Every Quilt Tells a Story, Don't It?
Anne Baird and Nora Palmer-Gould are curators of space.  The space is the art gallery at OSHER's offices on Lebanon Street in Hanover. At points, it is so narrow that your derriere might inadvertently collide with the edge of Diane Doe's desk as you step back from the art on the wall for a better look. No matter. What with students, their parents, shoppers, course-registrants and others dropping by, the OSHER people are used to it. Following the gallery's inaugural show of Stephanie Reininger's watercolors (which I previously reviewed
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here ), and Jim Lustenader's luscious photos of Paris (here), the third exhibition, which just opened on April 14, is a collection of quilts by various artists from the Northern Lights Quilt Guild.The quilts won't cover your bed; they are smaller, more conscious works of art. Summer in Eastman by Jill Williams

Summer in Eastman by Jill Williams

Jane Buskey, who is president of the guild, takes her punctuation seriously; you should too.  Her quilt (pictured at top) entitled Let's Eat, Grandma  is both funny and evocative of every high-school English teacher expounding on the use of the comma.  Jill Williams's Summer in Eastman is verdant, and springy with texture that almost forces you to touch it. (I might have when no one was looking.) Rita Tingle gets the prize for most unusual title and color: Platyhelminthes in Turquoise. Platyhelminthes by Rita Tingle

Platyhelminthes by Rita Tingle

One of the quilts, by Regina Laraway, is made from old silk ties.  She explained that it was the product of one of the guild's "challenge" events. This one required members to complete a quilt within a certain period of time on the theme "reuse, recycle, repurpose."  Laraway's quilt used not just the fabric of the ties, but their labels as well. Detail of Silk Tie Quilt by Regina Laraway

Detail of Silk Tie Quilt by Regina Laraway

The Northern Lights Quilt Guild has over 100 members in the Upper Valley and meets monthly at the Methodist Church in Lebanon NH.  They speak quilt--bringing in experts, sharing tips, preparing for the biannual quilt show at the Richmond School, and engaging in community service; they often make and give quilts to bereaved families and others in need. I know the grammar in the title of this piece is incorrect; I borrowed it, loosely, from a song by Rod Stewart (you know the one). It's apt.  OSHER believes it, and that is why they have asked the artists to provide a short story of their individual pieces. OSHER will be featuring a photo of a quilt or two along with their stories in its weekly e-newsletter for the two-month duration of the exhibition. 'Cause every picture does tell a story, don't it? Don't miss anything! To receive an email alert each time I post something new, please click here.  To view earlier posts on this blog, ArtfulEdge, about arts in the Upper Valley, please click here. Thank you for reading          

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