Thursday, March 17, 2016

Textiles: Contemporary American Quiltmaking

"Fruit Salad" by Maria Shell, Anchorage, Alaska

For Immediate Release
Contact: Mark Goodkin, Gallery Owner Phone: 718-501-4155

Gallery EOSS / Watermark Gallery Featuring Contemporary Quilts
East Providence, RI— Most people recognize a quilt when they see one, but a new wave of contemporary quiltmakers is making a huge splash, and their work looks nothing like your grandmother’s patchwork quilts. Modern quilting, a new branch of American quiltmaking, represents the latest evolution in the nation’s longest unbroken tradition of women’s creative expression.
"Red" by Teresa Coates, Portland, Oregon
Gallery EOSS will host an exhibition at the Watermark Gallery, “Textiles: Contemporary American Quiltmaking” featuring ten award-winning artists whose elegant and offbeat contemporary quilts successfully jump from the beds to the walls. The exhibition will be guest curated by Bill Volckening, a longtime quilt collector and author in Portland, Oregon who attended Rhode Island School of Design in the 1980s.

Featured artists will be: Melissa Averinos of West Barnstable, Massachusetts; Teresa Coates of Portland, Oregon; Lynn Harris of Chelsea, Michigan; Mandy Leins of Saratoga Springs, New York; Tricia Royal of Chicago; Maria Shell of Anchorage, Alaska; Denyse Schmidt of Bridgeport, Connecticut; Gail Weiss of Portland, Oregon; Victoria Findlay Wolfe of New York City; and Sherri Lynn Wood of Oakland, California.

"Centerline" by Denise Schmidt, Bridgeport, Connecticut
Denyse Schmidt, whose appearance on the Martha Stewart Show helped fuel the Modern Quilting movement, studied graphic design at Rhode Island School of Design. Schmidt, Melissa Averinos Lynn Harris, Mandy Leins, Victoria Findlay Wolfe and Sherri Lynn Wood have all penned bestselling books. They are among the biggest stars in the world of contemporary American quiltmaking, and they approach quiltmaking as fine art.

"Big Box Stars" by Victoria Findlay Wolfe, New York, New York
“Textiles: Contemporary American Quiltmaking” will be on display from March 18th to April 10th, 2016, hosted by Gallery EOSS at the Watermark Gallery. A reception will be held March 18th, 5pm to 9pm. For more information, please contact Mark Goodkin, Gallery EOSS, phone: 718-501-4155; e-mail: 

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