2017 – EDGE: On the Verge

August 11 – October 22, 2017

This juried fiber art exhibit pushes the idea of what a quilt can be. These fiber artists from around the world, will make you reexamine what you think you know about textiles.

About EDGE

EDGE Curator of Exhibitions Sharon Bass:

In 2010, EDGE emerged from the former Kansas Art Quilters and dedicated itself to a program of annual juried exhibitions featuring the work of contemporary fiber artists, art quilters and mixed-media artists. There are 24 artists working in three countries, 11 states and 17 cities.

Red Windows, Jette Clover

For us, the verge is where quilters incorporate painting, graphic arts, watercolor and screen printing. We explore the edges and we dye our own fabrics using prairie plants and garden flowers. We work with materials like construction fencing and Tyvek, something many might not consider a fabric. We work with silk, wool, linen, cotton, even cheesecloth. We embellish and embroider. We work in 2-D and 3-D.

Our work rarely ends up on a bed. Instead, the work hangs on walls—in homes, galleries, museums, corporate offices and hospitals across the globe. The work comes out of tradition, but in the hands of artists like the members of EDGE, the state of quilting in the 21st century is definitely mixing it up and existing on the verge.

About the Juror

female artists in her studioThis year EDGE invited Helen Klebesadel, a Wisconsin watercolorist to be their juror. Best known for her environmental and women centered watercolors, Helen is particularly interested in how myths and stories socialize us to have different expectations for some people than others. She uses the creative process to re-examine and re-present narratives that resist and contest existing power structures by revealing they exist.

Helen’s watercolors push the traditional boundaries of the medium in scale, content and technique. Ranging in size from the intimate to the monumental, her paintings are transparent watercolors on paper and canvas. She starts with detailed drawings and developing the images with layer upon layer of color washes and dry brush technique mixed with occasional areas of wet-into-wet spontaneity.

Helen taught at Lawrence University (Appleton, WI) for 20 years and then served as the Director of the University of Wisconsin-Madison Division of Continuing Studies’ Wisconsin Regional Art Program.

Featured Artists

Dora Agbas | Sharon Bass | Linda Beach | Jette Clover | Shawn Delker | Eileen Doughty | Linda Filby-Fisher | Carla Fisher | Mary Kay Fosnacht | Karen Anne Glick | Karen Goetzinger | Karen Hansen | Linda Jurkiewicz | Helen Kelbesadel | Karen Stiehl Osborn | Mary B. Pal | Ruth Powers | Virginia Spiegel | Charlotte Ziebarth

Related Programs

EDGE: Opening Reception
Fri., Aug. 11, 2017 | 5:30-8:30 p.m.
Alice C. Sabatini Gallery
Join members of EDGE as they give a “White Glove” tour of the exhibit.

Art Cloth: Printing on Fabric
Wed., Aug. 30, 2017 | 7-8 p.m.
Marvin Auditorium 101A
Starting with cotton fabric, participants will paint and color fabric to create personalized art cloth. Emphasis is on working with and really getting to know the potential and possibilities of paint-on-fabric, materials, & tools.

EDGE: Beginning Embroidery
Wed., Sept. 6, 2017 • 6-7:30 p.m.
Alice C. Sabatini Gallery
Embroidery can be used to embellish fabric items or to create original art. It can be as traditional or modern as you choose!

EDGE: An Evening with the Potwin Fiber Group
Wed., Sept. 13, 2017 | 6-7:30 p.m.
Alice C. Sabatini Gallery
Spend the evening in the gallery with members of the Potwin Fiber Group.

EDGE: Spinning Demo
Wed., Oct. 4, 2017 | 6-7:30 p.m.
Alice C. Sabatini Gallery
Join EDGE artist Marnette Falley, who spins silk, alpaca and goat threads, for a spinning demo. Marnette will showcase her new-fashioned electric spinning wheel to this old-school method of using fibers

EDGE: Fiber Fair
Sun., Oct. 8, 2017 | 1-6pm
Marvin Auditorium
Explore the world of fiber arts from traditional needle arts to cutting edge contemporary materials and techniques. Join us for an afternoon of demonstrations and hands-on art making with local fiber artists and guilds.

EDGE: Prairie Plant Dyes
Wed., Oct. 11, 2017 | 6-7 p.m.
Alice C. Sabatini Gallery
Discover how artists use native prairie plants to make rich colorful dyes.

Zan Popp

Hello, I'm your friendly neighborhood Curator of Exhibitions. I have the amazing job of creating, building and presenting wonderful art exhibits for you at the library's Alice C. Sabatini Art Gallery.