January 29-March 25, 2012
6501 Third Ave.
Kenosha, WI 53143
hours 1-4:00 Tuesday through Sunday
|View from one of the upstairs galleries. Lake Michigan was very churned up on Sunday.
I'm going to begin with Gloria Hansen's gallery. Her work was lighted, gloriously, get it? I have always been attracted to the color and movement in her work. Years back I was quite taken by a tiny piece called "Blushing Triangles." I liked the colors, her threadwork and the visual impact of the quilt. This was my chance to see more of her work in person.
|Circles Collide, by Gloria Hansen. Here is one of her medium sized pieces over the lovely Italian marble fireplace.
Gloria Hansen lives and works in East Windsor NJ. She is considered a pioneer in uniting the quilt maker with the computer, and in 1996 she co-authored The Quilter’s Computer Companion, a ground-breaking book published by No Starch Press. She also wrote or co wrote 13 titles in the Free Stuff on the Internet series publishing by C&T Publishing. Her latest book Digital Essentials, the Quilt Maker’s Must Have Guide to Images, Files, and More, published by Electric Quilt Company.
|Color Fields 1 by Gloria Hansen. Candace Hoffman, the curator adds 3D pieces throughout the galleries.
|Detail of above quilt showing the metallic thread use.
The above quilt was the smallest in her gallery. It was my favorite because of her expert use of a flat iridescent thread, probably Sliver or Glitter. The twinkle that the metallic thread added was beautiful.
Gloria’s work has been exhibited throughout the country and abroad for over two decades. She says “My work is about geometric shapes, photographic imagery, and visual ambiguities expressed in cloth and stitch. In this collection of work, I’ve selected quilts spanning nearly a decade in time. The common thread among the pieces are bold color and geometric pattern. I designed each quilt using computer software."
|Perspectives II by Gloria Hansen. This is machine pieced and hand quilted. When I stepped back from this quilt, the dramatic perspective was a surprise.
"The oldest piece is from 2001, and it features fabrics that I hand painted or dyed. The remaining works all feature fabric that I digitally painted using computer software and then digitally printed with archival ink onto silk or cotton fabric. The surfaces also include some traditional media, such as fabric paints and pastels. The oldest work is machine pieced and hand quilted, the other seven pieces are machine pieced and quilted.” Her work has been included and appeared in shows, competitions and galleries around the world.
|Upper--Squared Illusions IV, Lower--Witley Decay 2, by Gloria Hansen
|Upper--Going in Circles, Lower--Going in Circles II, by Gloria Hansen
This is the end of the Gloria Hansen exhibit. Be sure to visit both her website and blog to learn more about how she works. Thank you Gloria for sharing your work with us.
My next installment will feature quilt artist Marcia Stein.