Hill and Bill won’t be happy until
they’re living once more in the White House 
But her emails were bleached
And her husband impeached 
Will Bill ever become the first First Spouse?

Tell Me a Story" Foundry Art Center,
St Charles, MO  June 16 -July 28, 2017

"Bob (got drafted)'
44” x 32”

 This piece depicts the sad day in February of 1970 when
Captain Robert K. Anderson of the United States Air Force,
my brother, was buried. 

The five chairs represent the five remaining members
of our family and how distraught we were in our grief
………and yet at the same time........

unable to share our pain with one another.


"Aftermath: Abu Ghraib" 30 x 40"  2013

Permanent Collection of the "Human Rights Art Exhibit" 

Photographs taken of the atrocities committed by the US

military at the Iraqi prison of Abu Ghraib in 2008 were broadcast around the world.

The tortured prisoner in my pieces is a non-military professor of

theology named Ali Shalal, often referred to as

“The Man Behind the Hood”.

​In my work, he wears the universal “V” mask of protest and rebellion superimposed on his hooded face; he represents the repercussions of the dishonorable chapter in our country’s history.

 Tenth Annual "Human Rights Art Exhibit" South Texas College McAllen, Texas  March 23 - April 24, 2015


 Featured in the Museum of Michigan State University’s book “Quilts and Human Rights”,
published by the University of Nebraska Press in 2016

Fort Myers Alliance for the Arts, Ft Myers, FL 2013


"Drippin’ On Down The Drain”

30 x 40 x 1 3/4" Gallery Wrapped  2014   $2400
As of ten years ago, the average United States resident used
176 gallons of water daily; this is compared to the average African resident who uses 5 gallons per day.  The average distance that women in developing countries walk each day in order to collect water is four miles.  These figures are quoted from a United Nations report which also predicts that by 2025, 180 million people worldwide will live in “Absolute water scarcity”. I try to remind myself of this each time I run the shower,
brush my teeth, wash my vegetables.How easy and how plentiful for us………………..and yet how
precious to the world.

"Environmentally Engaged" Lighthouse ArtCenter and Museum, Tequesta, FL September & October, 2015"

Different View" Goff Gallery, Visual Art Center, Punta Gorda, FL  May & June 2015

The Bridge Gallery, Denver CO:  January through May 2015

 Art Center Sarasota, Sarasota, FL:  January and February 2014 

Visual Art Center, Punta Gorda, FL:  July and August, 2014

"High Frequency Trading"

30" x 40" x 1 3/4" Gallery Wrapped   2014 $2400
High frequency trading (HFT) may not be the most egregious
of Wall Street’s many, many abuses but it IS emblematic of a deeper crisis in our markets and among our market regulators. The wealthiest one percent in our country are able to devise innumerable ways to skim money from a disappearing middle class.  It is a self-perpetuating cycle; the rich have the money to devise the scams while the unwary get misled and  scammed. Our Securities and Exchange Commission is toothless.
The economic chasm widens with alarming speed while our legislators look the other way.

Sidney and Berne Davis Art Center

Mayhem, Chaos, Confusion" Visual Art Center, Punta Gorda, FL

 Annual Statewide all media "Florida Flavor" Art Center Sarasota July/August 2014​
​Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Gallery, Port Charlotte, FL  April, 2014 

2016 Election Nursery Rhyme Triptych

"Day At The Beach"

15 x 30 GW


“Day At The Beach” is a plea for all of us in this country to accept war torn refugees; it is a plea to reject hatred, bigotry and fear.  I stitched 340 words into this small piece, see www.patriciaturnerart.com

A portion reads:  “Why do we do not rise with One United Voice of Protest when a major political figure publicly states that we should not only ban refugees but, gee, let’s go ahead and ban ALL Muslims……….all billion plus of them………..because, wow, you never know when someone fleeing death and famine and torture might show up at your doorstep with an AK 47.”

