Artist’s Quilts

By Janet Dodrill


The historic New Union Center for the Arts

A short distance from Cleveland lies Oberlin, Ohio, a charming college town, with a quaint town square filled with shops, restaurants, and museums. I recently visited an exhibit there, “The Artist as Quiltmaker XV” at FAVA (Firelands Association for the Visual Arts) in the historic New Union Center for the Arts, which runs through July 29, 2012.

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The Artist as Quiltmaker XV

The contemporary artist’s quilt exhibit was impressive, and the work diverse in its visual impact and creativity, subject matter, and in technique–using dyes, applique and multimedia, using stitching wizardry both by machine and by hand. The artists represented are from all over the country.

Enjoy these selected artist’s quilt images from the show:


Susan Krueger, Fields, 2011
…inspiration from flying over France and Italy


Sibyl Graber Gerig, Mid-Winter Field, 2011
…capturing afternoon light in mid-winter


May Schonenberger, Dusk, 2011
…using images from my home country, Switzerland


Dusk (Detail)


Mary Ann Weber, Primordial Slime, 2010
…as I meditated, I saw lizards crawling over primordial slime and rocks


Marian Zielinski, 55 Worlds, 2009 (Detail)
…the infinite and undefinable quilt of the universe and my own human perceptual limitations


Marianne R. Willamson, Babbling Brook, 2011 (Detail)
…the movement, and the transparency of the water intrigue me

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