Monday, March 17, 2014

SAQA Exhibit and Conference and Belly Dancing

Southern Voices: Regional Exhibition of Contemporary Art Quilts is in the Main Library Gallery of the Butler Center for Arkansas Studies in downtown Little Rock, in the River Market area. The Opening Reception was held March 14 in conjunction with Little Rock's Monthly artwalk, and the large windows were inviting to people enjoying the evening. The show runs through Sunday, May 25.
The show features 16 works by 12 regional artists (LA/MS/AR/AL), and was juried by Paula Kovarik, graphic designer and quilt artist from Memphis. She said: "These artists are exploring the edges. They use time-tested methods of construction and stitching to create abstracts, landscapes, portraits and collage. Manipulating line, shape, form, texture, value and color, they are expressing inner truths. These Southern Voices move the medium of quilting from useful comfort to dynamic communication."
Indecision--The Storm Within, by Julia Graber

A Sense of Place, by Judy Momenzadeh

Color Bars #2-Black, by Martha Ginn

Beauty in the Lotus Garden, by Judy Tipton Rush
 An unexpected treat for the attendees at the Opening was a belly dancer performance by a local group of five dancers, two drummers, and a flute player. Part of Little Rock's celebration of the arts!
Paint 3:  Anticipation, by Connie Carrington
Paula Kovarik, Belly Dancers, Door #1, by Jane Hartfield
 Paula Kovarik's work is a fascinating study in detail. Her piece in this exhibit is a maze of black stitching on white cloth, using a single line of stitching. In other words, if you could start where she starts, you could follow the line throughout the piece--truly a maze! Truly amazing!
Looking for Love in All the Wrong Places, by Paula Kovarik

Ramona did not want me to go


Janis Doucette said...

What a great looking show! Thanks for sharing with us!

Ellen Lindner said...

So glad to see a SAQA exhibit in this space. It's such a great gallery. And the work looks awesome, as well.

Congratulations to everyone for their hard work!