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Cloth Becomes Art in Quilt Exhibit at Ohio Wesleyan University
Quilt Surface Design Symposium Invitational Features Local, National, International Works

May 28, 2009

DELAWARE, OH – The artwork of 17 quilters from the United States and Canada are on display at Ohio Wesleyan University through Aug. 10.

The exhibit is being held in Gallery 2001 inside OWU’s Beeghly Library, 43 Rowland Ave. The free exhibit is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

“They [the artists] are not trying to create a covering to warm you,” said Tammy Wallace, coordinator of the exhibit and first assistant at OWU’s Richard M. Ross Museum. “Rather, each is seeking to say something visually, and in this instance their medium is cloth, rather than paint.

“The artists manipulate cloth, in many cases dyeing it or painting it themselves, in much the same way a painter mixes colors on a palette,” continued Wallace, a quilt artist with a piece in the show. “Whether with abstract designs or representational objects, each artist is trying to evoke an emotion or impression from the viewer, beyond the casual ‘Isn’t that pretty.’ ”

The exhibit, titled “QSDS Invitational,” is a collection of quilt art made by previous attendees of the Quilt Surface Design Symposium. The QSDS is part of the non-traditional quilt movement and holds a two-week-long, internationally recognized quilt-teaching seminar every summer in Columbus.

Gallery 2001’s “QSDS Invitational” is a smaller version of the full-museum quilt exhibit held at the Ross Museum every other year. This year’s mini gallery features quilters from Ohio, New York, Indiana, North Carolina, Idaho, Virginia, and Toronto.

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