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  • Contemporary quilt artists to exhibit works inspired by Guna women of Panama

  • Wayne County Council for the Arts is excited to host the exhibition Holy Mola, Art Quilts Inspired by Molas from Panama. Art Quilt People, a group of contemporary artists from upstate New York, who have shown their work nationally and internationally, will be exhibiting original artworks inspired by molas.

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  • Wayne County Council for the Arts is excited to host the exhibition Holy Mola, Art Quilts Inspired by Molas from Panama. Art Quilt People, a group of contemporary artists from upstate New York, who have shown their work nationally and internationally, will be exhibiting original artworks inspired by molas.
     
    A mola is an elaborate reverse appliquéd piece typically created by women of the Guna Indians of the San Blas Islands off the coast of Panama who wear them on the fronts and backs of blouses. Priscilla Kibbee, a well-traveled member of AQP, introduced the molas she brought back from Panama. Graphic in design and bold in color choice, these traditional molas became the springboard for the works to be shown at the Wayne County Council for the Arts’ gallery in Newark, New York.
    Anne Anderson, Linda Bachman, Marcia DeCamp, Nancy Hicks, Priscilla Kibbee, Beverly Kondolf, Pat Pauly, Jeanne Simpson and Carol Soderlund, the members of Art Quilt People, have each chosen a mola and constructed an original fiber piece. Their works will be shown alongside the molas that inspired them. The works are as varied as the artists, but show a common strength in working in fiber. With a collaborative experience of over 125 years in a variety of fiber art techniques, the artists of AQP meet monthly for critique sessions. “It helps to make our work stronger,” said Simpson about the critique sessions. “We learn from each other, we trust and we grow.”
    Each artist, in her own style, has chosen, deliberate placement of fabrics that may be commercial, hand dyed, painted or manipulated by the artists. Careful construction of the work exhibits the mastery the artists have of the sewing machine. The added quilted stitch also varies among the group’s work. The stitches lead the viewer through the work, or lure them to a specific area.
    This exhibit is on view from May 9 to June 7. An opening reception with the artists will be held Saturday, May 18, from 1 to 3 p.m.  During the reception, Priscilla Kibbee will speak on molas in a gallery talk at 2 p.m.
    In the Chris Fayad Members’Gallery, we are happy to present Caris Burton and Demaris Verzulli.
    Caris has been working with fabric and fibers her whole life. She enjoys experimenting with the possibilities of using fibers to create artful works that may or may not be functional. Caris says “My mother was my first teacher of course.  More recently I have studied with many excellent teachers including Elin Noble, Jeannete Myers, Jane Dunnewald, and many others.”  
    Her quilts have been exhibited in many local, regional and national shows including:  “Quilt-Art-Quilt” juried show at the Schweinfurth Art Center, Auburn, 2011 and Juried AQS show in Knoxville, Tennessee – 2010, “Images 2009” Juried show in Lowell, MA (First Place, Second Place and Judge’s Choice awards), among others.
    Page 2 of 2 - Demaris has worked in acrylic, colored pencil, pastels, photography and PhotoShop and most recently moved into using wool to create landscapes and other wall-hung pictures, as well as vessels and garments. Demaris states, “I have had no formal training beyond a few private classes, but have done art work in a family tradition including my parents, aunt and great-grandfather. Forty years ago my former husband and I started the Ontario Art Group, now called the Western Wayne Art Group.  For several years I was a partner in the Gallery at the Point in Sodus Point.”
    Wayne Art Gallery hours are Thursday, Friday and Saturday, noon to 3 p.m. and by appointment. Admission is free. Visit these exciting exhibits and stop by our great Gallery Gift Store. Gift certificates are available for classes and gift store items. Wayne County Council for the Arts is located at 108 W. Miller Street, Newark. For more information, call 331-4593, email info@wayne-arts.com or visit www.waynearts.wordpress.com.

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