Jimmy and Lucky.©Susan Shie 2003.

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Our front door!  Can't miss the place! ©Shie and Acord 2001. ©1997 Susan Shie. Turtle Moon Studios

Jimmy and Marigold my cat, in Jimmy's studio.

This was our front door

mural from 1992 to 2008.

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Jimmy fishing at Grayling 2009 ©Doug Hall 2009.

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Garage Door Mural 10-08. ©Susan Shie 2008

Find Susan Shie, James Acord, Turtle Moon Studios, and Turtle Art Camp by spotting this garage door mural. This is the mural I painted on our garage door in Fall, 2008, to replace the aging mural on the front door. It's my Personal Landscape with Jimmy and me, Gretchen, Mike, and Eva, President Obama, and the Statue of Liberty, and all of our and GEM's cats, and a little St Quilta the Comforter down in the bottom left corner, sending out Peace vibes. Its message is "Power to the People: Heal the Earth with Unity and Kindness." You can see more images and read my statement about this huge painting here.

NEW! My third online class: Lucky Drawing 103 - April 14 - May 11, 2015. Four weeks. Read about it and sign up now. You can re-up, if you're taking Lucky Drawing 102 right now, so you can continue our studies together, or you can be a new student. All work will be based on your personal best as the goal, so beginning drawing students are welcome, as well as all other skill level artists, including advanced. Most of the artists I know never learned much about drawing, so it's fine to get back to it now, and if you draw really well, but haven't been inspired or structured, join us!

Drawing ©Susan Shie 2014.


Turtle Moon Studios - our front yard. ©Susan Shie 2003.Turtle Art Camp

Study on an intimate level with artist Susan Shie. Through her Turtle Art Camp, she's been helping people find their instinctive and joyful aritist's voice in classes in her home and studios since 1994. Study drawing and painting with regular drawing tools and brush painting, and optional airbrush and airpen. Focus on any to all of the processes offered. Work on paper and/or canvas all week, rather than on fabric, if you choose. Students can choose to machine quilt one of their daily camp paintings at the end of their week. Each Turtle Art Camp can have up to four (maybe five) adult students, who live and work in Susan's home and studios in Wooster, Ohio.

Above is the front view of Turtle Moon Studios, when the crabapple trees are blooming in the Moon Garden. (The Moon Garden has a cement turtle in it, too, since this is Turtle Moon Studios.)

NEW! Turtle Art Camp 2015 schedule:

The camp dates listed here show the days you travel in and out, and the days in between are the five full class days here.

This 2015 schedule is subject to changes, if needed. But once I have one student for a camp, that camp's dates are locked in. I'm offering 11 one-week art camps in 2015. All these camps have Sunday travel-in days and Saturday travel-out days.

TAC 2015 monthly camps to study with me in Wooster, Ohio:

February 22 - 28 one student.

March 22 - 28

April 26 - May 2

May 3 - 9

May 31 - June 6 (one student signed up. room for 3-4 more!)

July 12 - 18

August 2 - 8

August 31 - September 5

September 20 - 26

October 11 - 17

November 15 - 21

You can write to me, to create another time period that will work for you, for any number of days, too.

Please read the full information about Turtle Art Camp, before you contact me to sign up for a camp. You will find lots of pictures there and full explanation of what to expect in this class program / art biospheric experience! Thank you!

Susan Shie: teaching schedule at other locations:

Festival of Quilts 2014. 3 day Academy masterclass, in conjunction with my solo exhibiton. NEC, Birmingham, England. My class Aug 5-7. My lecture Aug 10. My solo exhibition Aug 7-10, 2014.

Maiwa Workshops. Vancouver, BC, Canada. 4 day class, October 1-4, 2015, following my public lecture there Sept 30, 2015.

Focus on Fiber 2016. Atlantic Center for the Arts. New Smyrna Beach, FL I'll be teaching a three day class and taking part in the weeklong retreat. Also, I may be at the FoF 2015 retreat, but not teaching then. Mid-March, 2016.

