ArtQuilt Elements Part I

This past Saturday was the opening of the 2016 ArtQuilt Elements exhibit at the beautiful Wayne Art Center. I was thrilled to attend and see so many amazing art quilts, as well as lots of wonderful artists. Here are a few of my favorite quilts:

©Linda Beach Sun Dog Morning
©Linda Beach Sun Dog Morning
©Linda Beach Sun Dog Morning (detail)
©Linda Beach Sun Dog Morning (detail)

 

I love Linda Beach’s Sun Dog Morning. The piecing of the snow, the shadow, the way she made the trees – all gorgeous.

©Kerri Green Fun House
©Kerri Green Fun House
©Kerri Green Fun House (detail)
©Kerri Green Fun House (detail)

This quilt is part of a series on floor plans. What a fun and colorful take on what is usually so technical and black and white. I think the channel quilting really suits this piece.

 

©Susan Callahan Kitchen Compositions
©Susan Callahan Kitchen Compositions
©Susan Callahan Kitchen Compositions (detail)
©Susan Callahan Kitchen Compositions (detail)

Susan and I are in the same small crit group, and I’m fortunate to count her as a friend and inspiration. She continually surprises me with her fearless approach to trying new techniques. As a professional chef, she’s fascinated by food, and she imaginatively depicts kitchen implements in many of her quilts. I love that her quilts make me look at everyday items in new ways.

©Marti Plager Downtown Waterfront
©Marti Plager Downtown Waterfront
©Marti Plager Downtown Waterfront (detail)
©Marti Plager Downtown Waterfront (detail)

In her artist’s statement Marti says “I love the energy and vitality one gets from having access to the flowing river.” Her piecing and use of color certainly evoke that energy.

 

©Karen Schulz Two Eggs, One Basket
©Karen Schulz Two Eggs, One Basket
©Karen Schulz Two Eggs, One Basket (detail)
©Karen Schulz Two Eggs, One Basket (detail)

I’m lucky to also count Karen Schulz as a friend and fellow crit group member. Karen continually impresses me with so many aspects of her work; her drive, persistence, and dedication are all admirable. Additionally, her skill with both color and composition surprise and delight me every time.

©Diane Melms Crossing Paths
©Diane Melms Crossing Paths
©Diane Melms Crossing Paths (detail)
©Diane Melms Crossing Paths (detail)

I like the variation in the motif designs and sizes here, but what really drew me in was Diane’s great use of color!

Stay tuned for more later this week….

 

2 Responses to ArtQuilt Elements Part I

  1. Lovely quilts! Any chance of having your photos “enlargeable”? Click on it and it fills the screen?

    Thanks!
    maggie

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