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Tuesday, September 18, 2012

SUU's Braithwaite Fine Arts Gallery to Offer Workshop by Superior Threads of St. George

WHAT:              An exploration of color theory, thread education and a look into a remarkable trunk show of collaborative quilts are on the agenda when Bob and Heather Purcell of Superior Threads offer an informative workshop as part of SUU’s Braithwaite Fine Arts Gallery’s fall exhibition, Everything In Between: Art Quilts, Fabric Collage, and Embroidery. 

WHO:               Southern Utah University, Braithwaite Fine Arts Gallery

WHEN:             Saturday, September 29, 2012

TIME:               9am-noon

WHERE:           Braithwaite Fine Arts Gallery, Braithwaite Building, Lower Level,
                        Southern Utah University, Cedar City, UT

TICKETS:         Free Admission

INFO:               For more information call (435) 586-5432 or visit the gallery website at www.suu.edu/pva/artgallery

SEPTEMBER 29, 2012

Southern Utah University, Cedar City, Utah:  An exploration of color theory, thread education and a look into a remarkable trunk show of collaborative quilts are on the agenda when Bob and Heather Purcell of Superior Threads offer an informative workshop as part of SUU’s Braithwaite Fine Arts Gallery’s fall exhibition, Everything In Between: Art Quilts, Fabric Collage, and Embroidery.  The workshop, Up Close with Superior Threads, will be held on Saturday, September 29 from 9am-noon. The workshop is free and open to all including non-quilters.

Heather and Bob Purcell started Superior Threads in 1998 originally working from home. During the first few years, they researched and learned about thread working with the most technically proficient thread factories in the world to develop new products. The firm was truly launched full time in 2001. Today, Superior Threads has over 4,000 different thread products.  Heather chooses the fiber type (cotton, poly, metallic, etc.), fiber weight and designs the colors for all Superior Threads products. In addition, she recently opened a fabric shop in St. George, appropriately called Mother Superior's Fab Fabrics.

Heather Purcell is originally from Australia and she came to the United States to attend college, where she met her future husband, Bob. After college, they lived in Japan for eight years, and Hawaii for four years, prior to moving to St. George, Utah in 1994. Heather took her first quilting class when living in Hawaii. After moving to southern Utah, she enrolled in another class and like so many other quilters, was hooked.  She began to work one day a week at a local quilt shop and learned about quilting, fabric, and thread.  After realizing that the best quality fabric, thread and sewing machines were produced in Japan, she convinced Bob to quit his stock market day trading job and look into thread manufacturing in Japan.  

Bob Purcell is the only self-certified master thread therapist in the world.  He worked in Japan for 10 years and speaks fluent Japanese. A graduate of Brigham Young University with a Masters Degree in Business Administration, Bob has a background in product development, customer service and quality control. He taught for many years at a private school and at the college level. Since 1999, he has educated thousands within the industry and has had numerous articles published in industry magazines.

Everything in Between: Art Quilts, Fabric Collage & Embroidery is open Tuesday through Saturday from noon until 7:00pm; at SUU’s Braithwaite Fine Arts Gallery. Admission is free. This exhibition is made possible through the generous support of the Friends of the Braithwaite Fine Arts Gallery and a sponsorship provided by the Cedar Chest Quilters.

In addition to the Up Close with Superior Threads, the Gallery will sponsor a remarkable variety of Saturday programs during the exhibition’s run. For more information about these events, please visit the gallery website at www.edu/pva/artgallery.

The Friends of the Braithwaite Fine Arts Gallery is a non-profit group established in 1977, just one year after the Gallery was opened on the Southern Utah University campus. For nearly 35 years the Friends have helped enrich lives through their sponsorship of world-class exhibitions and outstanding arts education programs. Each yearFriends'-supported exhibitions attract legions of art lovers from throughout the intermountain west. In Focus: National Geographic Greatest Portraits exhibition saw a record number of attendees from throughout the region.  Other Friends' supported exhibitions seen in recent years at the Braithwaite supported by the Friends include Francisco Goya: Los Caprichos, Chihuly BasketsSoviet Era Art: 1917-1991 and Jim Jones: Recent Paintings. All of these exhibitions were free to the general public.

This autumn Southern Utah University’s Braithwaite Fine Arts Gallery invites you to experience Everything in Between and all the workshops connected to the exhibition. For more information about the Southern Utah University Braithwaite Fine Arts Gallery or to sign up for the mailing list, please call the gallery at (435) 586-5432, or visit the gallery website at www.edu/pva/artgallery.

The Southern Utah University College of Performing and Visual Arts is comprised of nationally accredited departments of Art and Design, Music, Theatre Arts and Dance, as well as a graduate program in Arts Administration and the new Center for Shakespeare Studies. The College offers 16 different degree areas, including liberal arts Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees; professional Bachelor of Music and Bachelor of Fine Arts in art and theatre degrees; and a Master of Fine Arts in Arts Administration degree. More than 60 full- and part-time faculty and staff are engaged in teaching and mentoring over 550 majors in the College. Over 1100 students enroll each year in over 195 arts classes on the SUU campus. The College presents 100 performances, lectures, presentations, and exhibitions each year. The College’s affiliate organizations include the Braithwaite Fine Arts Gallery, American Folk Ballet, Utah Shakespeare Festival, and the SUU Ballroom Dance Company. For more information about the College of Performing and Visual Arts, contact the Office of the Dean at (435) 865-8561, or by e-mail at cpvamktg@suu.edu.

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