European Patchwork Meeting. Solo exhibition and seminar class. Ste Marie des Mines, Alsace, France. Sept, 2016.

Art Quilt Tahoe 2016. Zephyr Point Conference Center. Zephyr Cove, NV. Four day class. Early Nov, 2016.

Texas Quilt Museum. Solo exhibition and probable class, during the exhibition's secheduled time. LaGrange, TX. Sometime in the first half of 2017.

If you want me to come teach for your quilt guild or other artists group, visit my Class Descriptions page to see all the classes I offer.

Sewing with Libby's help. ©Susan Shie 2012

Above is a picture of Libby laying on my lap, as I sew the hand worked border edge on the "David Wax Museum"DDD" piece in June, 2012.

Private students art lessons in my home.

Besides teaching adult students at other places I travel to, and at my weeklong Turtle Art Camps at my home and studio, I also give private and small group art lessons in my home, for drawing and painting with students of all ages. The focus is on drawing from life. Read all about how it works I am also preparing to teach an online drawing class, for those who wish to improve their drawing skills but can't make it to study with me in person. I plan to offer this, beginning in early 2015.

Fiestaware_still_life_drawing. ©Susan Shie 2014

Above: This is an ink and watercolor drawing I made while working with a local art students in my home, during a recent lesson. We each worked in our sketchbooks, drawing the still life of my Fiesta Ware for two hours.


"ER: Page of Potholders in the Kitchen Tarot." (Eleanor Roosevelt and Human Rights) (detail shown below) is my newest major piece of 2014, which I made after being invited to participate in the exhibition "Expressions in Equality," curated by Sheila Frampton-Cooper, at the Visions Art Museum in San Diego, CA, Jan 17 to April 4, 2015, with a one year tour. You can read my artist's statement and see mnay large images of "ER: Page of Potholders" (made between October 15 and November 25, 2014) in my 2014 Gallery, where you can link to many images and statements on my other pieces made in 2014.

ER (Eleanor Roosevelt and Human Rights)-Page of Potholders in the Kitchen Tarot. detail view. ©Susan Shie 2014.


"Annie Leonard: 7 of Pyrex Cups in the Kitchen Tarot" (detail shown below) is a piece I worked on from March 8 to June 18, 2014. Here's a detail of it, and you can read my statement for it and see lots of pix of "Annie Leonard" in my 2014 Gallery, where you can link to many images and statements on my other pieces made in 2014.

I made a piece about Maya Angelou after this one, but can't show it yet, because it's been accepted into Quilt National '15. I can post pictures and the statement for "The Pie of Life" in late May, 2015, after Quilt National '15 opens.

Annie Leonard. detail view. ©Susan Shie 2014.


Below is a detail of my piece, finished April 15, 2014, is "For Love of Libby," about Libby Lehman, Libby Spooler, and Libby Bruch. You might very well know who one or two of these Libby Ladies are, but check it out, to find out what they're doing here together. I made this piece for the "Inspired by Libby" project, which you'll hear more about, too, when you read my artist's statement and view some nice, large images of "For Love of Libby."

Note 5-29-14: I've made a little video about my piece "For Love of Libby," made for the Inspired by Libby project, curated by Clara Lawrence. My friend Pat Cornelius came over last night and shot the video for me, after my many failed attempts to do it as a selfie video! You can see it on Vimeo.

Note: This piece raised $5,000. in the Inspired by Libby auction, Nov 5, 2014, all of which will be donated to the Libby Lehman medical expenses fund.

Libby.  detail view. ©Susan Shie 2014.


The detail image below is from my first major piece made in 2014, "Mandela: 3 of Paring Knives (swords) in the Kitchen Tarot." It's about the life of Nelson Mandela, with a smaller tribute to Pete Seeger, and many hopes for the influence of Pope Francis in the world, and also more hopes for my granddaughter and her generation in the world.

