Art quilts to open Tyler Art Gallery season

Perseid Meteor quilt“A Personal Landscape: Contemporary Art Quilts,” featuring the work of 19 upstate quilt artists, will open the Tyler Art Gallery season on Friday, Sept. 5.

An opening reception from 5 to 7 p.m. Sept. 5 will include a lecture by Pat Pauly, the guest curator of the exhibition.

“These are not traditional quilts in form or function, but rather works of contemporary art composed of fabric fiber and unconventional materials,” said Dr. Laurene Buckley, director of Tyler Art Gallery. “I think of them as quilts unleashed.”

The exhibition will complement two other nature-themed exhibitions held concurrently at the Tyler Gallery: “Eco Tankers: An Exhibition by Bruce Conkle” and “Rocks and Rills: Nature Themes from the Permanent Collection.” All three exhibitions are free, open to the public and will run through Oct. 19.

Pauly, a quilter and exhibition designer from Pittsford, chose works by quilt artists from around upstate New York. “Each of these quilts reflects the artist’s interpretation of ‘landscape,’ either real or imagined,” Pauly said. Her own work “Earth, Water II” captures giant leaves and water lilies in the abstract quilt form.

Other artists featured in the show include Ithaca quilter Aafke Swart Steenhuis, who depicts the imagined inner landscape of the human body in her work “Giant Cell X.” “Buttermilk Falls” by Caren Betlinski of Rushville depicts a countryside “painted” with thread and fabric. Wellsville artist Patricia Mattison interprets the outer limits of the natural world with “Perseid Meteor” (picutred), a fiber collage that captures the vibrancy of a meteor shower on the darkened landscape.

Interlaken artist Mary Diamond, in “Quartet,” depicts the four seasons as four muses of nature’s cycle, each morphing between human and plant. Canandaigua artist Jeanne Raffer Beck’s “A Passionate Heart’s Landscape” is an abstract take on the landscape of human emotion. Marcia DeCamp of Palmyra uses remaining jet contrails as the focus of her work, “Jet Trails #5.”

Other artists include upstate artists Beth Brandkamp of Webster, Sally Dutko of Ithaca, Patricia G. Faulkner of Rochester, Melissa Craven Fowler of Ithaca, Nancy P. Hicks of East Rochester, Holly Knott of Marcellus, Nancy Davis Murty of Palmyra, Judith Plotner of Gloversville and Janet Ozard Root of Kendall, plus Linda Bachman,  Ren Vasiliev and Jeanne Simpson.

During exhibitions, SUNY Oswego’s Tyler Art Gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays and 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. weekends. For more information, contact the gallery at 315-312-2113.

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PHOTO CAPTION: Meteoric rise— Wellsville artist Patricia Mattison’s “Perseid Meteor” is among the work visitors to Tyler Art Gallery will be able to view when “A Personal Landscape: Contemporary Art Quilts” runs Sept. 5 to Oct. 19.

CONTACT: Dr. Laurene Buckley,

(Posted: Jul 30, 2008)

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