The variety of quilts shown at the Porterville College Art Gallery and reception on October 3 amazed both college students and the general public alike. 

The quilts show a mastery of color, depth, and sheer virtuosity in their design. The women who’ve created the art quilts are clearly masters of their craft, and many create both traditional quilts, as well contemporary art quilts.

There’s a quilt created by Ellen Jordan that is similar to a Mondrian painting, and looking at it, it’s hard to believe it’s sewn fabric.

Jordan, who had quilts in the Best of the Valley Quilt Show earlier this year said, “I have always been a creative person. Art of all kinds speaks to me. I see the world as a source of inspiration. I find patterns and designs in nature and man-made objects, which begin percolating in my brain until I have to turn them into something tangible: a card, a painting, a quilt.” 

She has quilts that look like aerial photographs of fields, the Mondrian-like quilt, and a few others in the show.

There is a large art quilt, depicting part of a herd of horses. It’s so realistic, it’s almost photographic. Jim Entz remarked about Laurie Britt’s horses saying that she has actually painted on the fabric to give extra depth to the colors and stitching. It’s by far one of the largest art quilts, but there’s another, which is a colorful depiction of Maleficent with bright and brilliant colors of purple,  green, black and white.

“My textile work gradually evolved to combine my love of fabric with my original passion for drawing and painting,” said Britt. “I have found it very liberating to realize that many of the creative effects possible on paper or canvas can easily transform cloth with a simple switch of medium and process.”

Beth Shaffer, who had some unique art quilts on display, is an experienced quilter who has shown her work in different shows. She displayed some of her fabulous quilts at the Best of the Valley quilt show in Lindsay, earlier this year.

“Making an art quilt enables me to use my imagination and challenge myself by experimenting with various techniques,” said Shaffer.

The show runs until October 24, and the gallery is open Monday through Thursday from 12 p.m. - 2 p.m and 4 p.m. - 6 p.m.


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