Some 50 artists will offer their own spin on the art of the quilt as the Pasco Arts Council unveils the upcoming exhibition, "!OUT OF BOUNDS! Unexpected Small Art Quilts."
The exhibit, which runs Nov. 2 to Dec. 21, literally comes together one patch at a time — an accidental collaboration when displayed on the stark, white walls of the Holiday gallery.
There has been overwhelming enthusiasm from the artists, said longtime artist La Veda Longfellow. She serves as guest creator and is responsible for hanging about 200 entries in a gridlike fashion that, at a glance, will appear as a series of large patchwork quilts.
Those who lean in to take a closer look will see the beauty, creativity and personality threaded into each square. Some patches have been stitched or glued together on cotton fabric and silk, while other artists trended to less traditional mediums: pen and ink, watercolor, wood and other recyclable materials.
Longfellow, who served as exhibition chair at the Florida Center for Contemporary Art and Artists Unlimited, was adamant about artistic freedom. Even so, there were a couple of guidelines. Each patch had to be a 12-inch square and had to have some reference to the tradition of quiltmaking.
"The art will emblazon the gallery with disparate color, texture and themes involving personal aspects," Longfellow said. "Politics, nature, abstractions, vivid portrayals — frozen moments (that are) important to each artist and being shared as an art quilt."