Previous Events and Shows
The Painted Hills Fiber Artists featured their works of the National Parks System. The year 2016 was the 100th anniversary of the National Parks Service, and this special exhibit was created to honor the beautiful Parks to which the Parks Service is dedicated. This display didnot fail to enchant and captivate viewers of all ages.
The complete body of fiber artworks was on exhibit at the St. George Art Museum August 26, 2016 through December 31, 2016.
Did you know there are 58 National Parks in the United States from Arcadia in Main to Yosemite in California, with 113 protected areas known as National Monuments. The National Park System comprises 407 areas covering more than 84 million acres in every state, the District of Columbia, American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. These include national parks, monuments, battlefields, military parks, historical parks, historic sites, lakeshores, seashores, recreation areas, scenic rivers and trails, and the White House.
We feel that honoring the National Parks Service by depicting a few of the beautiful areas they care for is something that is socially sensible, necessary and joyful for us. The National Parks and National Monuments belong to us, the people of the United States. They are cared for and preserved by dedicated people all over the country. The National Park Service is a bureau of the Department of the Interior, Janathan B. Jarvis, Director.
Did you know that you own millions of acres of national parks, historic structures, cultural artifacts, ancient forests, snow-capped mountains, and clear blue lakes? Our public lands and waters belong to all Americans and are waiting for you to explore them!
Charlotte Purcell Gary was featureds Guest Artists at the Gallery Moab, located at 87 North Main, Moab, Utah. Her work was showcased in 2016 and she continues to paint and quilt in her St. George, Utah and Las Vegas, Nevada studios, precipitating her body of work to continually expand.
Her work definitely reflects the area in which she grew up. Charlotte’s love of watercolor is seen in her fiber artwork. Her style is a evident, and her work is spectacular.
Charlotte’s website is: www.charlottepurcellgary.com
The beautiful Springville Museum of Art / Springville, Utah, is located in a historic building which was previously part of the high school campus. The architectural and historical ambiance creates a perfect setting for works of artistic expression in many medium. The Painted Hills Fiber Artists ‘Photo-to-Fiber’ exhibit is shown in a most prestigious gallery in the building. The other elements of the “Passages and Pathways” exhibit are contributions of fabulous artists.
The side-by-side exhibit of the photograph and fiber artwork is a thrilling and unique experience. Here you see Charlotte Purcell Gary’s ‘Horseshow Bend’ quilted piece to the right of Robert Lefkow’s photograph of the same subject matter. And to the right of those pieces hang Cathie Purdy’s ‘Aspen Mirror’ quilt next to the framed photo.
The exhibit continues along the Katherine W. & Ezekiel R. Dumke, Jr. Gallery showing Charlotte’s fiber artwork entitled, ‘Luna Mesa’, with Carroll Lee Stolz’s ‘A Space In Time’ fiber work to the right of Robert’s photograph.
The 28-piece exhibit must be shown in a two room space. The conference room aside the Dumke Gallery allows for more the the ‘Photo-to-Fiber’ pieces to be shown in perfect lighting and space.
Charlotte Gary Purcell discusses her ‘Horseshoe Bend’ piece with patrons.
Artist, Karen Andrus shows her piece entitled, ‘Narrows, Golden Landscape’.
Janey Argyle shows ‘Aspen Mirror Autumn’ which is a piece made by artist, Cathie Purdy (who was unable to attend the opening reception)
Janey Argyle shows her fiber artwork entitled, ‘Autumns Early Light’, a piece with many, many hours in the making.
Rosemary Hargrove shows her quilted art, ‘Angel Arch’, with Robert’s photograph of it to her left. Rosemary loves working with silk fabrics. It’s the silks that give her art so much glow.
Carroll Lee Stolz with ‘Poppy and Bee’. This is not a landscape piece, but is based on one of Robert’s beautiful photographs.
