Inspired to quilt, a retrospective

By Camie Sands

Quilt art is an art form that uses traditional quilting techniques to create art objects. It generally has more in common with the fine arts than it does with traditional quilting, with pieces generally usually either wall hung or mounted as sculpture, though exceptions exist – table runners, lap quilts, and 3-dimensional forms. Practitioners like Janet Avery create quilt art based on their experiences, imagery, and ideas rather than traditional patterns. Avery has taught several workshops including the recent “Have A Heart” project to benefit the LGBT Program at CASA and has created commissioned pieces of quilt -art.

“Inspired to quilt, a retrospective”
Sat, Apr 27, 5pm
Bordello Galería
Casa de la Noche
Órganos 19
Bordello Galería will be open 12-4 pm each day of the exhibit
152-0732, or Janet Avery 154-9079

A retrospective of her work of the last five years, which opened on April 14 at the Bordello Galería at Casa de la Noche, Órganos 19, will have a closing reception tomorrow from 5-7pm.

To view Avery’s collection “Inspired to Quilt, A Retrospective” is to find delight in geometric connectivity as a kaleidoscope in color and form unfolds, where squares seem to become three-dimensional cubes, triangles become diamonds, and hexagons almost morph into circles. Add to that the fact that each individual piece of material creating the overall quilt can trigger a memory defined by the design and age of the fabric.

Avery began seriously ‘art-quilting’ in 2008 when after joining the San Miguel Quilters, an organization a group dedicated to donating quilts to non-charitable organizations to help them raise money. She personally made six quilts for the families receiving new homes built by the NGO Casita Linda, and was instrumental in organizing two benefit exhibits, one for SPA and one for Ojala Niños.

Avery will be moving away from San Miguel and offers this retrospective of works done here, so frequently inspired by the color, patterns and connectivity of San Miguel.


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