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Schweinfurth hosts events in concert with Quilts=Art=Quilts exhibit

11/1/18

Schweinfurth Art Center is hosting several related fiber arts events while the Quilts=Art=Quilts exhibition is on display, through Jan. 6, 2019.

Nov. 4, 2018: Trunk Show featuring Alice Gant of Trumansburg, NY; 2 to 3 p.m.; free with admission
We encourage weekend visitors to plan their visits around our trunk shows. Presenting artists bring a wide variety of their work and describe their process and approach to quilting.

Alice Gant uses a technique of her own design called “neo-reverse applique.” After preliminary sketches, she draws plans for the banner on a full sheet of black fabric with white chalk, and then cuts away the shapes to reveal patterned pieces of fabric which she has inserted underneath. The pieces resemble stained glass windows, because of the black lines left behind when cutting away the fabric.

Gant also creates Hero Banners, a series of quilts featuring influential and interesting individuals, some of whom deserve better recognition. Among the people honored in her banners are Frederick Law Olmstead, architect of New York City’s Central Park; ornithologist and painter John James Audubon; and women’s right activist and abolitionist Lucretia Mott.

Nov. 9-11, 2018: Fall Fiber Retreat; $110 for members; $120 for nonmembers
Join us for three days of creativity and camaraderie during this open studio weekend, which does not have instructors. All fiber artists are welcome, whether you quilt, knit, sew, or dye. Lunch is included. Sign up today at http://www.schweinfurthartcenter.org/classes_studio.cfm

Nov. 18, 2018: Local Fiber Market; 1-5 p.m.; free with admission
Join the farm-to-producer trend by attending the Schweinfurth’s first Fiber Market. The market will feature local yarn producers in Central New York and a range of handmade items from spinners, weavers, and knitters, including hand-dyed yarn and products for makers. Indie dyer Carrie Drake will give a talk at 3 p.m.

Local producers, including Handmade Travels, Feltrite, Ann Clarke Textiles, Lochan Farm, Local Fiber, Windsong Farm, and Trinity Farm, will have finished products to sell and educational and marketing materials to share with visitors.

Nov. 25, 2018: Trunk Show featuring Maggie Vanderweit from Fergus, Ontario, Canada; 2 to 3 p.m.; free with admission

We encourage weekend visitors to plan their visits around our trunk shows. Presenting artists bring a wide variety of their work and describe their process and approach to quilting.

Maggie Vanderweit has been quilting for almost 40 years and sewing since childhood. She works with many different materials and techniques, from traditional pieced patchwork to intuitive abstract paintings. She is best known for the hand-painted and dyed fabric she pieces in original and simple patterns, and then densely quilts in intricate, free-motion designs.

Her work has been exhibited in galleries and museums around the world and is in international and national private collections. She has won numerous awards, including four first place prizes in the CQA National Juried Show for excellence in design, innovation, machine quilting, and piecing.

Dec. 2, 2018: Trunk Show featuring Gerri Spilka from Philadelphis, PA; 2 to 3 p.m.; free with admission
We encourage weekend visitors to plan their visits around our trunk shows. Presenting artists bring a wide variety of their work and describe their process and approach to quilting.

Gerri Spilka’s award winning work has been exhibited in numerous art and textile shows in Europe, Canada, and the United States. Trained as an artist, social scientist, architect, and urban planner, She investigates themes grounded in these ways of knowing the world in her work. The interactions and ambiguities of people and place underpin all of her work, and are expressed through bold shape and color.

Spilka has been making pieced fabric, and dye painted and printed constructions for over ten years. The quick mediums of digital and paper collage simultaneously allow her to work through ideas quickly, which in turn inform her fabric work. Spilka studied with Nancy Crow, legendary quilt artist, and with Dianne Hricko, Claire Benn and Carol Soderland, all surface design artists.