Fine-art quilts at Memorial Union gallery

An exhibit of fine-art quilts will be on display in the Concourse Gallery in the Memorial Union from Sept. 2-Oct. 28, as part of the countywide celebration, Quilt County 2009.quilt2

“Gallimaufry” is defined as a mixture or a hodgepodge of items brought together as one. This exhibit is a gallimaufry of textile and fiber art quilts including a group color challenge, a textile homage to the OSU Women’s Building, and other individual member work of the group “Loosely Bound.”

Loosely Bound is made up of 11 regional fiber artists who have been meeting since 2004 each month to study, critique, create, support and learn. Members are Nancy Bryant, Diana Cleland-Boyle, Marcia Gilson, Marcy Gregg, Babette Grunwald, Liz Hoffman, Susan Johnson, Kerry McFall, Ann Smith, Sidnee Snell, and Shirley Strub.

Loosely Bound’s creative explorations include a variety of media and techniques, always with some kind of fiber or textiles at the core.

“The name ‘Loosely Bound’ represents an acknowledgment that our skills and experiences come from a variety of traditions built by past artists, academics, quilters, historians, home economists, and family members. We are loosely bound to these traditions, yet appreciate and give homage to the people working in these realms past and present,” said Liz Hoffman, Loosely Bound member and one of the exhibit coordinators. quilt

Nancy Bryant, the other exhibit coordinator, said for the last three years the group has selected a common theme and created a piece based on that.
“For the current exhibit, we each drew a color name from the hat. Each of us has created a 24-inch square piece that features the selected color.”
This exhibition is part of Quilt County 2009, a biennial community exhibit that’s been held throughout Benton County every other year in the month of September since 1991.

The Memorial Union Concourse Gallery is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, through Sept. 27.  After Sept. 27, the Gallery is open 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 7 a.m. to midnight on Fridays, 7:30 a.m. to midnight on Saturdays, and 10:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Sundays. For more information contact Susan Bourque at 541-737-6371.

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