Quilt by Anna Munoz (Sorry I forgot the title.)
I never thought I would be saying this, but there are some cool quilts.
The Springville Museum of Art is having their yearly quilt show and I have to say that I was amazed at the quality and variety. I was down there to pick up my painting from the Spring Salon, and to look at some of the paintings. I wasn’t expecting to be thoroughly engrossed by quilts.
I’ve spent my life mostly ignoring quilts, but now I can see that they transcend craft and are art in their own right. Some people are probably thinking, Duh! But it wasn’t until this show that I truly appreciated quilts.
The quilt above by Anna Munoz was inspired by a Hubble Telescope photograph. She Started with white cloth and used the batik method using wax resist and multiple batches of dye to end up with this superb quilt.
This room had particularly colorful quilts and alone would have been worth going to the museum to see.
Red Fish quilt by Cathy Porter
The quilt Red Fish by Cathy Porter jumped out at me with bright reds and shiny bits all over it as I turned the corner down the hallway off the main exhibition area. The photo really doesn’t do it justice. There was a red dot on the title card meaning someone had purchased it. The asking price was $200. I don’t know the demand for art quilts, but all of the prices seemed low in my opinion for the work that must have been put into them.
Valley of the Virgin by Jim Floyd Jones
I saw a documentary on Jim Floyd Jones, or Jimmy Jones as they called him, and thought his landscape paintings were very interesting. I was saddened when at the end of the documentary they said he died just a few years ago, I think it was in 2007. So, I was excited to see one of his paintings down in the basement, in what is called the children’s gallery. In the documentary Jimmy Jones said that he avoided painting clouds for the first decade or so of his career since he was intimidated by them, but you see by the end that he had made them one of his main subjects.
Signs of Spring by Kirk Larsen
Some of the paintings from the Spring Salon were still on the walls of the second story. It was kind of sad to see all the empty space, but also interesting since it highlighted the few works left. Signs of Spring by Kirk Larsen caught my eye and I was impressed by the handling of the paint and the sense of light.
There are some other gems at the museum like a John F. Carlson who wrote the accepted bible on landscape painting, and a Frederich Waugh, probably America’s best sea scape painter ever. These will have to wait for next time as I’m sure I’ll be back.