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This year celebrates the 17th exhibition of national quilt artists with inspiring quilts!  Two other quilt exhibits  are on display with the Contemporary Art Quilts through August 29th.

This year celebrates the 13th exhibition of national quilt artists with inspiring quilts! Two other quilt exhibits are on display with the Contemporary Art Quilts through August 29th.

The beauty of a perfectly formed petal and the power of a tall tree reaching for the sky, are just two of the images captured in this season’s Contemporary Art Quilts show with works from across the country and across the pond. The art quilts will be displayed at the Earlville Galleries in conjunction with two other exhibits of quilts from around Central New York. All three quilt exhibits will begin on July 11th, with an opening reception scheduled for Saturday, July 18th, from 12 – 3 PM, in collaboration with Earlville Community Days. The exhibits are generously sponsored by Sew Nice of Norwich, NY.

Moonburst by Gail Strout of the Mohawk Trail Artisans.  Mohawk Trail Artisans (MTA) began a number of years ago as a small group of quilt artists who met together to share and inspire each other. We have gone in many different directions but all still are pursuing our creative pursuits in cloth and thread.

Moonburst by Gail Strout of the Mohawk Trail Artisans. Mohawk Trail Artisans (MTA) began a number of years ago as a small group of quilt artists who met together to share and inspire each other. “We have gone in many different directions but all still are pursuing our creative pursuits in cloth and thread.”

Central New York has been known for its fiber arts since before the Civil War. From woven coverlets produced in the Western Catskills, to more utilitarian tied quilts and comforters that were part of the Adirondack logging camp culture, to contemporary art quilts, this region has been home to women (and men) who delighted in the opportunity for art and self-expression that working with fiber can provide. Join us as we celebrate this rich quilting culture in the Earlville Galleries with regional quilters and with quilts from the Mohawk Trail Artisans.

Now in its 13th year, the Contemporary Art Quilts exhibition serves to highlight quilters from farther afield—as far afield as England, in this year’s case! Linda Kemshall (http://www.lindakemshall.com/ )
hails from South Staffordshire, England, where she works in her garden studio and also creates instructional videos for her creative online TV channel, DMTV. Her quilts offer a painterly approach to nature; many celebrate the freedom of flight using birds and insects.

Two of this year’s quilters live in Estes Park, Colorado and are often inspired by the beauty surrounding them. Patty Hawkins (http://www.pattyhawkins.com/Pages/AboutPatty.html) creates quilts rife with aspen trees reimagined as stylized, almost tribal motifs. She describes the delight as she begins each project as “chocolate cake without the calories.”  Linda Beach (http://www.lindabeachartquilts.com/) also uses trees as inspiration for her quilts, though they’re differently interpreted than Hawkins’. Beach’s art is like the Picasso to Hawkins’ Andy Warhol, featuring strikingly angular compositions enriched by the dazzling interplay of the patterned fabrics she uses.

Hailing from Whidbey Island, Washington, Janet Steadman (http://www2.whidbey.net/jandon/) has been known to employ juicy, eye-popping color in her abstract compositions, though her latest works use a more subdued color scheme as they explore elegant interpretations of branch and leaf shapes.

Just north of Sacramento, Karel Hendee (http://www.karelhendee.com/wordpress/) employs her landscape architect background in her quilts, which often feature many layers of painted silk. Hendee has a distinctively mystical approach to the tranquility of nature, and her compositions often include luminously colorful sunsets and celestial symbols.

Working from the deserts of New Mexico, Katie Pasquini Masopust’s (http://www.katiepm.com/about.html) quilts feature bold, bright colors and splashy shadows. Though much of her work features natural imagery, she’s also created a series of works showing abstract interpretations of Native American ruins.

EOH Galleries are located at 18 East Main Street in Earlville. Gallery hours are Tues-Fri (10am-5pm), Saturday (12-3pm). For more information, call 315-691-3550 or go online at earlvilleoperahouse.com.

Regional Quilts in the West Gallery feature local quilt artists.

Regional Quilts in the West Gallery feature local quilt artists. Helen Mataev, Nancy Will, Lorane D. Burchill, Ann Ludke, Nancy Carney, Rita Ferrugiari, Elaine Schwan, Lucy Kise, and Kathy Meek.  Thank you all!

Katie  Pasquini Masopust's Pizzicato in the Contemporary Art Quilts.

Katie Pasquini Masopust’s Pizzicato in the Contemporary Art Quilts.

Mohawk Trail Artisans include: SUE ELLEN ROMANOWSKI, CAROL SAMBORA, ANNE KINNEL, SUE BEEVERS, GAIL STROUT, ALISON SLATTERY, KATHRYN STENSTROM, CHRIS KIELAR, LINDA HAZELDEN,

Mohawk Trail Artisans include: SUE ELLEN ROMANOWSKI, CAROL SAMBORA, ANNE KINNEL, SUE BEEVERS, GAIL STROUT, ALISON SLATTERY, KATHRYN STENSTROM, CHRIS KIELAR and LINDA HAZELDEN. Shown: Fans II by Chris Kielar and East Meets West by Gail Strout.

EOH events are made possible, in part, with public funds from the NYS Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the NYS Legislature, and through the generosity of EOH members.

Spain02 smallStunning original compositions. Musical stylings fearlessly mixing troubadour folk traditions with the energy of rock and roll. An engaging and humorous stage presence. Jamie Notarthomas brings all that and more to Hamilton to the 2015 Arts in the Park summer concert series on Thursday, July 16 at 7 pm.

Since the late 1980s, Notarthomas has been an integral part of the independent underground music scene, performing an average of 200 shows. He seamlessly merges the influences of what he calls the “twelve apostles of rock and roll,” including Lennon, Morrison, Dylan, and Springsteen, with folk traditions, penning original songs tackling themes of love, the environment, socio-political issues, and more. “…his solo act often rivals full rock bands in terms of volume & intensity,” offers the Syracuse NewTimes. “… Notarthomas’s energized performances separate him from the rank and file of acoustic singer-songwriters.”

For more than a decade, Arts in the Park has provided area residents with an opportunity to enjoy free live music and participate in the arts community in the heart of downtown Hamilton. This season’s offerings range from Notarthomas’s folk to rock, to bluegrass, and bluesy Americana to concert band music. Coming Thursday, July 23rd, the 40-piece Cazenovia Community Band brings a range of wind ensemble adaptations of marches, show tunes, and both contemporary and classical compositions. On Thursday, July 30th, the locally known bluegrass foursome Cincinnati Creek will bring their soaring harmonies and sweet front-porch picking to the village green.

Continuing into August, Arts in the Park will bring the Monk Rowe Trio with the Roots of Rock & Roll, covering the 25 years of early rock and roll, from Chuck Berry to Carl Perkins, In the Mood to Great Balls of Fire, on August 6th. Closing out the summer concert series, fast-emerging indie trio Shivering Timbers from Akron, Ohio will travel through with their ethereal Americana harmonies and bluesy punk sensibilities to the green on Thursday, August 13th.

Enjoy an evening of music in a beautiful park setting! Come early with a picnic, or check out the local eateries. Bring a blanket or lawn chair. FREE! Our rain location is the Colgate Inn on the village green for all shows –except July 23 Cazenovia Community Band, because the band is so large they will need a rain date (TBA).

Hamilton Arts in the Park is presented by the Village of Hamilton and co-presented by the Earlville Opera House. The Village of Hamilton is grateful for funds from the Decentralization Program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and administered by CNY Arts. For more in depth information about the artists or the Village Series visit our event calendar on the EOH website at http://www.earlvilleoperahouse.com or call us at (315) 691- 3550.

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