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‘Intense quilting’

Gallery opening includes artistic bedding, pottery, painting

Margaret Hair

This piece of pottery is among those that will be on display in an exhibit opening tonight at the Depot Art Center. Quilts and paintings also will be shown.

— For Jo Stack, who had a hand in 11 of the 15 quilts on display in an exhibit opening tonight at The Depot Art Center, quilting doesn’t have to be confined to grandma.

“Quilting can be grandma quilting, but it doesn’t have to be,” Stack said, explaining that fine threads and fabrics, layers of designs and one-piece works have given quilting a youthful, artsy feel that reaches beyond bedspreads and throw blankets.

The show, called “Mind Your P’s and Q’s,” is shared by the Delectable Mountain Quilters and the Steamboat Clay Artisans, and includes a small gallery showing of encaustic paintings. It opens with a reception from 5 to 7 p.m. tonight. An artists’ talk with members of both organizations starts at 4 p.m.

“I kind of consider quilting to be drawing with thread or painting with thread,” Stack said, based on her 10-plus years of professional quilting experience. Among the pieces on display in the show, which is sponsored by the Steamboat Springs Arts Council, is a white-on-white “piece of intense quilting,” Stack said, called “Champagne Powder.”

With none of the patchwork or squares found in functional quilts, and closer in size to a medium painting than a bed covering, the piece is one of several on display that have to be seen up close to get the full artistic effect.

The pieces hanging for the gallery show come from the Delectable Mountain Quilters, a local guild with about 50 members that meets once a month and spreads the tradition of its craft through workshops and displays such as the one at the Depot.

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“The purpose of our guild is to promote quilting in the community through educational programs and participation for the community,” guild member Sharon Yannaccone said.

There also will be quilts on display by nationally recognized artists Cathy Kleeman and Laura Cater-Woods.

In addition to the pottery and quilts hanging in the main gallery, paintings by Susan Thompson, Laura Wait and Jill Bergman will be on display in the Small Works Gallery. The works are done in encaustic paint, which is made from beeswax and has to be partially melted to work with.

“You can use the heat as a tool itself to help layer the paint,” Thompson said, holding a small square piece with a strip of swirling, burnt colors.

The Depot gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.