Exhibit shows a different side to a quilt

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“It’s Wild!” will run through May 29

By Kirsten Laskey

Sometimes quilting get misrepsented and misunderstood. People see it as a mere craft; it’s just producing another blanket to throw over yourself when the temperature drops.

The current exhibit at Mesa Public Library, titled, “It’s Wild!” will show viewers a another side to a quilt.

Exhibitors are a members of the New Mexico Art Quilters group,  which is affiliated with the Studio Art Quilters Association.  They are award-winning artists who show their work nationally and sometimes internationally.

Jeri Beitel is one of the members. She explained the group’s mission is to mainly show ourselves as artists and show quilts  as a real art and not as a craft.

She explained the fabric is manipulated and most of it is hand-dyed, handpainted  and stitched to create an art piece.

Another member, Patricia Gould, agreed. “What we are showing is not simply just a craft … the art quilt is kind of  a combination of elements of both paiting and sculpture in that its textural, it’s not a flat surface,” she said. “You have elements of fine art — light, shadow, color, line, but you also get the skill of working with the fabric.”

Gould added, “We just happen to use fabric to express ourselves.”

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