Sunday, June 17, 2012

A Unique Exhibition

In Their Own Right, opening night. Several of my artworks are in the background.
Last night was the opening of a  summer exhibition at The Beth K. Stocker Art Center. This fiber exhibition, In Their Own Right, presents the work of the four women who have curated The Artist as Quiltmaker exhibition: Ricky Clark, (the founder), Sue Copeland Jones, Ruta Butkus Marino, (the currt curator), and me, Gayle Pritchard.

Sue Copeland Jones, Ruta Butkus Marino and Gayle Pritchard at the
opening of In Their Own Right. My work is in the background on either side
one of Ruta's pieces, the lovely blue composition in the center.

The exhibit presents a wide range of styles, and includes artwork created over a period of twenty years or more. Surprisingly, the broad range of work fits together fabulously, creating a resoundingly beautiful visual experience. Though not intended to be a retrospective, I will tell you from an artist's perspective, it is really fun to be able to show work from various stages of your career. It allows the viewer to get to know you a bit better, and to see your work in a new context. Luckily, I was able to borrow some of my artwork from the owners to include in the show.

On loan from the owner, this piece is Masks II: The Joybringer. It was fun to
see it again, and to be able to hang it for In Their Own Right. On the pedestal
to the left is my assemblage, Love Voodoo, which sold at the opening.
Ricky's Amish-style house quilt is in the background.

All the artwork fits together so beautifully, as here: Sue's work at far left and right
(far right is April Harvest beside Tuesday Dreamings), and Ruta's amusing
piece, Birth of Bob, on the left
Ruta's work, Grandifloragargantua, greets visitors to the gallery.
If you're visiting the North Coast this summer, please stop by In Their Own Right, The Artist as Quiltmaker XV, or any of the other many related exhibits and events. For all details, please click on this QuiltConnection link.


  1. Congrats Gayle!
    How I would LOVE to be able to see this show in person; I think it would be smashing to see the different work from the amount of time covered.
    And congrats on the sale~~do you have a close up of that piece? :-)
    You GO GIRL!!!


  2. Oh, thank you so much, Anne. I sure wish you were closer, so you could see it. I do have more pix to post, including close-ups of Love Voodoo, so stay tuned : )

  3. beautiful exhibition! congrats. great to see your lovely smile

  4. Thanks, Terry! Good to be back at it : )

  5. Hi, Gayle. Glad to see you're back to blogging. What a beautifully hung exhibit. Congratulations!
    best, nadia

  6. Hi Nadia, and thanks on both observations! I have been undergoing PT on my hands, so it is slow going getting back to normal. Thanks, though, for not giving up on me!

  7. I can see from the photos that this is a truly stand-out show. I can't wait to see it in person!!!

  8. Thanks so much for your kind comments, Haley. Can't wait for you to see it in person, and hear what you think of it while there.