sister said I was a bit eccentric," said Beadle.
"So now I refer to
my work as 'Needle Eccentricities.'"
Beadle, who considers herself a folk-artist, puts heart
and soul into each work. Her multi-media pieces use
scrapes of fabrics, buttons, beads, seashells, dried flowers
and other items. These pieces deal with her family
which includes her husband and three children in their
twenties, one with Down Syndrome. There was even a
piece celebrating her father's 80th Birthday.
"Sometimes it's hard to share thoughts, fears or
feelings," said Beadle. "It's easier when I put it on the fabric."
Beadle's work won a merit award at the 2002
Arts Alive Festival in Florence, Alabama and third place
for her booth exhibition at the 2003 Arts Alive Festival. She
has recently been accepted at Okaloosa-FT. Walton
Community Art Show in Ft. Walton, Florida, where she
won second place with her piece,
"Everything to Rights".
Beadle has had a piece accepted into the 2003
Appalachian Corridors Juried Exhibition at the Avampato
Discovery Museum in Charleston, West Virginia,
which will open in September, 2003.
Most recently, Beadle has been accepted by jury
into the 32nd Annual Kentuck Festival of the Arts
in Northport, Alabama. This art exhibition will be
held on October 18th and 19th, 2003.
Beadle's work is on display at ARTifacts Gallery, also
in Florence, Kentuck Gallery, North Port, Alabama,
as well as in homes and collections across the Southeast and Europe.
Martha would like to thank all who have encouraged
her along...especially her husband Greg and children Sam,
Will and Liza, Anne and Champ Meyercord, Greg and
Beverly Watson, and especially Stan Larkin, O.F and
Shelby Moomaw, Ruby Beadle and the late A.I. Beadle.
A special thanks also goes to Mary Anne and Larry Haeger
for their help in setting up at the different art shows.
Martha would also like to thank the many button and fabric
scavengers who have shared from their collections.