"Art of Engagement" Touchstone Gallery, Washington, D.C. August 4 - August 28, 2017

"Positive/Negative Curated" Slocumb Galleries, East Tennessee University, Johnson City TN

Curator Dr Anja Foerschner of the Getty Art Research Institute

March 13 - April 7, 2017

"Displacement and Migration" St Louis Artists Guild, Oak Knoll Mansion, April and May 2017
"Art Advocacy Speaks: Art For Social Change", Pittsburgh, PA   September     2016

"Notes" Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center, Ft Myers, FL    May 2016

"Hashtag Heil ISIS"
​36" x 24” x 1 3/4"
Gallery Wrapped 2014
With an impressive command of the internet, the savage brutality of the Third Reich, and the leftover spoils of the US Military incursion, ISIS has indeed become our global nightmare.

"At the Heart of It" Art Center Sarasota, Sarasota, FL March and April 2015


"Devolution" 2016   24 x 30 GW

​In the last few millennium of the relatively brief history of humans on this planet, we have invented a new reason to slaughter one another, namely religion. This has been true, not just in our current Middle East political and social fiasco, but throughout the centuries and in the name of most religious beliefs.
Could it be that our misguided beliefs in a “Higher Power” will be the very reason we wreak havoc on humanity and cease our evolution?

Webber Museum, Ocala, FL  January, 2018

"Art and Conflict"  Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities,

Denver, CO September 14 - November 12, 2017
"Notes"  Sidney Berne Davis Art Center, Ft Myers River Arts District, Ft Myers, FL​May, 2016

"Assault on Orlando"


Art Center Sarasota

October - December 2016

 25 x 25 x 5”     2020

Honoring heroic Black Suffragists in “secondary” colors
Orange Panel
       Sarah Redmond Parker
        Mary Ann Shadd Cary
        Charlotte “Lottie” Rollin

Purple panel
        Ida B. Wells
Green Panel
        Soujourner Truth
        Hallie Quinn Brown
        Mary Church Terrell
Faces painted with rayon thread onto artist-dyed silk organza and mounted on custom support that hangs 5” from wall; this piece is so light it moves with the slightest of air movement.

"Ghost Panther"

34 x 43" soft art  2015  $2400

A “ghost panther” roams the hardwood hammock of the Big Cypress Preserve.  Able to leap15 feet vertically and 45 feet horizontally, she requires 200 sq. miles to survive. We must support land acquisition, biodiversity, and increased wildlife road crossings before our panther fades into extinction.

Sandlin Gallery, Marco Island Historical Museum

Marco Island, FL  Spet, Oct, Nov 2017

"Mid Atlantic Festival" Hampton, VA 

February 2016

World Quilt Florida, January 7 - 9 2016

Orange County Convention Center Orlando, FL
"Environmentally Engaged" Lighthouse Art Center and Museum, Tequesta, FL September & October, 2015
"Florida Flavor" Third Annual Statewide All Media Exhibit, July and August 2015


Bah Bah Black Pres it’s a mystery
How you’ll be remembered
how you’ll go down historically
Will you be minted on coin
Printed on currency?
Or will the fact that you are black be your biggest Legacy?

"Hot & Exhausted"

30 x 30" Soft Art




Our planet is suffering from heat exhaustion. Observe planet earth based on a EUMETSAT satellite image of earth’s air masses taken on September 4, 2006. Toy cars circling the planet represent our childlike oblivion to the consequences of burning fossil fuels. Our exhaust emissions are altering the very fabric of our atmosphere. 

Juried Exhibit:
"Different View" Goff Gallery, Visual Art Center, Punta Gorda, FL  May & June 2015 "Art of the Quilt", Ft Myers, Florida: September/October 2008 Juried Exhibit: “The Sky’s the Limit” Houston, TX:  2007 Chicago, IL: 2008 Long Beach, CA: 2008 First Place: National Internet Challenge “The Hole Thing”:  2007 First Place: The Alliance for the Arts, Ft Myers, FL 2006

​​​"Socia Media Suction"
40" x 30"  Gallery Wrapped

An amazing 1.3 billion people worldwide are active monthly users of Facebook; they spend an average of 18 minutes per use. I have tried to wrap my head around just how that translates into real time. 
That adds up to 393 million hours per month, or enough time to
        Assemble, from start to finish, more than 17 million Cadillacs….per month!    
Or fly around the earth on a commercial plane nearly 11 million times….per month!
        Or enough hours spent in the college classroom to obtain a Bachelor’s degree for 3 million students….per month!
Does anyone think we are wasting our precious time?

