Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Review: ArtQuilts ~ movements

In the Act by Elaine Quehl

If you are within driving distance of Durham, NC, the current show up at the Durham Arts Council is well worth your time. 

Of course, I may be a bit biased.  


Full disclosure. I was one of the curators of this show, sponsored by the Professional Art Quilter's Alliance - South.

Every time I've sat in on the jury process I'm awed by the entries and often perplexed at the pieces chosen by the jurors. This time was no exception.

Hanging the show gives me nightmares ahead of time. How are we ever going to get these pieces to "play nicely" with each other on the wall!?!

Then they come out of the box and artwork is always so much more wondrous and whimsical and well... much more amazing than on a slide.

There are always works that arrive from different parts of the world, and yet look like they were created to be together. How does that happen?

One wall of the ground floor.
First off - I have to rave a bit about the venue. The Durham Arts Council building is a happening place. People come through for dance classes, performances, theater, workshops. They really work hard to create events that bring people in. 

 LOTS of people see these works of art. I like that.

Landscape I by Peggy Brown
See by Wen Redmond
Alone Together by Peggy Brown
Shrine of the Tree Banner by Wen Redmond
Flow by Wen Redmond

Purple Sunset by Marcia DeCamp
Prairie Fields by Gerrie Congdon
Ribbons 4: In The Breeze by Connie Carrington
From Winter Into Spring by Annette Rogers
In the Act by Elaine Quehl
Santeetah Creek by Karen Tunnell

Movement: Seen and Unseen by Tracy Young, Longhorn Splashdown by Ruth Powers

There is a glass walled gallery that looks onto these walls. Very visible.

Calm Down! by Linda Laird
You might think a little spot by the elevator is a bad space. Not so. It is well lit, the piece is strong, and many people push that button then stand and stare at the artwork while waiting for the door to open.
Syncopation by Pat Hardie

Flight of Fancy by Liz Kuny 

What a difference shading makes!

Spinning by Ruby Horansky
Earthquake Faults by Marcia DeCamp
Circles in a Square by Eileen Kane
Meandering Flow by Linda Miller
Welcome to the Human Race by Sherry Kleinman
Linear Rhythms by Eileen Lauterborn

Beufort Waterfront by Judith Glover
Spun Around by Ruby Horansky
Yoga Class by Suzanne Neusner
Avalance Twins by Mary Ruth Smith
Family Ties by Lyric Kinard
In Xanadu by Pam Allen

Avalanche Twins by Mary Ruth Smith
(look for the faces.....)

 Grandpa Jake Was a Tailor by Deborah Langsam
Jet Trails 19 by Marcia DeCamp
Flight of Fancy by Liz Kuny
KA-POW! by Maria Shell
Dynamism by Nancy Bardach
Wild Turkey by Laura Gaskin
Do A Little Dance by Maria Shell
Busy Ants by Candie Delnore
Syncopation by Pat Hardie

Ribbons I: Rock Fissures by Connie Carrington
Gerrie's work is also spotlighted on the wall by the upstairs elevator. It is truly delightful. The opening reception was very well attended.

The show is up at the Durham Arts Council through July 17th.