If the last quilt you laid eyes on is the threadbare and well-loved relic at the foot of your bed, you’re in for a surprise at Chandler Center for the Arts’ newest gallery exhibition. The annual Art Quilts show puts nearly 70 contemporary “stories in stitches” on display.
“This is a family-oriented exhibit that will touch all age groups,” says exhibition curator Denise A. Currier, an accomplished professional fiber artist from Mesa. “Many will relate not only to the fascination of quilting as an art form but to the stories that (the) quilt artists have to tell.”
Here Currier, who won the 2010-2011 and 2011-2012 shows’ Viewers’ Choice Award, shares more about the exhibition, which she calls “a page turner.”
Q: Were there a lot of close decisions as to which quilts to include in this year’s show?
A: We received 66 artist submissions with over 116 art quilt entries to select from. When you are looking at so many exquisite art pieces, the decisions are not easy. It is like a bowl of glossy candy, and you can only take one.
Q: Chandler’s Art Quilts has a reputation among artists as a pretty nice feather to nab for one’s cap. Why?
A: This is the 19th year for Art Quilts at Chandler Center for the Arts, with a spacious gallery to showcase art quilts not only for the patrons but as a destination for art enthusiasts. Again this year, the public will select their favorite art piece, and at the end of the exhibition date, a Viewers’ Choice Award will be given to that artist.
Q: How are these quilts different from the ones we may have on our beds or in closets at home — the ones Great-Grandma may have made?
A: Art quilts today have made an artistic stamp in the art world, recognized not only for their public appeal but for the artists’ approach by use of many art mediums on natural and synthetic materials. Fiber is very forgiving, and, as I have always said, you can put anything on it; there are no mistakes, and the outcome is always spectacular. ‘How did you do that?’ is usually the most-asked question. (They are) not intended to be washed, but the (basics of quilting) are still used today. The simple stitches placed on fabric that you hand-dyed, painted or printed is a satisfaction like no other.
If you go
What: Art Quilts XIX “Permission to Play: An exhibition of Storytelling Art Quilts” juried by Mesa artist Denise Currier
When: The show is on view 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and noon to 5 p.m. Saturdays through Jan. 17, 2015.
Where: The gallery at Chandler Center for the Arts, 250 N. Arizona Ave.
Information: (480) 782-2695 or ChandlerCenter.org