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The Wallflowers exhibit will be enhanced by a live flower show beginning at noon Friday at Fuller Lodge.
The exhibit is like a garden in which the flowers never wilt, there are no weeds and the plants are not restricted by a climate zone. “Wallflowers” the works of 60 artists fill the gallery with bursts of color. In floral terms, there are five dozen artists presenting eight dozen blossoms. Not every blossom is a flower but they all fall within the theme of “Wallflowers.” Several artists from the Pastel Society of New Mexico entered the show. Other media represented include watercolor, acrylic, colcha (fabric), clay, wood, glass, photography, jewelry and even an automaton called “Cranky Flowers.”
Last week a hummingbird flew into the gallery and staff wondered if it was attracted by all the color.
Once again, the physical space of the gallery has been adapted to host the theme, with white garden trellises to support the floral profusion. It’s a celebration of summer, a veritable oasis amidst our New Mexico drought.
Also on Friday, the N.M. District II Judges Council is hosting a flowers show at the lodge to compliment the exhibit.
A small standard flower show has three divisions.
Division 1 — Horticulture
Division 2 — Design
Division 3 — Educational, presented by the Santa Fe Rose Society.
The flower show emphasizes fresh plant material. Judging will be in accordance with the standards and practices established by the National Garden Clubs, Inc.
The show opens at noon. Horticulture and educational divisions will close at 3 p.m., however, design displays will continue through Saturday afternoon.
An artist reception for Nicole Dunn, who created the exhibit Bits and Pieces, will be from 5-7 p.m., Friday. Dunn is an award winning fiber artist.
She began quilting with the birth of her first child in 1988. After seeing an exhibit in New York City of Nancy Crow’s art quilts in 1992, she realized that fiber could be used to create art, and set herself on a path to create one of a kind art quilts to be enjoyed on the wall. To date, she has created many commissioned works that are unique to each client’s needs and wants, as well as developed her own style of art quilts reflecting her daily life and inspirations.
Some of Dunn’s latest work focuses on the use of silk and exploring the use of traditional quilt patterns in a nontraditional way. She loves arranging bits of cloth so that the grain of neighboring pieces lie in different directions, creating texture in the reflections. Her exhibit in the Portal Gallery this month is called “Bits and Pieces” and the tag for each piece includes a thought about what inspired it.
Dunn has taught countless different technique and art quilt classes in Los Alamos and Santa Fe since 1997. She is known for her unique way of thinking, use of fabric, and technique. She is able to teach traditional quilt styles and patterns, as well as use of the sewing machine, or using a photograph to be interpreted in fabric among others to all levels of interested sewers.
Bits and Pieces will show in the Portal Gallery through July 27.