New Sabatini Gallery Exhibit Features Expressive Art Quilts

Follow the trail of stitching to the Alice C. Sabatini Gallery for the Material Conversations art competition, Aug. 2 through Sept. 22. One trip in will forever change your definition of what quilting is.

Photo credit: The Lily Pond by Charlotte Ziebarth

Photo credit: The Lily Pond by Charlotte Ziebarth

“These aren’t your grandma’s patchwork quilts,” said Sherry Best. “These intricately designed, contemporary wall hangings reflect an edgier side of quilting. Vibrant color, shapes and patterns will captivate young and old alike. Look closely or you might miss the realistic images from everyday life hidden in the more abstract works.”

Artists belong to EDGE, a group of textile artists formerly known as Kansas Art Quilters, use hand-dyed fabrics and stitching to “paint” with cloth. Through their craft, quilters share their observations of life, beauty of the land, the destructive power of nature and the loss of family members. Don’t miss this opportunity to look at the best of the best in contemporary textile art, from realistic to surreal.

Material Conversations was juried by Bruce McIntosh, a mixed media and collage artist from California. Sharon Bass, of Lawrence, is our guest curator.

Attend the following exhibit-related events for a complete art experience:
First Friday Reception | Aug. 2 | 5:30–8:30pm
Artist Talk with Sharon Bass & Dora Agbas | Aug. 24 | 2:00–3:00pm
First Friday ArtWalk | Sept. 6 | 5:30–8:30pm

Nineteen quilts, large and small, by ten artists fill the gallery walls. Listen in, eavesdrop or join these lively, visual and material conversations. For more information about this project, visit Material Conversations online.

Starting Aug. 12, take note of the artwork hanging in the front gallery. It’s part of Abstraction, a mini exhibit that delves into how artists use the idea of abstraction in different ways, featuring works from our permanent collection.

Alice C. Sabatini Gallery hours are the same as hours for the Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library. Mon. through Fri. 9 am to 9 pm, Sat. 9 am to 6 pm and Sunday 12 pm to 9 pm.    


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