KINGFIELD – The Stadler Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of its summer season with two exhibitions of work by Stephanie Knowlton of Oakland, Maine, and Barbara Stewart of Kingfield, Maine.
In her show “Piece by Piece: a Quilter’s History,” Knowlton is demonstrating the literal explosion the art form of quilting has experienced since its beginning were one or more artists would sit down and patiently sew another layer of design into a piece with just a needle and thread. Having taken classes from artists across the United States Knowlton’s imagination started to take off, whereby machine quilting has allowed her to create a whole variety of incredible pictures in fabric. Although she is still drawn to traditional quilt patterns, she is intrigued by other pattern designs, foremost landscapes and pictorials. (‘Around the World’ quilt by Knowlton is pictured above.)
“A Pot of Paint” is the title of Stewart’s show, taking a quote by art critic Camille Mauclair describing an exhibition of paintings by Matisse, Derain and other impressionists and fauvists. Having been exposed especially to these artists has kindled a lifelong interest in Stewart which at first found expression in drawings and sketches. After a short interlude with water colors which seemed to be too unforgiving, she became intrigued by the fluid and sumptuous look and feel of oil and, to an extent, acrylic paint which have been her media of preference since. (Stewart’s painting Open Doors, is pictured below.)
There will be a reception for the artists on Sunday, June 28, from 2-4 pm.
The exhibition will be on view from June 27 through July 17 daily from noon to 4 pm, or by appointment. Please view www.stadlergallery.com for more information.