"FL3TCH3R Socially & Politically engaged Art"

Reece Museum, Johnson City, TN

​Oct - Dec 2019

"Creativity Takes Courage" Gainesville Fine Arts Center
Gainesville, FL  October - December 2018

"Growth" Dunedin Fine Arts Center 6/9 - 8/18,  2017  catalog

"Something New" SAQA online Winter Journal 2016
Arts & Cultural Alliance National Juried Exhibit of 2016
Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center, Ft Myers, FL

"Art Council of Southwest Florida Biennial"  Sidney Berne Davis Art Center, Ft Myers River Arts District, Ft Myers, FL February, 2016

"Generations" Visual Art Center, Punta Gorda, FL

December 2015

 patricia turner art

"Gunned Down Grandsons"
2017    60 x 20 x 7  mounted on painted toy guns

"Grandmothers of young black men quake in fear when their grandsons are outside of the home.....will they return safely? Will they be shot in their home?  While out jogging? 

While crying out for 'Mama' while being choked to death?

All too often their worst fears come true.  Today is Mother's Day; I think of and honor all grief stricken grandmothers.... from those of Emmett Till, to Trayvon Martin, to Ahmaud Arbery to George Floyd to Breanna Taylor to...."

"Earth's Super Heroes Battle Ebloa in Liberia"

      33" x 65"     


We've all grown up with fictional stories of Supermen and Wonder Women and how their super powers save mere mortals from certain disaster and death.  But we truly do have real life super heroes among us; the doctors and support staff of Doctors Without Borders.  They traverse the earth wherever and whenever needed to face down earthquakes, tsunamis, the ravages of war, and the the threat of pandemic.

They work tirelessly to save mere mortals from themselves and from Mother Nature.

They are, indeed, Earth's Super Heroes.


Refugees Risking the Seas

30 x 40 x 2"  GW


De-constructed and reconstructed life jackets over artist dyed paper stitched onto artist dyed silk

"Syrian refugees, having braved the Aegean Sea, abandon their lie jackets in the shallows.

Life jackets serve as a metaphor for the lives they are shedding, hoping to be welcomed into a new country, into a new and safe life."

Sandlin Gallery, Marco Island Historical Museum, Marco Island, FL September 1 - November 28, 2017
"Growth" Dunedin Fine Arts Center6/9 - 8/18,  2017 ccatalog
"FloridaA rtists Group 66th Annual Exhibit and Symposium

Art Center of Bonita Springs, Bonita Springs, FL  April 1 - 29 catalog
"Arts and Cultural Alliance's National Juried Exhibition of 2016" the Emporium Art Center, Knoxville, TN  February 5 - 26,  2016 Catalog  
What Lies Beneath" Art Center SarasotaDecember till January 16, 2016

"Mission Accomplished"

Wall installation

Art Center Sarasota

 “Mud Cookies”

28” x 54”  Soft Art

Permanent collection Museum of Michigan State University

Poor Haitian women mix dirt and clay with salt and shortening to make a food staple they call "mud cookies".

The dirt mixture is formed into small round shapes, baked on tarps in the sun, and sold at markets.  

Many pregnant Haitian women rely on mud cookies for their daily sustenance.

Inspired by communications with and the photography of Ms. Ariana Cubillos, who lives in
 Port-au-Prince and documents the sad reality of mud cookies.
 All proceeds from this work, to include prize money and  purchase
price, have been donated to Doctors Without Borders.

Purchased for the Permanent Collection of the Museum of Michigan State University, a Smithsonian Affiliate, 2014
Publication: “Quilts and Human Rights” University of Nebraska Press, 2016
 First Place: Art Center of Sarasota, Sarasota, FL: 2011
Second Place: Fall
Exhibit, Visual Arts Center, Punta Gorda, FL: 2010
Mancuso Show Management World Show, Manchester: NH 2009
Mancuso Show Management, West Palm Beach: FL 2009

 "Post Traumatic Stress Demons"   2014  34" x 22" ​$2400“

“Although Post Traumatic Stress Disorder statistics vary widely but Cngessional Research Service estimates that among Iraq and Afghanistan Army war veterans PTSD is as high as 67%.  Statistics relating to military PTSD may vary but all studies agree on this: PTSD, depression, and suicide have increased at alarming rates among our nation’s veterans.  Due to woefully inadequate funding, our
Veteran’s Administration has proved itself incapable of
addressing these unseen wounds of war.
How long… and at what ultimate human cost… will we allow these demons to go untreated?”.

