Thursday, October 6, 2011

A Stitch in Time Art Exhibit

Kings Art Center

An Exhibition of traditional and non-traditional quilts from members of the Common Threads Quilt Guild

For the fourth time, Kings Art Center in Hanford, California has invited the members of the Common Threads Quilt Guild to display and sell their fiber art quilts October 8 through November 26, 2011 with an opening reception on October 7, 2011 from 5:30 to 7:30 pm. This art quilt show presents many important milestones of the American fiber art movement and illustrates the diversity of this traditional craft. The exhibition features a variety of objects—quilts, postcards, and wearable arts among others—by artists such as Sara Kelly, Deolinda Rhoads, Grace Hoya and Anna Koelewyn.
The variety of objects in this exhibit illustrates how similar techniques and materials serve an artist's personal vision to create strikingly different works. As artists were challenged to expand the expressive boundaries of fiber, they experimented with new materials like plastic and metal and looked beyond the quilt stores and magazines for inspiration.
Other artists in the exhibition use fiber to express ideas or stories about their lives.
The Common Threads Quilt Guild is celebrating their 13th year as a quilt guild in the Kings County, with members from Hanford, Lemoore, Porterville, Coalinga, Visalia, and Tulare. The guild’s goal is to create a community of quilters to share ideas, develop skills and encourage the traditions of quilt making, traditional or more modern. Common Threads Quilt Guild meets on the first Thursday of each month at the Church of Christ in Hanford. We have several nationally known speakers and teachers throughout the year and also use some wonderful local talent.
Members of the Common Threads Quilt Guild have submitted quilt pieces that go beyond the traditional quilts on your grandma’s bed. These are works of art that include beading, painting, thread play and the use of unusual materials. Several guild members have been featured artists at the regional quilt show, Best of the Valley (Anna Koelewyn, Janice Minyard, Charlotte Rogers, Debbie Van Fossen) and many have won Best of Show ribbons at both Best of the Valley and Kings County Fair (Barbara Sindlinger, Elaine Berry, Janice Minyard, Anna Koelewyn, Charlotte Rogers, Debbie Van Fossen to name a few.
Several of the members have exhibited their art at Arts Visalia and Brandon Mitchell Gallery. Sara Kelly, Anna Koelewyn and Grace Hoya had a quilt in a traveling art exhibit called West Coast Wonders.
Sara Kelly, Anna Koelewyn and Barbara Sawyers are members of Studio Art Quilters Associates (SAQA and Sara is also a member of the California Fiber Artists, Exhibition Group 2010, and Surface Design Association (SDA) and has shown in many galleries throughout California.

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