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Sept. 11, 2012

Art Quilts Year XVII – Integrating a Paradox

This exhibition is comprised of more than 60 hand quilted, printed, hand embellished and picturesque representations in fabric. All artworks are accompanied by a story and artist biography.

The artworks were selected based on our juror’s theme, ‘Integrating a Paradox’. The theme encouraged textile artists to explore duality. A paradox can express the tension between ideas that are contradictory, and yet both are true. Integrating a Paradox is not blending these opposites into some neutral compromise, but joining them in a way so that each element retains its unique character - yet somehow working better together than apart.

The exhibition is curated by Arizona textile artist Adriene Buffington, who writes, “My life has been an experience of contrasts. It begins with growing up in both Studio City, California, and Missoula, Montana; with one parent a hippie professor and the other a probation officer. I started my adult life pursuing a management career in retail fashion, but married young and chose to stay home with our three kids. I gradually completed a degree in Art but then earned a Masters of Arts in Theology. I thought I would teach geometry, but I wrote a book on dyeing fabric.”

Textile art is not always synonymous with traditional quilting, although the traditional forms and stitching are ever present, the compositions tend to reach toward the dramatic. ART QUILTS tend to be vibrant representations of ideals and stories that stir the imagination and impress the viewer. The elements of storytelling and composition blend into fantastic canvases in fabric.

Art often expresses a conceptual paradox: order & chaos, beauty & ugliness, love & hate, hope & grief . . .
Design elements can be complementary pairs: dark & light, repetition & variation, harmony & discord, hard & soft . . .
Life is filled with contradictions: control & risk, community & solitude, work & play, strength & weakness . . .

The Art Quilt is itself a paradoxical medium: fractured in pieces & stitched into a whole, contemporary art & traditional craft. A paradox can express the tension between ideas that are contradictory, and yet both are true. Integrating a Paradox is not blending these opposites into some neutral compromise, but joining them in a way that each element retains its unique character - yet somehow working better together than apart.

Works by the following artists are included in the exhibit: Pamela Allen, Stella Belikiewicz, Debra Blake, Sandra Branjord, Betty Busby, Erika Carter, Lisa Chippetine, Suzanne Christoff, Georgie Cline, Denise Currier, Marcia DeCamp, Sandra Donabed, Linda Engstrom, Nancy Gamon, Laura Gaskin, Mita Giacomini, Marla Hattabaugh, Gloria Hansen, Janet Hiller, Steven Hixson, Neera Huckvale, Kathleen Kastles, Cathy Kleeman, Sherry Kleinman, Joanne Krawchuk, Kaci Kyler, Eileen Lauterborn, Kathy Libby, Denise Linet, Beth Markel, Valerie Maser-Flanagan, Christina Massey, Jimmy McBride, Linda McCurry, Patricia Mink, Francis Murphy, Sharon Nemirov, Miriam Otte, Alexanna Padilla Johnson, Wen Redmond, Sue Reno, Loraine Sample, Joan Schulze, Maria Shell, Brenda Smith, Tammy Sutherland, K Velis Turan, Deborah Weir

In addition to the exhibition we will feature an ART QUILT Invitational Exhibit of 25 Art Quilts by national art quilters. This portion of the exhibit will be held at our Vision Gallery, located at 10 East Chicago Street. For more information call us at 480-782-2695.

Invitational Artists include: Margaret Anderson, Sue Benner, Rachel Brumer, Lisa Call, Cynthia Corbin, Nancy Erickson, Valerie Goodwin, Marla Hattabaugh, Terry Jarrard Dimond, Linda Levin, Lou Ann Smith, J Bruce Wilcox

What: ART Quilts Year XVII: Integrating a Paradox Exhibit & Invitational
Where: Chandler Center for the Arts, 250 N Arizona Avenue Chandler AZ 85225
When: November 2, 2012 – January 20, 2013
Meet the Artists Reception: Friday, November 2, 2012, 6 – 8 PM

Admission to all Visual Arts events free to public
Gallery Hours: Monday – Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturdays Noon to 4 p.m., Sundays Closed