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Anatomy of an Art Quilt

My lecture at Ann Litrel’s gallery last Friday was delightful – thank you to so many of my friends, readers, and students who came out and supported me.  I talked to gallery visitors as they stopped in and then my lecture was at 7p.m.  I talked for only a short time about each art quilt, the inspiration behind it, and how I approached color in each.  I’ll be premiering a new video from the lecture each week, and this week’s is about my spiritual art quilt, Redemption.

The Monastery of the Holy Spirit, one of the inspirations I mention in the video, says of their facility:

What matters most about the monastery is precisely that it is radically different from the world…
In a world of noise, confusion and conflict it is necessary that there be places of silence, inner discipline and peace.
– Thomas Merton

Woodstock is a delightful town with so many great shops and restaurants.  After my lecture we headed over to a great burger place that had the best black bean burger ever (I don’t do red meat).

Color Mastery Gallery Talk

Ann Litrell, a local painter in Woodstock, Georgia, invited me to speak at her gallery event to raise funds for charity.  Here are the details from Ann:

Gallery Show and Fundraiser – The Colors of HOPE: Author and quilter Maria Peagler, with local quilter Mary Litrel, will show selected quilts from their collections at the gallery on July 2-4. Ms. Peagler will give a talk on Friday evening at the gallery for the Woodstock Friday Night Live event. “Color Artistry in Quilt Creation,” 7 pm.

A quilt by Mary Litrel, entitled ” Esperanza,” will be donated for a raffle, with funds being raised for the HOPE Center in Woodstock. The final raffle drawing and winner will be announced immediately following the Freedom Run in downtown Woodstock on July 4. Raffle tickets will be sold at Ann Litrel Art, and at Cherokee Women’s Health Specialists in Canton, www.cherokeewomenshealth.com.

If you’ve never visited downtown Woodstock, you owe it to yourself to check it out:  it is absolutely charming.  Quaint.  All those adjectives for a downtown area you can stroll through and never want to leave.  It’ll be a great way to spend a hot summer day and evening.

Ann is an excellent artist, and has a collection of her paintings at her website.  Don’t miss the Woodstock Depot series, where she paints the local train depot in the styles of great masters Monet, Van Gogh, and others.  That takes talent.  Then check out my own Learning from the Masters series on the great quilters of today and what we can learn from them.

Event:  Color Mastery Gallery Lecture
Date:    July 3, 2009
Time:   7p.m.
Location:  Ann Litrel Art, Woodstock

Gather your quilting girlfriends and make it a girls’ nite out to benefit a great organization.