|A smiling Erika Close, next to one of her "Art at Zena"quilts|
Erika's three 16" x 10" quilted pieces were hung side-by-side, next to several mixed-media pieces. I overheard several comments on "the quilted art," all of them positive and admiring. One woman asked me if I knew who made the three pieces, and when I pointed out Erika, the woman exclaimed "She made all three of those?" Obviously, she was very impressed.
|Fire in the Field by Erika Close|
|Farmhouse Figs by Erika Close|
|Ferns in the Forest by Erika Close|
Erika's family was by her side during most of the evening, including husband Justin, their son and daughter, and her mother-in-law Maya (also a Fiberexplorations member!).
In her Artist's Statement for this exhibit, Erika spoke about her experience:
The "Art at Zena" project sponsored by Willamette University has been a wonderful journey through that creative process. Just being on the property and around the people that have had such a wonderful vision of what it could be has been so inspiring. Their ideas to conserve and bring back the farm and surrounding property to be a sustainable hands-on place of learning is going to be an inspiration for many generations to come. The day I spent there with the other artists was a very thought provoking and insightful afternoon.
If you missed the artists' reception, the exhibit continues through April 30, 2011 at Salem's Bush Barn Art Center.