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Knott' your average art

Fabric has so many different uses -- clothes, quilts and these days, colorful cloths are being used as works of art.

On Sept. 5, the Tyler Art Gallery on the SUNY Oswego campus will have 19 pieces of "fiber" art hanging in its gallery. While Oswego may be a ways away, the exhibit has works from artists throughout the region and also has a very local connection.

"I am intrigued by fabrics," said Holly Knott of Marcellus. "There are so many you can buy now that look like a painter painted them."

In 2001, Knott was in a fabric shop looking at different prints and came across a book about watercolor quilting. She began playing with ideas and, on the Internet, found more resources for contemporary quilting.

"Sometimes I don't even like to think of it as quilting," she said.

Knott's contemporary quilt, "The Lafayette Sycamore," will appear in the show along with pieces from artists who hail from areas south of Buffalo to Albany, said the exhibit's guest curator Pat Pauly of Pittsford, a suburb of Rochester.

The show's theme, "A Personal Landscape: Contemporary Art Quilts," holds different meaning for each of the artists in the exhibit. According to Pauly, pieces in the exhibit offer landscapes such as the inside of the artist's body and a meteor shower.

"I'm a fellow quilt artist but I've worked many years with museums," Pauly said, adding there are two other nature-themed exhibits at Tyler Art Gallery to be held at the same time at "A Personal Landscape." "It's very interesting because if you look at the quilts and you go across the hall to the other show, it's really quite unique."

Knott's work has been inspired by a nine-foot-wide, near-400-year-old sycamore tree located at the battlefield in Chaddsford, Pa. The legend behind the tree is that the Marquis de Lafayette rested against it to check his wounds during the Revolutionary War, Knott said.

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