BlackRock Center for the Arts and Strathmore Present Studio Art Quilt Associates (SAQA) UPCYCLE! and PURPOSE-REPURPOSE!

By East City Art Editorial Team on September 12, 2022

Sat, September 17 2022 — Sat, October 29 2022

Courtesy of Black Rock Center for the Arts and Strathmore.
Opening Receptions: Wednesday, September 14 from 7pm to 9pm
Saturday, September 17 from 1pm to 3pm

BlackRock Center for the Arts and Strathmore announce two concurrent group exhibitions presented by Studio Art Quilt Associates (SAQA). UPCYCLE! will be on view at BlackRock Center for the Arts beginning September 17, and PURPOSE-REPURPOSE! will be presented at the Mansion at Strathmore starting September 6. The exhibitions utilize a variety of reused and recycled material repurposed for the art of quilting. While UPCYCLE! offered features works from artists all over the world, PURPOSE/REPURPOSE! is a regionally focused exhibition.

Repurposing used materials is one of the most effective solutions there is to deal with today’s environmentally devastating waste issues. Upcycle! offers artwork with intriguing details and unusual materials.

“Fiber art also has a rich tradition of incorporating elements that would otherwise be discarded and turning them into compelling compositions,” said Exhibition Juror Katie Pasquini Masopust.

UPCYCLE! artists are: Susan Avishai, Kathleen Bagioni, Karen M. Balos, Sara Bradshaw, Laurie Bucher, Betty Busby, Shin-hee Chin, Yael David-Cohen, Heidi Drahota, Bodil Gardner, Barbara Oliver Hartman, Paula M. Jolly, Patricia Kennedy-Zafred, Barbara D. Kibbe, Sherry Davis Kleinman, Pat Kroth, Carol Larson Lorie McCown, Susan M. Mogan, Karen Ponischil, Beth and Trevor Reid, Martha E. Ressler, Barbara J. Schneider, Roxanne Schwartz, Linda Syverson Guild, Laura Wasilowski, Susan L. Selby, and Stephanie Shore.

The exhibition will be on view from September 17 – October 29, 2022 in the Kay Gallery at BlackRock Center for the Arts. An opening reception will be held on Saturday, September 17th


PURPOSE-REPURPOSE!, a tri-region exhibition, examines the rich tradition of incorporating elements that would otherwise be discarded and turning them into compelling compositions.

“I’ve been thinking about how pieces linger in the studio. Repurposing them gives them a new life, and me, a new challenge,” said Paula Kovarik, the exhibition’s juror.

PURPOSE-REPURPOSE! will be on view September 6-October 29, 2022 in the Mansion at Strathmore. The opening reception is Wednesday, September 14, 7-9pm.

Studio Art Quilt Associates, Inc. (SAQA) is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to promote the art quilt: “a creative visual work that is layered and stitched or that references this form of stitched layered structure.” Our vision is that the art quilt is universally respected as a fine art medium. SAQA’s core values are excellence, innovation, integrity, and inclusion. Over the past 30 years, SAQA has grown into a dynamic and active community of over 4,000 artists, curators, collectors, and art professionals located around the world. With our exhibitions, resources, publications, and membership opportunities, we seek to increase the public’s appreciation for the art quilt and to support our members in their artistic and professional growth.

About Blackrock Center for the Arts
Located in Germantown, MD, BlackRock Center for the Arts brings inspiring performing and visual arts experiences to diverse audiences in a welcoming and intimate setting, providing opportunities to explore, celebrate and engage in the arts.

About Strathmore
Strathmore is a multidimensional, creative anchor in the community, where everyone can connect with the arts, and artists can explore their full potential. It presents hundreds of performances, visual arts, and education programs, annually, for diverse audiences on its Montgomery County Maryland campus and in the community. All of Strathmore’s facilities are Global Biorisk Advisory Council® (GBAC) STAR™ accredited.  For further information or tickets, call (301) 581-5100 or visit Strathmore is located at 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda, MD.