Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Lizzie Borden Is Coming to ArtPrize

Lizzie Borden took an axe
And gave her mother forty whacks.
When she saw what she had done
She gave her father forty-one.

If you're in Grand Rapids, Michigan from September 19th through October 7th, you should check out ArtPrize. According to the website (, "ArtPrize is an international art competition, open to any artist and decided by public vote, promoting critical dialogue and collaboration throughout the year."

My wife's entry is Lizzie B., an art quilt created in the traditional 19th century "Crazy Quilt" pattern. Lizzie Bordon, arguably one of the craziest 19th century figures, adds to the craziness. You can see Lizzie B. in person at Rockys Bar and Grill, 633 Ottawa NW.


  1. So your wife has a dark side, too :).

    The art quilt is very cool. And oddly "cute." :D

    1. Thanks, Kat. If anyone can make Lizzie look cute, it's Tracy.

  2. Ah, so that's what Lizzie Borden did. I knew the name, just not the story.

    1. It's well-known in the U.S., pretty much a legend. In terms of anti-hero notoriety, she might be on the same level as Guy Fawkes, although we don't have a holiday devoted to her.