March 12, 2018
“Art Quilt Elements, an international juried contemporary quilt exhibition, will be on display at Wayne Art Center from March 16 to April 28.
The opening reception and artists’ talk will run from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday, March 17, in both the Davenport and Ethel Sergeant Clark Smith galleries. During the reception’s awards ceremony, more than $3,000 in cash awards will be presented by Wayne Art Center.
This exhibition, celebrating its 13th anniversary year, is dedicated to enhancing the public’s awareness of contemporary art quilts while providing a venue for established and emerging artists to share their creative endeavors with the public audience. Art Quilt Elements has earned a rapidly growing reputation as one of the nation’s most recognized art quilt exhibitions. The finest works are featured, supporting Wayne Art Center’s mission of expanding the public’s awareness of fine contemporary craft, and significantly benefiting all educational programs for children, teens and adults. This year’s artists represent more than 26 states and abroad, including Japan.
The jurors — Mi-Kyoung Lee, program director of craft and material studies at the University of the Arts; Marsha Moss, public art curator and consultant; and Paul Smith, independent curator — selected 48 works from a collection of almost 400 entries for this biennial exhibition that is dedicated to providing a professional venue for this genre of quilt-making.
The featured artists’ work employ a diverse range of techniques to communicate their visions and storytelling through various hand and machine-making methods. Many of the artists create their own surface design effects through painting, printing, dyeing and mark making, while others collage their pieces from commercially produced fabrics, which are then translated by fabric layering and stitchmaking.
Wayne Art Center graciously thanks the media sponsors of Art Quilt Elements 2018: Wayne Magazine, Chester County Life and Main Line Media News. These partnerships benefit Wayne Art Center’s educational, ever-growing outreach and exhibition programs. With these and other sponsor funds, awards will be presented to artists to continue their efforts and research in this textile field.In additional, a 100-page catalog will document this biennial international exhibition and is available for purchase at Wayne Art Center or online at artquiltelements.org.
On Friday, March 16, from noon to 4 p.m., SAQA PA (Studio Art Quilt Associates) will be creating a community installation of fiber works in Wayne Art Center’s Children’s Garden and entrances, which will remain as outdoor installations to deteriorate over time due to the environmental elements. Wayne Art Center will host a variety of special events related to Art Quilt Elements 2018:
• Fiber bombing installation: Friday, March 16, from noon to 4 p.m.
• Opening reception: Saturday, March 17, from 3 to 5 p.m.
• Meet the artists: Saturday, March 17, from 3 to 4 p.m.
• Gallery tours: Every Wednesday at 12:30 p.m. Meet in the Vidinghoff Lobby.
• Paper quilted animals: Saturday, April 14, from 11 a.m. to noon form ages 5-plus with adult, family workshop: wayneart.org to register.
• Quilted fabric postcards: Saturday, April14, for ages 8-plus with adult, family workshop, wayneart.org to register.
The Art Quilt Elements 2018 artists are: Liz Axford, of Washington; Gail J. Baar, of Illiniois; Teresa Barkley, of New Jersey; Judi H. Bastion, of North Carolina; Astrid H. Bennett, of Iowa; Margaret Black, of Pennsylvania; Elizabeth Brandt, of Michigan; Karen A. Brown, of Maryland; Marianne Burr, of Washington; Betty Busby, of New Mexico; Kay Campbell, of Maryland; Erika Carter, of Washington; Sandra Pennsylvanialmer Ciolino, of Ohio; Linda Colsh, of Maryland; Lenore H. Crawfod, of Michigan; Chiaki Dosho, of Japan; Kate Garman, of Pennsylvania; Kay Healy, of Pennsylvania; Ana Lisa Hedstrom, of California; Rosemary Hoffenberg, of Massachusetts; Patricia KennedyZafred, of Pennsylvania; Jill Kerttula, of Virginia; Pat Kroth, of Wisconsin; Susan Lenz, of South Carolina; Viviana Lombrozo, of California; Aryana B. Londir, of Arizona; Niraga C. Lorenz, of Oregon; Ruth Marchese, of New York; Valerie MaserFlanagan, of Massachusetts; Sherri Lipman McCauley, of Texas; Diane Melms, of Arkansas; Katy K. Nygard, of Montana; Dan Olfe, of California; Marti Plager, of Kentucky; Heather Pregger, of Texas; Kathleen Probst, of Idaho; Denise L. Roberts, of West Virginia; Lauren Rosenblum, of New York; Diane Savona, of New Jersey; Karen Schulz, of Maryland; Bonnie J. Smith, of California; Catherine W. Smith, of Connecticut; Karen S. Spencer, of Oregon; Gerri Spilka, of Pennsylvania; Andrew Steinbrecher, of Ohio; Elena Stokes, of New Jersey; Marianne R. Williamson, of Florida; Hope Wilmarth, of Texas.
Gallery hours are Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
There is a suggested $5 contribution to view Art Quilt Elements 2018.
Full color catalogs are available for purchase for $20 at Wayne Art Center and online at artquiltelements.org.
Wayne Art Center is located at 413 Maplewood Ave., Wayne, PA.”