Monday, June 18, 2012

Art Quilts Lowell 2012 Accepts my Quilt, Thus Spake Zarathustra

Today I'm happy to announce that Art Quilts Lowell 2012, an art quilt competition inviting entries based on music, has accepted my quilt, Thus Spake Zarathustra.

This quilt takes as its inspiration from Thus Spake Zarathustra, the tone poem by Richard Wagner, which Stanley Kubrick, the director of the film 2001:  A Space Odyssey, used with dramatic effect to create the impression of outer space as a place of deep majesty and mystery.  This view of a whirling nebula within whirling space stems from my visceral reaction to that stirring piece of music, specifically, its initial fanfare, Sunrise.

Here's a closeup of its center of pulsing motion:

My piece is due at the Brush Gallery, in Lowell, MA, on July 20.  Art Quilts Lowell 2012 opens on August 9, 2012, with an artist's reception on Saturday, August 11 from 2 - 4 pm.

A few weeks ago I reported some of the initial steps in the creation of this piece.  Here's a peek at that April 28 blog entry:

I decided to take advantage of the abundant sunlight by doing a sunprint, my first of the season.  This one's going to be cosmic, with shapes of stars leaving ghostly images on the brooding black of outer space.  The sun will be working on the sunprint while I work in the garden.

First I put Pebeo Setacolor paint (black and shimmer jet black) down on a piece of cotton. Then I placed three sizes of stars on the paint, mooshing them in with a painty sponge.
Meanwhile, how about that cosmic sunprint?  It's been cooking along as I've been out here gardening.

Once I removed the stars, these ghostly images were beneath.  So cool!

Art Quilts Lowell

ART QUILTS LOWELL 2012: A Juried Exhibition

August 9 - September 15, 2012
Brush Gallery & Artists Studios, Lowell, Massachusetts
A venue of the Lowell Quilt Festival

ART QUILTS LOWELL 2012 is a juried exhibition, organized by the Brush Art Gallery, to identify and encourage quilt artists. The exhibition will include art quilts from artists throughout the United States and Canada. The exhibition will provide an overview of some of the finest quilts being produced; it is a feature of the 2012 Lowell Quilt Festival August 9 - 12.
2012 Calendar:
Exhibition opens to public         August 9
Artists’ Reception                   Saturday, August 11, Time 2 - 4 pm
Exhibition closes                     September 15

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