Mandela. detail view. ©Susan Shie 2014.


This detail below is from my 2003 piece "Peace Cupboard," probably my very favorite small piece that I've ever made, and it's the most intensely hand stitched and beaded piece I've ever done. I'm starting a new Gallery with it, called my Small Works Gallery, and will eventually add more of my best works from over my career, including both older and new artworks there. On July 3, 2013, I added a second hand stitched, small piece "Peace Garden," made from 2003 to 2006.

Peace Cupboard detail view. ©Susan Shie 2003.


Watch my 2010 solo exhibition video from the Festival of Quilts in Birmingham, England. This video was made by Andrew Galli:

I'll be back at this UK event this year in August, 2014. I know how wonderful this 2010 experience was, and I can't wait to go back again. As in 2010, I'll be teaching a three day Academy class there at the Festival of Quilts, besides having my solo show.

Susan Shie price formulas for my work.

Visit my blog, visit the Turtle Moon Studios page on Facebook, visit my personal page on Facebook, visit the KItchen Tarot Cafe page on Facebook.

Visit my Etsy shop SusanShieArt, where I have a lot of smaller artworks for sale.

Watch the slideshow for my episode #1013 of The Quilt Show, which premiered on June 24, 2012. You must be a paid member of The Quilt Show to see the actual hour-long episode of their interview with me, but you can see the video trailer for free. You can view my "Soft Paintings" project on The Quilt Show's Projects page, if you're a paid member. You can click a button to become a member, from that page.



Teacher of the Year 2008 logo

Susan Shie Teacher of the Year 2008 award from Professional Quilter Magazine.

Artist's Statement March 30, 2010

Susan Shie price formulas for my work

Video of Susan Shie's solo exhibition interview at the Festival of Quilts in Birmingham, England. Video made by Andrew Galli. August, 2010.

Interview with Susan Shie on "Every Person is a Philosopher," the blog of The Neighborhood Writing Alliance, publishers of the Journal of Ordinary Thought, of Chicago. Posted Sept 19, 2011.

Interview with Susan Shie by Bob Ruggiero, for Friends@Festival, an e-zine of Quilts, Inc, because of my solo show, 3 day class, and lecture at the Spring International Quilt Festival, 2011.

Susan Shie Barack Obama Quilt S.O.S. interview #2 by Karen Musgrave, Dec, 2008

Susan Shie - Quilters' S.O.S. - Save Our Stories interview by Karen Musgrave

My Turtle Trax Diary: My diary has moved to my blog, and I now put my diary entries there.

Tower detail. ©Susan Shie 2007.

Here's a detail from my "Pressure Cooker / Tower" piece, which was in Quilt National '07 and on the cover of the Quilt National book. Read about it and lots of news since February, 07 to July, 07 in my Turtle Trax Diary for July 31, 2007.

Diary entries, back to August 27, 1997, are found in the Turtle Trax Diary Index.

©1989  Robin Schwalb. GQ logo.

Archive of the GREEN QUILTS Project, which ended in 2004. Read the online newsletter on the GREEN QUILTS page, which leads to diary style update pages. The GREEN QUILTS Project officially ended in May, 2004. You can read all about this in the last update page. A deep thank you to everyone who contributed to the project over its 15 years, especially to Robin Schwalb and Michele Merges Martens, my GREEN QUILTS co-organizers.

Logo©Lotus Tarot 2005.Free Tarot Readings from Lotus Tarot. I found this site and did a sample reading, and it was just like i was doing the reading myself, with my own cards. I reallly liked it and hope you will, too. It reminded me of the little astrology program I use, which is a Mac hypercard.This is just a very simple site, and you click on the cards you want to select, after concentrating on your question. Then they give you the meanings of each card you'd chosen. You can even archive up to ten free readings on their site, and you can have endless readings.

Jimmy and Lucky.©Susan Shie 2003.Turtle Moon Studios:


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