Quilts on display at latest art gallery exhibit
Nicola Valley residents have this week to get a glimpse of Modern Quilts and More, which is showcasing as the new Courthouse Art Gallery exhibit until July 14.
The quilts are a product of artist Kim Leclair’s interior design background, which helped her perfect her colour skills and develop a passion for multiple mediums of art.
“The other part of the show is work that my friends have done,” she explained.
Her work is often avant-garde, featuring two naked men in a Picasso-esque piece.
The men are reproductions from Picasso paintings.
But she said her most risque piece is a quilt called “Lilacs Monologue.”
“It’s a direct line of thought,” she noted.
Her work has thus far generated praise from the community.
The art extends from each piece to the medium in which it is expressed.
Leclair considers the studios, galleries, retail spaces, markets, hotels, parks, homes and books in which her work is displayed to be key components of her art.
Leclair has recently become interested in surface design and patterning her own fabrics. She finds this style gels well with modern quilting, which is themed on bright colour that combines simple white as a twist to the mid-century modern technique.
Courthouse Art Gallery Director/Curator Kathi Dahlquist-Gray said the other work displayed includes furniture, paintings, and art that is representational of household items, such as a chandelier that is made out of recycled tea cups.
“And the quilts aren’t just your every day quilts,” she said. “It’s real avant-garde, definitely not your grandmother’s quilts.”
She noted Leclair’s creative technique: “Kim is the only person I’ve ever known to put cloths through a laser printer and have it come out just fine.”
The exhibit also includes work by Mischelle Pierce, Diana Lorenz, Evelyn Armstrong, Joel Reid, Bev Veale, Kelly Reid, Cindilla Trent, Louisa Robertson and Sylvia Boyd.
The Courthouse Art Gallery is located at 1840 Nicola Ave.
The next gallery exhibit, which opens on July 20, includes work by Dahlquist-Gray for the first time in the gallery’s history in a show called Faces Graces and Friends.
She focuses on sketch art that will include portaits and scene depictions.
The exhibit will also feature work from Dahlquist-Gray’s friends residing in the United States and Europe.
The exhibit reception is scheduled for July 21.