Amazing quilts, refreshments, KidsART activities in Earlville

EARLVILLE – The next EOH Art Happening is in collaboration with Earlville Community Day on Saturday. This Free Family Event from noon to 3 p.m. engages all ages in the arts in a youth-friendly environment. KidsART activities, refreshments and music accompany three exhibits of Contemporary Quilts with two group shows and a solo exhibit of quilts by Nancy Bales. Music from noon-3 p.m. will be performed by Dove Creek with an eclectic Americana mix of bluegrass, folk, country, blues and more on mandolin and guitar. Stop in and take a listen! Have a cookie!

Contemporary quilts are things of beauty. In the East Gallery, a striking assemblage of twelve quilts was chosen by each of six artists to best represent their work. The artists are Shelley Baird of Columbus, OH; Cynthia Corbin of Woodinville, WA; Jennifer Day of Sante Fe, NM; Sally Dutko of Ithaca; Nancy Hicks of East Rochester, and Kathleen Loomis of Louisville, KY.

The works show various techniques by modern quilt artists. Many of the artists in this collection use surface manipulation of the fabric. All of the fabrics in Cynthia Corbin’s works are of her own creation using dyes and paints before she cuts and pieces the quilts together. Shelly Baird uses a whole cloth approach with images that are superimposed on cloth by screen-printing, painting and drawing with dyes, paint and bleaching agents in processes both directed and serendipitous. She expands on her work “The word ‘fabricate’ means to concoct, dream up, assemble and create… Once I discovered surface design on fabric, all of the separate pieces of my puzzle fell into place.”

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