Beginning June 9 and running through August 26, Vision Gallery and Chandler Center for the Arts in Downtown Chandler will have the artworks of 27 artists on display in Exposures: An Exhibition of Textile Arts. 

The artists are all Arizona members of the Studio Art Quilt Association (SAQA), a national nonprofit organization with the mission of promoting art quilts through a number of activities, including exhibits.

So, “art quilt” – what is it? Often we hear the word, “quilt,” and an image is conjured of a colorful cover made up of great great grandma’s fabric remnants, handed down through generations, with the fabric tiled in a pattern and meticulously sewn together with a hand-stitched pattern on top.  

Put this notion aside because, while art quilts use the same processes of layering fabric and stitches, they can be much more elaborate; a bold evolutionary ancestor of the traditional quilt. Some of the fabric may be hand-dyed or printed with an image. There may be various threads, beads or other textiles to create texture and depth. Art quilts are as singular as the artists who create them.

“This exhibit features a wide variety of both figurative and abstract quilts, ranging in both theme and tone,” says Peter Bugg, Visual Arts Coordinator for the galleries. “These quilts feature themes such as geography, societal issues, personal stories and local inspiration.”  

The exhibit was curated through a jury process led by Phoenix-based artist Ann Morton. It was large enough that it is on display in two spaces.  Visitors to this exhibit will be delighted by what they see and experience as they walk around the gallery spaces.  Admission to both galleries is free. 

Chandler Center for the Arts Gallery is located at 250 N Arizona Avenue, in Chandler. The Gallery is open Monday through Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., and Saturday, 12 p.m.-5 p.m.

Vision Gallery is located at 10 E Chicago Street, in Chandler. It is open Monday through Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., and Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 

More information on this exhibit and the galleries can be found at visiongallery.org and chandlercenter.org