Events by EventfulOpening Reception for Fabric Art Exhibit
Painting with Fabric
The art of quilting is invading the painters' domain
Opening Exhibit Saturday March 16th 2013, 6-9 pm
The first time I was made aware of Fiber Art was when my wife and I signed up for a landscape painting course given by Orazio Salati in Tuscany, Italy. There were three different venues, landscape painting, cooking Italian Cuisine, and quilting. The quilters were on the second floor of a meticulously restored fourteenth-century building. The world famous quilting instructor, Teri Austin, invited us to look at the work that her students were creating.
I truly expected to see tediously done bedcover-type quilts. I honestly could not image how they ever expected to finish a quilt in the short week of our Tuscan stay. As I climbed the deeply worn stone steps that offered its service to countless feet of centuries past and entered the open doorway, I was amazed at what I saw as I stepped inside. There were beautiful quilts in various stages of completion hanging on the walls, laid out on tables, being sewn by the skilled hands of their creators. None were bed covers; they were paintings of Tuscan landscapes created in fabrics of every conceivable texture, color and pattern. They were original paintings in fabric.
Don't get me wrong I have great appreciation for the magnificent quilted bed covers that I have become familiar with since my first introduction to fabric art. It is absolutely incredible the elaborate patterns that dedicated quilters tediously create over many, many months.
Quilting as fabric art is an incredible category. This past year at our Art Alliance seminar, we had Jack Braunstein, Communications Director at Binghamton University; head a panel of four fiber artists. I wasn't sure what to expect, since this was the first time we were introducing Fiber Arts at the Art Center. I had no idea on how many people would attend. My fear was maybe nobody would show up. The gallery walls were covered with an array of fabric paintings that would put an English Castle to shame. Well I didn't have to wait long to put my anxieties to rest. In a short order, the gallery was filled with seventy people seated, and standing room only.
We were so encouraged with the turnout that we have put together an entire exhibit consisting of eight fabulous quilters and even a master basket weaver for added interest. Our Fabric Artists are: Sharon Bottle Souva / Lorie Chwazik / Cheri Sheridan / Benedicte Caneill / Marcia DeCamp / Judith Plotner / Esterita Austin / Pat Pauly and basket weaver Jamin Ultcone. Scheduled to open Saturday March 16th, from 6-9pm, on exhibit until April 13th.
So, be sure not to miss this extraordinary show, if you are a quilter, you will be in your exciting element. If you are not familiar with Fabric Art, then you will be simply amazed. If you are looking to enjoy a beautiful spring night out, then the Windsor Art Center is place to be. It's where you can enjoy good wine, food, friends and the best in contemporary art.
I look forward to seeing you at the Windsor Whip Works Art Center
98 Main Street, Windsor, NY 13865
P: 607 655 2370 / C: 516 991 8942 / Bill@ whipworksartgallery.org /WWW.whipworksartgallery.org