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The Quilts Are Coming! Nov. 2, 2012 – Jan. 20, 2013


Out of all the Gallery exhibits that get installed each season, if I have to pick the one that I look forward to the most, it is the Art Quilt show and based on the number of people that come to see it every year, I’m not alone in that opinion. This will be the Center’s 17th Art Quilt exhibition!

It is amazing to me the kind of detail that goes into making these textile works of art and the amount of time that it must have taken to put them together! A patron once commented, “These aren’t the kind of quilts you’d just throw on the bed, are they?”  he said smiling.

What I love about this show is that the theme is different every year.  This year the artworks were selected based on our juror’s theme, ‘Integrating a Paradox’. The theme encouraged textile artists to explore duality. A paradox can express the tension between ideas that are contradictory, and yet both are true. Integrating a Paradox is not blending these opposites into some neutral compromise, but joining them in a way so that each element retains its unique character – yet somehow working better together than apart.

Art Quilts Year XVII – Integrating a Paradox

This exhibition is comprised of well over 60 hand quilted, printed, hand embellished and picturesque representations in fabric. All artworks are accompanied by a story and artist biography.

The exhibition is curated by Arizona textile artist Adriene Buffington, who writes, “My life has been an experience of contrasts. It begins with growing up in both Studio City, California, and Missoula, Montana; with one parent a hippie professor and the other a probation officer. I started my adult life pursuing a management career in retail fashion, but married young and chose to stay home with our three kids. I gradually completed a degree in Art but then earned a Masters of Arts in Theology. I thought I would teach geometry, but I wrote a book on dyeing fabric.”

Textile art is not always synonymous with traditional quilting, although the traditional forms and stitching are ever present, the compositions tend to reach toward the dramatic. ART QUILTS tend to be vibrant representations of ideals and stories that stir the imagination and impress the viewer. The elements of storytelling and composition blend into fantastic canvases in fabric.

Art often expresses a conceptual paradox: order & chaos, beauty & ugliness, love & hate, hope & grief . . . 
Design elements can be complementary pairs: dark & light, repetition & variation, harmony & discord, hard & soft . . . 
Life is filled with contradictions: control & risk, community & solitude, work & play, strength & weakness . . . 

The Art Quilt is itself a paradoxical medium: fractured in pieces & stitched into a whole, contemporary art & traditional craft. A paradox can express the tension between ideas that are contradictory, and yet both are true. Integrating a Paradox is not blending these opposites into some neutral compromise, but joining them in a way that each element retains its unique character – yet somehow working better together than apart.

Works by the following artists are included in the exhibit: Pamela Allen, Stella Belikiewicz, debra Blake, Sandra Branjord, Betty Busby, Erika Carter, Lisa Chippetine, Suzanne Christoff, Georgie Cline, Denise Currier, Marcia DeCamp, Sandra Donabed, Linda Engstrom, Nancy Gamon, Laura Gaskin, Mita Giacomini, Marla hattabaugh, Gloria Hansen, Janet Hiller, Steven Hixson, Neera Huckvale, Kathleen Kastles, Cathy Kleeman, Sherry Kleinman, Joanne Krawchuk, Kaci Kyler, Eileen Lauterborn, Kathy Libby, Denise Linet, Beth Markel, Valerie Maser-Flanagan, Christina Massey, Jimmy McBride, Linda McCurry, Patricia Mink, Francis Murphy, Sharon Nemirov, Miriam Otte, Alexanna Padilla Johnson, Wen Redmond, Sue Reno, Loraine Sample, Joan Schulze, Maria Shell, Brenda Smith, Tammy Sutherland, K Velis Turan, Deborah Weir.

In addition to the Center’s exhibition, we will feature an ART QUILT Invitational Exhibit of 25 Art Quilts by national art quilters. This portion of the exhibit will be held at our Vision Gallery, located at 10 East Chicago Street. For more information call us at 480-782-2695.

Invitational Artists include: Margaret Anderson, Sue Benner, Rachel Brumer, Lisa Call, Cynthia Corbin, Nancy Erickson, Valerie Goodwin, Marla Hattabaugh, Terry Jarrard Dimond, Linda Levin, Lou Ann Smith, J Bruce Wilcox

Meet the Artists Reception: Friday, November 2, 2012, 6 – 8 PM

Admission to all Visual Arts events FREE to public
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Gallery Hours: Monday – Friday, 10 AM – 5 PM, Saturdays Noon – 5 PM, Sundays Closed

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