Exhibition reception: April 28, 5:30 – 8:00pm
Parrish & Central Gallery
SAQA (Studio Art Quilt Associates, Inc.) was founded in 1989 to serve artists working in the art quilt medium, as well as teachers, collectors, gallery owners, museum curators and corporate sponsors who recognize the importance of the art of quilt.
For the Blending Poetry and Cloth exhibition, artists were required to reference a piece of poetry, a song or a quotation in creating their composition. Poetry and art have been inextricably linked for as long as they have both been in existence – one illuminating the other and requiring the use of multiple senses. Powerful combinations are created when the two art forms come together in thought provoking ways – one breathing life into the other.
Seventy Oregon members entered the competition and our juror, Patricia Clark, founder of Atelier 6000 Print Workshop in Bend, Oregon, approached her job with intellectual vigor and stamina. The result is an exhibit of thirty-eight works which demonstrates not only the scope of artistic vision among Oregon SAQA's members, but also the consistent level of high achievement in the use of the medium.
Whether SAQA members call themselves art quilters, textile or fiber artists or simple "artists," the work is personal and highly accomplished.
Jean Wells Keanan