Oswego State Downtown fabric art exhibition to share love story

Fabric artist Jill Luigs will display her colorful works from June 1 to July 6 at Oswego State Downtown in “At Last,” an exhibition with autobiographical meaning.

A free public artist’s reception will take place from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, June 6, at Oswego State downtown, a branch of SUNY Oswego’s College Store at the corner of West First and Bridge streets.

Fabric art piece by Jill LuigsThe title of Luigs’ exhibition represents finally uniting with someone; in her case, she met a high school classmate, Dan Leo, 36 years after their graduation.

“Dan Leo and I went to high school together from 1970-74, but never even talked to one another,” Luigs wrote in an artist’s statement. “However, our brothers were best friends, and when his brother died in 2010 he contacted me through Facebook to let my brother know about the funeral.”

A few months later, Luigs took a train from Taos, N.M., to Oswego, and they have partnered in life and in fabric art since then, she wrote.

Luigs’ involvement in fabric art is extensive: couture fashion sewing, designing quilts, owning a quilt shop, teaching quilt-making, developing a children’s clothing line, exhibiting fabric art in local to international competitions and creating commissioned work. Since 2002, she has created the Multi-Cultural Legacy Award, a commemorative quilt given yearly in New York City to a woman for her outstanding achievements, by Working Mother Media.

Currently, Luigs collaborates with Leo on creating a dyed and stitched universe, http://dyedstitches.com, from 100 percent recycled materials with the intention of producing clothing, accessories and home decor with zero-waste design.

An exhibition titled “Graphic Flash” will run through May 25 at the downtown store and gallery.

Oswego State Downtown is open noon to 5 p.m. Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday and Friday, and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. For more information, call 216-4985 or visit oswego.edu/store.

PHOTO CAPTION: Love in fabric—Fabric artist Jill Luigs will display works in an exhibition titled “At Last”—representing finally reuniting with someone, as Luigs did with life and artistic partner Dan Leo after 36 years—from June 1 to July 6 at Oswego State Downtown.

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(Posted: May 13, 2013)

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