Baltimore Woods features contemporary art quilts exhibit

Contemporary art quilts by artist Holly Knott will be on display at the Weeks Art Gallery, Baltimore Woods Nature Center, 4007 Bishop Hill Road, Marcellus, from Jan. 3 through Feb. 25, 2011. The gallery is open M-F 9a.m. to 4 p.m., and Saturdays 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., closed Sundays. There is no charge for parking and admittance. The gallery is open to the public.

Knott's solo exhibition at Baltimore Woods focuses on themes inspired by the natural world. "I'm inspired by rolling hills of farmland, tree-lined paths, the architecture of old homes from the 18th and 19th centuries as well as cityscapes, and gardens. My artwork creates a tangible trail of my explorations, and I enjoy recording what I see in fabric - a striking sunset, the expression of an inquisitive cow, the colors of autumn leaves against a rich blue sky, an old window with wavy glass and colored shutters, the pattern of the veins on a leaf..." states Knott.

Elaborating on the title of this exhibit, Knott says: " I consider contemporary art quilting to be a method of "creating paintings with a fabric palette." The wide variety of "painterly" fabrics available, such as the batiks and hand-dyes, helps provide me with a wonderful palette. You can create layers of color and add sparks of light just as you would in a painting." Knott adds to this palette with a variety of techniques including applying textile and acrylic paint, hand-dying fabric, using colored threads for stitching, and even by printing her original photographs onto the art pieces.

With the innovative use of material, texture and color, Knott is in the company of quiltmakers who work to expand the definition of quiltmaking from craft to fine art. Her quilts have won numerous awards and appeared in several publications, as well as been exhibited and collected widely. She is a member of Studio Art Quilt Associates (SAQA), and lives with her husband and cats on a small farm in Marcellus.

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