A Different Kind of Art Show


SOLSC Day 11

After writing about an uncluttered week in Monday’s post, yesterday Kathy and I decided to take a ride to Wilkes-Barre.  Last week one of our friends called and told us she had seen a segment on the news about an art show we might enjoy.  It runs through the 15th at one of the galleries at Wilkes University. It’s about an hour and fifteen minute ride for us.

Here is the link to that news segment.  You may have to copy and paste it in your browser.


The exhibit is called “Material Pulses: Seven Viewpoints”.  It is an exhibit of textile art.  The exhibition focuses on the art of quilt-making.  It presents seventeen works by seven fiber artists representing the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom.

Although these are not the traditional quilts or even the artsy quilts I see at quilt shows, these pieces do follow the traditional definition of top, batting, and backing.

There was lots of painted and dyed fabric.  Many of the quilts consisted of one geometrical shape overlaid another

I did manage to get one picture before the girl at the desk told me picture taking was not allowed.  I decided not to post it since they didn’t want pictures taken.


According to a blurb put out by the art gallery, here is what they say about the exhibit.

Curated by internationally renowned artist and teacher Nancy Crow, Material Pulses contributes to the dialogue of contemporary textile arts. Says Crow, “Material Pulses is the culmination of my mission to bring back the majesty, strength, and energy of textile works, particularly large  quilts.” The exhibition features quilts, mixed media, and installation work. Quilts of up to 101 inches high will be featured, for dramatic scale of an art form that is often relegated to its functional qualities. The artists investigate color, pattern, and size through traditional and experimental quilt-making applications. The curator balances a focus on shapes with oversized works, exploring excellence in machine quilting and surface design. 
The exhibition’s artists bring their techniques and vision to realizing this celebration of contemporary textile arts. Among them, Elizabeth Brandt balances large geometric and organic shapes, while at the same time flirting with a demanding dark palette. Jayne Willoughby’s work on one side seems contemplative, while the other spouts riotous color systems. Mary Lou Alexander has been exploring shibori (a Japanese dyeing method) for decades, and utilized this technique to exemplify the beauty of mark-making.  Barb Wills printed her fabrics, both cotton and silk, with original woodcuts created from Shina wood, using cutting tools from Japan. 
The exhibition artists are Denise L. Roberts, Albright, WV; Claire Benn, Surrey, England; Jayne Willoughby, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada; Mary Lou Alexander, Hubbard, OH; Christine Mauersberger, Cleveland, OH; Barb Wills, Prescott, AZ; and Elizabeth Brandt, Holland, MI.

So, even though these are not my idea of what a quilt is I am glad we went.  It was definitely an interesting exhibit.



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10 responses to “A Different Kind of Art Show

  1. This sounds fascinating! I always love going to art museums alone, because I can spend as much time as I want with the textiles. (My family has far less interest than I do.) I’ve just googled some of these artists, and their work is so interesting. Hope the drive was fun too! I always enjoy a little road trip.

    • It was a nice drive. Took about an hour and a half. It was interesting to see how these artists worked with the fabric layering it and painting it so that it would make the statement they wanted to make.

  2. jumpofffindwings

    From what I’ve read in previous posts, anything with “quilts” in the information would draw you and Kathy. Thanks for sharing this. Humans are so creative; we need to remember that when we see the other side of us so often.

  3. Terje

    I like reading the explanations written for art shows. I think it is a language that one has to learn to read and write. i sometimes don’t understand a thing.This time I understood color, pattern, and shapes. I wasn’t able to open the link. I know I would have been surprised because whenever you share quilts I am blown away by the talent of the quilt makers.

    • I am not good with hyperlinks so I couldn’t add one for the site. If you try Googling “on the pa road” and look for the wnep site maybe you can find it that way. It is the second story about the quilt show.

  4. Lainie Levin

    Thanks for sharing this slice, and for sharing what you learned. I do so enjoy getting the chance to think about things in new ways.

  5. I keep waiting to click on one of your posts and find out you’ve created a quilt of your own. Alas, this was not it. 🙂

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