Sadly, this is the last full week of my show at Eye Candy Gallery. This has been a wonderful ride. You still have a few more days to stop by and see it, but then it will be dismantled. So what’s next? We’ll just have to wait and see.

“Spigot” by Nanette S. Zeller

I belong to the Professional Art Quilters Alliance-South (PAQA-South). I am on the Board of Directors as Secretary and it keeps me quite busy and inspired. My piece “Spigot” was part of their recent exhibit ARTQUILTSwater which premiered in Cary, NC this past January.

When the show was taken down, I had to make a decision. Will “Spigot” continue with the AQwater or hang at Eye Candy for my show? I decided it was best to remove it from the PAQA-South show so my fans could see the piece at Eye Candy.

As I prepare for the Eye Candy show to come down, I also get to watch my fellow AQwater art quilters experience an encore showing of the exhibit at East Carolina University (ECU) in Greenville, NC along with the companion exhibit AQrivers.

AQwater-AQrivers_LogoARTQUILTSrivers and ARTQUILTSwater
East Carolina University School of Art and Design
Wellington B. Gray Gallery
Greenville, NC

June 3 – 28, 2013
Artist reception: Friday, June 7, 2013 ~ 6 to 8pm

ARTQUILTSrivers was the brainchild of my friend and fellow PAQA-South member Ann Flaherty, who worked with Taiwan Art Quilt Society’s (TAQS) Lin Hsin-Chen, to create the exhibit. During the collaboration, six PAQA-South artists and six TAQS artists joined forces to create 12 individual art quilt panels depicting a flowing river which visually connects from one quilt to the next. This exhibit is an amazing display of quilts. You need to step close to see all the details. Just fascinating. And, you can clearly see the difference in style between the Taiwan and American artists.

"Swimming Upstream" by Bonnie Smith
“Swimming Upstream” by Bonnie Smith

In conjunction with ARTQUILTSrivers, PAQA-South also developed a companion exhibit entitled ARTQUILTSwater. This is the show I decided to leave in lieu of my Eye Candy exhibit. AQwater consists of 40-quilts and is PAQA-South’s 10th International Juried Show. It displays artistic interpretations of the water theme created by fiber artists from all across the United States. The jurors Steven Silverleaf and Ann Harwell did an exceptional job selecting the innovative quilts for this visually pleasing exhibit. I just loved looking at all the quilts. So very calming, but water does that to me.

If you’re in Greenville, NC this summer I encourage you to stop by the ECU campus and take a look at these quilts. You’ll be very impressed. I promise.