Using color and fabric to
create inspirational designs.
Originally from South Carolina, Rod earned a BA in Music from the University of Florida before embarking on a career as a professional musician and educator. He continued his education earning his MA and PhD from the American University. At the same time, he spent 20 years performing with The United States Army Band. He also taught at the famed Duke Ellington School of the Arts. After retiring from the Army, he continued to teach until 2003 when he relocated to New Mexico.
While in New Mexico, Rod accepted a position as a band director with the Albuquerque Public Schools. Throughout the years, he maintained an interest in the visual arts. He experimented with a variety of media but never found his passion until discovering fiber arts. In 2011, on a visit to the Open House held at Empty Spools Quilt Seminars here in Pacific Grove, he stumbled into a class led by Susan Carlson and fell in love with the process of creating realistic and/or abstract images using tiny pieces of fabric. He was instantly hooked. Since that visit, he has studied under several artists and continues to develop his quilting techniques.
Rod's work has been displayed in the New Mexico capitol building, the Harwood Museum of the American West, the Texas Quilt Museum, the Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum as well as numerous local venues in New Mexico. His work has been featured in Quilt Artist Magazine, The Quilter, Quilter's Home, as well as local publications in New Mexico. In 2015, he was the Artist in Residence at Empty Spools Seminars. He is currently teaching his technique to quilt guilds and other workshops.
Rod is a member of SAQA - Studio Art Quilt Associates, and MQG - Modern Quilt Guild.
I use colors and textures of fiber to create images that inspire me and hopefully inspire others. Being a resident of New Mexico, many of my pieces reflect the culture of the Southwest. Frequently, I find my inspiration in the photography of my spouse, Jim Carnevale. My goal is to create images that tell a story and lift our spirits.
Jeanne Mills, Program
Linda Garofalo, Workshops
Meetings are generally held on the first Monday of every month at:
Pacific Grove Community Center Directions
515 Junipero Street (at 15th)
Pacific Grove, CA 93950
Social time begins at 6:30 p.m. and the meeting starts promptly at 7:00 p.m.