Gala shows off different side of art with quilts
By: Jeannine LeJeune
CROWLEY – The Crowley Art Association’s continued efforts to expose Crowley and Acadia Parish to different forms of art reached a new level Saturday as Kay Frugé’s art quilts were put on display for the month of June.
The Gallery, located at 222 North Parkerson Ave. in Crowley, hosted a gala in Frugé’s honor to show off her art quilts which have a variety of subjects and inspirations.
“It’s really random,” said Frugé.
“It’s just whatever hits me and inspires me. Art inspires me I love looking at art; photographs inspire me too. I also have a large collection of fabric so whenever something hits me I can start working on it.”
The variety of subjects was on display Saturday, and will remain so through June 29.
She had animals like butterflies and her golden retriever “Belle,” people like her self portrait and one of a friend, but then there were also landscapes and scenes; abstracts and even a few play on words that caught everyone’s eyes as they entered The Gallery.
Many Gallery goers may have recognized the Crowley native’s work as she was part of last year’s quilts art show and display, but this time it was just Frugé’s works hanging in the front of The Gallery.
“After the quilt show, Robert (Baxter) told me he wanted me to do a show, so it really started there,” said Frugé.
Frugé’s unique take on art gave onlookers, family and friends a different artistic perspective, but also gave Frugé quite the shock herself as everyone in attendance complimented Frugé on her work and admitted that it was something they had never seen before.
For Frugé, the art lover and artist, it was an easy transition.
“I have been sewing since I was 11 and about four years ago I got bored of sewing clothing so I started experimenting,” she said.
Not only has she been experimenting with quilting, however, she has also added different media to her individual works, including using house hold items for decoration or using things like bleach pens to give a different look and effect on the fabric.
“I started experimenting with different media and I still am.
“Right now I’m working on a couple of pieces that are completely different from what’s hanging here. I haven’t settled into a style all the way yet.”
The experimentations, however, have yielded fantastic results for the artist, making each of her works completely unique.
Frugé’s works will continue to be hung for all to see throughout the month before it begins gearing up for July’s Rice Capital Juried Art Competition.
The Gallery is open Mondays through Fridays 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, contact them at 337-783-3747.