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The MC Erny Gallery at WHQR
"Quilting Outside the Blocks"
Contemporary picture quilts by Maggie Earley
Opening Fourth Friday Reception: June 28, 6PM - 9PM
Final Fourth Friday Recepetion: July 26, 6PM-9PM
Regular gallery viewing hours: Monday-Friday, 10AM - 4PM.
Join us on the evening of June 28th for light refreshments and a delightful look at Maggie Earley’s contemporary picture quilts draping the gallery walls. Constructed with a variety of textiles and embellishments, Earley’s extraordinary fiber arts will surprise and delight.
About the Artist:
Maggie Earley grew up in Burlington, North Carolina, with deep family roots in the Cape Fear region, and retired to Wilmington when she and her husband sold their manufacturing company in Connecticut. She has been exuberantly working with color and design since first applying crayons to paper as a toddler, working her way through oils, acrylics, watercolors, stained glass, needle arts, and mosaic, and then gradually turned to quilting. After receiving a pile of prize ribbons for color and design (but never for how well her corners met), she began to feel increasingly restricted by the rules of competitive quilting, and evolved further into the less structured world of art quilting. As an art quilter, Earley often works from photographs to create non-traditional pictorial quilt work, wall-hangings, miniatures, pieces stretched over frames, and art garments. She considers her most recent pieces "paintings" done with fabric instead of pigment. “I have trouble following the rules, so now I don't use them,” she says. Earley also creates commissioned T-shirt quilts, wedding quilts, and baby quilts, teaches color theory and design, and gives private flute lessons.
About the Gallery:
MC Erny was a devoted friend of WHQR from its earliest days. An accomplished actress and great party host, she was always generous with her time, financial support, and affection for the staff. She worked as a supervisor during many fundraisers and was a weekly presence at the front desk. MC was kind, gracious, elegant, witty and fun to be with. Our gallery space has been named in her honor.
The MC Erny Gallery is located in WHQR's studio in The Warwick Building at 254 N. Front Street, downtown Wilmington. Call WHQR at (910) 343-1640 for more information.
Show closes: August 9