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Gobble sculpture unveiling, art quilts, more set Friday

Oct 04, 2017
PHOTO SUBMITTED “Tropical Delight” is the work of Jane Worley Knapp, a Fairfield native who now lives in Cedar Rapids. Her art quilts regularly include snow-dyed cotton fabric and different fabrics as appliqués, and can include various threads used in couching, machine decorative stitching, and hand stitching. Art quilts will be on exhibit Friday in the Fairfield Arts & Convention Center.

Friday will be a big night of arts at the Fairfield Arts & Convention Center, including the unveiling of the Gobble sculpture, a new Iowa Art Quilters exhibit, the Northside Strippers Quilt Show and more.

Suzan Kessel, volunteer director of the Fairfield Arts Association said the evening begins with the art quilt exhibit opening at 6 p.m., the unveiling of the “Lee T. Gobble II — Mr. Fairfield” life-sized sculpture at 6:30 p.m., followed by a joint reception, with all five artists involved in the creation of the sculpture present.

The Iowa Art Quilters exhibit will include two small group challenges: “Portals and Pathways” and “Obviously Three.” Another group project in the exhibit is “The Plant Wall” and includes 4-inch by 4-inch quilts that are attached to lattice pieces.

The Iowa Art Quilters began meeting in 2005 in Grinnell to encourage and support one another in making art quilts. A simple definition of an art quilt is “a quilt you hang on the wall” instead of a quilt you lay on the bed. Art quilts are designed and constructed by the artist and are original. Art quilts can be abstract or representational, portraying landscapes, faces or objects or modifying traditional quilt blocks.

Usually art quilts are considered more decorative than functional, with artists frequently using a variety of fabrics, threads and embellishments such as beads, sequins, buttons, metal, wood and other materials. Surface design, like altering the fabric itself, is a common feature. One might add or remove color using dye, paint, or bleach with brushes, stamps or stencils. Artists might go further by selectively damaging the cloth with fire or rust, or less drastically by folding, scrunching or gathering the cloth.

There are about 30 members in Iowa Art Quilters, most of whom live in central Iowa. At monthly meetings they gather to teach and learn new techniques and to share ideas for projects. Some members have formal art education and experience; some have a background of sewing and quilting. Some are business women who market their patterns, cloth or completed pieces or receive a commission for artwork. Other members are hobbyists who make art for the pleasure of creating, and several have won regional and national acclaim.

Iowa Art Quilters is open to anyone interested in quilting arts and currently living in Iowa. Email at iowaartquilters@gmail.com

Artists participating in this exhibit include: Ilene Bartos, Janet Bergeron, Mary Cecil, Michelle Devine, Karen Harris, Ann Igoe, Linda Nelson Johnson, Judy Kash, Rebecca Kemble, Sue Kluber, Jane Knapp, Linda Knierim, Rebecca Lowe, Judy Ludwick, Susan McIntyre, Sal Miller, Marie Cumberford Munyon, Janet Pittman, Wendy Read, Barbara Riggs, Lois Sheriff, Jean Taft, Carol Trumbull and Patricia Weber.

In addition to the art quilt exhibit hosted by the Fairfield Art Association, Mark Shafer’s artwork is moving from Art 52 Gallery to the convention center’s executive conference room, and the Northside Strippers Quilt Show will be in the center’s expo hall. About 300 quilts by local quilters will be on display from 1-9 p.m. Friday and again from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Admission to the Northside Strippers Quilt Show is $5.

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