Poets and Artists Collaborate on “Elements” Art Quilt Exhibit

Artwork by Ruth Anna Abigail

Artwork by Ruth Anna Abigail

“Elements,” an exhibit of contemporary mixed-media fiber art, will be at the La Tienda Exhibit Space. The show will feature two-dimensional and three-dimensional work on themes such as the elements of design, the elements of color, the elements of the Southwest, the elements of the Earth, and the element of surprise. The fiber artists pay homage to traditional forms of expression while taking the artwork to new levels through the use of unusual materials and techniques. All of the exhibiting artists belong to the Northern New Mexico Quilt Guild (NNMQG), a nonprofit organization with more than 150 members. 

A gala artists’ opening reception will be held on Friday, June 20, 2014, from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.Invited Santa Fe-area poets, including former Santa Fe poets laureate Joan Logghe and Valerie Martinez, will read from their work between 6:00 and 7:00 p.m. The poets were asked to create an ekphrastic poem about one of the art quilts. Ekphrastic poetry comments on another form of art and explores the intersection of language and visual art. 

The exhibit will close with a reception on Friday, July 18, 2014, from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., with additional poets presenting their ekphrastic poems from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. 

The La Tienda Exhibit Space is open from Fridays from 12:00 noon to 7:00 p.m., Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., and Sundays from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Admission is free. Some of the fiber art pieces are for sale, and the artists have created smaller, ancillary works that will be available at Utopia, The General Store for the Modern Age, near the Exhibit Space.

 For more information on the Northern New Mexico Quilt Guild, visit http://www.nnmqg.org/.

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