Kay Fruge’s ‘Art Quilts’ exhibit to open Saturday night

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CROWLEY - There is a difference between traditional quilting and art quilting, and for those who do not know the difference, Saturday night at The Gallery would be a fine time to learn.

On Saturday, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., the Crowley Art Association will host a wine and cheese gala to kick off the opening of The Gallery’s latest show, “Art Quilts” by Kay Fruge.

Art quilting is a contemporary form of textile art that may incorporate some of the basic concepts of a traditional quilting but goes well beyond it otherwise.

Besides fabric, art quilters use a wide variety of different materials including paper, beads, buttons, yarn and feathers, just to name a few.

They also use a number of techniques including surface design, hand stitching and machine stitching.

Although she has sewn as a hobby since she was a small child, Fruge wasn’t always a quilter, and, in fact, has never made a traditional square quilt. Rather, she started quilting in just 2009 after seeing an art quilter on television late one night.

Fruge took a basic quilting class and then taught herself from there. She is obviously a very good teacher, a very good student, or both.

This will be Fruge’s second show at The Gallery. She additionally has work hanging in Mark Bercier’s BEE Galleries in New Orleans, including a piece commissioned by Bercier for himself.

There are a total of 12 items in Fruge’s current show, and they are all drastically different.

They vary in subject matter from the realistic to the whimsical and incorporate a countless number of different fabrics and textures, not to mention “found” objects. In short, each quilt is a multi-media experience.

There is also an interesting piece of lagniappe in the form of a print that uses cotton and organza separated by a spacer to create a three-dimensional effect. Although Fruge says the techniques she used to complete the pieces aren’t complicated, the overall effect is impressive.

Stop by The Gallery Saturday night and visit with Fruge to learn more about art quilting and to view some truly amazing pieces of needlework.

Fruge’s show will hang at The Gallery throughout the month of June.

The Gallery is located at 222 N. Parkerson Ave. in Crowley. For more information call The Gallery at 783-3747 or visit www.crowleyartgallery.

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