The Art League Gallery | Holly Cole Vanishing

By East City Art Editorial Team on July 10, 2024

Fri, July 12 2024 — Sun, August 4 2024

African Elephant Veteran; Textile sculpture
Opening Reception: Friday, July 12 from 6:30-8pm

In Holly Cole’s Vanishing exhibit, she honors and highlights endangered creatures of the animal kingdom. Inspired by the battles endured by threatened species, she creates sculptures and quilts from surplus war fabric and sheers. Cole aims to bring light to the rapidly disappearing habitats, trophy hunting of wild animals, and changing climates of the natural world.

Cole is a former costume designer and artisan for Broadway, regional, and educational theaters. She holds a BA from Northwestern University and an MFA from Carnegie-Mellon University in Theater Design. Additional fiber training includes studies at Arrowmont, the J.C. Campbell Folk School, the Crowe Barn, the Quilt Surface Design Symposium, Pro Chemical and Dye, and Kerr Grabowski’s studio.

Her art quilts have toured nationally with the Studio Art Quilt Association’s Connecting our Natural Worlds (2019-2022), Fur, Fangs, Feathers, and Fins (2022-2025), Schiller Book’s Inspired by Endangered Species (2019-2022), and the We Are The Story quilt tour by Carolyn Mazloomi (2020-2021).

The Art League
Torpedo Factory Art Center
105 North Union Street
Alexandria, VA