Auburn Art Center to Open Encaustic Painting and ‘Modern’ Quilting Exhibits | Entertainment

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New directions in fabric art will be showcased when the Schweinfurth Art Center opens “Modern Quilts: Designs of the New Century” on Friday, June 29.

The exhibit consists of 60 quilts from the past decade. The center said in a press release that contemporary quilting has its roots in the bright, vivid colors and simple graphic designs of Amish quilts, the art quilt movement of the 1960s, and the quilts of Gee’s Bend, Alabama, where a small rural community of black women made improvisational quilts that were featured in a 2002 exhibit at the Houston Museum of Fine Arts.

Featured artists include Sherri Lynn Wood, who will be an instructor for “Quilting by the Lake 2018” at Onondaga Community College, as well as Victoria Findlay Wolfe, from New York, Nydia Kehnle, from Monroe, and Jacquie Gering, a former councilor president of the Modern Quilt Guild.

“We are thrilled to host this exhibit,” Schweinfurth executive director Donna Lamb said in the statement. “It’s a fantastic opportunity for visitors to see some of the best modern quilts being made today.”

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The opening alongside “Modern Quilts”, in the Julius gallery in Schweinfurth, will be “Perception of depth: the archeology of wax”. The exhibit consists of several encaustic paintings by Sally Hootnick, of Manlius. Encaustic artists use colored wax or mix a pigment with wax, then paint or pour it onto a substrate and heat it to fuse it to the substrate. Layers can be added one at a time, or even scraped off to reveal lower layers, allowing artists to create a type of mixed media collage.

“I was first drawn to encaustic for sensory reasons: the translucency of the wax allows one to see the depths of the work,” Hootnick said in a press release. “The sweetness begs to be touched and the beeswax gives off a subtle but pleasant aroma.”

The opening reception for both exhibits will be held from 5-8 p.m. on Friday, June 29 at Schweinfurth, 205 Genesee St., Auburn. Entrance to the reception is free.

The exhibitions will then continue until August 19. Regular admission to the show is $7 for adults and free for members and children 12 and under.

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Julia P. Cluff