Unorthodox approach defines art quilters
You might be an art quilter if … you’ve been seen standing in your driveway in broad daylight wearing rubber gloves and a respirator while wielding a spray bottle full of bleach.
So says Carole O’Brien, a member of the Art Quilt Association of the Western Slope (AQuA).
That’s just one of the unorthodox methods art quilters use to alter the look of fabric surfaces. They enjoy painting, dyeing and stamping yards of material, and they don’t mind the mess at all.
This group stays busy year-round making art quilts for various shows and competitions throughout the country.
In October, 15 pieces of their new work with an ARTifact theme debuted at the Pacific International Quilt Festival in Santa Clara, Calif. The festival is billed as the largest show on the West Coast.
Those quilts were juried by studio artist Carol Shinn of Fort Collins. The theme ARTifact was defined as “a simple object such as a tool or ornament which shows human workmanship; a product of civilization, a product of artistic endeavor.”
The talent Shinn encountered made it difficult to choose the three top pieces, so she deemed first and second place as ties.
The winners were:
First: Nancy Vanaken of Paonia for “Tools of My Trade.”
First: Pat Sprague of Austin for “Out, Damned Flies.”
Second: Jan Warren of Grand Junction for “Blue Tooth.”
Second: Marge Fox of Grand Junction for “Blooming Whimsey.”
Third: Emily Buchanan of Grand Junction for “Glory Days.”
Some of these quilts and others by AQuA are being shown Dec. 9 through Jan. 2 in the Churro Gallery of the Creamery Arts Center in Hotchkiss. The group’s third annual exhibit at the Creamery is titled “Pick of the Litter III.”
Hours at the center, 165 Bridge St., are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.
A reception for the artists is scheduled from 6–8 p.m. Dec. 11 at the Creamery.
If you want to see art quilters in action, AQuA members will give demonstrations of their techniques during a book fair Dec. 9 at Barnes and Noble in Grand Junction.
A portion of sales from the bookstore and caf&233; will go to the Art Quilt Association.
In other recent accomplishments by this group, a quilt by Susan Strickland of Grand Junction, titled “Defluo Interruptus,” is showing through Dec. 30 in a “Go With the Flow” juried exhibit at the Art Matters Gallery in Salida.
Also, members Kathy Pfeufer of Grand Junction and Eldrid Schafer of Clifton had entries accepted earlier this fall in the photographic category at the International Quilt Festival in Houston.
The goal of AQuA is to explore textile manipulation and diversity of mixed media as an art form. Congratulations to this dedicated group who produce an amazing amount of art in top form.