And it is finally time for the big reveal, “Fireline.” I have been thinking about this quilt since early December. With other things on my plate, I didn’t have time to start it until February…actually it was mid-February. I think back on this timing and do not know how I completed it in the time I allotted myself. Good thing is, I met the deadline.
Last night was the artist reception for DoubleTakes 2013. The reception was open to the artists and their guests. Eye Candy Gallery was packed, and at times overflowing. Such energy in the room as the photographers got to see the works that were inspired by their images. I love this show. I love being part of it. I love the gallery owner, Frank Pierce, and manager, Nancy Rawlinson. The two of them are extremely supportive of the Southern Pines art scene and encouraging of the artists of this area. I’m honored to be associated with them.
I found it quite impressive to see my quilt hang next to the original photo by Brady Beck. Back in the early 1990’s Brady and I attended school together when we pursuing are degrees in wildlife biology. I’m not sure if we ever met in college, but we heard of each other in the small niche community at NCSU. After I left the profession, Brady continued to be someone to whom I heard about through mutual friends. Its wasn’t until last summer that we “officially” met, just prior to his first ever featured artist exhibit at Eye Candy Gallery.
The concept of this photo was not easy. Although I didn’t physically start the quilt until February, my brain has been working on it since I saw it as a DoubleTakes artist choice in late November. When I was a biologist, I helped with prescribed burns in the longleaf pine forests. This photo, captivating unto itself, also struck a cord with my history as a biologist. I could see, hear, smell, and physically feel the composition of this image, because I had been there once upon a time.
The exhibit officially opens today as part of the Palustris Festival this week and will remain open until April 20, 2013 (Eye Candy Gallery is open Tues-Sat 11a to 5p). The DoubleTakes photo-to-artwork interpretations are amazing and it is well worth your time to visit this exhibit. I am very amazed and impressed with the talent amongst me in this exhibit.
Over the past couple months, I’ve been blogging about the process. Now that you see the finished piece, you may be interested in re-visiting my process from sketch to finished quilt. Here are the links to my blog posts that documented my journey from photo inspiration to finished quilt:
Almost there – 3/14/2013