This year, the theme was "Seasons of Life." Unlike past years, it is a smaller show. I think I counted 27 pieces, but most were small....in fact Pam Geisel's series of 4 matted in 5" x 7" frames, the fiber part only measured 2.5" x 2.5". Here's the shot down the gallery.
As usual, I'm going to start with the local people, largely because it is easier to get permission to share them....I often wait quite a long time to get permission from other artists.
First up tonight is Debra Bentley. Deb has two pieces in the show, "Spicebush" and "Grandpa's Farm."
Deb used a lot of hand-dyed and batik fabrics in order to make her quilt. It is also highly dimensional.
Deb does a lot of volunteer work at area nature centers. She also spent a lot of time observing nature as a child and it has stayed with her. I laughed as she said that she thinks of this as cute, and that she doesn't usually do cute. My amusement comes from the fact that "I don't do cute." is a common comment I make....just ask any of my friends from the Wallingford, CT Quilting group, The Heritage Quilters.
She wrote: "I enjoyed visiting them and feeding the the chickens and geese, and gathering eggs. My grandpa took me to feed corn to the cows and I helped my grandma sow and gather seeds. I was too young to understand why they had to eventually give up their farm. Farmers are at the mercy of nature and although they have bad years, they also have very good ones This quilt portrays the ups and downs of farming. There are good harvests and failed crops, drought and rain flooded fields. This quilt celebrates the Ohio farmer's persistence and perseverance in the face of natures extremes.
My art begins with my love of nature. I marvel at the tenacity with which the cycle of life continues through every adversity. I try to capture in fabric and thread the colors and textures, the lights and shadows, the joys and sorrows of life. The common thread in my work is the delicate balance between humanity and nature and the sense of renewal that oneness brings.
Go over to Nina-Marie's and catch more work by other fiber artists.