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Robert Reid, Record staff
Sat Apr 27 2013 00:01:00
The Homer Watson Gallery is alive with Local Colour.
For the second time, the gallery is hosting the Grand National Quilt Show, a biannual, invitational, Canada-wide exhibition that celebrates tradition and innovation in contemporary quilt-making.
Organized by the Grand National Committee in collaboration with Joseph Schneider Haus and Homer Watson Gallery, the exhibition features 55 works selected from 101 submissions by curator Susan Burke, manager/curator of Joseph Schneider Haus.
As its title denotes, the exhibition’s theme is local colour, which has been widely interpreted by quilters from across the country.
There is no traditional craft that encapsulates the pioneer culture of what had once been Waterloo County. Paradoxically, there is no art form that better exemplifies how Waterloo Region has changed culturally and artistically as it has become more diversified.
Quilts have come a long way since they were used to keep bodies warm on long, cold, winter nights before the advent of central heating.
More recently, they have moved away from functional, domestic handicraft toward a fine arts esthetic compatible with painting and sculpture.
Reflecting this trend, Local Colour represents more innovation than tradition through experimentation in content and form, materials and techniques.
The works range from abstract shapes, textures and colours to representational works. Some narrative works tell stories.
Nature is the most prominent source of inspiration with a number of pastoral and farm scenes, landscapes and natural elements (animals, insects, birds, trees, plants and flowers). Representations of earth, water and sky are everywhere.
The exhibition continues through June 23. Artists’ talks take place May 11 and June 1, from 1 to 3 p.m.
The 2013 AWARD WINNERS
Grand Prize sponsored by Toyota Motor Manufacturing Company
Reflections, Waterlily Bay II: Millie Cumming, of Fergus
Janome Award of Excellence
Local Colour — Don Cherry: Pat Hertzberg, of Mississauga
The Curator’s Choice Award sponsored by Waterloo County Quilters’ Guild
A Rather Attractive Prison & Nocturne, Brewer’s Mills Locks: Pamela Allen, of Kingston
Homer Watson Legacy Award
Along the Tracks: Colours of Abandonment & Scrap Catchers: Joanne Young, of Kitchener
Awards of Merit
Sponsored by Friends of the Grand National
On Oyster Pond: Hélène Blanchet, of Calgary
Daybreak: Tracey Lawko, of Toronto
Smoke Bush Leaves: Carolyn McMillan, of Burlington
Mitchell’s Pride: Enjelina Van Essen, of Mitchell
Going to Seed: Jill Buckley, of London
Joie de Vivre: Anna Herbert, of Moose Jaw
Where Once He Stood: Karen Colbourne Martin, of St. John’s
Endicott Johnson: Deb Plestid, of Tatamagouch, N.S.