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Sylvia Richardson retrospective

Appalachian Arts Center is pleased to announce an exhibition of fine art quilts made by Sylvia Richardson of Marion. Sixteen of Mrs. Richardson’s remarkable wall hangings will be on display at the Center through August 31, 2013. Widely known as a “painter with fabric,” Richardson’s work has been displayed in museums and art centers across the eastern United States, and images of her unique quilts have been published in numerous magazines, including: Folk Art Magazine, Baltimore Album Revival, Watercolor Impressions, Quilter’s Newsletter, Veranda, and American Quilter. She has traveled, lectured and taught quilting extensively in her “retirement” and has accumulated an impressive collection of awards and ribbons from various quilt contests and guild challenges.

Early in her creative life, Richardson explored a wide variety of art forms, but became a quilter in the 1980’s after discovering the medium’s endless possibilities.“These stunningly beautiful pieces are heavily embellished with beadwork, and the vivid color combinations and selected fabrics are at once unusual and harmonious, with exquisite detail and craftsmanship, says Sarah Romeo, director of Appalachian Arts Center. “Many of the quilts in this exhibition tell a story, often times expressing humor and joy. Anyone with an interest in quilting and/or fiber arts should make a point to see this show. Sylvia Richardson is, without a doubt, one of our region’s most masterful, and inspired artisans.”

On Saturday, August 10, Richardson will present a lecture/ demonstration on the techniques used to make her award winning quilts (including beadwork, kaleidoscope style, embellishment, needle turned applique and curved piecing) and will share her process and inspirations. The 16 quilts in the exhibition will provide a point of reference for questions that participants might have about particular techniques employed therein. The lecture/demonstration will be held from 1:00-3:30pm at Appalachian Arts Center. There is no cost to attend, but registration is required to ensure adequate seating. Please contact the Arts Center at 276-596-9188 or via email at to register for this unique opportunity, or for more information.

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