September 5, 2009

Bellefonte Museum Exhibit

I am very pleased to announce that 5 of my works will be featured in an upcoming exhibit at the Bellefonte Museum for Centre County in Bellefonte, PA. Included will be Daylilies at Dawn, above, with a detail below:
The exhibit is entitled “A World of Stitches: appliqué art from Benin, Panama and Pennsylvania”and it is partially funded by the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, and the Borough of Bellefonte. It will also feature my "Lavender in a Lightning Storm", below:

I think this is a really brilliant concept for a show, and am looking forward to attending the opening on Sunday, September 27th from 1 to 4:30 pm, so I can see the other work that has been selected by curator Patricia House. The exhibit will run until December 20th, so there will be plenty of opportunity to visit if you are in the area.

Also included will be three of my mixed media pieces, "Suddenly Spring #1":

" Suddenly Spring #2":

And "Suddenly Spring #4":

Here's the press release with more details:
“A World of Stitches: appliqué art from Benin, Panama and Pennsylvania” is a show of the particular craft of appliqué and related needlework from three very different cultures. The variety of design, motif and theme will afford contrast while the basic craft will demonstrate the universality of appliqué as a way to decorate personal or useful objects. “A World of Stitches” will open on Sunday, September 27th from 1 to 4:30 pm. The show will be at the museum until December 20th

Appliqué Stitchery is an international craft; from early American homes to tribal ceremonies, appliqués have been around a long time and they are still very popular. The exhibition will include examples of appliqué work on decorative pieces and useful objects including coverlets, wall hangings, patches for quilt making and clothing. Appliqué', which is a French term, is a type of decorative needlework that involves cutting pieces of one fabric and sewing or otherwise applying them to the surface of another fabric. It is a technique by which the decoration is obtained by superposing patches of colored fabrics on a basic fabric, the edges of the patches being sewn in some form of stitchery specially prepared appliqué may have embroidery work, additional decorations like ribbons, sequins or even mirror work.

By exhibiting examples from Benin (Africa), Panama and our own community, we demonstrate a common style of craft and suggest possible origins of craftwork and the shared creativity of people from a wide variety of cultures and traditions. The exhibition curator is Patricia House.

The exhibition is partially funded by the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts and the Borough of Bellefonte. Accompanying programs will include related craft classes for children and adults and on site activities for families visiting the show.

Pennsylvania and environs appliqué artists:
Sue Reno, Lancaster, PA
Bonnie Buckwalter, Bellefonte, PA.
Aldeth Spence Christy, (1939- 2001), Maryland
Kimberly Davis, State College, PA

Kuna Indians appliqué work - Panama (North America)

Fon Tribal Community appliqué work - Benin (Africa)


Dawn said...

Congratulations and well deserved! Beautiful workmanship and I'm blown away by the borders! Ohhh my!

Subversive Stitchers: Women Armed with Needles

Pat Bishop said...

Congratulations on your upcoming exhibit! Sounds like a wonderful venue. You are such a prolific artist, I envy you. Hope to see you in person again some day.

Best wishes,

Pat Bishop

Sherryl said...

Congratulations Sue. The pieces are wonderful and I am sure will be well received.

Sue Reno said...

Thank you all for you kind words! I am really excited about this exhibit; I can't wait to see the work of the other artists involved.

Joan Kniffen said...

Congratulations, and thank you for allowing me to view your quilts, they are great! Joan

Diane D. said...

Wow, Sue, sounds wonderful! It looks like it will be a great exhibit.

Nancy Molburg said...

Congratulations ! I live only about 40 minutes from Bellefonte and am putting this on my calender . Nancy

Sue Reno said...

Thank you, Joan and Diane; and Nancy, hope to see you there,

kathy york said...

Wish I was there...

Kimberly said...

Hi Sue!

I'm looking forward to meeting you at the reception--I'm one of the other PA artists in the show. It's my first exhibit of any kind, so I am pretty excited! And to have my work hanging with yours, which I have long admired, is even more exciting! Thanks for posting this. I've posted information on my blog as well.

Kimberly Davis