Friday, October 17, 2008

Breaking Boundaries: The Art of the Quilt

Gallery Fifty is thrilled to announce the opening of "Breaking Boundaries: The Art of the Quilt." Twenty-five regional art quilters were selected to participate by gallery owner Christie Minervini and guest curator Desiree Vaughn.

Artists were chosen for their unique design abilities, skilled craftsmanship and overall commitment to fiber art. Vaughn is being featured in the adjacent Rinaldo Gallery with her latest work.

Awards were announced earlier this month. First place and a $300 cash prize went to Pat McKean for "Blaze" (see photo); second place and $200 went to Jill Ault for "Divided Circle: Anthracite"; and third place with $100 went to Lenore Crawford for "Hybrid Lily III".

Honorable mentions went to: Jacky Trimble, "Thinking Outside of the Box 3"; Virginia Spiegel, "Boundry Waters 19"; Jeanne Beck, "Harvest"; Pamela Allen, "Autumn"; Susie Vigland, "Big Baby Girl"; Sidney Inch, "Plastic Fusion"; Lynn Krawczyk, "Talk to Me I"; Sue Holdaway-Heys, "Land of Blue"; and Lisa Chipetine, "Trapped."

"We were really hoping to capitalize on the interest that the Dennos Museum has generated with their 'Twelve Voices' show," says Minervini. "We're so proud of our exhibition — it really has exceeded expectations."

Over 100 art quilts are on display through the Mercato at the Village at Grand Traverse Commons through December 31, 2008. Gallery hours are Monday - Wednesday 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.; Thursday - Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. The exhibition may be viewed on-line at Call 231-932-0775 for more information.