Not Your Grandma’s Quilts


Like artists in other mediums, quilters can push the limits of convention, sparking emotions, conveying cultures and creating imagery with their creations.

Paula Nadelstern KALIDISCOPIC XXXIII, Shards Silk and cotton

“Through all of these elements, a quilt creates a cultural, communal, emotional, tactile and layered optical experience that is most unique in art,” says Kenise Barnes, founder of Larchmont’s Kenise Barnes Fine Art.

Later this month, Barnes is taking that message on the road – to the Nicolaysen Art Museum in Casper, Wyo., to be exact, where an exhibition of contemporary quilting curated by Barnes opens Jan. 21.

The exhibition, “Structure and Improvisation: Contemporary Quilts of Nancy Crow, Rosalie Dace, Michael James and Paula Nadelstern,” will feature about 50 quilts by the artists, three Americans and a South African. The exhibit continues through May 1.

“These four artists are contemporary masters of the quilt-making medium and have been internationally recognized for their innovation, skill, and exceptional artistic merit,” Barnes explained. “Working in idiosyncratic ways, each has refined different techniques that express their inner sensibilities and unique aesthetic language through the endlessly varied permutations of the quilt medium.”

While best known locally for her Palmer Avenue gallery, Barnes is no stranger to orchestrating museum exhibitions, though not so far afield as Wyoming.  In November, Barnes curated another textile show at Concordia College in Bronxville.

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