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Studio Art Quilt Associates
of the Northern California/ Northern Nevada Region presents:
Artists In Residence: Art in the Time of the Pandemic
Exhibition Dates: November 20 - January 2, 2021
Feature Foyer Gallery
The Studio Art Quilt Associates is a national nonprofit organization whose mission is to promote the art quilt through education, exhibitions, professional development, documentation, and publications. For this current exhibition, the local regional chapter juried entries form members in the Northern California and Nevada region after a call to artists for art quilts made during the pandemic.
40 of these small, 12x12 art quilts are currently on display in the Feature Foyer.
During the pandemic, the term 'Artist in Residence' has been taken on as a tongue-in-cheek reference to countless hours spent sequestered to their homes, with many artists channeling their frustrations into works of art or using it as a mode of catharsis.
As fiber artist B Lynn Tubbe describes her work created for this exhibition, "With my emotions as ragged as these fibers, my mind as tangled, and my calendar empty of activities-- stitching became my balm, my salvation."
Thematically, many of the pieces address the pandemic quite literally through their subject matter, though some of the works convey emotions experienced while isolating at home in an abstract style. There are also several works which celebrate in loving detail the small, everyday joys which have helped them cope with isolation, or the physical process of quilting itself as a distraction from the woes of 2020.
"I chose to work out my anxiety and stress with the joomchi process which involves a lots of squeezing and tossing on mulberry paper which I used for the foliage," says artist Sharon Cohn, who has even found herself adjusting her palette to soothing neutrals formed from natural dyes as a result of isolation.
One participating artist, Maria Billings, included the following in a statement on her pieces:
"Maybe in the future a person not yet born will ask: 'How was this time of isolation and quarantine?' I’d like to leave a visual answer in form of a textile painting..."
Although the 3rd Saturday Reception has been cancelled due to recently updated state safety guidelines, we are still maintaining gallery hours open to guests at 20% of our capacity.
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