Charlotte (left) and Rosemary (right) visit with a good friend, Charm Crumrine, who drove to Springville from St. George. The background pieces are Sue McBride Gilgen’s, ‘Great White Throne’, with her quilted artwork on the right of Robert’s photograph of the same famous Utah landscape in Zion National Park.
.Mr. Robert Lefkow, Photographer Extraordinaire. Robert invited all seven of the Painted Hills Fiber Artists into his studio and unselfishly gave free reign to all the artists to interpret of any of his work. His generosity is overwhelming, shadowed only by his talent.
The Dixie Quilt Guild holds a biennial quilt show at the Dixie Convention Center in St. George, Utah. The Painted Hills Fiber Artists were honored to be named Featured Artists for 2015. Our fiber art group exhibited some sixty pieces of our original fiber art work, and talked with many, many quilt and fiber-art minded visitorsfrom near and far. The attendance for this 2015 ‘Gems of the Desert’ quilt show was in records numbers, and the show was a huge success.
The next Dixie Quilt Guild show will not take place until 2020, but that gives everyone plenty of time to plan to visit the 2-day event.
We thank the Dixie Quilt Guild for honoring us as “Featured Artists” for this very successful quilt event.
Cathie Purdy presented her own style of quilting to the Henderson, Nevada quilters at the Crystal Inn in St. George, located just off Exit 6 on I-15. Cathie hosted a personal trunk show for the members of our neighboring quilt guild. The Henderson guild members drive approximately 2 hours North to St. George, Utah to attend the Gems of the Desert Quilt Show hosted by our Dixie Quilt Guild every-other-year. Cathie’s trunk show is truly a special treat for our wonderful, and supportive friends in quilting. The trunk show previewed Cathie’s own style of fiber art, and hopefully whet the appetites of those Nevada girls for the spectacular quilt show at the Dixie Center in St. George.
Our Sue McBride Gilgen was juried in to this prestigious art event two years in a row. This outdoor Festival is held annually at the Town Square in Historic St. George, 50 S. Main Street, 10 am to 6 pm. each spring.
She has shown fabulous landscape fiber art pieces, as well as some of her fine wearable art works, many of which were for sale. Sue is an extremely well talented and respected artist throughout the U.S. and internationally, and will deservedly be among some 110 of the area’s finest artists during this wonderful festival.
What could be more gladdening than an afternoon in the beautiful high desert Springtime weather, surrounded by incredible original art and artists? Please watch for the festival dates, and do please stop by; peruse and enjoy!
For more information, call 435.627.4500, or go to sgcity.org/artfestival
The Painted Hills Fiber Artists and Sue McBride Gilgen dominated the St. George Art Museum exhibit space January 19, 2013 through May 11, 2013.
The Museum entitled the exhibit “Quilts Re-Imagined”. Once inside the doors of the venue, visitors were stunned to experience exquisite art work made of fabric, fiber and thread, foiling expectations of seeing ‘blankets’. These quilted pieces were directly inspired by the photography of one of Utah’s finest photo artists, Robert Lefkow. (www.sandstoneimages.com)
As stated by the museum’s curator, “It was per visitor, the most attended exhibit the St. George Art Museum enjoyed. Some people came at least four times, each time bringing other friends and relatives. The word of mouth on this show was extraordinary. ”
The unusual and innovative side-by-side exhibition of photography and quilted fiber art interpretations has not been seen in other shows.
Sue McBride Gilgen’s 16-piece exhibit welcomed visitors in the main gallery. A stunning up-close experience with her work of quilted landscapes awed and inspired visitors. Her work may be visited at http://gilgenart.com
Exhibits in the mezzanine galleries were also exclusively Painted Hills Fiber Artists ‘Photo-to-Fiber’ dominated space.
In the Legacy Gallery, the Painted Hills Fiber Artists work featured each member’s “Challenge” pieces, as well as individual artists’ works.
Other work by each individual artist may be viewed on this website. Click on the “Artists” tab, then click on individual pictures of the artist you whose work you wish to view.