This month, several arts groups in Westchester independently explore the art of quilts and nontraditional processes for creating them.
The Uncommon Threads exhibition at Westchester Community College Center for the Arts displays more than 50 non-traditional art quilts, which will remain on view through October 5. Exhibiting artists are all members of Brooklyn Quilters Guild who create contemporary designs. One of these artists, Kirsten Fisher, will host a one-day workshop on October 27 that explores design, composition, techniques used for creating non-traditional quilts and more.
On October 21, Ossining Arts Council continues “Art Speaks,” a series of talks with people who are involved with the arts, with “Every Quilt Has a Story” at Steamer Firehouse Gallery. Artist Tamar Drucker will share her works and discuss her inspiration and processes. Drucker’s fiber artworks incorporate textures and colors into paintings, sculptures and sketches.
Artists Evan Bishop and Katori Walker, supported by a Yonkers Arts Initiative Grant from ArtsWestchester, continue to bring their Yes Yonkers! community quilt project to the City of Yonkers. The project calls for Yonkers residents and visitors to create 10”x10” canvas swatches that express, through artwork or words, their feelings about the City. “Pop-Up Creation Stations” give participants the opportunity to create swatches at local businesses: October 18 at Yonkers Riverfront Library (children); October 19 at How Sweet It Is (seniors); and October 20 at Ridge Hill Shopping Center’s Harvest Fest on the Hill (public). Says Bishop: “I value the historic use of quilts as a tool that guides and informs the viewer… this [Yes Yonkers!] quilt is encouraging participants to tell their story.”
A version of this article first appeared in the October issue of ArtsNews, ArtsWestchester’s monthly publication. ArtsNews is distributed throughout Westchester County. A digital copy is also available at artsw.org/artsnews.