Quilts as art focus of Gallery 110 North show

The Women Who Run with Scissors art quilt guild from Denmark will bring their style of textile daring to Gallery 110 North at the Plymouth Arts Center with an exhibit of the same name Aug. 8 to Oct. 3.

The public is invited to meet the Artists at the Opening Reception Friday, Aug. 8 from 4-8 p.m. at the Plymouth Arts Center, 520 E. Mill St., in historic downtown Plymouth. The opening reception is being held in conjunction with the PAC’s annual major fundraiser, the 11th Annual Cheese Capital Jazz Crawl for the Arts presented the same evening. The exhibit and reception are both free and open to the public. This exhibition is generously sponsored by Van Horn Automotive.

The colorful works of this group of quilters are representative of the diversity available in their chosen art form, both in message and medium. Themes range from the simple beauty of nature to conveying the complex worries and fears we all share.

The quilt artists’ limitless palette includes commercial and hand-dyed fabrics, embroidery, beading, found objects, handpainted surface treatments and even the stitch itself.

“The quilting stitch can direct your eye and add a layer of shading or contouring to the overall piece,” says Julie Duschack, Women Who Run with Scissors founder. “Fiber artists think of the quilting stitch literally as our pencil.”

Duschack started Women Who Run with Scissors about 15 years ago when she found that, although traditional quilt guilds were plentiful and accepting of art quilters, there was a need for those practicing her art to come together.

Duschack adds that the name of her group playfully underscores their maverick nature. “It’s our joke taken from the warning that an obedient child never runs with scissors,” she says. “If you’re doing art quilting, you’re doing something irreverent and wild – so we’re out there creating and running with our scissors.”

The 11th Annual Jazz Crawl Fundraiser is a jazz extravaganza featuring 12 live jazz bands performing at the Arts Center and throughout downtown Plymouth at clubs and restaurants. In addition to the live musical entertainment at the PAC, the event includes a silent auction, live auction of the signature painting at 7 p.m., fundraising wristbands, keepsake posters, painting raffle, and food and refreshments served in the Bourbon Street Café.

Jazz Pianist, Fabian Qamar, is the featured entertainer in the PAC Grand Hall from 4 to 5:30 p.m., followed by The Dave Petty Ensemble from 5:30 to 9 p.m.

Outside in the PAC Courtyard, Common Tone Jazz Quintet will begin the festivities from 4 to 6:30 p.m., and, the Talk of the Town Dixieland Band from 6:30-9:30 p.m.

For more information about the Art Quilt exhibit, or to print a Jazz Crawl Fundraiser schedule/ map visit our website: www.plymoutharts.org or contact the PAC office: (920) 892-8409 or email: info@plymoutharts.org.

Gallery hours are Tuesday- Friday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; and Saturday and Sunday from 12 noon to 3 p.m. The center is closed on Mondays and holidays. Admission is always free. The public is also invited to visit the Plymouth Arts Center Gift Shop featuring fine art gifts made by our members.

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