Thursday, July 19, 2012

Impromptu Fibers

Nature abhors a vacuum, so when a group of 15 Connecticut art quilters learned that the magnificent atrium at the Connecticut Department of Transportation was experiencing a vacuum in its lineup of art shows, those quilters jumped right in.

Together we created Impromptu Fibers, a spur-of-the-moment display of some of our current work. We hung it on July 19, 2012.

And what an embarrassment of riches!  Expansive as the Department of Transportation space was, we had brought with us more work than would fit on the walls.  

Here, for example, are two of the pieces I brought, Dog in Eel Grass and Lunch Among the Cabbages.  There would only be room for one of them.

Here's Diane Wright  figuring things out with Judy Ross.  That's Betty Warner on the left and Carol Vinick on the right.

Here's Barbara Adams scoping things out with Delois Barnes, who is the DOT employee who made it all happen.  On the wall beside them, Roz Spann's Papa's Greens Harvest, my Lunch Among the Cabbages, and Diane Wright's Salon:  After Matisse

Here's Carol Vinick hanging Yvette Howard's Hidden Wells

Here's Barbara Adams with EdJohnetta Miller and Karen Loprete (back turned)

Swiss Chard by Deborah Bento with Summertime by Barbara Adams

Blood Iris by Kate Themel, Big Sky by Karen Loprete, and Within Reach by Rosalind Spann

Blood Iris by Kate Themel
Impromptu Fibers will hang in the atrium lobby of the Connecticut Department of Transportation, 2800 Berlin Turnpike, Newington, Connecticut 06131-7546 until Friday, August 31, 2012.  For a list of artists and their creations, and to view the exhibit, contact  Department of Transportation employee Delois Barnes at or (860) 594-3307.


  1. What an awesome show and great group of talented artists! Congratulations!


  2. Nice work, Diane, getting all the artists' work in one small feat. It's a great collection!