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June 10, 2013

Gallery takes on extreme nature quilts


Newman is an internationally recognized contemporary textile artist. The 3-D quality of her work has garnered many awards, including her “Hydrangea,” which was recognized as one of the top 100 quilts of the 20th century. Her quilts have been exhibited in the United States, Europe and Japan and are held in private and public collections.

“Seashells” is a breathtaking homage to the beach and her shell fascination.

Though her subject matter ranges from land to sea, there is a resonance between the diverse subjects. They all, amazingly, start with white fabric. Each piece is hand dyed and painted with acrylics to create specific designs.

“Sunkissed” is a luscious ode to fruits and vegetables that she saw during her childhood when she went to the market with her mother.

About her process, she said:

“For a soft appearance on fruit and flowers, I always use hand stitching. To create the ‘hard’ edges on shells and baskets, I machine stitch.”

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WHAT: "Larger Than Life: Quilts by Velda Newman."

WHEN: Through Oct. 31. HOURS: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.daily. Select buildings open until 7 p.m. Wednesday evenings in July and August.

ADMISSION: $22 for adults, $11 for ages 5 to 18, and free for children under 5. A family-day pass costs $55 (two adults and children ages 5 to 18). After 3 p.m., admission is $15 for adults and $7 for children except on Wednesdays in July and August. Free for active military and disabled veterans with ID. Retired military receive $2 off full-price admission.

CONTACT: (802) 985-3346


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