Here is the SAQA’s “Dialogues: Contemporary Responses to Marie Webster Quilts” postcard…and it’s simply gorgeous! The exhibit runs from June 24th (there’s a free panel discussion June 23 @ 4:30) to September 4, 2016. So if you’re in the area, or travelling through Indy this summer, this would be a great stop – and now you are cordially invited!
I had a contemporary painter ask me recently if I thought “flowers” were a serious subject of quilt art, because they aren’t “edgy” and while I’ve been asked that question before, and had that discussion numerous times with people, I’m always a little surprised by the question itself.
ART INSPIRATION can and does come from anything – a word, a phrase, lilacs in bloom, sunrises, sunsets, a storm rolling in, worn boots, a baby’s smile, poetry, music, simple pleasures, grief, architecture, hot coffee on a chilly morning, Grandpa’s hands all tough and gnarly, silk fabric rolling off the bolt, and on and on and on.
Rather than reiterate the above point of view, I simply said, since this artist is a painter…”Georgia O’Keefe” and that made them pause. Does it matter what the inspiration is? Does it matter what the final art piece looks like – yes and no. Like beauty, art is in the eye of the beholder, and I think this exhibit is simply going to be a knock-out of interesting and unexpected beauty.