Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Press Release: "Curves in Motion" Fiber Art by Judy B. Dales Gallery at River Arts, Morrisville

Gallery at River Arts Presents:
"Curves in Motion"
Fiber Art by Judy B. Dales
April 28 – June 10, 2011
Opening Reception: Thursday, April 28th, 5-7 p.m.
River Arts Center, 74 Pleasant Street, Morrisville, VT

For most people, the word “quilt” evokes images of repetitive geometric patterns and memories of warm bedcovers that grandma stitched. Although Judy Dales often uses the same word to describe her work, the wallhangings she creates are full of undulating curves, subtle shifts of color and multiple layers of texture and meaning. She will be exhibiting many of her fiber pieces at an exhibit titled "Curves In Motion" at the River Arts Center in Morrisville, VT, April 28-June 10, 2011. There will be an opening reception on April 28 from 5 – 7 pm and the artist will give a slide presentation and gallery talk on May 14 from 1 – 3.

Ms. Dales’ work is emblematic of the fiber revolution that has overtaken the humble quilt. Her early work consisted of intricate geometric patterns, but the incorporation of curves into her designs transformed the work into something more personal and unique. The designs are full of sensuously curved shapes that undulate across the surface, vibrating with energy and a liberating sense of movement. The surfaces glow with intense color, featuring combinations of commercial and hand-dyed fabrics that create an elaborate tapestry of color. Ms. Dales’ career spans 40 years during which her work has won many awards, the most prestigious of which is having a piece designated as one of The 100 Best Quilts of the Twentieth Century. She has work in The First Permanent White House Craft Collection, The Newark Museum in New Jersey, The permanent collection of The National Quilt Museum in Paducah, KY and other prestigious private, corporate and museum collections, both here and abroad. She has taught color and design courses extensively throughout the world, been featured on the Lynette Jennings Design and Simply Quilts television shows, curated Fine Focus, a 2002-2008 juried and invitational traveling exhibit, and is the author of Curves In Motion, the definitive text for designing and sewing curves. She has served as juror and judge for prestigious national and international shows and runs her own annual seminar for serious students of textile design.

The Gallery at River Arts is located at the River Arts Center, 74 Pleasant Street in Morrisville, VT. For regular gallery hours, please call River Arts:
802-888-1261.. Admission is free. For more information, call or visit their website at