Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Playing with a Full Deck

Playing with a Full Deck exhibits 54 art quilts representing playing cards.  The opening reception is March 9 from 5 to 7 pm at Visions Art Museum  (2825 Dewey Rd, Suite 100, SD 92106) at the NTC. The show opening March 1 and end May 19.. More info Beth Smith 619.546.4872

In 1995, this exhibition received support from the Smithsonian Museum and opened at the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s Renwick Gallery. It was conceived in 1993 by independent curator and quilt artist Sue Pierce. Each artist designed one card including the two jokers, Each is approximately 28 inches high by 18 inches wide.

The show traveled throughout the United States and then was bought by collectors Warren and Nancy Brakensiek in 1998. The Brakensieks are well known collectors of contemporary art quilts who recently made a gift of the collection to Visions Art Museum.

Caryl Bryer Fallert  presented a visual lecture about her work and her 30-year career as an award-winning contemporary quilter and we have used her image of a three of diamonds to illustrate this report that deals with myth, fantasy, abstraction and a huge variety of quilting techniques.

 It is a credit to Beth Smith, director of the gallery that she is able to add to the permanent collection of this valuable resource in San Diego.

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