"Art of Armistice"   Target Gallery, Torpedo Factory,  Alexandria, VA

Featured inQuilts and Health
Indianna Press, 2018
"Sacred Threads"
Juried international exhibit
Herndon, VA (just outside DC) July 2017
Stitched! Embracing the Quilt As Art"​January and February 2017 Catalo

"The Engaged Object" Foothills Art Center Golden,Co

Catalog available January 2016

"PNQE XXII", Expo Center, Philadelphia, PA September 17 - 20, 2015
Third Place, Fiber Art"

"29th Annual All Florida Juried Exhibition" 

Alliance for the Arts, Ft Myers, FL June 5 - June 27, 2015

"DNQF X", Denver Mart, Denver, CO April 30 - May 2, 2015

"Destination Savannah", Trade and Convention Center, Savannah, Georgia

March 26 - 29, 2015

"Coming Home" Exhibit, Art Center Sarasota, August, September, & October,  2014


Goff Gallery, Visual Art Center, Punta Gorda, FL December, 2014


​Art Center Sarasota
"Viewpoints: All Sewn Up"
October - December 2016

​​Vietnam to Very Fine People
     The Vietnam War was cruel, heartless, and...many would argue…pointless.   We lost over 58,000 brave soldiers and the human toll to the Vietnamese people neared one and a half million.  War crimes such as My Lai, where a handful of US soldiers massacred over 500  women, children, and elderly men, were aberrations that horrified our nation but revealed the war’s de-humanizaiotn of “the Other”.
A very small minority of Vietnam vets “brought the war home”. Whereas the Knights of the Ku Klux Klan practiced vigilante violence, these aberrant Vietnam war veterans promoted revolutionary violence to overthrow the Federal Government, establish a paramilitary state, and incite a civil war to establish white supremacy throughout our country.

      They codified their paramilitary actions at the 1983 Aryan Nations World Congress held in Haydn Lake, Idaho, one of dozens of military white power training camps, where they adopted two primary tactics:
1) use dark computer networks to coordinate action, and
2) establish cell style resistance groups who could operate without direct leader communication. 

       Fast forward to Ruby Ridge, WACO, and the Oklahoma City bombing which in 1995 killed 167 innocents. All events involved national terrorists representing white power anti-government ideology, now within well funded and well armed cell style militia groups.
This same white power movement continues to train in Vietnamvet inspired militia training camps, one with the horrific name of “Camp My Lai”. They commit armed robbery and steal weapons, often from inside the US military. 
    For nearly a decade, the "Boogaloo Bois”, as they now call themselves, are the current spawn of the Aryan Nations World Congress. This is a real and insidious threat to our democracy; it is organized, determined, violent, and above all racist. It has established itself in numbers beyond threatening...some estimate half a million or more.
    Whether intentional or not, Donald J Trump sends cues to inspire and validate these terrorists. “And Some are Very Fine People” was not a slip of the tongue;  his encouragement is re-iterated throughout his speeches and tweets.
   We, as patriotic US citizens, ignore the reality of these internal and racist terrorists at our own peril and, indeed, at the cost of our nation’s democracy.

Laura Got Lynched From the Bridge

​     Laura Nelson, along with her son, L.D., were arrested after an incident involving a stolen cow, an incident that escalated.  After their arrest, an enraged mob of over forty white men broke them out of jail and lynched them from a bridge over the North Carolina River near Okemah, Oklahoma, on May 25, 1911.   Both were repeatedly raped prior to the lynching.  The son was photographed lynched from the bridge with his pants hanging around his feet.  Laura’s son was 12 years old.   
     Laura’s and her son’s photographs are the only ones we have today of a lynched woman and child although nearly all lynchings of the estimated 4,000 black men and over 200 women and children were photographed and printed as postcards.  These postcards were sent around our fair country…. to friends and relatives of the rapists and murderers and from the townspeople ….as was customary after a lynching.  One mob member and Klansman was named Charley Guthrie.  Charley is the father of Woody Guthrie and the grandfather of Arlo Guthrie.  (Ironically, Woody’s “This Land is your Land” and Arlo’s “City of New Orleans” are two of my all time favorite patriotic folk songs.)
     In the one remaining black and white photo of this travesty of a woman and her child being lynched I could make out the difference in hues of the polka dots on the fabric she used to make her dress. As I am a textile artist, I recreated them individually in her honor.   She also, as I could discern from the photo, made slippers or shoe tops to match her dress.    

