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January 4 – February 25, 2018

Stitched! Stories told in Clay, Fiber, Textiles, and Paints

The works of five local artists present new and novel perspectives on an age-old textile: the quilt. Some works are wrapped in story while others lay bare their pattern, coloration and stitchery to stimulate our visual and tactile senses.

Each artist uses her unique media to best display inspired stories:

Kasse Andrews-Weller draws upon her Southern rural roots and the influences of sewing and saw-milling to share her interpretation of the quilt through clay.

Using oil paint, Paula Cleggett’s paintings mostly show quilts as part of daily life, although one “just screams color and whimsy.”

Lillian Fitzgerald’s stitched encaustics explore her wistfulness for raising young children and the comfort of home.

Compelling color combinations and innovative patterns grace Sondra Hassan’s quilted wall hangings and table runners.

Desiree Sterbini’s oil pastel paintings are inspired by her grandmother’s quilts—stitched together from the family’s “fabrics of life.”

Whether these works of art strike a nostalgic cord with you or inspire your own creativity, the artists hope their take on quilts will engage and uplift you.

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