Contemporary Quilts at Confluence

Confluence is pleased to present

Contemporary Quilts –

from traditional forms to art quilts

A group of quilters from Readsboro and nearby towns will be displaying their work starting June 18th at Confluence, a gallery on Main Street in Readsboro. The exhibition will run for six weekends, through July 24th. There will be an opening reception for the artists on Friday, June 17th from 5-7pm.

Norma Abel is the organizer and curator of Confluence’s second show.  Finding herself in the little mountain town on a backroads trip from Albany to Boston she and her husband decided they would build their retirement home there. In 1999, after working in the IT computer industry for 35 years and “managing software engineers in 5 countries,” Abel started her first quilt during a weekend stay in their new home.

Cindy Bartosewcz and Carol Marks make up the triumverate of Readsboro exhibitors; Jeanne Chivers of Hinsdale MA, Betty King of Cheshire MA, and Tessa Atwood of Wilmington, VT complete the line-up. “Contemporary Quilts” will hang pieces that range from art quilts to those with a more traditional look.

Bartosewcz has been quilting for 40 years and over that time her quilts have evolved from very traditional patchwork and applique quilts to the creative imagery of quilted fiber art, such as Little Toad, the show’s postcard image.

Abel’s quilts have been shown in quilt and craft shows around the country. They feature boldly-colored original floral designs. The pieces are cut in assorted shapes that fit the design, as a collage would be.

The stitching that holds together front and back covers with batting in-between is what makes a quilt a quilt. In some of Tessa Atwood’s quilts the stitching, or quilting itself creates the design, as with “Koi,” featuring a vibrantly colored koi swimming among curled waves, mountains in the background, all “drawn” through stitching.

Confluence is the creation of, and is staffed by members of Readsboro Arts, a locally grown nonprofit art group that was formed in 2006 by a group of townspeople interested in making art a more integral part of town life. Located in the historic EJ Bullock Building on Readsboro’s Main Street, the gallery is prideful evidence of the lively, yet under-the-radar arts scene in this town.

“Contemporary Quilts: from traditional forms to art quilts” will be on exhibit from June 18th to July 24th. Confluence is open on weekends. Gallery hours are Sat 10-4, Sun 12 -4, and by appointment.

an image of the postcard invitation for the show - includes an image of brightly colored toad.

Postcard for the show, featuring “Little Toad” by Little Toad, by Cindy Bartosewcz