     I think that was the final spear piercing my already broken heart.
Silk rusted with discarded brake discs, stitched with anonymous lynched women.

The Laura 3D figure is hand and machine stitched using rayon thread, her face is done with both prism colored pencils and stitching.  The independent hung noose hangs from the ceiling approximately 12 inches from the piece.

"DARkly FURgotten"

30 x 40" Soft Art

Permanent collection Museum of Michigan State University

A doctor described treating this Darfur (now South Sudan)
woman for wounds to her wrists; she had been hung from a tree,raped and
tortured by the Janjaweed militia for three days.
I have sewn her amidst a sea of trees representing Darfur’s countless victims.
She holds a replica of Earth based on a satellite image of our planet’s sand storms
and asks “will our story remain darkly forgotten?”

All proceeds from this work, to include prize money and  purchase
price, have been donated to Doctors Without Borders.

Purchased for the Permanent Collection of the Museum of Michigan State University, a Smithsonian Affiliate, 2014

Publication: “Quilts and Human Rights” University of Nebraska Press, 2016

Publication: Studio Art Quilt Associates Winter Journal 2009
Second Place:  Visual Art Center, Punta Gorda, FL 2008
Quilt Odyssey Shippensburg, PA  2008

Mid Atlantic Quilt Festival XXIV, Hampton, VA 2009

“Wounds the Size of Oranges”

“Their exit wounds were the size of oranges”.

36 x 42 x 15  Diptych

The size of oranges.
Emergency room doctors describe their horror and helplessness when addressing the immense damage done to our children by the bullets from an AR-15 semi-automatic weapon, damage that is impossible to treat successfully.  First responders are unable to stem the rivers of blood, physicians are unable to repair the massive tissue and organ disintegration. The shooter does not even have to make the effort to aim, once his target is hit it is a virtual death sentence. As one ER doctor said “They had no fighting chance at life”.

How does an artist convey her visceral reaction to this horrific imagery? And how does she plead with responsible gun owners to end this nightmare of private ownership of weapons that are designed for war? And how do we end the death grip of the NRA?
I wish I knew.

2020  Florida Artists Group. Foosaner Museum, Melbourne, FL  catalog, museum video

2018 "FL3TCH3R Exhibit : Socially and Politically Engaged Art"  Reece Museum, Johnson City, TN 

 Award. Catalog.

2019  "Unbound" Art Center Sarasota, Sarasota, FL   

First Place


38" x 17" soft art



 It has been years since the oil spill disaster in the
Gulf of Mexico from British Petroleum's Macondo well.
Waves from recent hurricanes have exposed oil
​matched to the Macondo disaster; oil that scientists
​say has “barely degraded”.  

It is the “gift” that keeps on giving.

"Environmentally Engaged" Lighthouse ArtCenter and Museum, Tequesta, FL September & October, 2015
"Different View" Goff Gallery, Visual Art Center, Punta Gorda, FL  May & June 2015
"First Annual Florida Flavor "Art Center Sarasota, Sarasota, FL 2013​
"Viva Florida" Elliot Museum, Stuart, FL 2013

Featured on PBS Crossroads episode “Fabric of Florida” 2013
Visual Art Center, Punta Gorda, FL 2012: Award 

"Cellular Skyline"   0 x 40 GW   $2400    2014

Sandlin Gallery, Marco Island Historical Museum, 
Marco Island, FL September 1 - November 28, 2017

"Growth" Dunedin Fine Arts Center 6/9 - 8/18,  2017

Merit Award "Citiscapes"  February 2017

Coral Springs Art Museum February, 2017

Art Center Sarasota  

Sidney Berne Davis Art Center

Cell phones…………….we just HAVE to have them. Ninety percent of us own one. Fifty eight percent of us own a smart phone. Sixty percent of  us check our phones for no particular reason. Forty four percent  of us have slept with our cell at our bedside.  Cell towers are the new skyline of our age. 

