Nugget Newspaper - Sisters, Oregon News, Events, Classifieds | Sisters, Oregon

HOMECALENDARNEWSCLASSIFIEDSCouponsNUGGET BLOGVideo LibraryWeatherROAD REPORT
Latest Sisters, Oregon, weather
Current News
Education
Business
Sports
Health
Home & Garden
Columns
Obituaries
Announcements
Area Events
Calendar
Arts & Entertainment
• Arts & Entertainment
Student of the Month
Archive
Editorial
Letters
Contact List
Advertising
Camp Sherman
City of Sisters
Deschutes County
Public Library
Sisters Guide
Sisters Chamber
Sisters Map
Sisters Rodeo
Sisters Schools
SPRD




Advanced Search

home : arts & entertainment : arts & entertainment September 14, 2014


1/14/2014 12:53:00 PM
Quilter is on an artistic journey
‘Scrap Metal’ by Betsy Gientke. photo provided
+ click to enlarge
‘Scrap Metal’ by Betsy Gientke. photo provided


The quilters who make up the Journeys quilt group chose their organization's name with intention: They are explorers of their craft.

"We experiment and try to stretch," says Betsy Gientke, who is one of the artists whose work is featured in the current Sisters Art Works (SAW) exhibit.

"The idea is that we're all on an art journey and we're all trying to find our voice."

The fiber art to be found at the SAW exhibit is not the traditional quilt one might expect to see adorning a bed in a Sisters Country cabin. These pieces are "art quilts," all designed and executed around this year's theme: "Junkyard Journey."

"We took a field trip of sorts to Swift & McCormick (scrap) metal yard in Redmond and that was the inspiration for the show," said Gientke.

Gientke used hand-dyed fabric embellished with washers and copper foil and other metals.

"I probably made a pretty quilt using those materials," she said.

The idea was to artistically depict the value of recycled metals, which go on to have lives beyond their original purpose.

Although she's had a lifelong interest in the fiber arts, Gientke began her artistic journey in earnest after retiring in 2005 and moving to Central Oregon. She has participated in the Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show and other local events.

She said the goal of the group's quilting is to "produce art that can stand up next to a painting or a sculpture" as a form of artistic expression.

"Junkyard Journey" opened in January at Sisters Art Works, 204 W. Adams Ave. Viewing is open during normal business hours.

Artists include Catherine Beard, Helen Brisson, Donna Cherry, Sheila Finzer, Betty Gientke, Jan Hearn, Ruth Ingham, June Jaeger, Jean Wells Keenan, Charlene Kenny, Tonye Phillips, Donna Rice, Robyn Ryan and Mary Stiewig.

An artists reception will be held Friday, January 17, from 5 to 7:30 p.m. with refreshments and music by John Phillips.









Article Comment Submission Form
Please feel free to submit your comments.

Article comments are not posted immediately to the Web site. Each submission must be approved by the Web site editor, who may edit content for appropriateness. There may be a delay of 24-48 hours for any submission while the web site editor reviews and approves it.

Note: All information on this form is required. Your telephone number is for our use only, and will not be attached to your comment.
Submit an Article Comment
First Name:
Required
Last Name:
Required
Telephone:
Required
Email:
Required
Comment:
Required
Passcode:
Required
Anti-SPAM Passcode Click here to see a new mix of characters.
This is an anti-SPAM device. It is not case sensitive.
   

















© Copyright 2014. All rights reserved. The Nugget Newspaper, Inc.
PO Box 698 • 442 E. Main Ave., Sisters, Oregon 97759 • 541-549-9941 office • 541-549-9940 Fax

Software © 1998-2014 1up! Software, All Rights Reserved