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Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Contempoary Art Quilts Exhibit @ Universe City (Ogden: Oct 1-16)


Contemporary Art Quilts

Who: Universe City
What: Art Talk: Contemporary Art Quilts by Judy Elsley and Julie Nelson
When: Closing Night Art Talk and reception, Saturday, October 16, 6:30-8:00 pm
Final days of this exhibit are October 15, Friday: 5:00-8:00 pm; October 16, Saturday: 1:00-6:30 pm
or by appointment: 801 458 8959
Where: Universe City, 2556 Washington Boulevard, Ogden

Universe City presents an art talk about "Contemporary Art Quilts" by Judy Elsley and Julie Nelson, Saturday, October 16th, 6:30-8:00 pm. Light refreshment will be served.

The final two days of the exhibit are this Friday, October 15 from 5:00-8:00 PM. and Saturday, October 17, 1:00-6:30 pm. or by appointment. For appointments, call Benjamin Jennings, 801 458-8959.

Julie Nelson and Judy Elsley are quilt makers living in the Ogden area. Both artisists design and make their own quilts, and they meet regularly for "play dates" to talk about their individual work and try out new techniques together. They will explain their individual process for development of their ideas and fabric and also talk about what they have learned by working together. Quilters will hear about some interesting techniques and non-quilters will gain an understanding about the processes used by the artists.

Nelson uses a mix of commercial and hand-dyed fabrics, incorporating wood, metal and gourd shells into her work. Elsley's quilts are made from her own hand-dyed fabrics. Nelson machine and hand quilts her work, while Elsley often takes hers to a professional machine quilter.

Elsley says of their work, "We draw inspiration from each other, learn from each other, and we play well together. I admire Julie's creativity, her sense of color, and her beautiful quilts. We feel fortunate to have found each other and we enjoy collaborating."

In addition to being a quilt artist, Elsley is well-known quilt historian, as a researcher and author on the topic of quilts and their place in culture. She has taught a course, "Text and Textile: Teaching the Literature of Quilting," at Weber State University, where she is a Professor of English and also the Director of the Honors Program. The course familiarizes students with texts about quilts and quilters, ranging from such non-fiction as history, biography, and critical articles to a variety of fiction, including poetry, short stories, a quilt detective novel, children’s books, and a play. Quilt texts are often connected with the textiles that inspired them so as well as reading, discussing and writing about these texts, students are invited to bring in a family quilt to “show and tell.” As a final project, students make a small autobiographical quilt which they display and explain to an audience of family and friends.

For more information about this show, contact:
Judy Elsley, jelsley@weber.edu
or Benjamin Jennings, benjaminjennings@me.com

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