"Wallowa Mountain Wildfire"

27 x 17"  2012     $800

Wildfires across our country are increasing at an alarming pace.  Longer, larger, and fiercer

wildfires that were once attributed to changes in land use are now believed to be caused by climate change.
Higher temperatures, hotter years, early snowmelts,
widespread drought, and increased disease-causing infestations are creating averitable explosion in wildfires.

"Different View" Goff Gallery, Visual Art Center, Punta Gorda, FL  May & June 2015

SAQA Fiber Art Exhibit, Denver Mart, Denver CO 

April 30 - May 2 2015 

Featured on PBS Crossroads episode “Fabric of Florida” 2013
Publication:  Machine Quilting Unlimited 2012 Visual Art Center, Punta Gorda, FL 2012 Honorable Mention 

Humpty Trumpty wanted a Wall
And he wanted our neighbors to pay for it all
He thinks we’re dumb asses
‘cause we pay our taxes
His opinion of women is Neanderthal
 Will November bring his curtain call?​"Tell Me a Story" Foundry Art Center, 
St Charles, MO  June 16 -July 28, 2017
Art Center Sarasota"Viewpoints: All Sewn Up"
October - December 2016

"Viewpoints: All Sewn Up" solo exhibit, 

Front Gallery, Art Center Sarasota, FL

October through December 2016

Inappropriate Remarks May Result in Your Arrest”
36” x 41”

Private collection  

 While waiting in the Houston airport last fall, I heard 
a computerized loudspeaker voice repeat this
message every few minutes:

”Our current threat level is……orange. 
Inappropriate remarks may result in your arrest”. These words caused me to think about exactly what I would consider to be an inappropriate remark.

To paraphrase Ben Franklin,

“Those who would sacrifice liberty for safety deserve neither”.

Private Collection

"Primary Suffragists, Secondary Recognition"

“Florida’s Flooded Future”
30” x 24” x 1 5/8”

Private collection
Mixed media
By mid century, Florida barrier islands will be awash and abandoned; low lying coastal and Everglades areas will flood on a regular basis.   We will lose our freshwater resources, our infrastructure will begin to fail, and catastrophic storm surges will increase.  The fractured Greenland ice sheet melt will accelerate exponentially.  By the end of the century, large swaths of Florida will be uninhabitable. 

Are we ready?

Pain, Process, and Promise" Alliance for the Arts, Ft Myers, FL 2020

as "Earth's SuperHeroes Battle Coronoavisur in Immokalee"

FL3TCH3R Exhibit: Social and Politically Engaged Art  Honorable Mention

Healthcare and the Arts Award
"PNQE XXII",  Expo Center, Philadelphia, PA, September 17 - 20, 2015
Blue Ribbon for Best Use of Embellishments
"Different View" Goff Gallery, Visual Art Center, Punta Gorda, FL  May & June 2015
"DNQF X", Denver Mart, Denver, CO April 30 - May 2, 2015  
Honorable Mention, Innovative
"Destination Savannah" Trade and Convention Center, Savannah, GA March 26 - 29 2015
"Fresh" Art Center Sarasota, January 29 - March 6, 2015
World Quilt Show - Florida, West Palm Beach, FL  January 2015

"Mayhem in the Middle East"

40 x 30" gallery wrapped



 For decades I have listened to administrations from both political 
parties urge us to action in the Middle East to “protect our vital
Vital to whom? Vital to protect our homeland from foreign invaders? Vital to the education of our children? Vital to the health and well being of our citizenry? Or is it vital to protect an energy source that is, in fact,
contributing to our planet’s climate change………….oil…………
​and the companies
​who benefit financially from its continued use?


"Art and Conflict"  Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities,

Denver, CO September 14 - November 12, 2017

"Art As Politics" Touchstone Gallery, Washington DC

August, 2016 catalog

"LaGrange First Annual Art Exhibit" LaGrange Art Museum,

LaGrange, GA FL February - April, 2016 catalog available

"FL3TCH3R: Socially and Politically Engaged Art"
Reece Museum, Johnson City, TN  October  through December   2015

Juror  J.Ogden, Prof of Art, Spalding University and Kentucky School of Art:
gallery catalog available
"Mayhem, Chaos, Confusion" Visual Art Center, Punta Gorda, FL

October, 2014

"Florida Flavor"  Art Center Sarasota July/August 2014​​